Orville Manco

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Orville Manco was a player in the Shadows for the Dallas Steaks, and was with the team from Season β1 until Fall Ball.

Official League Records

Manco joined the ILB as a pitcher for the Dallas Steaks with the Return of Blaseball.

During the Season β16 elections, Manco's pitching was increased 3.2 4.5 and defense decreased 2.5 2 as a result of the Steaks' Transfuse will.

On Season β24, Day 50, Manco retreated to the Steaks' Shadows in exchange for Leach Herman at the Steakhouse via the Ratified Fax Machine.

The remainder of this article contains lore created collaboratively by the Blaseball community.


Orville Manco (they/them) was born in 1902 as the heir to the Manco Popcorn fortune. However, when they told their family they "just wanted to play some ball," Manco was disowned by their family and forced to leave the family residence. Little is known about their time after this, except for various newspaper clippings found reporting they were traveling around the country, playing for whatever team would have them. The last recording of Manco was an obituary telling how the pitcher was struck by lightning while riding their penny-farthing bicycle. Their body was never found.

In the modern day, during a cookout at George Fourman Stadium, the sound of ragtime jazz was heard on the wind, and an apparition was seen riding towards the Steaks' dugout. The ghost of what was Orville Manco appeared before the team, having become fused with the penny-farthing into some sorta weird ghost/bicycle/centaur thing with their torso rising out of where the handlebars would be. Manco was invited to become a permanent member of the Dallas roster, and now the ghost of Orville Manco appears whenever they are most needed (pretty much exactly every 5 games). Their ghostly form rides through the left field wall, pedalling to the mound where they fight on behalf of the Dallas Steaks.

The fans still haven't figured out how a ghost holds the blaseball.


  • Before each game, applies a generous helping of castor oil to their bicycle hinges and their big, beautiful mustache.
  • Finds Sebastian Telephone unnerving due to his "newfangled, fancy technology."
  • Works for 35¢ per day, helping the Steaks stay below the salary cap.
  • Sponsored by O'Houlihan's Miracle Swill and reads an ad for them at the top of each inning. O'Houlihan's went out of business in 1938 but Orville refuses to acknowledge this, insisting that "only O'Houlihan's can keep the bodily humours in proper balance and alignment!".
  • Notorious for haranguing teammates on the pros and cons of Free Silver and the Dingley Tariff during breaks in the dugout.
  • Insists upon only niacin-enriched chicory coffee in the clubhouse, to help protect teammates from "the ravages of pellagra".