Time Will Not Dim The Glory Of Their Deeds

September 29, 1991


DECEMBER 2 * After seven months of construction, Venable Park, the predecessor to Municipal and Memorial stadiums, opened on 33rd Street with a football game between the Army Third Corps area and the Quantico Marines, before an estimated 50,000 spectators.


NOVEMBER 29 * West Point defeated the Naval Academy, 12-0, in an Army-Navy football extravaganza with 80,000 looking on.


OCTOBER 15 * Notre Dame met Navy for the first time, winning 19-6, in what has continued to this day as the longest uninterrupted intersectional college football rivalry in the nation.


OCTOBER 9 * The Baltimore Orioles draw a then-minor-league record crowd 52,833 for a Little World Series game against the Louisville Colonels. Significantly, the Baltimore turnout topped the regular World Series attendance between the St. Louis Browns and St. Louis Cardinals.

DECEMBER 2 * College football's national championship was decided when Army, led by Glenn Davis and Felix "Doc" Blanchard, two subsequent Heisman Trophy recipients, defeated Navy, 23-7, before 70,000.


SEPTEMBER 7 * In their inaugural game, before a crowd of 27,418, the Colts beat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 16-7, under coach Cecil Isbell, but didn't win again until Nov. 30 and finished 2-11-1.


DECEMBER 5 * In a playoff with the Buffalo Bills for the right to play the Cleveland Browns for the AAFC championship, the Colts lost, 28-17. A disputed call was the turning point and triggered a near-riot at the end, prompting the Bills to take the beleaguered official away on their chartered bus.


NOVEMBER 27 * The Colts lost to the Buffalo Bills, 38-14, in Cecil Isbell's final game as coach. The team's lone win in 12 games that year was on the road, at Buffalo.


NOVEMBER 5 * In their only victory in their first year in the NFL, the Colts beat the Green Bay Packers, 41-21. The hero that day was Jim Spavital, a fullback from Oklahoma A&M. He was carried off the )) field by elated spectators.


AUGUST 15 * Joe Louis, former world heavyweight boxing champion on the comeback road, defeated Jimmy Bivins in a 10-round decision. Two months later he was KO'd by Rocky Marciano.


SEPTEMBER 27 * Without a team the previous two years -- because the franchise was returned to the league by owner Abe Watner for $50,000 -- Baltimore rejoined the NFL. In the first game in new Memorial Stadium before 23,715, the Colts upset the Chicago Bears, 13-9, as Bert Rechichar kicked an NFL-record 56-yard field goal and intercepted three passes.


APRIL 15 * The modern American League Orioles made their Memorial Stadium debut before 46,354, including Vice President Richard Nixon, who threw out the ceremonial first ball. Bob Turley pitched a seven-hitter and Clint Courtney hit the first home run in the Orioles' 3-1 win over Paul Richards' Chicago White Sox.

JULY 30 * Bob Kennedy hit the first grand slam in club history, off Yankees ace Allie Reynolds, in a 10-0 triumph to spoil New York manager Casey Stengel's 65th birthday.

SEPTEMBER 26 * Weeb Ewbank, who later helped mold John Unitas and Joe Namath -- and wound up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame himself -- lost his Colts coaching debut to the Los Angeles Rams, 48-0.

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