Time Line

December 14, 1997


Dec. 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 and the Quantico Marines, before an estimated 50,000 spectators.


Nov. 29: West Point defeated the Naval Academy, 12-0, with 80,000 looking on.


Oct. 15: Notre Dame met Navy for the first time, winning, 19-6.


Dec. 2: College football's national championship was decided when Army defeated Navy, 23-7, before 70,000.


Sept. 7: In their inaugural game, before a crowd of 27,418, the Colts beat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 16-7.


Nov. 27: The Colts lost to the Buffalo Bills, 38-14, in Cecil Isbell's final game as coach.


Nov. 5: In their only victory in their first year in the NFL, the Colts beat the Green Bay Packers, 41-21.


Aug. 15: Joe Louis, a former world heavyweight champion on the comeback trail, defeated Jimmy Bivins in a 10-round decision.


Sept. 27: Without a team the previous two years, Baltimore rejoined the NFL. In the first game at new Memorial Stadium, before 23,715, the Colts upset the Bears, 13-9, as Bert Rechichar kicked a then-NFL-record 56-yard field goal.


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 a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox.


Sept. 25: Alan Ameche, the Colts' first-round draft pick out of Wisconsin, raced 79 yards untouched for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears the first time he touched the ball in the NFL. It helped the Colts to a 23-17 victory.


July 8: In the only All-Star Game ever with no extra-base hits, the Orioles' Billy O'Dell retired nine straight National League batters on 27 pitches to protect the American League's 4-3 lead and earn the MVP award.

Nov. 30: Trailing the San Francisco 49ers at halftime, 27-7, the Colts got a 74-yard touchdown run by Lenny Moore and stormed from behind to win, 35-27, capturing the Western Conference title.


June 10: After walking his first time up, Cleveland's Rocky Colavito hit four straight home runs to set a Memorial Stadium record.


Nov. 24: City College, which had gone 0-9-1 against Poly in the 1950s, won the schools' annual Thanksgiving game when Tom Duley returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown in a 30-26 upset.


The Yankees' Roger Maris hit homer No. 59 off the Orioles' Milt Pappas.


May 24: Minnesota's Harmon Killebrew hit the longest home run at Memorial Stadium, a 471-foot drive over the left-field hedge off Milt Pappas.


Dec. 13: Raymond Berry caught the 506th pass of his career and Lenny Moore scored his 20th touchdown of the season - both NFL records - in a 45-17 win over the Washington Redskins. It gave the Western Conference champion Colts a 12-2 record.


May 8: Frank Robinson became the only player to hit a fair ball out of Memorial Stadium. It was hit off Cleveland's Luis Tiant and traveled 451 feet, clearing the left-field stands.


Sept. 3: The Baltimore Bays won the first game in the North American Soccer League championship series against the Oakland Clippers, 1-0, before a league-record 16,619.


Oct. 4: In the first American League playoff game, four home runs were hit, but the clincher was a 22-foot bunt single. The Orioles nipped the Twins in the 12th, 4-3, when Paul Blair, battling a 20-game slump, dropped a bunt down the third-base line as Mark Belanger raced home.


Oct. 15: MVP Brooks Robinson threw out the last batter as the Orioles won their second World Series title, over Cincinnati.


Dec. 11: Colts linebacker Mike Curtis leveled a fan on the field with a forearm during a 14-3 victory over Miami.


Dec. 3: John Unitas threw his final touchdown for the Colts, a fluttering throw to Eddie Hinton in a 35-7 victory over the Buffalo Bills.


Oct. 7: Pele and Santos of Brazil defeated the Bays, 6-4, in an exhibition game before the largest soccer crowd in Baltimore history, 24,680.


Aug. 15: Earl Weaver was ejected twice in one day, both times by Ron Luciano, in a doubleheader.


Dec. 19: Minutes after the Colts were routed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in a divisional playoff, 40-14, pilot Donald Kroner crashed his plane into the upper deck, injuring no one.


April 19: Brooks Robinson hit his 268th and last homer, a pinch-hit, three-run shot to beat the Indians.


Nov. 6: In the last "Monday Night Football" game played at Memorial Stadium, Bert Jones shook off an injured shoulder and threw a late touchdown pass to Roger Carr, rallying the Colts past the Redskins, 21-17.


Oct. 17: Willie Stargell hit a two-run homer against the Orioles in the sixth inning of the seventh game, as the Pirates became the fourth team in history to capture the Series after being down, three games to one.


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