Jeff Manto is congratulated by Curtis Goodwin after hitting… (Baltimore Sun photo by Karl…)
June 10, 2003: A week after Sammy Sosa was caught using a corked bat, some of the announced 32,484 in attendance at Camden Yards greet the Chicago Cubs' slugger by throwing corks at him as he takes his spot in right field. "As long as no one touches me, I'm not really worried about that," says Sosa, who gets two hits in a 4-0 victory over the Orioles. Two years later, he'll play for Baltimore.
June 14, 1997: Catcher Chris Hoiles strikes out five straight times, but then — on an 0-2 pitch — slams a two-run double in the top of the 12th inning to lead the Orioles past the defending National League champion Atlanta Braves, 6-4. "It's got to be one of my worst days, but it turned out awesome," Hoiles says.
June 10, 1995: Jeff Manto, a journeyman who hit 31 home runs in a nine-year career, slugs four of them in consecutive at-bats over three games for the second-place Orioles, tying a major league record. "I'm probably the last person anyone would expect to get a record like that," he said. "I feel like I'm living a pipe dream."
June 12, 1990: Cal Ripken Jr. plays in his 1,308th consecutive game to move into sole possession of second place on baseball's ironman list. "It's not something I set out to do," says the Orioles shortstop, who is cheered by the crowd at Memorial Stadium before the game against the Milwaukee Brewers — and then booed three times for leaving runners on base as his average dips to .213.
June 14, 1985: Two-and-a-half years after departing as Orioles manager,Earl Weaver returns, replacing the fired Joe Altobelli. "I had a wonderful time being retired," says Weaver, 54. "I rode on a roller coaster. I ate atChuck E. Cheese. Now I'm looking forward to throwing myself into this." The Birds win in his debut to improve to 31-26, then play .500 ball for the rest of the year.
June 15, 1976: The Orioles pull off one of their best deals in history, with the New York Yankees. Among others, the Birds land pitchers Scott McGregor and Tippy Martinez and catcher Rick Dempsey from the Yankees in return for pitchers Ken Holtzman, Doyle Alexander and Grant Jackson, plus catcher Elrod Hendricks. The new Orioles will lead the club to two World Series and the 1983 championship.
June 16, 1945: Pimlico, open for just 11 days during this war year, holds the Preakness, which is won by Polynesian in 95-degree heat: "Men with handkerchiefs tied about their heads and girls in shorts dotted the concourse, and here and there, a woman had even rolled her stockings below her knees."
June 14, 1930: Eddie Jacobs of Baltimore wins his first Maryland State Tennis Championship before an announced 500 at Baltimore Country Club. Jacobs drops only 42 games during the tournament and doesn't lose a set.
June 10, 1947: Ken Singleton, Orioles outfielder and one of the club's most reliable hitters in his 10 years here (1975-1984). He batted .300 or better in three seasons and was named the team's Most Valuable Player three times.