(Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth…)
July 7, 2001: Brady Anderson's bases-loaded triple gives the slumping Orioles a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies before an announced 49,072, then the largest gathering to see a regular-season game at Camden Yards. "That's the first big base hit we've had in the last ... six days," manager Mike Hargrove says. The Birds will lose 14 of their next 16 games.
July 6, 1983: Dick Edell becomes the seventh men's lacrosse coach in Terrapins history and declares: "It's great to be home. Maryland is going to beat everybody." The Terps lure the 39-year-old Edell, a Towson State graduate, away from Army, where he turned a moribund team into a national contender. He'll coach at College Park for 18 years, compiling a 171-76 record.
July 6, 1976: Betty Lang, a Howard County high school coach for 35 years, retires after a remarkable career in which her field hockey, basketball and softball teams won 89 percent of their games and 67 county championships. "I had good material to work with ... and lots of luck," says Lang, who coached 54 undefeated teams and finished with a won-lost record of 1,348-172.
July 5, 1958: Johnny Unitas, 25, signs his Colts contract for the coming season, when the third-year quarterback will lead Baltimore to its first NFL championship.
July 4, 1944: Set ablaze by a cigarette stub, 30-year-old Oriole Park burns to the ground within an hour. The eight-alarm fire quickly envelops the wooden structure at Greenmount and 29th Street, destroying all of the equipment and most of the uniforms of the International League's first-place team. The Orioles move to Municipal (later Memorial) Stadium, heretofore a football venue, as Mayor Theodore McKeldin proclaims, "The show must go on, and Baltimore wants that pennant."
July 4, 1932: The Orioles' Buzz Arlett, dubbed "the Babe Ruth of the minor leagues," slugs five home runs in a doubleheader victory over Reading, giving him 41 round-trippers for the season. It's the second time this year that the 33-year-old Arlett has hit four consecutive homers in one game. The following day, in an exhibition game against the New York Yankees at Oriole Park, Arlett homers again. Babe Ruth, however, does not.
July 7, 1909: Enraged by the umpire's calls during the Orioles' loss to Providence, hundreds in attendance at Oriole Park rush the field to attack the arbiter, William "Lord" Byron. In the stampede, part of the grandstand collapses and fans plummet 10 feet to the ground. Though police shield Byron, one man is arrested for striking him and two others are fined for making remarks to the umpire deemed "disorderly in character."
July 3, 1986: Orioles pitcher Tommy Hunter.