This week in 1972, Robert Irsay took over as owner of the Baltimore…
July 9, 1997: Roland "Bud" Slimmer Jr. of Lutherville lays the first of 1.2 million bricks for the Ravens' new stadium at Camden Yards. "This is all becoming a routine," said Slimmer, a 68-year-old mason who had helped construct Memorial Stadium, which opened in 1954, and Oriole Park, which opened in 1992.
July 11, 1987: The Orioles' Cal Ripken Sr. becomes the first big league manager to pilot two of his sons in a game. Shortstop Cal Jr. is hitless in four trips and second baseman Bill goes 0-for-3 in a 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins. "I don't have feelings for the family, on the field," Cal Sr. said gruffly. "It isn't a father-son game out here."
July 13, 1983: Sixty-seven Colts players arrive at Goucher for what will be the Baltimore team's last training camp. Coach Frank Kush's NFL club finished 0-8-1 in 1982 and has won one of its past 24 games.
July 13, 1972: The Colts and Los Angeles Rams trade owners, Carroll Rosenbloom going west and Robert Irsay taking over the Baltimore team. Irsay names Joe Thomas general manager and tells all, "I bought the Colts to play in Baltimore. Why move?"
July 11, 1968: Earl Weaver, heretofore the Orioles' first base coach, replaces Hank Bauer as manager of the struggling Birds, who defeat the Washington Senators, 2-0. Weaver shakes up the lineup, making reserve outfielder Don Buford the leadoff hitter. Buford hits a home run and scores twice in the victory.
July 12, 1965: Hearing a ruckus outside his liquor store, Jim Parker, the Colts' 275-pound All-Pro lineman, helps a city policeman subdue a suspected drug dealer at the corner of Liberty Heights and Garrison Boulevard. Officer Joseph Snyder makes the arrest.
July 8, 1947: Dick Carr, a hard-throwing right-hander from Mount St. Joseph, strikes out 20 batters in a seven-inning game while pitching a one-hitter for his American Legion team, the Westport Gaels. Two years later, Carr signs with the New York Yankees and plays five years in the minor leagues before arm problems do him in.
July 9, 1914: The Orioles sell Babe Ruth, their most promising young pitcher, and two other players to the Boston Red Sox for an estimated $30,000. The Sun bids adieu to Ruth, 19, calling him "a big, powerful fellow with a heart like a child and a left arm which, during the last four months, has made the whole baseball world and the thousands of fans who surround it sit up and pay attention."
July 11, 1889: Returning to his hotel in Brooklyn after an American Association game against the first-place Bridegrooms, Baltimore manager Billy Barnie hears a fan disparaging the Orioles, calling them "drunkards" and "loafers." Identifying himself, Barnie accosts the man and says, "I have a good notion to break your face, you puppy, you." As the fellow retreats, Barnie shouts, "The next time you insult a person, be sure that he is not around."
July 14, 1947: Steve Stone, the last of Baltimore's four Cy Young Award winners, who went 25-7 for the Orioles in 1980.