The Sun remembers: Sept. 9-15

September 09, 2012|By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun

Sept. 10, 2000: Down by 17 points, the Ravens storm back to defeat visiting Jacksonville, 39-36 — their first victory over the Jaguars in the team's five-year history. Tony Banks' 29-yard touchdown pass to Shannon Sharpe in the final minute gives Baltimore its second straight victory.

Sept. 11, 1976: Twelfth-ranked Maryland rolls over Richmond, 31-7, in its football opener — the first of 11 straight victories for the Cotton Bowl-bound Terps. Led by quarterback Mark Manges and tailback Steve Atkins, Maryland's offense gains 421 yards.

Sept. 15, 1966: In his big league debut, the Orioles' Tom Phoebus (Mount St. Joseph) pitches a four-hit shutout to defeat the visiting California Angels, 2-0. Brooks Robinson and Curt Blefary hit home runs for the first-place Birds to back the 24-year-old right-hander from Hampden.

Sept. 15, 1963: Don Shula's debut as the Colts' head coach is forgettable: The New York Giants rally from a 21-3 deficit to defeat Baltimore, 37-28 before a then-record announced crowd of 60,029 at Memorial Stadium. Johnny Unitas passes for two touchdowns and Gino Marchetti rumbles 33 yards with a fumble recovery for a score.

Sept. 12, 1962: Washington's Tom Cheney strikes out 21 Orioles, a major league record, in the Senators' 2-1 victory at Memorial Stadium. Cheney, a right-hander who included the knuckleball in his arsenal, goes the distance in the 16-inning game, throws 228 pitches and fans every Oriole in the starting lineup except Boog Powell.

Sept. 11, 1959: The fifth-place Orioles sweep a doubleheader from American League-leading Chicago as Jack Fisher and Jerry Walker, both 20-year-old right-handers, blank the White Sox, 3-0 and 1-0. Fisher pitches a three-hitter and Walker goes the distance in a 16-inning game won by Brooks Robinson's RBI single.

Sept. 14, 1958: All eyes are on Joe Bellino, "the flying fireplug," a 5-foot-8, 185-pound sophomore tailback, as Navy, last year's Cotton Bowl champion, prepares for the football season. "We have the foundation [of the team]," coach Eddie Erdelatz says. "What the building will look like, I can't tell." The Midshipmen will finish 6-3.

Sept. 10, 1944: More than 25,000 fans mob the Orioles at Penn Station on their return from Jersey City, where they defeated the Giants, 5-0, to win the International League pennant for the first time since 1925. The crowd stops traffic on Charles Street, rings cowbells and holds signs that read, "Stick With Them Birds!"


Sept. 10, 1932: L.G. "Long Gone" Dupre, former Colts running back who starred on Baltimore's 1958 championship team. Dupre died in 2001.

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