The Sun Remembers: Sept. 16-22

  • Ravens quarterback Anthony Wright loses the football as he is sacked by the Titans' Kyle Vanden Bosch.
Ravens quarterback Anthony Wright loses the football as he…
September 16, 2012|By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun

Sept. 18, 2005: The Ravens rush for 14 total yards — a franchise low — and quarterback Anthony Wright is sacked six times in Baltimore's 25-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans. "There's no explaining it," coach Brian Billick says of his 0-2 team's inept play. "We will find the answers within ourselves."

Sept. 20, 1998: "Don't be sad. Be happy," third baseman Cal Ripken Jr. tells the media after scratching his name from the Orioles' starting lineup and ending his consecutive-games streak at a major league record 2,632. "Let's [end the streak] in my home state, my home city, with my family and friends and in front of the best baseball fans anywhere." Ryan Minor replaces Ripken and gets one hit in a 5-4 loss to the New York Yankees at Camden Yards.

Sept. 22, 1966: Bells peal at City Hall as the Orioles defeat the Kansas City Athletics, 6-1 to clinch their first American League flag. The victory sets off a wild champagne-and-shaving cream celebration in the Birds' clubhouse. "Players, announcers and writers were running around topless, bottomless and all-togetherless," The Sun writes.

Sept. 18, 1963: Steve Barber (Takoma Park) wins his 20th game of the season — the first modern Orioles pitcher to do so — with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Sidelined much of 1962 by mononucleosis and Army duty, Barber improves his record to 20-12 as Dick Hall earns the save.

Sept. 20, 1958: "A no-hitter for Wilhelm! He's got a no-hitter!" Orioles radio announcer Ernie Harwell exclaims. "Hoyt Wilhelm pitches the first no-hitter in modern Orioles history, and he's mobbed by his teammates!" The 1-0 victory over the Yankees is a milestone for the seventh-place Birds and makes a hero of Wilhelm, a quiet, knuckleballing closer for most of his life.

Sept. 22, 1946: Bobby Williams, Loyola High's quarterback, throws a 15-yard touchdown pass to Jack Tierney to lead the Dons to a 13-0 victory over Salesianum (Del.). Williams will go on in college to lead Notre Dame to a national championship in 1949.

Sept. 21, 1940: Undefeated in 38 straight games, the City College football team battles Fork Union (Va.) to a scoreless tie before an announced crowd of 8,000 at the Stadium. Each half ends with the Knights poised to score on their opponent's 1-yard line.

Sept. 20, 1938: Loyola College names Emil "Lefty" Reitz as athletic director. Reitz, 28, who led the Greyhounds to a 9-7 record in his first season as basketball coach, will serve as AD for 36 years and give his name to Loyola's indoor sports arena.

Sept. 17, 1925: Gilman's football team begins workouts with just 20 players. Five lettermen return for coach Bernard Hoban's squad, including Spencer Janney (center and captain) and guard Arden Lowndes.


Sept. 19, 1962: Randy Myers, former Orioles closer whose 45 saves (in 46 opportunities) in 1997 are a club record.

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