(Baltimore Sun photo by Paul…)
Oct. 13, 1996: In the first contest between the Ravens and the team that deserted Baltimore nearly 13 years earlier, Indianapolis prevails, 26-21. Vinny Testaverde throws for three touchdowns for the Ravens, but quarterback Jim Harbaugh leads the Colts to their fifth victory in six games.
Oct. 13, 1971: Pittsburgh's Bob Robertson, a first baseman from Mount Savage in Allegany County, scores the eventual winning run in the seventh inning as the Pirates edge the Orioles, 4-3, and tie the World Series at two games each. It's the first night game in Series history.
Oct. 9, 1966: Dave McNally pitches a four-hitter and Frank Robinson hits his 51st home run as the Orioles defeat Los Angeles, 1-0 at Memorial Stadium to sweep the Dodgers and win their first World Series. In jubilation, City Hall rings its bell 66 times and revelers take to the streets shouting, "Birds! Birds! Birds!" in what The Sun calls "the zaniest celebration that Baltimore has seen since the U.S. defeated Japan in World War II."
Oct. 11, 1959: Johnny Unitas hits Raymond Berry with a 53-yard touchdown pass late in the game, giving the Colts a 31-24 victory in Detroit — their second win over the Lions in three weeks. Andy Nelson intercepts two passes and returns one 33 yards for a score as Baltimore improves to 2-1, en route to a second straight NFL title.
Oct. 7, 1950: Washington College holds Swarthmore to minus-1 yard rushing in a 32-0 victory. It's the second straight shutout for the Shoremen (2-0), who'll finish the season 5-3 before dropping its football program, which was begun in 1888.
Oct. 11, 1919: Navy stomps Johns Hopkins, 66-0, in Annapolis, building a 48-point lead by halftime and holding the losers to three first downs in the game. "Navy just plowed through the Hopkins line at will," The Sun writes. "It was not a very auspicious beginning for Hopkins to make in the big arena, where she some day hopes to hold her own."
Oct. 8, 1896: After winning the National League pennant, the Orioles sweep the second-place Cleveland Spiders in a best-of-seven series to win the Temple Cup. Twenty-year-old Joe Corbett, brother of heavyweight boxing champion James J. Corbett, pitches a four-hitter and Willie Keeler has three hits as Baltimore wins the last game, 5-0. In celebration, the Orioles fill the Temple Cup — a 30-inch silver chalice — with 17 quarts of champagne ... and then drink it dry.
Oct. 12, 1944: Jack Marin, former Baltimore Bullets forward who helped the club reach the NBA Finals in 1971.