The Sun Remembers: March 24-30

  • The Colts left Baltimore on March 29, 1994.
The Colts left Baltimore on March 29, 1994.
March 24, 2013|By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun

March 28, 2009: In the longest lacrosse game in NCAA history — seven overtimes — top-ranked Virginia defeats No. 9 Maryland, 10-9. Brian Carroll (Gilman) scores the winning goal for the host Cavaliers. The game lasts 3 hours, 45 minutes.

March 30, 2002: "I believe in myself," guard Juan Dixon says after leading Maryland to a 97-88 basketball victory over Kansas in the NCAA semifinals in Atlanta. Dixon, from Calvert Hall, scores 33 as the Terps (31-4) advance to the championship game against Indiana.

March 28, 1999: Playing before an announced 50,000 in Havana, the Orioles defeat a team of Cuban amateurs, 3-2, in 11 innings. The goodwill game is witnessed by Birds owner Peter Angelos, Cuban President Fidel Castro and baseball commissioner Bud Selig, who sit side-by-side-by-side.

March 29, 1996: It's official — Baltimore's new NFL team is the Ravens, as voted by fans in a phone-in poll sponsored by The Sun. The nickname wins in a landslide over two other finalists, Americans and Marauders.

March 29, 1984: The Colts leave town during a snowstorm in the middle of the night as Mayflower vans filled with the team's belongings depart the Owings Mills training complex for Indianapolis.

March 30, 1953: The University of Baltimore rips Cornell, 14-7, in lacrosse as Charlie Beasley, the Bees' 30-year-old attackman, scores six goals and Ed Kroh gets four.

March 26, 1953: In a blockbuster trade, the Colts send five players to the Cleveland Browns and get 10 in return, including guard Art Spinney and defensive backs Carl Taseff, Don Shula and Bert Rechichar, who also kicks field goals.

March 29, 1948: For the more than 16,500 fans who pack Bowie Race Course on Opening Day, it's an unusual beginning: The starting gate breaks down after the first race. "Every start thereafter was a rodeo as the horses bumped away from the starting mark," The Sun reports.

March 30, 1909: The Associated Press reports that Baltimore's Joe Gans, 34, former lightweight champion of the world, has tuberculosis. "If it is true that he will never again don the padded mitts, the boxing game has lost one of its wonderful artists," The Sun writes. Gans dies in 1910.


March 24, 1959: Renaldo Nehemiah, former Maryland track star and five-time All-American who won three NCAA titles and four national championships. Twice in 1979, he set world records in the 110-meter hurdles.

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