The Sun Remembers: Dec. 29 - Jan. 4

  • Hall of Famer Don Shula, onetime Colts defensive back who coached the team from 1963 to 1969, will celebrate his 84th birthday on Jan. 4.
Hall of Famer Don Shula, onetime Colts defensive back who coached… (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY…)
December 29, 2013|By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun

Dec. 29, 1982: The Blast treats its fourth straight sellout crowd at the Civic Center to a 5-4 Major Indoor Soccer League victory over the first-place Cleveland Force, ending the visitor's 10-game winning streak. Joey Fink scores twice for the Blast (11-3), and Stewart Jump gets the game-winner.

Jan. 3, 1978: Centennial makes its first-ever victory in boys basketball a memorable one, defeating Mount Hebron, 68-64, in double overtime in a Howard County high school game.

Jan. 4, 1978: "My whole life is going to be tennis," 15-year-old Pam Shriver gushes after losing in the second round of the Virginia Slims of Washington tournament. Shriver, a 6-foot sophomore at McDonogh, falls to Romania's Virginia Ruzici, 6-4, 7-5, before returning to classes.

Dec. 30, 1971: The Bullets, who lead the NBA's woeful Central Division at 15-22, defeat the New York Knicks, 110-102, before a raucous crowd of 19,558 at Madison Square Garden. Jack Marin scores 33 for Baltimore; Earl Monroe and Walt Frazier get 21 for the Knicks.

Dec. 31, 1960: Tom Matte, the Colts' No. 1 draft pick from Ohio State, receives the Outstanding Player award in the East-West Shrine Game in San Francisco. Matte's 10-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Mason (Tulane) is the only score in the East's 7-0 win.

Jan. 1, 1952: "We were soundly beaten by a superior football team," Tennessee coach Bob Neyland says after the top-ranked and previously undefeated Volunteers fall, 28-13, to Maryland in the Sugar Bowl before a New Orleans crowd of 82,500. The Terps, 10-0 and ranked No. 3, get a stellar performance from Ed Fullerton who scores twice, throws for a touchdown, intercepts two passes and recovers a fumble.

Jan. 2, 1950: Maryland's football team wins its first postseason game, a 20-7 defeat of Missouri in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. Led by All-America defensive lineman Ray Krouse, who'll later play for the Colts, the Terps recover five fumbles and intercept three passes to finish 9-1 for coach Jim Tatum.

Jan. 1, 1938: Before a standing room-only crowd of more than 5,000, Ohio State's basketball team defeats the University of Baltimore, 53-37, at the Fifth Regiment Armory. Guard Mike Pellino scores 12 for the Bees.

Birthday

Jan. 4, 1930: Hall of Famer Don Shula, onetime Colts defensive back who coached the team from 1963 to 1969 to a record of 71-23-4 but never won pro football's ultimate championship.

mike.klingaman@baltsun.com

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