February 21, 2007
1889 --Pennsylvania Steel pours first pig iron at Sparrows Point 1916 --Bethlehem Steel buys the plant and announces $50 million expansion 1940-42 --Bethlehem plant and its adjacent shipyard emerge as largest producers of steel and ships for Allied war effort in World War II 1959 --Steel plant reaches peak employment of 30,920 after major expansion launched in 1957 1978 --"L" Blast Furnace built (predecessors took names A-K). It remains one of the largest in the Western Hemisphere 1997 --Bethlehem shipyard sold 2001 --Bethlehem Steel files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, seeks to reorganize 2003 --Financier Wilbur Ross founds International Steel Group and buys Bethlehem in $1.5 billion deal, creating nation's largest steel producer 2005 --Indian-born billionaire Lakshmi N. Mittal merges his growing steel empire with ISG and forms Mittal Steel Co. NV, the largest steelmaker in the world 2006 --Mittal announces a hostile bid for rival Arcelor SA in January, a $33 billion acquisition that would create a global giant 2006 --The Department of Justice files suit in August to block the sale for anti-trust reasons unless Mittal sells Arcelor's Canadian company Dofasco Inc. But that sale is blocked by a Dutch trust that controls it. Mittal later offers to sell a Weirton, W.Va.
November 11, 1995
If someone had told Bobby Hallet in August that Sparrows Point would be playing in next week's Class 1A state title game, the Pointers' first-year coach would have told that person to "see a doctor."After all, Hallet inherited a team that lost its leading scorer and starting goalie. And only 14 players showed up for the Pointers' first practice back on Aug. 15.None of that seemed to matter last night as Sparrows Point, a team that Hallet declared "the hottest in the area," romped past Williamsport, 7-2, in a state semifinal matchup at North County.
December 10, 2011
Ashley Fishell-Shaffer Sparrows Point For the Pointers to win their first Baltimore County divisional championship, they had to be nearly perfect within Division 2. At 9-0 they were, thanks to what they learned from their coach: mental toughness, a positive attitude, and the knowledge that if they didn't win, "it was just a game and the sun would come up tomorrow. " It was a lesson that life had taught Fishell-Shaffer, 29, who lost a baby at the start of the 2010 season because of a genetic defect and had a miscarriage last April.
November 12, 2012
- Dunbar made its first ever trip to the state Class 1A volleyball tournament at Ritchie Coliseum last night. Unfortunately for the Poets, the trip was not a fruitful one. Dunbar gave Perryville (13-6) all it could handle in two of three games, but fell to the Panthers 25-21, 25-7, 25-22. Tara Holland led Dunbar with six digs and three kills. Perryville was led by Morgan Tennant with 22 assists. The Panthers will play Smithsburg, a 3-0 winner in the other semifinal, on Friday at 6 p.m. for the Class 1A state title.
April 16, 2008
The Department of Justice approved yesterday the sale of the Sparrows Point steel plant to Russian steelmaker OAO Severstal. "The division has granted its approval to the Trustee's proposed sale of Sparrows Point to Severstal," Gina Talamona, a spokeswoman for the department, said in a statement. Severstal announced last month that it had agreed to buy the 119-year-old Baltimore County plant, which employs 2,500, for $810 million in cash. The government-ordered sale was overseen by a trustee appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice.
November 5, 2002
Charles James Dunn, a career railroader and a tennis enthusiast, died of dementia Thursday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The Towson resident was 85. Mr. Dunn was born in Baltimore and raised on Cator Avenue. After graduating from Loyola High School in 1936, he attended Strayer's Business College. Because he was colorblind, he was unable to enlist in the armed services during World War II. He spent the war years working at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point shipyard. After the war, he went to work for Patapsco & Back Rivers Railroad Co., a subsidiary of Bethlehem Steel, where he was in charge of the car service department.