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Mike Klingaman talks to former Baltimore sports stars.
6:18 PM EDT, April 19, 2013
"Gone Ridin' " reads the sign on Joe Aitcheson's door, beneath a wooden silhouette of a horse's head. "Be Back. Maybe."
7:51 PM EST, March 9, 2013
He sits quietly in a wheelchair at a long-term care facility in his native Guelph, Ontario. Aldo Guidolin doesn’t talk — multiple strokes have robbed him of his speech — but his brown eyes follow ice hockey games on TV and the movements of those who call on the aging defenseman.
2:12 AM EST, February 15, 2013
The player who scored the biggest basket in Baltimore Bullets history turned 68 Thursday.
5:21 PM EST, January 31, 2013
He was Baltimore's first football star, an oddly named quarterback on a motley Colts team that boasted his strong arm but little else. For three years, Yelberton Abraham (Y.A.) Tittle led the club, won fans' hearts and even got his face plastered on the wrappers of Koester's Bread.
1:08 PM EST, January 17, 2013
There's a whiff of the past in the Ravens' current playoff run. So said Kim Herring, strong safety on the Super Bowl XXXV championship team.
6:19 PM EST, January 10, 2013
Twelve years later, the play sticks in Jeff Mitchell's mind. The one-time Ravens center can still hear the collision, see the Denver player fold and sense the game turning on one bone-jarring hit.
6:14 PM EST, January 3, 2013
Don't misunderstand. Barry Krauss loved Baltimore — from the crabcakes to the Inner Harbor to the rich provenance of the NFL team that picked him sixth overall in the 1979 draft. But five years later, the Colts' move to Indianapolis proved a godsend for the players, said Krauss, a tough linebacker who played 10 seasons with a horseshoe on his helmet.
4:56 PM EST, December 27, 2012
The chant began the instant the Colts' placekicker set foot on the field. From deep within Memorial Stadium, football fans growled his name in near-ritualistic delight.
4:31 PM EST, December 20, 2012
The black-and-white photo hangs unobtrusively on a back wall in Andy Nelson's barbeque joint in Cockeysville. But the picture, taken 53 years ago, captures a pivotal play in the Colts' second world championship, a 31-16 victory over the Giants at a packed Memorial Stadium in 1959.
5:31 PM EST, December 13, 2012
Baltimore's football teams haven't always lost on last-ditch field goals, as per the past two weeks. Sometimes, they've blocked those kicks.
8:48 PM EST, December 6, 2012
He lined up at fullback, but from the moment he set foot in training camp in 1961, Jerry Hill understood his role with the Colts.
6:31 PM EST, November 29, 2012
It was, Willie Richardson said, the perfect send-off.
7:36 PM EST, November 15, 2012
Years ago, around town, any mention of the Pittsburgh Steelers would have been met with a shrug. Between 1958, when the Colts won their first NFL championship, and 1968, when they won their third, Baltimore played the Steelers just once.
6:53 PM EST, November 8, 2012
The Colts were struggling. Everyone in Memorial Stadium knew it, from the juiced-up Oakland Raiders to the hushed crowd of 56,368 who'd come to watch the first-ever AFC title game in 1971.
5:55 PM EDT, October 25, 2012
He was a gritty 6-foot-3 guard from the Bronx with boundless energy and a long, sweet jumper that seemed to kiss the Civic Center's ceiling before finding its mark.
6:41 PM EDT, October 4, 2012
The kid's name was Chase, and the driver knew he'd be trouble from the second he set foot on the school bus.
7:01 PM EDT, September 20, 2012
Thirty-five years later, the triumph remains one for the ages. Behind by a mile, in a must-win game, the Colts stormed back to defeat New England and take the AFC East title. Trailing, 21-3 in the second half, Baltimore scored four touchdowns — the last on a 99-yard drive — to stun the Patriots, 30-24 in the last regular-season game and make the 1977 playoffs.
6:36 PM EST, December 14, 2011
He had a funny name, a Texas drawl and churning legs that chewed up yardage. Remember Norm Bulaich, the Baltimore Colts' star running back in their 1970 Super Bowl run? He turns 65 on Christmas.
4:24 PM EDT, May 1, 2011
Eddie Watt lives in peaceful anonymity, in a speck of a town in Nebraska, where the talk is of crops and cows and Cornhusker football. The Orioles? Not a word.
6:41 PM EDT, September 21, 2012
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