June 7, 1998: A tearful Eddie Murray thanks the Orioles and the city during a ceremony to retire the Hall of Famer’s jersey, No. 33, before a sellout crowd at Camden Yards. “Oh, gosh. All I can say is, I love you,” Murray tells fans before the game between the Orioles and Atlanta Braves. “Let’s get on with the ballgame.” The Orioles lose, 9-0.
June 9, 1993: Mark McLemore’s five hits tie a club record and help the Orioles to their seventh straight victory, 7-4 over the Oakland Athletics. McLemore, a utility player, scores three runs and knocks in three more while raising his batting average 19 points (.308). “It doesn’t matter if the hits are all singles,” he tells reporters, “as long as you get the runs.”
June 8, 1986: After the Orioles’ 18-9 victory over the New York Yankees, a grueling 4-hour, 16-minute contest that sets an American League record for the longest nine-inning game, manager Earl Weaver tells his players, “If I catch anyone out after curfew tonight, they’ve got to watch the video of this game, from start to finish.” The Orioles bang out 22 hits, including three home runs by Lee Lacy. Says injured pitcher Mike Flanagan, “This took so long, I’m eligible to come off the disabled list now.”
June 4, 1967: In what was then their longest game ever, in time (5 hours, 18 minutes) and innings (19), the Orioles outlast the Washington Senators, 7-5. Catcher Andy Etchebarren wins it with a two-run home run after twice failing to lay down a sacrifice bunt. “I didn’t have much strength left,” he acknowledges afterward. Orioles pitchers notch 21 strikeouts, the last six by Stu Miller, who allows one hit in the last five innings.
June 9, 1943: On a night when the Orioles are supposed to play two games, they fail to finish one — a scoreless duel with Rochester that is called after 18 innings because of rain. In the 17th inning, the Orioles load the bases with none out but fail to score. Right-hander Steve Gromek goes the distance for Baltimore’s International League team, allowing 15 hits, striking out 11 and walking six.
June 3, 1932: A crowd of 2,500 cheers the Baltimore Rough Riders to a 16-7 victory over Toronto in their debut in the newly formed American Box Lacrosse League at Oriole Park. Lynn Elliott, former Navy star, scores four goals and player-coach Clem Spring gets three. Fans expecting a physical contest aren’t disappointed; The Sun reports: “Several impromptu wrestling matches developed, with about every hold put on exhibition.”
June 8, 1923: One thousand high school athletes from across Maryland compete in the ninth annual State Olympiad at Homewood Field on the Johns Hopkins campus. Allegany County (66 points) wins the team title, followed by Baltimore County (39), Queen Anne’s (28), Baltimore City (24) and Caroline (22). A star of the meet is “a husky junior from Sudlersville, James (Jimmie) Foxx,” who wins the 220-yard dash and the running high jump.
June 3, 1934: “Diamond” Jim Gentile, the Orioles slugger who hit .302 and 46 home runs, then a club record, in 1961. That season, at Minnesota, the hard-swinging first baseman became the first player to hit grand slams in consecutive innings. Now 78, Gentile lives in Edmond, Okla.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun