Milt Pappas

Orioles starter Milt Pappas pitched a two-hitter vs. Minnesota on Aug. 27, 1961. (Clarence B. Garrett / Baltimore Sun / June 8, 2009)

Aug. 30, 2003: Seattle scores 10 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, all with two outs, to rout the Orioles, 13-1. The Mariners send 15 players to the plate in the inning and send the Birds to their seventh straight defeat.

Aug. 30, 1999: According to the NCAA's annual graduation rate survey, none of Maryland's six Division I public colleges has graduated a men's basketball player for the class that entered in 1992.

Aug. 31, 1994: Sparrows Point High won't field a football team this season. Only four players showed up to practice for the Pointers, 0-10 last year.

Aug. 26, 1985: Eddie Murray hits three home runs, including a grand slam, as the visiting Orioles rip the California Angels, 17-3. Murray homers from both sides of the plate and knocks in nine runs, tying the club record set by Jim Gentile in 1961. The Birds' seven home runs also tie a club mark.

Aug. 29, 1966: Detroit Tigers right-hander Denny McLain throws 229 pitches in a route-going 6-3 victory over the first-place Orioles at Memorial Stadium. McLain allows eight hits and walks nine in winning his 16th game against 11 losses.

Aug. 27, 1961: The Orioles' Milt Pappas pitches a two-hitter and hits two home runs in defeating the Minnesota Twins, 3-0, at Metropolitan Stadium. It's the 18th shutout of the season for the third-place Birds and the 11th in the 22-year-old Pappas' career.

Aug. 31, 1957: As the home crowd cheers him on, Orioles slugger Gus Triandos hits an inside-the-park home run in a 4-1 victory over Boston. Triandos' line drive "bounced crazily along the fence like a pool ball," The Sun says, eluding Red Sox left fielder Ted Williams long enough for the burly catcher to score standing up.

Aug. 30, 1932: To the surprise of the 1,000 spectators at Carlin's Park, referee Ed Brockman's trousers rip down the middle as he works a wrestling match between Ray Steele and George Zaharias, husband of golf champion Babe Didrikson. Brockman continues gamely while donning a pair of lavender trunks that someone throws into the ring.

Aug. 28, 1908: In the third race at Pimlico, three brothers — John, Harry and R. Evans Tucker — finish one-two-three aboard their mounts in the mile dash.

Birthday

Aug. 26, 1979: Jamal Lewis, former Ravens All-Pro running back who starred on Baltimore's 2000 NFL championship team and led the league in rushing in 2003.

mike.klingaman@baltsun.com