Aug. 12, 1997: At Camden Yards, flags fly at half-staff and the Orioles play without a public address announcer in honor of Rex Barney, 72, who had died overnight of natural causes. The stadium voice of the Birds for 23 years at Memorial Stadium and Camden Yards, Barney receives a video tribute before the game, an 8-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
Aug. 14, 1991: Orioles rookie Mike Mussina (1-2) wins his first game and strikes out 10 in a 10-2 victory over the Texas Rangers at Memorial Stadium. "It's nice," the 22-year-old right-hander says, "but I wish it [had] been the first game instead of the third one."
Aug. 15, 1979: Eddie Murray steals home in the 12th inning to give the Orioles a 2-1 victory over the visiting Chicago White Sox. Mike Flanagan goes the route for his 16th win for the playoff-bound Birds, who lead the American League East by five games.
Aug. 14, 1964: Pennant fever sweeps Baltimore as the first-place Orioles nip the New York Yankees, 5-4, before a record baseball crowd of 47,424 at Memorial Stadium. Brooks Robinson's three-run home run in the sixth inning gives the Orioles, who lead the American League by three games, their fifth straight victory.
Aug. 11, 1958: Lenny Moore races 95 yards for a touchdown with the opening kickoff as the Whites defeat the Blues, 10-7, in the Colts' intrasquad game before a sellout crowd of 48,309 at Memorial Stadium.
Aug. 13, 1945: More than 25,000 fans attend a boxing benefit for the Baltimore police widows' pension fund at Municipal Stadium — to see not the fighters, but the referee, Sgt. Joe Louis, world heavyweight champion.
Aug. 17, 1927: A car given by Babe Ruth to the St. Mary's Industrial School is destroyed when hit by a train after it stalls on the railroad tracks. The driver, Brother Matthias Boutilier, who was Ruth's mentor at the school, escapes injury.
Aug. 16, 1919: For the second time this year, Orioles right-hander Rube Parnham goes the distance in both games of a doubleheader as the Birds sweep the Rochester Colts, 6-1 and 8-4. Parnham will win 28 games as Baltimore captures its first International League championship.
Aug. 17, 1941: Boog Powell, the slugger and the American League's Most Valuable Player in 1970 who powered the Orioles to two world championships and four American League pennants.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun