Aug. 23, 2001: The NFL champion Ravens blow a 17-0 lead and drop their second straight preseason game, 20-17 to the Carolina Panthers at PSINet Stadium. New quarterback Elvis Grbac passes for a touchdown and All Pro linebacker Ray Lewis returns an interception 42 yards for a score.

Aug. 21, 1998: Before a packed house at Camden Yards, Cal Ripken Jr. rips a single to right field for his 2,849th career hit, breaking the Orioles' record held by Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson. Still, the Birds lose to the Cleveland Indians, 6-3. "Tonight was a personal moment," Ripken says, "but it's hard to get happy when you don't win."

Aug. 24, 1983: In a game that punctuates the Orioles' championship season, Tippy Martinez enters in the top of the 10th inning against Toronto and disposes of three Blue Jays runners, one whom he caught stealing, then two on pickoffs. The Birds then win it on a home run by Lenn Sakata, an infielder who had been pressed into duty as catcher in the final inning. Martinez's heroics save his batterymate some embarrassment, Sakata says: "I didn't want to give away my secret weapon, the one-hop throw to second."

Aug. 25, 1970: Dave McNally stops the Oakland A's, 5-1, for his 20th victory — the third straight year that the 27-year-old pitcher has won 20 or more games for the Orioles. "I was nervous and edgy all day," says McNally (20-7), who doesn't show it in becoming the American League's first left-hander in 24 years to win 20 or more in three successive seasons.

Aug. 25, 1961: His infield single isn't much to look at, but Dave Philley, 41, sets a major league record with his 23rd pinch hit of the season in the Orioles' 5-2 victory at Minnesota. Philley sends a topper toward third base, which the Twins allow to roll until it hits the bag. More than half a century later, Philley's mark of 24 remains an AL record.

Aug. 25, 1937: Despite heavy rains that turn the track to mud, 4,000 race fans show up on opening day of Marlboro Race Course's 10-day card at the annual Southern Maryland Fair in Prince George's County.

Aug. 22, 1916: The Orioles' Roy Hartzell hits a home run under the fence in center field, giving Baltimore a 5-4 victory at Buffalo in an International League game. Hartzell's hit bounds through a hole in the fence, and umpires rule it a round-tripper, to the dismay of the home team.

Birthday

Aug. 24, 1960: Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.

mike.klingaman@baltsun.com

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