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The Sun remembers: Aug. 26-Sept. 1

Sept. 1, 1996: Quarterback Vinny Testaverde pumps his fist and an announced record football crowd (64,124) at Memorial Stadium whoops it up as the fledgling Ravens win their opener, 19-14 over the Oakland Raiders. "To come from behind, in front of a full house, it probably doesn't get much better than this," says Ted Marchibroda, coach of the first-year team. "It's a shame we have to play 15 more."

Sept. 1, 1978: Orioles right-hander Sammy Stewart sets a record for a pitcher in his major league debut by striking out seven consecutive batters in a 9-3 victory over the visiting Chicago White Sox. "I wouldn't know how to rate it, but it feels good," says Stewart, whose mark is equaled in 2010 by the Washington Nationals' Stephen Strasburg.

Aug. 26, 1973: An inside-the-park grand slam by outfielder Paul Blair — the first of its kind at Memorial Stadium — leads the Orioles past the Kansas City Royals, 10-1. It's the 13th straight victory for the Birds (74-52), who lead the American League East by five games.

Aug. 30, 1961: Paul Richards resigns as manager of the Orioles to become general manager of the Houston Colt .45s, an expansion team in the National League. "When I came to Baltimore [in 1955] I took over a club that had lost almost 300 games in three years, and I'm leaving one that I think can definitely be called a contender," said Richards, whose seven-year record here was 517-539.

Aug. 28, 1957: Gus Triandos hits two home runs and a double, Tito Francona has four hits and four RBIs, and Billy Gardner knocks in four runs as the fifth-place Orioles rip host Cleveland, 19-6, to set a club record for scoring.

Aug. 26, 1954: "Bullet" Bob Turley pitches a seven-hitter to defeat the Boston Red Sox, 5-3 and end the Orioles' 14-game losing streak. First baseman Eddie Waitkus gets three hits as the last-place Birds win for the first time since Aug. 10.

Aug. 29, 1953: "We have no line at all!" seventh-year Maryland football coach Jim Tatum wails as the Terrapins begin fall practice. They'll finish the season 10-1 as national champions.

Aug. 27, 1948: Y.A. Tittle throws two touchdown passes as the Baltimore Colts upset the Cleveland Browns, the defending All-America Conference champions, 21-17, in an exhibition game in Toledo, Ohio.

Sept. 1, 1928: Navy is reeling after star sophomore running back Miles Fox dies of sunstroke following the first day of football practice. As Fox's body is placed on a train bound for his home in Steelton, Pa., 18 midshipmen fire three volleys and a Navy bugler sounds taps.


Aug. 28, 1946: Mike Torrez, who went 20-9 in 1975 — his only season with the Orioles.

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