Feb. 11, 1987: The Orioles sign free-agent Ray Knight, a third baseman who becomes the first player to change teams after winning the World Series Most Valuable Player award. Knight, 34, who is coming off a banner year with the New York Mets, gets $500,000. He plays one season here, hits .256 and is traded.
Feb. 11, 1978: Maryland upsets No. 2 North Carolina State, 89-82, to win the inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference women's basketball tournament. Tara Heiss scores 30 points to lead the No. 7 Terps, who avenge an earlier loss to the Wolfpack. "This time we tried not to stand back and gawk at their talent," Maryland coach Chris Weller says.
Feb. 16, 1974: In a high-scoring college basketball game, Johns Hopkins nips archrival Western Maryland, 101-99, in overtime as Bill Jews scores 34 points for the Blue Jays.
Feb. 15, 1964: Slugger Boog Powell, who last season had 25 home runs and 82 RBIs — including three homers in one game — signs for a $3,000 pay hike to $13,000. "I'd like to hit about 40 [homers] this year and go over 100 [RBI]," Powell said. He settles for 39 and 99, respectively.
Feb. 15, 1958: Stranded by a blizzard at Bowie Race Course, more than 5,000 fans spend the evening in the clubhouse playing poker, shooting craps and enjoying the free sandwiches and coffee provided by management.
Feb. 10, 1952: Using only five players, the visiting Baltimore Bullets defeat the Fort Wayne Pistons, 82-77, in an NBA game. Frank Kudelka's 23 points lead the last-place Bullets, and Don Barksdale adds 21.
Feb. 16, 1935: Maryland's boxing team battles Virginia to a 4-4 draw before 6,000 raucous fans in Charlottesville. Lyman McAboy and Stewart McCaw pace the Terps who, despite the tie, declare a moral victory: The Cavaliers are undefeated in their past 24 dual meets.
Feb. 11, 1901: Using a silver spade with nine bolts, club officials hold a ground-breaking ceremony for Oriole Park, soon-to-be home of Baltimore's new American League baseball team. The stadium, at Greenmount and 29th, will house the Orioles for two years before the franchise moves to New York and becomes, eventually, the Yankees.
Feb. 12, 1942: Pat Dobson, former Orioles right-hander and one of four pitchers on the club's 1971 American League championship staff to win 20 or more games — only the second time in major league history that has been done. Dobson died in 2006.