Jan. 23, 2004: P.J. Wakefield's goal in overtime gives the surging Blast its seventh straight victory, 5-4 over the Monterrey Fury at 1st Mariner Arena. It's the 16th win in 21 games for Baltimore, which will win the Major Indoor Soccer League championship.
Jan. 20, 2002: Elvis Grbac throws three interceptions and the Ravens muster just 22 rushing yards in losing, 27-10, at Pittsburgh in the AFC divisional playoffs. "You ride it as long as you can ride it, but you know it comes to an end sometime," linebacker Ray Lewis said of the defending Super Bowl champions, who trailed 20-0 before making a first down.
Jan. 26, 1985: Junior Len Bias scores 18 points, including two furious slam-dunks, as Maryland (15-5) defeats Notre Dame, 77-65, before a sellout crowd at Cole Field House.
Jan. 26, 1975: In the first nationally televised women's college basketball game, Maryland falls to Immaculata (Pa.), the three-time defending national champion, 80-48, at Cole Field House. Seventy turnovers mar the contest, which is abruptly cut off by the Mizlou Television Network with two minutes remaining.
Jan. 21, 1973: A 15-foot jump shot by Elvin Hayes makes history as the "Big E" scores his 10,000th point in the Bullets' 108-97 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. Play is stopped and the announced Civic Center crowd of 10,573 applauds the 6-foot-9 Hayes, who becomes only the third NBA player to reach that scoring plateau in less than five years (Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson are the others).
Jan. 22, 1953: Two days after Baltimore receives an NFL franchise, the new Colts select running back Billy Vessels, Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma, with the second overall pick in the college draft. Vessels chooses to play in Canada instead and later joins the Colts for one season, 1956, scoring three touchdowns before retiring because of leg injuries.
Jan. 23, 1939: The Orioles' Willie Keeler, one of the best contact hitters of all time, is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The right fielder on Baltimore's three National League pennant-winning teams of the 1890s, Keeler once hit in 44 straight games and batted .333 lifetime against Cy Young, the winningest pitcher in history. Keeler died in 1923.
Jan. 21, 1946: Johnny Oates, a former Baltimore catcher who would manage the Orioles from 1991 to 1994 and the Texas Rangers for seven years after that. Oates died of a brain tumor in 2004.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun