Jan. 9, 2002: Fourth-ranked Maryland clears its bench in a 112-79 rout of North Carolina before a sellout crowd at Cole Field House. Juan Dixon leads the Terps (12-2), who accumulate the most points ever scored against the Tar Heels (5-7).
Jan. 7, 2001: More than 3,000 screaming, sign-carrying fans greet the Ravens at BWI Airport after their 24-10 playoff win over the Tennessee Titans in Nashville. The victory sends a Baltimore team to the AFC title game (against the Oakland Raiders) for the first time in 30 years.
Jan. 7, 1993: The Orioles ban smoking in seated areas of Camden Yards, becoming the fifth major league team to do so.
Jan. 11, 1984: "I feel great happiness," Luis Aparicio, 49, says on learning of his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. A deft-fielding shortstop, Aparicio spent 18 years in the majors, including five with the Orioles as he helped Baltimore win its first World Series in 1966.
Jan. 9, 1966: Tom Matte leads the Colts to a 35-3 upset of Dallas in the NFL Playoff Bowl before an announced 65,659 in Miami. Forced to play quarterback because of injuries, Matte — a converted halfback — throws for two touchdowns and bests the Cowboys' Don Meredith in passing yardage, 165 to 159, in the annual game between the divisional runners-up.
Jan. 10, 1961: Ron Swoboda's basket with 10 seconds remaining lifts undefeated Sparrows Point to a 49-47 win over previously unbeaten Parkville. The Pointers go on to win a state championship and Swoboda later becomes a baseball star for the New York Mets in their upset of the Orioles in the 1969 World Series.
Jan. 8, 1959: Six members of the world champion Colts make the NFL All-Pro team, a 24-man unit that features one unanimous choice: Baltimore defensive end Gino Marchetti. Other Colts honored are quarterback Johnny Unitas, running back Lenny Moore, receiver Raymond Berry, offensive tackle Jim Parker and defensive tackle Gene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb.
Jan. 7, 1933: Loyola defeats Western Maryland, 43-32, at Evergreen in the first game of the newly formed Maryland Intercollegiate Basketball League. Vince Carlin and Bob Belz score 10 points each for the Greyhounds.
Jan. 7, 1950: Ross Grimsley, former Orioles left-hander who won 18 games for the 1974 AL East champions. Somewhat eccentric, he had a white Afro, wore turquoise contact lenses and reportedly didn't bathe during winning streaks.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun