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The Sun Remembers: March 10-16

March 15, 2002: Maryland's march to the NCAA men's basketball championship begins with an 85-70 victory over Siena in the East Regional. Juan Dixon (Calvert Hall), the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, scores 29 for the Terps (27-4).

March 10, 1983: More than 6,000 fans at the Civic Center watch Dunbar rout Cardinal Gibbons, the Catholic League champion, 82-53 in the first Metro Basketball Classic. It's the 59th consecutive victory for coach Bob Wade's Poets, the mythical national champions, who get 37 points from All-American Reggie Williams, their Georgetown-bound forward.

March 15, 1974: After Morgan State's NCAA College Division title victory, 67-52 over Southwest Missouri, Marvin Webster, the Bears' 7-foot junior center, hoists teammate Billy Newton on his shoulders to cut the net. Webster's 21 points in the final cinch his selection as the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

March 14, 1967: The Colts make Bubba Smith, 6-foot-7 defensive end from Michigan State, the No. 1 pick in the first combined NFL-AFL draft. "It's great to know the mystery is over," says Smith, the College Lineman of the Year. He'll play five years in Baltimore, help the team win Super Bowl V and make first-team All-Pro in 1971.

March 13, 1961: Colts defensive back Milt Davis, an All-Pro in 1957, retires from football at age 31 to obtain a doctorate in education at UCLA, his alma mater. A four-year starter, Davis twice led the NFL in interceptions. "We can't replace him," Baltimore defensive coach Charlie Winner says. "He's the ultimate team player."

March 14, 1941: The City College basketball team holds Southern to five points in the second half to win the A Conference championship, 35-29. Dick Working scores 11 points for the Collegians.

March 15, 1901: Training in Hot Springs, Ark., the American League Orioles sign a 22-year-old infielder named Tokohama, whom manager John McGraw says is a Cherokee Indian. Within days, it is learned that Tokohama is really Charlie Grant, an African-American. The Orioles drop him from their roster.

March 16, 1896: The Orioles, two-time defending National League champions, stage their first workout in Macon, Ga. Practice ends with a mile run, and flamboyant center fielder Steve Brodie jogs the distance while carrying a canvas bag full of bats.

Birthday

March 14, 1946: Wes Unseld, Hall of Fame basketball center for the Baltimore Bullets whose defense and rebounding took them to the NBA Finals in 1971.

mike.klingaman@baltsun.com

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