Len Bias

Len Bias (Baltimore Sun file photo)

Nov. 24, 1997: Towson's men's basketball team takes Michigan to the wire before losing, 75-72, at the Towson Center before an announced 5,086, the largest home crowd in school history. Raul de Pablo scores 18 as the Tigers (1-1) make a team-record 13 3-point shots in 25 attempts.

Nov. 24, 1984: "We were just awful. I might play tomorrow," Maryland coach Lefty Driesell says after his men's basketball team scores a 54-52 win at Alaska-Anchorage. With three seconds left, Len Bias hits a 3-foot bank shot to give the Terps (1-1) the victory.

Nov. 28, 1974: Pete Legler and Mark Poehlman, two junior running backs who weigh barely 150 pounds each, score all six Loyola touchdowns as the Dons defeat Calvert Hall, 40-28, before an announced 10,000 at Memorial Stadium on Thanksgiving Day.

Nov. 26, 1967: A 26-9 victory over the San Francisco 49ers leaves the Colts (9-0-2) as the last undefeated team in the NFL. Lou Michaels kicks four field goals, including a 47-yarder, and Baltimore intercepts three passes by Steve Spurrier, one of which Lenny Lyles returns for a touchdown.

Nov. 29, 1958: Navy removes senior John Mascali as basketball captain for running a football betting pool on campus, but allows him to remain on the team.

Nov. 28, 1942: In a scaled-down game between the two service powers, Navy defeats Army, 14-0, in half-empty Thompson Stadium in Annapolis. Wartime gas rationing restricts attendance to those living within 10 miles of the academy. The game draws just 10,000 fans including 3,000 midshipmen, half of whom are made to root for Army.

Nov. 26, 1896: Soldiers stationed at Fort McHenry hold a mini-Olympics for the public on Thanksgiving Day. Prizes of $1 to $5 are awarded winners of events such as the 100-yard dash, 16-pound hammer throw, potato race and tug-of-war.

Nov. 29, 1889: Virginia's football team routs Johns Hopkins, 68-0, in Charlottesville. The game is cut short by 15 minutes to allow the Hopkins players time to catch their train to Baltimore.

Birthday

Nov. 26, 1946: Art Shell, an All-America tackle at Maryland State (now UMES) in 1966 and 1967. He played 15 years for the Oakland-Los Angeles Raiders, won two Super Bowls and is enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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