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The Sun Remembers: Oct. 14-20

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Oct. 16, 1983: The Orioles win their third and most recent World Series as Scott McGregor pitches a five-hitter to beat the Phillies, 5-0, in Game 5 in Philadelphia. First baseman Eddie Murray ends a slump by hitting two home runs. Catcher Rick Dempsey, a .231 hitter, earns Most Valuable Player honors and reacts with disbelief. "In 11 years, I've never been hot," he says.

Oct. 16, 1977: "It was just good enough to win," Bert Jones, the Colts' All-Pro quarterback, says of visiting Baltimore's 17-6 victory over the hapless Kansas City Chiefs (0-5). The victory, the fifth straight for the playoff-bound Colts, comes against a Kansas City team ranked last in the NFL in defense.

Oct. 15, 1970: Moments after the Orioles defeat the visiting Cincinnati Reds, 9-3, to win the World Series, the Baseball Hall of Fame asks to have third baseman Brooks Robinson's glove. Robinson is MVP of the Series, which the Orioles win in five games. It's Baltimore's second world championship in five years.

Oct. 16, 1969: Defying all odds, the New York Mets win the World Series in five games with a 5-3 victory at Shea Stadium. "Whether or not they could do it again next week, nobody knows. But this was the week that counted," Orioles starting pitcher Dave McNally says.

Oct. 18, 1967: In his pro basketball debut, Earl Monroe, Baltimore's flashy rookie guard, scores 22 points — 11 in the first quarter — as the Bullets rout the visiting New York Knicks, 121-98. Monroe adds five assists and goes on to be NBA Rookie of the Year.

Oct. 17, 1963: Last-minute free throws by Si Green and Rod Thorn give the city's new team, the Bullets, their first victory, 115-113 over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Terry Dischinger's 25 points and Walt Bellamy's 23 lead the Bullets (1-1), who moved last year from Chicago, where they were called the Zephyrs.

Oct. 15, 1960: Joe Bellino runs for two scores, catches a touchdown pass, makes an interception and quick-kicks for Navy in its 35-3 victory over Air Force at Memorial Stadium. It's the fifth victory for the unbeaten and Orange Bowl-bound Midshipmen.

Oct. 13, 1951: Maryland's football team overwhelms host Georgia, 43-7, behind the running of Ed Modzelewski and Chester Hanulak. The undefeated Terps hold Bulldogs quarterback Zeke Bratkowski in check to win their third game and have outscored opponents, 130-27.

Birthday

Oct. 18, 1966: Alan Mills, former Orioles reliever and now pitching coach of the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds

mike.klingaman@baltsun.com

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