Sept. 2, 1999: Relieved? You bet, Cal Ripken Jr. says after hitting the 400th home run of his career in the Orioles' 11-6 over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. "It's a little bit of pressure off me," says Ripken, 39, who gets two curtain calls at Oriole Park. "You don't hit home runs by trying to think about it."
Sept. 7, 1985: "The season isn't over, for crying out loud," Maryland football coach Bobby Ross says after the No. 7 Terps fall to No. 19 Penn State, 20-18, in their opener before a sweltering crowd of 50,750 at Byrd Stadium. It's Maryland's 21st straight loss to the Nittany Lions, on a day when temperatures on the field hit 110 degrees.
Sept. 6, 1974: A doubleheader sweep in Cleveland (2-0 and 1-0) runs the Orioles' string of consecutive shutouts to five, an American League record. Dave McNally, Jim Palmer, Ross Grimsley and Mike Cuellar (twice) set the mark. "It's like each guy who goes out there doesn't want the guy who pitched the last game to get the best of him," pitching coach George Bamberger says.
Sept. 1, 1966: The Bullets deal Bailey Howell, their All-Star forward, to Boston for Mel Counts, a gangly 7-foot center. Counts plays 25 games for Baltimore and is traded. Howell helps the Celtics win two NBA titles in the next three years.
Sept. 4, 1959: The Colts, defending NFL champions, win their fourth straight preseason game, 30-21 over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Johnny Unitas throws three touchdown passes to Lenny Moore, then turns the quarterback job over to Andy Nelson, a safety by trade.
Sept. 4, 1944: A Municipal Stadium crowd of 44,217 — including 18,000 servicemen — watch Washington's Sammy Baugh pass for two scores as the Redskins defeat the Green Bay Packers, 20-7 in a preseason game here.
Sept. 6, 1937: Four jockeys are hurt on opening day at Timonium Race Track. One rider suffers fractured ribs; another, a broken leg. A group of Boy Scouts attending the state fair helps transport the injured riders to hospitals.
Sept. 5, 1926: In an exhibition game, the minor league Orioles rout the visiting New York Yankees, 19-9. Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig go a combined 0-for-9 for the AL leaders, and Ruth brawls with teammate Mark Koenig, accusing the shortstop of lazy play in the field.
Sept. 7, 1951: Bert Jones, the quarterback who led the Colts to three AFC East championships from 1975 to 1977 and was the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1976.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun