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The Sun Remembers: Sept. 23-29

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Sept. 24, 2000: Rookie running back Jamal Lewis scores his first NFL touchdown and the Ravens defense holds Cincinnati to 4 rushing yards as Baltimore crushes the visiting Bengals, 37-0. "We set a standard with this game," defensive tackle Tony Siragusa said of the Ravens' second shutout. They'll finish with four — and the Super Bowl trophy.

Sept. 27, 1996: Called out on strikes in Toronto, the Orioles' Roberto Alomar spits in umpire John Hirschbeck's face and is slapped with a five-game suspension. Worse, Alomar says the umpire "had become more bitter" after the death of his son in 1993, prompting Hirschbeck to charge the second baseman in the clubhouse before being restrained.

Sept. 24, 1974: Detroit's Al Kaline, 39, a Baltimore native, slams a double to right field for his 3,000th hit in the Tigers' 5-4 loss to the Orioles at Memorial Stadium. "I'm glad the hit came [here] with my parents and relatives watching," says Kaline, the 12th player to reach the 3,000 mark. "And I'm especially proud that I got it off a tough pitcher like [Dave] McNally."

Sept. 28, 1968: Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joe Kapp shreds the visiting Colts defense, passing for an NFL-record-tying seven touchdowns and 449 yards in a 52-14 victory. "I'm ashamed of myself and the football team," Baltimore coach Don Shula says of his 0-2 club.

Sept. 28, 1960: In the last at-bat of his Hall of Fame career, the Boston Red Sox's Ted Williams, 42, hits his 521st home run off the Orioles' Jack Fisher at Fenway Park. The ball lands in the Boston bullpen, 400 feet away. "The pitching around the league should show improvement from now on," Orioles manager Paul Richards says.

Sept. 27, 1953: The Colts defeat the visiting Chicago Bears, 13-9, in their NFL opener, thanks to defensive back Bert Rechichar, who intercepts two passes, returns one 36 yards for a touchdown, and kicks a 56-yard field goal to set a league distance record that will stand until 1970.

Sept. 23, 1923: Right-hander James "Rube" Parnham pitches every inning of both games as the Orioles sweep a doubleheader from the Jersey City Skeeters, 5-1 and 13-0, to win their fifth straight International League pennant. Parnham finishes with 20 consecutive victories and a 33-7 record for the champion Birds (111-53).

Sept. 27, 1914: Babe Ruth returns to haunt the International League Orioles, who had sold him to the Red Sox in July. Boston farmed Ruth out to Providence, where he proceeds to clinch the IL pennant for the Grays, pitching them to a 4-2 victory over the Orioles and then getting three hits in a 23-19 slugfest over the sixth-place Birds.

Birthday

Sept. 23, 1962: John Harbaugh, Ravens head coach, is 50.

mike.klingaman@baltsun.com

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