Former Orioles slugger Jim Gentile

Sept. 29, 1961: "Trying to express how I feel is about as tough as hitting [the New York Yankees'] Whitey Ford," Jim Gentile says as Orioles fans celebrate a night in the slugger's honor at Memorial Stadium. Gifts include a white Corvette convertible and a family membership at the Towson YMCA for Gentile, 27, who sets team records this year for home runs (46) and RBIs (141). (Baltimore Sun file photo)

Oct. 1, 2006: In a fitting end to a sorry season, the Orioles (70-92) go hitless in a rain-shortened 9-0 loss in Boston. Devern Hansack, a Red Sox rookie, stops the Birds over five innings. He'll win only one more game in the majors.

Oct. 5, 1997: "We can play with the big boys and run with the big boys, but we haven't quite learned how to beat the big boys," coach Ted Marchibroda says after his Ravens blow a 21-point lead and lose, 42-34, to the Pittsburgh Steelers before an announced record crowd of 64,421 at Memorial Stadium.

Sept. 29, 1978: A 2-1 victory over Sparrows Point gives Loch Raven its 52nd consecutive high school soccer win over Baltimore County opponents. John Potter scores both goals for Loch Raven, the defending state Class A champion.

Oct. 1, 1977: With 24 seconds remaining, Calvert Hall's David Black kicks a 25-yard field goal — his first attempt in three years on varsity — to lift the Cardinals past Gilman, 9-7, in a battle of Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference football unbeatens.

Oct. 5, 1963: Junior quarterback Roger Staubach leads Navy (3-0) to a 26-13 victory at Michigan. Staubach completes 14 of 16 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns, and rushes for 70 yards and a TD. He'll win the Heisman Trophy and take the Midshipmen to a Cotton Bowl game against No. 1 Texas.

Sept. 29, 1961: "Trying to express how I feel is about as tough as hitting [the New York Yankees'] Whitey Ford," Jim Gentile says as Orioles fans celebrate a night in the slugger's honor at Memorial Stadium. Gifts include a white Corvette convertible and a family membership at the Towson YMCA for Gentile, 27, who sets team records this year for home runs (46) and RBIs (141).

Oct. 2, 1954: Claude "Buddy" Young's two touchdown receptions lead the Colts past New York, 20-14, before an announced 27,088 at Memorial Stadium. Young scores on plays of 78 and 47 yards, dragging the Giants' Tom Landry across the goal line on the latter.

Oct. 4, 1944: The Orioles capture the Governors' Cup (International League championship) in the seventh and deciding game, 6-3 over the visiting Newark Bears before an announced 14,747. Sherm Lollar, Stan Benjamin and Ken "Weasel" Braun homer for the Birds, who advance to the Junior World Series against the Louisville Colonels. They'll win that, too.

Birthday

Oct. 4, 1989: Kimmie Meissner, the Towson native who won the world figure skating championship in 2006.

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