This week in sports history in The Sun: May 20-26

May 22, 1988: Beginning the day with the worst record in the majors (8-33), the Orioles defeat Seattle, 7-2, giving them back-to-back victories for the first time in 46 games, over two seasons. Larry Sheets and Cal Ripken Jr. each hit a two-run homer and rookie Jose Bautista gets the win.

May 24, 1983: A cheering crowd of 700 greets the Blast atBaltimore-Washington International Airport after the team's 3-1 defeat at San Diego in the fifth and final game of the Major Indoor Soccer League championship. "This city deserves for us to sign a superstar," says Blast coach Kenny Cooper, already eyeing Memphis Americans forward Stan Stamenkovic.

May 24, 1966: Twenty-year-old Jim Palmer pitches the third-place Orioles past the Chicago White Sox, 6-4. It's the club-high fourth victory for the young right-hander, whose three complete games include a five-hitter over the Boston Red Sox in the second game of the season, in which he threw 172 pitches. Palmer credits his success to eating pancakes for breakfast.

May 21, 1966: Kauai King wins the 91st Preakness, giving the Maryland-born thoroughbred the first two legs of the Triple Crown. A crowd of 36,114 cheers the son of Native Dancer to a 13/4-length victory in near-record time of 1 minute, 55.4 seconds. Though he would fade to fourth in the Belmont Stakes, Kauai King remains one of only two Maryland horses to claim two of the three classic races. The other? His sire, Native Dancer.

May 25, 1912: Despite a home run by second baseman Freddie Parent, the Orioles fall, 11-10, to Jersey City in an International League slugfest. It's Baltimore's 14th loss in 26 games and the first home run hit in 30 contests at the Jersey City ballpark.


May 24, 1926: Willy Miranda, the good-field, no-hit shortstop who played five years with the Orioles (1955 through 1959). His first year in Baltimore, Miranda — a crowd favorite despite a .218 career batting average here — led American League shortstops in both putouts and assists. Miranda died in 1996.

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