The Sun Remembers: April 2-8

April 5, 1997: A 15-9 victory over James Madison at Byrd Stadium marks the 46th consecutive victory for the Maryland women's lacrosse team. The Terps (10-0) will finish 21-1 and win their third straight NCAA Division I title for coach Cindy Timchal.

April 5, 1982: Cal Ripken Jr. hits his first major league home run and Eddie Murray hits a grand slam as the Orioles defeat the Kansas City Royals, 13-5, in their opener before a record 51,958 at Memorial Stadium.

April 5, 1947: Flucie Stewart is named Maryland men's basketball coach. Stewart, who was athletic director and coach at Appalachian State, goes 27-49 in three seasons with the Terps and is replaced by Bud Millikan.

April 3, 1946: Twenty-four horses are saved from a burning stable at Laurel Race Course in a blaze seen six miles away. Four days earlier, at Bowie Race Course, a fire destroyed another wooden stable and the 24 thoroughbreds inside.

April 5, 1931: The International League Orioles defeat the world champion Philadelphia Athletics, 6-5, in an exhibition at Oriole Park. The winners hold slugger Jimmie Foxx (Sudlersville) to a scratch single and touch pitcher Eddie Rommel (Baltimore) for three runs, including a home run by "Joltin'" Joe Hauser.

April 3, 1926: Johns Hopkins sets a state single-game scoring record with a 19-0 lacrosse victory over St. John's, of Annapolis. George Love scores four times for the Blue Jays, who'll go 9-0, outscore opponents 103-11 and win the national championship.

April 2, 1913: Maryland loses, 9-1, to the Carlisle (Pa.) Indian lacrosse team. The Aggies, as they are called, "did not actually score their point — the ball, while being passed, rolling into the goal," The Sun reports.

April 5, 1895: The Orioles, defending National League champs, take a 23-2 exhibition from a local team in Roanoke, Va., home of Walter Brodie, the Baltimore outfielder. Brodie gets three hits and makes an acrobatic catch, after which "the roof of the grandstand was nearly lifted, men threw their hats away regardless of the blazing sun, and ladies frantically waved their parasols," The Sun reports.


April 7, 1873: John McGraw, the fiery third baseman who led the Orioles to three straight National League championships (1894-1896) and batted .336 in 11 seasons with Baltimore. A Hall of Famer, McGraw died in 1934.

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