Raymond Berry

Raymond Berry, former teammate of Johnny Unitas, introduces other former Colts attending the news conference announcing the name of Towson University's newly renovated and expanded stadium, Johnny Unitas Stadium. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun / April 28, 2003)

April 28, 2003: Towson University announces plans to rename its outdoor athletic facility Johnny Unitas Stadium. "I would hope naming this for John will inspire those who play here to live up to his example," says Hall of Famer Raymond Berry, one of a dozen old Colts to attend Towson's news conference.

April 29, 1988: "We knew we'd win sometime, but we didn't think it would take 22 games," manager Frank Robinson says after the Orioles' first victory of the season, 9-0 over the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park. The Birds' 21 straight losses, an American League record, falls two short of the major league mark set by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1961.

May 1, 1984: Five weeks after leaving Baltimore for Indianapolis, the Colts reach back to Maryland for their first-round draft pick. He's Ron Solt, the Terps' All-America guard.

April 29, 1978: A brawl that breaks out late in Johns Hopkins' homecoming game against Maryland results in four penalties and an ejection, and sends one lacrosse player, the Terps' Mike Farrell, to Union Memorial Hospital with a concussion. Hopkins (8-1) hands Maryland its first defeat, 19-13.

May 4, 1973: "Those six years [in Baltimore] were the most wonderful of my career," the California Angels' Frank Robinson tells Orioles fans in his first appearance at Memorial Stadium since the Birds traded him in 1971. After a ceremony in which the Orioles retire his jersey, Robinson doubles and scores the game's only run.

April 30, 1966: Jay Trump, the rags-to-riches thoroughbred, wins his third Maryland Hunt Cup and is promptly retired. Bought on the cheap ($2,000) at Charles Town, the 9-year-old gelding gained international acclaim after winning the Grand National in Aintree, England, in 1965, the first American-bred and -owned steeplechaser to do so.

April 30, 1957: A twin-engine plane crashes on the University of Maryland lacrosse field, scattering players at practice. The plane's four occupants suffer minor injuries.

April 29, 1946: With FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover cheering him on in the stands, a horse named Director J E comes from far back to win the feature race on Pimlico's opening-day race card.

May 2, 1919: Having defeated the Rochester Hustlers, 15-8, for their first win of the International League season, the Orioles return to their clubhouse to find they'd been robbed of $152 in pocket money. The culprit is never found.

Birthday

April 29, 1934: Luis Aparicio, the Hall of Fame shortstop who played five years with the Orioles, including the 1966 championship season when he had hitting streaks of 17 and 14 games.

mike.klingaman@baltsun.com

  • Text TERPS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun Terps sports text alerts