Orioles receive inspiring visit from Tennessee teen, a one-armed catcher

The Sun Remembers: April 9-15

April 9, 1996: "There are four real blue-chippers, and we're going to get one of them," Ravens owner Art Modell announces before the NFL draft. Baltimore, which has the No. 4 pick overall, eyes Nebraska running back Lawrence Phillips, Illinois linebacker Kevin Hardy, Southern California wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson and UCLA tackle Jonathan Ogden. The Ravens get Ogden.

April 15, 1987: No-hit at home for the first time in history, the Orioles lose, 7-0, to left-hander Juan Nieves and the Milwaukee Brewers. Center fielder Robin Yount makes a diving catch of a fly ball hit by Eddie Murray to end the game.

April 12, 1977: Though the last two quarters are shortened to five minutes each, Severna Park crushes Old Mill, 25-0, in boys lacrosse. Ben Lamon has 10 assists in a game played in 90-degree heat.

April 13, 1966: Jim Palmer, 20, pitches his first complete game and hits a home run as the Orioles rout the Red Sox, 8-1, in 44-degree weather before an announced 1,955 in Boston.

April 15, 1957: The Orioles bang out 15 hits, including a 410-foot home run by Gus Triandos, to defeat the Washington Senators, 7-6, on Opening Day at Griffith Stadium. Both President Dwight D. Eisenhower (who keeps his own box score) and Vice President Richard M. Nixon attend.

April 10, 1950: After jockey Willie Doyle's death at 67, his ashes are scattered near the finish line at Pimlico Race Course, where Doyle won the 1909 Preakness aboard Effendi, a 40-1 shot.

April 10, 1921: Despite an explosive nine-run ninth inning, the International League Orioles lose a 26-14 exhibition to the Philadelphia Athletics in a cold drizzle before an announced 4,500 at Oriole Park. Max Bishop, a second baseman who'll go on to play 10 years for the A's, gets four hits for Baltimore.

April 14, 1911: Ned Crane, a Baltimore chauffeur-turned-champion race car driver, dies when his Buick overturns during a practice run in Kansas City, Mo. Crane held five international speed records.

Birthday

April 12, 1986: Brad Brach, Orioles reliever who's coming off an All-Star season in which he went 10-4 with a 2.05 ERA.

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