Aug. 31, 2004: “I’m here for a Super Bowl,” says Deion Sanders, 37, an eight-time Pro Bowl cornerback, who signs a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Ravens. In his two years here, however, Baltimore fails to make the NFL playoffs.
Aug. 31, 1997: For the first time, Baltimore hosts both a pro baseball and football game on the same day. The Orioles lose, 4-1, to the New York Mets at Camden Yards while the Ravens drop a 28-27 decision to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Total announced attendance: 109,093.
Sept. 1, 1986: A 29-yard field goal by Dan Plocki with 2:06 remaining gives Maryland a 10-7 victory over Pittsburgh in its season opener on national TV. The Terps will finish 5-5-1 in Bobby Ross’ fifth and final year as their head coach.
Aug. 29, 1970: In their first meeting since Don Shula left the Colts to become head coach of Miami, the Dolphins defeat Baltimore, 20-13 , in a preseason game before an announced 76,712 at the Orange Bowl. The Colts go on to win the Super Bowl.
Aug. 31, 1966: On his 31st birthday, Frank Robinson gets four hits, including a two-run home run, as the first-place Orioles defeat the Indians, 5-1 in Cleveland.
Aug. 30, 1956: Mary Ann Musser, 17, of Ellicott City loses in the semifinals of the U.S. Golf Association Girls Junior Championship in Toledo, Ohio. Eight years later, an auto accident nearly ends Musser’s career, but she fights back to win the Maryland State Golf Association Amateur title in 1976 and 1977.
Aug. 27, 1910: In the annual Evening Sun’s Newsboys Race, 25 youngsters, white and black, run 1¼ miles over cobbled city streets. The victor is W. Darrell Wagner of Hampden, who finishes in 9 minutes, 47 seconds and wins a bicycle.
Aug. 30, 1895: In what The Sun calls “the best catch ever made at Union Park,” right fielder Willie Keeler nabs a game-ending line drive in the Orioles’ 10-0 National League win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. “Keeler, going at full speed, threw out his left hand as the ball was about to strike the fence — and the ball stuck there,” The Sun writes. “The spectators cheered him to the echo.”
Aug. 27, 1941: Jerry Logan, Colts’ three-time Pro Bowl safety who started 155 consecutive games and whose interception ended Baltimore’s 16-13 victory in Super Bowl V in January 1971.