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The Sun Remembers: Dec. 15-21

By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun

2:45 PM EST, December 15, 2013

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Dec. 17, 2006: Replacing the injured Steve McNair, quarterback Kyle Boller stumbles often but leads the Ravens past the Cleveland Browns, 27-17, at M&T Bank Stadium to clinch a playoff spot. Boller passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns, one a 77-yarder to Demetrius Williams that puts Baltimore ahead to stay in the third quarter.

Dec. 21, 1975: A late rally lifts the Colts past New England, 34-21, and gives them the AFC East title before an announced 48,678 at Memorial Stadium. It's the ninth straight win after a 1-4 start for Baltimore, which intercepts five Patriots passes.

Dec. 15, 1972: Desperate for a win, Clippers coach Terry Reardon changes his seat on the bus ride to the hockey game. Result? Last-place Baltimore defeats the host Cleveland Barons, 3-2. It's the first victory in 14 games for Baltimore's American Hockey League team.

Dec. 21, 1968: The Bullets win their eighth straight game — and 22nd in the past 26 — with a 131-117 victory over the Phoenix Suns. Kevin Loughery scores 30 points and rookie center Wes Unseld adds 20 points and 23 rebounds for Baltimore, which leads the NBA Eastern Division at 26-7.

Dec. 21, 1963: Violently ill in the third quarter, forward Terry Dischinger returns to score 16 points in the fourth, including the two winning free throws, as the Bullets nip the Cincinnati Royals, 108-106.

Dec. 16, 1952: Center Al Kaline scores 14 points to lead Southern to a 76-69 basketball win at Loyola. Six months later, Kaline makes his baseball debut with the Detroit Tigers.

Dec. 19, 1948: Elizabeth "Toots" Barger rolls a 702 to set a city five-game duckpin record in the first round of the Evening Sun Bowling Tournament at the Stadium alleys. Barger, four-time tourney champion, averages two strikes a game and, for the night, tops the highest-scoring men by 10 pins.

Dec. 17, 1912: Though held without a basket in the first half, Loyola defeats Maryland, 21-14, in its first home game under Bill Schuerholz, the first paid coach in the team's five-year history.

Birthday

Dec. 18, 1974: Peter Boulware, former Ravens linebacker whose 70 sacks rank second all-time here behind Terrell Suggs' 93.5.

mike.klingaman@baltsun.com