The Sun Remembers: March 5-11

Reliving this week in Baltimore sports history.

March 5, 1996: Two Orioles managers are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame: Earl Weaver, who led Baltimore to four American League pennants and the 1970 world championship, and Ned Hanlon, who guided the Orioles to three straight National League titles in the 1890s.

March 10, 1980: Hobbling on a left knee in which he tore ligaments four days earlier, wrestler Arnold Sing of Oakland Mills pins his opponent in 25 seconds to win the 138-pound state championship at the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association Class B/C tournament at Howard.

March 10, 1973: Late free throws by David Thompson and Tim Stoddard give undefeated and second-ranked North Carolina State a 76-74 win over eighth-ranked Maryland for the Atlantic Coast Conference championship in Greensboro. Stoddard goes on to pitch six years for the Orioles.

March 5, 1968: A bench-clearing brawl erupts in the Bullets' 126-121 NBA victory over the SuperSonics in Seattle. Baltimore center Bob Ferry slugs Walt Hazzard in the jaw while being pounded by Tom Meschery. Meanwhile, the Bullets' Gus Johnson pummels Al Bianchi when the Seattle coach tries to restrain him.

March 5, 1961: "It Can Be Done in '61," the Orioles' slogan for the upcoming baseball season, will be printed on 100,000 bumper stickers in six languages — English, Polish, Greek, Italian, Yiddish and Russian — the city's Opening Day committee announces.

March 6, 1957: Jack Sullivan scores 55 points as Mount St. Mary's defeats the University of Baltimore, 120-100, in the Mason-Dixon Conference basketball tournament at Evergreen. Sullivan, the leading scorer in the state, makes 22 of 31 field-goal attempts before sitting out the last six minutes of the game.

March 9, 1948: Before a raucous crowd, Primo Carnera defeats Dutch Rohde, aka Buddy Rogers, in a wrestling match at the Coliseum. Carnera, former world heavyweight boxing champion, chooses to punch instead of wrestle, so Rohde does the same — until he floors the referee, Cyclone Burns, and is disqualified.

March 11, 1921: En route to spring training in Goldsboro, N.C., a prankster enters the Orioles' sleeping car and pours Tabasco sauce on the players. Baltimore stays hot all season, going 119-47 to win the International League crown by 20 games.

Birthday

March 5, 1971: Orioles outfielder Jeffrey Hammonds, the fourth player picked overall in the 1992 major league draft. Oft-injured, he spent parts of six seasons with Baltimore before becoming an All-Star and hitting .335 with the Colorado Rockies in 2000.

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