The Sun Remembers: Sept. 3-9

Sept. 6, 1998: “Our fans deserve better,” linebacker Ray Lewis says after the Ravens lose, 20-13, to the Pittsburgh Steelers before an announced 68,847 in the first regular-season game played in the $223 million Ravens Stadium. Baltimore scores its first touchdown with less than three minutes remaining.

Sept. 7, 1988: “He showed he doesn’t get rattled out there,” manager Frank Robinson says of Curt Schilling, a rookie right-hander who, in his big league debut, pitches seven innings in the Orioles’ 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox at Memorial Stadium.

Sept. 7, 1982: Pam Shriver of Lutherville upsets top-seeded Martina Navratilova in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open in Forest Hills, N.Y., 1-6, 7-6, 6-2. “I zoned. I got myself pumped up and the adrenaline just flowed,” the seventh-seeded Shriver says. She’ll lose in the semifinals to Hana Mandlíková.

Sept. 6, 1975: Quarterback Mark Manges passes for a school-record four touchdowns as Maryland routs Villanova, 41-0, in College Park. It’s the first season-opening win in a decade for the Terps, who’ll go on to win the Gator Bowl.

Sept. 8, 1956: Outfielder Bob Nieman’s 20-game hitting streak ends in the Orioles’ 6-1 loss to the Red Sox at Memorial Stadium. Nieman’s streak is a single-season club record and will stand until 1984, when Eddie Murray hits in 22 straight games.

Sept. 7, 1953: The Colts, the newest team in the NFL, drop a 23-21 preseason game to Cleveland in Akron, Ohio. It’s hard to tell the teams apart: Baltimore has 15 former Browns on its 38-man roster.

Sept. 7, 1944: In a game that features 25 walks, the Orioles defeat the Jersey City Giants, 21-10. Baltimore’s soon-to-be International League champs explode for 10 runs in the ninth inning.

Sept. 3, 1930: Three jockeys are injured and one horse is destroyed after an accident in the sixth race at Timonium Race Track. Daisy Buck, the leader, falls, spills her rider, then gets up and charges off in the wrong direction, where she runs head-on into two other horses.

Birthday

Sept. 7, 1936: Ray Brown, starting safety and punter on the Colts’ NFL title teams of 1958 and 1959. Brown’s 50.8-yard punting average in Baltimore’s first championship game — a 23-17 sudden-death victory over the New York Giants — sets a title-game record.

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