The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for Sept. 9-15

Sept. 15, 1973: Cleveland Cooper rushes for 175 yards and two touchdowns and Navy’s defense compiles five sacks and six interceptions in a 37-8 romp over Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va. It’s the first victory for George Welsh, the Midshipmen’s new coach.

Sept. 15, 1972: A three-run, first-inning blast by Boog Powell gives the third-place Orioles a 3-1 win over the Yankees in New York. Jim Palmer (20-8) becomes a 20-game winner for the third straight year.

Sept. 9, 1968: Rookie center Wes Unseld, the Baltimore Bullets’ first-round NBA draft pick, is rejected for military service. “Something’s wrong with me evidently and I don’t think it’s anything to be excited about,” says Unseld, who has had a history of knee problems.

Sept. 13, 1963: Right-hander Phil Regan stops the Orioles on five hits as the Tigers win, 3-2, in Detroit. In 1995, Regan is named Orioles manager, goes 71-73 and is fired.

Sept. 15, 1962: Emerson Boozer, a freshman running back, scores his first college touchdown on a 20-yard run as Maryland State (now UMES) defeats Livingston (N.C.), 54-0, in Salisbury. Boozer will go on to play 10 years in the NFL and help the New York Jets defeat the Colts in the January 1969 Super Bowl.

Sept. 14, 1954: Paul Richards, 45, is named manager and general manager of the seventh-place Orioles for 1955, replacing Jimmie Dykes and Art Ehlers, respectively. Richards, who resigns as boss of the Chicago White Sox to take the job, will manage Baltimore for seven seasons, go 517-539 and be named American League Manager of the Year in 1960 when the Orioles place second.

Sept. 11, 1950: Returning home from Green Bay, where they lost their seventh straight preseason game, 16-14, to the Packers, the Colts are met by 300 fans at Friendship Airport bearing signs that read, “Exhibitions, Pooh! Beat Washington!” and “So You’ve Lost … Now Win!” They’ll finish 1-11.

Sept. 11, 1934: Baltimore’s Vince Dundee, the world middleweight boxing champion, loses his title in a unanimous 15-round decision to Teddy Yarosz of Monaca, Pa., before 28,000 fans at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.

Birthday

Sept. 10, 1932: Louis George “L.G.” Dupre, a Colts running back for five years who helped Baltimore win NFL titles in 1958 and 1959. Dupre, whom fans dubbed “Long Gone” for his speed, died in 2001.

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