Sept. 14, 1985: Delaware’s football team stuns Navy, 16-13, in Newark. Rich Gannon, the Blue Hens’ quarterback, completes 15 of 19 passes and runs for two touchdowns. Napoleon McCallum rushes for 153 yards and two scores for the Midshipmen.
Sept. 15, 1977: The second-place Orioles forfeit a game to the Blue Jays, in Toronto, when umpires refuse manager Earl Weaver’s demand that they remove the tarpaulin from Toronto’s bullpen area in foul ground in left field.
Sept. 14, 1974: Third-ranked Alabama edges No. 14 Maryland, 21-16, in football before an announced record crowd of 54,412 at Byrd Stadium. A 19-yard reception by Ozzie Newsome sets up one Crimson Tide touchdown.
Sept. 13, 1971: “Drink up, because some of you won’t be around for my second 500,” champagne-sodden Frank Robinson says in the Orioles’ clubhouse after hitting his 500th career home run in a 10-5 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Memorial Stadium. He becomes the 11th player to reach that milestone.
Sept. 14, 1969: A 23-7 victory over the Cowboys in Dallas gives the Colts their sixth straight preseason win. Rookie quarterback Roger Staubach (Navy) rushes for 118 yards against Baltimore, but throws four interceptions and is sacked five times.
Sept. 14, 1958: In a prequel to the 1958 NFL title game, the Colts defeat the New York Giants, 27-21, in the preseason before an announced 11,111 at Memorial Stadium — the smallest home crowd to see the Colts since their return to pro football in 1953. Ray Brown returns an interception 66 yards for a touchdown to win the game.
Sept. 16, 1947: Apparently exhausted, a banded racing pigeon flies into the third-floor window of The Sun’s cafeteria and takes refuge behind a door. The bird is turned over to the local SPCA.
Sept. 14, 1929: Frederick Hamilton of Cumberland wins the Maryland Horseshoe Pitching Championship at Patterson Park. Hamilton, 18, defeats Melvin Renn, of Scaggsville in Howard County, two games to one, while tossing 25 ringers in 78 tries. He wins a pair of gold horseshoes, presented by The Sun.
Sept. 12, 1916: Charlie “King Kong” Keller, a five-time All-Star outfielder with the New York Yankees in the 1940s. Keller, from Middletown in Frederick County, died in 1990.