Dec. 12, 1996: The Orioles sign free-agent shortstop Mike Bordick, ending Cal Ripken Jr.’s reign at that position after 15-plus years. Ripken, 36, will play mostly third base for the last five seasons of his career.
Dec. 14, 1976: Jockey Bryan Fann, 27, rides five winners at Laurel Race Course, one in the featured eighth race in which Chesapeake Bugeye breaks last from the gate but wins by 7 lengths.
Dec. 16, 1964: Three Civic Center records fall as the Bullets rout the Philadelphia 76ers, 140-120, before an announced 2,189 in an NBA game. Baltimore scores 47 points in the first quarter and 77 points by halftime. The 260 points scored by both teams is also a house mark. Walt Bellamy’s 37 points lead the Bullets.
Dec. 11, 1954: The Colts’ Gary Kerkorian misses four field-goal attempts of 14 to 32 yards in a season-ending 10-7 loss to the 49ers in San Francisco. Coach Weeb Ewbank defends using Kerkorian, even though Baltimore’s other kicker, Bert Rechichar, had made a 56-yard field goal, for an NFL record, the year before.
Dec. 11, 1934: With its new mascots — two four-legged Greyhounds — watching from courtside, the Loyola College basketball team defeats Randolph-Macon, 52-26, at Evergreen. Will Ferrarini scores 15 points and Price Colvin 13.
Dec. 16, 1922: Gilman’s soccer team defeats the Princeton freshmen, 2-1, on the losers’ campus in New Jersey. Jake Slagle scores the winning goal. He’ll go on to star as an All-America back on Princeton’s football team.
Dec. 14, 1918: Running in a misty drizzle, Edwin Schmidt of Mount Washington wins a 10-mile “marathon” over slick Baltimore streets in 64 minutes. Eight runners compete in the event, which starts and ends at the Clifton Park Mansion.
Dec. 14, 1907: Navy plays its first basketball game, a 58-12 victory over the Corcoran Cadet Corps of Washington at the Annapolis Armory. “Captain [Arnold] Vanderhoof started the scoring by a prettily shot goal a few minutes after play began,” The Sun reports. Vanderhoof finishes with 16 points.
Dec. 11, 1961: Jess Atkinson, former Maryland kicker who tied for the Atlantic Coast Conference lead in 1981 with 12 field goals and who played four years in the NFL.