The Sun Remembers: This Week in Sports History for Dec. 17-23

Dec. 21, 1981: For the sixth time since Robert Irsay bought the Colts in 1972, the team has a new head coach. Hard-nosed Frank Kush replaces Mike McCormack, fired after a 2-14 season. Kush lasts three years and goes 11-28-1.

Dec. 21, 1977: Sacrebleu, a 2-year-old colt, becomes the first offspring of Triple Crown champion Secretariat to win in the United States. — a 6-length victory in the first race at Laurel Race Course.

Dec. 20, 1973: All-American Skip Wise scores 25 points and 6-foot-10 Larry Gibson gets 18 as Dunbar beats visiting Carver for its 39th straight basketball win, 73-48.

Dec. 17, 1969: In a stellar all-around performance, forward Gus Johnson leads the Bullets to a 138-133 NBA win over the Hawks in Atlanta. Johnson’s totals: 29 points, 14 rebounds and a career-high 13 assists.

Dec. 23, 1966: Rosie, an 8-year-old skating chimpanzee, performs between periods of the Clippers’ American Hockey League game at the Civic Center. Baltimore loses, 3-2, to the Hershey Bears.

Dec. 20, 1955: “What a guy to play for,” linebacker Joe Campanella says of Carroll Rosenbloom after the Colts owner hands each player at holiday check for $1,000. Though the Colts finished 5-6-1, the bonus is reportedly the largest in NFL history.

Dec. 19, 1940: Led by Dick Edell’s 12 points, the University of Baltimore takes a 35-25 basketball decision from Oregon before more than 3,000 fans at the Coliseum. At halftime, a turtle race is held on the court.

Dec. 21, 1900: Friends School defeats Poly, 8-0, in basketball at the winners’ gym (Park Place and Laurens Street). G.L. Broomell scores six points.

Birthday

Dec. 17, 1958: Randy McMillan (John Carroll, North Harford), the Colts’ No. 1 draft pick in 1981. He played three years in Baltimore and three in Indianapolis, rushing for 3,876 yards and 24 touchdowns.

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