The Sun Remembers: This Week in Sports History for Feb. 25-March 3

March 2, 2001: The top-ranked Maryland women’s lacrosse team opens with an 18-11 defeat of No. 4 Duke in College Park. Jen Adams, two-time National Player of the Year, gets four goals and six assists for the Terps, six-time defending national champions.

Feb. 26, 1987: Manager Cal Ripken Sr. gives a 45-minute welcoming speech to the Orioles in spring training at Miami Stadium — nearly twice as long a spiel as those of his predecessor, Earl Weaver. “I had more to say,” Ripken said. “I wanted to talk about the proper way to handle certain things.”

Feb. 27, 1977: ”I’ve been waiting for this for the longest time,” Dunbar’s Calvin Maddox says as the Poets defeat Carver, 78-58, for their first Baltimore City Public School Basketball Tournament championship at Morgan State. It’s the 23rd win for undefeated Dunbar, led by Maddox (15 points, four steals), who’ll be The Evening Sun’s Male Athlete of the Year in 1978.

Feb. 28, 1976: Westminster’s Steve Hoff (155 pounds) becomes Maryland’s first three-time wrestling champion with an 11-4 win over Jeff Carson of Thomas Johnson in the state finals before an announced 4,000 at Catonsville Community College.

Feb. 25, 1971: Make it seven straight American Hockey League victories for the first-place Clippers, 6-2 winners over Hershey at the Civic Center. Wayne Rivers scores three times for Baltimore, which gets stellar defense from Larry Johnston, who, The Sun reports, “sent Bear bodies sprawling all over the ice.”

March 3, 1965: The Bullets set a team scoring record in a 151-108 rout of the Cincinnati Royals at the Civic Center. Seven players score in double figures, led by Walt Bellamy (32 points), Don Ohl (27) and Bailey Howell (20) as Baltimore shoots 60 percent from the field.

Feb. 25, 1958: For the second time in five years, the Orioles shorten the distance from home plate to center field in cavernous Memorial Stadium. Originally 445 feet away, the fence is now 410 feet from home.

Feb. 26, 1954: Carl Pakulski’s free throw with three seconds left in overtime gives Patterson a 56-55 victory over City for the Baltimore public school basketball championship.

Birthday

March 1, 1921: Howie Fox, Orioles pitcher who went 1-2 in Baltimore’s return to the American League in 1954. He died a year later, stabbed to death in a knife fight at a bar he owned in San Antonio.

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