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The Sun Remembers: This Week in Sports History for Feb. 4-10

Feb. 6, 2000: About 90 people gather at the Babe Ruth Birthplace in Baltimore to mark the 105th birthday of the Sultan of Swat and celebrate with champagne and cake.

Feb. 6, 1982: Margaret Diaz of Mount St. Mary’s sets a women’s all-time Maryland college basketball scoring record in a 97-85 victory over Shippensburg State. Her 26 points give Diaz a career total of 1,688, surpassing the mark of 1,684 set in 1981 by Annette Rolle of Bowie State.

Feb. 8, 1978: After a stellar performance in a 56-47 girls basketball victory over Towson, Parkville’s Terry Santoro (20 points, seven assists, eight steals) is accosted while leaving the locker room and suffers a broken nose. Police charge a female Towson student with assault.

Feb. 9, 1972: Sophomore center Len Elmore (27 points, 17 rebounds and four blocked shots) leads Maryland to an 85-71 basketball win over Duquesne at Cole Field House. It’s the 13th win in 16 games for the Terps, who’ll finish 27-5 and win the National Invitation Tournament.

Feb. 8, 1964: The Clippers’ Harry Pidhirny scores the 800th point of his 15-year American Hockey League career as Baltimore defeats the Barons in Cleveland, 5-3.

Feb. 7, 1959: Under sunny skies, Bowie Race Course welcomes a record Opening Day crowd of 19,037.

Feb. 5, 1955: Led by heavyweight Pete “Destroyer” Blair, Navy’s undefeated wrestling team beats Maryland, 21-7. Blair, a defending NCAA champion, decisions Mike Sandusky, the Terps’ star football lineman, 14-1. Blair goes on to win a bronze medal in the 1956 Olympics; Sandusky plays nine years in the NFL and makes the Pro Bowl.

Feb. 7, 1944: Baltimore’s Harry Jeffra, former world featherweight and bantamweight boxing champion, scores a unanimous 10-round decision over Jimmy Collins at the Coliseum. Joe Louis, world heavyweight champ, referees the bout.

Birthday

Feb. 9, 1925: Vic Wertz, slugging outfielder who was expected to power the Orioles on their return to the majors in 1954. But Wertz bombed out and was traded in midseason to Cleveland, where he helped the Indians reach the World Series — and hit the ball on which New York Giants center fielder Willie Mays made a famous over-the-shoulder catch and throw.

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