The Sun Remembers: This Week in Sports History for Nov. 12-18

Nov. 16, 1986: The Loyola men’s soccer team upsets No. 1 Virginia, 1-0, in Charlottesville in the first round of the NCAA Division I tournament. Chris Webbert scores for the No. 13 Greyhounds (16-0-4), who’ll advance to the quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Duke, 2-1.

Nov. 13, 1977: The Colts sack the quarterback 10 times, intercept three passes and recover two enemy fumbles in defeating the Bills, 31-13, in Buffalo. It’s the eighth win in nine games for Baltimore, which gets three sacks each from linebacker Tom MacLeod and defensive ends Fred Cook and John Dutton.

Nov. 14, 1969: A five-minute pregame dunk show by the Bullets in Boston Garden, led by Gus Johnson, Wes Unseld and Jack Marin, wows the crowd but bends the basket, which takes 20 minutes to replace. Baltimore wins the NBA game, 109-108, over the Celtics.

Nov. 18, 1964: The Orioles’ Brooks Robinson is a near-unanimous choice for American League Most Valuable Player, garnering 269 of 280 points. Robinson, 27, batted .317 with 28 home runs and a league-leading 118 RBIs while leading AL third basemen in fielding percentage.

Nov. 15, 1961: Jim Gentile’s monster season for the Orioles (.302, 46 homers, 141 RBI) earns the hard-swinging first baseman a third-place finish in the AL MVP balloting. The winner is the New York Yankees’ Roger Maris (a major league record 61 home runs), followed by teammate Mickey Mantle (54).

Nov. 13, 1959: Riled by his team’s 4-3 start, Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom says that unless the defending NFL champs shape up, he’ll fine each player and coach $150. Baltimore wins its last five regular-season games — and the league title game — to go 10-3.

Nov. 12, 1955: Three Navy quarterbacks, led by George Welsh, combine to pass for 398 yards — a school record — and five touchdowns in a 47-0 rout of Columbia in New York.

Nov. 18, 1944: Third-ranked Navy crushes No. 14 Purdue, 32-0, at Municipal Stadium in Baltimore. Hal Hamberg passes for two scores for the 6-2 Midshipmen.

Birthday

Nov. 12, 1934: R.C. Owens, the Colts’ wide receiver whose leaping ability earned him the nickname “Alley Oop.” Against Washington in 1962, Owens made NFL history by standing under the goal post at Memorial Stadium and batting down a 39-yard field-goal attempt in a 34-21 win over the Redskins. He died in 2012.

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