Orioles minor leaguer Buzz Arlett was so bad defensively that he might've needed a cushion to protect his head from popups. But he was so strong that one of his home runs reportedly knocked out an unsuspecting resident in a nearby house.
At a New York auction last month, developer Edward St. John purchased the prize won by Native Dancer 65 years ago — a replica of the iconic Woodlawn Vase — for $100,000. He has yet to receive the trophy but said it is returning to Baltimore to stay.
Neither rain nor snow nor that other stuff can stop Larry Collmus from calling a horse race — though fog, like that which shrouded last month’s Preakness, comes close. Collmus is a Howard County native and NBC’s race-caller for the Triple Crown.
Fractious and temperamental, Count Fleet won the Triple Crown in 1943, the sixth horse to do so. He breezed in every race, winning the Kentucky Derby by three lengths, the Preakness (one week later) by eight and the Belmont Stakes by 25.
“You guys are living a dream,” onetime Orioles center fielder Al Bumbry told the high school baseball players, part of a contingent that will play in the seventh President’s Cup all-star game at the ballpark at 3 p.m. on June 5.
Man o’ War, often considered the greatest racehorse of all time, grew up in Maryland, grazing on Eastern Shore grass and galloping on the tracks at Glen Riddle Farm near Ocean City. In his Hall of Fame career, he would win 20 of 21 races, including 1920's Preakness and Belmont Stakes.
With 6,997 career victories, Edgar Prado needs three to reach 7,000, a mark met by just seven other jockeys. Named to ride two horses Thursday and two Friday, Prado could hit that goal by Preakness Day (May 19).
It has been nearly 20 years since Irv Naylor fell from his horse during a steeplechase race and broke his neck. He returned to the sport and began corralling many of the 40 horses that have made him a mainstay on the timber circuit.
In the aftermath of the Rev. Martin Luther King's death 50 years ago this week, black pro and college athletes in Baltimore steered loved ones out of harm’s way, avoided giving in to their anger or, in some cases, simply went about their business.