A magazine and sports enterprise reporter for The Baltimore Sun, Mike Klingaman writes human-interest stories, historical profiles and a weekly sports retrospective called “The Sun Remembers.” A native of Catonsville, he was one of three finalists for the 1985 Pulitzer Prize in Specialized Reporting.
Half a century ago, the Colts won their first and only Super Bowl for Baltimore. They won it at the wire. And they atoned, in part, for their defeat in Super Bowl III, an upset by the New York Jets that had hounded them.
For decades, the Baltimore Colts’ first NFL championship — a 23-17 win over the New York Giants in sudden-death overtime in 1958 — has been touted in football as “the greatest game ever played.” The victors knew otherwise.