Steve McNair helped the Ravens to a 15-7 combined record in 2006 and 2007.
Steve McNair helped the Ravens to a 15-7 combined record in 2006 and 2007. (Chris McGrath / Getty Images 2007)

June 7, 2006: The Ravens acquire quarterback Steve McNair, 33, from the Tennessee Titans for a fourth-round draft pick. The NFL’s co-Most Valuable Player in 2003, McNair will lead Baltimore to a division title and first-round playoff loss in 2006 before retiring two years later. He is killed by his mistress in a murder-suicide in 2009.

June 6, 1998: Workers break through a wall in the new Ravens stadium to rescue a litter of kittens trapped there, without their mother, after a hole was repaired eight days ago. Two of the five kittens survived.

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Storm Davis pitched for the Orioles in six of his major league seasons, compiling a 61-43 record with a 3.63 ERA.
Storm Davis pitched for the Orioles in six of his major league seasons, compiling a 61-43 record with a 3.63 ERA. (Gene Sweeney Jr. / Baltimore Sun 1983)

June 6, 1979: The Orioles select George “Storm” Davis, a 17-year-old right-hander, in the seventh round of baseball’s amateur draft. Four years later, Davis will win 13 games, plus Game 4 of the World Series for Baltimore’s world champs.

Joe Deckert devours a Polock Johnny's sausage.
Joe Deckert devours a Polock Johnny's sausage. (Baltimore Sun 1975)

June 5, 1976: “A little dessert” is what Joe Deckert wants after winning the ninth annual Polish Sausage Eating contest on The Block. Deckert, 56, a beer truck worker from Highlandtown, consumes 18 sausages in one hour before a crowd of 500.

June 3, 1972: Pete Eldredge (Severn) scores four goals, including the game-winner, as underdog Virginia defeats Johns Hopkins, 13-12, in College Park for its first NCAA lacrosse championship.

With this knuckleball grip, Hoyt Wilhelm went 43-39 with a 2.42 ERA and 40 saves in five seasons with the Orioles.
With this knuckleball grip, Hoyt Wilhelm went 43-39 with a 2.42 ERA and 40 saves in five seasons with the Orioles. (Richard Stacks / Baltimore Sun 1959)

June 7, 1959: Hoyt Wilhelm, the Orioles’ knuckleball pitcher, wins his 10th consecutive decision, 3-0, over the Athletics in Kansas City. Wilhelm, 36, does not allow any putouts in the outfield.

June 3, 1949: Joe Black (Morgan State) pitches a five-hitter — and holds Willie Mays hitless — as the Baltimore Elite Giants edge the Birmingham Black Barons, 4-3, in a Negro American League game at Bugle Field.

June 8, 1936: In a 3-2 International League victory over Montreal, two Orioles are robbed of home runs when their fly balls hit the arc lights atop Oriole Park. Lee Powers’ blast drops into the glove of a Royals outfielder; Bill Cissell’s shot falls into the outfield for a double.

Birthday

June 3, 1950: Jim Dwyer, an Orioles outfielder (1981-1988) whose 103 pinch hits rank 18th all time in baseball.

Jim Dwyer played eight of his 18 major league seasons with the Orioles, hitting .262 with 49 home runs and 187 RBIs, mostly in a platoon and reserve role.
Jim Dwyer played eight of his 18 major league seasons with the Orioles, hitting .262 with 49 home runs and 187 RBIs, mostly in a platoon and reserve role. (Baltimore Sun 1982)
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