The Sun Remembers: Aug. 5-11

Aug. 6, 1990: Right-hander Jim Palmer, the Orioles' winningest pitcher ever, is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., after being voted in on the first ballot. "Am I as good as a lot of pitchers here? Probably not," says Palmer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner who had 268 victories over 19 seasons with the Birds. "But I would have voted for myself."

Aug. 11, 1983: Lenn Sakata ends a lifetime of frustration against Chicago, punching a single for his first base hit in seven years against the host White Sox. "It does take a lot of practice to go 0-for-66 against anybody," says Sakata, the Orioles' reserve second baseman.

Aug. 10, 1981: Cal Ripken Jr. makes his first big league appearance, as a pinch runner, and scores the game-winner in the Orioles' 3-2 victory in 12 innings over the visiting Kansas City Royals. At 20, Ripken is the second-youngest player in the majors, behind pitcher Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Aug. 10, 1969: A ninth-inning leadoff single by the Minnesota Twins' Cesar Tovar spoils a no-hit bid by the Orioles' Mike Cuellar at Memorial Stadium. After reaching first base, Tovar looks at the left-handed pitcher, whom he calls his "friend," and laughs. "He shouldn't laugh at me," Cuellar bristles afterward. "We not that good friends."

Aug. 8, 1961: Steve Barber defeats the visiting Kansas City Athletics, 7-0, on a three-hitter for his American League-leading sixth shutout of the year. It's the 13th victory for the 23-year-old Barber, a left-hander from Takoma Park, who'll finish the season 18-12 for the third-place Orioles.

Aug. 11, 1956: Playing his first game for the Colts, rookie quarterback Johnny Unitas completes eight of 12 passes in a 24-13 exhibition victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Hershey, Pa. Unitas, whom The Sun calls "the best discard the Colts ever uncovered," throws a 35-yard touchdown pass.

Aug. 10, 1910: Baltimore's Joe Gans, boxing's first black world champion, dies of tuberculosis at the home of his foster mother at 1026 Argyle Ave. Gans, a lightweight who held the crown from 1902 until 1908, was 35.


Aug. 7, 1929: Don Larsen, a right-hander who went 3-21 for the Orioles in 1954 before being dealt to New York, where he pitched a perfect game for the Yankees in the 1956 World Series.

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