Ravens first-round draft pick Ed Reed is introduced by coach Brian Billick, left, and team president David Modell.
Ravens first-round draft pick Ed Reed is introduced by coach Brian Billick, left, and team president David Modell. (John Makely / Baltimore Sun photo)

April 20, 2002: The Ravens select Miami safety Ed Reed with their No. 1 pick (24th overall) in the NFL draft. It's the first time the club has failed to get a college player ranked among its top 15 choices.

April 20, 1985: The Skipjacks, Baltimore's American Hockey League team, defeat the Rochester Americans, 6-1, to advance to the Calder Cup semifinals. Jon Casey's 20 saves spark the Skipjacks, who'll go on to reach the finals before losing to the Sherbrooke Canadiens.


April 19, 1971: Fred Carter's basket gives the visiting Bullets a 93-91 Game 7 over their nemeses, the New York Knicks, and sends Baltimore to the NBA Finals. Center Wes Unseld deflects a last-second shot by Bill Bradley of the defending NBA champion Knicks. It's the high point for the banged-up Bullets, who'll be swept in the Finals by Lew Alcindor (now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and the Milwaukee Bucks.

April 14, 1967: Doug Robinson scores the game-winner and goalie Gilles Villemure turns back 29 shots as the Clippers nip the Quebec Aces, 5-4, and move on to the AHL Calder Cup semifinals for the first time. There, Baltimore's hockey season will end.

April 16, 1966: A tornado touches down in Byrd Stadium, scattering fans and momentarily stopping play in Maryland's 15-5 lacrosse win over the University of Baltimore. Ed Helman's three goals lead the Terps (5-0).

April 15, 1964: Johns Hopkins' 12-1 rout of Loyola is its 24th consecutive victory over the Greyhounds in lacrosse. Chip Giardina gets three goals for Hopkins, which plays without its top scorer, Jerry Pfeifer (measles).

April 15, 1954: "May the new Orioles be as good and strong as the old Orioles," Vice President Richard Nixon says before throwing out the first pitch in the historic home opener at Memorial Stadium. Clint Courtney and Vern Stephens hit home runs and Bob Turley pitches a seven-hitter as Baltimore celebrates its return to the big leagues with a 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox after two road games to begin the season.

April 19, 1902: Cy Young strikes out nine and the Boston Americans score four runs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Orioles, 7-6. It's Baltimore's last American League opener for 52 years; in 1903, the franchise moves to New York and eventually becomes the Yankees.


April 16, 1949: Sandy Hawley, Hall of Fame jockey and the first to win 500 races in one year — a feat he accomplished in 1973, while riding in Maryland.