The Sun Remembers July 21-27

July 23, 1996: Construction begins on the Ravens' $200 million stadium at Camden Yards, which is due to open in 1998. "We will deliver a football stadium that will do for the NFL what Oriole Park has done for baseball," Maryland Stadium Authority chairman John A. Moag Jr. says at the groundbreaking ceremony.

July 24, 1993: Bad knees and all, Orioles designated hitter Harold Baines beats out an infield chopper for his 2,000th career hit in a 9-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins at the Metrodome. "It wasn't one of my easier ones, but it was a hit," says Baines, 34, who grew up in St. Michaels.


Johnny Unitas

July 27, 1971: Streaking Pat Dobson wins his 11th consecutive game, a four-hitter, as the Orioles defeat the Oakland A's, 1-0, at Memorial Stadium. Dobson strikes out 13 in pitching his eighth straight complete game — seven of them in July alone.


July 26, 1965: Johnny Roberts, 41, two-time NASCAR champion from Phoenix in Baltimore County, dies from injuries suffered two days earlier in a crash during a stock car race at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pa. Roberts' wife and three children witness the accident.

July 27, 1958: Art Wall Jr. sinks an 8-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole in a three-way, sudden-death playoff to win the ninth Eastern Open at Mount Pleasant Golf Course. Wall pockets $2,800 for his victory over Bob Rosburg and Jackie Burke. Gary Player is fourth and Sam Snead ninth.

July 25, 1945: Wearing jerseys that read, "Stick With Them Birds," the comedy team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello perform a baseball skit before the Orioles' 1-0 defeat of the Toronto Maple Leafs in an International League game before more than 25,000 fans at Baltimore Stadium.

July 27, 1935: Orioles first baseman Bill Sweeney's 36-game hitting streak — still the third longest in IL history — ends in Baltimore's 3-1 loss to the Montreal Royals. Sweeney finishes the season batting .357 for the fifth-place Birds.


July 21, 1976: Anita Nall who, as a 16-year-old sophomore at Towson Catholic, won three swimming medals (gold, silver and bronze) at the 1992 Olympics.