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The Sun Remembers: This week in Maryland sports history for July 29-Aug. 4

The Sun Remembers: This week in Maryland sports history for July 29-Aug. 4
Dave Schmidt pitched for the Orioles from 1987 to 1989, going 28-23 with a 4.39 ERA. (Gene Sweeney Jr. / Baltimore Sun photo 1987)

Aug. 4, 1988: “We’ve stepped it up a notch or two,” manager Frank Robinson says as the lowly Orioles defeat the Cleveland Indians, 5-0, for their third straight win before an announced 21,543 at Memorial Stadium. Dave Schmidt, the 11th pitcher to start a game this year, gets the win as Baltimore improves to 35-71, worst in the major leagues.

Danny Andrews shows off his sister's Theresa's swimming hardware from the 1984 Summer Olympics.
Danny Andrews shows off his sister's Theresa's swimming hardware from the 1984 Summer Olympics. (Clarence Garrett / Baltimore Sun photo)

Aug. 1, 1984: Danny Andrews, 20, arrives at Baltimore-Washington International Airport from Los Angeles, displaying the Olympic gold medal given to him by his sister, Theresa, of Annapolis, after her victory in the 100-meter backstroke at the Summer Games. He’d been paralyzed in a car accident two years before.

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Bill Passmore won 3,531 races in a 38-year career as a jockey.
Bill Passmore won 3,531 races in a 38-year career as a jockey. (Baltimore Sun photo 1982)

July 30, 1976: Jockey Bill Passmore rides five winners at Timonium Race Track, all of them saddled by King Leatherbury.

Dave McNally, pictured in June 1969, finished the season 20-7 with a 3.22 ERA.
Dave McNally, pictured in June 1969, finished the season 20-7 with a 3.22 ERA. (Clarence Garrett / Baltimore Sun photo)

Aug. 3, 1969: A pinch-hit grand slam home run by Minnesota’s Rich Reese leads the host Twins past the Orioles, 5-2, and ends Dave McNally’s 17-game winning streak over two seasons.

Colts defensive tackle Art Donovan announces his retirement in September 1962.
Colts defensive tackle Art Donovan announces his retirement in September 1962. (Baltimore Sun photo)

Aug. 4, 1964: Before their annual intrasquad game at Memorial Stadium, the Colts stage an old-timers touch football contest for the announced crowd of 30,372. Art Donovan — all 300 pounds of him — steals the show, catching a 50-yard touchdown pass from Bert Rechichar.

Cotton Davidson played for the Colts during the regular season in 1954 and 1957.
Cotton Davidson played for the Colts during the regular season in 1954 and 1957. (Baltimore Sun photo)

Aug. 2, 1958: A 60-yard touchdown run by Cotton Davidson, the Colts’ backup quarterback, highlights the team’s first scrimmage of training camp in Westminster before more than 2,500 fans. Fullback Alan Ameche also scores for the soon-to-be NFL champions.

Jack Bentley pitched for the Orioles in 1916 and 1917 and from 1920 to 1922.
Jack Bentley pitched for the Orioles in 1916 and 1917 and from 1920 to 1922. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

Aug. 3, 1922: Jack “Needles” Bentley pitches a two-hitter and strikes out 13 as the first-place Orioles defeat the Aces, 3-0, in Reading. Bentley, of Sandy Spring in Montgomery County, will go 13-2 with a 1.73 ERA for the International League champs before going to New York to help the Giants win National League titles in 1923 and 1924.

Aug. 4, 1914: Orioles pitcher Davey Davidson allows three hits but walks 20 batters — four of them with the bases loaded — in a 7-4 International League loss to the Bisons in Buffalo.

Pat Kelly pictured in May 1979. The Morgan State alumnus spent 15 seasons in the major leagues, finishing in 1981.
Pat Kelly pictured in May 1979. The Morgan State alumnus spent 15 seasons in the major leagues, finishing in 1981. (Baltimore Sun photo)
Birthday

July 30, 1944: Pat Kelly, outfielder who batted .266 in four years with the Orioles (1977-80). The brother of Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Leroy Kelly (Morgan State), he turned to ministry in retirement and died in 2005.

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