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The Sun Remembers: July 9-15

Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado stands in the paddock as racehorse Casino Drive passes behind him at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., on Thursday, June 5, 2008.
Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado stands in the paddock as racehorse Casino Drive passes behind him at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., on Thursday, June 5, 2008. (Peter Morgan / AP)

July 13, 1989: Jockey Edgar Prado, 22, wins the first three races at Laurel Race Course. (Prado, now a Hall of Famer, continues to ride at age 50.)

American League All Stars, from left, the Orioles' Frank Robinson, Minnesota Twins' Harmon Killebrew and Oakland Athletics'  Reggie Jackson are all smiles in the clubhouse after their home runs help beat the National League, 6-4, in this July 13, 1971 photo.
American League All Stars, from left, the Orioles' Frank Robinson, Minnesota Twins' Harmon Killebrew and Oakland Athletics'  Reggie Jackson are all smiles in the clubhouse after their home runs help beat the National League, 6-4, in this July 13, 1971 photo. (AP file photo)

July 13, 1971: The Orioles' Frank Robinson hits a two-run home run and is named Most Valuable Player in the All-Star Game won by the American League, 6-4.

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Orioles infielder Jerry Adair on April 27, 1962.
Orioles infielder Jerry Adair on April 27, 1962. (Baltimore Sun file photo)
Stan Benjamin
Stan Benjamin (Baltimore Sun file photo)

July 9, 1944: In a 3-2 International League win over the Little Giants in Jersey City, Orioles outfielder Stan Benjamin is doused with a drink by a fan in the stands. Benjamin climbs into the seats and a fight ensues, during which several fans are spiked. The outfielder is suspended three games and fined $100.

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July 15, 1936: It takes four hours, but Wendell Wheelock wins his third-round match in the Baltimore City Boys and Juniors tennis tournament at Clifton Park. Wheelock then plays another singles match, which he loses, and finishes the day by winning a doubles match in straight sets.

Umpire Eddie Rommel on June 30, 1957.
Umpire Eddie Rommel on June 30, 1957. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

July 10, 1932: Eddie Rommel, a Baltimore native, allows 14 runs, 13 earned, in 17 innings in relief and is credited with the win as the Philadelphia Athletics defeat the Indians in Cleveland, 18-17, in 18 innings. It's the 171st and final career victory for Rommel, who later becomes an American League umpire.

July 14, 1928: At Hillendale Country Club, Johnny Farrell, current U.S. Open golf champion, and Gene Sarazen, the 1922 winner, defeat a pair of local pros, 3 and 2. The nattily dressed victors "looked like they just came out of a haberdashery on Baltimore Street," The Sun reports, "and Gene's hair remained sleek all afternoon. It wasn't even ruffled once, although he missed several putts that would arouse the ire of any duffer."

July 14, 1896: In the Orioles' 11-1 National League victory over the Colonels in Louisville, outfielder Joe Kelley gets three hits, including a home run that lands in a nearby distillery yard. Baltimore will win its third straight NL flag and Kelley will be inducted into Cooperstown in 1971.

The Orioles' Billy Smith on April 27, 1978.
The Orioles' Billy Smith on April 27, 1978. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

Birthday

July 14, 1953: Billy Smith, reserve infielder who, on three straight days in April 1977, got three base hits each in games started against the Orioles by future Hall of Fame pitchers Bert Blyleven, Gaylord Perry and Dennis Eckersley.

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