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The Sun Remembers: June 25-July 1

Maryland guard Steve Francis expressed disapointment during interviews at the MCI Center after being selected second in the first round of the NBA draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies.
Maryland guard Steve Francis expressed disapointment during interviews at the MCI Center after being selected second in the first round of the NBA draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies. (Elizabeth Malby / Baltimore Sun)

June 30, 1999: Maryland basketball star Steve Francis is the second overall pick in the NBA draft. A second-team All-American from Takoma Park, Francis is taken by the Vancouver Grizzlies. The 6-foot-3 guard will play nine seasons in the league and average 18.1 points a game.

Sportscaster Nick Charles, shown with CNN
Sportscaster Nick Charles, shown with CNN (Baltimore Sun)

July 1, 1976: Nick Charles, 26, the well-coiffed and popular sports director of WJZ-TV, resigns after four years to do the same job at WRC-TV in Washington.

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Orioles outfielder Frank Robinson in 1967.
Orioles outfielder Frank Robinson in 1967. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

June 26, 1970: Frank Robinson hits back-to-back grand slams — the third player ever to do so — in the Orioles' 12-2 victory over the Senators in Washington. (Baltimore's Jim Gentile did it in 1961.)

June 28, 1964: Rallying from five strokes down with 15 holes to play, Ralph Bogart of Chevy Chase wins his ninth Maryland State Amateur Golf Championship at Green Spring Valley Hunt Club. Bogart is elected to the Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994.

The Orioles' George Kell poses in the clubhouse after getting three hits, including a home run, on June 5, 1957, the day he reached 2,000 career hits.
The Orioles' George Kell poses in the clubhouse after getting three hits, including a home run, on June 5, 1957, the day he reached 2,000 career hits. (WPS / Associated Press)

July 1, 1957: "I'll never forget this night," George Kell, 33, says as the Orioles honor the All-Star infielder before an announced 45,276 at Memorial Stadium. Kell receives a silver tray, a portable television and an oil portrait of himself. He'll retire at year's end and enter Cooperstown in 1983.

Pitcher Ken Trinkle in 1940.
Pitcher Ken Trinkle in 1940. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

June 26, 1951: Make it two consecutive two-hitters for Orioles pitchers as Ken Trinkle stops the Ottawa Giants, 7-1, in an International League game in Canada. The loser, George Bamberger, will become Baltimore's most successful pitching coach (1968 to 1977), when the club wins four Cy Young awards.

June 28, 1920: Kid Williams, former world bantamweight boxing champion from Baltimore, scores a third-round technical knockout over Dutch Brandt of Brooklyn at Oriole Park. Afterward, Williams, 26, is mobbed by the crowd and carried aloft to the Orioles dugout.

June 25, 1895: "Put her over. I dare you," the Orioles' John McGraw taunts the pitcher on a 3-2 count in the ninth inning of a tie game in Washington. McGraw then laces a single to center field as Baltimore's defending National League champs defeat the Senators, 8-7.

Don Nottingham carries the ball for the Colts in December 1972.
Don Nottingham carries the ball for the Colts in December 1972. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

Birthday

June 28, 1949: Colts fulback Don Nottingham, the penultimate (441st) player taken in the 1971 NFL draft. Called "The Human Bowling Ball," Nottingham ran for nearly 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns in two-plus seasons here and later earned a Super Bowl ring with the Miami Dolphins.

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