Maryland guard Steve Francis answers questions at a news conference after being drafted by the Vancouver Grizzlies.
Maryland guard Steve Francis answers questions at a news conference after being drafted by the Vancouver Grizzlies. (Baltimore Sun photo by Elizabeth Malby)

June 30, 1999: Three Maryland players go early in the NBA draft. The Vancouver Grizzlies select Steve Francis, the Terps' star guard, with the second overall pick, and center Obinna Ekezie in the second round. Francis becomes a three-time All-Star over nine years; Ekezie will be a journeyman substitute for four seasons. Forward Laron Profit goes to the Orlando Magic in Round 2 and plays sparingly in four years.

July 3, 1985: "Wild" Bill Hagy, the Orioles' No. 1 fan, is arrested by police after throwing a Thermos onto the Memorial Stadium field from his seat in Section 34 during the Birds' 4-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers. Hagy, a 46-year-old cabdriver from Towson, pays the $100 fine without comment.


July 5, 1970: The Orioles' Jim Palmer pitches his second straight shutout — his third of the season — to defeat the visiting Detroit Tigers, 2-0. The three-hitter gives Palmer, 24, his 12th victory and gives Baltimore a 51/2-game lead in the American League East.

June 30, 1963: "I felt OK. I could have gone on pitching," Orioles starter Robin Roberts, 36, says after being relieved in the 14th inning of a 1-1 game with visiting Kansas City. Three batters later, the Athletics score twice to win it.

July 4, 1958: Make it four victories in a row for Johns Hopkins' lacrosse team on its summer tour of Great Britain. Billy Morrill and John Jory score three goals apiece as the Blue Jays rip Lancashire, 10-4, before 400 fans in Manchester.

July 4, 1933: At Pikesville Speedway, Ernie Dobos wins the feature 5-mile automobile race in 5 minutes, 472/5 seconds over the quarter-mile track.

July 4, 1913: Thousands gather at the Gentleman's Driving Park, across from Pimlico Race Course, for Independence Day festivities. Events include five horse races (three harness), three bicycle races, three motorcycle races and four footraces, ranging from the 100-yard dash to a 5-miler.

July 4, 1908: Baltimore's Joe Gans, the world lightweight boxing champion, loses his title on a 17th-round knockout to Battling Nelson, whom he'd beaten for the crown in 1906. Gans, 33, doesn't know that he is suffering from tuberculosis and will be dead in a little more than two years.


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