The Sun Remembers: March 19-25

Peter Angelos, center, walks along Park Avenue toward the offices of Major League Baseball in New York in 2004.

March 21, 2002: Owner Peter Angelos predicts the Orioles will play at least .500 baseball after going 63-98 in 2001. Instead, Baltimore loses its last 12 games and finishes with a 67-95 record, 361/2 games back in the American League East.

March 25, 1997: The Maryland women's lacrosse team defeats Brown, 14-5, in College Park for its 42nd consecutive victory, tying the Cornell men for the longest Division I winning streak in college lacrosse history. Sarah Forbes and Cathy Nelson score three goals each for the No. 1 Terps.


March 20, 1981: Morgan State hands Notre Dame a 13-12 loss in overtime in men's lacrosse at Hughes Stadium. Gene White scores four goals and Lloyd Carter gets five assists for the Bears (2-1). It's the first loss for Notre Dame's first-year team.

March 20, 1971: "I'm supposed to be a pretty tough guy, but I can't find words to express myself," Gus Johnson says as an announced 7,510 honor the Bullets team captain and power forward. A five-time NBA All-Star, Johnson receives gifts ranging from a full-length mink coat and a Superman cape to a gallon of scotch and free haircuts for six months.


March 19, 1968: Goalie Joe Daley makes 38 saves — many spectacular ones on shots at point-blank range — as the Clippers edge the Quebec Aces, 3-2, in an American Hockey League game at the Civic Center.

March 19, 1959: Jockey Howard Grant, 19, rides six winners in eight mounts at Bowie Race Course to tie Maryland's all-time single-day record.

March 25, 1953: The Colts and Cleveland Browns complete a 15-player deal. Joining Baltimore's new NFL team are guard Art Spinney and defensive backs Bert Rechichar and Carl Taseff — all mainstays on the Colts' championship teams of 1958-59 — plus defensive back Don Shula, who'll one day coach the club.

March 19, 1914: Stellar relief work by 19-year-old George "Babe" Ruth leads the Orioles past Philadelphia, 7-6, in a spring training game in Fayetteville, N.C. Ruth holds the Phillies to two hits in four innings but struggles at the plate himself. "The Oriole pitcher has not batted against many hooks and seemed puzzled when they shot around his body," The Sun reports.


March 20, 1965: Chris Hoiles, Orioles catcher and the club's Most Valuable Player in 1993 when he hit a team-high 29 home runs.