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The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for March 24-30

The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for March 24-30
Maryland's Lonny Baxter, right, is about to block a shot by Stanford's Ryan Mendez as Terence Morris helps on defense. Baxter had 24 points, six rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in helping the Terps to the Final Four. Mendez led the Cardinal with 18 points. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

March 24, 2001: An 87-73 victory over Stanford sends Maryland’s men’s basketball team to the Final Four of the NCAA tournament for the first time. Lonny Baxter’s 24 points lead the Terps (25-10), who’ll lose to Duke in the semifinals.

Jockey Ronnie Franklin, who was raised in Dundalk and attended Patapsco, sits atop Spectacular Bid after winning the Preakness on May 21, 1979. Franklin died of lung cancer last March at the age of 58.
Jockey Ronnie Franklin, who was raised in Dundalk and attended Patapsco, sits atop Spectacular Bid after winning the Preakness on May 21, 1979. Franklin died of lung cancer last March at the age of 58. (Associated Press file)

March 27, 1978: It’s a banner day at Pimlico Race Course for Ronnie Franklin, 18, who rides four winners and gets his first stakes victory. One year later, Franklin will win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness aboard Spectacular Bid.

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Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson towels off right fielder Earl Robinson after a 3-2 victory over the Washington Senators on May 13, 1962, at Memorial Stadium. Brooks hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Earl won the game with a solo shot in the ninth.
Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson towels off right fielder Earl Robinson after a 3-2 victory over the Washington Senators on May 13, 1962, at Memorial Stadium. Brooks hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Earl won the game with a solo shot in the ninth. (Richard Childress / Baltimore Sun)

March 26, 1962: Brooks Robinson hits a 450-foot home run in the Orioles’ 18-8 exhibition rout of the expansion New York Mets in Miami.

Pimlico Race Course is pictured May 6, 1957. A new clubhouse was built at the track in 1960, and the old one was destroyed by fire in 1966.
Pimlico Race Course is pictured May 6, 1957. A new clubhouse was built at the track in 1960, and the old one was destroyed by fire in 1966. (Ralph Justus Dohme / Baltimore Sun)

March 27, 1957: A bill to shutter 87-year-old Pimlico Race Course and shift its racing dates to Laurel Park fails in the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis.

Caleb Kelly, pictured in 1962, was a Friends graduate who played lacrosse for Johns Hopkins at the 1932 Olympics games and was an expert on the sport's rules. He died in 2006 at the age of 95.
Caleb Kelly, pictured in 1962, was a Friends graduate who played lacrosse for Johns Hopkins at the 1932 Olympics games and was an expert on the sport's rules. He died in 2006 at the age of 95. (Baltimore Sun file)

March 27, 1955: The University of Baltimore opens its lacrosse season with a 16-0 win over Ohio State. Charlie Beasley (six goals) and Tommy Devan (three goals, eight assists) pace coach Caleb Kelly’s Bees.

Walt Budko, rear, with his son, Pete, front. Walt, who played for the Bullets from 1948-49 to 1950-51 and coached them in 1950-51, died in 2013. Pete played for Loyola High and North Carolina.
Walt Budko, rear, with his son, Pete, front. Walt, who played for the Bullets from 1948-49 to 1950-51 and coached them in 1950-51, died in 2013. Pete played for Loyola High and North Carolina. (Baltimore Sun file)

March 26, 1949: Fists fly and six Bullets foul out in a 103-99 overtime loss to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, eliminating Baltimore from the Basketball Association of America Eastern Division semifinals. Connie Simmons (22 points), Jake Pelkington (18), Freddie Lewis (15) and Walt Budko (14) lead the losers.

March 26, 1922: Orioles catcher William “Lena” Styles gets drunk and is arrested twice in one night for disturbing the peace at the team’s training site in Winston-Salem, N.C. Suspended briefly, Styles returns, hits .315 and plays all nine positions for Baltimore, which wins 115 games and takes the International League pennant.

March 27, 1920: In its opener, Poly’s lacrosse team defeats the University of Maryland, 4-2, in College Park. Bob Norris scores twice for the Engineers.

Lee Mazzilli walks behind a police escort Aug. 5, 2005, after arriving at BWI Airport following his dismissal as Orioles manager before a game against the Los Angeles Angels. His record was 129-140.
Lee Mazzilli walks behind a police escort Aug. 5, 2005, after arriving at BWI Airport following his dismissal as Orioles manager before a game against the Los Angeles Angels. His record was 129-140. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)
Birthday

March 25, 1955: Lee Mazzilli, who managed the Orioles from 2004 to Aug. 4, 2005. He was fired after the team lost 14 of its last 15 games with Mazzilli at the helm.

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