The Sun Remembers: March 31-April 6

Byron Mouton, Lonny Baxter, and Juan Dixon share a laugh as the Terps celebrate their 2002 national championship at a rally at Cole Field House.
Byron Mouton, Lonny Baxter, and Juan Dixon share a laugh as the Terps celebrate their 2002 national championship at a rally at Cole Field House. (Doug Kapustin, Baltimore Sun)

April 4, 2006: Maryland wins its first NCAA women's basketball championship, 78-75 over Duke. Down by 13 points in the second half, the Terps (34-4) rally as freshman Kristi Toliver hits a 3-point basket with six seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime.

April 1, 2002: Maryland wins its first NCAA men's basketball championship, 64-52 over five-time titlist Indiana. Juan Dixon (18 points), the tournament Most Valuable Player, and Lonny Baxter (15 points, 14 rebounds) lead the Terps, who win 19 of their last 20 games to finish 32-4.


April 6, 1992: It's a storybook start for Oriole Park at Camden Yards: Rick Sutcliffe pitches the Birds to a 2-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians before 44,568, including President George Bush.

April 2, 1976: In a six-player trade, the Orioles send Mike Torrez, a 20-game winner, and promising outfielder Don Baylor to the Oakland A's for slugger Reggie Jackson and pitcher Ken Holtzman. After holding out for a month, Jackson signs his contract but leaves at year's end, a free agent. Baylor enjoys a long career and, while playing for the California Angels in 1979, is voted the American League's MVP.

March 31, 1959: Johns Hopkins wins its 16th straight game, 20-9 over Yale as Billy Morrill scores eight goals and Mickey Webster gets nine assists, a school record.

April 5, 1941: Navy defeats Harvard, 12-0, in lacrosse after refusing to play the game until the visitors send home their lone black player, Lucien Alexis Jr. Harvard does so rather than accept a forfeit from the Midshipmen.

April 5, 1914: The Orioles, led by Babe Ruth's pitching and hitting, defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers, 10-6 before more than 3,000 fans at Back River Park. Ruth, 19, slams a two-run triple and strikes out six in going the route. "He had the visitors breaking their backs in an effort to reach his benders," The Sun reports. "And when he got himself in a hole, he showed that he had the necessary backbone to pull himself together."

April 3, 1895: Leaving spring training, the defending National League champion Orioles stop at Wake Forest and pummel the college team, 20-3. The game is played "on grounds that resembled a plowed field," The Sun reports, saying that right fielder Willie Keeler "had to play deep down in a hollow and could scarcely be seen from the grand stand."


March 31, 1930: Jim Mutscheller, the Colts' rugged tight end who caught 220 passes, 40 for touchdowns, in an eight-year career with Baltimore. In the 1958 NFL championship against the New York Giants, his reception at the 1-yard line preceded Alan Ameche's winning touchdown in overtime.

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