The Sun Remembers: May 21-27

May 27, 1989: The Orioles, the worst team in baseball in 1988, are in first place after a 5-1 victory over the Indians in Cleveland. Dave Schmidt wins his third straight game and Mickey Tettleton hits a two-run homer.

May 26, 1979: In a 16-inning marathon marked by 30 strikeouts and 19 walks, the Orioles defeat the Tigers, 7-5, in Detroit. A two-run single by Lee May — his eighth game-winning hit of the year — gives Baltimore its 26th victory in 32 games. Rookie Sammy Stewart pitches five innings of one-hit relief.

May 24, 1975: Postern, a 2-year-old thoroughbred, is kidnapped from his stall at Laurel Park. Thieves leave a ransom note demanding $20,000. Police find the colt standing in chest-high mud a half-mile away. Two men are arrested.

May 26, 1970: Towson's boys lacrosse team wins its ninth straight Baltimore County title, 16-4, over Woodlawn. Jack Thomas scores six goals for the Generals, giving him a county-record 102 points for the season.

May 27, 1960: More than 600 fans greet the American League-leading Orioles at Pennsylvania Station on their return from a two-week road trip chanting, "We want a pennant! We want a pennant!" They'll get one — in 1966.

May 23, 1953: Native Dancer, the pride of Sagamore Farm in Glyndon, wins the 77th Preakness by a neck over Jamie K. It's the 13th victory in 14 starts for the colt known as the "Grey Ghost," who'll also win the Belmont Stakes and grace the cover of Time magazine.

May 27, 1949: Rosecroft Raceway, a new harness track, opens its 60-night season in Oxon Hill. More than 5,600 race fans attend.

May 25, 1946: Navy's baseball team routs Army, 11-5, before an announced 7,000 in Annapolis. A home run by Dick Duden, All-America football player, leads the Midshipmen. Duden goes on to coach Navy's freshman football team for 16 years.

Birthday

May 24, 1875: Robert Garrett, a Baltimorean who won the discus and shot put at the first modern Olympics in 1896. He died in 1961.

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