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The Sun Remembers: May 24-30

May 24, 2001: During a brief religious service in mostly demolished Memorial Stadium, Orioles slugger Curt Blefary's ashes are scattered at home plate, per his request. Blefary, an outfielder and the American League 1965 Rookie of the Year, died of pancreatitis in January 2001.

May 24, 1989: The Blast defeats the Wichita Wings, 11-1, before an announced 6,194 at Baltimore Arena to advance to the Major Indoor Soccer League championship series against the San Diego Sockers. Domenic Mobilio scores four times for the Blast, who'll lose in the finals, four games to three.

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May 26, 1979: "This has to be the best all-around team in [Johns] Hopkins' history," coach Henry Ciccarone says after his undefeated Blue Jays rip Maryland, 15-9, for their second straight NCAA title. Jeff Cook and Dave Huntley each score three goals for Hopkins, which keeps the Terps (10-2) from taking a shot for more than 111/2 minutes of the second quarter.

May 27, 1974: Jim Palmer, the Orioles' 1973 Cy Young Award winner, loses his sixth consecutive game, 9-1 to the Royals in Kansas City. Winless since April 17, Palmer will miss two months with a sore arm and finish 7-12 before rebounding to win the Cy Young in 1975 and 1976.

May 25, 1962: Orioles slugger "Diamond" Jim Gentile hits a 450-foot home run into the center-field bleachers — one of the longest homers ever at Boston's Fenway Park — in a 9-5 victory over the Red Sox.

May 30, 1959: In the National Women's Lacrosse Tournament in Trenton, N.J., Baltimore loses, 17-6, to Philadelphia's defending champions. Judy Devlin, a Goucher graduate, scores all six goals for the losers. Devlin is even better at badminton, winning 32 national titles in her day.

May 26, 1956: Senior Milt Cornish, one of 13 African-American students to integrate Poly in 1952, leads the Engineers to victory in the Maryland Scholastic Association track and field meet at Homewood. Cornish sets a meet record in the broad jump (22 feet, 7 inches) and defends his high jump title (5-10).

May 28, 1949: Lee Chambers, Navy's all-time leading lacrosse scorer, ends his career with two goals in the undefeated Midshipmen's 14-5 victory over Army before an announced 12,000 in Annapolis. A four-time All-American from McDonogh, Chambers finishes with 143 goals, having scored in every college game he played.

Birthday

May 27, 1984: Miguel Gonzalez, right-hander who leads the Orioles with five victories this year.

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