May 8, 1997: Normally the Orioles' catcher, Chris Hoiles makes his first major league start at first base, hits two home runs and a double, and knocks in six runs in a 13-3 rout of the Seattle Mariners and their star pitcher, Randy Johnson, at Camden Yards.
May 8, 1961: Of the 16 major league baseball teams that played in 1960, only the Orioles show increased attendance for the first month of the current season. Baltimore's turnstile numbers are up 20,500 over the same period a year ago.
May 10, 1952: Led by George Rhoden (440-yard dash) and Art Bragg (100 and 220), Morgan State captures the Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association track and field tournament. Both will compete in the 1952 Olympics, where Rhoden will win two gold medals.
May 10, 1941: "I thought I was riding a blinding tornado," jockey Eddie Arcaro says after Whirlaway comes from last, with half a mile to go, to win the 51st Preakness. He'll win the Triple Crown.
May 7, 1927: The largest crowd (7,000) ever to watch a lacrosse game in Baltimore sees Johns Hopkins defeat Navy, 6-5, at Homewood Field. The undefeated Blue Jays are led by defenseman Gardner Mallonee and goalie Ray Finn.
May 7, 1910: Layminster, a 17-1 shot, wins the $3,375 Preakness, the third of eight races run at Pimlico. It marks the second (and last) time the Preakness is run at a distance of one mile.
May 13, 1902: Five successive Orioles batters bunt safely in the fourth inning of a 10-3 American League victory over the Washington Senators at Union Park.
May 12, 1979: Steve Smith Sr., recently retired Ravens wide receiver who, in three years here, caught 195 passes for 2,534 yards and 14 touchdowns.