The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for Sept. 23-29

Bengals fullback Cliff Groce (46) is stopped short of a first down on third-and-1 in the third quarter Sept. 24, 2000, at PSINet Stadium. The Ravens held Cincinnati to 4 rushing yards.

Sept. 24, 2000: In a 37-0 home victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, the Ravens set team records for both fewest yards allowed rushing (4) and passing (90). It’s also the first breakout game for rookie Jamal Lewis, who rushes for 116 yards.

First baseman Rafael Palmeiro is doused with champagne after the Orioles won the AL East. He hit a team-high 38 home runs in 1997.

Sept. 24, 1997: “We did it. We went wire-to-wire,” manager Davey Johnson says as the Orioles clinch the American League East with a 9-3 win over the Blue Jays in Toronto. Rafael Palmeiro knocks in four runs for the Orioles, only the sixth major league team in history to lead from the first game to the last.

Joe Barger, pictured in 1990 with the Blast, also played for the Maryland Bays and Baltimore Bays.

Sept. 29, 1985: Loyola’s men’s soccer team defeats Syracuse, 2-0, to win the 10th Loyola College Invitational at Curley Field. Joe Barger, a freshman from Fallston, scores both goals for the Greyhounds. Barger will later play for the Blast and be inducted into the Maryland Soccer Hall of Fame.

The Colts drafted kicker Randy Bielski in the 12th round in 1980.

Sept. 24, 1977: A 22-yard field goal by Randy Bielski (Dulaney) with six seconds remaining gives undefeated Towson State its third victory, 3-0, at Randolph-Macon. The Tigers are ranked No. 6 in Division III.

Maryland's Clarence Spears, center, draws up a play with, from left, Harry Rice, Al Heagy, Stanley Baker and Fausto Rubins on Aug. 24, 1943.

Sept. 29, 1944: About 2,500 fans see Maryland fall to Hampden-Sydney in football, 12-0, in the first game played under the new lights at Byrd Stadium in College Park. Coach Clarence Spears’ Terps will finish 1-7-1.

Notre Dame's famed "Four Horsemen," left to right, Don Miller, Elmer Layden, Jim Crowley and Harry Stuhldreher. Stuhldreher coached Villanova from 1925 to 1935 and Wisconsin from 1936 to 1948.

Sept. 26, 1925: The Villanova football team, coached by Harry Stuhldreher (former Notre Dame quarterback and one of the legendary “Four Horsemen”) routs Loyola, 33-0, before an announced 3,000 at Baltimore Stadium.

Babe Ruth is pictured with the Orioles in 1914 in Fayetteville, N.C. Ruth played that year for the Orioles, Providence Grays and Boston Red Sox.

Sept. 24, 1914: Babe Ruth pitches the first-place Providence Grays past the visiting Orioles, 4-2. Ruth, who began the season with Baltimore before his trade to the Boston Red Sox, allows seven hits, strikes out eight and walks four.

Hall of Famer Hughie Jennings, in a photo dated in 1925, played for the Orioles from 1893 to 1899.

Sept. 28, 1896: The Orioles, three-time defending National League champs, defeat a local team in Scranton, Pa., 4-2, before more than 8,000 fans near shortstop Hughie Jennings’ home. Before his first appearance, admirers present Jennings with an opal scarf pin studded with diamonds. Jennings whacks a double but, The Sun reports, “the diamond pin must have dazzled him, for he was caught napping a half-minute later.”

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, right, talks with Ravens coach John Harbaugh before their teams played Thursday,  Sept. 13. Lewis, the Ravens' defensive coordinator from 1996 to 2001, has coached Cincinnati since 2003.


Sept. 23, 1958: Marvin Lewis, football coach of the Cincinnati Bengals who, as defensive coordinator for the Ravens, was an integral part of Baltimore’s Super Bowl championship in the 2000 season.