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The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for Sept. 30-Oct. 6

The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for Sept. 30-Oct. 6
Roberto Alomar gets a high-five from Rafael Palmeiro at home plate for hitting a 12th-inning home run that would give the visiting Orioles a 4-3 win over Cleveland, sending them to the 1996 American League Championship Series. Palmeiro struck out four times in the game. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)

Oct. 5, 1996: Despite 23 strikeouts — a major league record for most whiffs in a victory — the Orioles defeat the Indians, 4-3, in 12 innings in Cleveland to advance to the American League Championship Series. Three players — Rafael Palmeiro, Bobby Bonilla and Pete Incaviglia — strike out four times each.

Former Centennial soccer player Brian West later played at Virginia, in Major League Soccer and for the U.S. national team.
Former Centennial soccer player Brian West later played at Virginia, in Major League Soccer and for the U.S. national team. (Gene Sweeney Jr. / Baltimore Sun 1995)

Oct. 5, 1993: Centennial’s 36-game boys soccer winning streak ends with a 2-1 double-overtime loss to Walt Whitman, No. 1 in the Washington area. Brian West scores for the Eagles, defending state Class 3A champions who play without three starters suspended for breaking a school rule.

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Manager Earl Weaver is doused with champagne by hitting coach Frank Robinson after an 8-0 win against the Angels clinched the best-of-five 1979 American League Championship Series in four games..
Manager Earl Weaver is doused with champagne by hitting coach Frank Robinson after an 8-0 win against the Angels clinched the best-of-five 1979 American League Championship Series in four games.. (Associated Press)

Oct. 6, 1979: “My guys know how to pitch, hit three-run homers and catch the ball,” manager Earl Weaver says as the Orioles advance to World Series with an 8-0 rout of the California Angels in Game 4 of the best-of-five American League Championship Series in Anaheim. Scott McGregor pitches a six-hitter, designated hitter Pat Kelly homers with two men on and Doug DeCinces stars with his glove at third base.

Carl Runk, pictured in 2011, coached Towson in its first football game, in 1968, but made his name as the school's men's lacrosse coach with 262 wins.
Carl Runk, pictured in 2011, coached Towson in its first football game, in 1968, but made his name as the school's men's lacrosse coach with 262 wins. (Jeff Leard / Patuxent Publishing)

Oct. 5, 1968: “One loss in 103 years isn’t so bad,” coach Carl Runk says after Towson State drops its inaugural football game, 39-8, at Frostburg State. Frank Martin passes 30 yards to Scotty Santora for the Tigers’ lone score.

The Bullets' Wes Unseld rises for a jump shot Nov. 15, 1968, in a 129-102 rout of the Bucks. Unseld had 10 points and 23 rebounds.
The Bullets' Wes Unseld rises for a jump shot Nov. 15, 1968, in a 129-102 rout of the Bucks. Unseld had 10 points and 23 rebounds. (Richard Childress / Baltimore Sun)

Oct. 2, 1968: A tip-in basket at the buzzer by rookie Wes Unseld gives the Baltimore Bullets a 111-110 exhibition victory over the Chicago Bulls in Hammond, Ind. Unseld (27 points, 12 rebounds) will be both the NBA Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player that season.

Orioles pitchers Dick Hall, left, Steve Barber, second from right, and Harvey Haddix, right, are pictured with manager Hank Bauer on Aug. 15, 1964. Hall pitched for the Orioles from 1961 to 1966 and 1969 to 1971.
Orioles pitchers Dick Hall, left, Steve Barber, second from right, and Harvey Haddix, right, are pictured with manager Hank Bauer on Aug. 15, 1964. Hall pitched for the Orioles from 1961 to 1966 and 1969 to 1971. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

Oct. 3, 1964: A 7-6 walk-off win in the 10th inning over the Detroit Tigers ends the Orioles’ season with a club-record 97 victories. Dick Hall pitches three shutout innings in relief for the victory, extending his scoreless string to 25 1/3 consecutive innings.

Alan Ameche, pictured Aug. 30, 1955, played for the Colts from 1955 to 1960.
Alan Ameche, pictured Aug. 30, 1955, played for the Colts from 1955 to 1960. (Joe DiPaola / Baltimore Sun)

Sept. 30, 1956: Quarterback George Shaw sparkles in the Colts’ opener, a 28-21 upset of the Chicago Bears before an announced 45,221 at Memorial Stadium. Shaw completes 19 of 25 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns, and fullback Alan “The Horse” Ameche rushes for two scores.

Oct. 5, 1912: Navy edges Johns Hopkins, 7-3, in football at Annapolis as K.P. Gilchrist scores on a 1-yard run late in the game. George Gillet kicks a 25-yard field goal for Hopkins, whose lineup includes seven freshmen.

Wendell Harris, the ninth overall pick in the 1962 draft, spent four years with the Colts and two with the Giants.
Wendell Harris, the ninth overall pick in the 1962 draft, spent four years with the Colts and two with the Giants. (Family photo / 2016)
Birthday

Oct. 2, 1940: Wendell Harris, the Colts’ No. 1 draft pick in 1962, from LSU. A defensive back, Harris will star in Baltimore on special teams for four years.

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