The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for Sept. 9-15

Cleveland Cooper played for Navy from 1972 to 1974, carrying the ball 579 times for 2,582 yards.

Sept. 15, 1973: Cleveland Cooper rushes for 175 yards and two touchdowns and Navy’s defense compiles five sacks and six interceptions in a 37-8 romp over Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va. It’s the first victory for George Welsh, the Midshipmen’s new coach.

First baseman Boog Powell, pictured March 7, 1972, played for the Orioles from 1961 to 1974, hitting 303 home runs.

Sept. 15, 1972: A three-run, first-inning blast by Boog Powell gives the third-place Orioles a 3-1 win over the Yankees in New York. Jim Palmer (20-8) becomes a 20-game winner for the third straight year.

Basketball Hall of Famer Wes Unseld, pictured Oct. 16, 1968, played for the Bullets from 1968 to 1981, averaging 10.8 points and 14 rebounds.

Sept. 9, 1968: Rookie center Wes Unseld, the Baltimore Bullets’ first-round NBA draft pick, is rejected for military service. “Something’s wrong with me evidently and I don’t think it’s anything to be excited about,” says Unseld, who has had a history of knee problems.

Phil Regan, pictured with the Dodgers on Sept. 15, 1966, led the National League with 21 saves and 48 games finished that season.

Sept. 13, 1963: Right-hander Phil Regan stops the Orioles on five hits as the Tigers win, 3-2, in Detroit. In 1995, Regan is named Orioles manager, goes 71-73 and is fired.

Emerson Boozer was  a two-time small college All-American who rushed for 2,537 yards and 22 touchdowns for Maryland State.

Sept. 15, 1962: Emerson Boozer, a freshman running back, scores his first college touchdown on a 20-yard run as Maryland State (now UMES) defeats Livingston (N.C.), 54-0, in Salisbury. Boozer will go on to play 10 years in the NFL and help the New York Jets defeat the Colts in the January 1969 Super Bowl.

Yankees manager Casey Stengel, left, and  Orioles manager Paul Richards talk before a rained-out 1955 game. Richards' 517 wins as an Orioles manager place him third all time behind leader Earl Weaver and Buck Showalter.

Sept. 14, 1954: Paul Richards, 45, is named manager and general manager of the seventh-place Orioles for 1955, replacing Jimmie Dykes and Art Ehlers, respectively. Richards, who resigns as boss of the Chicago White Sox to take the job, will manage Baltimore for seven seasons, go 517-539 and be named American League Manager of the Year in 1960 when the Orioles place second.

The Pittsburgh Steelers' Elbie  Nichols trips up Colts punt returner Chet Mutryn in the fourth quarter at Forbes Field  on Nov. 12, 1950. The Colts' Frank Spaniel is at left. Pittsburgh won, 17-7.

Sept. 11, 1950: Returning home from Green Bay, where they lost their seventh straight preseason game, 16-14, to the Packers, the Colts are met by 300 fans at Friendship Airport bearing signs that read, “Exhibitions, Pooh! Beat Washington!” and “So You’ve Lost … Now Win!” They’ll finish 1-11.

Sept. 11, 1934: Baltimore’s Vince Dundee, the world middleweight boxing champion, loses his title in a unanimous 15-round decision to Teddy Yarosz of Monaca, Pa., before 28,000 fans at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.

L.G. Dupre, pictured July 31, 1956, carried 356 times for 1,339 yards and eight touchdowns as a Colt from 1955 to 1959.


Sept. 10, 1932: Louis George “L.G.” Dupre, a Colts running back for five years who helped Baltimore win NFL titles in 1958 and 1959. Dupre, whom fans dubbed “Long Gone” for his speed, died in 2001.