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The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for April 1-7

The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for April 1-7
Cal Ripken Jr., hits a leadoff home run to left field in the fourth inning off Kansas City Royals right-hander Kevin Appier to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead in the 1997 season opener at Camden Yards. (Kenneth K. Lam / The Baltimore Sun)

April 2, 1997: A 4-2 Opening Day win over the Kansas City Royals at Camden Yards puts the Orioles in first place in the American League East, where they’ll stay all season. A game-winning RBI double in the sixth inning by Eric Davis and a home run and two doubles by Cal Ripken Jr. lead the way.

Orioles manager Cal Ripken Sr. addresses right-hander Oswaldo Peraza, who gave up four runs, three earned, in 1 2/3 innings in relief of starter and losing pitcher Mike Boddicker in the 1988 season opener. At left is catcher Terry Kennedy.
Orioles manager Cal Ripken Sr. addresses right-hander Oswaldo Peraza, who gave up four runs, three earned, in 1 2/3 innings in relief of starter and losing pitcher Mike Boddicker in the 1988 season opener. At left is catcher Terry Kennedy. (Jed Kirschbaum / Baltimore Sun photo)

April 4, 1988: “We aren’t as bad as we showed out there today,” manager Cal Ripken Sr. says after the Orioles lose, 12-0, to the Milwaukee Brewers at Memorial Stadium. It’s the Orioles’ worst Opening Day defeat and the first of 21 straight setbacks to open the season.

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April 3, 1973: Despite going hitless, Navy’s baseball team forges a 1-1 tie with Towson State in a game called after 10 innings in Annapolis. The Tigers’ Bill Lee, Wayne Breeden and Harold Bremmer combine to handcuff the Midshipmen.

Frank Robinson is greeted after homering in the top of the ninth inning off Cleveland Indians right-hander Bob Miller to give the Orioles their final run in an 8-2 victory in the season opener in 1970..
Frank Robinson is greeted after homering in the top of the ninth inning off Cleveland Indians right-hander Bob Miller to give the Orioles their final run in an 8-2 victory in the season opener in 1970.. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

April 7, 1970: Left-hander Dave McNally pitches a four-hitter and strikes out 13 as the Orioles open with an 8-2 victory in Cleveland. Baltimore benefits from 10 walks and a home run by Frank Robinson en route to winning their second world championship.

Left to right, Johns Hopkins' Henry Ciccarone, Dale Kohler, Kevin Mahon and coach Bob Scott get ready June 13, 1975, for a 19-day goodwill lacrosse tour to California
Left to right, Johns Hopkins' Henry Ciccarone, Dale Kohler, Kevin Mahon and coach Bob Scott get ready June 13, 1975, for a 19-day goodwill lacrosse tour to California (Garrett / Baltimore Sun photo)

April 2, 1966: Trounced, 7-1, at Princeton, the Johns Hopkins lacrosse team falls to 0-3, a first for 12-year coach Bob Scott and only the second time the Blue Jays have lost their first three games (the other was in 1918).

April 7, 1956: Maryland’s defending national champions rout Loyola in lacrosse, 24-3, in College Park. It’s the 17th straight win for the Terps, who get five goals from Jim Keating and four from Dick Nolker.

April 3, 1946: Four days after a fire at Bowie Race Course killed 21 horses, a stable at Laurel Park burns to the ground. All 24 thoroughbreds inside are rescued.

Boxer Joe Gans was the world lightweight champion from 1902 to 1904 and 1906 to 1908.
Boxer Joe Gans was the world lightweight champion from 1902 to 1904 and 1906 to 1908. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

April 1, 1908: Baltimore’s Joe Gans defends his world lightweight boxing title with a third-round technical knockout of England’s Spike Robson in Philadelphia. Afterward, The Sun reports, Gans “retired to his corner and adjusted his bathrobe and a jaunty cap and … left the ring, having scarcely turned a hair.”

George Staller is pictured Feb. 28, 1973, as an Orioles coach. Staller played for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1943, batting .271 in 85 at-bats.
George Staller is pictured Feb. 28, 1973, as an Orioles coach. Staller played for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1943, batting .271 in 85 at-bats. (Garrett / Baltimore Sun photo)
Birthday

April 1, 1916: George Staller, an outfielder for the International League Orioles and the first base coach for Baltimore’s American League team from 1968 to 1975, when it won three pennants and a World Series. Staller died in 1992.

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