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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.