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This Week in Baltimore Sports History: Kyle Boller drops ball in Ravens preseason game

Miami defensive end Jason Taylor sacks Ravens quarerback Kyle Boller during a game at Dolphins Stadium on Dec. 16, 2007.
Miami defensive end Jason Taylor sacks Ravens quarerback Kyle Boller during a game at Dolphins Stadium on Dec. 16, 2007. (Sun-Sentinel / Andrew Innerarity)

Aug. 25, 2007: Lightning strikes FedEx Field in Landover during a preseason game between the Ravens and Redskins, knocking out lights in the end zone and ending the contest in the third quarter with Baltimore trailing 13-7. Washington returns a Kyle Boller fumble for the winning touchdown.

Former Orioles outfielder Joe Orsulak of the 1989 “Why Not?”talks with the media after a reunion with teammate to celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of the most beloved teams in franchise history.
Former Orioles outfielder Joe Orsulak of the 1989 “Why Not?”talks with the media after a reunion with teammate to celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of the most beloved teams in franchise history. (Kevin Richardson / Baltimore Sun)

Aug. 30, 1991: Left fielder Joe Orsulak goes 5-for-5 at the plate and cuts down a runner at second base in the Orioles’ 11-5 victory over the Twins in Minnesota.

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Aug. 26, 1977: Nat Frazier resigns as basketball coach at Morgan State College to become assistant coach for the New York Knicks of the NBA. Frazier led the Bears for six years and won the NCAA Division II championship in 1974.

Dave McNally, who won 181 games over a 13-year career in Baltimore, pitches for the Orioles during a game in 1971.
Dave McNally, who won 181 games over a 13-year career in Baltimore, pitches for the Orioles during a game in 1971. (Sun file photo)

Aug. 25, 1970: Dave McNally, 27, becomes a 20-game winner for the third straight year, pitching the Orioles to a 5-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics for the team’s eighth consecutive victory.

Aug. 31, 1962: “The big lug has been like the Chinese Wall,” teammate Bill Pellington says as the Colts’ Art Donovan announces his retirement. “Fatso," 37, was a four-time first-team All-Pro. Players acknowledge Donovan’s departure by tearing his pants off and lighting a cherry bomb under his car.

Aug. 30, 1958: For the fifth consecutive year, the horse named Belle’s Baby wins the $2,000 Baltimore County Purse on opening day of the Maryland State Fair in Timonium.

Aug. 28, 1954: Knotty Pine, a 4-inch male crustacean who was about to be steamed, defeats 39 rivals to win the annual Sun-sponsored Hard Crab Derby before 1,500 at the American Legion ballpark in Crisfield. Knotty Pine wins by a yard in less than 3 minutes in the 20-foot race.

Aug, 29, 1944: A crowd of more than 30,000 — largest ever for a baseball game in Baltimore — sees the streaking Orioles rout the Jersey City Giants, 15-5, in an International League game at Municipal Stadium. It’s the sixth straight win for the first-place Orioles, who get home runs from Howie Moss, Frankie Skaff and Bob Latshaw.

As a player, George Welsh quarterbacked Navy to a Sugar Bowl bid. He later returned the football program to success as the Mids head coach in the 1970s before departing and turning a woebegone Virginia program into a winner.
As a player, George Welsh quarterbacked Navy to a Sugar Bowl bid. He later returned the football program to success as the Mids head coach in the 1970s before departing and turning a woebegone Virginia program into a winner. (Courtesy of Navy Sports Information Department / HANDOUT)
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Aug. 26, 1933: George Welsh, All-America quarterback at Navy in 1955 who later coached the Midshipmen for nine years and Virginia for 19, retiring in 2000 as the winningest coach in Atlantic Coast Conference history. He died in January 2019 at age 85.

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