The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for Aug. 26-Sept. 1

Aug. 28, 2000: “I’ll continue to do what I’ve been doing. I’ll be me. I won’t change,” Ravens tackle Jonathan Ogden says after signing a six-year, $44 million contract extension, making him the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL history.

Sept. 1, 1970: Jesse Davidson rides four winners at Timonium Race Track. Davidson, 29, was the national jockey champion in 1965, with 319 victories.

Sept. 1, 1966: The Bullets swap Bailey Howell, their All-Star forward, to the Boston Celtics for 7-foot center Mel Counts. Howell, 30, will help the Celtics win two NBA titles; Counts spends half a season in Baltimore, averages 6.4 points and 6.2 rebounds, and is traded.

Aug. 26, 1962: A 2-1 victory over New York gives the sixth-place Orioles a five-game sweep of the league-leading Yankees at Memorial Stadium. Robin Roberts, 35, pitches a five-hitter to best Whitey Ford, who surrenders home runs to Brooks Robinson and Jim Gentile.

Aug. 27, 1948: The Colts upset the defending champion Cleveland Browns, 21-17, in an All-America Conference preseason game in Toledo, Ohio. Y.A. Tittle passes for two touchdowns and Bernard “Bus” Mertes runs 38 yards for a score for Baltimore, which will finish 7-7 this year.

Aug. 27, 1939: Joe Hunt, a Navy midshipman, is named to the U.S. Davis Cup team, along with Bobby Riggs and Jack Kramer, to defend its trophy against Australia in September. (The Aussies win, 3-2)

Aug. 26, 1921: A 7-6 victory over the Syracuse Stars gives the Orioles their 100th win. Right-hander Jack Ogden goes the distance and will finish 31-8 for Baltimore, which will win the International League with a record of 119-47.

Sept. 1, 1908: R. Noble Wilson, local harness racing driver, collapses as he steps from his sulky after the first race at Timonium. Wilson, proprietor of the Cockeysville Hotel, is pronounced dead of a heart attack.

Birthday

Aug. 29, 1950: Doug DeCinces, who followed Brooks Robinson at third base for the Orioles and played nine years in Baltimore, batting .253.

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