Middle linebacker Ray Lewis (52) and tight end Shannon Sharpe share a laugh on the sideline during the Ravens' 2000 preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles at PSINet Stadium. Sharpe had 67 catches that regular season, and the Ravens went on to win the Super Bowl.
Middle linebacker Ray Lewis (52) and tight end Shannon Sharpe share a laugh on the sideline during the Ravens' 2000 preseason opener against the Philadelphia Eagles at PSINet Stadium. Sharpe had 67 catches that regular season, and the Ravens went on to win the Super Bowl. (Doug Kapustin / Baltimore Sun photo)

Aug. 5, 2000: In his Ravens debut, having signed as a free agent, veteran tight end Shannon Sharpe catches a 7-yard touchdown pass in a 16-13 win over the Philadelphia Eagles at PSINet Stadium. It’s the ninth straight preseason victory for Baltimore.

Chris Hoiles, left, and Mike Mussina, pictured in June 1998 at Camden Yards, played together with the Orioles from 1991 to 1998.
Chris Hoiles, left, and Mike Mussina, pictured in June 1998 at Camden Yards, played together with the Orioles from 1991 to 1998. (Doug Kapustin / Baltimore Sun Photo)

Aug. 8, 1997: A 6-2 victory over the host Anaheim Angels puts the first-place Orioles 31 games over .500 for the first time since their 1983 championship season. Pitcher Mike Mussina (13-4) retires 19 of the first 21 batters and catcher Chris Hoiles knocks in two runs as the team improves to 71-40.

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Pam Shriver keeps her eye on the ball during her loss to Chris Evert in the U.S. Open final in September 1978.
Pam Shriver keeps her eye on the ball during her loss to Chris Evert in the U.S. Open final in September 1978. (UPI Photo)

Aug. 5, 1978: Top-seeded Tracy Austin of California defeats No. 2 Pam Shriver of Brooklandville, 6-2, 6-2, in the title match of the Girls 16 National Tennis Championship in Charleston, W.Va. It’s Austin’s seventh consecutive win over Shriver, who attends McDonogh.

Pat Dobson, pictured in spring training in 1972, set a career high with 20 wins in 1971. He would lose 18 the next year.
Pat Dobson, pictured in spring training in 1972, set a career high with 20 wins in 1971. He would lose 18 the next year. (Associated Press)

Aug. 6, 1971: New York ends Pat Dobson’s 12-game winning streak, routing the Orioles right-hander, 12-3, at Yankee Stadium. The loss ends Dobson’s string of having pitched nine straight complete games and 23 consecutive scoreless innings.

Colts safety Jerry Logan intercepts a pass in front of New York Jets tight end Pete Lammons in December 1970. Logan played for Baltimore from 1963 to 1972.
Colts safety Jerry Logan intercepts a pass in front of New York Jets tight end Pete Lammons in December 1970. Logan played for Baltimore from 1963 to 1972. (William Hotz / Baltimore Sun Photo)

Aug. 10, 1968: In the Colts’ 10-0 preseason win over the Chicago Bears in steamy Birmingham, Ala., Pro Bowl safety Jerry Logan intercepts three passes and recovers a fumble in the Baltimore end zone for a touchback.

Jim Gentile swings in August 1961. He played for the Orioles from 1960 to 1963, hitting 124 home runs.
Jim Gentile swings in August 1961. He played for the Orioles from 1960 to 1963, hitting 124 home runs. (Walter M. McCardell / Baltimore Sun Photo)

Aug. 7, 1961: “Diamond” Jim Gentile, the Orioles’ slugging first baseman, hits his 31st home run — a club record — in a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Athletics at Memorial Stadium. Gentile will finish with 46 homers, a .302 average and 141 RBIs, tops in the American League.

Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas, pictured as a rookie in August 1956, would quarterback the Colts from that season to 1972.
Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas, pictured as a rookie in August 1956, would quarterback the Colts from that season to 1972. (Ellis Malashuk / Baltimore Sun Photo)

Aug. 6, 1956: Rookie Johnny Unitas stars in the Colts’ intrasquad game before an announced 38,447 at Memorial Stadium. The crew-cut quarterback passes for three touchdowns as the Whites take a 20-14 lead, then changes jerseys and leads the Blues 69 yards to tie it, scoring himself on a 1-yard plunge.

Aug. 8, 1947: In a stellar relief stint, pitcher Jonas “Lefty” Gaines enters in the first inning and completes the game as the Baltimore Elite Giants defeat the celebrated Homestead Grays, 9-4, at Bugle Field. Gaines allows six hits and strikes out nine in the Negro National League contest.

Eddie Waitkus, left, and Jim Fridley, right, eye bats that produced homers for Don Larsen, center, who pitched the Orioles past the White Sox, 5-2, on May 30, 1954. It was one of Larsen's three victories for the Orioles against 21 losses.
Eddie Waitkus, left, and Jim Fridley, right, eye bats that produced homers for Don Larsen, center, who pitched the Orioles past the White Sox, 5-2, on May 30, 1954. It was one of Larsen's three victories for the Orioles against 21 losses. (Edward Nolan / Baltimore Sun Photo)

Birthday

Aug. 7, 1929: Don Larsen, who went 3-21 in his only season with the Orioles (1954) before his trade to the New York Yankees, where he pitched a perfect game in the 1956 World Series.

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