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The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for August 5-11

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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