The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for Dec. 16-22

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Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller prepares to hand the ball off during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers on Dec. 19, 2005. He had a quarterback rating of 136.8.

Dec. 19, 2005: Kyle Boller, the Ravens’ beleaguered quarterback, passes for 253 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-3 win over the Green Bay Packers and the NFL’s No. 1 pass defense. On “Monday Night Football,” and before a record crowd (70,604) at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore sets a team mark for points scored.

The Bullets' Jack Marin, left, and Lakers' Jim McMillian chase a loose ball at the Civic Center on Dec. 22, 1971. McMillian scored 25 points and Marin 21.

Dec. 22, 1971: Despite 35 points by Archie Clark, the Bullets fall, 127-120, at the Civic Center to the Los Angeles Lakers, who win their 27th consecutive game, setting a record for the longest victory streak in pro sports history. (The old mark was 26 by baseball’s New York Giants in 1916.)

Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson, shortstop Mark Belanger, second baseman Davey Johnson and first baseman Boog Powell are pictured from left to right April 8, 1969.

Dec. 20, 1966: Mark Belanger, 22-year-old Orioles farmhand, receives the Rawlings Silver Glove Award as the top defensive shortstop in the minor leagues. Belanger will win eight Gold Gloves in a 17-year career in Baltimore.

Maryland in 1957-58 became the first school from outside North Carolina to win the Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball tournament, which started in 1953-54.

Dec. 17, 1957: Undefeated Maryland wins its fifth basketball game, 88-58, over Navy at Cole Field House as Charles McNeil scores 20 points, mostly on twisting jump shots. The Terps will go 22-7 and win the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament for the first time before losing in the second round of the NCAA tourney.

Stan Miasek  spent two seasons with the Bullets, averaging 11.7 points and 9.2 rebounds a game.

Dec. 22, 1951: In the longest NBA game ever played at the Coliseum, the Minneapolis Lakers defeat the Bullets, 96-90, in triple overtime. George Mikan, 6 feet 10, scores 39 points for the winners, and Stan Miasek gets 29 for Baltimore, which falls to 9-16.

Bill Larash, pictured as a hockey player March 8, 1945, won the C.M. Kelly Award as the nation’s most outstanding lacrosse goalie in 1952.

Dec. 17, 1943: Poly’s ice hockey team nips Calvert Hall, 2-1, at the Sports Centre on a late goal by Bill Larash. A lacrosse star as well, Larash will earn All-America honors as goalie for Maryland’s stick team in 1951.

Tony "Two Ton" Galento, pictured June 23, 1955, lost a heavyweight championship bout to Joe Louis on June 28, 1939.

Dec. 16, 1947: In a wrestling match televised by WMAR-TV, Tony “Two Ton” Galento defeats Don Lee at the Coliseum. After 18 minutes, Galento — a former boxer — floors his opponent with a right-hand punch to the chin.

Nat Winitsky helped the Bees improve their record to 4-1 with a home victory against the Blue Devils.

Dec. 21, 1939: The University of Baltimore’s basketball team beats Duke, 40-29, at the Coliseum. Nat Winitsky scores 10 points and Red Holzman 7 for the Bees (4-1).

Bill Ripken has fun posing for pictures with members of one of the teams during the Blue Crab Tournament skills competition finals at Cal Sr.'s Yard at the Ripken Experience complex in Aberdeen in an undated photo.


Dec. 16, 1964: Bill Ripken, an Orioles second baseman for seven years, who led the team in batting average (.291) in 1990.