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The Sun Remembers: This Week in Sports History for Dec. 17-23

Colts coach Frank Kush addresses the media in November 1983. The team finished 7-9 in its last season in Baltimore.
Colts coach Frank Kush addresses the media in November 1983. The team finished 7-9 in its last season in Baltimore. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

Dec. 21, 1981: For the sixth time since Robert Irsay bought the Colts in 1972, the team has a new head coach. Hard-nosed Frank Kush replaces Mike McCormack, fired after a 2-14 season. Kush lasts three years and goes 11-28-1.

Dec. 21, 1977: Sacrebleu, a 2-year-old colt, becomes the first offspring of Triple Crown champion Secretariat to win in the United States. — a 6-length victory in the first race at Laurel Race Course.

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The 1973 All-MSA basketball team of, from left, Southern senior Tony Dailey, City senior Ronald Smith, Edmondson senior Kenny Sullivan, Dunbar junior Skip Wise and Dunbar sophomore Larry Gibson.
The 1973 All-MSA basketball team of, from left, Southern senior Tony Dailey, City senior Ronald Smith, Edmondson senior Kenny Sullivan, Dunbar junior Skip Wise and Dunbar sophomore Larry Gibson. (Weyman Swagger / Baltimore Sun file photo)

Dec. 20, 1973: All-American Skip Wise scores 25 points and 6-foot-10 Larry Gibson gets 18 as Dunbar beats visiting Carver for its 39th straight basketball win, 73-48.

Gus Johnson in February 1966.
Gus Johnson in February 1966. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

Dec. 17, 1969: In a stellar all-around performance, forward Gus Johnson leads the Bullets to a 138-133 NBA win over the Hawks in Atlanta. Johnson’s totals: 29 points, 14 rebounds and a career-high 13 assists.

Dec. 23, 1966: Rosie, an 8-year-old skating chimpanzee, performs between periods of the Clippers’ American Hockey League game at the Civic Center. Baltimore loses, 3-2, to the Hershey Bears.

Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom.
Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

Dec. 20, 1955: “What a guy to play for,” linebacker Joe Campanella says of Carroll Rosenbloom after the Colts owner hands each player at holiday check for $1,000. Though the Colts finished 5-6-1, the bonus is reportedly the largest in NFL history.

Dec. 19, 1940: Led by Dick Edell’s 12 points, the University of Baltimore takes a 35-25 basketball decision from Oregon before more than 3,000 fans at the Coliseum. At halftime, a turtle race is held on the court.

Dec. 21, 1900: Friends School defeats Poly, 8-0, in basketball at the winners’ gym (Park Place and Laurens Street). G.L. Broomell scores six points.

Colts fullback Randy McMillan carries the ball against the Dolphins in September 1982 at the Orange Bowl in Miami. The Colts lost, 24-20.
Colts fullback Randy McMillan carries the ball against the Dolphins in September 1982 at the Orange Bowl in Miami. The Colts lost, 24-20. (Lew Bush / For The Baltimore Sun)

Birthday

Dec. 17, 1958: Randy McMillan (John Carroll, North Harford), the Colts’ No. 1 draft pick in 1981. He played three years in Baltimore and three in Indianapolis, rushing for 3,876 yards and 24 touchdowns.

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