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The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for Feb. 3-9

The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for Feb. 3-9
Ravens coach Brian Billick, left, and director of college scouting Eric DeCosta, second from left, watch as general manager Ozzie Newsome, right, gives No. 1 draft pick Mark Clayton his jersey at a news conference April 24, 2005. DeCosta succeeded Newsome as GM last month. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

Feb. 3, 2003: The Ravens promote Eric DeCosta, 31, from Midwest area scout to director of college scouting. DeCosta had joined the team in 1996 as a scouting intern.

Bob Wade, pictured March 13, 1983, had a 341-25 record in 10 seasons as Dunbar's boys basketball coach before taking over in 1986 as coach at Maryland, where he went 36-50 over three seasons..
Bob Wade, pictured March 13, 1983, had a 341-25 record in 10 seasons as Dunbar's boys basketball coach before taking over in 1986 as coach at Maryland, where he went 36-50 over three seasons.. (Weyman D. Swagger / Baltimore Sun file)

Feb. 4, 1987: Clemson defeats Maryland, 80-79, in men’s basketball at Cole Field House on a 3-point basket with 8 seconds left by Michael Brown, former Dunbar star. It’s a cruel twist of fate for Terps coach Bob Wade, for whom Brown played in high school.

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Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson is pictured Feb. 1, 1971, the day he was presented the 1970 S. Rae Hickok Professional Athlete of the Year belt in Rochester, N.Y.
Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson is pictured Feb. 1, 1971, the day he was presented the 1970 S. Rae Hickok Professional Athlete of the Year belt in Rochester, N.Y. (United Press International)

Feb. 5, 1971: “What else can I say about Brooks? It’s all been said,” Orioles director of player personnel Harry Dalton says after signing third baseman Brooks Robinson, 33, to his first $100,000 contract. It’s a $25,000 raise for the 1970 World Series Most Valuable Player.

Guard Kevin Loughery attempts a shot against the Bulls during the Bullets' 132-122 win Feb. 3, 1969. Loughery was second in scoring average at 22.6 points a game for the 1968-69 Eastern Division champions, who went 57-25 in the regular season.
Guard Kevin Loughery attempts a shot against the Bulls during the Bullets' 132-122 win Feb. 3, 1969. Loughery was second in scoring average at 22.6 points a game for the 1968-69 Eastern Division champions, who went 57-25 in the regular season. (Baltimore Sun file)

Feb. 3, 1969: With 28 contests still to play, the Bullets win a club-record 39th NBA game, 132-122, over the Chicago Bulls at the Civic Center. Kevin Loughery scores 35 and Ray Scott, 23 — including 13 consecutive points for Baltimore.

Feb. 7, 1963: The Poly rifle team, led by Art Love, edges McDonogh, 689-688, at the 5th Regiment Armory. It’s the 148th victory in 150 dual matches over nine years for Poly.

Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas, pictured Aug. 1, 1956, before his rookie season, completed 110 of 198 passes for 1,498 yards that year. He threw nine touchdown passes and 10 interceptions in compiling a 3-4 record.
Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas, pictured Aug. 1, 1956, before his rookie season, completed 110 of 198 passes for 1,498 yards that year. He threw nine touchdown passes and 10 interceptions in compiling a 3-4 record. (Ellis Malashuk / Baltimore Sun)

Feb. 9, 1957: “There’s a lot I have to learn,” quarterback Johnny Unitas, 23, says after signing with the Colts for his second season. As a rookie, Unitas completed 55.6 percent of his passes, becoming the most accurate first-year passer in NFL history.

From left, City's Kenny Rappoport, Mount Saint Joseph's Jerry Komin, Southern's Al Kaline, Calvert Hall's Bill Ackiss and Towson Catholic's Gene Grimes are pictured March 15, 1953, as members of the Sunpapers' All-Maryland scholastic basketball team.
From left, City's Kenny Rappoport, Mount Saint Joseph's Jerry Komin, Southern's Al Kaline, Calvert Hall's Bill Ackiss and Towson Catholic's Gene Grimes are pictured March 15, 1953, as members of the Sunpapers' All-Maryland scholastic basketball team. (Walter McCardell / Baltimore Sun photo)

Feb. 7, 1954: In a basketball charity game at the Coliseum, a team of major league baseball players defeats the Colts, 41-35. Al Kaline (Southern High) of the Detroit Tigers scores 11 points for the winners, while Bert Rechichar, a kicker and defensive back, leads the Colts with 10.

Feb. 6, 1948: A 23-23 tie with the Institute of Notre Dame ends Seton’s 15-game basketball winning streak. Joan Wilson scores 13 for Seton and Doris Musil 12 for IND

Center fielder Fred Lynn hits one of his two two-run home runs off Bert Blyleven on July 14, 1988, in a 7-1 win against the visiting Twins. Lynn finished his 17-year major league career with 306 homers.
Center fielder Fred Lynn hits one of his two two-run home runs off Bert Blyleven on July 14, 1988, in a 7-1 win against the visiting Twins. Lynn finished his 17-year major league career with 306 homers. (Gene Sweeney Jr. / Baltimore Sun)
Birthday

Feb. 3, 1952: Fred Lynn, Orioles outfielder from 1985 to 1988 who batted .265 with 87 home runs with the team.

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