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The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for Jan. 27-Feb. 2

The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for Jan. 27-Feb. 2
Orioles manager Earl Weaver, left, and groundskeeper Pat Santarone display Memorial Stadium tomatoes fertilized with manure from racehorse Spectacular Bid. (Irving H. Phillips Jr. / Baltimore Sun 1979)

Feb. 1, 1991: Pat Santarone, 62, the Orioles’ groundskeeper for 22 years, hangs up his rake. He’s best known for his tomato-growing contests with manager Earl Weaver at Memorial Stadium, and for their commercial fertilizer, “Earl ’n Pat’s Tomato Food.”

Left tackle Bob Vogel played for the Colts from 1963 to 1972, starting all but one of the team's regular-season games during those seasons.
Left tackle Bob Vogel played for the Colts from 1963 to 1972, starting all but one of the team's regular-season games during those seasons. (Baltimore Sun file)

Feb. 2, 1976: Bob Vogel, 34, former All-Pro tackle for the Colts, is appointed civil defense director of Baltimore County by Maryland Gov. Marvin Mandel. The job pays $21,400.

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Bullets guard Archie Clark is fouled by Knicks center Jerry Lucas as New York guard Earl Monroe, left, looks on during Baltimore's 114-94 loss Nov. 24, 1971. Clark scored a game-high 29 points.
Bullets guard Archie Clark is fouled by Knicks center Jerry Lucas as New York guard Earl Monroe, left, looks on during Baltimore's 114-94 loss Nov. 24, 1971. Clark scored a game-high 29 points. (Carl D. Harris / Baltimore Sun)

Jan. 28, 1972: Despite shooting a torrid 61 percent from the field, the Royals fall to the Bullets, 132-124, in an NBA game in Cincinnati. Jack Marin (38 points) and Archie Clark (28) lead Baltimore to its 11th win in 15 games.

Feb. 2, 1965: All nine favorites at Bowie Race Course lose, extending the streak of upsets there to 22 in a row. The string ends in the fourth race the following day with a victory by Keb, a 7-year-old gelding.

Jan. 28, 1950: A raucous crowd of 4,250 sees boxers from Maryland and The Citadel battle to a 4-4 tie in College Park. The only knockout belongs to the Terps’ Andy “Sandman” Quattrocchi (130 pounds), who puts his opponent to sleep in 1 minute, 56 seconds.

Jan. 28, 1937: The University of Baltimore basketball team upsets Tennessee, 37-33, before an announced 1,200 at the Johns Hopkins gym. Despite a bad ankle, freshman Mike Pellino scores 10 points against the Volunteers, defending Southeastern Conference champs.

Baseball star Babe Ruth feeds his wife, Helen, in the hospital. They were married Oct. 17, 1914, at Saint Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Ellicott City.
Baseball star Babe Ruth feeds his wife, Helen, in the hospital. They were married Oct. 17, 1914, at Saint Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Ellicott City. (National Baseball Library)

Jan. 29, 1929: The will of Helen Ruth, Babe’s wife who died in a fire this month, is read in court. Of her $50,000 estate, the New York Yankees slugger gets $5.

George Chaney, who fought from 1910 to 1928, won 80 times by knockout and was rated by Boxing Illustrated in 1993 as the fourth-hardest puncher, pound for pound, in history.
George Chaney, who fought from 1910 to 1928, won 80 times by knockout and was rated by Boxing Illustrated in 1993 as the fourth-hardest puncher, pound for pound, in history. (Baltimore Sun file)

Jan. 28, 1923: George “The Knockout King” Chaney of East Baltimore floors Frankie Rice with a lightning left hook in the first round of their bout before more than 8,500 at the 4th Regiment Armory. Chaney (140-34-6) is enshrined in the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2014.

Orioles pitcher Scott Erickson throws during spring training Feb 20, 2002, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Erickson was 79-68 with a 4.73 ERA in 200 games with the club from 1995 to 2002.
Orioles pitcher Scott Erickson throws during spring training Feb 20, 2002, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Erickson was 79-68 with a 4.73 ERA in 200 games with the club from 1995 to 2002. (John Makely / Baltimore Sun)
Birthday

Feb. 2, 1968: Scott Erickson, Orioles right-hander for seven years who in 1998 went 16-13 and led the American League with 11 complete games.

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