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

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.


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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