The Sun Remembers: July 22-28

July 27, 2003: On an overcast day in Cooperstown, N.Y., former Orioles slugger Eddie Murray is enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame and gives a heartfelt speech to the crowd of 18,000. "I had a dream as a kid, and I actually lived that dream," says Murray, who led Baltimore to a world championship in 1983.

July 25, 1987: Eddie Murray's home run off Bret Saberhagen, the major leagues' winningest pitcher, gives the Orioles their 11th consecutive win — a 4-3 victory over the visiting Kansas City Royals. Even so, the Birds (45-53) stay in sixth place in the American League East, 13 games off the pace.


July 23, 1976: Reggie Jackson hits a home run in his sixth straight game for the Orioles, tying an AL record, but the second-place Birds lose, 4-3 to the Milwaukee Brewers. "I'm not cherishing this one," Jackson says of the homer, "but I'll be proud of it." His streak stops there.

July 22, 1959: "Never mind the championship talk — the honeymoon is over. Now it's a new shuffle," coach Weeb Ewbank tells the world champion Colts on the first day of football practice at Western Maryland College.

July 28, 1957: Tommy Bolt pockets $2,800 in winning the eighth annual Eastern Open golf tournament at Mount Pleasant with a 276, defeating Billy Casper by four strokes. Arnold Palmer, who won the event here in 1956, finishes eighth.

July 23, 1948: The Colts begin six weeks of training camp in Sun Valley, Idaho, under coach Cecil Isbell. Baltimore returns 11 players from last year's squad that finished 2-11-1 in its first season in the All-America Football Conference. The highlight of practice is the passing of Y.A. Tittle, a rookie quarterback from LSU.

July 24, 1901: Led by pitcher Joe "Iron Man" McGinnity and catcher Roger Bresnahan, both future Hall of Famers, the third-place Orioles defeat the Cleveland Blues, 9-6. "This is one of the best games I have seen this year," says Ban Johnson, president of the newly formed American League.

July 22, 1882: The Baltimore Base Ball Club drops a 9-1 contest to Louisville at Newington Park, after which The Sun calls the locals "dispirited" and then takes management to task: "Over 2,000 persons submitted to the discomforts of the inadequate accommodations at the grounds to witness the game. The Baltimores appeared in new white shirts without sleeves, giving them a cleaner appearance, but it is really no uniform at all."


July 24, 1939: Basketball Hall of Famer Walt "Big Bell" Bellamy, the high-scoring, 6-foot-11 center for the NBA Bullets from their arrival in Baltimore in 1963 to November 1965.

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