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The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for July 22-28

July 23, 1996: A crowd of about 200, including Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening, attend groundbreaking ceremonies for Baltimore’s $200 million football stadium that will house the Ravens.

July 22, 1988: Subbing for manager Frank Robinson (back pain), Elrod Hendricks holds a 15-minute team meeting and rips the Orioles for their shoddy play after a 6-1 loss to the Twins in Minnesota. “We were defeated before we went out there. It’s not too much to ask to go out and play nine innings hard,” Hendricks says as Baltimore falls to 30-65, a major league worst.

July 26, 1966: A record seven home runs fly out of Memorial Stadium in Cleveland’s 7-4 victory over the Orioles. The Indians hit five homers, two each by Rocky Colavito and Leon Wagner, while Frank Robinson and Luis Aparicio connect for the first-place Orioles.

July 22, 1961: Kelso, a celebrated gelding from Maryland, rallies from far back to win the $112,000 Brooklyn Handicap at Aqueduct. Owned by Mrs. Richard C. du Pont’s Bohemia Stable in Cecil County, Kelso was named Horse of the Year in 1960 and will repeat for the next four years.

July 28, 1956: Golfer Arnold Palmer, 26, wins the Eastern Open at Mount Pleasant. Palmer, the 1954 U.S. Amateur champion, shoots a 277 to defeat Dow Finsterwald by two strokes.

July 23, 1953: The Colts (nee Dallas Texans) hold their first NFL workout at Western Maryland (now McDaniel) College. Among the 47 hopefuls are backs Buddy Young and Don Shula, and defensive linemen Gino Marchetti and Art Donovan.

July 27, 1944: The Orioles parlay two hits and 14 walks to defeat the visiting Montreal Royals, 6-3. Catcher Sherman Lollar and outfielder Felix Mackiewicz homer for first-place Baltimore.

July 28, 1897: During an 8-2 victory over the Senators in Washington, Orioles first baseman “Dirty” Jack Doyle is ejected for razzing umpire Bob “Wig” Emslie. “Jack said … a good deal to Emslie without his taking offense,” The Sun reports. “But when he suggested a hair restorer, it brought on the crisis. Doyle was escorted out by a very big policeman.”


July 24, 1922: Duane Pillette, a right-hander who got the decision in the first victory in Orioles modern-day history, 3-2, over the Tigers in Detroit on April 14, 1954. Pillette died in 2011.

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