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The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History, July 8-14

The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History, July 8-14
Honorary National League captain Frank Robinson, left, a former Orioles player and manager, stands with Orioles third baseman Cal Ripken Jr. before the start of the All-Star Game on July 8, 1997, at Jacobs Field in Cleveland. (Beth A. Keiser / Associated Press)

July 8, 1997: Four Orioles, including outfielder Brady Anderson (two hits), second baseman Roberto Alomar (five assists) and third baseman Cal Ripken Jr. (single and three stellar fielding plays), help the American League to a 3-1 All-Star Game win in Cleveland. Randy Myers pitches a perfect eighth inning.

Former Orioles center fielder Paul Blair is pictured as Coppin State's baseball coach on April 8, 1998, at Joe Cannon Stadium.
Former Orioles center fielder Paul Blair is pictured as Coppin State's baseball coach on April 8, 1998, at Joe Cannon Stadium. (Mark Bugnaski / For The Baltimore Sun)

July 12, 1982: Paul Blair, 38, former Orioles All-Star and Gold Glove center fielder, is named baseball coach at Fordham. He’ll serve one year and later coach at Coppin State.

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Earl Weaver turns in the lineup before his second game as Orioles manager July 12, 1968. The Orioles beat the Washington Senators, 3-2, at Memorial Stadium.
Earl Weaver turns in the lineup before his second game as Orioles manager July 12, 1968. The Orioles beat the Washington Senators, 3-2, at Memorial Stadium. (Walter McCardell / Baltimore Sun)

July 10, 1968: First base coach Earl Weaver replaces Hank Bauer as manager of the Orioles (43-37). “I think I inherited a good ballclub. With one or two changes, I think it can be improved,” says Weaver, whose teams in the Orioles’ farm system won three pennants.

Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas shows young fans the proper form for throwing a football Aug. 2, 1963.
Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas shows young fans the proper form for throwing a football Aug. 2, 1963. (Baltimore Sun file)

July 9, 1963: Johnny Unitas stops by the Colts’ rookie orientation at McDonogh to pick up his football shoes and ends up taking part in the drills. “At least I won’t have to run on my own today,” the Pro Bowl quarterback says.

Lou Lindsey is pictured as Stanford's rowing coach. He took over the Navy program in August 1959.
Lou Lindsey is pictured as Stanford's rowing coach. He took over the Navy program in August 1959. (Associated Press 1955)

July 9, 1960: Navy’s eight-man varsity crew wins the Olympic rowing trials in Syracuse, N.Y., edging favored California by one length and earning a trip to the Summer Games in Rome under first-year coach Lou Lindsey.

Stan Benjamin hit .301 with 12 home runs and 94 RBIs in 499 at-bats for the Orioles in 1944.
Stan Benjamin hit .301 with 12 home runs and 94 RBIs in 499 at-bats for the Orioles in 1944. (Baltimore Sun file)

July 9, 1944: It’s a hard-fought 3-2 victory for the International League Orioles over the Giants at Jersey City. In the eighth inning, having been ejected for arguing a call, Stan Benjamin and Frank Skaff are doused with a fan’s drink. Both charge into the stands, and several spectators are spiked during the altercation.

Golfer Johnny Hoffman is pictured June 15, 1940.
Golfer Johnny Hoffman is pictured June 15, 1940. (Baltimore Sun file)

July 11, 1936: Johnny Hoffman of Baltimore Country Club scores an ace on the ninth hole at Five Farms on a drive that lands in the cup on the fly.

Laymon Yokely, who pitched in the Negro leagues from 1926 to 1944, stands outside the shoeshine parlor he opened on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Laymon Yokely, who pitched in the Negro leagues from 1926 to 1944, stands outside the shoeshine parlor he opened on Pennsylvania Avenue. (Ellis J. Malashuk / Baltimore Sun 1970)

July 14, 1929: Laymon “Corner Pocket” Yokely pitches the Baltimore Black Sox to a 3-0 victory over the Hilldale Club from Philadelphia in an American Negro League game at Maryland Baseball Park at Bush and Russell streets. Yokely will win 17 games and lead the Black Sox to the pennant.

Orioles catcher Earl Williams tags Oakland Athletics outfielder Bill North on July 17, 1974.
Orioles catcher Earl Williams tags Oakland Athletics outfielder Bill North on July 17, 1974. (William Mortimer / Baltimore Sun)
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July 14, 1948: Earl Williams, Orioles catcher acquired from Atlanta in November 1972 for, among others, All-Star pitcher Pat Dobson and second baseman Davey Johnson. After two disappointing years, he is returned to the Braves for a minor leaguer. Williams died of leukemia in 2013.

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