The Sun Remembers: This Week in Sports History for March 11-17

March 17, 1990: The Towson State (now Towson University) men’s lacrosse team scores its first-ever victory over Maryland, 8-7, in the mud at Byrd Stadium in College Park. Goalie David Linthicum (13 saves) stars for coach Carl Runk’s Tigers (4-0), who’d lost nine straight times to the Terps.

March 12, 1988: Orioles pitcher Eric Bell, who tied for the team lead with 10 wins in 1987, surrenders five home runs in three innings as Baltimore loses its sixth straight exhibition game, 9-3, to the Montreal Expos in Miami. The Orioles will finish 54-107.


March 12, 1972: Playing his 422nd consecutive game for the Bullets, flu-ridden Jack Marin scores 23 points — including the team’s first 15 points of the fourth quarter — as Baltimore defeats the Detroit Pistons, 102-97, in an NBA game in College Park.

March 14, 1965: “This isn’t going to help my morale for the rest of the season,” says Gus Johnson, the Bullets’ All-Star forward, who is fined $500 for arriving late for Baltimore’s 143-126 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Civic Center. Johnson says he was stuck in traffic during the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.


March 11, 1959: At Bowie Race Course, jockey Howard Grant rides four winners but barely escapes with his life after falling from his mount while leading the eighth race. Grant, 20, rolls under the inside rail to avoid being trampled.

March 13, 1956: The Maryland Scholastic Association votes, 16-2, to admit two black schools, Dunbar and Carver. Dissenting are Severn and Boys’ Latin.

March 12, 1942: Citing security concerns during World War II, the Naval Academy bars the general public from attending spring sporting events in Annapolis.

March 15, 1896: The Orioles’ Steve Brodie, eccentric outfielder of the two-time defending National League champions, arrives at the team’s Macon, Ga., training site. Brodie, The Sun reports, “wears a scar on his forehead, the result of a friendly wrestling bout with his pet bear.”


March 12, 1892: George Maisel, a Catonsville native and center fielder who played four years in the big leagues. In 1921, he batted .310 for the Chicago Cubs. Maisel died in 1968.