March 30, 1971: “The Calder Cup is next,” coach Terry Reardon says as the Clippers, in their ninth year of existence, defeat the Rochester Americans, 7-3, at the Civic Center before an announced 10,498 to win their first American Hockey League Western Division title. Fred Speck and John Cunniff each score twice for Baltimore, which will lose in round one of the playoffs.
March 25, 1966: In a Grapefruit League preview of World Series teams, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Orioles, 8-4, in Miami. Don Larsen, in his second go-round with the team, takes the loss as Baltimore makes five errors.
March 25, 1957: Willy Miranda, the Orioles’ obstinate shortstop, reports to training camp after holding out for 25 days and signs for $12,000, same as in 1956. He is also fined $1,000. “You will see,” Miranda says, “I have good year and make [manager and general manager] Paul Richards give me the money back.”
March 29, 1948: A broken axle on the starting gate at Bowie Race Course forces the track to go old-school: For the last six races, the starter waves a flag and yells, “Come on.”
March 30, 1939: Rough Time, a horse recovered from a broken leg, wins the feature race as Bowie Race Course opens its 25th season.
March 31, 1936: In coach William “Dinty” Moore’s debut as Navy lacrosse coach, the Midshipmen rout Dartmouth, 21-0, in Annapolis. Mike Rindskopf scores five goals. Moore will coach 23 years and win six national championships; Rindskopf becomes the youngest U.S. submarine commander in World War II.
March 25, 1914: Rookie George “Babe” Ruth, 19, pitches the International league Orioles to a 6-2 victory over the world champion Philadelphia Athletics in an exhibition game in Wilmington, N.C. “Not at any stages of the contest did he show any signs of nervousness,” The Sun reports of the Baltimorean, who allows 13 hits in going the distance. Ruth himself goes hitless.
March 25, 1892: Dressed in baseball uniforms with “Baltimore” in bright red letters across their chests, the Orioles begin workouts at the Baltimore Athletic Club. Players lift dumbbells, use the parallel bars and rowing machines, and run a quarter-milearound the track. “One or two, perhaps, are just a trifle stout, but their surplus flesh will come off in a day or two,” trainer John Doyle says of the National Leaguers.
March 26, 1932: Dick Nolan, star safety and running back on Maryland’s 1953 football national championship team who later played and coached in the NFL. Nolan died in 2007.