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The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for March 25-31

The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for March 25-31
Terry Reardon, the American Hockey League's Coach of the Year in 1971, coaches the Clippers on Dec. 26, 1972. He died in 1993. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

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.

Don Larsen, posing for a photo at his home Sept. 26, 2006, in Hayden Lake, Idaho, pitched for the Orioles in the regular season in 1954 and 1965. They released him one day before the 1966 season opener.
Don Larsen, posing for a photo at his home Sept. 26, 2006, in Hayden Lake, Idaho, pitched for the Orioles in the regular season in 1954 and 1965. They released him one day before the 1966 season opener. (Jerome A. Pollos / Associated Press)

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.

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Willy Miranda, pictured Sept. 17, 1955, ended up batting just .194 in 349 plate appearances in 1957.
Willy Miranda, pictured Sept. 17, 1955, ended up batting just .194 in 349 plate appearances in 1957. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

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.

Retired Rear Adm. Maurice "Mike" Rindskopf shows a display of his medals Nov. 6, 1998. Rindskopf, a lacrosse star at Navy who became the youngest commander of a U.S. submarine during World War II, died in 2011 at age 93.
Retired Rear Adm. Maurice "Mike" Rindskopf shows a display of his medals Nov. 6, 1998. Rindskopf, a lacrosse star at Navy who became the youngest commander of a U.S. submarine during World War II, died in 2011 at age 93. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

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.

Babe Ruth's 1914 Orioles rookie card. He played for the International League club that season until purchased by the Boston Red Sox on July 9.
Babe Ruth's 1914 Orioles rookie card. He played for the International League club that season until purchased by the Boston Red Sox on July 9. (Jed Kirschbaum / Baltimore Sun)

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-mile around 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.

San Francisco 49ers coach Dick Nolan, a Maryland alumnus, stands on the Candlestick Park field before a 24-20 first-round playoff win against the Washington Redskins on Dec. 26, 1971.
San Francisco 49ers coach Dick Nolan, a Maryland alumnus, stands on the Candlestick Park field before a 24-20 first-round playoff win against the Washington Redskins on Dec. 26, 1971. (Associated Press)
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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.

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