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The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for May 20-26

First baseman-designated hitter Lee May, who died last year at age 74, played for the Orioles from 1975 to 1980.
First baseman-designated hitter Lee May, who died last year at age 74, played for the Orioles from 1975 to 1980. (William Hotz / Baltimore Sun photo)

May 26, 1979: A bases-loaded single by Lee May in the 16th inning gives the American League East-leading Orioles a 7-5 victory over the Tigers in Detroit. It's the eighth game-winning hit of the season for May, the AL leader, and Baltimore's 26th win in its past 32 games.

Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom retires Jim Parker's No. 77 jersey on Sept. 1, 1968.
Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom retires Jim Parker's No. 77 jersey on Sept. 1, 1968. (Paul Hutchins / Baltimore Sun photo)

May 20, 1969: Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom declares the team will not play home games in Baltimore this year unless "significant improvements" are made to Memorial Stadium. Rosenbloom threatens to play in Washington or Philadelphia, but says he will advance the city millions of dollars, without interest, to spruce up the ballpark. The Park Board scrambles to finance a $5 million refurbishing proposal.

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Hoyt Wilhelm pitches a 5-0 four-hitter against the New York Yankees on May 28, 1959, at Yankee Stadium.
Hoyt Wilhelm pitches a 5-0 four-hitter against the New York Yankees on May 28, 1959, at Yankee Stadium. (Associated Press photo)

May 22, 1959: Hoyt Wilhelm, the knuckleballing pitcher bound for the Hall of Fame, pitches a one-hitter as the Orioles defeat the New York Yankees, 5-0, before an announced 30,084 at Memorial Stadium. It's the sixth straight win for the 35-year-old Wilhelm who, in 1958, no-hit the Yankees.

May 21, 1952: On a cool, sunny day at Bel Air Race Track, a record opening-day crowd (6,500) sees Weatherman, the 5-year-old son of Precipitation, win the feature, the Bel Air Inaugural.

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Johns Hopkins' Jack Turnbull (Poly), a National Lacrosse Hall of Famer, in an undated photo.
Johns Hopkins' Jack Turnbull (Poly), a National Lacrosse Hall of Famer, in an undated photo. (US Lacrosse)

May 21, 1932: Undefeated Johns Hopkins tops Maryland, 7-3, to clinch the national college championship. Jack Turnbull (two goals, four assists) and Millard Lang (one, one) lead the 8-0 Blue Jays, who have outscored opponents 84-14.

Jack Bentley, who was born in Sandy Spring and died in Olney, pitched for the Orioles from 1916 to 1922.
Jack Bentley, who was born in Sandy Spring and died in Olney, pitched for the Orioles from 1916 to 1922. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

May 23, 1922: Orioles officials hoist the 1921 International League championship flag in right field at Oriole Park before more than 9,000 fans as Farson's Band plays "Maryland, My Maryland." Then the three-time defending champs defeat the Jersey City Skeeters, 5-0, on Jack Bentley's one-hitter.

May 21, 1914: Holiday, a bay gelding, leads the entire way in winning the 39th Preakness, the third of seven races at Pimlico on a Thursday afternoon. Holiday will be the last gelding to win it until 1993 when Prairie Bayou triumphs.

May 20, 1905: Navy's baseball team defeats Army, 9-5, at West Point. Returning home to Annapolis, the team is met that night by the entire brigade of Midshipmen, who hoist the players — including Ralph Needham, the winning pitcher — on their shoulders and tote them around the Academy, which is lit by burning brooms carried by plebes.

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Orioles pitcher David Wells, displays a tattoo of his son Brandon, 4, on his arm as he fields questions from reporters at Fort Lauderdale Stadium on Friday, Feb. 16, 1996. He had a 5.14 ERA in his only season with the Orioles.
Orioles pitcher David Wells, displays a tattoo of his son Brandon, 4, on his arm as he fields questions from reporters at Fort Lauderdale Stadium on Friday, Feb. 16, 1996. He had a 5.14 ERA in his only season with the Orioles. (Karl Merton Ferron / The Baltimore Sun)

Birthday

May 20, 1963: David Wells, the portly, gout-ridden, hard-living left-hander who went 11-14 for the playoff-bound Orioles in 1996.

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