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The Sun Remembers: This Week in Sports History for Nov. 12-18

Orioles first baseman Jim Gentile poses after hitting his fourth grand slam of the 1961 season, a pinch-hit shot July 8 against the Kansas City Athletics.
Orioles first baseman Jim Gentile poses after hitting his fourth grand slam of the 1961 season, a pinch-hit shot July 8 against the Kansas City Athletics. (Joseph DiPaola / Baltimore Sun file photo)

Nov. 16, 1986: The Loyola men’s soccer team upsets No. 1 Virginia, 1-0, in Charlottesville in the first round of the NCAA Division I tournament. Chris Webbert scores for the No. 13 Greyhounds (16-0-4), who’ll advance to the quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Duke, 2-1.

Former Colts linebacker Tom MacLeod in 2015.
Former Colts linebacker Tom MacLeod in 2015. (Family photo)

Nov. 13, 1977: The Colts sack the quarterback 10 times, intercept three passes and recover two enemy fumbles in defeating the Bills, 31-13, in Buffalo. It’s the eighth win in nine games for Baltimore, which gets three sacks each from linebacker Tom MacLeod and defensive ends Fred Cook and John Dutton.

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Jack Marin, left, and Gus Johnson in November 1968.
Jack Marin, left, and Gus Johnson in November 1968. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

Nov. 14, 1969: A five-minute pregame dunk show by the Bullets in Boston Garden, led by Gus Johnson, Wes Unseld and Jack Marin, wows the crowd but bends the basket, which takes 20 minutes to replace. Baltimore wins the NBA game, 109-108, over the Celtics.

Brooks Robinson makes a play on a grounder in a game in July 1964.
Brooks Robinson makes a play on a grounder in a game in July 1964. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

Nov. 18, 1964: The Orioles’ Brooks Robinson is a near-unanimous choice for American League Most Valuable Player, garnering 269 of 280 points. Robinson, 27, batted .317 with 28 home runs and a league-leading 118 RBIs while leading AL third basemen in fielding percentage.

Orioles first baseman Jim Gentile does a split to record a putout in September 1961.
Orioles first baseman Jim Gentile does a split to record a putout in September 1961. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

Nov. 15, 1961: Jim Gentile’s monster season for the Orioles (.302, 46 homers, 141 RBI) earns the hard-swinging first baseman a third-place finish in the AL MVP balloting. The winner is the New York Yankees’ Roger Maris (a major league record 61 home runs), followed by teammate Mickey Mantle (54).

Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom in an undated photo.
Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom in an undated photo. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

Nov. 13, 1959: Riled by his team’s 4-3 start, Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom says that unless the defending NFL champs shape up, he’ll fine each player and coach $150. Baltimore wins its last five regular-season games — and the league title game — to go 10-3.

Navy quarterback George Welsh in an undated photo.
Navy quarterback George Welsh in an undated photo. (Courtesy of Navy Sports Information)

Nov. 12, 1955: Three Navy quarterbacks, led by George Welsh, combine to pass for 398 yards — a school record — and five touchdowns in a 47-0 rout of Columbia in New York.

Navy quarterback Hal Hamberg in 1945.
Navy quarterback Hal Hamberg in 1945. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

Nov. 18, 1944: Third-ranked Navy crushes No. 14 Purdue, 32-0, at Municipal Stadium in Baltimore. Hal Hamberg passes for two scores for the 6-2 Midshipmen.

Birthday

Nov. 12, 1934: R.C. Owens, the Colts’ wide receiver whose leaping ability earned him the nickname “Alley Oop.” Against Washington in 1962, Owens made NFL history by standing under the goal post at Memorial Stadium and batting down a 39-yard field-goal attempt in a 34-21 win over the Redskins. He died in 2012.

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