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The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for Oct. 21-27

The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for Oct. 21-27
Orioles starters, left to right, Jim Palmer, Dave McNally, Mike Cuellar and Pat Dobson pose Sept. 26, 1971, in Cleveland. Each of the four won 20 games that season. (UPI)

Oct. 27, 1971: The Orioles rout the Tokyo Giants, 10-1, for their third straight victory on their exhibition tour of Japan. Pat Dobson allows three hits, including a ninth-inning home run by slugger Sadaharu Oh that draws cheers from the crowd of more than 25,000.

Walt Bellamy grabs a rebound in the first home victory in Bullets history. Bellamy led the team with averages of 27 points and 17 rebounds that season.
Walt Bellamy grabs a rebound in the first home victory in Bullets history. Bellamy led the team with averages of 27 points and 17 rebounds that season. (Paul Hutchins / Baltimore Sun)

Oct. 23, 1963: The Bullets, Baltimore’s new NBA team, earn their first Civic Center (now Royal Farms Arena) win, 115-106, over the New York Knicks before an announced 3,500. Walt Bellamy leads the Bullets with 45 points and 27 rebounds.

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Adrian Burk, shown in a photo from 1950, was 0-5 as a Colts starter that season. He played the rest of his career, from 1951 to 1956, with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Adrian Burk, shown in a photo from 1950, was 0-5 as a Colts starter that season. He played the rest of his career, from 1951 to 1956, with the Philadelphia Eagles. (Baltimore Sun file)

Oct, 22, 1950: The Los Angeles Rams set an NFL scoring record in defeating the winless Colts, 70-27, at the Memorial Coliseum. Adrian Burk throws three touchdown passes for Baltimore, which, one month ago, lost a preseason game to the Rams, 70-21.

Whirlaway, pictured in a photo dated Oct. 29, 1942, was elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1959.
Whirlaway, pictured in a photo dated Oct. 29, 1942, was elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1959. (Baltimore Sun file)

Oct. 24, 1942: Whirlaway, the 1941 Triple Crown champion, captures the 29th Washington Handicap at Laurel Park in a race to benefit the Army Emergency Relief Fund. More than 20,000 fans see Whirlaway, with George Woolf up, win by one-half length.

Challedon and jockey George Woolf are pictured at Saratoga during the 1940 Whitney, which they won. Challedon made the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1977.
Challedon and jockey George Woolf are pictured at Saratoga during the 1940 Whitney, which they won. Challedon made the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1977. (Keeneland-Cook)

Oct. 21, 1939: Challedon, the Maryland-bred colt who won the Preakness five months earlier, takes the 25th Maryland Handicap by five lengths at Laurel. Woolf rides Challedon, who’ll be named Horse of the Year.

Oct. 26, 1929: In an effort to upset Princeton’s football team, Navy starts an offensive line featuring five members of the boxing and wrestling teams. The game ends in a 13-13 tie, though the visiting Midshipmen are penalized nearly 100 yards for roughness.

Hall of Famer Lefty Grove won 20 or more games every season from 1927 to 1933 for the Philadelphia Athletics.
Hall of Famer Lefty Grove won 20 or more games every season from 1927 to 1933 for the Philadelphia Athletics. (Courtesy of Betty Grove Holshey)

Oct. 23, 1921: In a postseason exhibition, the International League champion Orioles defeat the last-place Philadelphia A’s of the American League, 2-1, before more than 2,500 fans at Oriole Park. Lefty Grove (Lonaconing, Allegany County) strikes out 13 and gets the win; Eddie Rommel, who grew up in Baltimore, takes the loss.

Oct. 21, 1909: Earl Wilson, Navy’s quarterback who suffered a broken neck in last week’s 11-6 loss to Villanova, receives a bouquet of flowers from the Army football team. Nine days later, an Army tackle, Eugene Byrne, suffers the same injury and dies the following day. Wilson succumbs six months later.

Bill Curry, pictured Sept. 2, 2010, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta as coach of Georgia State, was a head coach from 1980 to 2012. He played in the NFL from 1965 to 1974, including 1967 to 1972 with the Colts.
Bill Curry, pictured Sept. 2, 2010, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta as coach of Georgia State, was a head coach from 1980 to 2012. He played in the NFL from 1965 to 1974, including 1967 to 1972 with the Colts. (Kevin C. Cox / Baltimore Sun)
Birthday

Oct. 21, 1942: Bill Curry, two-time Pro Bowl center for the Colts who started on their 1970 Super Bowl championship team.

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