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The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for Oct. 28-Nov. 3

The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for Oct. 28-Nov. 3
An October-long touchdown drought didn't stop team owner Art Modell from predicting great things for his 5-4 Ravens, losers of three straight games in October 2000. They never lost again en route to winning the Super Bowl. (Roberto Borea / Associated Press 2000)

Nov. 3, 2000: Despite his team’s dreadful offense — five straight weeks without a touchdown — Ravens owner Art Modell predicts they just might win their last seven games. “We could run the table,” Modell says. “I’m not promising, but it’s possible.” Baltimore complies, finishes 12-4 and wins the Super Bowl.

Vinny Testaverde reacts after being intercepted by the Bengals in the end zone in the second quarter Nov. 3, 1996. Testaverde went 20-for-43 for 279 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions as the Ravens fell to 3-6.
Vinny Testaverde reacts after being intercepted by the Bengals in the end zone in the second quarter Nov. 3, 1996. Testaverde went 20-for-43 for 279 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions as the Ravens fell to 3-6. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

Nov. 3, 1996: One game after passing for 429 yards in a Ravens victory and earning AFC Offensive Player of the Week, quarterback Vinny Testaverde is intercepted four times (twice in the end zone) in a 24-21 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals at Memorial Stadium.

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Severna Park field hockey coach Lil Shelton, pictured in 1997, retired in 2011 with 20 state championship in 37 seasons.
Severna Park field hockey coach Lil Shelton, pictured in 1997, retired in 2011 with 20 state championship in 37 seasons. (Craig Terkowitz / For The Baltimore Sun)

Nov. 2, 1994: On the night it honors 20-year coach Lil Shelton, Severna Park’s No. 1 field hockey team defeats Chesapeake-Anne Arundel, 1-0, in sudden death for its 34th straight victory to capture a regional championship. It’s the 253rd win of Shelton’s career.

Quarterback Bert Jones is pictured Nov. 22, 1981. The Colts went 2-14 that season, winning only their first and last games of the season.
Quarterback Bert Jones is pictured Nov. 22, 1981. The Colts went 2-14 that season, winning only their first and last games of the season. (Walter M. McCardell / Baltimore Sun photo)

Nov. 1, 1981: The Colts lose a team-record eighth consecutive game, 27-10, to the Miami Dolphins at the Orange Bowl. Twice, in the same offensive series, holding penalties nullify touchdown passes by quarterback Bert Jones.

Protected by tackle Sam Ball, left, Johnny Unitas drops back to pass in 1970. The Hall of Fame quarterback finished his NFL career with 40,239 passing yards.
Protected by tackle Sam Ball, left, Johnny Unitas drops back to pass in 1970. The Hall of Fame quarterback finished his NFL career with 40,239 passing yards. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

Oct. 30, 1966: In the Colts’ 17-3 victory over the Rams in Los Angeles, quarterback Johnny Unitas becomes the NFL all-time leader in career passing yards (28,375), surpassing Y.A. Tittle. Unitas throws for 252 yards and two touchdowns, including an 89-yard scoring pass to John Mackey on the Colts’ first play from scrimmage.

Kelso and jockey Ismael Valenzuela are pictured after winning the 1964 D.C. International. Kelso ranked fourth on The Blood-Horse magazine's list of the top 100 U.S. thoroughbred champions of the 20th century.
Kelso and jockey Ismael Valenzuela are pictured after winning the 1964 D.C. International. Kelso ranked fourth on The Blood-Horse magazine's list of the top 100 U.S. thoroughbred champions of the 20th century. (Courtesy of Laurel Park)

Oct. 31, 1964: Kelso, the celebrated Maryland gelding, wins the 2-mile Jockey Club Gold Cup race at Aqueduct for the fifth straight year. The victory — Kelso’s 35th in 55 starts — makes the Bohemia Stables thoroughbred the leading money-winning horse of all time ($1,803,362).

Bob Lumsden, pictured Jan. 25, 1960, coached Poly to 139 football victories in 18 years. He never had a losing season in any sport he coached.
Bob Lumsden, pictured Jan. 25, 1960, coached Poly to 139 football victories in 18 years. He never had a losing season in any sport he coached. (Ralph L. Robinson / Baltimore Sun photo)

Nov. 1, 1963: Unbeaten Poly routs Patterson, 34-0, in football at Kirk Field. Ernie Torain scores two touchdowns for coach Bob Lumsden’s Engineers, who have outscored six opponents 230-6.

Maryland football coach Jim Tatum is pictured in 1951. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1984.
Maryland football coach Jim Tatum is pictured in 1951. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1984. (Courtesy of Jack Scarbath)

Nov. 24, 1951: Having crushed West Virginia, 54-7, at Byrd Stadium to end the regular season 9-0, Maryland’s football team celebrates by throwing coach Jim Tatum in the shower. Ed Modzelewski scores twice for the Terps, unbeaten and untied for the first time since 1893.

Johnny Neun displays on May 25, 1980, a newspaper clipping about his unassisted triple play in 1927. He's one of two first basemen and 15 major leaguers overall to turn the trick.
Johnny Neun displays on May 25, 1980, a newspaper clipping about his unassisted triple play in 1927. He's one of two first basemen and 15 major leaguers overall to turn the trick. (Joseph A. DiPaola / Baltimore Sun photo)
Birthday

Oct. 28, 1900: Johnny Neun (City), who, as first baseman for the Detroit Tigers in 1927, made an unassisted triple play against the Cleveland Indians. The ball and his mitt are on display at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Neun died in 1990 in Baltimore.

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