Recent stories by Mike Klingaman
4:00 PM CDT, May 24, 2013
He brought a swagger to lacrosse with his flashy play and endless array of acrobatic shots which, decades later, still rack up views on YouTube. How many different ways could Tom Marechek, onetime star of the Baltimore Bayhawks, score goals? Behind his back. Between his legs. Off the alley-oop pass.
3:05 AM CDT, May 23, 2013
June 1, 2003: The Ravens' second offseason minicamp begins with coach Brian Billick touting the talents of quarterback Kyle Boller, the team's first-round draft pick. "There has been nothing so far through the eight practices that you go, 'Oh, boy, we missed on this,' " Billick says.
1:41 PM CDT, May 19, 2013
May 23, 1991: Mired in last place, the Orioles fire manager Frank Robinson and promote Johnny Oates, 45, the team's first base coach and a former Baltimore player. Oates will manage nearly four years here (291 wins and 270 losses) before going to Texas, where he is named 1996 American League Manager of the Year.
3:41 PM CDT, May 19, 2013
Tear it down. Fix it up. Keep it here. Move it there.
8:58 PM CDT, May 15, 2013
The day after riding in the Kentucky Derby, Kevin Krigger packed his family and gear and headed for Pimlico Race Course — by way of Cincinnati. A woman there had captured his heart. She was Liliane Casey, 88, whose father, Jimmy Winkfield, was the last black jockey to win the Derby, or any Triple Crown race, in 1902.
2:32 PM CDT, May 12, 2013
May 15, 2004: In sultry heat and on a bone-dry track, Smarty Jones wins the Preakness by a record 111/2 lengths before an announced record crowd of 112,668 at Pimlico Race Course. The victory gives Smarty Jones two legs up in his quest to win the Triple Crown. He'll fail.
10:45 AM CDT, May 13, 2013
The kick knifed through the thick fog and split the uprights at Memorial Stadium, giving the Colts a 10-7 victory in sudden-death overtime.
2:32 PM CDT, April 28, 2013
April 28, 2003: Towson University announces plans to rename its outdoor athletic facility Johnny Unitas Stadium. "I would hope naming this for John will inspire those who play here to live up to his example," says Hall of Famer Raymond Berry, one of a dozen old Colts to attend Towson's news conference.
7:48 PM CDT, May 5, 2013
May 6, 1998: "It's like going in and telling your wife that you're not coming back," Carl Runk says after announcing his retirement as Towson men's lacrosse coach to the team. Runk, 62, led the Tigers for 31 years, winning the 1974 Division II national championship and reaching the Division I title game in 1991.
2:28 PM CDT, April 26, 2013
To co-workers, he's known as The Racing Guy. His neckties have little horses on them, and James Stierhoff has a different one for each day of the week. The walls of his office cubicle at the investment firm Brown Advisory are peppered with news clippings of recent Maryland Hunt Cup races.
3:20 PM CDT, April 21, 2013
April 22, 2001: In a stunning upset, Baltimore's Hasim Rahman knocks out world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis to take the title. A right cross to Lewis' chin floors the 1988 Olympic gold medalist in the fifth round in South Africa. Seven months later, Lewis will KO Rahman to regain the crown.
5:11 PM CDT, April 26, 2013
1st Mariner Arena will host the second Baltimore Hockey Classic next fall when the Washington Capitals play the Boston Bruins in an NHL preseason game on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.
5:18 PM CDT, April 19, 2013
"Gone Ridin' " reads the sign on Joe Aitcheson's door, beneath a wooden silhouette of a horse's head. "Be Back. Maybe."
2:04 PM CDT, April 7, 2013
April 12, 2001: Make it 32 consecutive wins for the Maryland women's lacrosse team, which defeats No. 5 Georgetown, 13-9. Jen Adams scores six times for the Terps, reigning national champions.
6:05 PM CDT, April 14, 2013
April 20, 2002: The Ravens select Miami safety Ed Reed with their No. 1 pick (24th overall) in the NFL draft. It's the first time the club has failed to get a college player ranked among its top 15 choices.
1:06 PM CDT, March 31, 2013
April 4, 2006: Maryland wins its first NCAA women's basketball championship, 78-75 over Duke. Down by 13 points in the second half, the Terps (34-4) rally as freshman Kristi Toliver hits a 3-point basket with six seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime.
4:08 PM CDT, March 18, 2013
He was a bearded, Bunyanesque defensive tackle whose rugged play helped the Baltimore Colts to three straight division championships in the 1970s. But Tuesday, when Joe Ehrmann addresses a national gathering convened to deal with the problem of child sexual abuse in sports, he'll take part in one of the most meaningful huddles of his life.
10:10 AM CDT, April 12, 2013
Connor Hankin's dorm room at Virginia could be a tack room. There are collages of race horses on the walls and riding boots in the closet. On the desk sits a framed picture of Hankin and his BFF, Battle Op, an aging grey gelding on whom he nearly won the grueling Maryland Hunt Cup last year.
6:17 PM CDT, March 28, 2013
The Cinderella team of this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament hails from Florida, but its coaches have Maryland roots.
1:44 PM CDT, March 10, 2013
March 15, 2002: Maryland's march to the NCAA men's basketball championship begins with an 85-70 victory over Siena in the East Regional. Juan Dixon (Calvert Hall), the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, scores 29 for the Terps (27-4).
6:47 AM CDT, March 29, 2013
Gus Triandos, a brawny slugger who won the hearts of Orioles fans starved for someone to cheer for in the 1950s, died Thursday at his home in San Jose, Calif. He was 82.
4:41 PM CDT, March 20, 2013
Josh Asper is hungry; most wrestlers are. But Asper's appetite leans less toward pizza than perfection on the mat. The Maryland senior craves an NCAA title this week, and his drive to win has awed his teammates.
4:46 PM CDT, March 19, 2013
The plaque hangs on the wall of the doctor's office, proof of its worth to Greg Brouse, 1981 grand-prize winner of the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete award.
1:59 PM CDT, March 24, 2013
March 28, 2009: In the longest lacrosse game in NCAA history — seven overtimes — top-ranked Virginia defeats No. 9 Maryland, 10-9. Brian Carroll (Gilman) scores the winning goal for the host Cavaliers. The game lasts 3 hours, 45 minutes.
2:51 PM CST, March 3, 2013
March 4, 2006: The Maryland women's basketball team ends a 14-game losing streak to Duke by defeating the Blue Devils, 78-70, in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. The teams will meet again in the NCAA final with Maryland (34-4) winning, 78-75, in overtime.
6:51 PM CST, March 1, 2013
Towson plays its final basketball games Saturday at the Towson Center, its home for 37 years. And then?
2:10 PM CST, February 17, 2013
Feb. 22, 2003: Matching its most one-sided Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball win in history, defending NCAA champion Maryland wallops North Carolina, 96-56, before nearly 18,000 at Comcast Center. "If you beat anybody by 40, you're happy," says guard Steve Blake, whose 18 points lead the No. 13 Terps (17-7).
2:30 PM CDT, March 17, 2013
March 21, 2006: Their 30th basketball victory, a team record, sends the Maryland women to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament. Sophomore center Crystal Langhorne scores 30 points as the third-ranked Terps stop St. John's, 81-74, in State College, Pa., en route to their first national championship.
8:00 PM CST, March 2, 2013
Don't look for a $3,000 suit or slicked-back hair. Don't expect to hear empty flattery or bragging about an extensive list of superstar clients. None of that is Joe Linta.
6:51 PM CST, March 9, 2013
He sits quietly in a wheelchair at a long-term care facility in his native Guelph, Ontario. Aldo Guidolin doesn’t talk — multiple strokes have robbed him of his speech — but his brown eyes follow ice hockey games on TV and the movements of those who call on the aging defenseman.
2:15 PM CST, February 24, 2013
March 1, 2002: The Ravens release Elvis Grbac, the expensive but mistake-prone quarterback they wooed last year instead of re-signing Trent Dilfer, who'd helped them win the Super Bowl. Grbac committed 26 turnovers in a 10-6 season as the Ravens lost in the division playoffs.
1:12 AM CST, February 15, 2013
The player who scored the biggest basket in Baltimore Bullets history turned 68 Thursday.
1:58 PM CST, February 10, 2013
Feb. 11, 1987: The Orioles sign free-agent Ray Knight, a third baseman who becomes the first player to change teams after winning the World Series Most Valuable Player award. Knight, 34, who is coming off a banner year with the New York Mets, gets $500,000. He plays one season here, hits .256 and is traded.
3:51 PM CST, February 3, 2013
Feb. 9, 2006: Sixth-ranked Maryland upsets No. 1 North Carolina, 98-95, in women's basketball. Sophomore scores 25 for the visiting Terps (22-2), and freshman Marissa Coleman adds 23.
12:57 PM CST, January 26, 2013
SUPER BOWL XLVII
The older brother has always blended easily with people. He built his career over a quarter century, meticulous step by meticulous step. He'll probably smile at you, even if he doesn't like your question.
2:33 PM CST, February 10, 2013
SUPER BOWL XLVII
Prior to The Game on Sunday, Anthony Mitchell made a bold forecast on Facebook. The former Raven posted photos of both his 2000 jersey and his Super Bowl ring with this decree: Time to get another one.
4:21 PM CST, January 31, 2013
He was Baltimore's first football star, an oddly named quarterback on a motley Colts team that boasted his strong arm but little else. For three years, Yelberton Abraham (Y.A.) Tittle led the club, won fans' hearts and even got his face plastered on the wrappers of Koester's Bread.
1:28 PM CST, January 20, 2013
Jan. 23, 2004: P.J. Wakefield's goal in overtime gives the surging Blast its seventh straight victory, 5-4 over the Monterrey Fury at 1st Mariner Arena. It's the 16th win in 21 games for Baltimore, which will win the Major Indoor Soccer League championship.
2:06 PM CST, January 18, 2013
Memo to pro scouts watching Saturday's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Los Angeles: As for Adam Yates, what you see is what you get. There's not much video of the strong-legged kicker from Sparks.
12:08 PM CST, January 17, 2013
There's a whiff of the past in the Ravens' current playoff run. So said Kim Herring, strong safety on the Super Bowl XXXV championship team.
5:48 PM CST, January 11, 2013
The last time Towson rode a four-game winning streak in men's basketball, this year's team was in grade school. Bill Clinton was president, Michael Phelps was a medal-less Olympian and iPods didn't exist.
1:18 PM CST, January 27, 2013
Feb. 2, 2005: "I'm here in Baltimore, and I'm going to win the crowd," slugger Sammy Sosa says after being traded to the Orioles. A seven-time All-Star outfielder, the 36-year-old Sosa disappoints, mustering only 14 home runs, 45 RBIs and a .221 batting average. He's gone in a year.
1:32 PM CST, January 13, 2013
Jan. 14, 2000: "There can be no doubt about the greatness of this defense," Ravens defensive end Michael McCrary says after a 16-3 victory in Oakland that sends Baltimore to the Super Bowl. The Ravens intercept four Raiders passes and hold the NFL's top-rated rushing offense to 24 yards in winning the AFC championship and their 10th straight game.
12:35 PM CST, December 30, 2012
Dec. 31, 2000: "Defense wins championships," Michael McCrary crows as the Ravens defeat the visiting Denver Broncos, 21-3, in an AFC wild-card game. McCrary, a defensive end, sacks the quarterback three times while Baltimore allows the Broncos offense, ranked second in the NFL, to cross midfield just once. The victory is the eighth in a row for the streaking Ravens (13-4).
5:14 PM CST, January 3, 2013
Don't misunderstand. Barry Krauss loved Baltimore — from the crabcakes to the Inner Harbor to the rich provenance of the NFL team that picked him sixth overall in the 1979 draft. But five years later, the Colts' move to Indianapolis proved a godsend for the players, said Krauss, a tough linebacker who played 10 seasons with a horseshoe on his helmet.
5:19 PM CST, January 10, 2013
Twelve years later, the play sticks in Jeff Mitchell's mind. The one-time Ravens center can still hear the collision, see the Denver player fold and sense the game turning on one bone-jarring hit.
3:31 PM CST, December 20, 2012
The black-and-white photo hangs unobtrusively on a back wall in Andy Nelson's barbeque joint in Cockeysville. But the picture, taken 53 years ago, captures a pivotal play in the Colts' second world championship, a 31-16 victory over the Giants at a packed Memorial Stadium in 1959.
3:56 PM CST, December 27, 2012
The chant began the instant the Colts' placekicker set foot on the field. From deep within Memorial Stadium, football fans growled his name in near-ritualistic delight.
4:48 PM CST, January 6, 2013
Jan. 10, 1991: "We're a better team than we were yesterday," Orioles manager Frank Robinson says after the trade that brings slugging Houston Astros first baseman Glenn Davis to Baltimore in exchange for three young players — pitchers Curt Schilling and Pete Harnisch, and outfielder Steve Finley. Schilling blossoms into one of baseball's best, while Harnisch and Finley become All Stars. Davis, meanwhile, hits 24 home runs in three years, and retires.
12:48 PM CST, December 16, 2012
Dec. 21, 2006: Top-ranked Maryland doubles the score on Loyola, defeating the Greyhounds, 110-55, in women's basketball at a sold-out Reitz Arena. It's the 13th victory for the undefeated Terps, who shoot 61 percent from the field and get 21 points from sophomore forward Marissa Coleman.
4:31 PM CST, December 13, 2012
Baltimore's football teams haven't always lost on last-ditch field goals, as per the past two weeks. Sometimes, they've blocked those kicks.
5:32 PM CST, December 18, 2012
After 11 games, newcomer Jerrelle Benimon tops Towson basketball in scoring, rebounds and blocked shots. He has led the Tigers to a 4-7 start, no small feat considering last year's 1-31 finish.
4:27 PM CST, December 7, 2012
Collin Klein may play quarterback for Kansas State, but on Friday he attended Johnny U.
11:30 AM CST, December 9, 2012
Dec. 10, 2000: A 24-3 defeat of the San Diego Chargers earns the Ravens their first NFL postseason berth. Trent Dilfer passes for two touchdowns for host Baltimore (10-4), which wins its fifth straight game and will win six more. "The playoffs are great," safety Kim Herring says, "but we want it all."
1:25 PM CST, December 23, 2012
Dec. 28, 2003: The Ravens (10-6) win their first division title, turning back the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers, 13-10 in overtime. Jamal Lewis rushes for 114 yards and a touchdown to become the fifth player in NFL history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season.
7:48 PM CST, December 6, 2012
He lined up at fullback, but from the moment he set foot in training camp in 1961, Jerry Hill understood his role with the Colts.
5:31 PM CST, November 29, 2012
It was, Willie Richardson said, the perfect send-off.
4:18 PM CST, December 2, 2012
Dec. 3, 1998: The No. 2-ranked Terps make their first 14 shots en route to a 92-69 victory over Wake Forest in their Atlantic Coast Conference opener at Cole Field House. Obinna Ekezie (19 points), Steve Francis (18) and Laron Profit (16) lead undefeated Maryland to its eighth win.
4:39 PM CST, November 29, 2012
Everyone who thinks New Town will defeat two-time defending champion Dunbar in the Class 1A state football finals Saturday, raise your hands.
5:28 PM CST, November 15, 2012
Years ago, around town, any mention of the Pittsburgh Steelers would have been met with a shrug. Between 1958, when the Colts won their first NFL championship, and 1968, when they won their third, Baltimore played the Steelers just once.
3:50 PM CST, November 25, 2012
Nov. 26, 2000: In a 44-7 victory over the visiting Cleveland Browns, the Ravens (9-4) score more points than they did in all of five games during October. Jamal Lewis rushes for 170 yards, Trent Dilfer passes for two touchdowns and Matt Stover kicks three field goals for the Super Bowl-bound winners.
2:52 PM CST, December 7, 2012
Phil McConkey wasn't surprised to hear that Navy's mascot had been goatnapped last week, for the umpteenth time, prior to Saturday's Army-Navy football game. That the animal was left tethered to a post, outside of the Pentagon, didn't surprise him either.
4:24 PM CDT, November 1, 2012
He's 80 now, and slightly bent, as if preparing to set in a three-point stance. Three hip replacements, plus a new knee, will do that to a man.
6:36 PM CST, November 15, 2012
Years ago, around town, any mention of the Pittsburgh Steelers would have been met with a shrug. Between 1958, when the Colts won their first NFL championship, and 1968, when they won their third, Baltimore played the Steelers just once.
4:55 PM CDT, October 25, 2012
He was a gritty 6-foot-3 guard from the Bronx with boundless energy and a long, sweet jumper that seemed to kiss the Civic Center's ceiling before finding its mark.
2:25 PM CST, November 21, 2012
It seemed an ordinary run — a seven-yard burst up the gut, early in a game that the playoff-bound Colts would win easily. But when Lydell Mitchell trotted back to the huddle on that chilly November day in 1977, play stopped and the Memorial Stadium crowd of 50,957 stood and cheered the man who'd just set a new team career rushing record.
5:57 PM CDT, October 26, 2012
How cold will it be Saturday night, when the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants meet in the Motor City for Game 3 of the World Series?
6:38 PM CST, November 18, 2012
Nov.19, 1991: "The whole season, it just seemed like I couldn't do anything wrong," Cal Ripken Jr. says in winning his second American League Most Valuable Player Award. Ripken (34 home runs, 114 RBIs, .323 batting average) edges slugger Cecil Fielder of the second-place Detroit Tigers. Says Fielder: "I've lost to somebody who played on a sixth-place team. It's a joke, as far as I'm concerned."
2:31 PM CDT, October 28, 2012
Oct. 31, 1995: The Orioles name former player Davey Johnson as manager a year after passing him over for Phil Regan, who led the Birds to a 71-73 finish. "I felt like there were a lot of stupid people out there," Johnson says of the snub, conceding that he thought of passing up this opportunity because of it. "Then I said, 'Who am I kidding? If they offer me that job, I'll crawl to Baltimore to take it.'" He'll run the club for two years and make the playoffs both times.
4:09 PM CST, November 9, 2012
Last August, as is their custom, Loyola's Gigi Mangione and her father spent an afternoon in their backyard in Parkville, kicking the ball and talking soccer. They do it every summer — a casual bonding between a dad, who once played for the Blast, and his daughter, a former high school All-American and one of the area's brightest stars.
3:53 PM CDT, October 21, 2012
Oct. 26, 2002: Make it five straight wins for Maryland's football team, which rips Duke, 45-12. Scott McBrien passes for two touchdowns, Nick Novak kicks a 51-yard field goal and the visiting Terps intercept three passes to go 6-2 for the year. They'll finish 11-3 with a Peach Bowl victory and No. 13 ranking.
5:53 PM CST, November 8, 2012
The Colts were struggling. Everyone in Memorial Stadium knew it, from the juiced-up Oakland Raiders to the hushed crowd of 56,368 who'd come to watch the first-ever AFC title game in 1971.
12:58 PM CST, November 11, 2012
Nov. 12, 2000: "I've worked my whole career to play with a bunch of guys like this," quarterback Trent Dilfer says after driving the Ravens 70 yards for a touchdown in the final 2:18 to defeat Tennessee, 24-23. The victory lifts Baltimore to 7-4 and deals the division-leading Titans their first loss in 12 games in their new stadium.
1:41 PM CST, November 4, 2012
Nov. 10, 2001: Johns Hopkins defeats archrival Western Maryland, 21-14, in Westminster, ending the latter's 33-game Centennial Conference winning streak. Zach Baylin's 15 receptions (three for touchdowns) set a school record for Hopkins (6-3). Western Maryland (now McDaniel) slips to 8-2.
4:33 PM CDT, October 18, 2012
On paper, it should be a rout.
4:50 PM CDT, October 22, 2012
Paul Blair remembers Dave May, who broke into baseball with the Orioles and spent 3-1/2 seasons here, as a skilled outfielder who was in the right place, but at the wrong time.
7:43 PM CDT, October 22, 2012
For Kyle Kauffman, cerebral palsy is a hurdle, not a wall.
4:40 PM CDT, October 12, 2012
Freedom Green is a full-time mom with four young children and a husband whose job has him working 20-hour days.
4:39 PM CDT, October 18, 2012
Forty-five yards from paydirt, trailing by two points and with time running out, the Ravens seemed doomed. Twenty seconds remained when quarterback Kyle Boller took the snap, eluded a Houston Texans' blitz and fired 10 yards downfield.
10:48 PM CDT, October 23, 2012
At game's end, Kyle Kauffman scooped up the soccer ball at his feet at midfield, trotted over to the grandstand and, with a stage actor's aplomb, bowed to the crowd.
3:03 PM CDT, October 14, 2012
Oct. 16, 1983: The Orioles win their third and most recent World Series as Scott McGregor pitches a five-hitter to beat the Phillies, 5-0, in Game 5 in Philadelphia. First baseman Eddie Murray ends a slump by hitting two home runs. Catcher Rick Dempsey, a .231 hitter, earns Most Valuable Player honors and reacts with disbelief. "In 11 years, I've never been hot," he says.
12:36 PM CDT, October 21, 2012
Forty-one years. Until now, that's how long it had been since Baltimore's baseball and football teams thrilled fans by making their respective playoffs in the same year.
6:03 PM CDT, October 10, 2012
He sees them, on occasion, while jogging city streets — the vagrants, addicts and pushers who were part of Anthony Blue's past.
4:49 PM CDT, October 9, 2012
Sid Busch will run the Baltimore Marathon with a fallen Marine on his back. It's a weight he is proud to carry.
2:53 PM CDT, October 7, 2012
Oct. 13, 1996: In the first contest between the Ravens and the team that deserted Baltimore nearly 13 years earlier, Indianapolis prevails, 26-21. Vinny Testaverde throws for three touchdowns for the Ravens, but quarterback Jim Harbaugh leads the Colts to their fifth victory in six games.
6:10 PM CDT, October 4, 2012
It has been nearly five years since he set foot in Camden Yards. But if the Orioles advance to host American League Division Series games this weekend, Jay Gibbons will be there, clad in orange and black, whooping it up in the cheap seats with a mob of playoff-starved fans.
1:37 PM CDT, September 30, 2012
Oct. 4, 2004: "It feels good," Priest Holmes declares after rushing for 125 yards and two touchdowns in the visiting Kansas City Chiefs' 27-24 upset of the Ravens, defending AFC North champions, in a "Monday Night Football" game. Holmes, a former Raven, was not re-signed by the team after the 2000 Super Bowl and went on to star for the Chiefs.
5:41 PM CDT, October 4, 2012
The kid's name was Chase, and the driver knew he'd be trouble from the second he set foot on the school bus.
2:42 PM CDT, September 23, 2012
Sept. 24, 2000: Rookie running back Jamal Lewis scores his first NFL touchdown and the Ravens defense holds Cincinnati to 4 rushing yards as Baltimore crushes the visiting Bengals, 37-0. "We set a standard with this game," defensive tackle Tony Siragusa said of the Ravens' second shutout. They'll finish with four — and the Super Bowl trophy.
6:01 PM CDT, September 20, 2012
Thirty-five years later, the triumph remains one for the ages. Behind by a mile, in a must-win game, the Colts stormed back to defeat New England and take the AFC East title. Trailing, 21-3 in the second half, Baltimore scored four touchdowns — the last on a 99-yard drive — to stun the Patriots, 30-24 in the last regular-season game and make the 1977 playoffs.
4:58 PM CDT, September 16, 2012
Sept. 18, 2005: The Ravens rush for 14 total yards — a franchise low — and quarterback Anthony Wright is sacked six times in Baltimore's 25-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans. "There's no explaining it," coach Brian Billick says of his 0-2 team's inept play. "We will find the answers within ourselves."
11:35 PM CDT, September 15, 2012
Forty-six years later, the photograph still gives people goose bumps. There's Dave McNally, Baltimore's "other" No. 19, the triumphant pitcher whose grin is as wide as his native Montana. And Andy Etchebarren, the catcher who's poised to embrace him, mask still on and mitt in hand.
6:12 PM CDT, September 19, 2012
Once this whole crazy ride is over, maybe we'll refer to it as the all-nighter or the 3:55 a.m. game. It'll rank right up there with the 17-inning win closed out by the pitching designated hitter.
7:59 PM CDT, September 13, 2012
The ties between Maryland and Notre Dame in men's lacrosse already run deep. Both Dick and George Corrigan, uncles of Fighting Irish coach Kevin Corrigan, were All-American attackmen for the Terps. On the flip side, Maryland coach John Tillman once interviewed for a job at South Bend.
8:37 AM CDT, September 14, 2012
He has two NFL championship rings, a bronze bust that sits in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the gratitude of Baltimore Colts fans who saw him play. Today, before 900 students at a high school assembly in his hometown, Raymond Berry will receive a plaque acknowledging the accomplishments of the skinny, near-sighted kid from Paris, Texas.
1:47 PM CDT, September 9, 2012
Sept. 10, 2000: Down by 17 points, the Ravens storm back to defeat visiting Jacksonville, 39-36 — their first victory over the Jaguars in the team's five-year history. Tony Banks' 29-yard touchdown pass to Shannon Sharpe in the final minute gives Baltimore its second straight victory.
5:06 PM CDT, September 11, 2012
On a cool, clear day made for football, Art Modell was laid to rest. Just 12 hours after the Ravens won their opener, 44-13 over the Cincinnati Bengals, more than 400 people — including quarterback Joe Flacco, running back Ray Rice and linebacker Ray Lewis — gathered at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation to pay homage to Modell, the team's former owner, who died at 87 on Sept. 6.
8:57 PM CDT, September 8, 2012
It's 11 p.m. when Dean Pees arrives at his Reisterstown home, after 16 hours of hatching game plans as the Ravens' new defensive coordinator.
2:46 PM CDT, August 19, 2012
Aug. 23, 2001: The NFL champion Ravens blow a 17-0 lead and drop their second straight preseason game, 20-17 to the Carolina Panthers at PSINet Stadium. New quarterback Elvis Grbac passes for a touchdown and All Pro linebacker Ray Lewis returns an interception 42 yards for a score.
4:02 PM CDT, August 26, 2012
She shares his surname, athleticism and demeanor, those who know her say. But Jillian Unitas, 22, is determined to blaze her own trail in the sports world, apart from that set by her late grandfather.
5:02 PM CDT, September 2, 2012
Sept. 6, 1995: Cal Ripken Jr. plays in his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking Lou Gehrig's major league record that had stood for 56 years. Fireworks explode around Camden Yards as Ripken jogs a victory lap around the field. A sellout crowd of 46,272 — including President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore — demand four curtain calls from the Orioles' Iron Man. Ripken responds by hitting a home run as the Birds defeat California, 4-2.
11:31 AM CDT, July 29, 2012
Aug. 4, 1996: Earl Weaver, the irascible Orioles manager who led the club to 1,480 victories, four American League pennants and the 1970 world championship, is enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. "I'm proud of my record," Weaver tells the crowd in Cooperstown, N.Y. "And I'm proud I spent my whole [major league] career in one city — and I thank the fans of Baltimore for letting me stay."
5:05 PM CDT, June 22, 2012
Lil Shelton discovered them tucked away in a cardboard box, on a dusty shelf in her old office last week at Severna Park High. Inside the box was a musty pile of girls athletic uniforms, circa 1973.
3:57 PM CDT, August 26, 2012
Sept. 1, 1996: Quarterback Vinny Testaverde pumps his fist and an announced record football crowd (64,124) at Memorial Stadium whoops it up as the fledgling Ravens win their opener, 19-14 over the Oakland Raiders. "To come from behind, in front of a full house, it probably doesn't get much better than this," says Ted Marchibroda, coach of the first-year team. "It's a shame we have to play 15 more."
12:18 PM CDT, June 29, 2012
As a manager, Earl Weaverappeared larger than life, piloting the Orioles to four American League pennants and the 1970 world championship. So it seems only fitting that his statue, which will be unveiled Saturday at Camden Yards, will be taller than the Birds' Hall of Fame skipper.
8:30 PM CDT, August 5, 2012
Aug. 6, 1990: Right-hander Jim Palmer, the Orioles' winningest pitcher ever, is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., after being voted in on the first ballot. "Am I as good as a lot of pitchers here? Probably not," says Palmer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner who had 268 victories over 19 seasons with the Birds. "But I would have voted for myself."
4:59 PM CDT, July 15, 2012
July 21, 2000: Jamal Lewis, the fifth player picked in the NFL draft, agrees to a six-year contract with the Ravens worth in excess of $35 million. "It's important for us as a team, and Jamal as a player, to get started on the right foot," Ravens coach Brian Billick says. The running back from Tennessee will ramble for 1,364 yards in the regular season and 102 more in Baltimore's Super Bowl victory over the New York Giants.
2:31 PM CDT, July 22, 2012
July 27, 2003: On an overcast day in Cooperstown, N.Y., former Orioles slugger Eddie Murray is enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame and gives a heartfelt speech to the crowd of 18,000. "I had a dream as a kid, and I actually lived that dream," says Murray, who led Baltimore to a world championship in 1983.
2:27 PM CDT, July 1, 2012
July 7, 2001: Brady Anderson's bases-loaded triple gives the slumping Orioles a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies before an announced 49,072, then the largest gathering to see a regular-season game at Camden Yards. "That's the first big base hit we've had in the last ... six days," manager Mike Hargrove says. The Birds will lose 14 of their next 16 games.
1:42 PM CDT, July 7, 2012
Steve Ruiz recalls it clearly, shopping in a sporting goods store with his son, Jett, and another 13-year-old who played on Jett's baseball team.
2:00 PM CDT, August 12, 2012
Aug. 14, 1998: Orioles catcher Chris Hoiles hits two home runs with the bases loaded in a 15-3 romp over the Indians in Cleveland. "My biggest asset is when I have a stick in my hands," says Hoiles, only the ninth player [and first catcher] to slug two grand slams in one game.
4:43 PM CDT, May 28, 2012
May 30, 1982: In an inauspicious start to a historic streak, 21-year-old Cal Ripken Jr. bats eighth and goes hitless in the Orioles' 6-0 loss to the last-place Toronto Blue Jays. An announced Memorial Stadium crowd of 21,632 sees the start of Ripken's string of 2,632 consecutive games played.
5:22 PM CDT, June 4, 2012
Billy Turner, Seattle Slew's trainer, thinks I'll Have Another will 'run a really big race' at Belmont
Billy Turner will be in the stands at Belmont Park on Saturday, a shock of silver hair — and a slew of memories — tucked beneath his familiar Irish-peaked cap. At 72, he is the only living trainer of a Triple Crown champion.
2:47 PM CDT, June 10, 2012
June 10, 2003: A week after Sammy Sosa was caught using a corked bat, some of the announced 32,484 in attendance at Camden Yards greet the Chicago Cubs' slugger by throwing corks at him as he takes his spot in right field. "As long as no one touches me, I'm not really worried about that," says Sosa, who gets two hits in a 4-0 victory over the Orioles. Two years later, he'll play for Baltimore.
7:00 AM CDT, May 25, 2012
May 22, 1988: Beginning the day with the worst record in the majors (8-33), the Orioles defeat Seattle, 7-2, giving them back-to-back victories for the first time in 46 games, over two seasons. Larry Sheets and Cal Ripken Jr. each hit a two-run homer and rookie Jose Bautista gets the win.
1:08 PM CDT, June 24, 2012
June 25, 1997: For the second time in 27 days, the Orioles' Mike Mussina (9-2) flirts with a no-hitter before surrendering an eighth-inning single in a 9-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Earlier, in a 3-0 win over the Cleveland Indians, he had carried a perfect-game bid into the ninth before allowing a hit. "I took a run at it. It didn't happen, again," Mussina said afterward. "Maybe I'll get another chance."
8:55 AM CDT, May 11, 2012
There's the Hall of Fame plaque, the World Series ring and the hardware he won for Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player (twice) and countless other accomplishments.
4:21 PM CDT, May 15, 2012
Last week, on what would have been his father's 79th birthday, Chad Unitas visited his grave at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens. There, on the edge of a pond filled with ducks and ringed by weeping willows, he knelt by the marble marker and spoke with the one many call football's greatest quarterback.
3:43 PM CDT, July 8, 2012
July 9, 1997: Roland "Bud" Slimmer Jr. of Lutherville lays the first of 1.2 million bricks for the Ravens' new stadium at Camden Yards. "This is all becoming a routine," said Slimmer, a 68-year-old mason who had helped construct Memorial Stadium, which opened in 1954, and Oriole Park, which opened in 1992.
2:18 PM CDT, May 13, 2012
Ask him for the highlight of his Hall of Fame career and Frank Robinson jumps on it like a high fastball.
7:08 PM CDT, March 23, 2012
Three years ago, he was a 26-year-old college dropout cleaning carpets at the Social Security complex in Woodlawn. There, toiling away in the wee hours, Jonte Hall vowed to give basketball one last shot.
6:31 PM CDT, May 16, 2012
They pass through the tiny row home at a steady clip, 50,000 pilgrims a year on a mission to visit their mecca. Here, in a second-floor bedroom of a narrow little residence on Emory Street, on a bitter cold day in 1895, George Herman Ruth was born.
5:10 PM CDT, May 14, 2012
Brooks Robinson owned third base. Still does. At his sendoff in 1977 — a "Thanks, Brooks" Day at a packed Memorial Stadium — Robinson's successor, Doug DeCinces, removed third base from its moorings and presented it to the Orioles veteran.
1:54 PM CDT, June 17, 2012
June 19, 1980: Running the bases against the Oakland A's, the Orioles' John Lowenstein is drilled in the neck with the ball and collapses. Carried off on a stretcher to polite applause, he suddenly sits bolt upright, raises his arms and clenches both fists for the home crowd, which goes nuts. "It was semi-spontaneous," the offbeat Lowenstein tells reporters. "You have to acknowledge the cheers of the fans, and I sure as hell wasn't going to come back out after the game." The Orioles win, 4-3.
2:47 PM CDT, May 8, 2012
Lenny Moore can hardly attend an NFL function without some gnarly old linebacker wagging his finger at the 78-year-old Baltimore Colts Hall of Fame running back and telling Moore something he already knows.
1:32 PM CDT, May 12, 2012
Ray Lewis is the oldest Raven — he turns 37 on Tuesday — but as one of The Baltimore Sun's top 10 all-time Maryland athletes, he's just a kid. Eight of his peers are Hall of Famers in their respective sports. Seven were stars before Lewis was born.
4:18 PM CDT, May 9, 2012
Sixty miles east of Babe Ruth's birthplace, in the drowsy town of Sudlersville (population 497), stands a statue of the other great slugger from Maryland's past. But you'll have to stop at the town's only red light, corner of Church and Main, to view the life-size likeness of Jimmie Foxx at roadside.
4:26 PM CDT, March 23, 2012
A celebration of the life of Greg Giovanazzi, former Olympic women's volleyball coach who also led programs at three area colleges, will be held Saturday at Towson University from noon to 3 p.m. Giovanazzi, 54, died in his sleep Monday after suffering from debilitating migraine headaches for more than half of his life.
5:04 PM CDT, May 7, 2012
Forty-four years later, what sticks in Wes Unseld's mind is a reception he got on his arrival in Baltimore as the Bullets' top pick in the 1968 NBA draft. Welcoming, it was not.
1:01 PM CDT, March 14, 2012
Former Orioles and Hall of Fame outfielder Frank Robinson said Wednesday that he has fully recovered from the dizzy spell he experienced while attending a basketball game last weekend.
5:26 PM CST, January 30, 2012
Brooks Robinson remains in a south Florida hospital, recovering from a broken shoulder that he suffered in a fall during a banquet Friday night.
5:45 PM CST, February 16, 2012
The sign atop the lacrosse locker room door tells all.
5:27 PM CST, February 6, 2012
As he carried the Lombardi Trophy to midfield after the Super Bowl Sunday, past a double row of giddy and groping New York Giants, Raymond Berry felt their glee.
1:49 PM CST, January 21, 2012
Raymond Berrycan't fathom the odds. Who'd have thought that, the same year he was asked to present the Vince Lombardi Trophy, the two locales most dear to his heart would be playing on Sunday for a Super Bowl berth?
3:06 PM CST, December 17, 2011
The state Board of Public Works is forging another fishing legacy for Lefty Kreh: a seven-mile trail in Gunpowder Falls State Park to be named for the former outdoors editor of The Sun. The trail's moniker will become official at the board's meeting Dec. 21 in Annapolis. Kreh, 86, is expected to attend.
2:56 PM CST, January 28, 2012
Alex Brown knows just where he was in 1977, when he learned of Elvis' demise. And in 1997, when he heard that Princess Diana had died. And on Jan. 29, 2007 — five years ago Sunday — when he got the news that, after a game fight for life, a champion racehorse named Barbaro had passed away.
6:39 PM CST, January 10, 2012
He may plug the middle of the Ravens' offensive line, but Matt Birk's life has always been more off-center.
7:25 PM CST, January 17, 2012
For the fans, Sunday's AFC title game between the Ravens and New England Patriots is just another step to the Super Bowl. But those who have played in a conference championship for Baltimore say that, psychologically, the game means much, much more.
5:36 PM CST, December 14, 2011
He had a funny name, a Texas drawl and churning legs that chewed up yardage. Remember Norm Bulaich, the Baltimore Colts' star running back in their 1970 Super Bowl run? He turns 65 on Christmas.
5:30 PM CST, January 27, 2012
Alex Brown knows just where he was in 1977, when he learned of Elvis' demise. And in 1997, when he heard that Princess Diana had died. And on Jan. 29, 2007 — five years ago today — when he got the news that, after a game fight for life, a champion racehorse named Barbaro had passed away.
11:45 PM CST, December 5, 2011
Sitting on stage alongside his aging teammates, having dinner during the Sports Legend Museum induction at Martin's West Tuesday night, 85-year-old Gino Marchetti will chew on this:
1:49 PM CST, January 13, 2012
At M&T Bank Stadium, it's all about the noise. So says Dan Dierdorf, the CBS commentator who'll work Sunday's AFC playoff between the Ravens and Houston Texans.
7:44 PM CST, January 22, 2012
Lenny Moore and Lydell Mitchell were two of Penn State's greatest players, and not surprisingly, became two of the greatest Baltimore Colts. Two weeks ago they drove to State College, Pa., to pay their respects to Joe Paterno, who died Sunday and who they give much of the credit for their success on and off the field.
7:20 PM CST, November 14, 2011
When he learned Monday that Maryland could be dropping intercollegiate swimming, Phil Denkevitz felt like a fish out of water. One of three All-American swimmers in Terps' 55-year history, he's the first one ever to have been inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame — and also, probably, the last.
4:50 PM CST, November 23, 2011
The photograph hangs in Lenny Moore's club basement, amid the hundreds of trophies, plaques and keepsakes that chronicle the life of the Baltimore Colts Hall of Fame running back. But few treasures mean as much to Moore as the black-and-white snapshot of him and his mentor, former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, with their arms draped around one another.
6:13 PM CST, December 9, 2011
Even now, Army's Clint Dodson can tick off every second of jubilation following the Black Knights' last victory over Navy in 2001.
5:58 PM CDT, October 28, 2011
The words came straight from Todd Heap's heart. In a half-page ad in Friday's Baltimore Sun, the Ravens' former two-time Pro Bowl tight end thanked the city of Baltimore, its fans and the club for their "incredible support over the years."
6:57 PM CST, November 19, 2011
At 19, faced with the possibility of not being able to play baseball for the summer, Dan Duquette struck out on his own. He created a semipro team to represent his hometown.
2:52 PM CDT, October 15, 2011
Amanda Weeks, Kellie Batz and Sarah Mack — the pregnant runners featured in a Baltimore Sun story this week — all finished their respective races Saturday at the Baltimore Running Festival.
5:30 PM CDT, October 12, 2011
Heading home after a tough day at work, Jeremy Haugh is beat — too tired, he knows, to run.
5:26 PM CDT, August 5, 2011
As artist Joseph Sheppard pondered creating a statue of one of baseball's icons, one image of Brooks Robinson kept flashing through his mind: having stabbed a scorching grounder, the Orioles' third baseman readies to throw out the runner at first.
1:47 AM CST, December 4, 2011
For years, they've gathered every weekend on a grassy field in Dundalk to play tackle football. A gang of spirited, blue-collar twentysomethings, they shake hands, choose sides and, for three hours, wale the tar out of each other.
6:54 PM CDT, October 14, 2011
Deep in the bowels of Laurel Park, beneath the oval where Secretariat, Seabiscuit and Barbaro once tread, runs a tunnel. It's a long-forgotten passage that bigwigs once used to escape the raucous crowds above.
6:50 PM CDT, September 13, 2011
Each week, we bring you a Q&A with a Ravens player, coach or team executive to help you learn a little more about the team. Today's guest is O.J. Brigance.
6:15 PM CDT, July 23, 2011
Every morning, around 5 a.m., before the sunlight splashes on the beige bedroom walls of the weathered farmhouse in Upperco, Charlene Miller stirs, yawns — and prays.
8:25 PM CDT, July 15, 2011
Kevin Mackey surveyed the room filled with former Baltimore Colts who'd come to pay homage to his late father, John Mackey, and shook his head.
7:12 AM CDT, October 22, 2011
At noon Saturday, the 9-foot bronze likeness of Brooks Robinson is unveiled outside Oriole Park, all eyes will be on the statue, the sculptor and the Hall of Fame third baseman. But no one will savor the moment more than an 81-year-old bystander obsessed with seeing the project through.
7:10 PM CDT, September 4, 2011
Sunday, at the Baltimore Grand Prix, Craig Hampson's mind was racing. See the headset the chief engineer of the Newman-Haas team was wearing? One voice screamed into Hampson's right ear; another one bombarded the left.
December 20, 2009
1959 NFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Fifty years ago, the Baltimore Colts rallied to win a world championship over the New York Giants before 57,545 jubilant fans at Memorial Stadium.
8:20 PM CDT, May 21, 2011
In recent years, the Gaudet family watched a succession of their friends in the horse-racing business leave Maryland for the lure of larger fields and heftier purses in other states.
December 3, 2009
Matt Stover had a hand in this. Or a foot.
3:45 PM CDT, October 11, 2011
Sitting in the doctor's office in August, elated to learn she was pregnant for the first time, Amanda Weeks had a question.
1:31 PM CDT, October 15, 2011
Jack Ramsey was chugging along in the Baltimore Marathon Saturday when he spotted the penguin by the side of the road.
January 10, 2010
Today, Raymond Berry will retreat to the den of his Tennessee home and - if his nine grandchildren will allow – watch the NFL playoff game between two places dear to his heart.
6:18 AM CDT, March 24, 2011
Gino Marchetti, the Hall of Fame defensive end for the Baltimore Colts, is bringing his beloved burgers back to Baltimore after a 20-year hiatus. Marchetti, 84, opened his first fast-food joint on North Point Road in 1959, at the height of his football career.
3:24 PM CDT, May 1, 2011
Eddie Watt lives in peaceful anonymity, in a speck of a town in Nebraska, where the talk is of crops and cows and Cornhusker football. The Orioles? Not a word.
4:00 PM CDT, November 5, 2010
On Saturday afternoon, Tom Booker plans to pull on his flannel Gilman cap, put his son (a Gilman student) in the family car with the Gilman bumper sticker, and head to Gilman to see his alma mater play arch-rival McDonogh in football for the 95th time. There, before yelling himself hoarse, Booker will share with his 10-year-old the facts of life.
7:51 PM CST, January 20, 2011
Steve Stenersen, a fixture with US Lacrosse since its inception in 1989, can feel a new season coming. Outside of his office, located in a low-slung building near the Johns Hopkins field, boxes were stacked high Wednesday as staffers prepared to transport them to the Baltimore Convention Center, which hosts the US Lacrosse National Convention this weekend. The Baltimore Sun Media Group is a sponsor of the 2011 US Lacrosse National Convention. The event will move to Philadelphia for a three year stint starting in 2012.