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The Sun Remembers: July 29-August 4

Aug. 3, 1996: David Robinson's 28 points lead the United States past Yugoslavia, 95-69, for the Olympic men's basketball gold medal in Atlanta. "Any one of these guys could have stepped up," said Robinson, a former Navy star now with the San Antonio Spurs. "I'm just glad it was my opportunity tonight."

Aug. 1, 1994: Cal Ripken Jr. goes hitless but makes a stellar defensive play in his 2,000th consecutive game as the Orioles defeat the Twins in Minnesota, 1-0. "Maybe I contributed in some small way to a victory, and that's what I try to do every day I go out there," said Ripken, who is 130 games shy of Lou Gehrig's record.

Aug. 2, 1993: A group led by Baltimore attorney Peter Angelos buys the Orioles for a then-record $173 million. Gov. William Donald Schaefer calls the news "terrific" and says, "He [Angelos] will put a ballclub on the field, spend money and make us proud."

July 31, 1976: Sugar Ray Leonard, a light welterweight boxer from Palmer Park, wins an Olympic gold medal and states his intent to quit the ring. "No, no. I won't pick [the gloves] up again," the 20-year-old fighter says.

Aug. 3, 1969: The Minnesota Twins foil Dave McNally's bid for an AL-record 18th straight victory, defeating the Orioles' left-hander, 5-2. "I figured [a loss] was coming, sooner or later," McNally, 26, said afterward. "I did the best I could. It wasn't good enough."

Aug. 3, 1966: With Lyndon Johnson in the stands — the first sitting U.S. president to attend a pro football game — the Colts crush the Washington Redskins, 35-0, in a preseason contest before an announced 45,805 fans at D.C. Stadium. John Unitas completes 10 of 12 passes and throws for two touchdowns, and the Redskins fail to cross midfield until the third quarter.

Birthday

July 30, 1930: Gus Triandos, the Orioles' All-Star catcher and a fan favorite in the 1950s.

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