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The Sun Remembers

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.

June 1, 1974: Johns Hopkins' lacrosse team gives retiring coach Bob Scott his first NCAA title, defeating defending champion Maryland, 17-12. Franz Wittelsberger (Calvert Hall) scores five goals and freshman goalie Kevin Mahon makes 21 saves for the Blue Jays.

June 2, 1959: Hoyt Wilhelm, the Orioles' 36-year-old knuckleballer, wins his ninth straight game over two seasons, 3-2 over the Chicago White Sox despite being chased from the mound by a swarm of gnats. "I never seen nothin' like them. I couldn't pitch through them," Wilhelm said of the insects, who cause a 16-minute delay as groundskeepers at Comiskey Park use smoke bombs, burning rags and fireworks to disperse the pesky horde. As a further precaution, umpire Hank Soar sprays himself with DDT.

May 28, 1914: Nineteen-year-old Babe Ruth leads the second-place Orioles to a 7-4 victory over Providence. Ruth triples, knocks in a run and pitches 62/3 innings of stellar relief for Baltimore in an International League game.

May 30, 1895: In near 100-degree heat, the Orioles sweep a doubleheader from Louisville, 18-11 and 8-4 before an announced 7,650 at Union Park. The morning slugfest was, The Sun reported, "a see-saw arrangement that was enough to give the spectators heart disease." On the day, Baltimore's defending National League champions collect 30 hits — six by outfielder Willie Keeler — and shortstop Hughie Jennings steals three bases.

May 27, 1873: Rallying down the stretch, Survivor scores a 10-length victory in the first Preakness at Pimlico Race Course. Seven thoroughbreds compete in the 11/2-mile event, with a $50 entry fee — the second race on the day's card. In the grandstand, a band plays selections from operas and waltzes, while many women in attendance "sat in their carriages and, at the proper time, dispensed luncheon in true Maryland style."


June 1, 1933: Alan "The Horse" Ameche, the 1954 Heisman Trophy winner and a first-round draft pick of the Colts. The rugged fullback from Wisconsin played six years in Baltimore, led the NFL in rushing as a rookie and scored the winning touchdown in the 1958 championship game against the New York Giants in overtime. Ameche died in 1988.