By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun
11:08 AM PDT, 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."
June 26, 1978: The Orioles set a record for futility with a 24-10 loss at Toronto. At the time, it is the most runs ever scored against the Birds, who send to the mound, among others, outfielder Larry Harlow and catcher Elrod Hendricks. ManagerEarl Weaver defends the move, saying, "My regular pitchers gave up 19 runs, and Harlow and Hendricks gave up only five."
June 30, 1978: Spectacular Bid, the Maryland-owned thoroughbred who would go on to win two-thirds of racing's Triple Crown in 1979, cruises to a 31/4-length victory for jockey Ronnie Franklin in his 2-year-old debut at Pimlico Race Course. Bid, who goes off at odds of 6-1, leads throughout.
June 26, 1970: Frank Robinson hits grand slams in consecutive innings, then only the fourth player in history to do so as the first-place Orioles rout the Senators, 12-2, in Washington. In the fifth inning, Robinson homers 390 feet to right, then sends a 462-foot blast into the upper deck in left-center. "I'm not jumping up and down. ... I'm just happy about the win," says Robinson, who had hurt his back the day before, crashing into the wall in Boston to rob the Red Sox's Reggie Smith of a home run.
June 23, 1964: Trailing 7-2 in the eighth inning, the Orioles rally, scoring seven times with two outs to defeat New York. The victory gives the Birds a half-game lead over the Yankees and drives the announced home crowd of 31,860 into a frenzy. "They didn't give up, wouldn't give up," manager Hank Bauer gushes of heroesBrooks Robinson, Charlie Lau, John Orsino, Willie Kirkland and Jerry Adair.
June 26, 1923: Fed up with the "hooliganism" of baseball fans at Oriole Park, who blow klaxon horns to rattle enemy pitchers and douse fielders' heads with sodas, Rochester players fight back. One grabs a handful of infield dirt and throws it at the crowd; another charges into the stands, fists flying. Quickly, 2,000 fans spill onto the field as mounted police rush to restore order. "You won't find such rotten sportsmanship anywhere else," Rochester manager George Stallings says. "Why, the filthy beasts haven't even spared our women folks. On Saturday, they began yelling about my wife."
June 28, 1902: Baltimore fighter Joe Gans, 27, who won the world lightweight championship a month ago, defends his title with a third-round TKO of George "Elbows" McFadden in San Francisco. Gans' first punch staggers his rival, who never lands a telling blow against boxing's first black champion. "There were cries of 'Fake!' at the conclusion of the fight, but veteran sports at ringside do not hold to the opinion that it was a crooked mill," The Sun reports. "McFadden simply did not have a chance."
June 29, 1864: Wilbert Robinson, the Hall of Fame catcher who led the Orioles to three National League championships in the 1890s. "Uncle Robbie" was known to slip pebbles into the shoes of unsuspecting hitters as they batted.
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