John 'Boog' Powell

John 'Boog' Powell (Baltimore Sun photo by Richard Stacks / 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.

June 18, 1979: Outraged by a call against the Orioles in Cleveland, managerEarl Weaver waves a rule book in the face of umpire Larry Barnett, then proceeds to tear it to shreds: "As Weaver ripped," The Sun reports, "little bits of paper began flying all over the infield and two members of the grounds crew came running from the bullpen for a quick cleanup job." Booted from the game, Weaver pauses and tips his cap to the cheering crowd. The Orioles win, 8-7.

June 23, 1972: The Baltimore Bullets trade forward Jack Marin to Houston for Elvin Hayes, the Rockets' 6-foot-9 center and a future Hall of Famer. "I always felt the Bullets were just one good player away from a championship. I hope I'm that player," says Hayes, who'll take the Bullets to the playoffs eight times in nine years and the NBA title in 1977-78.

June 22, 1962: Orioles rookie John "Boog" Powell, 20, becomes the first player at Memorial Stadium to hit a ball over the center-field hedge, 450 feet from home plate. Powell's homer, his seventh, travels 508 feet, stuns the announced crowd of 14,452 and sparks a 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

June 19, 1942: His face cut and bloodied, Baltimore's Harry Jeffra loses a 10-round TKO to world featherweight champion Chalky Wright before an announced 6,000 fans at Oriole Park. A two-time world champ himself, Jeffra attempted a comeback against Wright, who moonlights as a private chauffeur for actress Mae West.

June 23, 1914: Babe Ruth, the Orioles' "marvelous southpaw," pitches his first-place team to a 3-0 victory over Toronto. Ruth allows five hits — two of them scratch singles — while striking out eight and walking two. It's Baltimore's 40th win against 20 defeats in International League play.

June 23, 1902: Braving automobile breakdowns and badly rutted roads, eight U.S. congressmen drive three hours from Washington to watch the Orioles defeat Montreal, 4-1, in an IL contest. Says one politician: "If the Washington AL team would only play some ball like that, it would be worthwhile seeing a game."

June 24, 1898: A homing pigeon owned by Dr. W.W. White Jr. of Baltimore wins a 500-mile race from South Carolina to Maryland, defeating more than 150 other birds from Baltimore in an event staged by a local flying club. The winning pigeon flew at the rate of 1,341.38 yards per minute.

Birthday

June 23, 1925: Ravens ownerArt Modell.

mike.klingaman@baltsun.com

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