O’s hire he­li­copter to dry field

Baltimore Sun - - NFL - By Mike Klinga­man mike.klinga­man@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/MikeKlinga­man

SEPT. 17, 1989: Vice Pres­i­dent Dan Quayle and his fam­ily at­tend the first game of the Bor­den In­ter­na­tional Chal­lenge Cup lacrosse se­ries at Nor­ris Field in Mount Washington. Bal­ti­more de­feats Vic­to­ria, Bri­tish Columbia, 14-11.

SEPT. 12, 1987: Af­ter Mary­land’s 21-19 foot­ball vic­tory over Vir­ginia — Joe Kri­vak’s first win as head coach — he cel­e­brates by singing the school’s fight song in the locker room. “Can he sing? Hey, can any­one sing? It’s not im­por­tant,” says the Terps’ Az­izud­din Ab­dur-Ra’oof (North­east), who con­trib­utes a touch­down re­cep­tion.

SEPT. 12, 1970: Held score­less for three quar­ters, the Colts drop a pre­sea­son game to the Washington Red­skins, 17-14, at RFK Sta­dium. Johnny Uni­tas throws two in­ter­cep­tions and rookie Jim O’Brien misses two field-goal at­tempts for the Colts, wholose to Washington for the first time in 20 out­ings.

SEPT. 13, 1969: The Ori­oles’ sev­enth straight win, 10-5 over the Cleve­land In­di­ans, gives man­ager Earl Weaver’s team the Amer­i­can League East ti­tle. Cham­pagne flows and play­ers throw all team of­fi­cials (ex­cept Weaver) into an icy whirlpool.

SEPT. 17, 1960: Navy run­ning back Joe Bellino rushes for one touch­down, passes for an­other and catches a scor­ing pass in a 22-7 vic­tory at Bos­ton Col­lege. Bellino goes on to win the Heis­man Tro­phy.

SEPT. 11, 1957: Six hours be­fore a dou­ble­header, and af­ter a del­uge, the Ori­oles hire a he­li­copter to hover 6 feet above the out­field grass to dry the turf at Memo­rial Sta­dium. That ac­com­plished, the Ori­oles split with the Kansas City Ath­let­ics.

SEPT. 16, 1896: Car­di­nal Gib­bons, arch­bishop of Bal­ti­more, presents each mem­ber of the Na­tional League cham­pion Ori­oles with a solid-gold, heart-shaped charm en­graved with a cross and a crown of thorns.

Birth­day

SEPT. 15, 1917: Buddy Jean­nette, a Hall of Fame point guard who led the Bal­ti­more Bul­lets to the Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica cham­pi­onship in 1948. He be­came coach and gen­eral man­ager of the mod­ern Bul­lets in the 1960s. Jean­nette died in 1998.

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