Ex-Ori­oles catcher John Orsino dead at 78

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John Orsino, a catcher for the Ori­oles from 1963 to 1965, has died. He was 78. Orsino died Tues­day at Sunny Isles Beach, Fla., af­ter a lengthy ill­ness, ac­cord­ing to his wife, Honey. The Ori­oles ac­quired Orsino from the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants in De­cem­ber 1962 with pitch­ers Mike McCormick and Stu Miller for pitch­ers Jack Fisher and Billy Hoeft and catcher Jim­mie Coker. Orsino’s best ma­jor league sea­son was 1963, when he home­red in his first five spring train­ing games and bat­ted .272 with 19 home runs and 56 RBIs in the regular sea­son. The Ori­oles traded him to the Wash­ing­ton Se­na­tors in Oc­to­ber 1965 for out­fielder Woodie Held. Orsino fin­ished his ca­reer with a .249 av­er­age, 40 homers and 123 RBIs. He was the base­ball coach at Fair­leigh Dick­in­son from1970 to 1976 and later be­came the golf pro at Emer­son (N.J.) Coun­try Club and the In­dian Spring Coun­try Club in Boyn­ton Beach, Fla. MORE BASE­BALL: The Ori­oles re­in­stated left­handed pitcher Chris Lee (left shoul­der strain) and out­fielder Joey Rickard (right thumb lig­a­ment in­jury) from the 60-day dis­abled list. MEN’S SHORT-TRACK SPEED­SKAT­ING: Thomas Hong (Mary­land, Atholton) was part of a team that set an Amer­i­can record of 6 min­utes, 33.363 sec­onds in a qual­i­fy­ing round of the 5,000me­ter re­lay at the ISU World Cup event in Cal­gary, Al­berta. LAURELPARK: Ap­pren­tice jockey Anna Car­row picked up her first ca­reer vic­tory in her11th mount with a front-run­ning 11⁄ length tri­umph aboard First to Fire in Fri­day’s third race. Car­row, 23, be­came Lau­rel’s sec­ond fe­male rider in less than a week to reach the mile­stone fol­low­ing Sarah Shaf­fer, who earned her first win last Satur­day. MARY­LAND MEN’S COL­LEGE BAS­KET­BALL: The No. 25 Terps will play their only ex­hi­bi­tion game of the sea­son to­day against Catawba at 2 p.m. at Xfin­ity Cen­ter. The game can be seen on BTN Plus. Mary­land will be­gin its regular sea­son against vis­it­ing Amer­i­can on Fri­day at 7. MORE MEN’S COL­LEGE BAS­KET­BALL: An­dre Walker scored 22 points to lead Loy­ola Mary­land to a 73-50 ex­hi­bi­tion vic­tory over Divi­sion III Johns Hop­kins on Thurs­day night. COL­LEGE FIELD HOCKEY: Welma Luus scored 1:41 into over­time to lift top-seeded Mary­land (17-3) to a 3-2 win against fourth-seeded North- west­ern (13-8) in a Big Ten semi­fi­nal in Col­lege Park. Grace Bals­don and fresh­man So­phie Pelzer had ty­ing goals in reg­u­la­tion for the Terps, who will host sec­ond-seeded Penn State (16-2) on Sun­day at noon in the cham­pi­onship game. ... Johns Hop­kins coach Me­gan Cal­la­han an­nounced that she is re­sign­ing. In 20 sea­sons, she led the Blue Jays to a 223-160 record, three Cen­ten­nial Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onships and five NCAA Divi­sion III tour­na­ment ap­pear­ances. MEN’S COL­LEGE SOC­CER: Mary­land sopho­more for­ward Gor­don Wild was named Big Ten Of­fen­sive Player of the Year. Se­nior de­fender Alex Crog­nale was named De­fen­sive Player of the Year, red­shirt se­nior Cody Nie­der­meier (Broad­neck) was Goal­keeper of the Year and Sasho Cirovski was Coach of the Year. Wild, Crog­nale, Nie­der­meier, se­nior de­fender Chris Odoi-At­sem and sopho­more mid­fielder Amar Se­jdic made the All-Big Ten first team. Se­nior de­fender Suli Dainkeh and sopho­more for­ward-mid­fielder Eryk Wil­liamson made the sec­ond team. De­fender Dono­van Pines (River Hill) made the fresh­man team. VAR­SITY FOOT­BALL: Old Mill’s Chad McCormick was named Ravens Coach of the Week. —

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