‘Ain’t the beer cold!’: Thomp­son re­tires from Ori­oles mi­cro­phone

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Mike Klinga­man

Nia Clouden

(St. Frances) and Michi­gan State will host In­di­ana tonight.

FEB. 14,1988: “I’m re­ally not go­ing to do a darn thing,” says Chuck Thomp­son, 66, an­nounc­ing his re­tire­ment af­ter 32 years as the Ori­oles’ play-by-play an­nouncer, most re­cently on WMAR-TV.

FEB. 16, 1978: In a matchup of girls bas­ket­ball pow­ers, Arch­bishop Keough de­feats Tow­son Catholic, 46-45 on the losers’ court. De De Sneeringer (18 re­bounds) and Diane Schwartz (12 points) lead Keough (21-0); the Owlettes fall to 20-2.

FEB. 15, 1964: The Ori­oles sign John “Boog” Pow­ell, 22, their slug­ging out­fielder-first base­man who hit 25 homers and drove in 82 runs in 1963. Pow­ell’s re­ward? A $4,000 raise to $14,000.

FEB. 12, 1952: Be­fore a stand­ing-roomonly crowd of more than 2,200, Mor­gan State ded­i­cates its $1 mil­lion Ed­ward P. Hurt Gym­na­sium with a heart­break­ing 65-63 bas­ket­ball loss to Loy­ola Col­lege. With two sec­onds left, Joel Hit­tle­man scores a layup to give the Grey­hounds the win; it’s their only lead of the game.

FEB. 15, 1947: More than 150 hunters from Bal­ti­more City and Bal­ti­more, Car­roll and Fred­er­ick coun­ties gather at three farm sites near West­min­ster for a crow shoot spon­sored by the Izaak Wal­ton League of Amer­ica. Hun­dreds of birds are killed.

FEB, 15, 1936: Loy­ola de­feats cold­shoot­ing Johns Hop­kins in bas­ket­ball, 37-25, be­fore about 1,000 fans at the Home­wood Gym. The Blue Jays score one bas­ket in the first half, dur­ing which “the losers’ bas­ket stood as im­preg­nable as the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay ice,” The Sun re­ports.

FEB. 12, 1919: McDonogh’s bas­ket­ball team over­whelms vis­it­ing Park, 92-2. Cen­ter Wal­ter Bran­dau scores 38 points for the win­ners.

FEB. 13, 1901: Ground­break­ing for Amer­i­can League Park, on York Road near 29th Street, draws 400 on­look­ers. A sil­ver spade be­decked with orange and black rib­bons “dis­lodged a most cred­itable lump of earth,” The Sun re­ports, “while a small boy yelled, ‘Dig­gin’ for di­a­monds on the York Road!’ ” The ball­park will house the AL Ori­oles for two years be­fore the fran­chise moves to New York to be­come, even­tu­ally, the Yan­kees.

Birth­day

FEB. 12, 1939: Jerry Walker, Ori­oles right-han­der who, at 20, be­came the youngest pitcher to start an All-Star Game in 1959. Walker went three in­nings, al­lowed two hits and one run and earned the win.

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