The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for June 10-16

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Lenny Webster’s two-run home run in the 10th inning gives the Orioles a 5-3 victory over the Braves in Atlanta and a three-game sweep of their interleague series with the defending National League champions.

June 15, 1978: Though he drops his stick at the eighth pole, jockey Ronnie Franklin wins the feature at Pimlico Race Course aboard Yemassee. It’s the 88th win this summer for Franklin, 18, of Dundalk, the nation’s leading apprentice rider.

June 13, 1957: Frank “Noodles” Zupo, a 17-year-old catcher with a big swing and a pronounced unibrow, signs a $30,000 contract with the Orioles. He’ll play in 16 games over three seasons for Baltimore, long enough to be paired with pitcher George Zuverink as the only “Z” battery in big league history.

June 16, 1943: The International League Orioles lose a wartime exhibition, 11-10, to the Aberdeen Proving Ground baseball team on the Soldiers’ field. Bob Repass homers for Baltimore.

June 13, 1937: Led by Stiles Tuttle (six goals) and Robert Bullock (five), and using long passing shots, the hard-riding Maryland Polo Club defeats the Fauquier-Loudoun Polo Association of Warrenton, Va., 13-6, at a field in Stevenson.

June 13, 1925: Eddie Jacobs, 16, a student at City, wins his second straight Interpark tennis championship, defeating Ed McCall, 6-1, 6-3, 6-0, at Clifton Park. Jacobs, the national boys indoor champion, will later be named to two tennis halls of fame and operate a Baltimore clothing store.

June 13, 1914: Babe Ruth pitches the Orioles to a 3-2 victory over the Newark Indians, defending International League champs. Ruth allows six hits as first-place Baltimore (36-15) wins its 13th consecutive game.

June 15, 1894: The Orioles pound the St. Louis Browns for 23 hits to win a National League game, 17-3, at Union Park. Second baseman Heinie Reitz gets four hits, including two triples. He’ll finish the season with 31 triples (still tied for the second most in major league history).


June 11, 1879: Roger Bresnahan, Hall of Fame catcher who played for the Orioles’ first American League team, in 1901-1902, before starring for the New York Giants. Bresnahan died in 1944.


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