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The Sun Remembers: May 5-11

By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun

8:48 PM EDT, May 5, 2013

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May 6, 1998: "It's like going in and telling your wife that you're not coming back," Carl Runk says after announcing his retirement as Towson men's lacrosse coach to the team. Runk, 62, led the Tigers for 31 years, winning the 1974 Division II national championship and reaching the Division I title game in 1991.

May 8, 1966: Orioles slugger Frank Robinson sends a fastball from the Cleveland Indians' Luis Tiant soaring over 50 rows of bleachers and out of Memorial Stadium, an unprecedented feat. The ball sails 451 feet on the fly and lands in a parking lot 540 feet away. "I thought it might come down in Scranton [Pa.]," first base coach Gene Woodling says.

May 9, 1961: The Orioles' Jim Gentile hits back-to-back grand slams, both moon shots, becoming the first player to do it in consecutive innings, in a 13-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins. "How about that, Jim," teammate Ron Hansen says, "[Alan] Shepard and you, all in the same week. Three orbits." Four days earlier, astronaut Shepard had become the first American to be shot into space.

May 10, 1941: Though late leaving the gate, Whirlaway comes from 20 lengths back to win the Preakness by five lengths. "Not even a cyclone could head us off. I might as well have been shot from a gun," jockey Eddie Arcaro says of the soon-to-be Triple Crown winner. "What a horse! What a horse!"

May 11, 1935: "Racing down the homestretch like an express train with the throttle wide open," The Sun writes, Omaha takes the Preakness en route to winning the Triple Crown — as did his sire, Gallant Fox, five years earlier. Owned by Belair Stud Farms in Bowie, they are the only father-and-son tandem to win all three races.

May 6, 1934: Mired in the International League cellar, the Orioles break an eight-game losing streak with a 23-0 rout of the Buffalo Bisons. Outfielder Ted Norbert hits a home run and triple as the Birds score nine runs in the first inning before making an out.

May 9, 1930: Veering to the outside to avoid a logjam, Gallant Fox wins the Preakness, the first leg of the Triple Crown this year. Bred in Prince George's County, Gallant Fox is quickly shipped to Louisville to race in the Kentucky Derby the following week.

May 7, 1914: Left-hander Babe Ruth goes the distance in pitching the second-place Orioles to a 5-3 victory over Buffalo in an IL game.

Birthday

May 7, 1933: Johnny Unitas, the Colts' Hall of Fame quarterback and three-time NFL Most Valuable Player who led the Colts to world championships in 1958 and 1959. Unitas died in 2002.

mike.klingaman@baltsun.com

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