The Sun Remembers May 12-18

May 15, 2004: In sultry heat and on a bone-dry track, Smarty Jones wins the Preakness by a record 111/2 lengths before an announced record crowd of 112,668 at Pimlico Race Course. The victory gives Smarty Jones two legs up in his quest to win the Triple Crown. He'll fail.

May 14, 1998: In a 5-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians, Orioles pitcher Mike Mussina is hit in the face by a line drive that fractures his nose and barely misses his right eye. A bloodied Mussina walks off the field at Camden Yards to a chorus of "Mooooose." He'll return to win 13 games this year.

May 17, 1986: Maryland wins its second women's national lacrosse championship, 11-10 over Penn State before an announced 1,500 at Byrd Stadium. Anysia Fedec scores four goals for coach Sue Tyler's Terps.

May 16, 1970: Navy routs the University of Baltimore, 19-0, in lacrosse as the Midshipmen play everyone on the bench, some of whom aren't on the roster. Captain Harry MacLaughlin gets four goals and three assists in one quarter of play for Navy (9-1), which will finish as United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association co-champion with Johns Hopkins and Virginia.

May 14, 1967: Mark Belanger, the Orioles' light-hitting shortstop, gets the first of his 20 lifetime home runs in a 6-5 loss to the New York Yankees. The ball sails 350 feet and caroms off the left-field foul pole at Yankee Stadium. An inning later, Mickey Mantle hits his 500th homer.

May 16, 1952: Al Kaline, Southern's junior slugger, crushes Calvert Hall's pitching in a 12-5 victory at Carroll Park. Kaline finishes with two home runs, two doubles and eight RBIs. Jim Henneman takes the loss for the Cardinals.

May 15, 1948: The first televised Preakness lacks drama. In a four-horse field, Citation leads from start to finish, winning his 16th race in 18 starts, en route to taking the Triple Crown. "It was a privilege to ride such a horse," says Eddie Arcaro, Citation's jockey.

May 15, 1936: In the first prep baseball game played at night in Baltimore, City defeats Poly, 1-0, at Oriole Park. Frank Kopeck, a left-hander making his first start for the Collegians, strikes out 14.

Birthday

May 18, 1937: Brooks Robinson, the Orioles' Hall of Fame third baseman who played 23 years here and was named Most Valuable Player of the 1970 World Series.

mike.klingaman@baltsun.com

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