By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun
11:48 AM EDT, September 15, 2013
Sept. 21, 2008: In the final game played at 85-year-old Yankee Stadium, the last-place Orioles lose, 7-3, to New York before an announced crowd of 54,610. After Brian Roberts grounds out to end the game, several Orioles run onto the field and grab handfuls of dirt for keepsakes.
Sept. 15, 2003: A day after ripping the Cleveland Browns for an NFL-record 295 rushing yards, the Ravens' Jamal Lewis is asked how long that mark will stand. "Until I break it again," he says. In 2007, the Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson runs for 296 yards in one game.
Sept. 15, 1997: "It made me teary-eyed a little bit," Orioles outfielder Eric Davis says of the standing ovation he receives at Camden Yards after his comeback from colon cancer surgery in June. Davis, 35, returns to the lineup five days after his latest round of chemotherapy and goes hitless in three trips against the Cleveland Indians.
Sept. 17, 1967: For the only time in his career, Johnny Unitas passes for more than 400 yards in a single game as the Colts defeat Atlanta before an announced 56,715 at Memorial Stadium. Unitas completes 22 of 32 passes for 401 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-31 victory over the Falcons.
Sept. 16, 1959: The Colts purchase Alex Hawkins, a rookie halfback, from the Green Bay Packers. The free-spirited, curfew-breaking Hawkins plays nine years here and becomes captain of Baltimore's rugged special teams, earning the nickname of "Captain Who?"
Sept. 21, 1957: Living up to its preseason hype, Navy's 12th-ranked football team routs Boston College, 46-6, on the road in its opener. Tom Forrestal throws for two TDs for the Midshipmen, who'll finish 9-1-1 with a No. 5 ranking and a Cotton Bowl victory over Rice.
Sept. 20, 1945: One day after his discharge from the Navy, Paul "Bear" Bryant, Maryland's new football coach, puts the team through his first practice at College Park. Bryant, 32, leads the Terps to a 6-2-1 mark before going to Kentucky and, later, Alabama, where his teams will win six national championships.
Sept. 15, 1899: Willie Smith of Chicago wins the U.S. Open Golf Tournament at the Baltimore Country Club. Smith averages 79 for four rounds which, The Sun says, is "remarkably good for such a tricky course."
Sept. 15, 1984: Marshal Yanda, the Ravens' two-time Pro Bowl guard.
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