Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts scores a run in May 2004. Four months later, Roberts set the American League single-season record for doubles by a switch-hitter. (Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun).
Sept. 18, 2004: Brian Roberts’ 47th double, in a 12-3 victory at Minnesota, gives the Orioles second baseman the American League single-season record for two-base hits by a switch-hitter. The old mark was set in 1901.
[Algerina Perna, The Baltimore Sun]
The mailed parcels that came to my home carried an underlined No. 6 handwritten in black crayon. It was Post Office code for Baltimore City. The No. 6s once flowed through a buff-brick building on St. Paul Street in the area we call Station North today.
This statue of Samuel Smith, by local sculptor Hans Schuler, stood in what was known as Major General Samuel Smith Park, at the corner of Pratt and Light streets, from 1953-1970. It now surveys Baltimore from atop Federal Hill. (Baltimore Sun photo by A. Aubrey Bodine, Jan. 27, 1957)
Those celebrating this week’s bicentennial of the Battle of Baltimore, the bombing of Fort McHenry and the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” shouldn’t forget one local landmark with closer ties to these War of 1812 events than just about anywhere else in the city.
Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. There will be a prize each week for the first right answer. Put your best guess in the “comments” field. Here’s today’s trivia:
QUESTION: What Marylander was the U.S. attorney general who prepared the Declaration of War against England in 1812?
A portrait of the Marylander from the question above. Can you name him? (Baltimore Sun file photo)