Ravens defensive end Michael McCrary stretches during training camp. (Baltimore Sun file photo, 1997)
April 7, 1997: The Ravens sign Michael McCrary, 26, a free-agent defensive end and strong pass rusher who played the previous four seasons for the Seattle Seahawks. It’s a coup for Baltimore, which in 1996 allowed 441 points — third-worst in the NFL — and had just 30 sacks.
April 9, 2004: A 13-4 baseball victory over Washington College gives unbeaten Johns Hopkins its 22nd consecutive victory and a No. 1 national ranking in Division III. It’s the first top billing in school history, during the regular season, for any Hopkins team other than men’s lacrosse.
April 11, 1992: Navy stuns No. 5 Maryland, 11-3, in men’s lacrosse and blanks the Terps until the fourth quarter. “I’ve never seen a team of mine go 46 minutes and 30 seconds without scoring,” Maryland coach Dick Edell says. For the Midshipmen, goalie Kevin Farrington makes 27 saves, tying a school record as Navy improves to 6-3.
April 12, 1977: “I knew we weren’t going to lose them all,” manager Earl Weaver says after the Orioles defeat the Brewers, 1-0, in Milwaukee for their first victory of the season after three losses. Rick Dempsey’s ninth-inning RBI single wins it for Jim Palmer, who pitches the eighth two-hitter and 43rd shutout of his career.
April 10, 1968: The Orioles spoil the debut of the Oakland (nee Kansas City) A’s, 3-1, before an announced 22,050 at Memorial Stadium. Brooks Robinson homers for Baltimore, which delayed the season opener for a day out of respect for the funeral of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King.
April 11, 1961: More than 40,000 people turn out for the Orioles’ pregame parade downtown. The 90-minute procession features floats, bands, Orioles players riding in convertibles and exotic dancer Blaze Starr who, clad in a mink coat, throws long-stemmed roses to the crowd. The game? Baltimore loses, 7-2, to the Los Angeles Angels.
April 9, 1958: At Laurel Park, the favorites in both the fourth and sixth races throw their riders while approaching the starting gate, then gallop down the track for one-half mile before they are caught. Both horses — I’ve Got Rhythm and Annville — are scratched.
April 6, 1955: Chuck Thompson, a 3-year-old colt named for a local sportscaster, scores an easy victory at Bowie Race Course, setting a record for 6 furlongs.
April 11, 1980: Mark Teixeira, first baseman for the New York Yankees and a two-time All Star who grew up in Severna Park and attended Mount St. Joseph.