The Orioles’ Rafael Palmeiro celebrates after hitting a double for his 3,000th hit on the road against the Seattle Mariners on July 15, 2005. (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun)
July 15, 2005: The Orioles’ Rafael Palmeiro gets his 3,000th hit — an opposite-field RBI double — in a 6-3 victory in Seattle. Mariners fans give Palmeiro, the 26th player to reach that milestone, a three-minute ovation as the Baltimore slugger embraces each of his teammates.
July 16, 1996: About 200 fans attend the Ravens’ first practice at Western Maryland College (now McDaniel) in Westminster.
July 19, 1983: Scott McGregor stops the Mariners on four hits as the Orioles defeat host Seattle, 8-1, for their ninth victory in 10 games. It’s the fifth complete game in the past six starts for Baltimore (51-37) and the 11th win for McGregor, who’ll finish 18-7 for the eventual world champions.
July 13, 1979: At Bowie Race Course, a filly named Wakefield Man throws her rider in the paddock before the ninth race and gallops off down the track. Returned to the paddock, the horse receives a substitute jockey and throws him, too, before bolting again. She’s finally scratched.
July 16, 1973: “To get a good horse, you have to give up a good horse,” Colts general manager Joe Thomas says after trading Bubba Smith, the team’s disgruntled 6-foot-8 defensive end, to Oakland for Raymond Chester, a tight end and three-time Pro Bowl selection from Morgan State. Chester catches 148 passes in five years here; Smith, the first player chosen in the 1967 NFL draft, plays two seasons with the Raiders, is traded and retires at 31.
July 14, 1966: Mr. Universe is among the cuts at Colts training camp in Westminster. Bill March, an aspiring fullback who won that title in 1965, “displayed many muscles but a lack of football knowledge,” The Sun reports.
July 14, 1956: Mike Fornieles, a 24-year-old right-hander, allows three hits as the Orioles defeat Kansas City, 1-0, at Memorial Stadium. Fornieles, who has pitched 16 consecutive scoreless innings, goes the distance against the Athletics despite getting spiked during a fifth-inning rundown that leaves a hole in his shoe.
July 16, 1919: Binghamton’s Pat Martin pitches both ends of a doubleheader and defeats the visiting Orioles, 10-3 and 6-2. Martin, a left-hander, allows eight total hits and strikes out 13 in stopping Baltimore’s International League leaders.
July 15, 1941: Archie Clark, an All-Star guard who played two years with the Baltimore Bullets and averaged 25.1 points a game in 1971-72.