Aug. 9, 2003: Michael Phelps of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club becomes the first male swimmer to capture five individual titles at the U.S. Nationals — and he does it in College Park. Phelps breaks the record of four held by Mark Spitz, Johnny Weissmuller and Tom Dolan.
Aug. 8, 2001: Jamal Lewis, the Ravens' star running back, tears a knee ligament in training camp and is lost for the season to the defending Super Bowl champions.
Aug. 4, 1971: Morgan State hires Nat Frazier, an assistant at Illinois, as its men's basketball coach, replacing Brutus Wilson. Frazier and prize recruit Marvin Webster (Edmondson) will lead Morgan to the NCAA Division II championship in 1974.
Aug. 8, 1964: Buddy Jeannette, a onetime Bullets player, is named coach of the basketball team, replacing Bob "Slick" Leonard, who led Baltimore to a 31-49 finish in its first year here after the franchise's move from Chicago. Jeannette, 47, takes the Bullets to the NBA Western Division finals, then becomes general manager.
Aug. 4, 1962: Baltimore's new American Hockey League team will be called the Clippers, club president Jake Embry says, beating out the nickname "Bays."
Aug. 6, 1959: The Orioles' Hoyt Wilhelm pitches 8 2/3 innings of hitless relief — and allows two hits in 10 innings overall — in a 1-1 game suspended after 18 innings against the Chicago White Sox at Memorial Stadium.
Aug. 7, 1954: Led by their clown prince, Goose Tatum, the Harlem Globetrotters defeat a team of NBA All-Stars, 59-50, while playing on a portable court at Memorial Stadium. Tatum scores 19 points, scales the wire backstop behind home plate and chases a cameraman around the park. Gene Shue, Paul Arizin and Red Holzman star for the losers.
Aug. 6, 1897: Reacting to an alleged slur from the Orioles' "Dirty Jack" Doyle, National League umpire Tom Lynch ejects the first baseman from the game and then slugs him in the face. Doyle responds in kind before police break up the fight in the ninth inning of Baltimore's 6-5 road loss to the Boston Beaneaters.
Aug. 9, 1931: Gene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb, the All-Pro Baltimore Colts defensive tackle who, at age 31, died of a heroin overdose in 1963.