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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Ripken, Lewis, Unitas are Classic Baltimore


ESPN Classic will celebrate Baltimore sports with an eight-hour presentation of some of the best sports moments in recent Baltimore history on Sunday, Aug. 18 from noon - 8 p.m. ET. ESPN Classic has it all, from the Ravens dominating defense keying a Super Bowl XXXV victory over the Giants, to Maryland's first NCAA National Championship, to Cal Ripken breaking Lou Gehrig's Iron Man record by playing in 2,131 consecutive games. Here's our complete schedule:
All times Eastern

Ray Lewis was voted MVP of Super Bowl XXXV in 2001.
Classic Baltimore
Saturday, Aug. 18
Noon - 8 p.m. ET

Noon - SportsCentury: Ray Lewis
His penchant for hard work generated a trip to the Super Bowl and a reputation as one of pro football's best linebackers. As an athlete, he's been ultra-successful. An All-American linebacker at the University of Miami, Lewis was drafted by the Ravens in the first round (No. 26 overall) in 1996 and became the NFL's leading tackler in only his second pro season. In 2000, the Ravens didn't lose Lewis, who spent 15 days in an Atlanta jail and many more wondering how his court case would play out. With the shadow of the Atlanta murders following him, he led Baltimore to Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa, where he was the MVP in a 34-7 victory over the Giants.

1 p.m. - Super Bowl XXXV Film
Baltimore Ravens vs. New York Giants

MVP Ray Lewis and the Ravens suffocating defense complete a dominating season. They force five turnovers, record four sacks, give up just 152 yards and don't allow an offensive touchdown in Baltimore's convincing 34-7 victory.

1:30 p.m. - SportsCentury: Johnny Unitas
Notre Dame thought Johnny Unitas was too small. The Pittsburgh Steelers thought he wasn't intelligent enough. The Baltimore Colts got it right. Unitas, 6 feet and a mere 145 pounds in high school, became a nowhere-to-somewhere story. Unitas led the Colts to NFL titles in 1958 and '59, helped them win Super Bowl V, was chosen to five all-league teams and was Player of the Year three times. He played in 10 Pro Bowls. He threw at least one touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games, an NFL record that began in his rookie year.

Cal Ripken
Cal Ripken is one of only two American Leaguers with 3,000 hits and 400 homers.
2:30 p.m. - Super Bowl V Film
Baltimore Colts vs. Dallas Cowboys

Rookie kicker Jim O'Brien kicks a 32-yard field goal with five seconds remaining to give Baltimore a 16-13 victory. Johnny Unitas, injured late in the first half, completed the Colts' only scoring pass on a 75-yard play to John Mackey.

3 p.m. - 2002 NCAA National Championship
Indiana vs. Maryland

Juan Dixon scored 11 of his 18 points in the opening 11 minutes and Maryland survived Indiana's three-point shooting to claim the Terps first national title, 64-52.

5 p.m. - California Angels at Baltimore Orioles (Sept. 6, 1995)
Cal Ripken breaks Lou Gehrig's Iron Man record by playing in his 2,131st consecutive game as the Orioles beat the Angels, 4-2, in a game where the shortstop hit a home run.

7 p.m. - SportsCentury: Cal Ripken, Jr.
When Cal Ripken Jr. played in his 2,131st consecutive game, passing Lou Gehrig, he snapped what many baseball people had considered an unbreakable record. Ripken extended his streak to 2,632, and this is his lasting monument. A two-time MVP, he holds the record for most homers by a shortstop and set a standard of excellence for shortstops in 1990 by committing only three errors. Retiring after the 2001 season with 3,184 hits and 431 homers, he is one of only two American Leaguers -- Carl Yastrzemski is the other -- to have more than 3,000 hits and 400 homers.





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