We debut our #WNSTSweet16 list with the Greatest Local Sports debuts

January 07, 2014 | Glenn Clark

3. First game in Baltimore Ravens history (September 1, 1996)

It would be very difficult to make this list without including that remarkable late summer day at Memorial Stadium. Many Baltimoreans were resigned to the idea that there would never be another NFL game in Charm City, but after more than a decade after the departure of the Colts-the arrival of the Ravens was a triumphant success. Perhaps fittingly, the game included a TD run from a quarterback (Vinny Testaverde’s score was the first in franchise history) en route to a 19-14 win over the Oakland Raiders. The game was also the first for future Hall of Famers Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis, with Lewis claiming his first career interception.

(Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Sun)

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Doug in Ellicott City Says:

    Fun list…interesting insight. Greatest debut in Baltimore history has to be Frank Robinson in 1966. Joe Altobelli didn’t do so bad, either. Two other Orioles debut seasons that come to mind are Mighty Mike Young (’84 & ’85?) and Jim Traber in the summer of ’86.

  2. unitastoberry Says:

    I was at many of those events and I was lucky to be born here in 1958 and grow up with the Orioles and Colts in their prime. I have to totally agree with Frank being number one.
    I was a Jr Oriole in 66 attending many games with my late father. Frank turned this town on its ear and provided baseball with a season for the ages. His 6 years here was the Oriole way!

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