• Now-and-then photos: Liberty Street and Park Avenue

    Now-and-then photos: Liberty Street and Park Avenue

    19372018Then Traffic flows through the intersection of Liberty Street (left) and Park Avenue looking south from Fayette Street in 1937.The Baltimore SunNow Liberty Street (left) and Park Avenue are seen looking south from Fayette Street. Park Avenue now ends at Baltimore Street.Jerry Jackson/Baltimore...

  • Rodricks: Baltimore's arabbers are struggling to keep the tradition alive. Here's how the city can help.

    Rodricks: Baltimore's arabbers are struggling to keep the tradition alive. Here's how the city can help.

    There are bigger and more pressing issues than the one to which I turn again today — the preservation of the arabbers of Baltimore — but few that so well symbolize both the city’s potential for excellence and its tendency to mess things up. It would not take much for City Hall to ensure that the...

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Put your best guess in the “comments” field. Here’s today’s trivia: QUESTION: When was the last time Maryland voted for a third-party candidate...

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  • 50 years ago: The Sun's coverage of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination and the Baltimore riots

    50 years ago: The Sun's coverage of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination and the Baltimore riots

    The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. had profound effects on the country, with some 125 cities erupting in civil unrest. In Baltimore, the killing of the civil rights leader in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968, lead to unrest, protests and ultimately looting, fires and rioting that tore...

  • As Towson turns 250, new book by historian John McGrain fondly recalls a simpler Towson of old

    As Towson turns 250, new book by historian John McGrain fondly recalls a simpler Towson of old

    John W. McGrain Jr., the prolific local historian and photographer, celebrates Towson’s 250th birthday and transition from a one-house village to a modern bustling county seat in his recently published book “250 Candles for Towson: Documents and Memoirs.” McGrain, who is in his late 80s, was the...

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Put your best guess in the “comments” field. Here’s today’s trivia: QUESTION: Who pitched the first no-hitter for the Baltimore Orioles?

  • Twenty-five years ago, Memorial Stadium enjoyed the start of one last fling with professional baseball — with the Bowie Baysox

    Twenty-five years ago, Memorial Stadium enjoyed the start of one last fling with professional baseball — with the Bowie Baysox

    Abandoned by the Orioles two years earlier, Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium enjoyed the start of a one-year reprieve from baseball obscurity on April 16, 1993, with the minor-league Bowie Baysox opening their inaugural season on 33rd Street. “Welcome Back Old Friend,” read a hand-lettered sign held...

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Put your best guess in the “comments” field. Here’s today’s trivia: QUESTION: Radio station WCBM first broadcast in 1924. What do the call letters...

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  • Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Put your best guess in the “comments” field. Here’s today’s trivia: QUESTION: Which Staten Island ferryboats were built by ancestors or branches...

  • When Mount St. Mary's found the pot o' gold

    When Mount St. Mary's found the pot o' gold

    On March 17, 1962, the Mount St. Mary's University Mountaineers basketball team captured the NCAA college division tournament, 58-57, in overtime over Sacramento State, in a white-knuckled finish.

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Put your best guess in the “comments” field. Here’s today’s trivia: QUESTION: For what film did Barry Levinson get his first Oscar nomination?...

  • Fighter Joe Gans took his swings and became boxing's first African-American champion

    Fighter Joe Gans took his swings and became boxing's first African-American champion

    Joe Gans earned the respect of boxing historians who called him the greatest lightweight boxer of all time. Born in Baltimore and known as the Old Master, he fought from 1891 to 1909. He held the title of World Lightweight Champion from 1902 to 1904 and 1906 to 1908. As a young man, Gans worked...

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Put your best guess in the “comments” field. Here’s today’s trivia: QUESTION: Who was the Lord Baltimore who wrote “suitably scandalous amorous...

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