This Week In Baltimore Football History: July 16-22
R. LEWIS, OGDEN SIGN; PARKER PASSES AWAY
By Joe Platania
1960 -- Colts kicker Bert Rechichar, whose 56-yard field goal early during his career was an NFL-record long at the time, was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 1961 fifth-round draft pick.
1963 -- Ravens western area scout Lonnie Young was born in Flint, Mich.
1973 -- Colts defensive lineman Charles "Bubba" Smith, a 1967 first-round draft pick who played in two Super Bowls with the team, was traded to the Oakland Raiders for tight end Raymond Chester.
1975 -- A Colts trade that would have sent a third-round pick to the Houston Oilers for linebacker Al Cowlings -- who later became part of the O.J. Simpson double-murder case -- was voided.
1976 -- Ravens national scout Joe Douglas was born in Richmond, Va.
1976 -- Ravens assistant offensive line coach Todd Washington was born in Nassawadox, Va.
1978 -- The Colts traded tight end Raymond Chester back to Oakland along with a second-round pick. In return, Baltimore got a third-rounder as well as veteran wideout Mike Siani.
1988 -- Ravens backup guard/tackle Jah Reid was born in Haines City, Fla.
1996 -- Three members of the Ravens' first draft class signed their rookie contracts on the same day: UCLA tackle Jonathan Ogden, Miami (Fla.) linebacker Ray Lewis and Maryland receiver/returner Jermaine Lewis.
1998 -- The Ravens signed two of their most notable draft picks to contracts: fifth-rounder Ryan Sutter, an ex-Colorado safety who later became the first "Bachelor" on the long-running ABC-TV reality series, and "Mr. Irrelevant," Weber State tight end Cam Quayle, the last pick in that year's draft.
1999 -- To provide competition for punter Kyle Richardson, the Ravens signed Paul McCord, who played his college football at Western Maryland College, site of the team's training camp.
2005 -- Colts Hall of Famer Jim Parker, who played in eight straight Pro Bowls and was the first pure left tackle to be enshrined in Canton, died at the age of 71.
2006 -- Sixth-round draft pick and former Nebraska punter Sam Koch signed his first-ever Ravens contract, a three-year deal.
2007 -- The Ravens waived undrafted free-agent tight end Rob Abiamiri, who played his high school football at Mount Saint Joseph's.
2008 -- Eight members of the Ravens' 10-man draft class signed their rookie contracts on the same day, including the top two picks, Delaware quarterback Joe Flacco and Rutgers running back Ray Rice, the only two still remaining with the team.
2010 -- Former Ravens fullback Kenyon Cotton died of surgical complications at the age of 36. He played for the team during the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
Posted July 15, 2012