Gil Sandler's Baltimore Stories

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When in the fall of 1975, the Orioles were in a nail-biting playoff race with the Boston Red Sox, radio station's disc-jockey, in a madcap scheme that would make Baltimore history, persuaded National Beer to send him to Kenya in Africa - there to  persuade a witch doctor to put a hex on the Sox and insure an Oriole victory.

Mechanic Life and Death

Jun 26, 2015

On the night of Saturday, January 16, 1967 the area under the marquee of the of the Mechanic Theater at Baltimore and Hanover streets in downtown Baltimore was all klieg lights an celebrities.

Painters Mill Theater

Jun 15, 2015

When the word was out that the state was going to build a ribbon of concrete around the city, neighborhood associations in the path of it swore they would lie down in front of the bulldozers before they would allow the road to come through their beautiful neighborhoods. But the beltway was indeed completed and so the state highway gang decided to take a survey of the same residents who decided to lie down in front of the bulldozers. The results of the survey were surprising.

In 1962, the Baltimore City Department of Recreation decided to join the Hula Hoop craze and held a contest for youth in City Hall Plaza. For reasons of publicity, the Department allowed City Comptroller Hyman Pressman to enter the contest. Mr. Pressman insisted he could beat the kids and win - though he confessed that he could not do the big trick called,  “wrap the mummy.” He lost because he couldn’t wrap the mummy.