The number 22: Significant in B’more and beyond

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Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, who was born in Towson and just sold his Fell’s Point condominium last week, won 22 medals in the Olympic Games, making him the most decorated Olympian in history.

On Tuesday, May 22, of this year, the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Boston Red Sox, 4-1. It was a banner game for pitcher Brian Matusz, who allowed one run and two hits. Wilson Betemit and Steve Tolleson each hit a two-run homer for the O’s.

On Sunday, January 22, of this year, the Baltimore Ravens narrowly missed a trip to the Superbowl when they lost 23-20 to the New England Patriots. With 11 seconds remaining, kicker Billy Cundiff missed the game-tying field goal.

Episode 22 of NCIS, season 8, is entitled “Baltimore.” NCIS, which stands for Naval Criminal Investigative Service, is a popular CBS series about a group of agents who investigate crimes for the Navy. In “Baltimore,” agent Anthony DiNozzo, played by actor Michael Weatherly, investigates the death of his former partner from his days in the Baltimore Police Department.

Twenty-two was the jersey number for two Baltimore sports icons. Hall-of-Fame pitcher Jim Palmer was number 22 for the Orioles, and running back Buddy Young was number 22 for the Baltimore Colts. Both Palmer’s and Young’s jerseys have been retired.

The first successful use of insulin to cure diabetes occurred in 1922.

The grizzly bear became extinct in California in 1922.

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