Sunday, 28 December 2008

November 15, 2008

Born on this date
Happy birthday, Ken Powless!

50 years ago
1958

Football

The first-place Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeated the Edmonton Eskimos 30-7 at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton to take the first game of the best-of-three Western Interprovincial Football Union finals. John Varone rushed for two touchdowns, Leo Lewis rushed 76 yards for another, and Blue Bomber quarterback Jim Van Pelt threw a touchdown pass to Ernie Pitts. Jackie Parker scored the Eskimos' touchdown, converted by Joe Mobra.

40 years ago
1968

Boxing

At Madison Square Garden in New York, Ismael Laguna won a 10-round decision over Romano Blanco in a lightweight bout, while former world welterweighht champion Luis Rodriguez won a 10-round decision over Joe Shaw.

30 years ago
1978

Hockey

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres played to a 2-2 tie at War Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo.

November 14, 2008

60 years ago
1948

On the radio

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring John Stanley and George Spelvin (Wendell Holmes), on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Ancient Queen

November 13, 2008

25 years ago
1983

Football

CFL
Semi-Finals
Hamilton 33 @ Ottawa 31
Edmonton 22 @ Winnipeg 49

The Canadian Football League semi-finals were played. At Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats came back from an early 15-2 deficit to defeat the Ottawa Rough Riders 33-31. Dave Newman dropped a pass from quarterback J.C. Watts right in his hands in the end zone in the game's final seconds that almost certainly would have won the game for the Rough Riders. The Tiger-Cats began their comeback when linebacker Ed Gataveckas scored his only CFL touchdown with the recovery of a blocked punt. Among the careers ending with this game were those of Ottawa kicker Gerry Organ (after 12 years), and CFRA's Ernie Calcutt, who called the play-by-play for the last time as voice of the Rough Riders. As of 2008, this remains the most recent CFL playoff game played in Ottawa.

At Winnipeg Stadium, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers scored three touchdowns in quick succession late in the second quarter on the way to a 49-22 win over the Edmonton Eskimos in the Western semi-final, ending the Eskimos' record string of five straight Grey Cups. 17 of the 34 Eskimos who dressed for this game never played another meaningful game for the team. Among those whose Eskimo careers ended with this game were Warren Moon; Dave Fennell; Larry Highbaugh; Tom Scott; Ed Jones; James Parker; David Boone; Dale Potter; and Angelo Santucci. Winnipeg quarterback Tom Clements made great use of the hitch screen pass, especially to James Murphy. James Sykes contributed to the win with an effective rushing game, and Donovan Rose added two interceptions. The Eskimo touchdowns came on a 1-yard rush by Scott Stauch, a 75-yard bomb from Mr. Moon to Brian Kelly, and a 60-yard fumble return by Joe Hollimon, who scored in the fourth quarter after holder Bob Cameron fumbled a snap on a Blue Bomber field goal attempt.

November 12, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Boxing

It was a busy night in the heavyweight division. In London, English favourite Billy Walker knocked out Thad Spencer in 6 rounds. Mr. Spencer had been a leading title contender at the beginning of the year, but a dissolute lifestyle was bringing about a swift decline in his boxing career. Former world champion Sonny Liston knocked out Roger Rischer in 3 rounds in Pittsburgh, while Canadian champion George Chuvalo knocked out Dante Cane in the 7th round at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.

30 years ago
1978

Football

The Calgary Stampeders, playing their first playoff game in seven years, whipped the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 38-4 before a sellout crowd at McMahon Stadium in Calgary on a very cold Sunday afternoon. The Blue Bombers were beaten before they ever took the field: Starting quarterback Dieter Brock was out with a season-ending knee injury, backup Terry Luck had a bruised shoulder and was limited to holding on placekicks, and Harry Knight, who hadn't thrown a pass in four months, was playing with a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

Willie Burden and Tom Forzani each scored two touchdowns, and James Sykes added another on a 67-yard rush. John Hufnagel directed an effective Stampeder offense, and backup Craig Juntunen threw his first CFL touchdown pass late in the game (Mr. Forzani's second score). Mr. Knight turned in a courageous but ineffective performance, completing 13 of 31 passes for just 96 yards, with 3 interceptions. He never played again.

November 11, 2008

90 years ago
1918

War

The armistice between the Allies and the Central Powers took effect at 11 A.M.

40 years ago
1968

On television tonight

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Peter Cushing and Nigel Stock, on BBC 1
Tonight's episode: The Musgrave Ritual

30 years ago
1978

Football

The Montreal Alouettes cruised to an easy 35-20 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the CFL Eastern Conference semi-final at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. The game was more lopsided than the score indicated; the first Hamilton touchdown came on a 102-yard fumble return by rookie linebacker Ben Zambiasi. Hamilton backup quarterback Roy Henry mopped up with a couple of touchdown drives, and threw his only CFL touchdown pass to Leif Pettersen in the last minute. For Mr. Pettersen, it was his only touchdown of the season.

November 10, 2008

100 years ago
1908

Religion

The Gideons International, an organization founded by Christian laymen in 1899, placed their first Bible in a room at the Superior Hotel in Iron Mountain, Montana.

40 years ago
1968

Football

The Calgary Stampeders defeated the Edmonton Eskimos 29-13 at McMahon Stadium in Calgary in the Canadian Football League's Western Football Conference semi-final. The only Eskimo touchdown came on a 63-yard bomb from Frank Cosentino to Randy Kerbow. For Mr. Kerbow, the game was the last of a five-year professional career, the last four of which were spent with Edmonton. Mr. Cosentino, who was working on his Master's thesis in history at the University of Alberta, was traded to the Toronto Argonauts in the off-season. His thesis was published in 1969 as a book titled Canadian Football: The Grey Cup Years. For the Eskimos, it was the third straight season in which they'd lost the semi-final.

November 9, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Football

The Toronto Argonauts ended the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' reign as Grey Cup champions with a 33-21 win in the Eastern Football Conference semi-final at CNE Stadium in Toronto. The big play was a 100-yard touchdown run by Argonauts' running back Bill Symons, which still stands as a Canadian Football league record for the longest rushing play in playoff history.

November 8, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Space

The United States launched Pioneer II on a mission to study fields and particles and micrometeoroids. The satellite reached an altitude of 1,550 km (983 miles), but the third stage failed to ignite, and Pioneer II came back down the same day.

30 years ago
1978

Hockey

The Chicago Black Hawks edged the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1, while in the regular Wednesday night telecast, the Vancouver canucks defeated the Detroit Red Wings 6-4.

November 7, 2008

60 years ago
1948

On the radio

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring John Stanley and George Spelvin (Wendell Holmes), on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Logic of Murder

40 years ago
1968

Hockey

Red Berenson tied a modern NHL record with 6 goals as the St. Louis Blues whipped the Philadelphia Flyers 8-0 at The Spectrum in Philadelphia. Mr. Berenson joined Syd Howe, who accomplished the feat with the Detroit Red Wings in 1944, as the only players to have scored 6 goals in a game since the introduction of the red line in 1943-44. Four of Mr. Berneson's goals came in the second period, tying a record shared by Harvey "Busher" Jackson (1934), Max Bentley (1943), and Clint Smith (1945).

Saturday, 27 December 2008

November 6, 2008

90 years ago
1918


Died on this date
Alan McLeod, 19
. Canadian military officer. Lieutenant McLeod, a native of Stonewall, Manitoba and a resident of Winnipeg, joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1917. He received the Victoria Cross for rescuing his observer, Lt. Arthur Hammond, when their plane was shot down on March 27, 1918. Lt. McLeod was wounded three times in that incident and suffered other injuries; he was sent home to Winnipeg, but arrived as the influenza epidemic was spreading, and he caught it and was dead within a week of coming home.

25 years ago
1983

Football

CFL

The third and final playoff spots in both the CFL's Eastern and Western divisions were decided on the final day of the regular season. At Olympic Stadium in Montreal, 45,000 fans went home disappointed when Bernie Ruoff's last-minute field goal lifted the Hamilton Tiger-Cats into a 21-21 tie with the Montreal Concordes. The tie left both teams with 5-10-1 records, but the Tiger-Cats, who had defeated the Concordes 35-30 in Hamilton on September 5, took the playoff spot because of their superior record in games between the teams. Former Winnipeg Blue Bomber James Reed played his first game as middle linebacker for the Concordes, while former Edmonton Eskimo and British Columbia Lion Pete Lavorato played his first game as a defensive back with Montreal.

At McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Mike Washington's last-minute touchdown gave the Saskatchewan Roughriders a 27-23 win over the hometown Stampeders, eliminating the Stampeders from playoff contention in favour of their provincial rivals, the Edmonton Eskimos, who had finished their season the week before. The Stampeders and Eskimos both finished with records of 8-8-0, and each team beat the other by 3 points in the 2 games between the teams. The Eskimos were given the Western Division's third and last playoff spot because of a better record against the other teams in the division. The Stampeders made about every mistake possible in a game they should have won easily. A completed pass to a Stampeder receiver at the Saskatchewan 3-yard line was called back on a holding penalty, and quarterback Bernard Quarles then threw an interception. Late in the game, former Eskimo centre Ted Milian made a bad snap to punter Mike McTague, leading to the winning score. Eskimo centre Tom Krebs, who had been acquired early in the season from the Stampeders, had stated several days earlier "If any team can blow it, Calgary can," and was vindicated. Calgary receiver Tom Forzani turned in a splendid performance in what turned out to be the final game of an 11-year career, and the game marked the end of the line for Jack Gotta as both head coach and general manager of the Stampeders. For Mike Washington, his game-winning score was his only rushing touchdown of the season. The win was the second straight for the Roughriders, whose 5-11-0 record was the league's worst.

November 5, 2008

30 years ago
1978

Football

At Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, the hometown Tiger-Cats defeated the Toronto Argonauts 23-16 to edge out the Argonauts for the third and last playoff spot in the CFL's Eastern Conference. Argonaut quarterback Alvin (Seth) White completed a pass to Ken Clark for 80 yards to the Tiger-Cats' 5-yard line in the last minute to give Toronto a chance, but they failed to score on three tries. A touchdown and 2-point convert would have put the Argonauts ahead by one point, who needed a win to finish third. The win improved the Tiger-Cats to 5-10-1, while the Argonauts, who lost 11 of their last 12 games, finished 4-12-0. It was the last game for Bud Riley as head coach of the Argonauts, who lost 6 of 7 after he replaced Leo Cahill.

At McMahon Stadium in Calgary, the Stampeders defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 22-14 to finish second in the Western Conference. The game was costly for both teams; the Stampeders lost starting quarterback Ken Johnson with torn knee ligaments in the second quarter, and the Blue Bombers lost their starting quarterback, Dieter Brock, with a season-ending knee injury in the fourth quarter. Mr. Brock's replacement, Terry Luck, suffered a badly bruised shoulder when he was hit on the second-last play of the game. The Stampeders, who posted their third win against the Blue Bombers in as many games in 1978, finished with a record of 9-4-3, winning their last five games. The Blue Bombers finished third in the Western Conference at 9-7-0. Against the first-place Edmonton Eskimos and second-place Stampeders, their record was 0-6-0.

25 years ago
1983

Football

Terry Greer caught 13 passes for 133 yards and became the first CFL player to amass 2,000 receiving yards as the Toronto Argonauts defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 33-9 at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto. Mr. Greer finished the season with 113 receptions for 2,003 yards. For the Blue Bombers, former Calgary Stampeder James Sykes rushed 12 times for 62 yards in his first game as a Blue Bomber. Mr. Sykes had been signed as a replacement for Willard Reaves, who had suffered a season-ending knee injury on Oct. 23. Another former Stampeder, Darrell Smith, caught 1 pass for 7 yards in his Blue Bomber debut. The win enabled the Argonauts to finish the season with a record of 12-4-0, best in the CFL. Winnipeg finished 9-7-0, second in the Western Division.

November 4, 2008

90 years ago
1918


Died on this date
Ralph Worrell, 21
. U.S. baseball pitcher. Mr. Worrell, a lefthander, was the ace of the staff with the Baltimore Orioles of the International League. 1918 was his first year with the Orioles, and he led the IL in games (40); starts (37); complete games (30); wins (25); innings pitched (321); and hits allowed (112). He won 25 games and lost 10, with an earned run average of 2.24 as the Orioles finished third in the IL withh a record of 74-53. Mr. Worrell enlisted in the United States Army after the baseball season ended, and he was stationed in a truck training facility on the University of Virginia campus when he fell victim to the influenza epidemic.

40 years ago
1968

On television tonight

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Peter Cushing and Nigel Stock, on BBC 1
Tonight's episode: Thor Bridge

30 years ago
1978

Football

The Montreal Alouettes defeated the Ottawa Rough Riders 26-8 at Olympic Stadium in Montreal to finish the season with a record of 8-7-1, second in the CFL's Eastern Conference to the Rough Riders, who finished 11-5-0.

At Empire Stadium in Vancouver, Canadian rookie running back Don Taylor, who had carried just once for 1 yard in his previous 8 games, carried 14 times for 136 yards and 2 touchdowns (including a 70-yard run) as the British Columbia Lions beat the Edmonton Eskimos 33-11. It was the fourth straight win for the Lions, who finished 7-7-2, but in fourth place and out of the playoffs in the Western Conference. Mr. Taylor replaced starter Larry Key, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in the second quarter. Bruce Lemmerman, who hadn't played since the second pre-season game because of a shoulder separation, played the full game at quarterback for the Eskimos, completing 23 of 38 passes for 294 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Pat McNeil, playing his second (and last) CFL game, carried 13 times for 49 yards for the Eskimos, but fumbled 3 times, losing 2. Joe Jackson played at defensive end for the Eskimos in what turned out to be his only CFL game. The loss was the second straight and third in the last four games for the Eskimos, who still finished first in the West with a record of 10-4-2.

November 3, 2008

The Canadian Football League regular season ended with two games. At CNE Stadium in Toronto, the Ottawa Rough Riders defeated the Toronto Argonauts 31-9 to edge the Argonauts for first place in the Eastern Football Conference. The Argonauts' only touchdown came on a 99-yard fumble return by Allen Ray Aldridge, the second-longest fumble return in CFL history to that date. The Rough Riders finished with a record of 9-3-2, while the Argonauts finished 9-5-0.

At Winnipeg Stadium, the hometown Blue Bombers ended a dismal season on a winning note with a 28-24 win over the Calgary Stampeders. Ken Nielsen of the Blue Bombers finished the season with 1,031 yards receiving, second to he 1,306 of Stampeders' tight end Herman Harrison. Stampeders' flanker Terry Evanshen went over the magic mark with his last catch of the season, ending up with 1,002 yards. The Stampeders came within 41 yards of becoming the first CFL team to have three 1,000-yard receivers in one season as Bob McCarthy finished with 959 yards. Former Minnesota Vikings' backup Ron Vander Kelen played much of the game at quarterback for the Stampeders, who finished with a 10-6-0 record, second in the Western Football Conference behind the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The Blue Bombers, who ended a 6-game losing streak, finished 3-13-0, worst in the CFL.

November 2, 2008

60 years ago
1948

Politics and government

In one of the greatest upsets in U.S. electoral history, President Harry Truman, Democrat, was elected over Republican nominee Thomas Dewey, although polls had consistently showed Mr. Dewey with a sizable lead.

Popular Vote / Electoral Vote

Harry Truman (Democrat) 24,105,695 (49.5%) / 304
Thomas Dewey (Republican) 21,969,170 (45.1%) / 189
Strom Thurmond (State-
Rights Democrat) 1,169,021 (2.4%) / 38
Henry Wallace (Progressive) 1,156,103 (2.4%) / 0

40 years ago
1968

Football

CFL
The Montreal Alouettes finished the season with two straight ties as they played to a 21-21 final score with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Autostade in Montreal. The Alouettes finished fourth and last in the CFL's Eastern Conference with a record of 3-9-2. For the defending Grey Cup champion Tiger-Cats, the tie left them 6-7-1, their first losing record since 1960. The Tiger-Cats finished tird in the EFC, well behind the Ottawa Rough Riders and Toronto Argonauts.

At Empire Stadium in Vancouver, George Reed rushed for 5 yards on the final play of the game to win the Eddie James Memorial Trophy as the Western Conference's rushing leader as his Saskatchewan Roughriders defeated the British Columbia Lions 12-6. Mr. Reed finished with 1,222 yards on the season, 2 yards ahead of rookie Jim Evenson of the Lions. It was the fifth straight win for the Roughriders, who finished first in the WFC with a record of 12-3-1. It was the second straight loss for the Lions, who finished fourth in the Western Conference and out of the playoffs at 4-11-1.

25 years ago
1983

Football

This blogger was among those who attended the Edmonton Eskimos' Fan Fun Section party at the Kinsmen Field House. It was the only time in the two-year history of these parties that section L was so honoured. The atmosphere at the party was a little awkward, as the Eskimos had ended their regular season with a loss four days earlier, leaving them with a chance of making the playoffs only if the Calgary Stampeders were to lose at home to the Saskatchewan Roughriders the following Sunday. This turned out to be the last Fan Fun Section party the Eskimos ever held.

November 1, 2008

60 years ago
1948

Born on this date

Happy birthday, Will Morrow and Maurice Pratt!

25 years ago
1983

Personal

This blogger had one of his rare dates, and the only one he ever had with Lyn Dickson. We went to see Rope at the Towne Cinema, and then spent some time at a nearby cafe. It was an anjoyable evening, even though Miss Dickson changed from a nice dress into pants before we left her place. Rope was one of the five Alfred Hitchcock movies that had been out of circulation for many years that were re-released to theatres in the fall of 1983. The others were Rear Window; The Trouble With Harry; the 1956 version of The Man Who Knew Too Much; and Vertigo.

October 31, 2008

60 years ago
1948

On the radio

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring John Stanley and George Spelvin (Wendell Holmes), on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Uddington Witch

October 30, 2008

70 years ago
1938

On the radio

Mercury Theater on the Air, starring Orson Welles, on CBS
Tonight's Episode: The War of the Worlds

The most famous broadcast of a dramatic radio broadcast in history convinced many Americans that the U.S.A. had been invaded by Martians. One of the contributing factors to the panic was the fact that many people had been listening to Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy on NBC, but switched channels during a boring musical number, coming in on the Mercury Theater partway through. Edgar Bergen's show drew much higher ratings than the Mercury Theater on the Air, and the panic over the October 30 broadcast prompted U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt to remark that it showed that all the intelligent people in the country listened to Charlie McCarthy.

25 years ago
1983

Football

At Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, Danny Barrett made his first CFL start at quarterback as his Calgary Stampeders defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 35-12. The game meant nothing to the Stampeders, who needed a win or tie the following week against the Saskatchewan Roughriders to take the final playoff spot in the West Division. The Tiger-Cats dropped to 5-10, tied with the Montreal Concordes for the final playoff spot in the East Division.

At Taylor Field in Regina, the Saskatchewan Roughriders defeated the British Columbia Lions 11-5. The Roughriders improved their record to 4-11, while the Lions, who had already clinched first place in the West, dropped to 10-5. Rookie Tim Cowan saw considerable action at quarterback for the Lions, but without success.

October 29, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Boxing

Stanley Hayward won a 10-round decision over Emile Griffith in a middleweight bout in Philadelphia.

30 years ago
1978

Football

The Calgary Stampeders defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 28-24 at Winnipeg Stadium to clinch a CFL playoff spot for the first time in seven years. For the Stampeders, who improved their record to 8-4-3, it was their fourth straight win, and their third in as many games that season against Winnipeg. The loss dropped the Blue Bombers to 9-6-0.

At Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Ron Lancaster came off the bench to direct two late touchdown drives as the Saskatchewan Roughriders came from behind to defeat the Edmonton Eskimos 36-26. Mr. Lancaster, playing the final game of a 19-season Hall of Fame career, relieved rookie Larry Dick in the fourth quarter, and threw his 333rd and final career touchdown pass to Joey Walters. The Roughriders got the ball back a few minutes later, and Mr. Lancaster threw his final pass, a completion to Brian O'Hara, to set up Mr. Lancaster's own touchdown on a quarterback sneak. It was the Roughriders' final game that season, and they finished with a record of 4-11-1. For winning coach Walt Posadowski, it turned out to be his last game as a head coach in the CFL. For Mr. Lancaster, it was his only appearance at Commonwealth Stadium as a player. The Eskimos used Pat McNeil as one of their running backs, and he carried 8 times for 31 yards in his first CFL game. The loss dropped the Eskimos, who had already clinched first place in the Western Conference, to 10-3-2.

The Eskimos honoured Jackie Parker at halftime for his achievement of being named the greatest player in the 25-year history of the Schenley Awards.

25 years ago
1983

Football

Quarterback Joe Barnes scored a late touchdown to give the Toronto Argonauts a 22-15 win over the Edmonton Eskimos before more than 53,000 fans at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, dealing a near-fatal blow the Eskimos' playoff hopes. Dave Cutler, in his 15th season as Eskimos' kicker, missed 5 of 6 field goal attempts in the worst game of his career. Warren Moon, in his final Commonwealth Stadium appearance as a player, threw to Tom Scott for the only Eskimo touchdown. The game marked the return to Edmonton of Hank Ilesic, playing his first game at Commonwealth Stadium since being sold to the Argonauts after the 1982 season, and he was booed throughout.

The Eskimos, who had a bye in the last week of the season, dropped to 8-8, needing a loss by the Calgary Stampeders the following week to put them into the playoffs. The Argonauts, with the CFL's best record, improved to 11-4 with the win. Larry Cowan, in his second CFL game, led the Eskimos with 98 yards rushing on 10 carries. At halftime the Eskimos added Jackie Parker, Johnny Bright, Normie Kwong, and Rollie Miles to the Wall of Honour.

At Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, the Montreal Concordes kept their Eastern Conference playoff hopes alive with a 25-20 win over the Ottawa Rough Riders. The Concordes improved to 5-10, tied with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for the last playoff spot in the East. The Rough Riders, who had already clinched second, dropped to 8-7.

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October 24, 2008

60 years ago
1948

On the radio

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring John Stanley and George Spelvin (Wendell Holmes), on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Fabulous Windmill

October 23, 2008

20 years ago
1988

Football

At Commmonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, the British Columbia Lions defeated the Edmonton Eskimos 35-15. The Lions were cruising with a 21-1 lead in the second half before the Eskimos struck back with two quick touchdowns (including one from Henry "Gizmo" Williams on a 75-yard punt return) to cut the deficit to 21-15. However, former Eskimo quarterback Matt Dunigan produced two more touchdowns to put the Eskimos away.

The Eskimos added Tommy-Joe Coffey and John LaGrone to the Wall of Honour. This blogger got to meet the honourees that day, and it was a privilege to meet both men.

For CJCA's Bryan Hall, it was his 500th game as a play-by-play broadcaster. Another notable feature of the game was that the Lions brought their cheerleaders to the game with them, making for some enjoyable viewing.

October 22, 2008

40 years ago
1968


On the radio
Stories of Crime and Detection on BBC Radio 4
Tonight's episode: The Blue Carbuncle, read by Norman Shelley

October 21, 2008

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October 17, 2008

60 years ago
1948

On the radio

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring John Stanley and George Spelvin (Wendell Holmes), on MBS
Tonight's episode: Black Peter

October 16, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hockey

Jim Dorey made his first National Hockey League game a memorable one. The Toronto Maple Leafs' defenseman set NHL records for penalties and penalty minutes for both a single game and a period in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Maple Leaf Gardens. After picking up 4 minutes in penalties on 2 minors in the first period, Mr. Dorey amassed 44 penalty minutes in the second period, on 7 penties: 2 minors, 2 majors, 2 10-minute misconducts, and a game misconduct. His NHL records have since been erased, but they still stand as team records.

20 years ago
1988

Football

With Damon Allen at quarterback, the Edmonton Eskimos overcame a 28-17 fourth quarter deficit to defeat the Calgary Stampeders 32-29 at McMahon Stadium in Calgary.

October 15, 2008

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October 13, 2008

75 years ago
1933

World events

What was supposed to be a peaceful procession in Jerusalem in protest against Jewish settlement deteriorated into a riot. This was the first of several such incidents over the coming weeks, with additional rioting taking place in Jaffa, Haifa, Nablus, and Jerusalem.

October 12, 2008

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October 10, 2008

60 years ago
1948

On the radio

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring John Stanley and George Spelvin (Wendell Holmes), on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Guy Fawkes Society

This was the first episode to feature Wendell Holmes as Dr. Watson. It was thought that the use of an actor named Holmes playing Dr. Watson would cause confusion, so Wendell Holmes acted on this series under the name George Spelvin, which is a common alias in British theatre.

October 9, 2008

30 years ago
1978

Football

In Thanksgiving Day action, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats kept their playoff hopes alive with a 25-5 win over the Ottawa Rough Riders at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton. The British Columbia Lions kept their hopes alive with a 15-3 win over the Edmonton Eskimos, handing the Eskimos their first loss at Commonwealth Stadium. The game marked the last time the Eskimos would be held without a touchdown until August 7, 1986.

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October 4, 2008

40 years ago
1968


Hit parade
#1 single in South Africa (Springbok Radio): For Your Precious Love--The Flames

Originally a hit in North America for Jerry Butler and the Impressions 10 years earlier, For Your Precious Love was a hit in South Africa for two artists in 1968. Oscar Toney, Jr.'s version peaked at #3 on August 30. The Flames--Blondie Chaplin, Steve Fataar, Brother Fataar, and Ricky Fataar, were the first non-white South African rock group to achieve widespread success.

At the movies
Firecreek, a western starring James Stewart and Henry Fonda, opened its two-night run at the Capitol Theatre in Yellowknife. This blogger went with his best friend, Garland Grayston, and babysitter Betty-Jo Morris.

October 3, 2008

60 years ago
1948

On the radio

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring John Stanley and Ian Martin, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Frightened Bookkeeper

October 2, 2008

50 years ago
1958

On television tonight

The first episode of an anthology series called The Unforeseen was broadcast on CBC.

30 years ago
1978

Baseball

Bucky Dent's three-run home run was the big blow as the New York Yankees held on to defeat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 in a sudden-death playoff game at Fenway Park in Boston to win the American League East Division pennant. The Red Sox, who at one point in the season led the Yankees by 14 games, had collapsed, but rebounded to win their last eight games to force the playoff. Yankees' starting pitcher Ron Guidry was credited with the win, improving his record to 25-3. The Yankees finished the season with a record of 100 wins and 63 losses; the Red Sox finished 99-64.

25 years ago
1983

Football

The Edmonton Eskimos improved their record to 7-5 and kept their playoff hopes alive with a 31-28 come-from-behind victory over the Calgary Stampeders at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. The Stampeders jumped out to an early 14-1 lead before the Eskimos began their comeback. The game marked the first CFL regular season game for Danny Barrett, who dressed as the third-string quarterback for the Stampeders.

20 years ago
1988

Football

The Edmonton Eskimos improved their record to 9-3 with a 40-12 win over the Ottawa Rough Riders on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Commonwealth Stadium.

October 1, 2008

30 years ago
1978

Football

In what was both a Grey Cup replay and a Grey Cup preview, the Edmonton Eskimos and Montreal Alouettes played at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Tom Wilkinson threw four touchdown passes to lead the Eskimos to a 42-22 win. One of those scoring passes was to Brian Fryer, his first in the CFL. Sonny Wade, playing his first game in more than two months, went the distance at quarterback for the Alouettes. The win improved the Eskimos' record to 9-1-2, while the Alouettes dropped to 6-6-0.

At Taylor Field in Regina, the Saskatchewan Roughriders scored 10 points in the last three minutes to upset the Calgary Stampeders 20-19. Bob Macoritti's last-minute field goal won the game for the Roughriders, who improved their record to 3-9-0. The Stampeders, who got a touchdown from rookie running back James Sykes on a 67-yard punt return, dropped to 4-4-3. For Roughrider quarterback Ron Lancaster, in his 19th CFL season (16th with Saskatchewan), it turned out to be his last win at home as a player.

September 31

40 years ago
1968

Oddities

A wall calendar issued by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce showed 31 days on its page for September.

September 30, 2008

40 years ago
1968

On television tonight

The Adventures of Sherlcok Holmes, starring Peter Cushing and Nigel Stock, on BBC 1
Tonight's episode: The Hound of the Baskervilles, Part I

30 years ago
1978

Football

In a game whose start was delayed for 45 minutes by a torrential downpour, the Ottawa Rough Riders cruised to a 24-3 win over the Toronto Argonauts at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto. The win improved the Rough Riders' record to 9-2-0, best in the CFL's Eastern Conference; it was the seventh straight loss for the Argonauts, who dropped to 3-8-0. For Argonauts' receiver Terry Evanshen, the game turned out to be the last of his 14-year Hall of Fame career.

At Empire Stadium in Vancouver, Dieter Brock got the better of a quarterbacking duel with Jerry Tagge as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeated the British Columbia Lions 38-27. The win was the Blue Bombers' sixth straight, improving their record to 8-4-0. More important, it was their second win over the Lions in the space of a week, as the two were competing for playoff positions in the CFL's Western Conference. The loss was the sixth straight for the Lions, who dropped to 3-7-2.

September 29, 2008

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September 28, 2008

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September 27, 2008

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September 26, 2008

60 years ago
1948

On the radio

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring John Stanley and Ian Martin, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Bruce-Partington Plans

Saturday, 8 November 2008

September 25, 2008

70 years ago
1938

On the radio

Mercury Theater on the Air, starring Orson Welles, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Immortal Sherlock Holmes

This show was based on the play Sherlock Holmes by William Gillette.

September 24, 2008

30 years ago
1978

Football

There were three Canadian Football League games played on this Sunday afternoon. At Taylor Field in Regina, the Ottawa Rough Riders improved their Eastern Football Conference-leading record to 8-2-0 with a 53-18 rout of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, who dropped to 2-9-0. Jerry Tagge completed 34 of 49 passes for 430 yards, but it weasn't enough as his British Columbia Lions fell 32-25 to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Winnipeg Stadium. It was the fifth straight win for the Blue Bombers, who improved to 7-4-0. It was the fifth straight loss for the Lions, who dropped to 3-6-2.

At Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, the Calgary Stampeders outplayed the Edmonton Eskimos, but the Eskimos rallied for 10 late points to escape with a 20-20 tie. A punt return by Joe Hollimon of over 40 yards led to a touchdown pass from Tom Wilkinson to Don Warrington. Dave Cutler converted and added the tying field goal in the last minute, a kick which the Stampeders insisted had gone wide. Earlier in the game, Mr. Cutler had kicked a 55-yard field goal, the CFL's longest in 1978. It was the second tie between the Eskimos and Stampeders that year; the Eskimos' record stood at 8-1-2, while the Stampeders were 4-3-3.

September 23, 2008

40 years ago
1968

On television tonight

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Peter Cushing and Nigel Stock, on BBC 1
Tonight's episode: The Dancing Men

30 years ago
1978

Football

At Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, the hometown Tiger-Cats improved their record to 3-7-1 with a 17-6 win over the defending Grey Cup champion Montreal Alouettes. With starting quarterback Joe Barnes and backup Gerry Dattilio both injured, the Alouettes started former Tiger-Cat backup Tom Shuman at quarterback. The loss dropped the Alouettes to 6-5-0.

September 22, 2008

Born on this date
Happy birthday, Julie!

40 years ago
1968

Football

Montreal Alouettes (3-4-0) 16 @ Toronto Argonauts (5-3-0) 37

Edmonton Eskimos (4-5-1) 13 @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2-7-0) 25

British Columbia Lions (2-6-1) 12 @ Saskatchewan Roughriders (7-2-1) 16

Saturday, 20 September 2008

September 21, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: Hey Jude--The Beatles (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A.: Harper Valley P.T.A.--Jeannie C. Riley

September 20, 2008

100 years ago
1908

Baseball

Frank Smith pitched the second no-hitter of his major league career as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 1-0 at South Side Park in Chicago. It came just two days after Dusty Rhoades of the Cleveland Naps had no-hit the Boston Red Sox. Mr. Smith pitched his first no-hitter in 1905.

50 years ago
1958

Baseball

In a nationally-televised game, Hoyt Wilhelm baffled the New York Yankees with his knuckleball, pitching a no-hitter as the Baltimore Orioles edged the Yankees 1-0. It was the first major league no-hitter to be pitched at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, and the last no-hitter pitched against the Yankees in the 20th Century. For Mr. Wilhelm, it was his first victory as an Oriole (he had recently been obtained in a trade with the Cleveland Indians), and it was just his ninth major league start. Don Larsen, the losing pitcher, gave up no runs and just one hit through six innnings, but veteran reliever Bobby Shantz gave up a home run to catcher Gus Triandos for the game's only run.

Football
In the Ontario Rugby Football Union, the Sarnia Golden Bears improved their record to 5 wins and 0 losses with a 33-14 win over the London Lords at Labatt Park in London. Chuck Stanley scored three touchdowns, and J.B. Smith added his seventh major of the season to lead the Sarnia attack. Quarterback Gino Cappelletti added four converts, a field goal, and a single. The loss dropped the Lords' record to 0-4.

The Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen improved their record to 3-2 with a 33-20 win over the Detroit Raiders at Waterloo Stadium. Dave West scored his sixth and seventh touchdowns of the season for the Dutchmen, and Bernie Custis added to the K-W total with his sixth major of the season. Tom Hunter scored his first two touchdowns of the season for the Raiders, who fell to 0-4 in their initial ORFU campaign.

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

Edmonton's top 10
1 Revolution / Hey Jude--The Beatles
2 Harper Valley P.T.A.--Jeannie C. Riley
3 I've Gotta Get a Message to You--The Bee Gees
4 People Got to Be Free--The Rascals
5 Born to Be Wild--Steppenwolf
6 1,2,3 Red Light--1910 Fruitgum Co.
7 Sunshine of Your Love--Cream
8 Tell Someone You Love Them--Dino, Desi and Billy
9 Street Fightin' Man--The Rolling Stones
10 On the Road Again--Canned Heat

September 19, 2008

60 years ago
1948

On the radio

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on MBS, starring John Stanley and Ian Martin
Tonight's episode: The Black Guardsman of Braddock Castle

Escape on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Man Who Could Work Miracles

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: When--The Kalin Twins (5th week at #1)

10 years ago
1998

Football

The Edmonton Eskimos improved their record to 7 wins and 5 losses with a 27-21 over the British Columbia Lions at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver. The difference in the game was provided by Eskimos' safety Trent Brown, who returned a fumble for a touchdown, the only score of his 8-year CFL career.

September 18, 2008

100 years ago
1908

Baseball

In Cleveland, Dusty Rhoades pitched a no-hitter as the Naps defeated the Boston Red Sox 2-1 at League Park.

40 years ago
1968

Baseball

Ray Washburn of the St. Louis Cardinals pitched a no-hitter as the Cardinals defeated the San Francisco Giants 2-0 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Gaylord Perry of the Giants had done the same to the Cardinals the night before. This remains the only time that teams have pitched no-hitters against each other in consecutive games in major league history.

25 years ago
1983

Football

At Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton, the hometown Tiger-Cats were humiliated 50-16 by provincial archrival Toronto Argonauts. The loss, which dropped the Tiger-Cats' record to 4-6, was the second in a row in which the Tiger-Cats had given up 50 points. The game turned out to be the end of the line for Hamilton head coach Bud Riley, who was fired and replaced by Al Bruno. It also marked the farewell performance for Tom Clements as Hamilton quarterback; he was traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for Dieter Brock four days later. The Argonauts, leaders of the CFL's Eastern Division, improved to 8-2.

The Edmonton Eskimos improved their record to 6 wins and 4 losses with a 46-21 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Taylor Field in Regina. The Roughriders dropped to 3-7.

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

September 17, 2008

70 years ago
1938

Football

At Mewata Stadium in Calgary, the Calgary Bronks defeated the Edmonton Eskimos 16-3, dropping the Eskimos to 0-3.

40 years ago
1968

Baseball

Gaylord Perry pitched a no-hitter to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 1-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

30 years ago
1978

Football

It was a busy, though unexciting, day in the CFL. The Montreal Alouettes improved to 6 wins and 4 losses with a 14-4 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Gerry Dattilio started at quarterback for the Alouettes, but was relieved by Tom Shuman, who had recently been cut by the Tiger-Cats. The loss dropped Hamilton to 2-7-1, one point behind the Toronto Argonauts in the turtle race for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Football Conference.

Another home team won by a 14-4 score when the Calgary Stampeders defeated the British Columbia Lions at McMahon Stadium. James Sykes rushed 2 yards for the game's only touchdown early in the fourth quarter. The Lions lost star receiver and kick returner Leon Bright early in the first quarter, when he was thrown into the Stampeders' bench by Stampeders' defensive back Terry Irvin at the end of a play. Mr. Irvin received a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness; Mr. Bright was knocked woozy and was unable to return. The win improved the Stampeders' record to 4-3-2, while the Lions fell to 3-5-2.

At Taylor Field in Regina, the Edmonton Eskimos improved to 8-1-1 with a 25-20 win over a tough Saskatchewan Roughrider team. With the Roughriders leading 11-7 with two minutes left in the second quarter, Freeman Johns lost a fumble at the Eskimo 20, which was recovered by Eskimo linebacker Dale Potter. It took rookie quarterback Warren Moon just four plays to march the Eskimos for a touchdown: Larry Washington rushed for 25 yards to the Eskimo 45; Moon completed a pass to Stu Lang for a 15-yard gain to the Roughrider 50; Moon threw long for Tom Scott, complete at the Roughrider 4 for a 46-yard gain; and Mr. Washington ran 4 yards for a touchdown. In the third quarter, Eskimo defensive back Joe Hollimon intercepted a Ron Lancaster pass and returned it 72 yards for a touchdown; it was Mr. Hollimon's 4th such touchdown of the season, a CFL record that stood for 26 years. For the Roughriders, Freeman Johns, playing his first game in the CFL, caught 12 passes for 191 yards; both totals were season highs for the league for 1978. The Roughrider wide receiver also scored a touchdown, making a spectacular catch in the end zone after Mr. Hollimon had deflected a pass from Mr. Lancaster. Another highlight for the Roughriders, who dropped to 2-8, was an 82-yard punt by Bob Macoritti against a wind that was very strong even by the usual standards of Taylor Field.

20 years ago
1988

Football

Rick Worman quarterbacked the Calgary Stampeders to a 23-17 upset victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Winnipeg Stadium.

Monday, 15 September 2008

September 16, 2008

Born on this date
Happy birthday, Cheryl Eli!

40 years ago
1968

On television tonight

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Peter Cushing and Nigel Stock, on BBC 1
Tonight's episode: A Study in Scarlet

30 years ago
1978

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Boogie Oogie Oogie--A Taste of Honey (2nd week at #1)

Football
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers held on to defeat the Toronto Argonauts 19-14 at Winnipeg Stadium. The loss was the sixth in a row for the Argonauts, who dropped to 3-7 on the season. It was the first game as head coach of the Argonauts for Bud Riley, who had replace dthe fired Leo Cahill six days earlier. Mr. Riley had been head coach of the Blue Bombers for four seasons before being fired after the 1977 season. The win improved the Blue Bombers' 1978 record to 6 wins and 4 losses.

25 years ago
1983

Football

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers improved their record to 6-4 with a 19-14 win over the Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium in Calgary. The Blue Bombers went into the game without all-star holdout quarterback Dieter Brock. Rookie Norman Gibbs started at quarterback for the Blue Bombers, and was later relieved by Nickie Hall. For Mr. Gibbs, it turned out to be the only game he ever started in his CFL career; he was the fourth different quarterback to start at least one game with the Blue Bombers in 1983 (after Mark Jackson, Mr. Hall, and Mr. Brock). The loss dropped the Stampeders to 5-4.

20 years ago
1988

Baseball

At Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Tom Browning pitched a perfect game as the Reds edged the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0. It was the first perfect game in the major leagues since Len Barker of the Cleveland Indians threw one against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 15, 1981, and the first in the National League since Jim Bunning of the Philadlephia Phillies vs. the New York Mets at Shea Stadium on June 21, 1964.

September 15, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blue (Volare)--Domenico Modigno (4th week at #1 on the Billboard Best Seller and Hot 100 charts)

30 years ago
1978

Boxing

In New Orleans, Muhammad Ali became the first man to win the world heavyweight title on three separate occasions when he won a 15-round decision over Leon Spinks, who had taken the title from him on a decision exactly seven months earlier. It turned out to be the last win of Mr. Ali's career, and Mr. Spinks never came close to regaining the belt.

September 14, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: People Got to Be Free--The Rascals (5th week at #1)
# 1 single in the U.K.: Hey Jude--The Beatles

Sunday, 14 September 2008

September 13, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Football

In Ontario Rugby Football Union action, the London Lords defeated the Detroit Raiders 27-14 at Labatt Park in London for their first win of the season after two losses. The Raiders dropped to 0-3 with the loss.

In the other ORFU game that night, J.B. Smith scored his fifth and sixth touchdowns of the season and Gino Cappelletti added two field goals and three converts as the Sarnia Golden Bears defeated the Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen 33-21 at Waterloo Stadium. The win improved the Golden Bears' record to 4-0, while the Dutchmen dropped to 2-2. Bernie Custis scored his fourth and fifth touchdowns of the season to lead the Kitchener-Waterloo attack.

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

Edmonton's top 10
1 Revolution / Hey Jude--The Beatles
2 Harper Valley P.T.A.--Jeannie C. Riley
3 Born to Be Wild--Steppenwolf
4 Sunshine of Your Love--Cream
5 Do it Again--The Beach Boys
6 Tell Someone You Love Them--Dino, Desi and Billy
7 People Got to Be Free--The Rascals
8 Hello, I Love You--The Doors
9 I've Gotta Get a Message to You--The Bee Gees
10 1,2,3 Red Light--1910 Fruitgum Co.

Tell Someone You Love Them was written by Billy Hinsche (the Billy of the group). His sister Annie married Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys, and Billy later served for many years as a Beach Boys' sideman.

Thursday, 11 September 2008

September 12, 2008

60 years ago
1948

On the radio

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on MBS, starring John Stanley and Ian Martin
Tonight's episode: The Case of the Unwelcome Ambassador

This was the first episode of the 1948-1949 season, and marked Ian Martin's first appearance as Dr. Watson, replacing Alfred Shirley.

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: When--The Kalin Twins (4th week at #1)

September 11, 2008

25 years ago
1983

Football

Jackie Parker made a successful debut as head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos as the Esks overcame a 20-8 deficit to rout the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 50-21 at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. The Legend, who had replaced Pete Kettela four days earlier, was coaching his first CFL game since 1970. The Eskimos amassed 44 first downs in the game, a CFL single-game record. 43 of the first downs came with Warren Moon at quarterback; Matt Dunigan mopped up in the last few minutes. Tom Scott caught his 81st career touchdown pass in the second quarter, breaking Terry Evanshen's CFL record. Scott Stauch rushed 9 times for 66 yards and scored his first CFL touchdown to help the Eskimo cause. The win improved the Eskimos' record to 5 wins and 4 losses, while the Tiger-Cats dropped to 4-5.

20 years ago
1988

Football

At Commmonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, the Eskimos defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 37-13. The biggest play was a 100-yard punt return by Henry "Gizmo" Williams, his first punt return TD of the season. 29,984 were on hand to watch the Eskimos improve their record to 7 wins and 3 losses.

September 10, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Football

In Ontario Rugby Football Union action, the Sarnia Golden Bears improved their record to 3 wins and 0 losses with a 63-28 rout of the defending ORFU champion Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen at Norm Perry Park in Sarnia. J.B. Smith scored 3 of the Golden Bears' 9 touchdowns. Sarnia quarterback Gino Cappelletti added 6 converts and a field goal.

30 years ago
1978

Died on this date
Edries "Brother" Fataar, 33
. South African musician. Mr. Fataar was bass player and vocalist for The Flames, a popular South African band in the 1960s. While performing in London, they were discovered by Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys, who signed them to the Beach Boys' Brother Records label. Recording on Brother as The Flame, they released an album in 1970, and recorded another that wasn't released, although Brother Records is planning to release both albums on a CD. The Flame lineup on Brother included Mr. Fataar's brothers Steve and Ricky, as well as guitarist Blondie Chaplin. Ricky Fataar and Mr. Chaplin joined the Beach Boys in late 1971-early 1972; Mr. Chaplin left in late 1973, Mr. Ricky Fataar a year later.

The cause of Brother Fataar's death is unknown, at least to this blogger. He was buried in Amsterdam, although the location of his grave is unknown. For more information on The Flames, go to www.the-flames.com .

Football
At Exhibition Stadium in Toronto, the Montreal Alouettes shipped the Toronto Argonauts 27-2 to improve their record to 5-4. The loss was the fifth in a row for the Argonauts, who dropped to 3-6. After the game, Leo Cahill was fired as head coach of the Argonauts, and was replaced by assistant coach Bud Riley. It was the second time that Mr. Cahill had been fired by the Argonauts; he had been dismissed after a 6-year run from 1967-1972, and had been rehired in 1977.

At Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, the Eskimos improved to 7-1-1 with a 56-16 rout of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Waddell Smith led the Eskimo attack with 3 touchdown receptions. Joe Hollimon scored another Eskimo touchdown on an interception return; it was his third of the season, tying Dick Thornton's CFL record. Larry Washington, playing his first game in almost a year because of a rare pelvic inflammation, rushed for 84 yards on 13 carries, and scored his first CFL touchdown on an 8-yard run in the last minute. Jimmy Edwards caught two touchdown passes for the Tiger-Cats, who dropped to 2-6-1.

September 9, 2008

40 years ago
1968

On television tonight

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Peter Cushing and Nigel Stock, on BBC 1
Tonight's episode: The Second Stain

This was the first episode of 15 in a new series broadcast by the British Broadcasting Corporation. It was the first Sherlock Holmes television series to be made in colour.

30 years ago
1978

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Boogie Oogie Oogie--A Taste of Honey

There were a lot of inane disco hits in the late '70s, and Boogie Oogie Oogie was one of them. The music of the era is just one reason that not many people feel very nostalgic for the disco days.

Football
In an afternoon CFL game, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers struck for two quick touchdowns in the last 2 minutes to shock the Ottawa Rough Riders 31-29 at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa. The winning score came after rookie Blue Bomber receiver Joe Poplawski executed a perfect short kickoff. The kick went 14 yards and landed right in the hands of teammate Gord Paterson. Quarterback Dieter Brock quickly moved the Blue Bombes downfield and handed off to Jim Washington for the winning touchdown. The win improved the Blue Bombers' record to 5 wins against 4 losses, while the Rough Riders, leaders of the Eastern Football Conference, dropped to 7-2.

In a night game at Empire Stadium in Vancouver, the Saskatchewan Roughriders scored two touchdowns off turnovers to defeat the British Columbia Lions 15-3. A torrential downpour restricted the productivity of both offenses. Offensive lineman Sam Holden scored the Roughriders first touchdown when he recovered a Leon Bright fumble on a punt in the B.C. end zone in the second quarter. Later in the quarter, Randy Hall returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown for the Roughriders' second major score. The Lions' only touchdown came on a pass from Jerry Tagge to Al Charuk on the last play of the game. A two-point convert attempt was unsuccessful. The Roughriders, winning on the road for the first time in 1978, improved their record to 2-7. The Lions dropped to 3-4-2.

September 8, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blue (Volare)--Domenico Modugno (3rd week at #1 on the Billboard Best Seller and Hot 100 charts)

30 years ago
1978

Football

At McMahon Stadium in Calgary, the University of Calgary Dinosaurs won their home opener, 29-14 over the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. Quarterback Darrel Moir directed the Calgary attack.

25 years ago
1983

Hit parade

Canada's top 30
1 Maniac--Michael Sembello
2 China Girl--David Bowie
3 She Works Hard for the Money--Donna Summer
4 Rock and Roll is King--Electric Light Orchestra
5 Human Nature--Michael Jackson
6 Tell Her About It--Billy Joel
7 I'll Tumble 4 Ya--Culture Club
8 Human Touch--Rick Springfield
9 Take Me to Heart--Quarterflash
10 Video Kids--Prototype
11 Fascination--The Human League
12 (She's) Sexy and Seventeen--The Stray Cats
13 Don't Cry--Asia
14 1999--Prince
15 It's a Mistake--Men at Work
16 Through the Years--Tim Finn
17 Mistake--Michael Sembello
18 Making Love Out of Nothing at All--Air Supply
19 Far From Over--Frank Stallone
20 Lawyers in Love--Jackson Browne
21 Kiss the Bride--Elton John
22 Never Gonna Let You Go--Sergio Mendes
23 I Don't Wanna Dance--Eddy Grant
24 King of Pain--The Police
25 Every Breath You Take--The Police
26 Islands in the Stream--Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
27 Never Said I Loved You--The Payolas and Carole Pope
28 Queen of the Broken Hearts--Loverboy
29 Promises, Promises--Naked Eyes
30 True--Spandau Ballet

September 6, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

Edmonton's top 10
1 Harper Valley P.T.A.--Jeannie C. Riley
2 Revolution / Hey Jude--The Beatles
3 Sunshine of Your Love--Cream
4 Born to Be Wild--Steppenwolf
5 Morning Dew--Lulu
6 Sealed with a Kiss--Gary Lewis and the Playboys
7 Do it Again--The Beach Boys
8 Hello, I Love You--The Doors
9 You Keep Me Hangin' On--Vanilla Fudge
10 Sunshine Girl--Herman's Hermits

September 7, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: People Got to Be Free--The Rascals (4th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: I've Gotta Get a Message to You--The Bee Gees

I've Gotta Get a Message to You was the second Bee Gees' single to hit #1 on the British chart. They'd managed the feat the year before with Massachusetts.

25 years ago
1983

Football

Pete Kettela was fired as head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos, two days after losing the Labour Day game in Calgary. The Eskimos, who went into the season having won 5 straight Grey Cups, had a record of 4 wins and 4 losses when the move was made. Eskimo playing legend Jackie Parker, who had provided colour commentary on Eskimos' radio broadcasts for several years (including the fateful Labour Day game), was hired as Mr. Kettela's replacement. Pete Kettela remains the only head coach to be fired by the Eskimos during a season.

September 5, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: When--The Kalin Twins (3rd week at #1)

September 4, 2008

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September 3, 2008

25 years ago
1983

Popular Culture

Michael Martin and this blogger comprised a team playing in the Edmonton Trivial Pursuit championships at West Edmonton Mall. We didn't win (although we had a good string of correct answers), but we had fun playing.

September 1, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blue (Volare)--Domenico Modugno (2nd week at #1 on the Billboard Best Seller and Hot 100 charts)

25 years ago
1983

Hit parade

Canada's top 30
1 Maniac--Michael Sembello
2 China Girl--David Bowie
3 Rock and Roll is King--Electric Light Orchestra
4 She Works Hard for the Money--Donna Summer
5 1999--Prince
6 It's a Mistake--Men at Work
7 Never Gonna Let You Go--Sergio Mendes
8 Human Touch--Rick Springfield
9 Video Kids--Prototype
10 Human Nature--Michael Jackson
11 Tell Her About It--Billy Joel
12 I'll Tumble 4 Ya--Culture Club
13 Every Breath You Take--The Police
14 Fascination--The Human League
15 Take Me to Heart--Quarterflash
16 Through the Years--Tim Finn
17 Mistake--Michael Sembello
18 (She's) Sexy and Seventeen--The Stray Cats
19 Don't Cry--Asia
20 Making Love Out of Nothing at All--Air Supply
21 Far From Over--Frank Stallone
22 After the Fall--Journey
23 Kiss the Bride--Elton John
24 Lawyers in Love--Jackson Browne
25 I Don't Wanna Dance--Eddy Grant
26 Burning Down the House--The Talking Heads
27 King of Pain--The Police
28 Never Said I Loved You--The Payolas and Carole Pope
29 Queen of the Broken Hearts--Loverboy
30 Islands in the Stream--Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

September 2, 2008

30 years ago
1978

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Grease--Frankie Valli (2nd week at #1)

August 31, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: People Got to Be Free--The Rascals (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: Do it Again--The Beach Boys

Do it Again was the second single by the Beach Boys to hit #1 in Britain (Good Vibrations was the other one, in 1966). In the United States, Do it Again peaked at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100.

August 29, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: When--The Kalin Twins (2nd week at #1)

30 years ago
1978

Football

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers erupted for 33 points in the second quarter and coasted to a 36-10 over the Montreal Alouettes at Winnipeg Stadium. Larry Lawrence of the Alouettes, making his first start as a CFL quarterback in 7 years, snapped his Achilles tendon early in the game, an injury which ended his career. Mr. Lawrence broke into pro football with the Calgary Stampeders in 1970, where he became known for his long hair and white shoes. He was a surprise cut in 1971, and moved on to the Edmonton Eskimos that year before retiring. Mr. Lawrence came out of retirement a few years later, and managed to land a backup spot with the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. He moved on to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before ending up back in the CFL with the Alouettes in 1978. Mr. Lawrence dressed for two games as a backup before getting the starting assignment in Winnipeg, where he completed 2 of 3 passes for 31 yards before his injury.

August 30, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

Edmonton's top 10
1 Sunshine of Your Love--Cream
2 Sealed with a Kiss--Gary Lewis and the Playboys
3 You Keep Me Hangin' On--Vanilla Fudge
4 Sunshine Girl--Herman's Hermits
5 Hello, I Love You--The Doors
6 Born to Be Wild--Steppenwolf
7 Harper Valley P.T.A.--Jeannie C. Riley
8 Mr. Businessman--Ray Stevens
9 Morning Dew--Lulu
10 Pictures of Matchstick Men--The Status Quo
Pick hit of the week: Six Man Band--The Association
New this week: Do What You Gotta Do--Bobby Vee
I Would Be the One--Kensington Market
Please Return Your Love to Me--The Temptations
The Boy with the Green Eyes--The Angels

Sunshine of Your Love had originally been a minor hit earlier in the year, then caught on in the late summer.

30 years ago
1978

Football

In a game televised nationally on CTV, the Ottawa Rough Riders overcame a 16-10 halftime deficit to defeat the Calgary Stampeders 27-16 at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa. It was the fifth straight win for the Rough Riders, who improved their record to 6 wins and 1 loss. The Stampeders dropped to 3-3-1. Billy Hardee made his CFL debut as a defensive back for the Stampeders, but was cut after this game. He then went on to play several seasons with the Toronto Argonauts and Ottawa Rough Riders.

42,763 were on hand to watch the Edmonton Eskimos defeat the British Columbia Lions 18-10 in the first CFL game at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. For some reason, the game wasn't televised. The first touchdown in the new stadium was scored by Joe Hollimon of the Eskimos, who returned an interception 50 yards for his second such touchdown of the season. Larry Key scored for the Lions on a 26-yard pass from Gary Keithley. The Eskimos improved to 6-1 with the win; the Lions dropped to 3-3-2.

August 28, 2008

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August 27, 2008

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August 25, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Bird Dog--The Everly Brothers (#1 on the Billboard Best Seller chart); Little Star--The Elegants (#1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart)

The Elegants were true one-hit wonders: Little Star hit #1, and was the only single of theirs to make the Billboard charts.

25 years ago
1983

Hit parade

Canada's top 30
1 Maniac--Michael Sembello
2 China Girl--David Bowie
3 1999--Prince
4 Never Gonna Let You Go--Sergio Mendes
5 Rock and Roll is King--Electric Light Orchestra
6 It's a Mistake--Men at Work
7 She Works Hard for the Money--Donna Summer
8 Every Breath You Take--The Police
9 Human Touch--Rick Springfield
10 Video Kids--Prototype
11 Tell Her About It--Billy Joel
12 Human Nature--Michael Jackson
13 Change--Tears for Fears
14 All This Love--Debarge
15 Is There Something I Should Know--Duran Duran
16 Hot Girls in Love--Loverboy
17 Take Me to Heart--Quarterflash
18 Through the Years--Tim Finn
19 Mistake--Michael Sembello
20 I'll Tumble 4 Ya--Culture Club
21 (She's) Sexy and Seventeen--The Stray Cats
22 After the Fall--Journey
23 Don't Cry--Asia
24 Rise Up--Parachute Club
25 Fascination--The Human League
26 Burning Down the House--The Talking Heads
27 Making Love Out of Nothing at All--Air Supply
28 20 Questions--Tic Toc
29 Far From Over--Frank Stallone
30 Never Said I Loved You--The Payolas and Carole Pope

August 26, 2008

30 years ago
1978

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Grease--Frankie Valli

The title song from the movie, Grease earned a platinum record award for selling at least 2 million copies, and was Frankie Valli's biggest hit as a solo artist. Oddly, it was also his last hit. I don't know why that is, but it's amazing how often an artist's ability to produce hits immediately declines after a career-best hit (Mary Wells is another example that comes to mind).

August 24, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: Mony Mony--Tommy James and the Shondells (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A.: People Got to Be Free--The Rascals (2nd week at #1)

August 23, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

Edmonton's top 10
1 Sunshine of Your Love--Cream
2 Sealed with a Kiss--Gary Lewis and the Playboys
3 Tuesday Afternoon--The Moody Blues
4 You Keep Me Hangin' On--Vanilla Fudge
5 Sunshine Girl--Herman's Hermits
6 Pictures of Matchstick Men--The Status Quo
7 Hello, I Love You--The Doors
8 Mr. Businessman--Ray Stevens
9 Morning Dew--Lulu
10 Indian Lake--The Cowsills
Pick hit of the Week: Six Man Band--The Association
New this week: Mystery Lady--The Mirage
Bring Back Those Rock-a-Bye Baby Days--Tiny Tim
Special Occasion--Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
Cinnamon--Derek

Mr. Businessman was one of Ray Stevens' few non-novelty hits. Mr. Stevens wrote the song after an unpleasant experience with a certain individual.

30 years ago
1978

Football

The Edmonton Eskimos improved their record to 4-1 with a 14-8 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the final CFL game played at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton. The only touchdown came in the second quarter on a 15-yard pass from Eskimos' quarterback Tom Wilkinson to Waddell Smith. A steady rain throughout the game kept the scoring down. Eskimos' assistant coach Joe Faragalli suffered a heart attack in the press box during the game, but was resting comfortably in hospital.

August 21, 2008

x

August 22, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: When--The Kalin Twins

30 years ago
1978

Football

The Calgary Stampeders ruined Walt Posadowski's CFL head coaching debut as they thumped the Saskatchewan Roughriders 43-22 at McMahon Stadium in Calgary. Mr. Posadowski had started the season as an assistant coach with the Roughriders, but had succeeded to the head coaching position when Jim Eddy was fired after starting the season with 5 straight losses.

August 20, 2008

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August 19, 2008

30 years ago
1978

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Three Times a Lady--The Commodores

August 18, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blue (Volare)--Domenico Modugno (#1 on the Billboard Best Seller and Hot 100 charts)

Younger readers might be surprised to find out that it was once possible to have a hit in North America in a language other than English.

25 years ago
1983

Hit parade

Canada's top 30
1 1999--Prince
2 Maniac--Michael Sembello
3 Never Gonna Let You Go--Sergio Mendes
4 China Girl--David Bowie
5 Rock and Roll is King--Electric Light Orchestra
6 Every Breath You Take--The Police
7 Is There Something I Should Know--Duran Duran
8 It's a Mistake--Men at Work
9 Hot Girls in Love--Loverboy
10 She Works Hard for the Money--Donna Summer
11 Video Kids--Prototype
12 Human Touch--Rick Springfield
13 Change--Tears for Fears
14 All This Love--Debarge
15 Baby Jane--Rod Stewart
16 Tell Her About It--Billy Joel
17 Human Nature--Michael Jackson
18 Take Me to Heart--Quarterflash
19 Through the Years--Tim Finn
20 Mistake--Michael Sembello
21 Stand Back--Stevie Nicks
22 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)--Eurythmics
23 Wanna Be Startin' Something--Michael Jackson
24 Rise Up--Parachute Club
25 (She's) Sexy and Seventeen--The Stray Cats
26 I'll Tumble 4 Ya--Culture Club
27 Fascination--The Human League
28 20 Questions--Tic Toc
29 Wishing--A Flock of Seagulls
30 Burning Down the House--The Talking Heads

August 17, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: Fire--Arthur Brown
#1 single in the U.S.A.: People Got to Be Free--The Rascals

My World, the B-side of People Got to Be Free, was one of a number of good B-sides by The Rascals. I don't think any of them ever charted. People Got to Be Free was the third single by the Rascals to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The others were Good Lovin' in 1966, and Groovin' in 1967, when the group was known as the Young Rascals.

August 16, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

Edmonton's top 10
1 Sunshine of Yur Love--Cream
2 Pictures of Matchstick Men--The Status Quo
3 You Keep Me Hangin' On--Vanilla Fudge
4 Classical Gas--Mason Williams
5 Tuesday Afternoon--The Moody Blues
6 Hurdy Gurdy Man--Donovan
7 Hello, I Love You--The Doors
8 Indian Lake--The Cowsills
9 Angel of the Morning--Merrilee Rush
10 Sky Pilot (Parts One and Two)--Eric Burdon and the Animals
New this week: Singles Game--Jay and the Techniques
Mission Impossible/Norwegian Wood--Allen England Orchestra
You Met Your Match--Stevie Wonder
Six Man Band--The Association

30 years ago
1978

Football

The Edmonton Eskimos improved their record to 3 wins and 1 loss with a 40-3 whipping of the Toronto Argonauts at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto. Among those scoring touchdowns was George McGowan, whose score turned out to be his last in a brilliant 8-year career.

August 14, 2008

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August 15, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: All I Have to Do is Dream / Claudette--The Everly Brothers (7th week at #1)

August 13, 2008

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August 12, 2008

30 years ago
1978

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Three Times a Lady--The Commodores

How such a dreary ballad as Three Times a Lady could become such a big hit is beyond me.

August 11, 2008

Born on this date
Happy birthday, Audrianna (Huszti) De Souza!

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Poor Little Fool--Ricky Nelson (2nd week at #1 on the Billboard Best Seller and Hot 100 charts)

25 years ago
1983

Hit parade

Canada's top 30
1 Never Gonna Let You Go--Sergio Mendes
2 1999--Prince
3 Maniac--Michael Sembello
4 Every Breath You Take--The Police
5 Is There Something I Should Know--Duran Duran
6 China Girl--David Bowie
7 Baby Jane--Rod Stewart
8 It's a Mistake--Men at Work
9 Rock and Roll is Kning--Electric Light Orchestra
10 Hot Girls in Love--Loverboy
11 Video Kids--Prototype
12 Human Touch--Rick Springfield
13 Change--Tears for Fears
14 All This Love--Debarge
15 She Works Hard for the Money--Donna Summer
16 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)--Eurythmics
17 Tell Her About It--Billy Joel
18 Wanna Be Starting Something--Michael Jackson
19 Stop in the Name of Love--The Hollies
20 Human Nature--Michael Jackson
21 Stand Back--Stevie Nicks
22 Mistake--Michael Sembello
23 Take Me to Heart--Quarterflash
24 Come Dancing--The Kinks
25 Rise Up--Parachute Club
26 Wishing--A Flock of Seagulls
27 Through the Years--Tim Finn
28 I'm Still Standing--Elton John
29 20 Questions--Tic Toc
30 Best Years of Our lives--Mens Room

Through the Years was the only notable solo hit for Tim Finn, former member of Split Enz and future member of Crowded House.

August 10, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Hello, I Love You--The Doors (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: Mony Mony--Tommy James and the Shondells (2nd week at #1)

August 9, 2008

Born on this date
Happy birthday, Kavita Duggal!

August 8, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: All I Have to Do is Dream / Claudette--The Everly Brothers (6th week at #1)

Died on this date
Barbara Coates, 7
. A resident of Calgary, Miss Coates was staying with her family at the Sunwapta Bungalow Camp in Jasper National Park. At 10 A.M. she went out to pick strawberries with her younger sister, when she was attacked by a bear. The sister made it back into the cabin, and the children's mother rushed out, seized their baby brother and threw him into the cabin, and attempted to beat back the bear. She was unsuccessful, and the bear dragged Barbara away and killed her. Park officials later shot and killed the bear.

August 7, 2008

25 years ago
1983

Football

The British Columbia Lions defeated the Calgary Stampeders 32-16 at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver. For running back James Sykes, in his sixth season, it was his last game as a Stampeder. Just a week earlier he had been named the CFL's offensive star of the week. At Olympic Stadium in Montreal, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeated the Montreal Concordes 30-25.

August 6, 2008

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August 5, 2008

30 years ago
1978

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Miss You--The Rolling Stones

Miss You was the eighth single by the Rolling Stones to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the first since Angie in 1973.

August 4, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Poor Little Fool--Ricky Nelson (#1 on the Billboard Best Seller and Hot 100 charts)

25 years ago
1983

Hit parade

1 Never Gonna Let You Go--Sergio Mendes
2 Every Breath You Take--The Police
3 Baby Jane--Rod Stewart
4 1999--Prince
5 Hot Girls in Love--Loverboy
6 Maniac--Michael Sembello
7 Is There Something I Should Know--Duran Duran
8 China Girl--David Bowie
9 It's a Mistake--Men at Work
10 Wanna Be Starting Something--Michael Jackson
11 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)--Eurythmics
12 Change--Tears for fears
13 Rock and Roll is King--Electric Light Orchestra
14 Human Touch--Rick Springfield
15 Video Kids--Prototype
16 Stand Back--Stevie Nicks
17 Come Dancing--The Kinks
18 She Works Hard for the Money--Donna Summer
19 All This Love--Debarge
20 Stop in the Name of Love--The Hollies
21 Wishing--A Flock of Seagulls
22 I'm Still Standing--Elton John
23 Tell Her About It--Billy Joel
24 Take Me to Heart--Quarterflash
25 Best Years of Our Lives--Mens Room
26 Human Nature--Michael Jackson
27 Mistake--Mike Oldfield
28 Rise Up--Parachute Club
29 Our House--Madness
30 The Haunting--The Front

August 2, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Football

The Toronto Argonauts opened their season with a 32-4 win over the Edmonton Eskimos at CNE Stadium in Toronto. Wally Gabler played most of the game at quarterback for the Argonauts before Tom Wilkinson completed 4 of 5 passes in leading the Argonauts to a touchdown late in the game. It was Mr. Wilkinson's only action at quarterback in the entire season. Gordon Judges played for the Argonauts that night, the first game of a 14-year CFL career. The loss dropped the Eskimos to 1-1-0.

30 years ago
1978

Football

Dieter Brock's 90-yard touchdown pass to Mike Holmes led the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to a 23-13 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Winnipeg Stadium.

August 3, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Hello, I Love You--The Doors
#1 single in the U.K.: Mony Mony--Tommy James and the Shondells

July 31, 2008

x

August 1, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: All I Have to Do is Dream / Claudette--The Everly Brothers (5th week at #1)

July 30, 2008

x

July 28, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Hard Headed Woman--Elvis Presley (2nd week at #1 on the Billboard Best Seller chart); Patricia--Perez Prado (#1 on the Billboard Disc Jockey and Top 100 charts)

Billboard discontinued its Disc Jockey chart after this week, and replaced the Top 100 with the Hot 100.

25 years ago
1983

Hit parade

Canada's top 30
1 Every Breath You Take--The Police
2 Baby Jane--Rod Stewart
3 Never Gonna Let You Go--Sergio Mendes
4 Hot Girls in Love--Loverboy
5 1999--Prince
6 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)--Eurythmics
7 Wanna Be Startin' Something--Michael Jackson
8 Maniac--Michael Sembello
9 Stand Back--Stevie Nicks
10 Is There Something I Should Know--Duran Duran
11 Come Dancing--The Kinks
12 Change--Tears for Fears
13 Wishing--A Flock of Seagulls
14 China Girl--David Bowie
15 It's a Mistake--Men at Work
16 I'm Still Standing--Elton John
17 Rock and Roll is King--Electric Light Orchestra
18 Human Touch--Rick Springfield
19 Video Kids--Prototype
20 Total Eclipse of the Heart--Bonnie Tyler
21 Moonlight Shadow--Mike Oldfield
22 Stop in the Name of Love--The Hollies
23 She Works Hard for the Money--Donna Summer
24 Best Years of Our Lives--Mens Room
25 Our House--Madness
26 All This Love--Debarge
27 Electric Avenue--Eddy Grant
28 The Haunting--The Front
29 Tell Her About It--Billy Joel
30 Take Me to Heart--Quarterflash

Football
The Edmonton Eskimos improved their record to 2 wins and 1 loss with a 44-4 rout of the Ottawa Rough Riders at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa. Eskimo quarterback Warren Moon led the attack, as the Eskimos played their best game since Pete Kettela took over as head coach. Rookie Matt Dunigan took over in the last few minutes; he passed to Waddell Smith for 51 yards, and handed off a few plays later to Jim Germany for a short touchdown run. For Mr. Dunigan, it was the first touchdown of many that he produced in a 14-year Hall of Fame career; for Mr. Germany, it was his second touchdown of the game, and the 71st and last of his 7-year CFL career.

July 29, 2008

30 years ago
1978

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Shadow Dancing--Andy Gibb (7th week at #1)

July 26, 2008

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July 27, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Grazing in the Grass--Hugh Masekela (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: I Pretend--Des O'Connor

July 24, 2008

x

July 25, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: All I Have to Do is Dream / Claudette--The Everly Brothers (4th week at #1)

July 23, 2008

x

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

July 22, 2008

30 years ago
1978

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Shadow Dancing--Andy Gibb (6th week at #1)

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

July 21, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Hard Headed Woman--Elvis Presley (#1 on the Billboard Best Seller and Disc Jockey charts); Yakety Yak--The Coasters (#1 on the Billboard Top 100 chart)

Hard Headed Woman and its B-side, Don't Ask My Why (which peaked at #25) were from King Creole, one of Elvis's better movies. Based on the Harold Robbins novel A Stone for Danny Fisher, the movie was directed by Michael Curtiz of Casablanca fame, and co-starred Walter Matthau and Carolyn Jones. At 1 minute 52 seconds, Hard Headed Woman was one of the shortest songs to hit #1. For all I know, maybe it was the shortest.

July 20, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: Baby Come Back--The Equals (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A.: Grazing in the Grass--Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela was a South African trumpeter and, along with his wife, singer Miriam Makeba, an anti-apartheid activist. He performed Grazing in the Grass as an instrumental. A vocal version by The Friends of Distinction became a top 10 hit in the spring of 1969. Mr. Masekela was one of ther performers mentioned in the song Monterey, Eric Burdon and the Animals' tribute to the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.

July 19, 2008

Born on this date
Happy birthday, Chris Walker and Chris Woods!

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

Edmonton's top 10
1 Hurdy Gurdy Man--Donovan
2 Classical Gas--Mason Williams
3 Indian Lake--The Cowsills
4 Angel of the Morning--Merrilee Rush
5 D.W. Washburn / It's Nice to Be with You--The Monkees
6 Jumpin' Jack Flash--The Rolling Stones
7 Sky Pilot (Parts One and Two)--Eric Burdon and the Animals
8 Lady Willpower--Gary Puckett and the Union Gap
9 Mountain of Love--Ronnie Dove
10 Bring a Little Lovin'--Los Bravos
Pick hit of the week: Classical Gas
New this week: I Would Be the One--Kensington Market
Girl Watcher--The O'Kaysions
Break Out--Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
Yesterday's Dream--Four Tops

The B-side of Yesterday's Dream was For Once in My Life, which became a big hit for Stevie Wonder a few months later. It was common practice at Motown records in those days for more than one version of a song to be recorded by their artists.

30 years ago
1978

Football

In Canadian Football League action, the Saskatchewan Roughriders, who had had a bye the week before, played their regular season opener at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton against the Tiger-Cats. Ron Lancaster, beginning his 19th season as a CFL quarterback, had the Roughriders ahead 23-3, when head coach Jim Eddy chose to pull him in favour of rookie Larry Dick. The move turned the game around, and the Tiger-Cats came back to win 27-23, evening their record at 1-1. The result turned out to be the only win as a CFL head coach for Tom Dimitroff.

At McMahon Stadium in Calgary, a late field goal by Cyril McFall gave the Stampders a 23-21 win over the British Columbia Lions. Both teams stood at 1-1 after the game.

Baseball
This blogger and his father were at Anaheim Stadium to watch the California Angels defeat the Cleveland Indians 3-0. Nolan Ryan pitched the shoutout, outduelling Rick Wise. it was the only time this blogger saw Angels' right fielder Lyman Bostock play in person.

July 17, 2008

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July 18, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: All I Have to Do is Dream / Claudette--The Everly Brothers (3rd week at #1)

30 years ago
1978

Football

In Canadian Football League action, the Montreal Alouettes evened their record at 1-1 with a 30-23 win over the Toronto Argonauts at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. It was a costly win for the Alouettes, as quarterback Sonny Wade suffered a knee injury that put him out of action for more than two months. The loss dropped the Argonauts to 1-1.

At Winnipeg Stadium, the Edmonton Eskimos held on for a 29-28 win over the WInnipeg Blue Bombers. The win improved the Eskimos' record to 2-0, while the Blue Bombers dropped to 0-2. Harry Knight, starting at quarterback for the Blue Bombers, suffered a shoulder injury, which eventually shortened his career.

July 16, 2008

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July 14, 2008

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: The Purple People Eater--Sheb Wooley (6th week at #1 on the Billboard Best Seller and Top 100 charts; 4th week at #1 on the Disc Jockey chart)

25 years ago
1983

Hit parade

Canada's top 30
1 Every Breath You Take--The Police
2 I'm Still Standing--Elton John
3 Come Dancing--The Kinks
4 Total Eclipse of the Heart--Bonnie Tyler
5 Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)--Eurythmics
6 Hot Girls in Love--Loverboy
7 Our House--Madness
8 Baby Jane--Rod Stewart
9 Never Gonna Let You Go--Sergio Mendes
10 Flashdance (What a Feeling)--Irene Cara
11 Stand Back--Stevie Nicks
12 Electric Avenue--Eddy Grant
13 Is There Something I Should Know--Duran Duran
14 Too Shy--Kajagoogoo
15 China Girl--David Bowie
16 Wishing--A Flock of Seagulls
17 Puttin' on the Ritz--Taco
18 1999--Prince
19 Wanna Be Startin' Something--Michael Jackson
20 Heartache Avenue--The Maisonettes
21 Moonlight Shadow--Mike Oldfield
22 Best Years of Our Lives--Mens Room
23 Maniac--Michael Sembello
24 Change--Tears for Fears
25 It's a Mistake--Men at Work
26 The Haunting--The Front
27 Rock and Roll is King--Electric Light Orchestra
28 Human Touch--Rick Springfield
29 Stop in the Name of Love--The Hollies
30 She Works Hard for the Money--Donna Summer

Stop in the Name of Love, a cover of the 1965 hit by The Supremes, featured the presence of Graham Nash with the Hollies for the first time since 1969.

July 15, 2008

30 years ago
1978

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Shadow Dancing--Andy Gibb (5th week at #1)

July 13, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: This Guy's in Love with You--Herb Alpert (4th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: Baby Come Back--The Equals (2nd week at #1)

30 years ago
1978

Football

The Edmonton Eskimos defeated the Calgary Stampeders 33-17 at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton in the CFL season opener for both clubs. The Stampeders set a single-game record (long-since smashed) with 20 penalties. Rose Bowl star Warren Moon made his professional football debut when he played the last 20 minutes at quarterback for the Eskimos, directing them to a pair of field goals. For Mr. Moon, it was the beginning of a 23-year career. Another long career began that night when Miles Gorrell saw some action on the defensive line for the Stampeders in the first of 321 regular season games for him. He retired after the 1996 season.

July 12, 2008

40 years ago
1968

Hit parade

Edmonton's top 10
1 Hurdy Gurdy Man--Donovan
2 Angel of the Morning--Merrilee Rush
3 Sky Pilot (Parts One and Two)--Eric Burdon and the Animals
4 D.W. Washburn / It's Nice to Be with You--The Monkees
5 Jumpin' Jack Flash--The Rolling Stones
6 Lady Willpower--Gary Puckett and the Union Gap
7 Mountain of Love--Ronnie Dove
8 Indian Lake--The Cowsills
9 Bring a Little Lovin'--Los Bravos
10 Yummy Yummy Yummy--Ohio Express
Pick hit of the Week: Dream a Little Dream of Me--Mama Cass
New this week: My Name is Jack--Manfred Mann
Classical Gas--Mason Williams
Slippin' Through My Fingers--The Family Tree

My Name is Jack was from a movie called You Are What You Eat, a documentary about late '60s popular musical and cultural figures. I haven't seen it.

30 years ago
1978

Football

Led by the running of Terry Metcalf, the Toronto Argonauts defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 34-22 at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto in the Canadian Football League regular season opener for both clubs. Jimmy Jones started at quarterback for the Tiger-Cats, but was replaced by Tom Shuman, who threw three fourth-quarter touchdown passes to Lawrie Skolrood. For Mr. Shuman, they were the first touchdown passes of his CFL career.

In Edmonton, the Eskimos' season opener vs. the Calgary Stampeders was postponed for a day because of heavy rains that had drenched Edmonton the day before. A pre-season game in Toronto the year before had been postponed for one day because of a lightning storm, but noone could remember a regular season game being postponed because of weather before.

July 11, 2008

Born on this date
Happy birthday, Lois Morrow!

50 years ago
1958

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: All I Have to Do is Dream / Claudette--The Everly Brothers (2nd week at #1)

30 years ago
1978

Football

The Canadian Football League regular season began with two games. In Ottawa, the hometown Rough Riders defeated the defending Grey Cup champion Montreal Alouettes 17-10 at Lansdowne Park. For Als' head coach, Joe Scannella, it was not a good way to begin his tenure as Marv Levy's replacement.

At Empire Stadium in Vancouver, Larry Key rushed for 184 yards in his first CFL game to lead the British Columbia Lions to a 30-14 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Dieter Brock started at quarterback for the Blue Bombers, but was eventually replaced by Harry Knight. The game marked an unsuccessful debut for Ray Jauch as head coach of the Blue Bombers.