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.

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60 years ago
1948

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