90 years ago
Babe Ruth led the Boston Red Sox to a doubleheader sweep of the Washington Nationals. He pitched the first game and scattered 10 hits in winning 2-1, while driving in a run with a triple. His 24th home run of the season in the 7th inning of the second game broke a 1-1 tie and led to a 4-1 Boston victory.
75 years ago
Jimmie Foxx had 3 hits and 4 RBIs, and it was his 39th home run of the season, a 2-run blow in the 9th inning off former teammate Lefty Grove, that gave the Philadelphia Athletics an 8-7 win over the Boston Red Sox.
70 years ago
Germany launched an invasion of Poland, beginning World War II.
60 years ago
The Chicago White Sox blanked the Washington Nationals 3-0 at Griffith Stadium in Washington, as losing pitcher Dick Weik issued 13 bases on balls. Mr. Weik and winning pitcher Randy Gumpert each allowed only 4 hits.
50 years ago
Politics and government
The Progressive Conservatives, led by 71-year-old Walter Shaw, swept to power in Prince Edward Island, unseating the Liberals in the provincial election. Although the difference in the percentage of the vote was slight--50.9% for the PCs, 49.1% for the Liberals--the PCs took 22 seats to 8 for the Liberals.
Indian Defense Minister V.K. Krishna Menon announced his resignation, at a time when India was facing a threat on her border from China.
40 years ago
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Died on this date
Benny MacDonnell, 39. Canadian football player. Mr. MacDonnell was a halfback and guard with the Ottawa Rough Riders from 1949-1953. His biggest thrill was his 2-yard run for the first touchdown of the 1951 Grey Cup, in which the Ottawa Rough Riders defeated the Saskatchewan Roughriders 21-14. Mr. MacDonnell joined the Ontario Provincial Police in 1958, and remained with the OPP for the rest of his life. His death was reported as accidental.
With the Arab nationalist slogan of "Socialism, Unity and Freedom," a revolutionary military council headed by Colonel Saad el-Din Bouchweir overthrew the regime of King Idris I of Libya in an apparently bloodless coup.
The International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Association, declaring that the growth of hijacking could threaten world peace, voted to call a 24-hour worldwide stoppage unless Syria released the two Israeli passengers being held from the hijacking of a TWA jet three days earlier.
Ottawa (4-1) 22 @ Hamilton (4-0-1) 27
British Columbia (0-6) 14 @ Saskatchewan (5-1) 32
Edmonton (1-5) 14 @ Calgary (3-3) 16
Winnipeg (2-3-1) 24 @ Montreal (0-3-2) 24
30,298 fans jammed Civic Stadium to see a battle between two undefeated teams. The Tiger-Cats led 16-15 after three quarters, but a 6-yard touchdown pass from Russ Jackson to Ron Stewart, converted by Don Sutherin, gave the Rough Riders a 22-16 lead at 4:47 of the fourth quarter. Joe Zuger completed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Tommy-Joe Coffey at 10:08, and Mr. Coffey’s convert gave Hamilton a 23-22 lead. Ottawa running back Vic Washington’s fumble was recovered by the Tiger-Cats, but Mr. Coffey’s 39-yard field goal attempt was wide for a single. The Tiger-Cats quickly got the ball back on another turnover, and picked up 2 points on a bonehead play by Ottawa defensive back Barry Ardern. With just over 1½ minutes to play, Joe Zuger’s punt was short of the end zone, and Mr. Ardern ran back into the end zone to concede a safety touch, thinking that the Rough Riders would then retain possession of the ball with a first down at their own 25-yard line, according to the rules then in place. However, Mr. Ardern forgot that in the last 3 minutes of a half, the team giving up a safety touch was required to kick off. The Tiger-Cats gained possession on the kickoff, and Mr. Zuger ended the scoring with a 37-yard single with 3 seconds remaining. Russ Jackson rushed for 2 touchdowns for the Rough Riders, while Mr. Zuger scored the other Tiger-Cat touchdown.
Ron Lancaster threw 2 touchdown passes to Hugh Campbell and rushed for another major himself to lead the Roughriders over the Lions at Taylor Field in Regina. George Reed rushed for another Saskatchewan touchdown, and Jack Abendschan added 4 converts and a field goal. Paul Brothers scored B.C.’s touchdown on a 6-yard run. Ted Gerela converted and added 2 field goals and a single.
With 22 seconds left in the first half of the game at McMahon Stadium, Calgary kicker Larry Robinson was wide on a field goal attempt. Edmonton defensive back Dick Dupuis punted the ball out of the end zone, but his punt went out of bounds with time still left on the clock, giving the Stampeders possession. Another field goal attempt by Mr. Robinson was successful, and that turned out to be the difference in the game. Terry Swarn scored the Eskimos’ only touchdown on a pass from Corey Colehour with 39 seconds remaining in the game; Dave Cutler converted and added 2 field goals and a single. Calgary’s touchdown came on a pass from Jerry Keeling to Dave Cranmer. Stampeder running back Ted Woods carried 14 times for 97 yards, while Terry Evanshen caught 5 passes for 62 yards. Jim Thomas rushed 7 times for 36 yards for the Eskimos; Karl Sneider led the Edmonton receivers with 4 receptions for 88 yards. A sellout crowd of 23, 616 was on hand to see the first visit by the Eskimos to Calgary on Labour Day since 1963, which revived a tradition that, with the exceptions of 1973 and 1981, has continued to this day.
15,259 at Autostade sat through a downpour caused by a thunderstorm in Montreal. Winnipeg quarterback Wally Gabler threw 3 touchdown passes, 2 of them to Dave Washington. Mr. Gabler’s third scoring strike was a 6-yard pass to running back Butch Pressley which tied the game with 34 seconds remaining. Montreal defensive back Rod Woodward saved the tie when he blocked Pierre Guindon’s convert attempt. Dennis Duncan scored 2 touchdowns for the Alouettes, one rushing and the other on a pass from Sonny Wade. Mr. Wade also completed a touchdown pass to flanker Tom Cassese. John Baker converted all 3 and added a field goal. For the Alouettes, the tie was the fourth in their last 7 games going back to 1968.
The Cincinnati Bengals cut Tommie Smith, who was attempting to make the team as a receiver. Mr. Smith won the gold medal in the 200 metre dash at the Olympics in Mexico City in 1968, but was heavily criticized when he and bronze medal-winning teammate John Carlos gave the black power salute while standing on the podium during the medal presentation ceremony.
The San Francisco Giants whipped the Montreal Expos 12-2 to move into first place in the National League East Division.
The Los Angeles Dodgers knocked Jerry Koosman out of the game after just 1/3 inning as they beat the New York Mets 10-6 at Dodger Stadium. Andy Kosco had 4 straight hits, and Willie Davis added a double and single as he hit safely in his 29th straight game to tie a franchise record. Jim Bunning was the winning pitcher.
30 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A.: My Sharona--The Knack (2nd week at #1)
The unmanned U.S. probe Pioneer 11 flew past Saturn in the first rendezvous by a spacecraft with that planet.
The death toll was reported at over 1,000 when the Dominican Republic was battered by Hurricane David.
Carney Lansford hit 3 consecutive home runs to lead the California Angels past the Cleveland Indians 7-4.
25 years ago
Married on this date
Happy Anniversary, Donna and Will Morrow!
Two American citizens who were members of an anti-Communist group were killed when their helicopter was shot down by Nicaraguan forces during a rebel raid on a military camp at Santa Clara, Nicaragua. The U.S.-made helicopter was apparently providing support for ground forces involved in the raid.
The Toronto-based and Toronto-centric Canadian cable sports network TSN was launched.
The Seattle Mariners, in seventh place in the American League West Division with a record of 59-76, fired manager Del Crandall and replaced him with third base coach Chuck Cottier.
20 years ago
Died on this date
A. Bartlett Giamatti, 51. U.S. academic and baseball executive. Dr. Giamatti was a professor at Yale University and served as the university’s president from 1978-1986, when he vacated that position in order to become president of major league baseball’s National League. In September 1988 Dr. Giamatti was the unanimous choice to succeed Peter Ueberroth as commissioner of baseball. A heavy smoker, he died of a heart attack just 8 days after announcing that Cincinnati Reds’ manager Pete Rose had been banned from major league baseball for life for illegal gambling. In 1988, while National League president, Dr. Giamatti had suspended Mr. Rose for 30 days for misconduct on the field.
Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the index of leading economic indicators had risen 0.2% in July after two months of decline.
10 years ago
U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno ordered a new investigation into the 1993 Federal Bureau of Investigation attack on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, which resulted in at least 80 deaths.
The Chicago Cubs managed just 2 hits off Sterling Hitchcock of the San Diego Padres, but one of them was Sammy Sosa’s 56th home run of the season, and it was good enough for a 1-0 win. Winning pitcher Steve Trachsel pitched 7 scoreless innings. The only other Cub hit was a single by Glenallen Hill.
Mark McGwire’s 52nd home run of the season helped the St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Florida Marlins 9-3. The blow was Mr. McGwire’s 590th career home run and his 494th as a first baseman, breaking Lou Gehrig’s record.
Albert Belle of the Baltimore Orioles reached the 30-home run mark for the 8th straight season when he connected in a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
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