Tuesday, 25 August 2009

September 1, 2009

90 years ago
1919

Baseball

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
1934

Baseball

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
1939

War

Germany launched an invasion of Poland, beginning World War II.

60 years ago
1949

Baseball

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
1959


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
1969


On the radio
The Challenge of Space, on Springbok Radio
Tonight's episode: The Earth Still Spins, Commander

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.

World events
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.

Terrorism
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.

Football
CFL
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.

AFL
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.

Baseball
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
1979

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: My Sharona--The Knack (2nd week at #1)

Space
The unmanned U.S. probe Pioneer 11 flew past Saturn in the first rendezvous by a spacecraft with that planet.

Disasters
The death toll was reported at over 1,000 when the Dominican Republic was battered by Hurricane David.

Baseball
Carney Lansford hit 3 consecutive home runs to lead the California Angels past the Cleveland Indians 7-4.

25 years ago
1984

Married on this date

Happy Anniversary, Donna and Will Morrow!

World events
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.

Television
The Toronto-based and Toronto-centric Canadian cable sports network TSN was launched.

Baseball
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
1989

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
1999

Crime

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.

Baseball
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.

Saturday, 22 August 2009

August 31, 2009

Married on this date
Happy Anniversary, Lois & Lee Morrow!

100 years ago
1909

Baseball

The A. J. Reach Company was granted a patent for its cork-centred baseball‚ which would replace the hard rubber-cored one. This change would be particularly apparent in the National League in 1910 and 1911.

90 years ago
1919


Died on this date
William Nixon
. Canadian policeman. Mr. Nixon died the day after being shot in the stomach in front of the Twin City Transfer shipping office in downtown Edmonton. A search immediately began for the only suspect, J.G. Larsen. Mr. Nixon was the second Edmonton policeman to be gunned down on duty, and the last until 1990.

Baseball
The New York Giants edged the Brooklyn Robins 4-3‚ with the help of umpire Bill Klem, who ejected the entire Brooklyn bench except for manager Wilbert Robinson and the batboy.

75 years ago
1934

Football

79,432 were in attendance at Soldier Field in Chicago to see the first College All-Star Game, pitting the best graduating college players against the defending National Football League champions. The All-Stars and Chicago Bears played to a 0-0 tie. The game was the creation of Chicago Tribune sports editor Arch Ward, who had also conceived the major league baseball all-star game the previous year.

70 years ago
1939


Died on this date
Franciszek Honiok, 43
. Polish farmer. Mr. Honiok was arrested by the SS on August 30 in the Polish village of Polomia, dressed in a Polish army uniform, shot through the head, and left on the steps of the entrance to the radio station in Gleiwitz (then in Germany, just inside the border with Poland--now Gliwice, in Poland) as part of a fabrication by the Nazis of Polish aggression in order to justify their impending invasion of Poland. Mr. Honiok may accurately be referred to as the first person killed in World War II.

Baseball
The Cincinnati Reds purchased Al Simmons from the Boston Bees. The 37-year old outfielder was hitting .282 in 93 games with the Bees.

50 years ago
1959

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): The Three Bells--The Browns (2nd week at #1)

On television tonight
U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, in London during a nine-day tour of Europe, visited British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, and the two leaders took part in a historic broadcast from 10 Downing Street.

Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (0-5) 10 @ Calgary (4-1) 28
Edmonton (2-2) 7 @ British Columbia (3-2) 8

Jackie Parker was missing from the Edmonton lineup because of injury, and the Eskimos missed him; Don Getty went the distance at quarterback. Johnny Bright scored the Eskimo touchdown. Tommy-Joe Coffey missed the convert and scored a single off a missed field goal attempt, and those misses affected the outcome of the game. The Lions welcomed the 1,000,000th fan to go through the Empire Stadium turnstiles since the beginning of the team in 1954.

Baseball
Sandy Koufax tied Bob Feller’s record of 18 strikeouts in a 9-inning game as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 5-2 before 82,974 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mr. Koufax struck out 15 of the last 17 batters to face him. His total of 31 over two consecutive games was a major league record. The game ended with a 3-run home run in the 9th inning by Wally Moon, whose fly ball home runs over the short left field fence had become known as "Moon shots."

40 years ago
1969

Died on this date
Rocky Marciano, 45
. U.S. boxer. World heavyweight champion from 1952-1956, Mr. Marciano retired after winning all 49 of his professional fights (with 43 knockouts). He was killed in a plane crash in Newton, Iowa, on the way to his 46th birthday party, scheduled for the next day. Born Rocco Marchegiano, the Brockton Blockbuster (he was from Brockton, Massachusetts) ended the career of Joe Louis with an 8-round knockout on October 26, 1951. On September 23, 1952 he fought Jersey Joe Walcott for the world heavyweight championship in Philadelphia. Mr. Walcott seemed to be winning on points, but Mr. Marciano knocked him out with a devastating right hand in the 13th round. Mr. Marciano’s first title defense was a rematch with Mr. Walcott in Chicago on May 15, 1953, which ended with a first-round knockout in favour of the champion. Five more successful defenses followed, the toughest of which was a 15-round decision over former champion Ezzard Charles at Yankee Stadium in New York on June 17, 1954. Mr. Marciano’s last fight was also at Yankee Stadium, a 9-round knockout of light heavyweight champion Archie Moore on September 21, 1955. Rocky Marciano announced his retirement from boxing on April 27, 1956.

Politics and government
Three of the top military commanders in Brazil--the ministers of the army, navy, and air force-- announced that they--and not the civilian vice-president, as mandated by the constitution--had assumed control of the country while President Arthur da Costa e Silva recovered from a stroke.

Disasters
37 were reported dead after a bus plunged into a mountain ravine east of Lima, Peru.

Baseball
The Seattle Pilots traded former National League batting champion Tommy Davis to the Houston Astros for outfielders Sandy Valdespino and Danny Walton.

30 years ago
1979

Diplomacy

The U.S. State Department disclosed that a brigade of 2,000-3,000 Soviet combat troops was currently stationed in Cuba. The State Department asserted that the troops did not pose any threat to the U.S., and violated no previous Soviet-American understanding banning offensive weapons from Cuba. The U.S. asked for an explanation from the U.S.S.R.

Politics and government
U.S. President Jimmy Carter designated Donald McHenry the next United States ambassador to the United Nations, replacing the departed Andrew Young.

Football
CIAU
Alberta (1-0) 40 @ Calgary (0-1) 27

Forrest Kennerd, in his first university game, threw 4 touchdown passes to lead the Golden Bears to an upset win. Sean Kehoe, Dave Brown, Kerry O'Connor, and Rick Paulitsch were on the receiving end of Mr. Kennerd's touchdown passes, and Mr. Paulitsch added another touchdown on the ground. Forrest's twin brother Trevor converted all 5 touchdowns and added a 44-yard field goal and a 31-yard single. Paul Colborne and Greg Vavra split the Calgary quarterbacking, with Mr. Vavra, in his first university game, rushing 4 yards for the Dinosaurs' first touchdown in the third quarter. Darcy Krogh and Vic Stevenson caught touchdown passes for Calgary, while Tony Kuchera converted all 3 and added 35- and 45-yard field goals. Tim Petros led the Dinosaurs' rushing attack with 18 carries for 75 yards.

Baseball
Brian Downing singled in the winning run in the 9th inning as the California Angels edged the Cleveland Indians 9-8 to regain first place in the American League East Division. The Angels had scored 5 runs in the 8th inning on 3 home runs, only to have the Indians rally with 4 to tie.

The Philadelphia Phillies, mired in fourth place in the National League East Division, fired manager Danny Ozark and replaced him with Dallas Green. The Phillies had finished first under Mr. Ozark for the previous three years, but had a record of 65-67 in 1979 when the change was made.

25 years ago
1984

Politics and government

It was reported that Israeli Labor Party leader Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, leader of the Likud bloc, had agreed on a national unity government in which first Mr. Peres and then Mr. Shamir would serve as Prime Minister for 25 months. Under the plan, Labor and Likud would have 12 ministers each in the 24-member cabinet.

Television
The Canadian cable network MuchMusic began broadcasting.

Disasters
The state of Montana, which was experiencing, dry, windy, and hot weather, was afflicted by more than a dozen large fires covering 250,000 acres during the last days of August. The flames claimed $10.5 million in damages, and U.S. President Ronald Reagan provided disaster relief. 1,000 volunteers from seven states fought a fire on Houghton Creek in the extreme northwestern corner of the state.

Football
CFL
Toronto (7-2) 23 @ Ottawa (3-6) 20

The teams were going in opposite directions: it was the sixth straight win for the Argonauts, and the fifth straight loss for the Rough Riders. Lester Brown scored 3 touchdowns for Toronto, while Tim McCray, playing his first CFL game, rushed for both Ottawa touchdowns; his second score covered 81 yards. Rough Rider quarterback J.C. Watts was sacked 8 times, while Argonaut quarterbacks Condredge Holloway and Joe Barnes were sacked a total of 6 times. 25,708 were in attendance at Lansdowne Park.

20 years ago
1989

Personal

This blogger put in his final day as librarian at the University of Alberta School of Native Studies.

Popular culture
Buckingham Palace confirmed that Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips were separating.

Labour
Arbitrator Thomas Roberts ordered the major league baseball owners to pay $10.5 million in damages as a result of their collusion against free agents after the 1985 season.

Football
CFL
British Columbia (3-5) 39 @ Ottawa (0-8) 30

The first defensive convert in Canadian Football League history proved to be the deciding play as the Lions won their third straight game. Rookie Tony Kimbrough’s third touchdown pass of the game, to Don Johnston, had pulled the Rough Riders into a 30-30 tie with 5:30 remaining in the fourth quarter. On the convert attempt, holder Tom Schimmer fumbled the snap, B.C. defensive back Keith Gooch recovered, and lateralled to linebacker Alondra Johnson, who raced the length of the field to score 2 points for the Lions to give them a 32-30 lead. It was the first such score since a rule change in 1988 had made a fumbled or missed convert attempt a live ball. The Lions put the game away 4 minutes later with a 20-yard touchdown run by Anthony Parker, who finished with 124 yards on 12 carries. B.C. quarterback Matt Dunigan threw 3 touchdown passes, 2 of them to David Williams. Gerald Alphin caught 2 of Mr. Kimbrough’s scoring passes. 18,576 witnessed an entertaining game at Lansdowne Park.

10 years ago
1999

Protest

Pro-Indonesian militias inside East Timor resumed attacks against those in the province who desired autonomy or independence from Indonesia. The result of the previous day’s referendum on the subject hadn’t yet been announced.

Terrorism
An explosion in a Moscow shopping centre killed one person and injured about 40.

Baseball
Down 12-4, the Cleveland Indians rallied for 10 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to defeat the Anaheim Angels 14-12 at Jacobs Field in Cleveland. First baseman Richie Sexson led the Indian attack with 4 hits and 5 RBIs.

August 30, 2009

80 years ago
1929

Baseball

The Pittsburgh Pirates amassed 21 hits as they routed the Chicago Cubs 15-0 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Pie Traynor went 5 for 5 to lead the attack. Heinie Meine pitched the shutout.

60 years ago
1949

On the radio

Philo Vance, starring Jackson Beck
Tonight’s episode: The Brotherly Murder Case

50 years ago
1959


Baseball
The Chicago White Sox swept a doubleheader from the Cleveland Indians to increase their lead over the Indians in the American League to 6½ games. Early Wynn won the opener 6-3, and the White Sox won the second game 9-4. 66,586 were in attendance at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland.

40 years ago
1969

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: In the Year 2525--Zager and Evans

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Honky Tonk Women--The Rolling Stones (2nd week at #1)

Calgary’s top 10
1 Honky Tonk Women--The Rolling Stones
2 Sugar, Sugar--The Archies
3 Lay Lady Lay--Bob Dylan
4 The Ballad of John and Yoko--The Beatles
5 Give Peace a Chance--Plastic Ono Band
6 Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town--Kenny Rogers and the First Edition
7 Get Together--The Youngbloods
8 Polk Salad Annie--Tony Joe White
9 Soul Deep--The Box Tops
10 In the Year 2525--Zager and Evans
Pick hit of the week: Change of Heart--Dennis Yost and the Classics IV

Soul Deep was the third hit by the Box Tops to have been written by Wayne Carson Thompson; the others were The Letter and Neon Rainbow.

Politics and government
In Ghana’s first nationwide general election since 1956, the Progress party of Dr. Kofi Busia was assured a majority of the 71 seats in the National Assembly.

Baseball
The Washington Senators overcame second baseman Tim Cullen’s 3 consecutive errors to beat the Oakland Athletics 11-3. Frank Howard led the attack with 4 hits (including his 41st home run of the season) and his first stolen base in 3 years.

The Baltimore Orioles beat the California Angels 6-3, led by Merv Rettenmund’s 3 hits.

30 years ago
1979


Terrorism
Two suspected members of the Irish Republican Army were charged with the murder on August 27 of Lord Louis Mountbatten.

Scandal
U.S. presidential aide Richard Harden was alleged to have perjured himself in testimony to the grand jury investigating a supposed plan to fix the legal problems of fugitive financier Robert Vesco.

Oil
The chief of Iran’s national oil company in Tehran said that the shipment of two million gallons of diesel oil and kerosene bought from the United States wasn’t needed, and would instead be sold at a higher price on the world market.

Business
Chrysler Corporation’s two top executives, president Lee Iacocca and chairman John Riccardo, announced that they would reduce their salaries to $1 a year for two years unless the company returned to profitability before then.

Labour
The United Auto Workers picked General Motors as a "target company" in negotiations for a new contract that would set the pace for other auto industry agreements in the fall.

Disasters
A Peruvian cargo ship travelling down the Mississippi River veered out of control and rammed a butane tank barge, setting off a huge fireball and killing four people.

25 years ago
1984


Space
The U.S. space shuttle Discovery lifted off on its maiden voyage from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The crew of 6 included Judy Resnick, the second American woman in space.

Baseball
The Montreal Expos, in fifth place in the National League East Division with a record of 64-67, fired manager Bill Virdon and replaced him with Jim Fanning.

20 years ago
1989


World events
The U. S. State Department advised American citizens in Colombia to consider leaving that country. 11,000 people had been arrested since the August 18 assassination by hitmen of presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan.

Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (4-4) 19 @ Edmonton (7-1) 45

31,667 at Commonwealth Stadium saw the Eskimos score 31 points in the fourth quarter. Tracy Ham threw touchdown passes to Craig Ellis and Keith Wright, ran for another touchdown, and handed off to Michael Soles for another touchdown on the game’s last play. The Eskimos rolled up 228 yards rushing, led by Reggie Taylor’s 79 yards on 12 carries. Jeff Fairholm scored both Saskatchewan touchdowns, one on a 58-yard pass from Tom Burgess in the second quarter, and the other on a 42-yard pass from Kent Austin in the fourth quarter. He finished with 5 receptions for 129 yards. The Eskimos amassed 32 first downs and 435 yards in net offense. The Edmonton defense snagged four interceptions off the Roughrider quarterbacks; three of the picks were by Enis Jackson, and the other was by Larry Wruck.

CIAU
Alberta (0-1) 9 @ British Columbia (1-0) 18

Jim Stewart rushed 28 times for 180 yards as the Thunderbirds rolled up 26 first downs and 427 yards net offense at Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver. The only UBC touchdown came on a 1-yard run by Scott Findlay with 1:22 left in the game. Roger Hennig converted and added 3 field goals and 2 singles. The Golden Bears, who picked up just 7 first downs, scored on a 58-yard pass from Jeff Steinberg to Jason Whaley, converted by Steve Kasowski.

10 years ago
1999


World events
Residents of East Timor voted to secede from Indonesia in a referendum sponsored by the United Nations.

Baseball
Second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo went 6 for 6 with 3 home runs and a double, 6 runs, and 5 runs batted in to lead the New York Mets to a 17-1 rout of the Houston Astros.

Barry Bonds hit 2 home runs, including a 2-run shot to end the game, as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 at 3Com Park at Candlestick Point in San Francisco.

August 29, 2009

75 years ago
1934

Baseball

A capacity crowd at Shibe Park in Philadelphia witnessed Schoolboy Rowe’s winning streak end at 16 games as the Athletics knocked the rookie sensation out of the box in the 7th inning in defeating the Detroit Tigers 13-5 in the second game of a doubleheader.

70 years ago
1939

Baseball

The Detroit Tigers scored a run in the bottom of the 9th inning off Spud Chandler to beat the New York Yankees 8-7 at Briggs Stadium in Detroit, ending the Yankees’ winning streak at 10. Joe DiMaggio, hitting .403, had tied the game with a 3-run home run in the top of the 9th.

60 years ago
1949

On the radio

Murder By Experts, hosted by John Dickson Carr, on MBS
Today’s episode: It’s Luck that Counts

Abominations
The U.S.S.R. tested its first atomic bomb.

50 years ago
1959

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: Only Sixteen--Craig Douglas

Football
CFL
Ottawa (0-3) 1 @ Hamilton (3-0) 34
Winnipeg (3-2) 61 @ Saskatchewan (0-4) 8

Winnipeg quarterback Jim Van Pelt set a record (since broken) with 7 touchdown passes. He was pulled from the game in favour of Kenny Ploen after his sixth touchdown pass, but when it was brought to Bud Grant’s attention that Mr. Van Pelt had a shot at a record, the Blue Bomber head coach put his starter back in. Mr. Ploen threw a touchdown pass of his own during his time at quarterback. Ernie Pitts caught 5 of the touchdown passes (4 from Mr. Van Pelt, 1 from Mr. Ploen), a record yet unequalled.

ORFU
Kitchener-Waterloo (1-2) 13 @ Sarnia (3-0) 14
Detroit (0-3) 20 @ London (2-1) 30

40 years ago
1969

Hit parade

Edmonton’s top 10 (CJCA)
1 Sugar, Sugar--The Archies
2 Honky Tonk Women--The Rolling Stones
3 A Boy Named Sue--Johnny Cash
4 Give Peace a Chance--Plastic Ono Band
5 That’s the Way God Planned It--Billy Preston
6 Lay Lady lay--Bob Dylan
7 True Grit--Glen Campbell
8 Get Together--The Youngbloods
9 In the Year 2525--Zager and Evans
10 Goo Goo Barabajagal--Donovan and the Jeff Beck Group

Terrorism
An Arab man and woman with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine hijacked a TWA jet over southern Italy, diverting the Boeing 707, bound for Athens and Tel Aviv, to Damascus. The 113 passengers and crew, including several Israelis and Americans, were reported safe. The hijacking was described as a counterblow against the U.S. sale of Phantom jet fighters to Israel. It was the 42nd hijacking of an American plane since 1961 and the first outside the western hemisphere.

World events
The British and Northern Irish governments announced agreement on a series of civil rights reforms designed to ease the causes of religious strife by ending discrimination against the Roman Catholic minority in Northern Ireland.

Music
Steppenwolf performed at the Edmonton Gardens.

Baseball
First baseman Joe Pepitone quit the New York Yankees after being fined $500 for leaving the bench during a game.

Former Yankee Jim Bouton made his first National League start for the Houston Astros, losing 4-2 to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 10 innings at the Astrodome.

Two sensational catches by rookie outfielder Oscar Gamble in the 9th inning preserved a 2-1 win for Bill Hands and the Chicago Cubs over the Atlanta Braves, improving the Cubs’ lead over the New York Mets in the National League East Division to 3½ games.

30 years ago
1979


Diplomacy
The U.S.A. called on Israel to halt its pre-emptive strikes against southern Lebanon, and called on the Palestine Liberation Organization to end its attacks on Israel and withdraw from the border area.

Crime
Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, 35, was convicted of the 1970 killing of his pregnant wife and two young daughters when he was a Green Beret captain at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. According to the prosecution, Dr. MacDonald had a fight with his wife on February 17, 1970, and became so enraged that he killed her in a "brief, tragic moment," killed his older daughter while in the rage, and later decided that he would have to kill the younger daughter in order to establish a defense. Dr. MacDonald had claimed that his apartment had been invaded by at least four young people who chanted, "Acid is groovy, kill the pigs." He said he was wakened by screams and was beaten and stabbed by two young men. The prosecution contended that Dr. MacDonald inflicted wounds upon himself to support his story, and introduced a blood-stained issue of Esquire magazine found in the living room that contained an article about the Charles Manson "family," who had murdered actress Sharon Tate and others in August 1969.

Football
CFL
Montreal (4-3) 29 @ Ottawa (3-3-1) 31

Martin Cox, playing his first game in the Canadian Football League, caught 7 passes for 180 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the Rough Riders’ attack. Defensive back Dickie Harris returned a Gerry Organ punt 59 yards for one of the Alouettes’ touchdowns.

Baseball
The Kansas City Royals blasted the Milwaukee Brewers 18-8. The Brewers used third baseman Sal Bando as a relief pitcher for 3 innings, followed by infielder Jim Gantner for an inning, and catcher Buck Martinez for an inning.

The Baltimore Orioles swept a doubleheader from the Minnesota Twins 4-0 and 7-4. Scott McGregor pitched the shutout in the opener, and Eddie Murray hit 3 consecutive home runs and drove in all 7 Baltimore runs in the second game.

25 years ago
1984

Died on this date
Colonel Tommie Douglas Benefield
. U.S. test pilot. Col. Benefield was killed and two other crewmen injured in the crash of a prototype of the B-1 bomber in the Mojave Desert in California. Although the United States Air Force offered no immediate explanation for the accident, there were reports that the B-1 had veered to avoid a plane filming the test flight, lost power, and crashed. The crew ejected in an escape capsule, which struck the ground hard, causing the death of Col. Benefield. The crash, the first ever in 127 test flights of B-1 prototypes, was not expected to delay the bomber program, although production of the plane was expected to continue to face opposition from some members of Congress.

Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the index of leading economic indicators fell 0.8% in July--the second straight monthly decline--and that the U.S. trade deficit in July had been a record $14.06 billion.

Baseball
Bob Brenly’s inside-the-park home run in the 11th inning gave the San Francisco Giants a 4-3 win over the Montreal Expos at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. The Giants had tied the game with 2 out in the 9th on an error by Expos’ third baseman Tim Wallach. For the second time in recent games, Expos’ mascot Youppi was ejected.

Rick Sutcliffe won his 11th straight decision as the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Mr. Sutcliffe improved his record to 13-1 since joining the Cubs earlier in the season from the Cleveland Indians.

20 years ago
1989


Politics and government
The Iranian parliament approved all 22 cabinet nominees of new President Hojatolislam Hashemi Rafsanjani. The move was seen as a strong endorsement of a shift toward less radical policies.

Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the U.S. economy grew at a 2.7% annual rate in the second quarter of 1989, much higher than the previous 1.7% estimate.

Football
CFL
Toronto (4-4) 6 @ Winnipeg (4-4) 34

Winnipeg quarterback Sean Salisbury threw 2 touchdown passes to Ken Winey and 1 to Jeff Smith, and backup quarterback Lee Saltz completed a touchdown pass to Perry Tuttle. Argo quarterback Gilbert Renfroe completed just 13 of 34 passes, and threw 4 interceptions; John Congemi was no better in relief, completing 2 of 6 passes with 2 interceptions. Two of the Blue Bomber interceptions were by Rod Hill, giving him 6 for the season. The Blue Bomber defense held Gill Fenerty to 7 yards rushing on 4 carries.

CIAU
Calgary (1-0) 22 @ Manitoba (0-1) 10

Baseball
The Chicago Cubs, trailing 9-0 after 5 innings, came back to beat the Houston Astros 10-9 in 10 innings at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Outfielder Dwight Smith, who had entered the game as a defensive replacement, drove in 3 runs, including the tying and winning runs. He also threw out a runner at home plate.

10 years ago
1999

Baseball

In their last game at Tiger Stadium, the visiting Baltimore Orioles beat the Detroit Tigers 11-4, as Albert Belle hit 4 doubles.

Friday, 21 August 2009

August 28, 2009

400 years ago
1609

Exploration

Henry Hudson discovered the Delaware River.

110 years ago
1899

Baseball

Jesse Burkett hit 2 inside-the-park home runs as the St. Louis Perfectos outlasted the Washington Senators 14-12.

100 years ago
1909

Baseball

In the first game of a doubleheader at South Side Park in Chicago, Washington pitcher Dolly Gray walked 8 White Sox in the 2nd inning, including 7 in a row. The resulting 6 runs were enough for a 6-4 victory for the White Sox, who managed just 1 hit against Mr. Gray. The Nationals won the second game 2-1.

90 years ago
1919

Baseball

Fighting a cold, Washington Nationals’ ace Walter Johnson gave up 19 hits and lost 5-4 to the New York Yankees when Bucky Harris, playing his first major league game, allowed a pop fly to fall among three players in the 14th inning.

80 years ago
1929

Baseball

Donie Bush resigned as manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates and was replaced by coach Jewel Ens. The Pirates were second in the National League at the time with a record of 67-51.

75 years ago
1934

Baseball

The Philadelphia Athletics and New York Yankees split a doubleheader. Jimmie Foxx hit his 33rd home run of the season, a 2-run shot in the 8th inning, to help the Athletics win the opener 4-3. The Yankees won the second game 2-1, with the only Philadelphia run coming on Mr. Foxx’s 34th home run of the season.

70 years ago
1939

Baseball

Joe DiMaggio’s grand slam helped the New York Yankees rout the Detroit Tigers 18-2, a day after the Yankees had beaten the Tigers 13-3.

60 years ago
1949

Baseball

The New York Yankees scored 6 runs in the 9th inning to defeat the Chicago White Sox 8-7 in the first game of a doubleheader at Comiskey Park in Chicago. It was a costly win for the Yankees, as outfielder Tommy Henrich fractured two vertebrae when he crashed into the wall going after a fly ball. Allie Reynolds improved to 13-4 as the Yankees took the second game 7-5, despite losing first baseman Johnny Mize with a dislocated shoulder.

50 years ago
1959

Football

CFL
Toronto (1-2) 6 @ Montreal (2-1) 24

Baseball
The Chicago White Sox extended their lead over the Cleveland Indians in the American League to 2½ games with a 7-3 win over the Indians before 70,398 at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland. Sherm Lollar’s 20th home run of the season, a 3-run blow in the 7th inning, put the game away. Bob Shaw was the winning pitcher.

Art Ditmar had a home run and 3 RBIs while giving up just 2 hits as the New York Yankees defeated the Washington Senators 5-0.

66,068 were in attendance at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to see Willie Mays hit a 3-run home run to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 5-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Winning pitcher Sam Jones gave up just 3 hits.

Joe Cunningham hit a 2-run double with 2 out in the 9th inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Don Newcombe took the loss.

40 years ago
1969

War

A North Korean spokesman in Panmunjom said that all three crew members of the U.S. helicopter shot down over North Korea on August 17 were alive. Two men were reported to be seriously injured.

Society
A United States federal appeals court in New Orleans granted the administration of President Richard Nixon a delay of court-ordered desegregation of school districts in Mississippi in a case that civil rights lawyers warned could initiate a wave of requests for similar delays throughout the south. The court ruled, however, that districts must proceed toward integration before the end of the school year.

Law
The New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit in a United States federal court charging that marijuana smoke was dangerous neither to the user nor society, and further, that marijuana should not be classed with heroin and other dangerous drugs.

Protest
A city-arranged truce in Pittsburgh that suspended work on several major construction projects after Negroes protested what they saw as discriminatory hiring practices led to demonstrations by white construction workers, who chanted "We want work!" and "Wallace in ‘72!"

Baseball
At a press conference in New York, baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn announced the publication of The Baseball Encyclopedia, and held up a copy of the 6½-pound book.

Jim Northrup went 6 for 6 and hit a 2-run home run over the Tiger Stadium roof to end the game as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Oakland Athletics 5-3 in 13 innings.

The Montreal Expos came from behind to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-5, with Canadian pitcher Claude Raymond getting his first win since joining the Expos.

30 years ago
1979

Terrorism

The day after the murders of Lord Louis Mountbatten and 18 British soldiers in separate events by Irish Republican Army terrorists in separate events, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher made a quick trip to Northern Ireland "to demonstrate that we care." She visited several army and police bases.

Diplomacy
After two days of talks in China with Chinese Deputy Prime Minister Deng Xiaoping, U.S. Vice-President Walter Mondale told a news conference that the friendship between the United States and China was "not directed against anyone," and that the U.S.A. sought improved relations with both China and the U.S.S.R.

War
A temporary cease-fire went into effect between Iranian government troops and Kurdish rebels.

Energy
U.S. Energy Secretary Charles Duncan told the governors of nine northeastern states that he would establish a 10-million-barrel reserve of home heating oil in the region to help insure adequate supplies for the follwoing winter.

Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (0-7) 1 @ Winnipeg (2-5) 30
Toronto (4-3) 13 @ Edmonton (5-0-2) 28
Calgary (5-2) 17 @ British Columbia (6-1-1) 18

Blue Bomber quarterback Dieter Brock threw 2 touchdown passes to Mike Holmes and another to rookie Walt Passaglia before 25,159 at Winnipeg Stadium. Saskatchewan quarterback Tom Clements, playing what turned out to be his last game with the Roughriders, was pulled at halftime in favour of Larry Dick.

Eskimo quarterbacks Tom Wilkinson (4) and Warren Moon (2) combined to throw 6 interceptions, but Mr. Wilkinson threw touchdown passes to Waddell Smith, John Konihowski, and Tom Scott as the Eskimos finally prevailed. Mr. Scott’s touchdown came when he took a short swing pass, hurdled a diving Argonaut tackler, and had a clear path to the end zone. Peter Muller scored the lone Argonaut touchdown on a pass from Tony Adams. 42,778 were on hand at Commonwealth Stadium.

30,018 at Empire Stadium in Vancouver saw backup quarterback Joe Paopao move the Lions 81 yards in the last 33 seconds, ending the game with a 12-yard touchdown pass to veteran Jim Young on the last play of the game. The other B.C. touchdown came on a pass from Jerry Tagge to Terry Bailey. Willie Burden ran 5 yards for a Stampeder touchdown in the first quarter, and John Hufnagel threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to Willie Armstead in the fourth quarter to give Calgary a 17-12 lead, just 27 seconds after a Lui Passaglia field goal had given the Lions a 12-10 lead. So many fans went onto the field after the winning touchdown that the convert wasn’t attempted.

Baseball
The Los Angeles Dodgers released pitcher Andy Messersmith, ending his career with a record of 130-99 and an earned run average of 2.86.

25 years ago
1984

Politics and government

Walter Mondale, Democratic party candidate for President of the United States, received the endorsements of Rev. Jesse Jackson and three dozen other Negro leaders after agreeing to bring more Negroes into his campaign. Mr. Mondale also received the endorsement of John Anderson, an independent candidate for President in 1980.

20 years ago
1989

Music

The Beach Boys’ album Still Cruisin' was released on Capitol Records. The album contained some new songs--including the title track, a current single--as well as being padded with several old songs. Brian Wilson contributed one new track, In My Car. It was the last new Beach Boys album to be widely issued on vinyl as well as cassette and compact disc.

Football
CFL
Calgary (5-3) 34 @ Hamilton (5-3) 22

Baseball
The New York Mets edged the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0, as Frank Viola outduelled Orel Hershiser in the first matchup of defending Cy Young Award winners in major league history.

10 years ago
1999

Space

Two Russian cosmonauts and one French astronaut, who had left the Russian space station Mir the day before, landed in Kazakhstan.

Football
CIS pre-season
Alberta (0-1) 0 Saskatchewan (1-0) 21 @ Lloydminster

Thursday, 20 August 2009

August 27, 2009

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Brenda Kiema!

150 years ago
1859

Oil

Edwin Drake drilled the first successful U.S. oil well near Titusville, Pennsylvania.

120 years ago
1889

Baseball

Jocko Milligan had 4 hits and 6 runs batted in to lead the St. Louis Browns to a 19-1 rout of the Kansas City Cowboys in an American Association game at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis.

110 years ago
1899

Baseball

Rookie outfielder Emmett Heidrick had a double and 3 singles, 2 stolen bases, and was hit by a pitch to lead the St. Louis Perfectos to a 16-2 win over the Washington Senators at League Park in St. Louis.

60 years ago
1949


On the radio
Tales of Fatima, starring Basil Rathbone, on CBS
Tonight’s episode: Intent to Kill

Law
Former Mexican League baseball players Max Lanier and Fred Martin dropped their $2.5 million suit against baseball for banning them from the major leagues after jumping to the Mexican League in 1946.

Football
IRFU
Ottawa (1-0) 7 @ Montreal (0-1) 6

14,958 were on hand at Royals Stadium to witness the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union season opener.

WIFU
Saskatchewan (0-1) 8 @ Winnipeg (1-0) 13

The Blue Bombers’ win was worth just one point in the standings. As a way of attempting to allow for the imbalance in the schedule created by the Edmonton Eskimos’ reentry into the Western Interprovincial Football Union, two of the Winnipeg-Saskatchewan games and two of the Edmonton-Calgary games were worth just one point. Winnipeg and Saskatchewan played each other 6 times during the season, while playing each of the other teams 4 times. Similarly, Calgary and Edmonton played each other 6 times, while playing 4 games against each of the other teams. A capacity crowd of 6,500 witnessed the game at Osborne Stadium.

Baseball
Ralph Kiner hit his eighth home run in the last 14 games, and the Pittsburgh Pirates took advantage of 5 errors to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-2 at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. Ernie Bonham went the distance to improve his record to 7-4 in what turned out to be his last game. He was taken to hospital shortly after the game, and was operated on for appendicitis. Complications set in, and he died on September 15.

50 years ago
1959


Football
CFL
Edmonton (2-1) 16 @ Winnipeg (2-2) 1

Homer Floyd and Jackie Parker scored touchdowns, with Mr. Parker making 1 of 2 convert attempts. Tommy-Joe Coffey added a field goal, his first points in the Canadian Football League.

40 years ago
1969


Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (4-1) 14 @ Winnipeg (2-3) 16
Toronto (4-1) 24 @ Edmonton (1-4) 12

Winnipeg quarterback Wally Gabler, in his first start since being traded from the Toronto Argonauts, led the Blue Bombers to one of the decade’s biggest upsets. He completed just 7 of 16 passes, but Amos Van Pelt ran 32 yards for a Blue Bomber touchdown, while Pierre Guindon converted and added 2 field goals. George Reed scored the only Roughrider touchdown on a 3-yard run. The win moved the Blue Bombers into sole possession of third place in the CFL’s Western Conference. Tom Wilkinson, in his first appearance in Edmonton, rushed for one touchdown and passed to Bill Symons for another. Dick Thornton scored the other Argonaut touchdown on an interception return. Corey Colehour scored an early touchdown for the Eskimos on a quarterback sneak. Dave Cutler's convert attempt was blocked by Allan Ray Aldridge, but Mr. Cutler added 2 field goals in the third quarter, both of which resulted from interceptions by Joe Hernandez.

Baseball
The Cincinnati Reds defeated the slumping Chicago Cubs 6-3, as Tony Cloninger won over Ken Holtzman. It was the 7th loss in the last 8 games for the Cubs, whose lead in the National League East Division was now just 2 games over the New York Mets. The Mets defeated the San Diego Padres 4-1 at San Diego Stadium for their 74th win of the season, a club record.

30 years ago
1979

Died on this date

Lord Louis Mountbatten, 79. U.K. military leader and statesman. Lord Mountbatten, along with his teenage grandson and another teenage boy, was killed when a bomb planted by Irish Republican Army terrorists exploded aboard his fishing boat a mile off the coast of County Sligo in northwestern Ireland. Four other passengers were seriously injured, one of whom died the next day.

Terrorism
Hours after the murder of Lord Mountbatten, 18 British soldiers were killed in two booby-trap bomb attacks by the Irish Republican Army at Warrenpoint, South Down, 35 miles south of Belfast, close to the border with the Irish Republic.

World events
The Soviet jetliner carrying Ludmila Vlasova, wife of dancer Aleksandr Godunov, who had defected to the United States four days earlier, was allowed to leave the United States after Miss Vlasova assured American officials (in an "uncoercive environment") that she was leaving of her own free will. The plane had been detained for two days.

Diplomacy
In the first broadcast address by an American leader to the Chinese people, U.S. Vice-President Walter Mondale said that "a strong and secure and modernizing China" was in the American interest in the coming decade. He disclosed that the U.S.A. was prepared to extend $2 billion in trade credits to China over five years. The two countries signed an extended cultural exchange pact and a protocol under which the U.S.A. would help China develop hydroelectric power. Mr. Mondale and Chinese Deputy Premier Deng Xiaoping also had lengthy discussions about the situation in Cambodia.

Labour
Teachers struck across the United States as students returned from vacation. Disputes were reported from six midwestern states as well as New Orleans, and Oklahoma City.

10 years ago
1999


Space
The Russian space station Mir was vacated by its last crew--two Russian cosmonauts and a French astronaut--after the Russian government decided to abandon the aging station because of funding problems.

It was reported in the journal Science that, for the first time ever, liquid water had been found in an object from space. In 1998 a meterorite had fallen to earth in Monahans, Texas. Scientists put its age at 4.5 billion years. Halite crystals, or salt crystals, similar to those formed on earth by evaporating water, were visible; scientists found tiny pockets of briny water inside the crystals.

Labour
Major league baseball umpires were warned by the league presidents that they would be fired if they struck the following week. There had been talk of a strike over baseball's refusal to allow 22 umpires to withdraw their resignations‚ which were effective on September 2.

Football
CFL
Toronto (4-4) 5 @ Montreal (5-2) 20
Hamilton (4-4) 30 @ Edmonton (2-6) 23 (OT)

19,761 were on hand at Molson Stadium to watch Barron Miles return an interception 101 yards for an Alouette touchdown. Toronto quarterbacks Jay Barker and Jim Ballard failed to generate much offense. The other touchdown came on a 12-yard run by quarterback Tracy Ham.

Hamilton quarterback Danny McManus rushed 2 yards for a touchdown at 3:03 of the first overtime period to give the Tiger-Cats their win. The score was set up by a Kyle Walters interception of a Dan Crowley pass at midfield, returned to the Edmonton 31, followed by 4 rushing plays by Ronald Williams for 29 yards. Mr. Crowley was in the game because starting quarterback Marcus Crandell had injured his ankle making a bad play on a roll-out late in the 4th quarter. Eskimo receiver Fred Bailey, in the game of his career, appeared to have given the Eskimos a win when he scored on a 57-yard pass from Mr. Crandell with 2:55 left in the fourth quarter. Jon Baker’s convert gave the Eskimos a 23-20 lead, but Mr. McManus drove the Tiger-Cats to the Eskimo 1-yard line before Paul Osbaldiston tied the game with an 8-yard field goal with 19 seconds left. Ronald Williams carried 25 times for 136 yards and caught 4 passes for 25 to lead the Tiger-Cat attack. Danny McManus completed 25 of 34 passes for 395 yards; 8 of the completions went to Darren Flutie for 116 yards and 2 touchdowns. Fred Bailey caught 8 for 162 yards, and amassed 200 more in kickoff returns, including 60 on the opening kickoff. This blogger was one of the 34,180 in attendance, and it might have been the longest game I’ve ever been to. The game started shortly after 8 P.M., and finally ended at about 11:45. It was a beautiful night at Commonwealth Stadium, and during the slow stretches, one could observe the moon gradually working its way across the sky. Eskimo defensive back Kavis Reed, a good friend of this blogger, suffered a career-ending neck injury in the first quarter. he was down for a long time, but was able to get to his feet and make his way to the bench before being taken to hospital.

Baseball
The Cincinnati Reds defeated the Montreal Expos 4-1, as Reds’ pitcher Ron Villone ended the 31-game hitting streak of Expos’ outfielder Vladimir Guerrero.

The Cleveland Indians obtained veteran designated hitter Harold Baines from the Baltimore Orioles for pitcher Juan Aracena and a player to be named later.

August 26, 2009

140 years ago
1869

Baseball

With the Cincinnati Red Stockings and Troy Haymakers tied 17-17 after 5 innings, Troy catcher William Craver claimed to catch a foul tip by Cal McVey for an out. When the umpire disagreed, the Haymakers left the field, and the Red Stockings were awarded a victory by forfeit. The umpire’s decision was later overruled, and the game was officially ruled a tie.

125 years ago
1884

Baseball

Dick Burns pitched the Union Association's first 9-inning no-hitter as he led the Cincinnati Outlaw Reds to a 3-1 win over the Kansas City Unions at Athletic Park in Kansas City. Charlie Gagus of the Washington Nationals had pitched a no-hitter against the Wilmington Quicksteps 5 days earlier in a game that was called after 8 innings.

120 years ago
1889

Baseball

King Kelly saved a 5-4 win for the Boston Beaneaters over the Philadelphia Phillies at Huntington Grounds in Philadelphia when he crossed the plate with the winning run in the 12th inning, then grabbed the ball away from Phillies’ catcher Sid Farrar to prevent a throw to first base to retire the batter Dick Johnston, who had neglected to run the play out after hitting the ball. Mr. Kelly was attacked by a mob of fans and had to hide under the grandstand, protected by players from both teams, until extra police arrived.

80 years ago
1929

Died on this date
Albert G. Mills, 84
. U.S. baseball executive. Mr. Mills was president of the National League in 1883-1884, and was author of the National Agreement and the reserve rule that governed baseball during its early years.

With the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 8th inning at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Cubs’ third baseman Norm McMillan, batting with the bases loaded, hit a line drive down the left field line that Reds’ left fielder Evar Swanson was unable to find after he saw the ball bounce off a gutter in foul territory. Mr. McMillan ended up with an inside-the-park grand slam. Later, Chicago pitcher Ken Penner picked up his jacket in the bullpen and found the ball in his right sleeve.

70 years ago
1939

On television today

The Brooklyn Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds split a doubleheader before 33,535 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn in the first major league baseball games ever televised. National Broadcasting Company station W2XBS, based in the Empire State Building, broadcast a 5-2 Reds’ win in the opener, followed by a 6-1 Dodgers’ win. Viewers from as far as 50 miles away could see the broadcast. The man calling the action and conducting pre-game interviews was Dodgers’ broadcaster Red Barber.

60 years ago
1949

On the radio

A Book at Bedtime, read by Laidman Browne, on BBC Light Programme
Tonight’s episode: The Bruce-Partington Plans, Part 5

Baseball
The Boston Red Sox swept a doubleheader from the Chicago White Sox 11-4 and 10-7, and moved to within 1½ games of the American League-leading New York Yankees. Mel Parnell picked up his 20th win of the season in the opener, and Ted Williams hit his 31st and 32nd home runs of the season in that game. Bobby Doerr added to the Boston attack by going 4 for 4. Mr. Williams added 3 hits in the second game, and Johnny Pesky had 4, as Ellis Kinder improved his record to 16-5.

At Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, the Indians beat the Yankees 5-3 as Al Benton outduelled Vic Raschi.

50 years ago
1959

Diplomacy

U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower arrived at Wahn Airport in Bonn to begin a European tour, and assured West Germany that the United States would stand by West Germany in her efforts to remain free.

Baseball
The Cleveland Indians defeated the New York Yankees 5-4 for their eighth straight win. Rocky Colavito’s 8th-inning home run broke a 4-4 tie and enabled Jim Perry to win in relief of Gary Bell.

In a typical promotion for Chicago White Sox’ owner Bill Veeck, it was Al Smith Day at Comiskey Park, with every fan named Smith‚ Schmidt‚ Smythe or Smithe admitted free and given a button stating "I'm a Smith and I'm for Al." Chicago outfielder Al Smith went hitless as the White Sox lost 7-6 to the Boston Red Sox. Bill Monbouquette was the winning pitcher.

40 years ago
1969


Music
The Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton hosted Youth Scene '69, with CHED disc jockey Bob McCord as MC. The Turtles were the headline act; other acts included Gainsborough Gallery; Wes Dakus; and Barry Allen. Tickets were priced at $2 and $2.50.

Protest
Protests led by the Black Construction Coalition against "discriminatory hiring practices" at several construction sites in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania continued. In a skirmish near Three Rivers Stadium, police arrested 180 people. 45, including 12 policemen, were injured.

Law
American civil rights lawyers held a meeting to draft a protest against what they considered a slackening in the enforcement of civil rights laws by the administration of President Richard Nixon. The meeting took place as reports spread in Washington of widespread dissatisfaction among career civil rights lawyers over the government’s request to delay desegregation in 33 Mississippi counties.

Disasters
15 were reported dead and 15 hurt when a Soviet plane crashed in the outskirts of Moscow.

Baseball
Willie McCovey hit his 40th home run of the season and drove in 6 runs, and Bobby Bonds batted in another 5, as the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 13-4 for their sixth straight win, allowing them to retain a ½-game lead in the National League West Division. Winning pitcher Gaylord Perry improved his record to 16-10.

30 years ago
1979


Baseball
Tom Seaver notched his 11th straight win as he pitched the Cincinnati Reds to an 8-0 win over his former team, the New York Mets, at Shea Stadium in New York.

25 years ago
1984


Politics and government
U.S. Democratic party presidential candidate Walter Mondale claimed that President Ronald Reagan regarded arms control as "weakness."

Football
CFL
Montreal (3-5) 23 @ Toronto (6-2) 29
Saskatchewan (1-6-1) 28 @ Winnipeg (7-1) 48

Toronto running back Lester Brown rushed 12 times for 73 yards and a touchdown, and caught 2 passes for 70 more as the Argonauts held off a late Montreal charge to beat the Concordes before 35,319 at Exhibition Stadium. Willard Reaves rushed 18 times for 124 yards and a touchdown and caught 2 passes for 39 yards and another touchdown to lead the Blue Bombers’ attack. Craig Ellis led the Roughriders with 13 carries for 74 yards and a touchdown, and 6 receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown. James Murphy returned a punt 64 yards for a Winnipeg touchdown, and Aaron Brown scored another Blue Bomber major on a 14-yard interception return. 27,213 were at Winnipeg Stadium.

Baseball
Greg Pryor’s home run in the bottom of the 16th inning gave the Kansas City Royals a 6-5 win over the Chicago White Sox before 22,971 fans at Royals Stadium in Kansas City. The blow came one out after Frank White had been picked off second base after leading off the inning with a single.

20 years ago
1989


Football
CIAU pre-season
Saskatchewan 27 Alberta 30 @ Camrose, Alberta

Baseball
Robin Yount’s 6th-inning single was the only hit against Dave Stieb as the Toronto ace pitched his fifth career one-hitter, leading the Blue Jays to a 7-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers before 49,507 fans at SkyDome in Toronto.

10 years ago
1999

Football

CFL
Calgary (6-2) 36 @ Winnipeg (2-6) 11
Saskatchewan (2-6) 21 @ British Columbia (6-2) 28

Baseball
Steroid Sammy Sosa’s 53rd home run of the season gave the Chicago Cubs an 11-10 win over the San Francisco Giants.

Randy Johnson reached 300 strikeouts in a season in record time, fanning 9 in getting his 14th win of the season as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Florida Marlins 12-2.

Track and field
Michael Johnson of the United States shattered Butch Reynolds's 11-year-old world record in the 400 meters in a remarkable 43.18 seconds at the World Track and Field Championships in Seville, Spain.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

August 25, 2009

400 years ago
1609

Space

Italian mathematician Galileo Galilei first demonstrated his newly-constructed telescope in Venice.

190 years ago
1819

Born on this date

Allan Pinkerton. U.K.-born U.S. detective. Mr. Pinkerton founded Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency.

125 years ago
1884

Baseball

The Chicago Browns of the Union Association completed their move to Pittsburgh. In their first game as the Pittburgh Stogies, they defeated the St. Louis Maroons 3-2.

100 years ago
1909

Baseball

Christy Mathewson joined the 20-win club for the seventh straight season, giving up 5 hits as the New York Giants edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2.

90 years ago
1919

Baseball

Babe Ruth’s 23rd home run of the season and fifth in four days led the Boston Red Sox to a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers at Navin Field in Detroit.

80 years ago
1929

Technology

At the Polo Grounds in New York, baseball fans were able to hear the calls of umpire Cy Rigler, who was wired for sound. Mr. Rigler was wearing a microphone and metal-plated shoes, and stood on a flat metal sheet behind home plate; his calls were broadcast over loudspeakers. The Giants defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-5.

Baseball
Babe Ruth’s 4th-inning home run broke a 32-inning scoreless drought for the New York Yankees, all against the St. Louis Browns. The Browns won this game 3-2.

The second-largest crowd in the history of Redland Field in Cincinnati--35,432--watched the Reds and Chicago Cubs split a doubleheader. The Reds won the opener 6-3 as Red Lucas picked up his 17th win of the season; Guy Bush won his 18th as the Cubs won the second game 10-1.

75 years ago
1934

Baseball

Rookie pitcher Schoolboy Rowe, trailing 2-1 going into the 9th inning, singled in the winning run as the Detroit Tigers beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 at Griffith Stadium in Washington. The win was Mr. Rowe’s 16th straight, tying an American League record.

Dizzy Dean, pitching in relief, couldn’t hold a 5-3 lead, and was charged with the loss as the New York Giants edged the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. The Cardinals had built up a 5-0 lead against Giants’ ace Carl Hubbell. Hal Schumacher was the winner in relief.

70 years ago
1939

At the movies

The Wizard of Oz was widely released to theatres.

Football
WIFU
Regina 12 @ Edmonton (0-1) 0

This was the first night game played by the Eskimos at Clarke Stadium.

Baseball
The New York Yankees swept a doubleheader from the St. Louis Browns at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis by scores of 11-0 and 8-2.

60 years ago
1949

On the radio

A Book at Bedtime, read by Laidman Browne, on BBC Light Programme
Tonight’s episode: The Bruce-Partington Plans, Part 4

Football
WIFU/IRFU pre-season
Calgary (0-1) 13 @ Montreal (1-0) 14

The Stampeders thought they’d been robbed of a touchdown by the shallow end zone at Royals Stadium during a late rally when a receiver caught a pass from quarterback Keith Spaith beyond the dead ball line. 18,000 were in attendance.

Baseball
In the Georgia-Alabama League, Marvin Chappell of Alexander City pitched a 1-0, 7-inning 1-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader against LaGrange, and a 7-0, 7-inning no-hitter in the second game.

50 years ago
1959

On the radio

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Carleton Hobbs and Norman Shelley, on BBC Light Programme
Tonight’s episode: Shoscombe Old Place

Baseball
Rocky Colavito hit 2 home runs to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 6-3 win over the New York Yankees at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland. It was the Indians’ seventh straight win, moving them to within 2 games of the first place Chicago White Sox.

The White Sox obtained veteran first baseman Ted Kluszewski from the Pittsburgh Pirates for pitcher Bob Sagers and well-travelled outfielder Harry "Suitcase" Simpson. For Mr. Simpson, it was the fifth time (and second this season) in which he had switched teams in his eight-year major league career.

40 years ago
1969

On the radio

The Challenge of Space, on Springbok Radio
Tonight’s episode: The Long Road Out

Society
A United States Senate subcommittee on aging was told by a study group that "millions of the elderly in the United States are living today in poverty, and most did not become poor until they became old."

The convention of the National Welfare Rights Organization in Detroit concluded with criticism of U.S. President Richard Nixon’s new welfare proposals. Speakers assailed the $1,600 annual minimum family assistance figure as inadequate and a "step backward," and called for a $3,200 minimum and the elimination of "forced work requirements."

Protest
The Black Construction Coalition, composed of several civil rights groups, began joining several hundred Negro construction workers to shut down 10 projects in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in protest against "discriminatory hiring practices" for construction jobs. Five sites were shut down to avert violence, and a five-block line of protesters halted work at five other sites.

Disasters
An Australian freighter sank off the coast of New South Wales, with 20 people missing.

Football
CFL
Hamilton (3-0-1) 27 @ Calgary (2-3) 26

Tommy-Joe Coffey's fourth field goal of the game, from 36 yards with 47 seconds remaining, gave the Tiger-Cats the win. The Stampeders scored 4 touchdowns, but Larry Robinson missed the converts on the last 2, which proved fatal. Probably the most exciting play in the game for the fans at McMahon Stadium occurred in the second quarter when Mr. Robinson had a field goal attempt blocked, and Jerry Keeling, who had been holding the ball for the kick, scooped up the loose ball and ran 25 yards for a Stampeder touchdown.

30 years ago
1979

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): My Sharona--The Knack

My Sharona was one of the worst songs of its time, but it still, unfortunately, gets airplay today.

Diplomacy
United States Vice-President Walter Mondale arrived in Beijing for a week-long visit to improve Chinese-American relations.

Crime
A sniper wounded five tourists in the heart of the Waikiki beach area of Honolulu. Police took into custody a man accused of injuring a woman in a similar attack three blocks away in 1973. He had been committed to a state hospital since the 1973 attack, but had been placed "on leave" three months before the current attack.

Environment
The United States Environmental Protection Agency granted five automobile manufacturers, including Chrysler, two-year delays in meeting the 1981 standards for carbon monoxide emissions.

Baseball
The California Angels, led by Don Baylor’s 8 runs batted in, bombed the Toronto Blue Jays 24-2.

Willie Horton hit 2 home runs, including his 9th career grand slam, to lead the Seattle Mariners to an 8-4 win over Mr. Horton’s former team, the Detroit Tigers. Champ Summers hit 2 homers for the Tigers.

Willie Wilson’s inside-the-park home run leading off the game against Mike Torrez stood up for a 1-0 win for the Kansas City Royals over the Boston Red Sox.

25 years ago
1984


Died on this date
Andy Varipapa, 93. U.S. bowler. Mr. Varipapa was famous for his trick shots, some of which can be seen in the 1934 short film Strikes and Spares.

Waite Hoyt, 84. U.S. baseball pitcher. "The Brooklyn Schoolboy" won 237 major league games and lost 182 from 1918-1938, and entered the Baseball Hall of fame in 1969. With the legendary New York Yankees of 1927, he was 22-7, leading the American League in wins and winning percentage (.759). In 1928 he was 23-7 with the Yankees, and won 2 games in the World Series. After his playing career, Mr. Hoyt spent many years as a colour commentator on radio broadcasts of Cincinnati Reds' games.

Truman Capote, 59. U.S. author. Mr. Capote was the author of such books as Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948); The Grass Harp (1951); Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1958); and In Cold Blood (1966). I can’t think of him without imitating his distinctive whiny voice.

Football
CFL
Calgary (3-5) 4 @ British Columbia (7-1) 15
38,419 at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver had trouble staying awake, as neither team scored a touchdown. Lui Passaglia handled all the Lions' scoring with 4 field goals and 3 singles.

20 years ago
1989


Music
This blogger was among the 7,000 or so who attended a concert by Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band at Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton. It was an enjoyable show (once the opening act, the untalented Mason Ruffner, was finished), but a girl a section over from me didn’t seem to be having a good time. She was drunk and vomited early in the show, appropriately enough, during Ringo’s No No Song. The band consisted of Ringo on vocals and drums; Levon Helm (drums); Jim Keltner (drums); Billy Preston (musical director and keyboards); Dr. John (keyboards); Joe Walsh (guitar); Nils Lofgren (guitar); Rick Danko (bass); and Clarence Clemons (saxophone). This blogger paid $28 for a floor seat.

Space
The unmanned Voyager 2 spacecraft sent back the first close-up pictures of Neptune and its satellites.

Defense
U.S. President George Bush announced a $65 million military aid package for Colombia.

Baseball
Gary Redus hit for the cycle as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 12-3.

10 years ago
1999

Abominations

Six years after 80 members of the Branch Davidian sect had died during a fire and attack by U.S. federal agents near Waco, Texas, the Federal Bureau of Investigation admitted that its agents had fired pyrotechnic tear gas canisters at the compound, which bounced harmlessly away. The FBI had previously denied firing any incendiary devices.

Baseball
Manny Ramirez hit 3 home runs and a double as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Oakland Athletics 12-4.

Rico Brogna went 4 for 5 with 2 home runs, 2 doubles, and 7 RBIs to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 15-1 rout of the San Diego Padres, a day after beating them 18-2.

August 24, 2009

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Sabbah Rose!

1,930 years ago
79

Disasters

Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the Italian towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

90 years ago
1919

Baseball

With just one out to go for a complete game in his debut with the Cleveland Indians at League park in Cleveland, pitcher Slim Caldwell was flattened by lightning. He thought it might have hit the metal button on his cap, coursed through his body, and exited through his metal spikes; it left him with a burn on his chest. Mr. Caldwell got up and retired Joe Dugan for the final out in a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Athletics.

Babe Ruth hit 2 home runs and singled in Harry Hooper with the winning run as the Boston Red Sox edged the Detroit Tigers 8-7 in 11 innings at Navin Field in Detroit.

75 years ago
1934

Baseball

Dizzy Dean recorded his 22nd win of the season as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Giants 5-0. Mr. Dean also had 2 singles and a stolen base as the Cardinals reduced the Giants’ lead in the National League to 6 games.

60 years ago
1949


On the radio
A Book at Bedtime, read by Laidman Browne, on BBC Light Programme
Tonight's episode: The Bruce-Partington Plans, Part 3

Defense
The North Atlantic Treaty, which had been signed on April 4, went into effect. The signatories were Belgium; Canada; Denmark; France; Iceland; Italy; Luxembourg; Netherlands; Norway; Portugal; United Kingdom; and the United States. The treaty was created with an armed attack by the Soviet Union against Western Europe in mind. The key section was Article V, which committed each member state to consider an armed attack against one state to be an armed attack against all states.

Football
IRFU/ORFU pre-season
Hamilton Wildcats (1-0) 24 Hamilton Tigers (1-2) 5

12,000 were in attendance at Civic Stadium to witness the last game between the two Hamilton senior clubs. The Wildcats were in their second season in the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union after many years in the Ontario Rugby Football Union. They had traded places with the Tigers, who moved into the ORFU in 1948 after being in the IRFU since that league’s founding in 1907.

50 years ago
1959

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A (Billboard): The Three Bells--The Browns

Football
CFL
British Columbia (2-2) 17 @ Calgary (3-1) 29
Saskatchewan (0-3) 0 @ Edmonton (1-1) 55

The game at Clarke Stadium was the most lopsided shutout in Canadian Football League history until the Roughriders topped it with a 56-0 loss in Winnipeg in 1986. Johnny Bright scored 2 touchdowns, while other Eskimo touchdowns were scored by Joe-Bob Smith, Fred Meyers, Jim Letcavits, Normie Kwong, Vic Chapman, Rollie Miles, and Jackie Parker. Mr. Parker converted all but the first score.

Baseball
New York City Parks Commissioner Robert Moses allocated $150‚000 for a preliminary study on building a stadium to house the New York club in the Continental League.

40 years ago
1969

Space

American scientists studying the lunar rocks brought back by the Apollo 11 astronauts disclosed that the samples proved the moon to be very ancient. Preliminary results indicated that the Sea of Tranquility assumed its present form 3.5 billion years ago.

World events
Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban said that the campaign of Arab governments against Israel following the burning of Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem two days earlier was an attempt "to extract political advantage unparalleled in our age," instead of sharing the "shock and grief" of the world.

Baghdad radio announced that 15 people convicted of being spies for Israel and the United States had been executed during the night, including two Jews and two Christians.

War
U.S. President Richard Nixon announced from San Clemente that a decision on further U.S. troop withdrawals from Vietnam would be delayed until September. White House press secretary Ron Ziegler said that Mr. Nixon wanted more time to gather information and further evaluate the midmonth upsurge of enemy activity.

In the Vietnamese jungle of Song Chang Valley, the battle-worn men of Alpha Company of the 196th Light Infantry Brigade’s Third Battalion, United States Army, refused to move when ordered to push again down a rocky slope into a deadly labyrinth of Communist bunkers and trenches. Their number had been reduced from 95 to 52 after five days of being repeatedly thrown back. Their commander, Lieutenant Eugene Shurtz, Jr., 26, radioed the refusal to his battalion commander, Lieutenant Colonel Robert Bacon. Lt. Shurtz explained: "Some of them simply had enough; they’re broken. There are boys here who have only 90 days left in Vietnam. They want to go home in one piece...They didn’t say they wouldn’t go--they just stood there and hung their heads." Lt. Shurtz tried to rally his men again, but 5 still refused to budge. The men finally did go back to the war when Sergeant Okey Blankenship, a seasoned Vietnam veteran, was brought in, and egged the men on. They followed down the slope, but met little enemy action. The United States Army decided not to press charges against the men, but Lt. Shurtz was shifted to a new assignment. He lauded his company as "an excellent unit," and said it would be "a slap" at those who gave their lives or were wounded, as well as the rest of the company, "to consider them anything but courageous."

Transportation
S.S. Manhattan, a gigantic American icebreaker attempting to become the first commercial ship to cross the Northwest passage to Alaska, moved out of her berth at Chester, Pennsylvania and headed down the Delaware River.

Baseball
Hank Aaron’s 3-run home run gave the Atlanta Braves a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in 14 innings at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis.

The Cleveland Indians scored 2 runs in the 9th inning to beat the Seattle Pilots 6-5, handing the Pilots their 10th straight loss. After the game, the Pilots traded pitcher Jim Bouton to the Houston Astros for pitchers Dooley Womack and Roric Harrison.

The Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros split a doubleheader; the Astros won the opener 3-2, and the Cubs took the second game 10-9. Ernie Banks hit 2 home runs in the second game for the Cubs.

30 years ago
1979

Diplomacy

United States immigration authorities delayed takeoff of a Moscow-bound Aeroflot jetliner in New York carrying Ludmila Vlasova, wife of dancer Aleksandr Godunov, who had defected to the United States the day before.

The U.S.A. succeeded in delaying a United Nations vote on a resolution calling for Palestinian self-determination.

Scandal
White House chief of staff Hamilton Jordan denied allegations by owners of New York’s Studio 54 disco that he had used cocaine there the previous year. The U.S. Justice Department was to investigate the charges.

25 years ago
1984

Politics and government

United States Democratic party presidential candidate Walter Mondale said that President Ronald Reagan, if re-elected, would raise taxes for the workers and "leave his rich friends alone."

Football
CFL
Hamilton (1-6-1) 14 @ Edmonton (4-4) 35

This blogger was on the sidelines taking pictures, and I had the pleasure of seeing my friend Chris Woods return a Bernie Ruoff punt 90 yards for the game’s first touchdown. It was the first kick return for a touchdown by an Edmonton player in 8 years. Brian Kelly caught his 13th touchdown pass of the season, and Neil Lumsden rushed for another Eskimo touchdown. The final points of the game came on a field goal by Dave Cutler of the Eskimos; he kicked the ball low but over the crossbar, and it was only after a long discussion that referee Jake Ireland confirm that the kick was good. For Hamilton defensive back Less Browne, it was the first game of an 11-year career in which he became the CFL’s career interception leader, and ended up in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Eskimo running back Greg Marshall, who was due to come off the injured list, had announced his retirement the day before after 2½ seasons of battling serious knee injuries. He was on the sidelines, and was kind enough to pose for one last picture for me while wearing his Eskimo jersey #38. For the Tiger-Cats, the loss was their 6th in a row.

20 years ago
1989

Economics and finance

The Dow Jones industrial average closed at an all-time high of 2734.64, completely erasing the plunge in stock values that had begun two years earlier.

Politics and government
Tadeusz Mazowiecki, a journalist and Roman Catholic intellectual, as well as a long-time adviser to Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa, was approved as Poland’s new premier by a vote in the Sejm of 378-4, with 41 abstentions. Mr. Mazowiecki vowed to move Poland "from a Communist system of ownership to capitalism." The U.S.S.R.’s Council of Ministers congratulated the new premier, and said that friendship and co-operation between the countries would continue.

Terrorism
Colombian drug lords issued a communiqué vowing "total and absolute war" on the government, and began a new wave of bombings and arson. The Extraditables, a paramilitary group (not, apparently, a rock group), said that 10 judges would be killed for every Colombian extradited to the United States.

Football
CFL
British Columbia (2-5) 37 @ Saskatchewan (4-3) 25

Baseball
Baseball Commissioner Bart Giamatti announced that Cincinnati Reds’ manager Pete Rose was being banned from major league baseball for life for gambling on games, including those played by the Reds while Mr. Rose was managing them.

10 years ago
1999

Economics and finance

The United States Federal Reserve Board announced that it was raising two short-term interest rates: the federal funds rate (the rate banks charge each other on overnight loans) from 5% to 5.25%; and the discount rate (the rate the Federal Reserve charges on loans made to commercial banks) from 4.5% to 4.75%. The Fed said the increases would "markedly" reduce the risk of future inflation.

Baseball
Rob Ducey had 5 hits and Bobby Abreu hit 2 home runs and drove in 6 runs as the Philadelphia Phillies routed the San Diego Padres 18-2.

The Montreal Expos beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-4 despite giving up Mark McGwire’s 51st home run of the season and 508th of his career. It was Mr. McGwire’s 493rd home run as a first baseman, tying Lou Gehrig’s record.