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Happy Birthday, Chuck Chandler and Connie Legrand!
75 years ago
Dizzy Dean shut out the Cincinnati Reds 9-0 for his 30th win of the season to clinch the National League pennant for the St. Louis Cardinals. 35,274 showed up at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis to see the Cardinals record their 20th win in their last 25 games.
The New York Giants, who had led the National League for most of the season, lost 8-5 in 10 innings to the Brooklyn Dodgers.
The Washington Nationals defeated the New York Yankees 5-3 at Griffith Stadium in Washington in Babe Ruth’s 2,084th and last game as a Yankee. He batted 0 for 3 and cried when he left the field after flying out to center field in his last at bat. Yankees’ first baseman Lou Gehrig was 3 for 4 to edge out Detroit’s Charlie Gehringer for the American League batting title, enabling Mr. Gehrig to win the triple crown. Orville Armbrust pitched 7 innings for the Nationals to record his only major league win.
70 years ago
Edmonton (1-6) 7 @ Regina 8
Vince Yatchek scored the Edmonton touchdown, converted by Gordon Gelhaye, as the Eskimos lost their fifth straight game.
Strathcona High School 0 @ University of Alberta 0
The Washington Nationals, behind the pitching of rookie Joe Haynes, beat the Philadelphia Athletics 9-5. Al Brancato hit his first major league home run for the Athletics. Elmer Valo, in his first major league game, entered the game as a pinch hitter and drew a base on balls, but official scorer Red Smith later removed Mr. Valo’s name from the box score at the request of Philadelphia manager Connie Mack because Mr. Valo had not signed a major league contract.
60 years ago
The Berlin Airlift, supplying necessities to residents of West Berlin who were under a Soviet blockade, came to an end. Since June 1948, 277,000 flights had been made; more than 2 million tons of goods—of which coal accounted for about two thirds—were delivered. By the time the blockade ended in May 1949, an average of 8,000 tons was being flown in daily. For more information, look for the PBS American Experience program on the Berlin Airlift.
In a strange game at Griffith Stadium in Washington, the Nationals outhit the Boston Red Sox 18-5, but left 11 men on base, allowed 14 bases on balls, and lost 11-9. The Nationals scored 2 runs in the 9th inning against Boston’s Ellis Kinder, who had come into the game in the 8th and struck out the side, but Sam Mele grounded into a game-ending double play.
Dick Fowler pitched a 4-hitter and Ferris Fain hit a 3-run home run off Ed Lopat in the 3rd inning as the Philadelphia Athletics beat the New York Yankees 4-1 at Yankee Stadium. Ben Chapman added a solo homer for the Athletics.
Ralph Kiner hit his 54th home run of the season, a tremendous drive over tthe scoreboard in left field at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, as the Pirates edged the Cincinnati Reds 3-2. The homer was Mr. Kiner’s 16th in September, a National League record for a single month.
50 years ago
The Saskatchewan Roughriders fired head coach George Terlep. The Roughriders finished third in the WIFU in 1958 with a record of 7-7-2, but were 0-9 in 1959 at the time the move was made. Mr. Terlep's replacement was Frank Tripucka, who had quarterbacked the team from 1953-1958, but had then been traded to the Ottawa Rough Riders. He got off to a poor start in Ottawa, and lost his starting job to Russ Jackson.
London @ Kitchener-Waterloo: postponed to October 7
40 years ago
Walter Prokopchuk, 44, was in custody after the Municipal Courts Building in Edmonton was blasted with 14 sticks of dynamite. Police believed the act was done on a dare after a drinking party.
Edmonton (3-8) 12 @ Hamilton (7-1-1) 17
A questionable decision by Eskimo head coach Neill Armstrong to use rookie Larry Kerychuk as the team's punter contributed to the defeat. Mr. Kerychuk's first attempt at punting was blocked and returned for a touchdown by Billy Ray Locklin. Mr. Armstrong eventually went back to Roger Kettlewell, who had been doing the punting since the third game of the season. Willie Bethea scored the other touchdown for the Tiger-Cats. THe only Eskimo touchdown came on a pass to Tom Nettles from Charlie Fulton, who completed 18 of 37 passes for 244 yards. It was the only touchdown pass of the year for Mr. Fulton, and the second and last touchdown pass of his CFL career. 20,533 were in attendance at Civic Stadium.
The Atlanta Braves clinched the National League West Division pennant with a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Phil Niekro picked up his 23rd win of the season with relief help from Hoyt Wilhelm, who retired the last 6 batters. It was the Braves’ 10th straight win.
30 years ago
Pope John Paul II continued his tour of Ireland with visits to Clonmacnois, Galway, Knock, Limerick, and Maynooth.
Montreal (8-3-1) 29 @ Ottawa (5-4-2) 29
Edmonton (9-1-2) 19 @ Calgary (8-3) 26
Keith Baker's second touchdown reception of the game, a 31-yard completion from quarterback Joe Barnes, followed by Don Sweet's convert with 1:29 remaining in the game, gave the Alouettes the tie before 32,669 at Lansdowne Park. Mr. Baker, who caught 4 passes for 155 yards, had scored earlier on a 72-yard pass from Mr. Barnes, who also connected with John O'Leary on a 4-yard touchdown strike. The other Montreal touchdown was scored by Dickie Harris on a 104-yard punt return. David Green led the Alouettes' rushing game with 16 carries for 100 yards. Richard Crump, recently acquired from the Calgary Stampeders, carried 17 times for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Rough Riders, while Condredge Holloway threw touchdown passes to Martin Cox and Tony Gabriel.
Willie Burden rushed 2 yards for a touchdown with 1:05 remaining in the game to break a 19-19 tie and hand the Eskimos their first loss of the season before 33,445 at McMahon Stadium. The touchdown was set up when Larry Highbaugh of the Eskimos fumbled a Mike McTague punt, and Larry Tittley of the Stampeders recovered. The winning score came less than 2 minutes after the Eskimos had tied the score on a 4-yard pass from Warren Moon to Brian Kelly and a 2-point convert pass from Mr. Moon to Mr. Kelly. Tom Wilkinson was ill with the flu, so Mr. Moon went the distance at quarterback for the first time in his CFL career. He completed 17 of 33 passes for 257 yards and a second-quarter touchdown pass to Waddell Smith. Calgary quarterback Ken Johnson completed 16 of 29 passes for 241 yards and touchdowns to Mr. Burden and Tom Forzani.
Jerry Koosman of the Minnesota Twins shut out the Milwaukee Brewers 5-0 for his 20th win of the season. It was the last game of the year, and the only time all season that the Brewers were shut out, ending their scoring streak at 213 games.
Joe Niekro earned his 21st win of the season as the Houston Astros edged the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2, while brother Phil picked up his 21st win as the Atlanta Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-2. Phil finished the season with a 21-20 record, becoming the only major league pitcher in the 20th Century to lead his league in wins and losses in the same season.
Roy Hartsfield, who had managed the Toronto Blue Jays since the franchise’s inception, was fired after 3 straight last-place finishes. In 1979 the Blue Jays posted a record of 53-109, one game worse than the Oakland Athletics, and the worst record of any major league team in the 1970s.
The San Diego Padres fired manager Roger Craig. Mr. Craig had replaced Alvin Dark during spring training in 1978 and had led the Padres to their first winning season ever, but in 1979 they dropped to 68-93.
25 years ago
Major league baseball umpires announced that they would go on strike at the two league championship series scheduled to begin October 2 in an effort to improve their pay and job security and to change the method by which post-season assignments were determined. Major league officials said that the games would go on as scheduled using amateur umpires if necessary.
Winnipeg (9-3-1) 19 @ Toronto (8-4) 31
Ottawa (4-9) 15 @ Saskatchewan (5-7-1) 31
Joe Barnes completed 24 of 38 passes for 366 yards and 2 touchdowns to Terry Greer and another to Lester Brown, and carried 4 times for 37 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown, to lead the Argonauts to the win in front of 35,401 at Exhibition Stadium. Tom Clements started at quarterback for the Blue Bombers and completed 20 of 37 passes for 303 yards and touchdowns to Rick House and James Murphy.
Craig Ellis carried 10 times for 45 yards and a touchdown, caught 6 passes for 57, and returned 2 kickoffs for 43 to lead the Roughriders to their third straight win before 24,933 at Lansdowne Park. Saskatchewan quarterback Homer Jordan completed 23 of 36 passes for 309 yards and touchdowns to Mike Washington and Chris De France. The Roughriders made 5 interceptions against Ottawa quarterbacks J.C. Watts and Joe Adams. Mr. Watts threw a touchdown pass to Keith Baker, and Mr. Adams completed a touchdown pass to Dave Newman.
Mike Witt of the California Angels struck out 10 in pitching a perfect game on the last day of the season as the Angels edged the Texas Rangers 1-0 at Arlington Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The Atlanta Braves held on to defeat the San Diego Padres 4-3 despite giving up a home run in the 9th inning to Eddie Miller. It was Mr. Miller’s only major league home run, and came in his last major league at bat.
The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 as Tony Brewer, the 1984 Pacific Coast League batting champion, hit a home run for the Dodgers in what turned out to be his last major league at bat.
The Philadelphia Phillies lost a doubleheader to the Pittsburgh Pirates to finish the season at 81-81. Phillies’ manager Paul Owens resigned to move back into the front office.
The Milwaukee Brewers blanked the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 in Rene Lachemann’s last game as manager of the Brewers. The team finished last in the American League East Division with a record of 67-94.
20 years ago
West German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher flew to Prague, where his negotiations with East German authorities opened the way for thousands of refugees from East Germany who were crowding into the West German embassy in Prague to leave by bus on the first leg of a trip to West Germany.
British Columbia (5-8) 32 @ Saskatchewan (6-7) 30
On what should have been the last play of the game at Taylor Field in Regina, B.C. quarterback Matt Dunigan threw a desperation pass for wide receiver David Williams from the Saskatchewan 53-yard line. It was incomplete, but Roughrider safety Glen Suitor was called for pass interference at the 18-yard line. Another pass for Mr. Williams in the end zone resulted in a pass interference call against Albert Brown, giving the Lions a first down at the 1. Mr. Dunigan then sneaked over for the winning touchdown, his second of the game. Tony Cherry scored the other B.C. touchdown on a 26-yard rush on the last play of the third quarter. The Roughriders' touchdowns came from Mr. Brown on a 96-yard interception return and Milson Jones on a 2-yard run. Dave Ridgway added 2 converts and 5 field goals. Saskatchewan quarterback Kent Austin completed just 15 of 35 pases for 198 yards. The game was the last for veteran Saskatchewan defensive tackle James Curry, who left the team and was replaced by rookie Chuck Klingbeil.
Calgary (3-2) 20 @ Alberta (3-2) 40
Manitoba (0-5) 8 @ British Columbia (3-2) 46
Defensive back John Falconer was the star for the Golden Bears, intercepting 2 passses and recovering 2 fumbles, the second of which he returned 15 yards for a touchdown in the last minute of the game when Dave Brown of the Dinosaurs attempted a long lateral only to have the ball die in the wind and drop into an open area of the field. Calagary quarterback Bob Torrance completed just 10 of 34 passes for 173 yards. Kris Thorsteinson led the Alberta rushing attack with 22 carries for 124 yards. The game was played at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton, the Golden Bears' first game in that stadium since 1982.
The Toronto Blue Jays scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to defeat the second-place Baltimore Orioles 4-3 at SkyDome in Toronto, clinching the American League East Division pennant.
The Texas Rangers defeated the California Angels 2-0 as Nolan Ryan struck out 13 to finish with 301 strikeouts for the season, the sixth time he’d reached that mark, but the first time since 1977.
10 years ago
The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants 9-4 in the final major league game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
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