Tuesday, 29 September 2009

September 30, 2009

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Chuck Chandler and Connie Legrand!

75 years ago
1934


Baseball
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
1939


Football
WIFU
Edmonton (1-6) 7 @ Regina 8
Vince Yatchek scored the Edmonton touchdown, converted by Gordon Gelhaye, as the Eskimos lost their fifth straight game.

Exhibition
Strathcona High School 0 @ University of Alberta 0

Baseball
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
1949


World events
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.

Baseball
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
1959


Football
CFL
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.

ORFU
London @ Kitchener-Waterloo: postponed to October 7

40 years ago
1969


Crime
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.

Football
CFL
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.

Baseball
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
1979


Religion
Pope John Paul II continued his tour of Ireland with visits to Clonmacnois, Galway, Knock, Limerick, and Maynooth.

Football
CFL
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.

Baseball
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
1984


Labour
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.

Football
CFL
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.

Baseball
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
1989


Diplomacy
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.

Football
CFL
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.

CIAU
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.

Baseball
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
1999

Baseball

The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants 9-4 in the final major league game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

September 29, 2009

610 years ago
1399

Politics

King Richard II became the first English monarch to abdicate his throne. He was replaced by his cousin Henry of Bolingbroke, who became King Henry IV. Richard was then imprisoned in the Tower of London.

220 years ago
1789

Defense

The U.S. Congress passed an act that transformed the Continental Army into the armed forces of the United States of America.

180 years ago
1829

Crime

Sir Robert Peel's police force, the "bobbies," began operations at Scotland Yard.

75 years ago
1934


Baseball
The St. Louis Cardinals moved past the New York Giants into first place in the National League when they beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-1 behind Daffy Dean's pitching at Sportsman's park in St. Louis, while the Giants lost 5-0 at the Polo Grounds in New York to the Brooklyn Dodgers, as Van Lingle Mungo pitched the shutout.

The New York Yankees and Washington Nationals split a doubleheader at Griffith Stadium in Washington. The Nationals won the first game 8-5 and the Yankees won the second game 9-6. Sid Cohen of the Nationals was the winning pitcher in the opener, picking up his first major league victory despite giving up a home run to Babe Ruth, which turned out to be the Babe's last American League home run.

60 years ago
1949


Baseball
The Brooklyn Dodgers swept a doubleheader from the Boston Braves 9-2 and 8-0 at Braves Field to remain ½ game in front of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League pennant race. Preacher Roe won the first game over Warren Spahn as Duke Snider and Carl Furillo each hit 3-run home runs. The second game was called after 5 innings shortly after Boston infielder Connie Ryan was ejected by umpire George Barr for kneeling in the on-deck circle wearing a raincoat in protest at playing in rain. The Braves kindled a fire in their dugout to provide a beacon to returning batters. The Dodgers erupted for 5 runs off Johnny Sain in the first inning of the second game as Don Newcombe coasted to an easy win.

The Pittsburgh Pirates upset the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh behind the pitching of former Cardinal Murry Dickson, who recorded his 5th victory of the season against his old team.

50 years ago
1959


Baseball
The Los Angeles Dodgers, down 5-2 in the 9th inning, rallied for 3 runs to tie the game and won 6-5 in 12 innings to complete a 2-game sweep of a best-of-three playoff against the Milwaukee Braves for the National League pennant. Gil Hodges scored the winning run from second base when Carl Furillo hit a grounder to Braves' second baseman Felix Mantilla, whose off-balance throw went wild past first base. Milwaukee third baseman hit his 46th home run of the season--one more than Chicago's Ernie Banks--to win the NL home run title.

40 years ago
1969


On the radio
The Challenge of Space, on Springbok Radio
Tonight's episode: Re-entry with Rubbish Bins

Terrorism
The home of Montreal mayor Jean Drapeau was bombed and severely damaged, but no one was hurt. The incident occurred less than an week after 24-hour police surveillance was halted.

Crime
Rev. James Groppi, militant leader of a disruptive welfare protest takeover of the Wisconsin Assembly chambers in Madison, was jailed for contempt by the Assembly under an 1848 sttute that had never been used before. Father Groppi had led a small band of Negro and white welfare mothers, which had swelled to more than 1,000 after a march from Milwaukee to the state capital, to urge the legislature to rescind welfare budget cuts that would being the Wisconsin level down to 120% of the national average.

At the Chicago Eight trial, contempt citations against four defense lawyers were vacated by Judge Julius Hoffman, who held the four in contempt (and held two under arrest) for failing to appear at the trial's opening session the week before. As Judge Hoffman voided the citations, 150 lawyers protested the charges in the court building.

U.S. Army Secretary Stanley Resor announced that because the Central Intelligence Agency had refused to provide any witnesses since it would not be in "the national interest," there was no possibility of a fair trial for the Special Forces personnel charged with the murder in June of a North Vietnamese spy. As a result, Mr. Resor said that the Army was dropping the charges. It was generally believed that President Richard Nixon had made the decision to drop the case.

Defense
The U.S.A. and Thailand jointly announced that 6,000 of the 49,000 American military men in Thailand would be withdrawn during the next 10 months. The reduction was made possible by the changing "operational requirements" of the Vietnam War, the announcement said.

Diplomacy
Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir was greeted by throngs at Kennedy Airport and City Hall as she began a three-day visit to New York.

Transportation
A Pacific Western Airlines Boeing 737, flying from Edmonton, became the first commercial jet to land at Inuvik, Northwest Territories. The plane's arrival was greeted by 200 people and a brass band.

Baseball
Rico Petrocelli set a record for shortstops with his 40th home run of the season as the Boston Red Sox beat the Washington Senators 8-5.

30 years ago
1979


Religion
Pope John Paul II began a two-day visit to Ireland, becoming the first pontiff to visit the country. He arrived in Dublin, delivered an open-air sermon, and then went on to Drogheda, where he delivered a message calling on the people of Ireland to end all violence and return to "the ways of peace".

Environment
42 barrels of tritium gas, seized from a factory in Tucson two days earlier by National Guardsmen, were taken to an army depot 20 miles west of Flagstaff.

Football
CFL
Hamilton (3-9) 17 @ Toronto (4-7) 16
Winnipeg (3-9) 21 @ British Columbia (9-2-1) 22

Tom Clements completed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Leif Pettersen and then completed a pass to Mr. Pettersen for a 2-point convert with 43 seconds remaining to win the game and keep the Tiger-Cats' playoff hopes alive. Mr. Pettersen finished with 10 receptions for 106 yards, while teammate John Holland caught 8 for 135, including a 41-yard gain on third down and 10 from the Toronto 42-yard line to set up the last touchdown. The Argonauts jumped out to a 14-1 lead after the first quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run by Mark Bragagnolo and a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown by Mike Kramer. Mike McArthur led Toronto with 13 rushes for 93 yards. The smallest crowd of the season at Exhibition Stadium, 37,023, witnessed the collapse.

The B.C. Lions held off a late Winnipeg rally to edge the Blue Bombers before 23,964 at Empire Stadium in Vancouver. The Lions scored touchdowns in each of the first 3 quarters: Harry Holt on a 17-yard pass from Joe Paopao; Mark Houghton on the recovery of a fumbled punt in the Winnipeg end zone; and Larry Key on a 3-yard run. Lui Passaglia converted all 3 and added a punt single in the fourth quarter that proved to be the winning point. Bernie Ruoff kicked 5 field goals to keep the Blue Bombers within range. With 4 minutes remaining in the game, Larry Washington rushed up the middle of the field for a Winnipeg touchdown; it was his first touchdown as a Blue Bomber, and his third and last CFL career touchdown. The Blue Bombers attempted a 2-point convert, but two blocks were missed, and quarterback Billy Troup's pass was incomplete. Mr. Paopao had a superb total of 14 completions in 16 attempts, albeit for just 169 yards. Mr. Key rushed 15 times for 93 yards, while John Henry White picked up 75 yards on just 7 carries. Jim and Larry Washington each carried 7 times for 33 yards for the Blue Bombers. Mike Holmes caught 7 passes for 124 yards for Winnipeg, and Lui Passaglia's brother Walt, a rookie receiver with the Blue Bombers, caught 7 passes for 109 yards.

CIAU
Ottawa (3-1) 11 @ McGill (2-2) 8
Queen's (2-1) 16 @ Concordia (0-3) 10
Quebec at Trois Rivieres (0-3) 11 @ Bishop's (2-2) 42
York (1-2) 14 @ Wilfrid Laurier (4-0) 20
Windsor (2-2) 41 @ McMaster (0-4) 10

Baseball
J.R. Richard of the Houston Astros struck out 11 as he shut out the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0. Mr. Richard's strikeouts gave him 313 for the season, breaking his own National League record for a righthander by 10. One of the 5 Los Angeles hits was the 146th career pinch hit by Manny Mota, breaking Smoky Burgess' major league career record.

25 years ago
1984


Football
CFL
Montreal (5-6-1) 27 @ Calgary (5-8) 13

Turner Gill completed 10 of 18 passes for 154 yards--including a 14-yard touchdown pass to Nick Arakgi in the first quarter--and rushed for 30 yards to lead the Concordes. The only other Montreal touchdown was scored by cornerback Harry Skipper on a 69-yard interception return in the third quarter. Many of the 20,341 fans had left McMahon Stadium by the time the Stampeders scored 2 touchdowns in the last 3 minutes to make the score more respectable. Calgary quarterback Bernard Quarles threw touchdown passes to Michael Harper and Mike Levenseller. 2-point convert attempts after both touchdowns were unsuccessful.

20 years ago
1989


Society
A United States Senate and House of Representatives conference committee rejected an attempt to forbid federal financing of art that violated certain moral standards. In June, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington had cancelled an exhibition of pornographic photographs by sodomite degenerate Robert Mapplethorpe, which was to be financed in part by the national Endowment for the Arts, whose appropriation bill was being considered by Congress. The Senate approved a proposal by Jesse Helms (Republican--North Carolina) to cut off grants for any art found to be "obscene or indecent" or that "denigrates religion or nonreligion." In rejecting Sen. Helms' proposal, the Senate and House conferees substituted a restriction that would prevent any art defined as obscene by a 1973 Supreme Court decision. Few serious works of art were likely to be rejected on that basis.

Football
CFL
Edmonton (11-2) 33 @ Hamilton (8-5) 12

The Eskimos rushed for 302 yards, hitting the 300-yard mark for the second straight game. Quarterback Tracy Ham carried 9 times for 150 yards, and Reggie Taylor picked up 101 yards on 19 carries. Mr. Ham threw 2 interceptions in the first 7 minutes and another later in the first half, but came back to throw second-half touchdown passes to Blake Marshall and Tom Richards. Mr. Marshall also rushed for 2 touchdowns; it was his second 3-touchdown game in 4 weeks. Although the Tiger-Cats jumped out to a 5-0 lead early in the game, the Eskimos dominated the play. Edmonton amassed 27 first downs to Hamilton's 9; 302 yards rushing to Hamilton's 9; and 392 yards net offense to Hamilton's 88. The only Tiger-Cat touchdown came on a 9-yard pass from backup quarterback Todd Dillon to Tony Champion in the fourth quarter. Three receivers played their first CFL games for the Eskimos: Randy Bec, Todd Smith, and Walter Murray.

10 years ago
1999

Politics and government

U.S. Vice-President Al Gore announced that he was moving his campaign headquarters to Nashville from Washington in what appeared to some as an attempt to rejuvenate his campaign for the Democratic party nomination for president in 2000. Mr. Gore was also seeking to cut costs by reducing rents and by easing out some of his many high-salaried advisors.

Baseball
The Boston Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 6-2 in the first game of a doubleheader to clinch the American League wild card playoff spot. Boston shortstop Nomar Garciaparra hit a 2-run home run and ended the game with an unassisted double play. The White Sox won the second game 4-2.

Monday, 28 September 2009

September 28, 2009

125 years ago
1884

Baseball

In the Union Association, Ed Cushman pitched a no-hitter as the Milwaukee Cream Citys (also known as the Grays) blanked the Washington Nationals 5-0 at Wright Street Grounds in Milwaukee. It was just the Milwaukee team’s second game in the UA after moving from the Northwestern League to replace the departed Wilmington Quicksteps. The day before, they had beaten the Nationals 3-0, allowing just one hit.

90 years ago
1919

Baseball

The New York Giants swept a doubleheader from the Philadelphia Phillies 7-1 and 6-1 before a crowd of 20,000 at the Polo Grounds. Jess Barnes threw just 64 pitches in the first game, which was over in a major league record time of 51 minutes. It was the 25th win of the season for Mr. Barnes. New York first baseman Hal Chase was nowhere to be seen; Giants’ manage John McGraw said that Mr. Chase had headed for California.

80 years ago
1929


Football
ORFU
Camp Borden (0-1) 0 @ Twin Cities (1-0) 7

ARU
Edmonton (0-2) 6 @ University of Alberta (1-0) 13

The Eskimos' touchdown came on a 65-yard pass from quarterback Joe Cook to U of A alumnus Pal Power. It was the first touchdown on a forward pass in Canadian football history.

75 years ago
1934


Baseball
The St. Louis Cardinals swept a doubleheader from the Cincinnati Reds in front of just 6,500 fans at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis to move into a tie for first place in the National League with the idle New York Giants. The Cardinals won the opener 85. Dizzy Dean, pitching on just 2 days’ rest, earned his 29th win of the season with a 4-0 win in the second game.

70 years ago
1939


Diplomacy
A German-Soviet agreement divided Poland between Nazi Germany and the U.S.S.R.

Baseball
The Cincinnati Reds defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 to clinch their first National League pennant in 20 years. Paul Derringer picked up his 25th win of the season and singled in the winning run in the 6th inning. Harry Craft added a home run in the 9th for the Reds.

The New York Giants swept a doubleheader from the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 and 8-3 as the two teams set a record for a doubleheader with 13 double plays.

60 years ago
1949

On the radio

The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Ben Wright and Eric Snowden, on ABC

Baseball
The New York Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 7-5 at Yankee Stadium to move into a tie for first place in the American League with the Boston Red Sox. Bobby Brown and Jim Delsing hit home runs to give the Yankees a 4-0 lead, but the Athletics came back to take a 5-4 lead in the 7th inning. The Yankees scored 3 in the bottom of the 7th, and Allie Reynolds held on for the win over Alex Kellner.

The Washington Nationals scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to defeat the Boston Red Sox 2-1 at Griffith Stadium in Washington to drop the Red Sox into a tie for first place in the National League. The winning run scored on a wild pitch by Mel Parnell, Boston’s ace starter, who had entered the game in relief.

50 years ago
1959

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Sleep Walk--Santo and Johnny (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
Vinnie Richards, 56
. U.S. tennis player. Mr. Richards, a contemporary of Bill Tilden, was one of the top players of the 1920s.

Football
CFL
Edmonton (6-4) 10 @ Winnipeg (8-3) 13
Calgary (5-6) 18 @ Saskatchewan (0-9) 15

Jim Van Pelt's 13-yard field goal with just 1:12 remaining in the game gave the Blue Bombers their win over the Eskimos at Winnipeg Stadium.

Baseball
In the first game of a best-of-three playoff, Larry Sherry pitched 7 2/3 innings of scoreless relief as the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Milwaukee Braves 3-2 in a cold drizzle at County Stadium in Milwaukee.

Bob Scheffing resigned after 3 seasons as manager of the Chicago Cubs, where he compiled a record of 208-254-3, .450. He was replaced by Charlie Grimm, who had previously managed the Cubs from 1932-1938 and 1944-1949.

40 years ago
1969


Politics and government
In a close West German Bundestag election, the incumbent Christian Democratic Union won 242 seats and 46.1% of the vote, while the Social Democrats won 242 seats with 42.7% of the vote. Since neither of the two major parties, which had joined in a Grand Coalition for 33 months, won an outright majority in the 496-seat lower house, it was up to Chancellor Kurt Kiesinger of the CDU and Foreign Minister Willy Brandt of the SDs to woo the smaller parties in an attempt to form a government.

Alexander Dubcek, the former Czechoslovakian Communist party leader who inspired the "Prague Spring" liberalization in 1968 only to have it crushed by the invasion of Soviet tanks in the fall, took another step down when he was excluded from the ruling presidium of the party’s central committee. He was also removed as chairman of the Federal Assembly, although he kept his Central Committee seat. 29 other liberals were removed from the Central Committee.

Swedish Prime Minister Tage Erlander, who had held office for 23 years--longer that any other democratic political leader in the world--announced his retirement as party leader at the congress of the Swedish Social Democratic Party.

Football
CFL
Toronto (6-3) 36 @ Montreal (1-7-1) 33
Winnipeg (3-7-1) 8 @ Saskatchewan (8-3) 34

Toronto head coach Leo Cahill referred to this game at the Autostade as the dirtiest game he ever saw. Montreal quarterback Sonny Wade stomped on the back of Argonaut defensive back Jim Tmlin, and hurled a racial slur at Argonaut defensive end Ed Harrington. Mr. Wade apologized to Mr. Tomiln, but not to Mr. Harrington. Frank Cosentino went the distance at quarterback for Toronto, completing 11 of 22 passses for 229 yards and touchdown passes to Jim Thorpe, Dave Raimey, and Mel Profit. Mr. Raimey also added 2 rushing touchdowns. Bill Symons led Toronto rushers with 13 carries for 89 yards. Dick Smith, playing his seond game in the CFL, produced 319 yards from scrimmage for the Alouettes. He rushed 12 times for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns--including a touchdown run of 87 yards, the CFL's longest rushing play of the season--and caught 8 passes for 174 yards. Other Montreal touchdowns were scored by Pierre Dumont on a 27-yard interception return, and Mr. Wade, who completed 19 of 34 passes for 290 yards, but threw 4 interceptions. 14,057 were in attendance at Autostade.

George Reed rushed 18 times for 108 yards and Ron Lancaster threw 2 touchdown passses to Hugh Campbell to lead the Roughriders to their win at Taylor Field in Regina. Bob Houmard scored the Blue Bombers' touchdown.

NFL
Baltimore (0-2) 14 @ Minnesota (1-1) 52
Joe Kapp passed for 449 yards and tied the National Football League single-game record with 7 touchdown passes to lead the Vikings to victory at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington.

Baseball
23,759 fans showed up at Jarry Park in Montreal to bid farewell to the Montreal Expos' initial season. Bob Gibson scattered 9 hits to improve his record to 19-13 as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Expos 2-0. Mr. Gibson also went 2 for 4 at bat; his first hit was a double, and his single enabled him to come around with the eventual winning run when Byron Browne tripled and scored on a single by Joe Torre. Bill Stoneman went 8 2/3 in taking the loss, dropping to 11-19. Jim Fairey led Montreal batters with a 3 for 4 day.

The Cincinnati Reds defeated the Houston Astros 4-1 as relief pitcher Wayne Granger set a record with his 89th appearance of the season.

30 years ago
1979


World events
Cuban dictator Fidel Castro accused U.S. President Jimmy Carter of creating an "artificial" crisis over the presence of a brigade of Soviet troops in Cuba, which Mr. Castro insisted were advisors at a "training centre" that had been in Cuba for 17 years.

Diplomacy
U.S. President Jimmy Carter met with Mexican President Jose Lopez Portillo in Washington to discuss issues affecting future U.S.-Mexican relations, including illegal aliens and Mexico’s new oil reserves.

Politics and government
The United States Senate voted 59-9 to reject the budget approved by the House of Representatives, objecting to restrictive language on abortion funding and a 5.5% pay increase for Congress and senior federal officials.

Labour
George Meany, 85, announced that he would step down in November as president of the AFL-CIO. Lane Kirkland, a long-time aide to Mr. Meany, was expected to succeed him.

Football
CIAU
Western Ontario (2-1) 38 @ Toronto (3-1) 27

Baseball
Frank Pastore pitched the shutout as the Cincinnati Reds blanked the Atlanta Braves 3-0 to clinch the National League West Division pennant.

St. Louis Cardinals’ shortstop Garry Templeton collected 3 hits against the New York Mets to become the first player in major league history to have 100 hits from each side of the plate in a single season.

25 years ago
1984


Diplomacy
U.S. President Ronald Reagan met with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko in New York. The meeting was described in diplomatic language ass "forceful and direct." Mr. Reagan reportedly called for more top-level meetings between American and Soviet leaders, but no known progress was made on issues dividing the superpowers.

Politics and government
U.S. President Ronald Reagan telephoned ex-President Jimmy Carter to say that he had not meant to suggest that Mr. Carter or his administration was responsible for the bombing of the U.S. embassy in Beirut on September 20. Mr. Reagan had blamed the bombing as being in part the result of "the near destruction of our intelligence capability" in the years preceding his administration.

Labour
A high court judge in Britain ruled that the nationwide miners’ strike was illegal because a ballot was never held.

Football
CFL
British Columbia (9-3) 34 @ Edmonton (6-6) 32

Lui Passaglia kicked a 54-yard field goal with 39 seconds remaining to put the Lions ahead 34-31, and Dave Cutler missed a field goal attempt on the last play that would have given the Eskimos a tie in front of 47,015 fans at Commonwealth Stadium. Mr. Passaglia’s winning field goal came less than a minute and a half after the Eskimos had tied the game on a converted touchdown by Neil Lumsden. B.C. quarterback Roy Dewalt passed for 479 yards and 4 touchdowns: 2 to Ned Armour, and one each to John Pankratz, and Ron Robinson. Mr. Robinson, whose scoring play covered 75 yards, led with 8 catches for 175 yards. Edmonton quarterback Matt Dunigan completed 23 of 39 passes for 399 yards. The Lions were leading 24-9 midway through the third quarter when Edmonton quarterback Mr. Dunigan completed a short pass to Chris Woods, who turned it into an 81-yard touchdown. Mr. Dunigan ran for a 2-point convert on a terrific effort. A few plays later Mr. Dewalt fumbled when hit by Eskimo linebacker Danny Bass, and fellow Eskimo Tony Anglin recovered at the B.C. 14-yard line. Mr. Dunigan promptly ran for a touchdown, converted by Mr. Cutler, to tie the game 24-24. Mr. Pankratz’s touchdown on the last play of the third quarter restored the Lions’ lead.

Baseball
The Kansas City Royals defeated the Oakland Athletics 6-5 to clinch the American League West Division pennant, becoming the first pennant-winner to score fewer runs than their opponents over the course of the season.

The St. Louis Cardinals scored 3 runs in the top of the 10th inning to defeat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Joaquin Andujar gave up just 2 hits in 9 innings, and improved his record to 20-14. Bruce Sutter came on in the 10th and tied a major league record with his 45th save of the season.

20 years ago
1989

Died on this date
Ferdinand Marcos,72
. President of the Philippines, 1965-1986. Mr. Marcos served in the Philippines’ House of Representatives from 1949-1959, and in the Senate from 1959-1965. He switched from the Liberal to the Nationalist party in 1965, and was elected president. He was re-elected in 1969 after initiating military strikes against Communist insurgents and Muslim rebels. Mr. Marcos declared martial law in 1972 and assumed virtually dictatorial powers in 1973 with a new constitution. After the assassination of opposition leader Benigno Aquino in 1983 and a re-election win over Mr. Aquino’s widow Corazon in 1986 that was believed to be the result of fraud, protests drove Mr. Marcos into exile. He died in Honolulu while he and his wife Imelda were facing charges of embezzlement in the United States.

Politics and government
With Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev present in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Communist Party replaced the party boss who had been trying to cope with the rising nationalist sentiment there.

Disasters
The United States Congress approved $1.1 billion in emergency aid for areas affected by Hurricane Hugo, but many complained that the government was slow to respond effectively to the destruction.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

September 27, 2009

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Berenice Jimenez!

90 years ago
1919

Football

Pre-season
Toronto Rugby & Athletic Association (ORFU) 13 @ Hamilton Tigers (IRFU) 11
Toronto Argonauts (IRFU) 26 Toronto Capitals (ORFU) 4

70 years ago
1939

War

Warsaw surrendered to the Nazis after several weeks of resistance.

60 years ago
1949

On the radio

Philo Vance, starring Jackson Beck

Tonight's episode: The Shoeless Murder Case

On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Comic Strip Murder, starring Lilli Palmer, Don Briggs, and Eva Marie Saint

50 years ago
1959

Disasters

Typhoon Vera battered the Japanese island of Honshu, killing almost 5,000 people.

Football
NFL
New York (1-0) 23 @ Los Angeles (0-1) 21
Cleveland (0-1) 7 @ Pittsburgh (1-0) 17
Philadelphia (0-1) 14 @ San Francisco (1-0) 24
Washington (0-1) 21 @ Chicago Cardinals (1-0) 49
Detroit (0-1) 9 @ Baltimore (1-0) 21
Chicago Bears (0-1) 6 @ Green Bay (1-0) 9

The Packers' win at City Stadium marked a successful debut for Vince Lombardi as Green Bay's head coach.

40 years ago
1969


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Bad Moon Rising--Creedence Clearwater Revival (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Sugar, Sugar--The Archies (2nd week at #1)

Calgary’s top 10
1 Which Way You Goin’, Billy?--The Poppy Family
2 Lay Lady Lay--Bob Dylan
3 Sunrise to Sunset--Five Man Electrical Band
4 Little Woman--Bobby Sherman
5 Honky Tonk Women--The Rolling Stones
6 Sugar, Sugar--The Archies
7 Armstrong--John Stewart
8 Jean--Oliver
9 Green River--Creedence Clearwater Revival
10 Give Peace a Chance--Plastic Ono Band
Pick hit of the week: So Good Together--Andy Kim

War
South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu said that his country entertained no ambitions or pretense of taking over all the fighting from the United States by the end of 1970. However, he said, given proper support, the South Vietnamese army could take over the major part of the war against North Vietnam and the Viet Cong by that time.

Crime
Jerry Rubin and Bobby Seale accused federal marshals of "kidnapping" them when they were brought to stand trial in Chicago as two of the "Chicago Eight" who were being tried for conspiracy to incite a riot during the Democratic National Convention in 1968.

Football
CFL
Edmonton (3-7) 0 @ Ottawa (8-1) 17
Calgary (6-4) 22 @ British Columbia (1-10) 17

Edmonton quarterback Charlie Fulton tied a team record by throwing 6 interceptions against the Rough Riders before only 16,975 fans at Lansdowne Park. The Rough Riders complained that attendance was being hurt by telecasts of home games on cable television stations that weren't affected by CFL blackout rules. Vic Washington scored 2 touchdowns for Ottawa. Tom Nettles caught 5 passes for 61 yards for the Eskimos.

Larry Robinson kicked 3 field goals ad Jerry Keeling completed a touchdown pass to Terry Evanshen as the Stampeders ruined the debut of Jackie Parker as B.C. head coach in front of a McMahon Stadium capacity crowd of 23,616. Paul Brothers threw a pass to Jim Young for one B.C. touchdown, while the other Lions' major was scored by Charlie Brown on a 14-yard rush, his first touchdown in the CFL.

Canadian university
Macdonald College (1-0) 17 Loyola (0-1) 16
Royal Military College (1-0) 53 Montreal (0-1) 7
McGill (1-0) 28 @ Queen's (0-1) 6
Waterloo (0-1) 21 @ Toronto (1-0) 31
McMaster (0-1) 3 @ Western Ontario (1-0) 40
York (1-1) 29 Laurentian (0-2) 6
Ottawa (0-1) 7 @ Waterloo Lutheran (2-0) 37
Windsor (2-0) 21 @ Carleton (1-1) 6
Saskatchewan (1-0) 31 Calgary (0-1) 8
Alberta (0-1) 17 @ Manitoba (1-0) 27

Pat Rahming caught 2 touchdown passes from quarterback George Wall and Chris Rumball returned a punt 105 yards for another McGill score. Bob Berke scored the Redmen's other touchdown on a 10-yard interception return before 11,000 fans at Richardson Stadium in Kingston.

The Manitoba Bisons scored 3 touchdowns in a 10-minute span in the third quarter to spoil the debut of Harvey Scott as head coach of the Alberta Golden Bears in front of 4,700 fans at Pan-Am Stadium in Winnipeg. Dennis Hrycaiko rushed 15 yards for a touchdown, and returned a punt 57 yards for another. Mike Shylo rushed 1 yard for the other third-quarter Bison touchdown. Graham Kinley also scored a touchdown for Manitoba on a 43-yard pass from quarterback Bob Kraemer. Ludwig Daubner did all the scoring for the Golden Bears on touchdown runs of 43 and 24 yards, 2 converts, and a field goal.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

September 26, 2009

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Jennifer Korchinski!

220 years ago
1789

Politics

Thomas Jefferson was appointed America's first Secretary of State.

130 years ago
1879


Baseball
The Providence Grays blew a 6-0 lead against the Boston Red Caps at Messer Street Grounds in Providence, but George Wright scored in the 9th inning to give the Grays a 7-6 win, clinching the National League pennant.

90 years ago
1919

Baseball

The Detroit Tigers made 8 errors but still beat the Chicago White Sox 10-7 at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The White Sox made 4 errors.

The Cincinnati Reds swept a doubleheader from the Chicago Cubs, 6-5 and 3-0. Slim Sallee picked up his 21st win in the first game, singling in the winning run in the 9th inning. Ray Fisher pitched a 3-hitter in outduelling Hippo Vaughn in the second game.

75 years ago
1934

Baseball

The Philadelphia Phillies edged the New York Giants 5-4 when New York catcher Gus Mancuso, who had hit 2 home runs to drive in all the Giants’ runs, allowed the winning run to score on a passed ball. The Giants kept a 1-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League pennant race when the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cardinals 2-0 as Waite Hoyt outduelled Daffy Dean.

Hank Greenberg hit a grand slam as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Chicago White Sox 10-3.

60 years ago
1949

On the radio

Murder By Experts, hosted by John Dickson Carr, on MBS
Today’s episode: The Unseeing Witness

Baseball
The Boston Red Sox, down 6-3 in the 5th inning, scored 4 runs off Joe Page in the 8th inning to edge the New York Yankees 7-6 and take a 1-game lead over the Yankees in the American Leaguee pennant race. The winning run scored when Bobby Doerr laid down a surprise squeeze bunt, and Johnny Pesky was ruled safe at home, sliding safely under Ralph Houk’s tag, according to umpire Bill Grieve. Mr. Grieve’s ruling was disputed by the Yankees and 67,434 fans at Yankee Stadium. Mr. Houk, outfielder Cliff Mapes, and manager Casey Stengel confronted Mr. Grieve after the game, and were fined.

50 years ago
1959

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.K.: Only Sixteen--Craig Douglas (5th week at #1)

Died on this date
Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike, 60. Prime Minister of Ceylon, 1956-1959. Mr. Bandaranaike died the day after being shot by a Buddhist monk named Talduwe Somarama Thero. An account of Mr. Bandaranaike’s administration and assassination may be found here.

Football
CFL
Hamilton (7-1) 23 @ Ottawa (2-6) 14
Montreal (4-4) 9 @ Toronto (3-5) 39
British Columbia (7-4) 28 @ Calgary (4-6) 10

ORFU
Sarnia (4-3) 16 @ Kitchener-Waterloo (4-3) 24
Detroit (0-7) 12 @ London (6-1) 40

Canadian university
British Columbia (1-0) 48 @ Saskatchewan (0-2) 6
Exhibition
Carroll College 12 @ Alberta 6

Ross Christensen scored the Golden Bears’ touchdown early in the loss to the Saints at Varsity Stadium in Edmonton in a game that was played under U.S. rules.

Baseball
The Milwaukee Braves moved into a tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the National League lead when Warren Spahn beat the Philadelphia Phillies for his 21st win of the season. Meanwhile, the Dodgers lost 12-2 to the Chicago Cubs, as the Cubs amassed 18 hits.

The San Francisco Giants remained in the National League pennant race with a 4-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis in a game called after 7 innings because of rain. Sam Jones had a no-hitter going for the Giants when the game was called. Willie Mays and Willie McCovey hit home runs to account for all the scoring.

40 years ago
1969

Hit parade

Edmonton’s top 10
1 Which Way You Goin’, Billy?--The Poppy Family
2 Get Together--The Youngbloods
3 Simple Song of Freedom--Tim Hardin
4 That’s the Way God Planned It--Billy Preston
5 Jean--Oliver
6 Suspicious Minds--Elvis Presley
7 Honky Tonk Women--The Rolling Stones
8 Sugar, Sugar--The Archies
9 Sweet Caroline--Neil Diamond
10 Hot Fun in the Summertime--Sly and the Family Stone

Simple Song of Freedom was written by Bobby Darin. In 1966 Mr. Darin had achieved a big hit with If I Were a Carpenter, written by Mr. Hardin.

War
In the face of mounting antiwar protests and plans for the Vietnam Moratorium Day, U.S. President Richard Nixon said, "I understand that there has been and continues to be opposition to the war in Vietnam on the campuses and also in the nation. As far as this kind of activity is concerned, we expect it. However, under no circumstances will I be affected whatever by it." Insisting that the other side would bargain seriously to end the Vietnam War only if it knew that Americans were united behind their country’s policy, President Nixon asked the nation for support as he conducted the difficult negotiations.

A group of moderate and liberal Democrats, called together by U.S. Senator Fred Harris, the Democratic National Chairman, caucused secretly to force a confrontation with the Nixon administration on Vietnam withdrawal policy. The two dozen Democrats decided to join cause with the nationwide student antiwar protest--Vietnam Moratorium Day--on October 15.

Diplomacy
Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir concluded a two-day state visit with U.S. President Richard Nixon in Washington. She reportedly asked for $1 billion over the next five years, as well as 80 A-4 Skyhawk jets, ground-to-air missiles, and 25 Phantoms in addition to the 50 that Israel was beginning to receive. Mrs. Meir addressed the National Press Club and indicated that President Nixon had assured her continued U.S. support.

Politics and government
General Alfredo Ovando Candia, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, was named President of Bolivia following the overthrow of the civilian administration of Adolfo Siles Salinas by the armed forces in a bloodless coup. The armed forces high command said it had seized power "to avoid the danger of anarchy, capitulation, and disorder."

Crime
Mrs. Mary Nelles, 26, was abducted near Toronto, and was freed unharmed after payment of $200,000 ransom.

Football
Canadian university
Bishop’s (1-0) 35 @ Sir George Williams (0-1) 27

Baseball
The Pittsburgh Pirates fired Larry Shepard as manager and replaced him with coach Alex Grammas. The Pirates were in third place in the National League East Division with a record of 84-73. In 2 years as manager of the Pirates, Mr. Shepard compiled a record of 164-155-1, .514.

30 years ago
1979

World events

Stirring hundreds of Palestinians on the occupied West Bank with chants of black pride, Rev. Jesse Jackson called on the United States government to deal justly with both Israelis and Palestinians.

Diplomacy
The United States House of Representatives voted 232-188 to approve the implementation of the Panama Canal treaty, scheduled to take place on October 1.

Baseball
The Pittsburgh Pirates whipped the Montreal Expos 10-1 in a crucial game between the two teams battling for the National League East Division pennant.

The Atlanta Braves beat the Houston Astros 9-4 as Phil Niekro defeated his brother Joe to earn his 20th win of the season.

25 years ago
1984

Abominations

The United Kingdom and China finalized an agreement to hand control of Hong Kong to China in 1997, ending 150 years of British rule.

Politics and government
U.S. President Ronald Reagan said that "the near destruction of our intelligence capability" in the years preceding his administration had been in part to blame for the bombing of the American embassy in Beirut on September 20.

Diplomacy
Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko and United States Secretary of State George Shultz met in New York.

Health
The United States Senate approved compromise legislation providing for stronger health warnings on cigarette packages and advertising.

20 years ago
1989


World events
Vietnam completed withdrawal of its military forces from Cambodia after 11 years of occupation. In Phnom Penh, Heng Samrin, general secretary of the Cambodian Communist Party, called on his countrymen to unite to fight the Khmer Rouge, who still threatened the government.

Diplomacy
Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze, addressing the United Nations General Assembly, proposed to ban production of the most advanced types of chemical weapons.

Baseball
The Chicago Cubs edged the Montreal Expos 3-2 to clinch the National League East Division pennant.

10 years ago
1999


Football
CFL
Toronto (6-6) 20 @ Edmonton (4-8) 16

Former Eskimos haunted their old team as the Argonauts overcame a 16-3 second-quarter deficit. Former Edmonton quarterback Jimmy Kemp connected with Derrell "Mookie" Mitchell on a 74-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter, and then handed off to another ex-Eskimo, running back Tony Burse, for a 2-yard touchdown 16 seconds into the fourth quarter, which held up as the winning score. Ryan Terry, who had failed to make the Eskimos in 1998, rushed 24 times for 165 yards for the Argonauts, and caught 1 pass for 12 yards. Kevin Mason went the distance at quarterback, rushing 10 times for 82 yards but completing just 12 of 31 passes for 122 yards and 2 interceptions. It didn’t help Mr. Mason or the Eskimos when receiver R.T. Swinton dropped a sure touchdown pass in the second quarter, and Edmonton had to settle for a field goal. The dropped pass ended up costing Mr. Swinton his job with the Eskimos. The only Edmonton touchdown came in the first quarter on a 92-yard fumble return by linebacker Terry Ray; Jon Baker converted and added 3 field goals. The Argonauts lost 3 fumbles and 2 interceptions, but it was their loss of the ball on downs in the last few seconds that almost cost them the game. Toronto took possession of the ball deep in their end of the field with 31 seconds remaining, but Mr. Kemp failed to run out the clock, and the Eskimos took over on the Toronto 15-yard line with 4 seconds remaining. The turnover caught Edmonton radio play-by-play man Bryan Hall by surprise; he was busy promoting the post-game show when colour man John Farlinger noticed that the Argonauts’ had failed to use up the time. Mr. Mason, apparently clueless about what to do, took a time count violation penalty, then ran around back near midfield looking for an open receiver before throwing an incomplete pass. 31,085 disgusted fans witnessed the atrocity at Commonwealth Stadium. The loss dropped the Eskimos’ home record for 1999 to 1-5, clinching their first losing record at home since 1969.

CIAU
Laval (3-0) 26 Bishop’s (0-3) 13

Baseball
The Cincinnati Reds defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5. Mark McGwire hit his 60th home run of the season for the Cardinals.

Friday, 25 September 2009

September 25, 2009

220 years ago
1789

Law

The first Congress of the United States adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. The first ten became the Bill of Rights.

120 years ago
1889

Baseball

The Brotherhood of Professional Base ball Players' organizational plan for a new Players' League was leaked to the press in New York. It called for clubs to be owned jointly by players and capitalists.

100 years ago
1909

Baseball

The Detroit Tigers swept a doubleheader from the New York Highlanders 2-1 and 10-4 at Highland Park in New York. In the second game, the Highlanders were easily hitting the pitches of Detroit starter Ed Summers, when Tigers’ manager Hughie Jennings discovered a sign-stealing scheme that the Highlanders were using. A hat advertisement in center field had the crossbar in "H" cut and painted white on one side and black on the other. Using a telescope, a man spotted the catcher’s signal and used a handle to flip the crossbar to indicate fastball or curve. Mr. Jennings sent the team trainer to investigate; he discovered the scam and destroyed the crossbar. A rule prohibiting signal-tipping was implemented the following year.

90 years ago
1919

Baseball

The Detroit Tigers amassed 18 hits in beating the Cleveland Indians 9-5 at Navin Field in Detroit. Ty Cobb went 1 for 4, while Tris Speaker had 3 hits, including 2 triples, for the Indians. Mr. Cobb later wrote a letter to Detroit pitcher Dutch Leonard in which he implied there was a "business proposition" involving this game that was "disappointing." Neither Messrs. Cobb or Speaker was ever proven to have bet on this or any other games‚ but Mr. Leonard later accused the two of arranging for the Tigers to win this game. Commissioner K.M. Landis exonerated the pair in 1927 when Mr. Leonard, apparently afraid of being beaten up by Mr. Cobb, failed to appear at a hearing before Mr. Landis.

80 years ago
1929

Died on this date
Miller Huggins, 50
. U.S. baseball player and manager. Mr. Huggins played 13 years in the major leagues as a second baseman with the Cincinnati Reds (1904-1909) and St. Louis Cardinals (1910-1916). He played in 1,585 games, with a career batting average of .265. Mr. Huggins led National League batters in bases on balls in 1905; 1907; 1910; and 1914. He managed the Cardinals from 1913-1917, compiling a record of 346 wins, 415 losses, 13 ties, .455 winning percentage. Only in 1914 and 1917 did the Cardinals have a winning record; in both years they finished third, well back of the champions. Mr. Huggins moved to the New York Yankees in 1918, and remained there for the rest of his life. After a losing season in 1918, the Yankees challenged for the American League pennant for most of the season in 1919 and came even closer in 1920, the year that Babe Ruth joined the club. From 1921-1928 the Yankees won 6 American League pennants and World Series in 1923, 1927, and 1928. The 1927 Yankees are generally acknowledged to have been the greatest team in baseball history; they won 110 of 154 games (.714), won the pennant by 19 games over the second-place Philadelphia Athletics, and swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in 4 games in the World Series. In 1929 the Yankees dropped to second place, well behind the Athletics. Perhaps as a result of worry, Mr. Huggins developed a carbuncle on his face and began scratching at it. It became infected, and he was admitted to St. Vincent Hospital in New York, where he died three days later of blood poisoning. In his 12 seasons with the Yankees Mr. Huggins compiled a record of 1,067 wins, 719 losses, 10 ties, for a winning percentage of .597. His combined record with the Cardinals and Yankees was 1,413-1,134-23, .555. Mr. Huggins suspended Babe Ruth five times just in 1922, but the Babe was one of many who cried in the Yankees’ locker room after news of his death came in. Miller Huggins was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1964.

Baseball
The New York Yankees, under interim manager Art Fletcher, were playing the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston when news came during the 5th inning of the death of Yankees’ manager Miller Huggins in New York. The teams gathered around home plate for a moment of silent prayer and then resumed play. The Yankees won 11-10 in 11 innings.

75 years ago
1934

Baseball

The St. Louis Cardinals moved to within 1 game of the National League-leading New York Giants with a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, while the Giants lost 5-4 to the Philadelphia Phillies. Dizzy Dean earned his 28th win of the season for the Cardinals, but lost the shutout in the 9th inning when Arky Vaughan hit a 2-run home run.

18-year-old Phil Cavaretta, a Chicago native, made his major league debut with his hometown Cubs. He hit a home run for the game’s only run in a 1-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds, added 2 bases on balls and a stolen base, and cleanly handled 12 chances at first base. Guy Bush pitched the shutout.

Vito Tamulis of the New York Yankees made his major league debut, pitching a 7-hitter in blanking the Philadelphia Athletics 5-0. Mr. Tamulis also went 1 for 4 at bat. Yankees’ first baseman Lou Gehrig played his 1,500th consecutive game.

70 years ago
1939


Baseball
The New York Giants edged the Boston Bees 6-5. Bees’ outfielder Johnny Cooney hit his second home run in as many games; oddly, they were the only home runs Mr. Cooney ever hit in a major league career that spanned 20 seasons and 1,172 games.

60 years ago
1949


Popular culture
Flagpole sitter Charley Lupica finally descended from his perch at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland. Mr. Lupica had been atop the flagpole since the Cleveland Indians were in 7th place in the American League, and vowed to stay there until the Indians were first or out of contention (it was the latter).

Baseball
Ted Williams hit his 43rd home run of the season and Mel Parnell allowed just 4 hits in winning his 25th game of the year as the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 4-1 at Fenway Park in Boston to move into a tie with the Yankees for first place in the American League. Allie Reynolds took the loss, while Yankees’ star outfielder Joe DiMaggio was bedridden with pneumonia.

The St. Louis Cardinals moved 1½ games ahead of the Brooklyn Dodgers in the National League pennant race with a 6-1 win over the Chicago Cubs at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, ending the Cardinals’ home schedule for the year. Winning pitcher Harry Brecheen collected 4 of the 12 St. Louis hits. The Dodgers lost 5-3 to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Football
NFL
Philadelphia (1-0) 7 @ New York Bulldogs (0-1) 0
New York Giants (0-1) 7 @ Pittsburgh (1-0) 28
Washington (0-1) 7 @ Chicago Cardinals (1-0) 38
Detroit (0-1) 24 @ Los Angeles (1-0) 27
Chicago Bears (1-0) 17 @ Green Bay (0-1) 0

The Bulldogs played their home games at the Polo Grounds. They were known as the Boston Yanks from 1944-1948.

50 years ago
1959

World events

A Buddhist monk named Talduwe Somarama Thero called on Ceylonese Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike at his official residence at Rosemead Place in Colombo. While Mr. Bandaranaike was paying obeisance to the monk, Mr. Somarama whipped out a revolver and shot the prime minister in the stomach at point-blank range.

Journalism
Future Prime Minister of Canada Joe Clark published his first editorial as editor-in-chief of the University of Alberta student newspaper The Gateway. One of his comments was: "It is difficult--perhaps a better word is impossible--to outline one's stand on a question before the question arises. That is why policy is a tough thing to predict. So I do not attempt to say in this column where I will stand in the future."

Baseball
Al Kaline hit a 2-run home run in the 1st inning and capped a 3-run rally in the 9th inning by scoring the winning run as the Detroit Tigers edged the Chicago White Sox 6-5. Mr. Kaline dashed home with the winning run while Chicago first baseman Norm Cash was arguing a call with the first base umpire.

40 years ago
1969


Diplomacy
Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir arrived in Washington to begin a two-day state visit with U.S. President Richard Nixon, Secretary of State William Rogers, and other United States officials.

War
U.S. Senator Charles Goodell (Republican--New York) proposed legislation requiring withdrawal of all American troops from Vietnam by the end of 1970. Senator Goodell’s proposal reopened the Congressional debate on the war that had been suspended in order to give President Richard Nixon time to develop his own policy on Vietnam.

Business
John Allyn bought 50% of the Chicago White Sox from brother Arthur‚ giving him complete control of the club.

30 years ago
1979

World events

U.S.S.R. Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko told the United Nations General Assembly that U. concern about a brigade of 2,000-3,000 Soviet troops in Cuba was "artificial." Mr. Gromyko’s statement was challenged by the White House.

Journalism
The Montreal Star ceased publication after 110 years. A strike which had ended more than a year earlier had resulted in suspension of publication for eight months, and the Star never recovered. Prior to the strike, the Star had for many years had a greater circulation than The Gazette, Montreal's other English-language daily.

Baseball
Behind the pitching of Frank Tanana, the California Angels beat the Kansas City Royals 4-1 to clinch the American League West Division pennant. It was the Angels’ first pennant of any kind in their 19-year history.

25 years ago
1984


Politics and government
Democratic party U.S. presidential candidate Walter Mondale said that President Ronald Reagan was moderating some of his positions, including renewed expressions of interest in arms control, only because the election was at hand.

Baseball
Rusty Staub’s 2-run pinch hit home run climaxed a 4-run 9th-inning rally as the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 at Shea Stadium in New York. Mr. Staub’s home run, his first of the season, made him the only major league player other than Ty Cobb to hit a home run in the major leagues before the age of 20 and after reaching the age of 40.

20 years ago
1989


Diplomacy
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev warned leaders of the republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan that they had two days to negotiate an end to the rail blockade, apparently supported by Azerbaijani authorities, that had prevented Armenia from getting badly needed supplies. His threat appeared to produce an easing of tensions between the two republics.

Defense
U.S. President George Bush, addressing the United Nations General Assembly, said that the United States would destroy 80% of its chemical weapons if the U.S.S.R. would cut its stockpile to the American level.

Baseball
Wade Boggs of the Boston Red Sox went 4 for 5 in a 7-4 win over the New York Yankees, becoming the first player in major league history to achieve 200 hits and 100 bases on balls in 4 consecutive seasons. He extended his own record by making 200 hits in 7 straight seasons.

The Montreal Expos gave up 2 home runs to former Expo Andre Dawson, but still managed to beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 in 10 innings at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Mr. Dawson’s second home run, an inside-the-park blow, was a drive that was caught by Expos’ center fielder Dave Martinez, who suffered a muscle pull and crumpled to the ground in pain. He never let go of the ball, but Mr. Dawson ran the bases as Mr. Martinez’s teammates surrounded him, without time being called. Despite the fact that the ball never touched the ground or the wall, Mr. Dawson was awarded a home run.

10 years ago
1999


War
Russian planes concluded three days of bombing industrial sites in Chechnya.

Football
CFL
Montreal (8-4) 13 @ Hamilton (7-5) 39
Calgary (8-4) 20 @ British Columbia (9-3) 21

Paul Osbaldiston kicked 6 field goals and Darren Flutie caught 2 touchdown passes from quarterback Danny McManus to lead the Tiger-Cats in front of 20,648 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium. Archie Amerson added another touchdown on a 70-yard rush. Mike Pringle carried 20 times for 80 yards and a touchdown for the Alouettes, and passed George Dixon as Montreal’s career rushing leader.

28,431 fans at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver saw the Lions come back from a 17-3 second-quarter deficit. Early in the fourth quarter, with Calgary leading 20-14 and apparently headed for more points, Stampeder running back Kelvin Anderson fumbled near the goal line, and the ball was recovered by B.C.’s Reggie Carthon in the Lions’ end zone. While the Lions were moving the ball downfield, Calgary coach Wally Buono was ejected for apparently stepping on an official’s foot. The 25-yard penalty was a boost for the Lions, who finished the drive with a 5-yard touchdown run by Robert Drummond. Lui Passaglia’s convert at 5:28 proved to be the winning point.

CIAU
St. Mary’s (1-1) 38 @ St. Francis Xavier (0-2) 18
Acadia (2-0) 41 @ Mount Allison (1-1) 24
McGill (0-3) 22 @ Ottawa (3-0) 32
Concordia (3-0) 30 @ Queen’s (0-3) 17
Toronto (0-3) 25 @ Guelph (1-2) 30
McMaster (2-1) 27 @ Wilfrid Laurier (3-0) 53
Waterloo (2-1) 67 @ Windsor (0-3) 9
Western Ontario (3-0) 29 @ York (1-2) 7
Saskatchewan (4-0) 28 @ Manitoba (3-1) 9
British Columbia (3-1) 43 @ Calgary (1-3) 9
Regina (0-4) 14 @ Alberta (1-3) 57

Manitoba quarterback Shane Munson threw five interceptions in front of more than 5,000 fans at University Stadium in Winnipeg, the largest crowd to attend a Bisons’ home game in more than 25 years.

Blair Zahara completed 21 of 32 passes for 428 yards--420 yards in the first half--as the Alberta Golden Bears took a 46-0 halftime lead at Varsity Stadium in Edmonton. Jamie Stoddard and Jason Bula each caught 2 touchdown passes in the first half on passes from Mr. Zahara.

Thursday, 24 September 2009

September 24, 2009

220 years ago
1789

Law

The United States Congress passed the First Judiciary Act which provided for a U.S. attorney general and the Supreme Court.

110 years ago
1899


Baseball
The Cincinnati Reds swept a doubleheader from the Chicago Orphans at Redland Field in Cincinnati, winning the opener 21-4, and the second game, which was called in the 5th inning, 11-1.

100 years ago
1909

Died on this date
Charles Tenhuy
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Tenhuy, who played for Dayton in the Central League, died from a skull fracture when he was hit by a pitch thrown by Mr. Hagerman of Grand Rapids.

90 years ago
1919


Baseball
The Chicago White Sox defeated the St. Louis Browns 6-5 to clinch the American League pennant. White Sox’ ace Ed Cicotte, trying for his 30th win of the season, left after 7 innings with the White Sox trailing 5-4.

The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees split a doubleheader at the Polo Grounds in New York. Boston won the opener 4-0 with Jack Quinn pitching the shutout, but the Yankees won the second game 2-1 in 13 innings. In the second game, the winning run scored when Wally Pipp tripled off Waite Hoyt and scored on a sacrifice fly by Del Pratt. The only Boston run came on a 9th-inning home run by Babe Ruth. It was his 28th homer of the season, breaking a record set by Ed Williamson in 1884. The blow was believed to be the longest home run ever hit at the Polo Grounds: it went over the right field roof and landed at adjacent Manhattan Field.

80 years ago
1929


Baseball
The Boston Red Sox honoured alumnus Babe Ruth with a day at Fenway Park, and the Babe went 2 for 3 with a double as his New York Yankees beat the Red Sox 5-3. Tom Zachary was the winning pitcher; the victory gave him a final record for the season of 12-0.

The New York Giants swept a doubleheader from the Boston Braves 5-4 and 6-5, with Mel Ott hitting a home run in each game for the Giants. They were his 41st and 42nd home runs of the season, tying the National League record set by Rogers Hornsby of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1922.

75 years ago
1934


Baseball
In his final home game as a New York Yankee, Babe Ruth drew a base on balls in the first inning and then left for a pinch runner. The Yankees lost 5-0 to the Boston Red Sox, and the loss clinched the American League pennant for the idle Detroit Tigers. It was the Tigers’ first pennant in 25 years.

60 years ago
1949


On the radio
Tales of Fatima, starring Basil Rathbone, on CBS
Tonight’s episode: The Most Dangerous Game

Rex Harrison appeared as a guest star.

Football
IRFU
Toronto (3-2) 29 @ Montreal (2-3) 14
Ottawa (5-0) 14 @ Hamilton (0-5) 11

WIFU
Saskatchewan (4-3) 24 @ Winnipeg (1-6) 24
Edmonton (2-4) 5 @ Calgary (6-0) 41

ORFU
Hamilton (2-2) 18 @ Toronto (0-4) 6
Exhibition
University of Toronto 18 @ Sarnia 11

Baseball
The Boston Red Sox moved to within 1 game of the American League-leading New York Yankees with a 2-0 win over the Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston. Ellis Kinder pitched a 6-hitter for his 22nd win of the season, and Ted Williams hit his 42nd home run of the season.

Bob Elliott hit 3 consecutive home runs to lead the Boston Braves to a 6-4 win over the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds in New York. Warren Spahn earned his 20th win of the season and hit a home run of his own.

50 years ago
1959


Baseball
Philadelphia Phillies’ pitcher Humberto Robinson reported that gambler Harold Friedman had offered him $1,500 to throw that day’s game against the Cincinnati Reds. Mr. Robinson rebuffed the offer and pitched the Phillies to a 7-2 win. Mr. Friedman was held on bail. Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick later commended Mr. Robinson for promptly reporting to him.

40 years ago
1969


Abominations
Former Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker criticized current Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau for dropping the Canadian Guards, Queen’s Own Rifles, and Black Watch regiments from the regular armed forces. Mr. Diefenbaker pointed out that the Canadian Guards, whose first duty was to protect the Queen, had been established in 1953 with the express consent of Queen Elizabeth II, who was the regiment’s honourary Lieutenant Colonel. Their status as household troops had been requested by Her Majesty as an indication of her status as Queen of Canada. Mr. Diefenbaker also criticized the demotion of the Black Watch regiment as an insult to Canadians of Scottish heritage.

Politics and government
Building on youth, the North Vietnamese National Assembly elected Vice-President Ton Duc Thang, 81, to succeed Ho Chi Minh as president. He was to be only a figurehead, and was not concurrently given a high Communist party position. The new vice-president, Nguyen Luong Bang, was a former ambassador to the U.S.S.R.

Law
The trial of eight radical protesters accused of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention began in Chicago. The trial was the first test of the anti-riot section of the 1968 Civil Rights Act.

Disasters
Four were killed and 46 injured when a giant printing press exploded in Chicago.

Baseball
Gary Gentry pitched a 4-hitter in outduelling Steve Carlton as the New York Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-0 at Shea Stadium in New York to clinch the National League East Division pennant, their first ever. Donn Clendenon and Ed Charles hit home runs for the Mets. Many of the 54,928 fans poured onto the field after the game and ripped up chunks of sod. Seven fans suffered fractures in the celebration.

30 years ago
1979


Diplomacy
Patriotic Front guerrillas agreed to guarantee 20% of the seats in Zimbabwe Rhodesia’s parliament to the white minority under a new constitution. Previously, the Patriotic Front had insisted that whites shouldn’t be guaranteed any seats.

Law
In a decision that shook the very foundations of Chicago, federal district judge Nicholas Bua ruled that patronage hiring for city and county jobs in Chicago was unconstitutional. An estimated 20,000 City of Chicago and Cook County workers were hired under the patronage system, and formed the basis of the Democratic party’s power in Chicago.

Baseball
In a 7-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, Pete Rose of the Philadelphia Phillies singled for his 200th hit of the season. It marked the 10th season in which Mr. Rose had accomplished the feat, breaking Ty Cobb’s record of 9. The single extended Mr. Rose’s hitting streak to 18 games.

Herman Franks resigned as manager of the Chicago Cubs and was replaced by Preston Gomez; the Cubs were in 5th place in the National League East Division with a 78-77 record. It marked the end of Mr. Franks’ 7-year major league managerial career. His record was 605 wins, 521 losses, 2 ties. He managed the San Francisco Giants to 4 straight second place finishes from 1965-1968. From 1977-1979 the Cubs compiled a record of 238-241 under Mr. Franks.

25 years ago
1984

Died on this date
Neil Hamilton, 85
. U.S. actor. One of this blogger’s favourite actors, Mr. Hamilton starred in silent films, including America (1923) and Isn’t Life Wonderful? (1924). Although he possessed a fine speaking voice, Mr. Hamilton’s popularity diminished during the era of sound movies. His scenes in Since You Went Away (1944) were left on the cutting room floor, and his appearance was reduced to a still photograph. Mr. Hamilton turned in memorable performances in two episodes of the television series The Outer Limits in 1964: The Invisibles and The Bellero Shield. His most famous role was as police commissioner Gordon in the television series Batman (1966-1968), where he delivered his lines as if they’d been written by Shakespeare ("Bonnie, I want you to put a call through to millionaire Bruce Wayne. He’ll probably be at Wayne Manor, his stately home."). Mr. Hamilton's last performance was in the made-for-television movie Vanished (1971). My favourite Neil Hamilton line is from The Bellero Shield: "Great men are forgiven their murderous wives!"

Diplomacy
U.S. President Ronald Reagan, addressing the United Nations General Assembly, appealed for "a better working relationship" between the U.S.A. and U.S.S.R., and he asked that nations work together to lift "the dread of nuclear war" from the earth.

Politics and government
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Walter Mondale, commenting on the September 20 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Beirut by a suicide bomber, accused President Ronald Reagan of "letting terrorists humiliate us and push us around and kill our people."

Baseball
Rick Sutcliffe pitched a 2-hitter and struck out 9 in winning his 14th straight decision as the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 to clinch the National League East Division pennant. It was the first pennant of any kind for the Cubs since 1945.

20 years ago
1989


Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (6-6) 27 @ Ottawa (2-10) 36
British Columbia (4-8) 25 @ Edmonton (10-2) 32

Dean Dorsey kicked 7 field goals and added 2 converts and a single as the Rough Riders defeated the Roughriders before 17,284 at Lansdowne Park. Ottawa general manager Jo-Anne Polak had claimed sole rights to the name before the game, and the tickets and game program identified the Saskatchewan team as the Prairie Dogs. Wind was a major factor in the game, and Ottawa head coach Steve Goldman credited the coin toss as the turning point. Rough Rider quarterback Damon Allen completed just 12 of 33 passes for 183 yards, with 78 of those yards coming on a touchdown pass to Gerald Alphin. Mr. Allen also rushed 8 times for 96 yards. Saskatchewan starting quarterback Kent Austin completed just 8 of 26 passes for 126 yards and 2 interceptions, but scored the Roughriders’ first touchdown on a 1-yard rush. Backup Tom Burgess was just 5 for 13 in passing for 48 yards. Dave Ridgway kicked 4 field goals for the Roughriders and added 2 converts and a single. Albert Brown scored the other Saskatchewan touchdown on an 86-yard punt return, while Chris Skinner rushed 1 yard for a touchdown with 1:05 remaining in the fourth quarter to put the game away for Ottawa.

Tracy Ham scored 3 touchdowns on 1-yard runs and the Eskimos rolled up 311 yards rushing, their largest single-game total in 28 years. Mr. Ham carried 11 times for 92 yards, while running back Reggie Taylor carried 19 times for 160 yards. The Eskimos were ahead 28-3 in the third quarter before Rickey Foggie, who replaced an injured Matt Dunigan, threw touchdown passes to Tony Cherry, David Williams, and Mike Bellefontaine. Mr. Dunigan injured his right thumb early in the game when he caught it on a helmet, and completed just 1 of 3 passes for 17 yards. It was initially feared that his season might be over, but the injury proved to be minor, and he was ready for the next game. The Eskimos set a team record with 219 yards in penalties, many as a result of bogus calls by the crew of referee Jacques Decarie. This was one of the worst-officiated games I’ve ever been to. It was obvious that the officials were out to help B.C. as much as possible when Edmonton’s Don Wilson was flagged in the first quarter for no yards on a punt that bounced out of bounds without anybody touching the ball. Mr. Ham said after the game that he thought the call of the game came when pass interference against the Lions was overruled because the pass was ruled uncatchable, when Edmonton receiver Keith Wright had actually caught the ball.

10 years ago
1999


Crime
A baseball fan was charged with two counts of assault after attacking Houston Astros’ outfielder Bill Spiers in the 6th inning of the Astros’ game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Mr. Spiers, whose teammates left the dugout and bullpen to go to his aid, suffered a welt under his eye and a bloody nose, but remained in the game.

Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (3-9) 18 @ Winnipeg (3-9) 24
Winnipeg linebacker Maurice Kelly recovered a Mike Saunders fumble inside the Saskatchewan 5-yard line midway through the fourth quarter, and Deland McCullough then scored on a 1-yard run to give the Blue Bombers a 19-18 lead. Kerwin Bell completed a pass to Nigel Williams for a 2-point convert to make the score 21-18, and Troy Westwood added a 33-yard field goal with 41 seconds remaining to extend the lead, and end Winnipeg’s 7-game losing streak. Mr. Saunders rushed 30 times for 133 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the Roughriders, who were ahead 18-6 until Mr. Bell connected on a 20-yard touchdown pass to Chris Armstrong to pull the Blue Bombers closer. Attendance at Winnipeg Stadium was 18,727.

Baseball
Manny Ramirez hit 2 grand slams as the Cleveland Indians routed the Toronto Blue Jays 18-4. The Blue Jays hit 4 solo home runs.

Juan Gonzalez hit 3 home runs and a single and drove in 5 runs to lead the Texas Rangers past the Oakland Athletics 12-4.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

September 23, 2009

230 years ago
1779

War

John Paul Jones declared "I have not yet begun to fight!" aboard the American warship Bonhomme Richard in the battle against the British man-of-war Serapis.

70 years ago
1939


Died on this date
Sigmund Freud, 83
. Austrian psychoanalyst. The father of psychoanalysis is one of those mentioned in Dave Breese’s book 7 Men Who Rule the World from the Grave. He should have been put face-down in his grave so he could see where he was going.

Baseball
Cookie Lavagetto went 6 for 6 with a double, triple, and base on balls in 7 plate appearances as the Brooklyn Dodgers routed the Philadelphia Phillies 22-4.

50 years ago
1959


Football
Joe Thomas, who had come to the Toronto Argonauts in 1957 as an assistant coach under Hamp Pool, resigned two days after Mr. Pool was fired. This left Steve Owen, who had replaced Mr. Pool, as the Argonauts' only coach.

Baseball
Roger Craig pitched a 5-hitter for his fourth shutout of the season as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-0 to move into a tie for first place with the Milwaukee Braves.

Cal Neeman’s 10th-inning home run gave the Chicago Cubs a 9-8 win over the San Francisco Giants.

40 years ago
1969


Labour
Al Salerno and Bill Valentine, fired as American League umpires in 1968, hit baseball with a $4-million antitrust suit.

Football
CFL
The British Columbia Lions, in last place in the Western Conference with a record of 1-10, fired head coach Jim Champion and replaced him with assistant coach Jackie Parker. In 3 years as B.C. head coach, Mr. Champion compiled a record of 8-29-2. He had been an assistant coach with the Lions in charge of the "Headhunters" defense that won the 1964 Grey Cup.

The Montreal Alouettes released quarterback Carroll Williams, who was in his third season with the team. He had played almost every down in 1968, but had lost his starting job to Sonny Wade a few games into the 1969 season. In 8 games in 1969 he completed 30 of 53 passes for 480 yards, with 1 interception and 4 touchdowns. His last significant amount of playing time with the Alouettes came on September 6, when he threw 3 touchdown passes in relief of Mr. Wade in a 47-22 loss at Ottawa.

Baseball
The Boston Red Sox fired manager Dick Williams and replaced him with coach Eddie Popowski. The Red Sox were in third place in the American League East Division with a record of 82-71. Mr. Williams led the Red Sox to the American League pennant in 1967, his first year with the team. In 3 seasons with the Red Sox he compiled a record of 260-217, a .545 percentage.

The Cincinnati Reds defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3. In his last major league at bat, John Miller of the Dodgers hit a home run off Jim Merritt. In 61 career at bats, Mr. Miller’s only other major league home run came in his first at bat, with the New York Yankees in 1966.

30 years ago
1979


Diplomacy
Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Wang Youping arrived in Moscow for talks aimed at easing Sino-Soviet tensions, the first such meeting since 1969.

Protest
Over 200,000 gathered in New York City to protest the continued use of atomic power, the largest anti-nuclear rally held in the United States to that time.

Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (0-11) 3 @ Montreal (8-3) 11
Edmonton (9-0-2) 22 @ Hamilton (2-9) 21
Winnipeg (3-8) 23 @ Calgary (7-3) 28

David Green rushed 25 times for 189 yards and scored the game’s only touchdown on a 17-yard run with 1:40 remaining in the third quarter to lead the Alouettes to their win in front of 35,240 at Olympic Stadium.

18,186 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium were irate when back judge Ross Perrier flagged Hamilton quarterback Tom Clements for intentionally grounding the ball in the Tiger-Cats’ end zone with 1:39 remaining in the fourth quarter. The penalty was a safety touch awarded to the Eskimos, which provided the visitors with the winning margin. The Tiger-Cats shocked the Eskimos by taking a 20-3 lead in the second quarter on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Mr. Clements to Brock Aynsley, a 4-yard touchdown run by Ron Rowland, and 2 converts and 2 field goals by Zenon Andrusyshyn. Dave Cutler’s second field goal of the game reduced the lead to 20-6 at halftime. Warren Moon relieved Tom Wilkinson at quarterback to start the second half for the Eskimos, and hit Waddell Smith with a 77-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter. Mr. Cutler’s convert made the score 20-13, but Mr. Andrusyshyn punted for a 66-yard single on the last play of the quarter to give the Tiger-Cats an 8-point lead. Jim Germany rushed 17 yards for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. Mr. Cutler’s convert cut the Hamilton lead to 21-20. The win set an Eskimo team record for the longest undefeated streak from the start of a season; they won their first 10 games in 1955.

Calgary quarterbacks John Hufnagel and Ken Johnson each threw a touchdown pass, to Tom Forzani and Willie Armstead respectively, and James Sykes rushed for another score for the Stampeders, while Willie Burden rushed for a 2-point convert. Billy Troup went the distance at quarterback for Winnipeg, completing 21 of 32 passes for 276 yards, and touchdowns to Rick House and Mike Holmes. Mr. House, whose touchdown was his first in the Canadian Football League, led the Blue Bombers with 5 receptions for 102 yards. The two Washingtons combined for 105 yards rushing for the Blue Bombers: 65 on 13 carries for Jim, and 40 on 8 carries for Larry. Attendance at McMahon Stadium was 30,125.

NFL
Atlanta (2-2) 23 @ Detroit (1-3) 24

56,249 were in attendance at the Pontiac Silverdome as rookie quarterback Jeff Komlo completed 19 of 35 passes for 289 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the Lions. For an interesting article on whatever became of Mr. Komlo, go here.

Baseball
Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals earned his 938th and last major league stolen base as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 7-4.

25 years ago
1984


Terrorism
U.S. President Ronald Reagan, commenting on the September 20 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Beirut by a suicide bomber, acknowledged that security had not been complete at the Embassy building, and said, "Anyone that’s ever had their kitchen done over knows that it never gets done as soon as you wish it would."

Politics and government
Nicaraguan leaders said they would not postpone the November 4 presidential election despite pressure from the U.S. administration of Ronald Reagan to do so in order to permit opposition parties to mount a stronger campaign.

Football
CFL
Calgary (5-7) 26 @ Hamilton (3-8-1) 29

Running back Rufus Crawford and quarterback Dieter Brock scored touchdowns in the fourth quarter as the Tiger-Cats overcame a 23-7 third-quarter deficit. Felix Wright intercepted a Greg Vavra pass and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown at 9:02 of the third quarter to begin the Hamilton comeback. Lewis Walker led the Stampeders’ attack with 16 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown, and 4 pass receptions for 47 yards and another touchdown. Mr. Crawford rushed 12 times for 36 yards and a touchdown; caught 4 passes for 41; returned 6 punts for 45; and returned 1 kickoff for 20 yards. Only 12,501 were in attendance at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

Baseball
Sparky Anderson became the first manager to win 100 games in a season with two different teams as his Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 4-1. Mr. Anderson had recorded seasons with 100 or more wins with the Cincinnati Reds in 1970, 1975, and 1976.

20 years ago
1989


Football

CFL
Calgary (7-5) 20 @ Toronto (4-8) 13

The Stampeders used a balanced attack--208 yards rushing and 199 passing--to defeat the Argos before 35,776 at SkyDome. Toronto managed 225 yards net offense, and turned the ball over 5 times. The only Argo touchdown came on a halfback option pass from Mike Clemons to Eric Hoskins in the second quarter.

CIAU
Alberta (2-2) 29 @ Calgary (3-1) 26
Saskatchewan (3-1) 45 @ British Columbia (2-2) 17

Steve Kasowski’s 28-yard field goal with 1:29 remaining in the fourth quarter was the winning score as the Golden Bears ended the defending Vanier Cup champions’ 12-game winning streak before 8,829 fans at McMahon Stadium. Trailing 26-19, the Golden Bears tied the game when defensive back Trent Brown went in on offense and hauled in a 52-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jeff Steinberg at 5:05 of the fourth quarter. Mr. Kasowski kicked the tying convert. J.P. Izquierdo rushed 20 times for 159 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Dinosaurs, who jumped out to an early 15-0 lead, and led 25-12 in the third quarter before backup quarterback Rob Taylor completed a touchdown pass to Steve Camp to bring Alberta within a touchdown. The game was televised on TSN, and analyst Jamie Bone ended up selecting a catch in this game by Alberta’s Darryl Szafranski as the best of the season in the CIAU.

10 years ago
1999


Space
NASA reported that it had lost communication with the Mars Climate Orbiter, a spacecraft scheduled to enter Martian orbit that day. The craft had apparently broken up after coming too close to the planet because of a navigational error. Launched in December 1998, the $125-million orbiter was supposed to gather data on the Martian atmosphere for two years. A second spacecraft, the Mars Polar Lander, was scheduled to land in December 1999.

War
Russian planes began bombing an airport, oil refinery, arms depot, radar installation, and other industrial sites in Chechnya.

The International Force for East Timor raided a militia headquarters and arrested 6 militia members. The United Nations High Commission on Human Rights announced that widespread human rights abuses had occurred in East Timor.

Economics and finance
As promised, U.S. President Bill Clinton vetoed the $792-billion tax cut approved by Congress. He argued that a tax cut of that magnitude would prevent a reduction in the national debt and jeopardize the future of Social Security and Medicare.

Crime
A jury in Bryan, Texas sentenced Lawrence Brewer, a white man, to death for his participation in the murder of James Byrd, Jr., a black man, who had been chained to a pickup truck and dragged to his death in 1998. The jury had convicted Mr. Brewer three days earlier.