150 years ago
The Brooklyn Excelsiors became the first baseball club to go on tour when they left for Albany. They covered 10,000 miles in 10 days, playing games in Albany, Troy, Buffalo, Rochester, and Newburgh, New York.
75 years ago
The Detroit Tigers swept a doubleheader from the St. Louis Browns at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis by scores of 18-1 and 11-6. Detroit leadoff hitter Pete Fox had 3 hits, including a grand slam, scored 4 runs, and drove in 6 in the first game. He followed that with 5 hits, 4 runs, and 4 RBIs in the second game. Schoolboy Rowe and General Crowder were the respective winning pitchers.
Syl Johnson won his 8th straight game as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Boston Braves 15-5 at Braves Field.
60 years ago
For the first time in 15 years, Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees and Dom DiMaggio of the Boston Red Sox hit home runs in the same game as the Red Sox won 10-2 in the second game of a doubleheader.
Sibby Sisti hit a pinch grand slam to lead the Boston Braves to an 8-4 win over the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds in New York.
The Chicago White Sox edged the St. Louis Browns 3-2 in 13 innings after St. Louis pitcher Ned Garver missed touching third base while rounding the bag while scoring what would have been the winning run earlier in the game, and was called out.
50 years ago
The San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates split a doubleheader at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Jack Sanford pitched a 3-hitter as the Giants won the opener 11-0. The Pirates won the second game 11-6, led by Dick Stuart’s 3 consecutive home runs and 7 runs batted in.
Winning pitcher Don Cardwell had 4 hits to lead the Chicago Cubs to an 11-5 win over the Milwaukee Braves at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
Ted Williams hit a home run off Jim Bunning and Don Buddin scored the winning run after eluding a rundown in the 8th inning as the Boston Red Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 11-7 at Fenway Park in Boston. Rocky Colavito hit 2 home runs for the Tigers.
40 years ago
This blogger finished Grade 3 in Mrs. Fizer’s class at Yellowknife Public School.
U.S. President Richard Nixon gave his final report on the recent U.S. military operation, terming it a success. After 34 days of debate, the United States Senate passed the Cooper-Church amendment, which barred the President from spending money to "retain" American forces in Cambodia; sending military advisers there; providing combat air support for Cambodian forces; or from paying any foreign troops who were assisting the Cambodians.
The United States Senate voted 76-19 to override President Richard Nixon’s veto of a bill authorizing $1.3 billion in hospital construction and modernization grants. Mr. Nixon had vetoed the bill as fiscally irresponsible. The House of Representatives had voted 279-98 to override Mr. Nixon’s veto the week before the Senate vote. It was the first time in 10 years that Congress had overturned a presidential veto.
The first commercial Picturephone service was inaugurated in Pittsburgh.
George Chuvalo knocked out Charlie Reno in the 3rd round of a heavyweight bout in Seattle.
The Atlanta Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-2 before a sellout crowd of 51,050 in the first game at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati. Hank Aaron of the Braves hit the first home run in the new stadium.
30 years ago
Pope John Paul II arrived in Brasilia to begin the longest papal trip outside Italy in modern times. Through July 11, Pope John Paul visited 13 cities in Brazil and covered 17,500 miles.
U.S. President Jimmy Carter signed legislation authorizing a program to develop synthetic energy resources, saying that the scope of the program "will dwarf the combined programs that led us to the moon and built our interstate highway systems." The bill created the United States Synthetic Fuels Corporation; authorized $20 billion to be used by the corporation over the next five years; and made another $68 billion available for the following seven years, subject to Congressional appropriation. The bill, aimed at reducing U.S. dependence on imported oil, set a goal of the production of the equivalent of 500,000 barrels of oil per day by 1987 and 2,000,000 barrels per day by 1992 from alternative sources. Coal would be turned into gasoline, and oil would be extracted from shale. The bill also created a solar energy bank and authorized a $1.45-billion alcohol fuel production program.
25 years ago
All 39 captives being held by the Shia Muslim Amal in Lebanon were released after almost three weeks of captivity, after intervention by Syrian President Hafez al-Assad.
20 years ago
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Step By Step--New Kids on the Block (2nd week at #1)
2 It Must Have Been Love--Roxette
3 Poison--Bell Biv DeVoe
4 Do You Remember?--Phil Collins
5 Ready Or Not--After 7
6 Hold On--Wilson Phillips
7 Hold On--En Vogue
8 I’ll Be Your Shelter--Taylor Dayne
10 U Can’t Touch This--M.C. Hammer
South African Communist terrorist Nelson Mandela ended his tour of the United States after visiting New York; Washington; Atlanta; Miami; Detroit; Los Angeles; and Oakland.
10 years ago
The New York Mets scored 10 runs--9 after 2 were out--in the bottom of the 8th inning to overcome an 8-1 deficit and defeat the Atlanta Braves 11-8 at Shea Stadium in New York. Mike Piazza’s 3-run home run was the deciding blow.
Nielsen Bottom 10, October 16th-22nd, 1972 - A look at the 10 lowest-rated programs on TV during the week of October 16th-22nd, 1972. *NBC White Paper* was at the bottom of the ratings chart. Continu...
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