Tuesday, 31 August 2010

August 31, 2010

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

90 years ago
1920


Scandal
Heavy betting was reported on the baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies at Weeghman Park in Chicago, which shifted the odds in favour of the Phillies. Cubs’ owner Bill Veeck withdrew his scheduled starting pitcher, Claude Hendrix, in favour of veteran and former Phillies’ ace Grover Cleveland Alexander and offered Mr. Alexander $500 if he won. The Phillies won 3-0, with Lee Meadows pitching the shutout. Mr. Hendrix, who had made 23 starts for the Cubs during 1920, made none during the rest of the season, and was released after the season was over.

80 years ago
1930


Baseball
The New York Giants defeated the Boston Braves 4-3 in the first game of a doubleheader before 40,000 fans at the Polo Grounds in New York. Mel Ott of the Giants hit a double in his first at bat in the second game and followed with home runs in each of his next 3 at bats, driving in 6 runs, but it wasn’t enough as the Braves won 14-10. Wally Berger hit 2 home runs for the Braves and George Sisler added another for Boston in the second game.

75 years ago
1935


Baseball
Vern Kennedy pitched the first no-hitter in the American League in 4 years and the first ever in Comiskey Park as the Chicago White Sox blanked the visiting Cleveland Indians 5-0. Mr. Kennedy was also the batting star, driving in 3 runs in the 6th inning with a bases-loaded triple. He struck out 5, including Joe Vosmik, the AL’s leading hitter, to end the game.

70 years ago
1940


Married on this date
Vince and Marie Lombardi
. The head coach of the Washington Redskins died of cancer at the age of 57 on September 3, 1970, just three days after his and Mrs. Lombardi’s 30th anniversary.

60 years ago
1950


Baseball
Gil Hodges hit a major league record-tying 4 home runs and drove in 9 runs as the Brooklyn Dodgers whipped the Boston Braves 19-3 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Carl Erskine was the winning pitcher over Warren Spahn.

50 years ago
1960


Football
ORFU
London (1-0) 39 @ Sarnia (1-1) 20

The Lords took advantage of Sarnia turnovers, making 6 interceptions and recovering 3 fumbled punts. Ron King led the Lords with 2 touchdowns, with other London touchdowns coming from Mike Norcia, Clarence Willis, Sien O’Brien, and Jim Reynolds. Lamar Lee added 3 converts. Ray Sine scored 2 touchdowns for the Golden Bears. Ed Vernes scored the other Sarnia major and added 2 converts. The Lords built up a 27-7 halftime lead in front of 4,500 fans at Norm Perry Park.

40 years ago
1970


On the radio
The Challenge of Space, on Springbok Radio
Tonight’s episode: The Neglected Factor

Music
The Beach Boys’ album Sunflower was released. It was their first album for the Brother/Reprise label, and was one of their best. Notable songs included the singles Add Some Music to Your Day; Slip on Through; Tears in the Morning; and Cool, Cool Water. My favourite track is All I Wanna Do. The British release of the album included Cottonfields, which had been released in North America as their last single on the Capitol label earlier in 1970. Despite the album’s high quality, it didn’t sell well, reaching only #151 on the Billboard chart in the U.S. In the U.K., the album received critical raves.

Defense
The U.S. administration of President Richard Nixon made the first public acknowledgement that the U.S. had been shipping arms to Israel during the current Middle East cease-fire.

Crime
After six days of deliberation, a Superior Grand Jury in New Haven, Connecticut convicted Black Panther Lonnie McLucas, 24, of conspiracy to murder for his role in the torture death of fellow Black Panther Alex Rackley in May 1969. Mr. McLucas was acquitted of three other charges. He was sentenced to 12-15 years in prison.

Business
General Motors reported the formation of a "public policy committee" to advise the corporation on matters affecting the general public. This was apparently GM’s answer to critics at the previous stockholders’ meeting who had demanded changes in the company concerning issues such as pollution, safety, and mass transportation.

Society
There was no violence reported as most children in southern U.S. states returned to school, 280,000 of them in 200 newly racially-integrated districts.

30 years ago
1980


Economics and finance
Chinese Finance Minister Wang Bingqain announced the launch of a major program to change the country's financial and economic practices. The program emphasized profits and local control in order to promote economic growth.

Soccer
Giorgio Chinaglia scored seven goals, a North American Soccer League single-game record, in leading the New York Cosmos over the Tulsa Roughnecks 8-1 in the NASL playoff quarterfinals before a crowd of 40,285 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

25 years ago
1985


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 The Power of Love--Huey Lewis and the News (2nd week at #1)
2 St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)--John Parr
3 Freeway of Love--Aretha Franklin
4 Shout--Tears for Fears
5 We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)--Tina Turner
6 Never Surrender--Corey Hart
7 Summer of ‘69--Bryan Adams
8 If You Love Somebody Set Them Free--Sting
9 Don’t Lose My Number--Phil Collins
10 Money for Nothing--Dire Straits

20 years ago
1990


Baseball
Ken Griffey, Sr. and Jr. became the first father-and-son combination to play as teammates in a major league game. Ken Griffey, Jr. played center field and Ken Griffey, Sr., recently acquired after being waived by the Cincinnati Reds, played left field for the Seattle Mariners as they beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2. They each batted 1 for 4.

10 years ago
2000


Football
CFL
Montreal (7-2) 35 @ British Columbia (4-5) 25

Mike Pringle rushed 22 times for 163 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown, and Anthony Calvillo threw touchdown passes to Jock Climie and Ben Cahoon to lead the Alouettes. Terry Baker added 3 converts and 4 field goals for Montreal. Sean Millington and Chuck Levy rushed for B.C. touchdowns and backup quarterback Doug Nussmeier, who relieved starter Damon Allen in the second half, threw a touchdown pass to Darnell Graham. Mr. Climie led all receivers with 113 yards on 6 receptions. 19,621 were in attendance at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver.

Monday, 30 August 2010

August 30, 2010

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Michelle Kent!

100 years ago
1910


Baseball
Tom Hughes of the New York Highlanders pitched a no-hitter for 9 1/3 innings against the Cleveland Naps at Hilltop Park in New York before giving up a hit to Harry Niles. However, Mr. Hughes fell apart in the 11th inning, giving up 5 runs and losing 5-0.

50 years ago
1960


Baseball
The Boston Red Sox swept the Detroit Tigers in a doubleheader, winning both games in extra innings. The Red Sox won the first game 5-4 in 15 innings and the second game 3-2 in 10 innings. Boston second baseman Pete Runnels batted 6 for 7 in game 1 and 3 for 4 in game 2; his 9 for 11 performance tied a major league record for a doubleheader.

40 years ago
1970


Died on this date
Abraham Zapruder, 66
. U.S. historical figure. Mr. Zapruder was a dress manufacturer in Dallas who decided to take his home movie camera downtown with him on November 22, 1963 to film the motorcade of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and Texas Governor John Connally. Mr. Zapruder's film is regarded as the definitive motion picture record of the assassination of President Kennedy.

Diplomacy
U.S. Vice-President Spiro Agnew arrived home at the end of a week-long, five-nation tour of southeast Asia, apparently convinced that the policies of the U.S. administration of President Richard Nixon were working. The purpose of Mr. Agnew’s tour was to reassure Asian allies that the U.S. would not abandon them, despite impending troop withdrawals. Mr. Agnew spent 10 hours--eight more than scheduled--talking with South Korean President Park Chung Hee, who was resistant to any American disengagement from his country. Mr. Agnew asserted that there was "no need at the present time" to consider sending American troops into Cambodia because more than half of the Communist forces in that country "have been eliminated." If the U.S.A. were to meet all the requests from the nations that Mr. Agnew visited, the cost to the U.S. would be $25 billion over the next five years. U.S. Defense Secretary Melvin Laird insisted that the price was too high, "considering the attitude in Congress."

Auto racing
Canadian-American Challenge Cup Series
Peter Gethin claimed his first victory of the season at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin in a McLaren-Chevrolet. Bob Bondurant wsa second in a Lola-Chevrolet.

Football
CFL
Toronto (2-3) 14 @ Saskatchewan (6-1) 36

30 years ago
1980


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Sailing--Christopher Cross

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Sailing--Christopher Cross
2 Take Your Time (Do It Right) Part 1--S.O.S. Band
3 Emotional Rescue--The Rolling Stones
4 Magic--Olivia Newton-John
5 Upside Down--Diana Ross
6 It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me--Billy Joel
7 All Out of Love--Air Supply
8 Fame--Irene Cara
9 More Love--Kim Carnes
10 Give Me the Night--George Benson

Labour
The Polish government granted the strike committee at Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk its 21 demands. The striking workers were allowed to form independent trade unions and were allowed access to documents used in economic decisions. In return, the strikers agreed not to form a political party out of the new unions and to allow the existence of the present Communist party-controlled unions alongside the new bodies.

Football
CIAU
Manitoba (0-1) 6 @ Calgary (1-0) 30
Alberta (1-0) 21 @ British Columbia (0-1) 3

Greg Vavra threw 2 touchdown passes to Josh Borger and 1 to Darcy Krogh to lead the Dinosaurs over the Bisons at McMahon Stadium. Mr. Vavra also rushed for a touchdown. Mr. Borger finished with 4 receptions for 92 yards.

Jaimie Crawford, Rick Paulitsch, and Sean Kehoe rushed for touchdowns for the Golden Bears in their win at Thunderbird Stadium. Frank Boehres converted all 3. Mr. Kehoe's score came on a 51-yard run in the 4th quarter. The Alberta defense held the Thunderbirds to 137 yards net offense.

25 years ago
1985


Football
CFL
British Columbia (7-1) 18 @ Ottawa (4-4) 13

Roy Dewalt threw 50- and 15-yard touchdown passes to Jim Sandusky in the first quarter, and the Lions coasted from there. Lester Brown scored a touchdown for the Rough Riders on a 1-yard rush early in the 4th quarter and Dean Dorsey converted and kicked a field goal later in the quarter to complete the scoring. Bernard Quarles replaced J.C. Watts at quarterback for Ottawa in the second half and drove the Rough Riders to midfield in the last minute, but a desperation pass was intercepted by Darnell Clash at the B.C. 5-yard line with 22 seconds remaining. Attendance at Lansdowne Park was 23,611.

20 years ago
1990


Baseball
Roger Clemens struck out 9 and walked none in earning his 20th win of the season as the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 9-2.

Ron Karkovice’s inside-the-park grand slam gave the Chicago White Sox a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Twins, with Jack McDowell the winning pitcher.

10 years ago
2000


Diplomacy
U.S. President Bill Clinton arrived in Colombia and met with Colombian President Andres Pastrana in Cartagena. Mr. Clinton emphasized that the $1.3 billion recently granted to Colombia by the U.S.A. was to be used to eradicate the drug trade and not to help the government defeat armed rebels.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

August 29, 2010

125 years ago
1885

Baseball

Charlie Ferguson pitched a no-hitter as the Philadelphia Quakers edged the Providence Grays 1-0 at Recreation Park in Philadelphia.

90 years ago
1920


Olympics
John Kelly of the United States won a gold medal in the men’s single sculls at the Antwerp Olympics, narrowly beating the great British rower Jack Beresford. Mr. Kelly, the father of Grace Kelly, the actress and later princess of Monaco, won gold in the double sculls with Paul Costello 30 minutes later.

Baseball
The New York Yankees defeated the St. Louis Browns 3-2 at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis as Carl Mays entered the game in the 6th inning in relief of Jack Quinn and picked up his 20th win of the season.

75 years ago
1935


Baseball
Wes Ferrell earned his 20th win of the season as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 6-2 at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. Joe Cronin and Dusty Cooke hit home runs for the Red Sox off losing pitcher Johnny Marcum.

60 years ago
1950


On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Poison, starring Arnold Moss

War
A British infantry force of 4,000 soldiers arrived in Korea from Hong Kong to bolster the American-led United Nations force.

50 years ago
1960


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): It's Now or Never--Elvis Presley (3rd week at #1)

Football
CFL
Hamilton (0-3) 21 @ Ottawa (2-1) 29
Saskatchewan (0-4-1) 15 @ Calgary (1-3-1) 23
Edmonton (3-1) 26 @ British Columbia (2-3) 0

18,344 were on hand at Lansdowne Park to see the Rough Riders win their second straight game over the defending eastern champion Tiger-Cats.

Steve Owen picked up his first win as head coach of the Stampeders before a McMahon Stadium crowd of 13,500.

Jim Letcavits, Johnny Bright, and Don Getty scored touchdowns for the Eskimos, while Jackie Parker added 2 converts and 2 field goals. 28,420 fans at Empire Stadium in Vancouver were given nothing to cheer.

40 years ago
1970


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: The Wonder of You--Elvis Presley (5th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): War--Edwin Starr

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Spill the Wine--Eric Burdon and War
2 War--Edwin Starr
3 In the Summertime--Mungo Jerry
4 Make it With You--Bread
5 Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours--Stevie Wonder
6 Patches--Clarence Carter
7 Ain’t No Mountain High Enough--Diana Ross
8 25 or 6 to 4--Chicago
9 Lookin’ Out My Back Door--Creedence Clearwater Revival
10 (If You Let Me Make Love to You Then) Why Can’t I Touch You?--Ronnie Dyson

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough had been a hit for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell in 1967. I prefer their version.

Calgary’s top 10
1 In the Summertime--Mungo Jerry
2 As the Years Go By--Mashmakhan
3 Higher and Higher--Canada Goose
4 Me and Bobby McGee--Gordon Lightfoot
5 Pearl--Tommy Roe
6 Hand Me Down World--The Guess Who
7 I Just Can’t Help Believing--B.J. Thomas
8 Candida--Dawn
9 Wigwam--Bob Dylan
10 25 or 6 to 4--Chicago
Pick hit of the week: Patches--Clarence Carter

Died on this date
Ruben Salazar, 42
. U.S. journalist. Mr. Salazar, a newspaperman and prominent spokesman for the approximately 1 million Mexican-Americans in the Los Angeles area, was killed when he was hit in the head by a tear gas projectile thrown by a sheriff’s deputy during a riot by Mexican-Americans after the conclusion of the peaceful National Chicano Moratorium March. Mr. Salazar had been a news reporter and columnist for the Los Angeles Times since 1959, and was news director for the Spanish-language Los Angeles television station KMEX. Mr. Salazar was struck by the projectile while sitting in he Silver Dollar Cafe. A coroner’s inquest ruled the death a homicide, but the sheriff’s deputy, Tom Wilson, was never prosecuted. Mr. Salazar was awarded a posthumous Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 1971.

Protest
In the worst disorder in Los Angeles since the Watts riots of 1965, several hundred Mexican-Americans rioted, touched off by a clash between police and unruly youths after the National Chicano Moratorium March--an anti-Vietnam War protest march--which left 60 injured and 178 businesses looted or vandalized.

War
A Communist attack on a small Cambodian government camp five miles from Pnompenh was said to be the closest fighting yet to the Cambodian capital.

Diplomacy
Thai Foreign Minister Thanat Khoman, after two days of meetings in Bangkok with U.S. Vice-President Spiro Agnew, said that he had been assured that the U.S. administration of President Richard Nixon would do everything it could to keep critics of its war policies from blocking U.S. aid to southeast Asian nations.

Education
Venezuelan President Rafael Caldera said that his government lacked the money to open the country’s public schools for the fall term, and indicated that they might open in January 1971.

Disasters
An Indian airliner bound to Calcutta with 38 people aboard was reported missing after losing radio contact after leaving Silchar.

Baseball
Lee May’s 2 run home run in the 11th inning broke a 2-2 tie and gave the Cincinnati Reds a 4-2 win over the Montreal Expos at Jarry Park in Montreal. Pete Rose of the Reds collected his 1,500th career major league hit during the game.

Almost 18 months after announcing his retirement, former New York Yankee great Mickey Mantle rejoined the team, this time as first base coach.

30 years ago
1980


Protest
Labour unrest in Poland spread for the first time from shipyards to the important mining and industrial regions of Silesia. At least 20,000 coal miners walked off the job in the vicinity of Katowice, an area that had been the political base of Polish Communist leader Edward Gierek and which produced much of the country's chief export, coal.

Society
14,000 refugees who had fled Cuba earlier in the year were still being held in four camps in the United States.

Baseball
The St. Louis Cardinals promoted Whitey Herzog from manager to general manager, 11 days after John Claiborne had been fired as general manager. Red Schoendienst, who had managed the team from 1965-1976, returned as manager on an interim basis. The Cardinals were currently in fourth place in the National League East Division with a record of 56-69.

25 years ago
1985


Hit parade
Canada's top 19
1 Summer of '69--Bryan Adams
2 The Power of Love--Huey Lewis and the News
3 We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)--Tina Turner
4 St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)--John Parr
5 You're Only Human--Billy Joel
6 Crying Over You--Platinum Blonde
7 Never Surrender--Corey Hart
8 Head Over Heels--Tears for Fears
9 Freeway of Love--Aretha Franklin
10 Money for Nothing--Dire Straits
11 Get it On (Bang a Gong)--Power Station
12 Don't Lose My Number--Phil Collins
13 Invincible--Pat Benatar
14 You Give Good Love--Whitney Houston
15 Cry--Godley and Creme
16 Who's Holding Donna Now?--DeBarge
17 People are People--Depeche Mode
18 Smokin' in the Boys Room--Motley Crue
19 Dress You Up--Madonna

20 years ago
1990


Terrorism
Following the shooting deaths of five people, including a member of parliament, the Armenian parliament declared a state of emergency and outlawed the republic's largest paramilitary group.

Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the index of leading economic indicators had not changed in July.

Baseball
The defending World Series champion Oakland Athletics bolstered their roster by acquiring veteran designated hitter Harold Baines from the Texas Rangers for minor league pitchers Scott Chiamparino and Joe Bitker, and getting outfielder Willie McGee from the St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder Felix Jose, minor league third baseman Stan Royer, and minor league pitcher Daryle Green. Mr. McGee was leading the National League with a batting percentage of .335, and he had accumulated enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title--which he ended up winning, despite finishing the season in the American League. Mr. McGee hit .274 in 29 games for Oakland, dropping his combined average for the season to .324, below that of five players, all of whom spent the season in one league.

10 years ago
2000


Diplomacy
Six hostages released after months of captivity in the Philippines went to Libya to meet the man who had helped to buy their captivity, Libyan President Moammar Gaddafi.

U.S. President Bill Clinton met with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, where they discussed prospects for peace in the Middle East.

On the eve of U.S. President Bill Clinton’s visit to his country, Colombian President Andres Pastrana said that a curtailment of international drug trafficking depended on a reduction in demand for illicit drugs in the U.S.A. and other countries.

Protest
Canadian federal fisheries officers sank illegal lobster traps that had been removed from the water near Burnt Church, New Brunswick in the latest episode in a long-running dispute over native lobster fishing.

Economics and finance
British Columbia announced that it would raise its minimum wage to $7.60 per hour on November 1, the highest in Canada.

Baseball
Pedro Martinez came within 3 outs of a no-hitter as the Boston Red Sox blanked the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 8-0. John Flaherty led off the 9th inning with a single for the only Tampa Bay hit. Eight members of the Rays, including manager Larry Rothschild and two coaches, were ejected during the game.

Darin Erstad had 3 hits for the Anaheim Angels in their 9-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays to give him 200 hits for the season, reaching the total faster than any player in the last 65 years.

Saturday, 28 August 2010

August 28, 2010

160 years ago
1850

Music

Richard Wagner's opera Lohengrin premiered in Weimar, Germany.

130 years ago
1880


Baseball
The Cincinnati Reds made 16 errors in a 13-2 loss to the Troy Trojans.

70 years ago
1940


Baseball
Ray Brown of the Homestead Grays pitched a 3-hitter in blanking the Baltimore Elite Giants for his 27th consecutive win in the Negro National League stretching back to the previous year.

60 years ago
1950


Business
Earle and Roy Mack bought 54% interest in the Philadelphia Athletics baseball team from their younger half brother, Connie Mack, Jr. Together with their father, Earle and Roy controlled 1,198 of 1,500 shares. "As long as dad wants to manage, he will continue to manage," the older brothers said. Connie Mack, Sr., 83, was in his 50th season as manager of the Athletics.

Football
WIFU
Calgary (0-2) 4 @ Winnipeg (2-0) 7
Edmonton (1-1) 15 @ Saskatchewan (1-1) 9

7,700 fans at Osborne Stadium saw Tom Casey score the game’s only touchdown on a 47-yard rush in the first quarter. The Stampeders’ only scoring came on a field goal by Vern Graham and a single by Keith Spaith.

Lindy Berry and Doug Pyzer scored touchdowns for the Eskimos. Annis Stukus converted both, while Bill Briggs added 2 singles and Rollin Prather 1. 6,000 fans were at Taylor Field in Regina.

Baseball
The Cleveland Indians blew 10-0 and 12-1 leads and lost 15-14 to the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston. Bob Feller relieved Bob Lemon and took the loss. Dom DiMaggio led the Red Sox with 2 triples and a single. It was the second day in a row that the Indians had blown a big lead at Fenway Park.

Hank Sauer hit 3 straight home runs off Curt Simmons as the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-5 in the first game of a doubleheader at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Dutch Leonard, making his only start of the season, was the winning pitcher. The Phillies won the second game 9-5.

50 years ago
1960


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Apache--The Shadows (3rd week at #1)

Football
ORFU
Sarnia (1-0) 23 @ Port Huron-Detroit (0-1) 15

Chuck Stanley scored 2 touchdowns for the defending champion Golden Bears, and Ray Sine added another. Ed Vernes added 2 convert and 2 singles, while Sarnia quarterback and head coach Hal Ledyard punted for a single. Joe Reeves and Chuck Howton scored touchdowns for the Raiders, while Curtis Cotton added 2 converts and a single. The game was played in Port Huron.

Baseball
The Cincinnati Reds scored 9 runs--6 of them unearned--in the first inning and coasted behind Bob Purkey’s pitching to a 9-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

40 years ago
1970


Hit parade
Edmonton’s top 10
1 In the Summertime--Mungo Jerry
2 Snowbird--Anne Murray
3 As the Years Go By--Mashmakhan
4 Lookin’ Out My Back Door--Creedence Clearwater Revival
5 Long as I Can See the Light--Creedence Clearwater Revival
6 Wigwam--Bob Dylan
7 Me and Bobby McGee--Gordon Lightfoot
8 (They Long to Be) Close to You--Carpenters
9 25 or 6 to 4--Chicago
10 Border Song--Elton John

Long as I Can See the Light was the B-side of Lookin’ Out My Back Door.

Diplomacy
In the strongest Soviet support yet given to Middle East peace efforts, Communist party general secretary Leonid Brezhnev told an audience in Kazakhstan that the Arab-Israeli talks must go on without "new provocations and subterfuges designed to circumvent or violate the cease-fire agreement" and despite the opposition of some Arab militants.

Terrorism
As thousands of students began classes in integrated schools in Alabama, and attorneys for school boards in Virginia and Florida prepared appeals from desegregation orders, two explosions damaged a school in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, scheduled for desegregation.

Defense
The Safeguard U.S. anti-missile system passed its first test in intercepting a missile from space. A radar-guided Spartan missile was fired from Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean and intercepted the nose cone of a Minuteman ballistic missile fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base, 4,200 miles away. The U.S. Defense Department made the announcement of the successful test on August 31.

Baseball
The San Francisco Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 as Juan Marichal earned his 200th career major league win.

Joe Torre’s home run off Don Sutton in the top of the 9th inning broke a scoreless duel and gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Jerry Reuss pitched a 2-hit shutout for the Cardinals.

The California Angels and Cleveland Indians split a doubleheader at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland. The Angels won the opener 3-2 and the Indians won the second game 5-1. Cleveland manage Alvin Dark, acting on the advice of several of his players, pulled first baseman Tony Horton from the second game in the 5th inning. At 5:00 the next morning Mr. Horton was found sitting in his car in the parking lot of the motel that served as his residence in a Cleveland suburb. He was bleeding profusely after slashing his wrists. Fortunately, his life was saved, but he never had anything to do with baseball again, bringing a premature and sad end to a promising career.

25 years ago
1985


Crime
An East German couple, Reinhard and Sonja Schulze of Cranford, Middlesex, England, appeared in a London courtroom to face charges of espionage.

20 years ago
1990


Disasters
A tornado cut a 700-foot-wide swath across towns and cornfields in Illinois 35 miles southwest of Chicago. Following an eight-mile course through Plainfield, Crest Hill, and Joliet, the tornado killed 27 people and injured more than 350. 50 houses and 500 apartments were destroyed. Some victims dies when the tornado’s vacuum lifted them into the sky and dropped them into nearby fields.

Football
CFL
British Columbia (2-5-1) 34 @ Ottawa (2-6) 41
Calgary (5-2-1) 37 @ Winnipeg (6-2) 39 (OT)

Damon Allen threw for 288 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Rough Riders ended a 4-game losing streak. Stephen Jones caught 2 of Mr. Allen’s touchdown tosses, with the other going to Stacey Dawsey. Gregg Stumon scored Ottawa’s other touchdown on a 21-yard interception return. The Rough Riders led 41-11 after the 3rd quarter before the Lions mounted a furious comeback behind Joe Paopao, at quarterback in relief of ineffective starter Doug Flutie. Mr. Flutie completed just 12 of 26 passes for 182 yards and 2 interceptions, but Mr. Paopao completed 20 of 33 for 313 yards and 4th-quarter touchdowns to Larry Willis, Lorenzo Graham, and Emanuel Tolbert. Kennard Martin scored B.C.’s first touchdown on a 1-yard rush on the first play of the second quarter. Ray Alexander of the Lions led all receivers with 9 receptions for 154 yards, while Mr. Willis contributed 130 on 6 catches. 22,450 were in attendance at Lansdowne Park.

Mark McLoughlin was wide on a 31-yard field goal attempt with 4 seconds remaining in the second overtime period, and the resulting single point left the Stampeders 2 points short. Winnipeg had tied the game with 23 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter on a 23-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Danny McManus to James Murphy, converted by Trevor Kennerd. It was the second touchdown pass from Mr. McManus to Mr. Murphy in the 4th quarter. Mr. Kennerd provided the winning margin with a 16-yard field goal--his sixth field goal of the game--with 1:38 remaining in the second overtime period. Calgary quarterback Danny Barrett completed 3 touchdown passes, all to Derrick Crawford, who caught 8 passes for 193 yards. Backup quarterback Terrence Jones threw 6 yards to Darrell Wallace for Calgary’s other touchdown. Tom Burgess started at quarterback for the Blue Bombers and threw a touchdown pass to Rick House in the 1st quarter. Attendance at Winnipeg Stadium was 28,480.

Baseball
Ryne Sandberg became the first second baseman to post consecutive seasons of 30 or more home runs as he homered to help the Chicago Cubs beat the Houston Astros 5-2.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

August 27, 2010

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Brenda Kiema!

110 years ago
1900


Medicine
U.S. Army physician James Carroll allowed himself to be bitten by an infected mosquito in order to demonstrate that yellow fever was caused by mosquitoes. For further reading, see the book Yellow Jack by John R. Pierce and Jim Writer (2005).

100 years ago
1910


Technology
Inventor George Cahill demonstrated his patented lighting system at White Sox Park in Chicago. Using twenty 137‚000-candlepower arc lights‚ two amateur teams played a night game before 20‚000 fans.

90 years ago
1920


Baseball
In a great pitching duel at Weeghman Park in Chicago, Grover Cleveland Alexander and the Chicago Cubs edged Burleigh Grimes and the Brooklyn Dodgers 1-0.

75 years ago
1935


Baseball
The New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox split a doubleheader, with the Yankees winning the opener 13-10 and the White Sox taking the second game 4-3. Lou Gehrig of the Yankees tied an American League record in the second game by drawing 5 bases on balls in as many plate appearances.

60 years ago
1950


Television
The British Broadcasting Corporation made its first broadcast across the English Channel.

Football
IRFU
Ottawa (0-1) 7 @ Montreal (1-0) 14

Baseball
The Boston Red Sox overcame a 7-0 deficit and beat the Cleveland Indians 11-9 at Fenway Park in Boston. Ray Boone hit a grand slam for the Indians in a 7-run 3rd inning to give starting pitcher Bob Feller a 7-0 lead, but Clyde Vollmer of the Red Sox replied with a pinch grand slam off relief pitcher Al Benton in the 6-run 7th to key the Boston comeback.

50 years ago
1960


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 It’s Now or Never--Elvis Presley (3rd week at #1)
2 The Twist--Chubby Checker
3 Walk--Don’t Run--The Ventures
4 Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini--Brian Hyland
5 I’m Sorry--Brenda Lee
6 Volare--Bobby Rydell
7 Finger Poppin’ Time--Hank Ballard and the Midnighters
8 Only the Lonely--Roy Orbison
9 (You Were Made For) All My Love--Jackie Wilson
10 Walkin’ to New Orleans--Fats Domino

A Woman, A Lover, A Friend, the B-Side of (You Were Made For) All My Love, peaked at #12 this week and the following week.

Football
CFL
Winnipeg (5-0) 27 @ Saskatchewan (0-3-1) 0

12,150 were in attendance at Taylor Field in Regina.

40 years ago
1970


Diplomacy
U.S. Vice-President Spiro Agnew continued his tour of southeast Asia with a stop in Pnompenh as a gesture of support for the Cambodian government of Lon Nol. Earlier, Mr. Agnew had conferred with South Vietnamese officials on the progress of the program of Vietnamization of the war.

Terrorism
A self-styled guerrilla group called the New Year’s Gang claimed responsibility for the August 24 bombing of the Army Mathematics Research Center at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. The group threatened more bombings and some kidnappings.

Society
Arrangements were made for graveside services for a Negro American soldier killed in the Vietnam War after a U.S. federal judge ordered a segregated cemetery in Fort Pierce, Florida to accept the body. A 72-year-old white woman had donated the grave despite a charter assuring burial only to white plot owners.

Football
CFL
Ottawa (1-3) 30 @ British Columbia (4-2) 32

Ron Stewart, in his 13th season as a running back with the Rough Riders, broke his arm, putting him out of action for the next 6 games.

Baseball
The Baltimore Orioles defeated the Oakland Athletics 6-4 as Mike Cuellar picked up his 20th win of the season. Chuck Dobson took the loss, giving up 4 runs in 2+ innings.

30 years ago
1980


Politics and government
General Chun Doo Hwan was elected President of South Korea by the National Conference of Unification, receiving 2,524 of 2,525 votes in the electoral college, with one ballot declared invalid. Chun, who had staged a coup within the miltary on December 12, 1979, said that his immediate aim was to achieve stability under a revised constitution to be announced in late September and submitted to a national referendeum in October. He promised new presidential and National Assembly elections. Chun had been the only candidate in the current presidential election.

Journalism
Two Canadian newspapers ceased publication. The Ottawa Journal, then part of the Thomson chain, printed its last edition after 95 years of publication. The Winnipeg Tribune, a Southam paper, printed its final edition after 90 years of publication, putting 375 people out of work. There was much criticism of the closures, and accusations of illegal collusion to reduce competition. Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau created the Royal Commission on Newspapers, popularly known as the Kent Commission. Charges against both Thomson and Southam under section 33 of the Combines Investigation Act were brought in April 1981, but were dismissed on December 9, 1983.

Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (1-6) 16 @ Winnipeg (3-4) 24

Dieter Brock passed for 315 yards and touchdowns to Rick House, Mike Holmes, and Joe Poplawski to lead the Blue Bombers to victory before 22,154 fans at Winnipeg Stadium. Mr. Poplawski’s touchdown covered 42 yards, and was a spectacular diving catch near the goal line, as he snared the ball just before it hit the ground. Trevor Kennerd converted all 3 touchdowns and added a field goal. The Roughriders scored their touchdowns in the second half on a 20-yard interception return by Ken McEachern in the 3rd quarter and an 18-yard pass from John Hufnagel to Steve Mazurak with 33 seconds left in the game. Bob Macoritti converted the first Saskatchewan touchdown and added a 52-yard field goal.

Baseball
The Philadelphia Phillies edged the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 as Steve Carlton, with relief help from Tug McGraw, earned his 20th win of the season.

63-year-old Hub Kittle became the oldest man to play in a professional game when he started on the mound for Springfield against Iowa in an American Association game. Mr. Kittle, Springfield’s pitching coach, retired the side in the 1st inning and then threw one pitch in the second inning, recording an out, before departing.

25 years ago
1985


Baseball
The Toronto Blue Jays used 4 pitchers to shut out the Minnesota Twins 8-0. Steve Davis, who entered the game in the 2nd inning, was the winning pitcher. Toronto outfielder Jesse Barfield doubled off losing pitcher Frank Viola to set an American League record by recording an extra-base hit in 11 straight games.

20 years ago
1990


Scandal
The "Guinness Four," who had been accused in a conspiracy to drive up the price of shares of Guinness during a 1986 battle to take over the Distillers drinks company, were convicted by a British jury.

Oddities
The baseball game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Milwaukee Brewers was delayed for 35 minutes when a huge swarm of gnats descended onto the field through the open roof of SkyDome in Toronto. Milwaukee won 4-2.

Football
CFL
Toronto (3-5) 36 @ Edmonton (5-3) 56

Tracy Ham passed for 314 yards and touchdowns to Craig Ellis, Keith Wright, and Reggie Taylor, and rushed for 61 yards and a touchdown to lead the Eskimos’ attack. Blake Marhsall rushed for an Eskimo touchdown, backup quarterback Warren Jones completed a touchdown pass to rookie slotback Jordan Gaertner, and Henry "Gizmo" Williams returned a missed field goal 110 yards for the other Edmonton major score. Mr. Williams added 102 yards on 6 punt returns and 54 on 3 kickoff returns for a total of 266. Tom Porras started at quarterback for the Argos and threw touchdown passes to Paul Masotti and Darrell K. Smith, but backup Rickey Foggie, who entered the game late, was spectacular, completing 7 of 12 passes for 204 yards and touchdowns to Andrew Murray, Mr. Smith, and Jeff Boyd in the last 7 minutes of the game. Mr. Foggie picked on rookie defensive back Kevin Clark, whose 7-game career as an Eskimo ended with this game. The teams combined to score 3 converted touchdowns each in the 4th quarter before just 28,151 fans at Commonwealth Stadium. Toronto running back Mike "Pinball" Clemons was held in check by the Edmonton defense, rushing 7 times for 8 yards and catching 3 passes for 18. Mr. Smith led all receivers with 187 yards on 8 receptions.

Baseball
Ellis Burks hit 2 home runs in the 8-run 4th inning and drove in 5 runs as the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 12-4.

10 years ago
2000


Baseball
Bobby Abreu hit an inside-the-park home run off Aaron Fultz in the to end the game in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Philadelphia Phillies edged the San Francisco Giants 2-1 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. Mr. Abreu had hit a home run earlier for the Phillies’ other run.

Darrin Fletcher hit 3 home runs to lead the Toronto Blue Jays past the Texas Rangers 6-4.

Tim Salmon’s 30th home run of the season helped the Anaheim Angels defeat the Cleveland Indians 10-9. Mr. Salmon joined teammates Troy Glaus, Mo Vaughn, and Garret Anderson to make the Angels the first team in American League history to have four players with 30 or more home runs in the same season.

August 26, 2010

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Jaqi Atugonza!

90 years ago
1920


Abominations
U.S. Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby proclaimed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution to have been ratified by the required 36 states, and was now in effect. It reads:
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Baseball
The Chicago White Sox whipped the New York Yankees 16-4 at the Polo Grounds in New York despite giving up 3 runs in the first inning. Dickie Kerr gave up Babe Ruth’s 44th home run of the season but settled down to earn the win for the White Sox.

80 years ago
1930

Died on this date.
Frankie Campbell
. U.S. boxer. Mr. Campbell, a heavyweight, died of a severe brain concussion the day after being knocked out by Max Baer. Mr. Campbell’s neck was broken when he was hit by a punch in the 5th round of a bout at Recreation Park in San Francisco, and several hours of medical treatment in hospital failed to revive him. Mr. Campbell’s real name was Francisco Camilli; he was the brother of Dolf Camilli, then a first baseman with Sacramento in the Pacific Coast League, later with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the National League. California’s state athletic commission soon suspended Referee Toby Irwin for his failure to stop the fight; J. Hamilton Lorimer (Mr. Baer's manager); Carol E. Working and Tom Maloney (Campbell's managers); and seconds Tillie (Kid?) Herman; Ray Carlin; Frankie Burns; and Larry Morrison. Mr. Baer was reportedly so distraught at the death of Mr. Campbell that he seriously considered quitting boxing, and eventually paid for the education of Mr. Campbell’s children.

75 years ago
1935


Baseball
Zeke Bonura doubled in the tying run in the bottom of the 13th inning and then stole home in the bottom of the 15th to give the Chicago White Sox a 9-8 win over the New York Yankees in the first game of a doubleheader at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Lou Gehrig hit 2 home runs for the Yankees, including one in the 15th inning that gave the Yankees an 8-7 lead. The Yankees won the second game 7-5 in a game that was called because of darkness after 7 innings.

60 years ago
1950


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Mona Lisa--Nat King Cole (4th week at #1)
--Victor Young and his Orchestra (Don Cherry, vocal)
--Art Lund
2 Tzena Tzena Tzena--Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra and the Weavers
--Mitch Miller and his Orchestra
--Vic Damone
3 Goodnight Irene--Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra and the Weavers
--Frank Sinatra
4 Play a Simple Melody--Gary Crosby and Friend
--Jo Stafford
5 Sam’s Song--Gary Crosby and Friend
--Joe "Fingers" Carr and the Carr-Hops
6 I Wanna Be Loved--The Andrews Sisters
--Billy Eckstine
7 Count Every Star--Hugo Winterhalter and his Orchestra
--Ray Anthony and his Orchestra
--Dick Haymes and Artie Shaw
8 Bewitched--Bill Snyder and his Orchestra
--Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra
--Doris Day
--Larry Green and his Orchestra
--Jan August & Jerry Murad’s Harmonicats
9 Bonaparte’s Retreat--Kay Starr
--Gene Krupa and Chicago Jazz
10 Hoop-Dee-Doo--Perry Como
--Kay Starr
--Doris Day

Singles entering the chart that week included Music, Maestro, Please by Frankie Laine (#35) and I’ll Always Love You by Dean Martin (#38).

Football
IRFU/ORFU
Pre-season
Sarnia (0-2) 0 @ Toronto (1-0) 47

Attendance at Varsity Stadium was 4,000.

WIFU
Edmonton (0-1) 7 @ Winnipeg (1-0) 18
Calgary (0-1) 12 @ Saskatchewan (1-0) 25

Tom Casey scored 2 touchdowns in his first game as a Blue Bomber, one on a pass from Jack Jacobs, also playing his first game in a Winnipeg uniform. Mr. Jacobs converted both touchdowns and added an 18-yard field goal and 3 singles. Lindy Berry, playing his first game as Edmonton's quarterback, connected with Morris Bailey, also making his Eskimo debut, for a touchdown. Annis Stukus converted and Ken Moore punted for a single. Mr. Stukus, who had been strictly a coach in 1949, had come out of retirement as a player to perform kicking duties for the Eskimos, while wearing a prominent wristwatch. 8,000 were in attendance at Osborne Stadium. Three Winnipeg players--Ed Henke, Bill Kelley, and Andy Sokol--and two Edmonton players--Morris Bailey and Frank Hickey--were ejected for fighting.

8,000 fans at Taylor Field in Regina witnessed the Roughriders' win over the Stampeders, who had lost just 1 regular season game in the previous 2 seasons.

Baseball
Roy Campanella hit 3 home runs to lead the Brooklyn Dodgers to a 7-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field in Cincinnati.

50 years ago
1960


Olympics
John Devitt of Australia was judged the winner over Lance Larson of the U.S.A. in the 100-metre freestyle swimming final at the Rome Olympics, although experimental electronic timers showed Mr. Larson with a time of 55.1 seconds to Mr. Devitt's 55.2. The German chief judge ordered Mr. Larson's time increased to Mr. Devitt's to agree with his visual estimate; a United States protest of the decision was denied.

Football
CFL
Toronto (3-0) 29 @ Montreal (1-2) 28

Attendance at Molson Stadium was 24,533.

Baseball
The New York Yankees swept a doubleheader from the Cleveland Indians 7-6 in 11 innings and 7-5. The Yankees had 5 solo home runs and 4 pinch hits in the first game; Yogi Berra’s 2nd home run of the game proved to be the winning run. Bob Cerv’s 3-run homer was the big blow in the second game.

40 years ago
1970


Died on this date
Eddie Rommel, 72
. U.S. baseball pitcher and umpire. Mr. Rommel pitched with the Philadelphia Athletics from 1920-1932, winning 171 games and losing 119. His best season was 1922, when he was 27-13 for a team that won just 65 games. Although he had his best years when the Athletics weren't a good team, he was still with them when they won consecutive American League pennants from 1929-1931, winning the World Series in the first two of those years. He pitched in one game in each of the 1929 and 1931 World Series, and was the winning pitcher in game 4 of the 1929 series, entering in relief when the Athletics trailed 8-0, and benefiting from a 10-run 7th inning by the Athletics as they won 10-8. His last win, on July 10, 1932, was probably his most remarkable. At League Park in Cleveland, Mr. Rommel relieved reliever Lew Krausse after 1 inning and pitched 17 innings of relief. He gave up 29 hits, 9 bases on balls, and 14 runs, but the Athletics eventually prevailed 18-17. After his playing career, Mr. Rommel served as a coach with the Athletics in 1933 and 1934, and as an American League umpire from 1938-1959.

War
Communist rocket grenades downed a U.S. helicopter in Vietnam, leaving 30 missing and many wounded in the worst death toll in a U.S. helicopter since January 1968.

Football
CFL
Toronto (2-2) 22 @ Winnipeg (1-4) 28
Saskatchewan (5-1) 21 @ Calgary (3-3) 17

Amos Van Pelt of the Blue Bombers rushed 17 times for 100 yards and Wally Gabler played a strong game at quarterback in his first game against the team that had traded him to Winnipeg a year earlier. 17,108 fans at Winnipeg Stadium witnessed one of the greatest upsets of the 1970s.

The Stampeders played their game at McMahon Stadium without halfback Rudy Linterman, who had been suspended by head coach Jim Duncan for reasons of general immaturity. Mr. Linterman was replaced on the roster by centre John Reykdal, playing his last CFL game and his only game in a Calgary uniform.

Baseball
The Reds edged the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati to give Jim Merritt his 20th win of the season. Jim Bunning took the loss.

30 years ago
1980


Protest
Stefan Cardinal Wyszynski, Poland’s Roman Catholic Primate, went on television in an unprecedented appearance and urged "peace, calm, reason, prudence, and responsibility for the Polish nation." More than 300,000 workers were currently on strike, demanding political reforms in the country.

Football
CFL
Toronto (3-4) 33 @ Montreal (3-4) 43
Ottawa (4-4) 20 @ Edmonton (6-1) 45
Hamilton (3-3-1) 17 @ British Columbia (4-2-1) 17

Gerry Dattilio completed 18 of 22 passes for 339 yards and 3 touchdowns in front of 29,256 fans at Olympic Stadium. Fred Biletnikoff, Keith Baker, and Nick Arakgi caught touchdown passes from Mr. Dattilio, while David Green and Skip Walker scored on short runs. Doug Scott returned a fumble 29 yards for the other Montreal touchdown. Gerry McGrath, in his first CFL game, added 6 converts and a single to complete the Alouettes’ scoring. Mark Jackson started at quarterback for the Argonauts and threw a touchdown pass to Terry Greer, while backup quarterback Jimmy Streater completed touchdown passes to Dave Newman and Bob Gaddis and completed a pass to Mr. Newman for a 2-point convert. Mr. Baker led all receivers with 6 receptions for 160 yards.

Warren Moon, starting at quarterback for the Eskimos in relief of injured Tom Wilkinson, completed 17 of 23 passes for 399 yards and 4 touchdowns as the Eskimos built up a 45-1 lead after 3 quarters and then coasted in the 4th. It was Mr. Moon’s first start at Commonwealth Stadium. Waddell Smith, who caught 4 passes for 94 yards, caught 2 of Mr. Moon’s touchdown passes. Brian Kelly, who caught 4 passes for 113 yards, caught another, while Brian Fryer also scored on a pass from Mr. Moon. Tom Scott caught 6 passes for 125 yards for the Eskimos. Ed Jones intercepted a Ron Calcagni pass and returned it 55 yards for the first Edmonton touchdown, while Jim Germany scored another on a 1-yard rush. Dave Cutler converted 5 of the 6 touchdowns and kicked a 48-yard field goal in the first quarter. It was the 336th of his CFL career, one more than the combined NFL and AFL total of 335 by George Blanda. Ron Calcagni, who relieved starting quarterback Jordan Case early in the game, passed 11 yards to Tony Gabriel for the first Ottawa touchdown, while Richard Crump rushed 2 yards for their second touchdown. Mr. Calcagni completed a pass to Mike Murphy for a 2-point convert on Mr. Crump’s major score. Mr. Crump rushed 19 times for 127 yards in front of a sellout crowd of 42,778.

Bernie Ruoff’s 29-yard field goal with 2 seconds left in the game gave the Tiger-Cats the tie before 21,312 fans at Empire Stadium. The Lions were leading 17-7 when Charlie Weatherbie replaced ineffective starting quarterback Dave Marler, and connected on a 44-yard touchdown pass to Ross Clarkson with 2:35 remaining. Mr. Ruoff’s lead reduced the deficit to 17-14. The only other touchdown came very early in the game when Devon Ford of the Lions returned a punt from Mr. Ruoff 85 yards. Lui Passaglia’s convert gave B.C. a 7-0 lead 1:44 into the game.

25 years ago
1985


Track and field
Zola Budd set a record for women in the 5,000-metre run at Crystal Palace in London with a time of 14 minutes, 48.07 seconds, 10 seconds faster than the old record.

Baseball
Eddie Murray had 3 of the Baltimore Orioles’ 7 home runs and drove in 9 runs as the Baltimore Orioles whipped the California Angels 17-3. Dennis Martinez pitched 8 innings for the win, while John Candelaria gave up 7 runs in 1 2/3 innings to take the loss.

The Atlanta Braves, losers of 12 of their last 13 games, fired manager Eddie Haas and replaced him with Bobby Wine. The Braves had a 50-71 record at the time of the firing, 5th in the National League West Division.

20 years ago
1990


Disasters
An explosion, probably caused by coal dust or methane gas, tore through a coal mine 90 miles west of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, killing more than 170 miners.

Baseball
Greg Harris pitched 7 2/3 innings to get the win as the Boston Red Sox edged the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0 at SkyDome in Toronto to take the last 3 games, all by shutout, in their crucial four-game series. The Red Sox now led the Blue Jays by 4 games in the American League East Division pennant race.

10 years ago
2000


Diplomacy
U.S. President Bill Clinton continued his African tour with a visit to Tanzania, where he hoped to witness the ratification of a cease-fire agreement among the warring factions in Burundi. However, some parties balked at signing.

Baseball
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 4-1 in the first game of a doubleheader at Oriole Park, while the Orioles won the second game 2-0. Tampa Bay’s Fred McGriff hit a home run in the 1st game, tying Mark McGwire’s record by hitting a major league home run in 37 different parks.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

August 25, 2010

120 years ago
1890


Baseball
The Brooklyn Gladiators of the American Association, in eighth and last place with a record of 26-73, and losers of 17 of their last 18 games, disbanded. The Baltimore Orioles of the minor league Atlantic Association were welcomed into the American Association to replace the Gladiators.

90 years ago
1920


Baseball
Wally Pipp’s 2-run inside-the-park home run gave the New York Yankees a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians at the Polo Grounds in New York.

80 years ago
1930


Boxing
Max Baer (24-3) knocked out Frankie Campbell (33-4-2) in the 5th round of a heavyweight bout at Recreation Park in San Francisco. Onlookers claimed that Mr. Baer slugged Mr. Campbell "unmercifully" after he was already unconscious but had held onto his feet by the ropes. (United Press). Doctors worked over Mr. Campbell in the open air ring at the baseball park for half an hour and, failing to revive him, took him to a local hospital where other physicians and nurses worked on him for several hours.

70 years ago
1940


Baseball
The Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Browns split a doubleheader. The Browns won the opener 7-2; the Red Sox were leading 17-3 after 7 innings when the game was called because of darkness. Jimmie Foxx hit his third grand slam of the season in the 6th inning, when the Red Sox scored 11 runs.

60 years ago
1950


Football
IRFU
Pre-season
Mannsville Eagles 0 @ Hamilton (2-0) 45

The Eagles were a team from the village of Mannsville, New York.

50 years ago
1960


Football
CFL
Edmonton (2-1) 14 @ Winnipeg (4-0) 18

Jackie Parker and Johnny Bright scored touchdowns for the Eskimos. Mr. Parker converted one of the touchdowns and Mike Lashuk punted for a single for the other Edmonton point. 17,300 were in attendance at Winnipeg Stadium.

Baseball
Chicago Cubs’ pitcher Glen Hobbie won the game for himself by hitting his first major league home run, connecting against Vinegar Bend Mizell with 2 out in the 9th inning to give the Cubs a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Vic Wertz’s second career major league pinch grand slam led the Boston Red Sox to a 10-7 win over the Cleveland Indians. Ted Williams hit his 24th home run of the season for the Red Sox.

40 years ago
1970


Diplomacy
Representatives of Israel, Egypt, and Jordan expressed guarded optimism at the start of the first concerted effort in more than 20 years specifically intended to bring a formal peace settlement to the Middle East. The delegates met at the United Nations in separate sessions with Dr. Gunnar Jarring, the UN’s special Middle East ambassador.

Defense
The deputy director of Management and the Budget for the U.S. administration of President Richard Nixon said that there was little chance that national military spending would be cut much below the $73.6-billion level of 1970.

Terrorism
17,697 baseball fans at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota were evacuated because of a bomb threat. It was one of 400 such threats in the Twin Cities area during the month, and six bombings actually occurred. The game between the Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox was delayed for 43 minutes.

Baseball
When the game between the Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox was finally played at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Tony Conigliaro’s solo home run in the top of the 8th inning provided all the scoring as the Red Sox won 1-0. The game ended with a 1-6-2 double play, as Tony Oliva of the Twins was thrown out at home plate attempting to score the tying run. Ken Brett was the winning pitcher in relief for the Red Sox, while Tom Hall, also pitching in relief, took the loss for the Twins.

Football
CFL
Ottawa (1-2) 31 @ Edmonton (1-5) 23

Henry King, Mike Eben, and Terry Swarn all caught touchdown passes for the Eskimos at Clarke Stadium, but rookie Edmonton quarterback Rusty Clark threw 5 interceptions as the defending Grey Cup champion Rough Riders got their first win under rookie head coach Jack Gotta. Mr. King’s score, which came in his first game as a tight end after starting the season as a halfback, was the only touchdown of his CFL career.

30 years ago
1980


Protest
800 delegates representing 200,000 striking workers in Poland voted to break off negotiations with the government until telephone links between Gdansk and the rest of the country were restored. In a few hours, the telephone lines were working.

Politics and government
Independent U.S. presidential candidate John Anderson announced that he had selected Patrick J. Lucey, a Democrat, as his vice-presidential candidate. Mr. Lucey had served as Governor of Wisconsin from 1971-1977 and as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico from 1977-1979. He was a former deputy manager of Senator Ted Kennedy’s presidential campaign, and his selection as Mr. Anderson’s running mate was designed to attract Democratic party supporters who could not accept President Jimmy Carter as the Democratic presidential candidate.

Diplomacy
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ronald Reagan said that he had abandoned his proposal to convert the American liaison office in Taiwan into an official U.S. government office. He did go on to say, however, that he "would not pretend, as Carter does, that the relationship we have with Taiwan, enacted by our Congress, is not official."

Scandal
Texas Rangers’ pitcher Ferguson Jenkins was arrested at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto for possession of illegal drugs after customs officials discovered $500 worth of cocaine, marijuana, and hashish in his suitcase.

25 years ago
1985


Football
CFL
Calgary (1-6) 6 @ Winnipeg (5-2) 43

Tom Clements completed 15 of 25 passes for 284 yards and 2 touchdowns while alternating at quarterback for the Blue Bombers with John Hufnagel, who completed 8 of 10 for 129 yards and 2 touchdowns. Joe Poplawski caught 5 passes for 99 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Jeff Boyd caught 6 for 111 and a touchdown. James Murphy caught the other Winnipeg touchdown pass, while running back Sean Kehoe scored a Winnipeg touchdown in the 2nd quarter when Calgary punter J.T. Hay fumbled a snap in his end zone, and Mr. Kehoe recovered. Trevor Kennerd added 5 converts, 2 field goals, and 2 singles. Mr. Hay accounted for all the Stampeders’ scoring with 2 field goals. It was a rough day for the Calgary quarterbacks: Joe Barnes completed 11 of 24 passes for 106 yards and 3 interceptions, while rookie Rick Johnson, who took over in the 4th quarter, was 5 for 15 for 77 yards and 2 interceptions. 28,166 fans at Winnipeg Stadium saw hometown boy Doug Ploen, son of legendary Blue Bomber quarterback Kenny Ploen, play as a backup receiver for the Stampeders in his only CFL game. Rookie Calgary receiver Parri Ceci suffered a career-ending knee injury, while several other Calgary players, including starting running back Lewis Walker, also played their last CFL game.

Baseball
Dwight Gooden of the New York Mets won his 14th consecutive decision and, at 20, became the youngest major league pitcher to win 20 games in season as the Mets beat the San Diego Padres 9-3 at Shea Stadium in New York.

20 years ago
1990


Hit parade
U.S. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Come Back to Me--Janet Jackson
2 If Wishes Came True--Sweet Sensation
3 Unskinny Bop--Poison
4 Vision of Love--Mariah Carey
5 Jerk-Out--The Time
6 Blaze of Glory--Jon Bon Jovi
7 Do Me!--Bell Biv DeVoe
8 Have You Seen Her--M.C. Hammer
9 Epic--Faith No More
10 Release Me--Wilson Phillips

Returning to the chart (at #83) after a 25-year absence was the 1965 version of Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers. The popularity of this recording revived because it had been featured in the current movie Ghost.

Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (4-4) 46 @ Hamilton (4-4) 33

Kent Austin completed 30 of 49 passes for 417 yards and 4 touchdowns and rushed for another major score to lead the Roughriders to victory before an Ivor Wynne Stadium crowd of 16,717 in a rematch of the 1989 Grey Cup teams. Jeff Fairholm, who caught 5 passes for 58 yards, caught 2 of Mr. Austin’s scoring passes. Ray Elgaard of Saskatchewan led all receivers with 11 catches for 199 yards and a touchdown, while teammate Don Narcisse caught just 1 pass, but it went for a 20-yard touchdown. Dave Ridgway added 5 converts, 3 field goals, and 2 singles. Hamilton quarterback Mike Kerrigan completed 22 of 37 passes for 300 yards and a touchdown to Richard Estell. Other Tiger-Cat touchdowns were scored by Sonny Gordon on a 58-yard interception return and David Adams on a 1-yard rush. Paul Osbaldiston added 3 converts and 4 field goals. Mr. Estell led Hamilton’s receivers with 7 receptions for 111 yards. Former Calgary Stampeder Jamie Harris, playing his only game with the Tiger-Cats and his last in the CFL, caught just 1 pass for 9 yards.

Baseball
With tickets being scalped for as much as $200, the Boston Red Sox edged the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0 at SkyDome in Toronto for their second straight shutout win after losing the first game of their crucial four-game series. Roger Clemens went the distance to win an outstanding duel with David Wells of the Blue Jays. The win gave the Red Sox a 3-game lead in the American League East Division pennant race.

Kevin Morton pitched a 7-inning perfect game as the New Britain Red Sox edged the Reading Phillies 1-0 in an Eastern League game.

10 years ago
2000


Politics and government
The provisional parliament of Somalia, which had drafted a transitional constitution, elected Abdikassim Salad Hassan as the country’s new president.

Diplomacy
U.S. President Bill Clinton arrived in Nigeria to begin a trip to Africa. He met with Nigeria’s elected President, Olusegun Obasanjo, and addressed the National Assembly. The two leaders discussed problems including the AIDS epidemic, diamond smuggling, debt restructuring, and the supply and cost of oil.

Business
Shares of Emulex, a computer network equipment maker, dropped by more than 60% after financial news agencies picked up a false Internet news release claiming that Emulex’s chief executive officer had quit and that the company was under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. A man was later charged with stock fraud.

Football
CFL
Calgary (6-1-1) 13 @ Montreal (6-2) 48
Hamilton (5-3-0-1) 33 @ Winnipeg (2-5-1-1) 38
Saskatchewan (1-6-1) 30 @ Edmonton (5-3) 20

Anthony Calvillo completed 19 of 30 passes for 366 yards and 3 touchdowns in the Alouettes’ win before a Molson Stadium crowd of 19,461. Kevin Alexander, playing his first CFL game, caught 4 passes for 57 yards and 2 touchdowns; Ben Cahoon had 102 yards on 4 receptions, including a 77-yard touchdown; and Tyree Davis caught 3 for 102. Winston October returned a punt 76 yards for a Montreal touchdown in the 2nd quarter, and Mark Washington returned an interception 40 yards for the final Alouette touchdown in the 4th quarter. Marc Boerigter scored the Stampeders’ only touchdown when he recovered a blocked punt in the Montreal end zone in the 2nd quarter. Calgary quarterback Dave Dickenson injured his right knee early in the 4th quarter and was replaced by Troy Kopp.

Khari Jones completed 25 of 38 passes for 347 yards and touchdowns to Geroy Simon and Milt Stegall to lead the Blue Bombers’ attack. Winnipeg running back George Jones rushed 8 times for just 28 yards, but scored 3 touchdowns on short runs. Hamilton quarterback Danny McManus threw touchdown passes to Darren Flutie and Andrew Grigg. Ronald Williams, on a 1-yard rush, and Donald Smith, on a 41-yard interception return, scored the other Tiger-Cat touchdowns.

Henry Burris completed 17 of 32 passes for 311 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the Roughriders to their first win under head coach Danny Barrett. Demetris Bendross caught 6 passes for 109 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Eric Guliford caught the other touchdown pass from Mr. Burris. Curtis Marsh led Saskatchewan with 141 yards on 6 receptions, and his 52-yard gain set up Mr. Guliford’s score. Edmonton quarterback Nealon Greene completed 24 of 39 passes for 353 yards and 2 touchdowns, but most of his totals came in the 4th quarter with the game out of reach. The Roughriders led 30-4 after 3 quarters. Mr. Greene completed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Shawn Daniels to reduce the score to 30-11 after Sean Fleming’s convert. Saskatchewan punter Paul McCallum conceded a safety touch with 2:45 remaining in the game, and he was thrown down rather rudely by an Eskimo tackler. Mr. Greene threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Kez McCorvey on the last play, converted by Mr. Fleming. Terry Vaughn led the Eskimos with 9 receptions for 129 yards. Darren Davis of the Roughriders led all rushers with 17 carries for 98 yards. 36,813 fans were at Commonwealth Stadium.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

August 24, 2010

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Sabbah Rose!

75 years ago
1935


Baseball
Hank Lieber hit 2 home runs in an 8-run 2nd inning as the New York Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 9-4 at the Polo Grounds in New York. Carl Hubbell, pitching in relief, picked up his 19th win of the season.

Earl Averill hit a 2-run home run with 2 out in the bottom of the 15th inning to give the Cleveland Indians a 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Athletics at League Park in Cleveland. Willis Hudlin went the distance to get the win. George Turbeville, making only his second major league start, went the distance in taking the loss. If Mr. Averill had been retired in the 15th inning, the game would have been called on account of darkness.

70 years ago
1940


Baseball
The Detroit Tigers, behind the pitching of Tommy Bridges, whipped the Boston Red Sox 12-1 at Fenway Park in Boston. Ted Williams pitched the last 2 innings for the Red Sox, allowing 3 hits and 1 run. He faced Rudy York, who had driven in 5 runs for Detroit, and struck him out on 3 pitches.

60 years ago
1950


Baseball
Vern Stephens hit a grand slam in the 9th inning to give the Boston Red Sox a 6-2 win over the St. Louis Browns. It was the Red Sox’ ninth straight win.

50 years ago
1960


Baseball
The New York Yankees edged the Chicago White Sox 3-2 to move 1½ games ahead of the White Sox in the American League pennant race. Both Chicago runs came on solo home runs by Roy Sievers, who also had a double. Art Ditmar was the winning pitcher over Herb Score.

40 years ago
1970


Died on this date
Robert Fassnacht
. U.S. scientist. Mr. Fassnacht was killed and four others were injured in an explosion at the University of Wisconsin at Madison that demolished the Army Mathematics Research Center. The blast, believed to be the work of terrorists, destroyed the life work of several scholars and damaged classrooms in adjacent buildings. A $1.5-million computer was destroyed in the explosion and ensuing fire.

Diplomacy
A crowd of 25,000 greeted U.S. Vice-President Spiro Agnew on his arrival in Seoul, where he pledged that the U.S. administration of President Richard Nixon would provide funds to modernize the Republic of Korea’s 600,000-man military forces. The crowd listened impassively and only a few applauded Mr. Agnew’s remarks.

Baseball
The Baltimore Orioles beat the Oakland Athletics 5-1 to give Dave McNally his 20th win of the season.

30 years ago
1980


Protest
In a further concession to striking shipyard workers, Polish Communist leader Edward Gierek purged hard-liners, including Prime Minister Edward Babiuch, three full members of the Politburo, and 11 other top officials, from the party. He also pledged the allowance of an "unlimited number of candidates" in union elections, to replace the current practice of having outgoing representatives propose almost all of the candidates, which enabled them to hold on to their power. Solidarity union leader Lech Walesa vowed that the strikes would continue, saying of Mr. Gierek’s concessions, "It’s a patching up of holes. We want something new."

Baseball
Gene Mauch, in his 5th season as manager of the Minnesota Twins, resigned following the team’s 3-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers. The Twins were in sixth and last place in the American league West Division with a record of 54-71.

25 years ago
1985


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 The Power of Love--Huey Lewis and the News
2 Shout--Tears for Fears
3 Freeway of Love--Aretha Franklin
4 Never Surrender--Corey Hart
5 St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)--John Parr
6 We Don’t Need Another Hero--Tina Turner
7 If You Love Somebody Set Them Free--Sting
8 Everytime You Go Away--Paul Young
9 Summer of ‘69--Bryan Adams
10 You Give Good Love--Whitney Houston

Abominations
Five-year-old John Shorthouse was shot dead in a police raid on his home in Birmingham, England. They were looking for his father, also named John, young John was shot as an officer searched under his bed.

Terrorism
Irish hostage Brian Keenan was freed in Beirut by his kidnappers--the Organization of Islamic Dawn--after more than four years in captivity.

Football
CFL
Hamilton (1-6) 11 @ British Columbia (6-1) 21

Keyvan Jenkins rushed 22 times for 126 yards and a touchdown to lead the Lions’ offense before 34,351 fans at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver, who booed Lions’ quarterback Roy Dewalt for much of the game for his inability to generate a powerful attack. The Lions led 14-4 until Mr. Dewalt connected with Merv Fernandez on an 11-yard touchdown pass with 5:10 remaining in the game to increase the lead to 21-4 after Lui Passaglia’s convert. Less than 3 minutes later, the Tiger-Cats finally hit the B.C. end zone when Poncho James scored on a 4-yard rush. Don Sweet’s convert ended the scoring.

Baseball
Dave Stieb of the Toronto Blue Jays was 3 outs away from a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox when he gave up consecutive home runs to Rudy Law and Bryan Little, and was removed from the game. His replacement, Gary Lavelle, promptly gave up a third straight home run to Harold Baines. Tom Henke then relieved and saved the 6-3 win.

20 years ago
1990

Baseball

The day after losing the first game of a crucial four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Boston Red Sox defeated the Blue Jays 2-0 at SkyDome in Toronto to move 2 games ahead of the Blue Jays in the American League East Division pennant race. Dana Kiecker pitched 8 innings to get the win.

10 years ago
2000


Economics and finance
British Columbia announced that its booming economy allowed the province to record a surplus in 1999-2000, the first in a decade.

Football
CFL
British Columbia (4-4) 51 @ Toronto (1-6-1) 4

The game was as lopsided as the score: the Lions rolled up 30 first downs to 7 for the Argonauts, and 513 yards net offense to 87 for Toronto. Quarterback Damon Allen completed 15 of 22 passes for 257 yards and touchdowns to Alfred Jackson and Don Blair, while running for a touchdown himself. Robert Drummond rushed 14 times for 62 yards and 2 touchdowns, while backup quarterback Doug Nussmeier rushed for another B.C. touchdown. Lui Passaglia added 6 converts and 3 field goals. Only 11,350 fans were on hand at SkyDome to witness the debacle. The game was a successful debut for Steve Buratto as head coach of the Lions; it was his first game as a head coach in the CFL since 1985, and his first win since 1984. The Argonauts’ pathetic performance marked the end of the line for John Huard as head coach; he was replaced by Mike "Pinball" Clemons, who continued as a player for a few more games.

Monday, 23 August 2010

August 23, 2010

40 years ago
1970


Religion
The Vatican said that it had suspended a practice under which some Roman Catholic convents in Europe paid high prices to bring poor peasant girls from India to fill their declining staffs. The suspension followed press reports that some of the girls had suffered nervous breakdowns and others had been mistreated.

Auto racing
USAC
The day after winning a 100-mile race at Springfield, Illinois, Al Unser won a 200-mile race at West Allis, Wisconsin. Roger McCluskey finished second and Mel Kenyon third. It was Mr. Unser’s fifth win of the year, and third straight.

Canadian-American Challenge Cup Series
Denis Hulme of New Zealand won a race at Mansfield, Ohio in a McLaren-Chevrolet. Peter Revson of the United States finished second in a Lola-Chevrolet. It was Mr. Hulme’s third straight win.

Baseball
The day after collecting 5 hits in a 16-inning game, Roberto Clemente had 5 more hits as the Pittsburgh Pirates whipped the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-0. Mr. Clemente became the first player in the 20th century to have 10 hits in 2 consecutive games.

Jimmy Stewart hit a 3-run pinch-home run off Tom Seaver and Don Gullett struck out 8 while pitching 4 perfect inning of relief as the Cincinnati Reds beat the New York Mets 7-5 at Shea Stadium in New York.

30 years ago
1980


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Magic--Olivia Newton-John (4th week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Take Your Time (Do It Right) Part 1--S.O.S. Band
2 Sailing--Christopher Cross
3 Emotional Rescue--The Rolling Stones
4 Magic--Olivia Newton-John
5 It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me--Billy Joel
6 Upside Down--Diana Ross
7 Little Jeannie--Elton John
8 Tired of Toein’ the Line--Rocky Burnette
9 More Love--Kim Carnes
10 Fame--Irene Cara

Fame, written by Michael Gore (Lesley’s brother) and Dean Pitchford, was the title song of a movie, and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Song of 1980.

Protest
Polish Communist leader Edward Gierek granted his first major concession to striking shipyard workers when the government agreed to negotiate directly with the strikers’ representatives, whom the government had previously called "illegal."

Diplomacy
The New York Times reported that Chinese officials said that they were insulted by pro-Taiwan statements made by Republican party U.S. Presidential candidate Ronald Reagan.

Science
Professor Calvin Quate of Stanford University announced the development of a new microscope that used very short sound waves. The new tool would enable scientists to examine alloys, computer components, and living cells in new ways. With an acoustic microscope, the image depends on the elastic properties of the material being scanned, and not on its reactions to light, as in the case of an optical microscope. Prof. Quate noted that much of the material of living cells is transparent to light, but reacts to acoustic scanning in revealing ways. The new microscope would also have the ability to examine the properties of specimens a short way below their surface. When the sound waves hit the specimen at a certain "critical" angle, they caused internal vibrations resulting in observable effects on the image.

Business
Charlie Finley sold the Oakland Athletics baseball team to the Haas family of San Francisco, owners of the Levi Strauss clothing empire, for $12.7 million, thus keeping the team in Oakland. Mr. Finley had bought the team in 1961 when it was still based in Kansas City and had moved the franchise to Oakland after the 1967 season.

25 years ago
1985


Scandal

Hans-Joachim Tiedge, the head of West German counter-intelligence, was unmasked as an East German spy.

Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (4-3) 42 @ Edmonton (3-4) 34

Roughrider quarterback Homer Jordan had the best game of his CFL career, completing 25 of 34 passes for 375 yards and 1 touchdown, while rushing 1 yard for another touchdown. Craig Ellis, who caught Mr. Jordan’s touchdown pass, rushed 19 times for 50 yards and scored twice on short runs. Denny Ferdinand picked up 79 yards on just 4 carries for the Roughriders; his 50-yard touchdown run early in the 3rd quarter, gave Saskatchewan a 25-13 lead. Dave Ridgway added 5 converts, 2 field goals, and a single. Matt Dunigan played the entire game for the Eskimos, the first of seven straight games in which he played every down at quarterback. He completed 17 of 29 passes for 282 yards and 3 touchdowns, but gave up an interception in the 4th quarter that set up Mr. Jordan’s 14-yard scoring pass to Mr. Ellis, giving the Roughriders a 42-27 lead after the convert. Mr. Dunigan also rushed 12 times for 128 yards and a touchdown. Brian Kelly caught 3 passes for 95 yards--giving him 428 career receptions, 2 more than Tom Scott's club record--and caught 2 of Mr. Dunigan’s touchdown passes, while Neil Lumsden caught a 5-yard touchdown pass on the last play of the game. Tom Dixon added 4 converts and 2 field goals. 45,894 fans at Commonwealth Stadium saw the Eskimos cut the deficit from 25-13 early in the 3rd quarter to 28-27 early in the 4th. However, just when it seemed as though the Eskimos would complete the comeback, Jeff Treftlin fumbled a punt at his own 54-yard line, and Saskatchewan’s Scott Redl recovered, setting up Mr. Jordan’s touchdown. The Eskimos made major changes on defense after this game. The 3-4 alignment that they had been using since the beginning of the 1984 season was scrapped in favour of the more traditional 4-3. Defensive tackle Skip Hamilton was cut, replaced by James Zachery. Other changes were made in time for the Labour Day game in Calgary on September 2.

Baseball
Joaquin Andujar of the St. Louis Cardinals became the major leagues’ first 20-game winner of 1985, beating the Atlanta Braves 6-2.

20 years ago
1990


World events
Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein sparked a storm of outrage when he appeared on television with a group of western--mainly British--hostages and told them that they had been detained to prevent war and that Iraq wanted to see that they were safe.

The East German parliament voted 294-62 to set October 3 as the date for reunification with West Germany. Under the West German constitution, any former German territory could declare its wish to unify, and the West German parliament was not required to take any action. The October date would fall about two months before scheduled all-German elections.

The Armenian parliament voted 183-2 to declare the republic’s independence from the U.S.S.R. and also claimed control over the disputed area Nagorno-Karabakh, located within the republic of Azerbaijan.

Economics and finance
The U.S. dollar was trading at 1.56 deutschemarks, the lowest since the mark was introduced in 1948. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones industrial average closed at 2483.42, a 14% drop over three weeks.

10 years ago
2000


Disasters
A Gulf Air Airbus A320 carrying 143 passengers and crew crashed off the coast of Bahrain, killing all aboard. The plane had circled Bahrain International Airport twice before plunging into the Persian Gulf on an apparent third landing attempt.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, in its final report on the 1996 crash of a TWA jetliner off Long Island, offered no absolute conclusion on the cause of the disaster, which killed all 230 aboard. However, the report said that the most likely explanation was that a short circuit in electrical wiring outside the centre fuel tank caused vapours in the tank to explode. The report found no evidence that the plane had been downed by a missile and said that a bright streak that some had seen in the sky was the plane itself after the explosion. Hundreds of eyewitnesses reported seeing something that looked like a missile heading from the ground toward the plane before it exploded, but obviously, their views counted for nothing.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

August 22, 2010

100 years ago
1910

World events

Korea was annexed by Japan after five years as a protectorate.

75 years ago
1935


Politics and government
The Social Credit party swept a tide of anger to power in the Alberta provincial election, taking 54% of the vote and 56 of 63 seats in the legislature. 5 Liberals and 2 Conservatives were elected, while the reigning United Farmers of Alberta government, including Premier Richard Reid, were shut out.

50 years ago
1960


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): It's Now or Never--Elvis Presley (2nd week at #1)

Football
CFL
British Columbia (2-2) 26 @ Calgary (0-3-1) 19
Saskatchewan (0-2-1) 1 @ Edmonton (2-0) 19

The Lions spoiled the debut of Steve Owen, who had replaced Otis Douglas after Mr. Douglas’s resignation three days earlier, as head coach of the Stampeders.

Rollie Miles, Johnny Bright, and Howie Schumm scored touchdowns for the Eskimos, while Jackie Parker added 1 convert. 17,000 saw the game at Clarke Stadium.

40 years ago
1970


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: The Wonder of You--Elvis Presley (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Make it With You--Bread

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours--Stevie Wonder
2 Spill the Wine--Eric Burdon and War
3 Make it With You--Bread
4 War--Edwin Starr
5 In the Summertime--Mungo Jerry
6 (They Long to Be) Close to You--Carpenters
7 Lay a Little Lovin’ On Me--Robin McNamara
8 Tighter, Tighter--Alive and Kicking
9 25 or 6 to 4--Chicago
10 (If You Let Me Make Love to You Then) Why Can’t I Touch You?--Ronnie Dyson

Among the singles entering the chart were All Right Now by Free (#82); Long Long Time by Linda Ronstadt (#85); Fire and Rain by Johnny Rivers and Friends (#86); and Border Song by Elton John (#100).

Calgary’s top 10
1 As the Years Go By--Mashmakhan
2 Indiana Wants Me--R. Dean Taylor
3 In the Summertime--Mungo Jerry
4 Tell it All Brother--Kenny Rogers and the First Edition
5 Higher and Higher--Canada Goose
6 Pearl--Tommy Roe
7 (They Long to Be) Close to You--Carpenters
8 Me and Bobby McGee--Gordon Lightfoot
9 That Same Old Feeling--Pickettywitch
10 Wigwam--Bob Dylan
Pick hit of the week: Candida--Dawn

War
The U.S. death toll for the week in the Vietnam War was 52, the lowest weekly total in more than 3½ years. 247 South Vietnamese were killed, the second lowest weekly total in 1970. The Communist death toll for the week was 1,055, lowest in two years.

Diplomacy
U.S. Vice-President Spiro Agnew conferred with President Richard Nixon and then began a 30,000-mile, 8-day visit to South Korea, South Vietnam, Thailand, and the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Auto racing
USAC
Al Unser won a 100-mile race on a dirt track at Springfield, Illinois. Carl Williams finished second, and Jim McElreath third.

Football
CFL
Winnipeg (0-4) 6 @ Hamilton (2-2) 27

Despite the easy win, this game ended a number of careers for the Tiger-Cats. Guard Lonnie Maich, linebacker Mike Strofolino, and tight end Bill Starr were cut before the team’s next game, while running back Willie Bethea, in his 8th season with the Tiger-Cats, was placed on the injured list and never played again. He carried once for 1 yard in his last game. The Blue Bombers cut halfback Craig Tefft and linebacker Jon Sandstrom after the loss.

Baseball
Roberto Clemente batted 5 for 7 with a run scored and another batted in as the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 in 16 innings.

Ken Holtzman gave up just an 8th-inning single to Hal Lanier as the Chicago Cubs routed the San Francisco Giants 15-0. Joe Pepitone and Billy Williams each hit a double and home run and scored 3 runs.

30 years ago
1980


Diplomacy
U.S. Republican party vice-presidential candidate George Bush concluded a three-day visit to the People’s Republic of China.

Economics and finance
The United States Labor Department reported that the consumer price index registered no increase in July, the first time since March 1967 that the index hadn’t risen. Economists warned that the stable figure was misleading, since it was due primarily to a 5.7% monthly decline in mortgage interest rates. Prices in other consumer categories continued to rise.

25 years ago
1985


Football
CFL
Ottawa (4-3) 18 @ Toronto (3-5) 8

Lester Brown rushed 16 times for 137 yards while quarterback J.C. Watts added 70 yards and 8 carries and passed 8 yards to Mike Caterbone for a touchdown to lead the Rough Riders. Toronto quarterbacks Mark Casale and Mike Hohensee combined to complete just 13 of 37 passes; one of the completions was a 14-yard pass from Mr. Casale to Terry Greer with 2:05 remaining in the game for the lone Argonaut touchdown before an announced crowd of 29,637 at Exhibition Stadium. Ottawa offensive lineman Pieter Vanden Bos suffered a season-ending knee injury and a bloody nose when he was hit by Toronto defensive end James Curry, and accused Mr. Curry of deliberately attempting to injure him.

20 years ago
1990


Football
CFL
Winnipeg (5-2) 27 @ Toronto (3-4) 23
Ottawa (1-6) 31 @ Calgary (5-1-1) 34

Less Browne intercepted a pass from Tom Porras and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown at 5:43 of the 4th quarter to provide the winning margin for the Blue Bombers before 30,249 at SkyDome. Tom Burgess passed 26 yards to Perry Tuttle for the first Winnipeg touchdown, while Robert Mimbs rushed 1 yard for the other. John Congemi started at quarterback for the Argos, but left the game with an injury just 6 minutes into the game. Mr. Porras completed touchdown passes of 60 yards to Paul Masotti and 5 yards to Darrell K. Smith. This blogger was in attendance with lovely female company.

Mark McLoughlin’s 54-yard field goal on the last play gave the Stampeders the win in front of 20,311 fans at McMahon Stadium. Just 54 seconds earlier, Mr. McLoughlin had converted quarterback Danny Barrett’s 5-yard touchdown run to tie the score. The Rough Riders were unable to move the ball, giving the Stampeders the chance to win the game. Ottawa quarterback Ken Hobart completed just 9 of 23 passes for 85 yards, but rushed for 2 touchdowns, and 6 Calgary turnovers helped the Rough Riders to a 31-16 lead in the 4th quarter. Mr. Barrett completed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Allen Pitts, and Andy McVey rushed for a 2-point convert to reduce the lead to 31-24. Scott Flagel scored the Rough Riders’ other touchdown on a 42-yard fumble return in the 2nd quarter, while Derrick Crawford scored the Stampeders’ first touchdown on a 47-yard pass from Mr. Barrett later in the 2nd quarter. Anthony Parker, playing his first--and last--game as a Stampeder after more than 3 seasons with the British Columbia Lions, rushed 6 times for 11 yards and caught 2 passes for 12. Stacey Dawsey was Ottawa’s biggest weapon, amassing 259 yards in kick returns.

10 years ago
2000


Baseball
Eric Karros hit 2 home runs in a 9-run 6th inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Montreal Expos 14-6. The Dodgers hit 6 home runs in the game.

The Colorado Rockies had to use backup catcher Brent Mayne as a pitcher in the 12th inning after running out of pitchers in their game against the Atlanta Braves at Coors Field in Denver. Mr. Mayne, who had never pitched at any level of professional baseball, gave up a base on balls but no runs, and the Rockies scored in the bottom of the inning to win 7-6, making Mr. Mayne the first regular position player since Rocky Colavito in 1968 to become the winning pitcher in a major league game.