Thursday, 18 November 2010

November 18, 2010

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Veronica Vamosi, Tommy-Joe Coffey, Warren Moon, and Darren Flutie!

190 years ago

Captain Nathaniel Palmer of the United States discovered Antarctica.

70 years ago

U.S. university
Cornell University, whose football team had recently defeated Dartmouth 7-3 on a touchdown in the final seconds, refused to accept the victory after it was learned that the referee had erred in giving the Big Red an extra down on the drive that produced the winning touchdown. Cornell believed that it would be dishonourable to accept such a victory, and the record ever since has shown the Indians as winners by a 3-0 score.

60 years ago

Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Harbor Lights--Sammy Kaye and his "Swing and Sway" Orchestra (2nd week at #1)
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
--Ray Anthony and his Orchestra
--Bing Crosby
2 All My Love (Bolero)--Patti Page
--Percy Faith and his Orchestra
--Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
--Bing Crosby
3 Goodnight Irene--Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra and the Weavers
--Frank Sinatra
4 Mona Lisa--Nat King Cole
--Victor Young and his Orchestra (Don Cherry, vocal)
--Art Lund
5 La Vie en Rose--Tony Martin
--Bing Crosby
--Edith Piaf
6 Can Anyone Explain? (No, No, No!)--The Ames Brothers
7 Our Lady of Fatima--Richard Hayes and Kitty Kallen
--Red Foley
8 Thinking of You--Don Cherry
--Eddie Fisher
9 A Bushel and a Peck--Perry Como and Betty Hutton
--Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely
10 Sam’s Song--Gary Crosby and Friend
--Joe "Fingers" Carr and the Carr-Hops

Singles entering the chart included A Marshmallow World--with versions by Bing Crosby, Johnny Desmond, Vic Damone, and Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra--at #27; and Be My Love by Mario Lanza at #31.

Eastern Final
Toronto Balmy Beach 13 @ Toronto Argonauts 43

13,740 fans were at Varsity Stadium to see the last all-Toronto Eastern final.

50 years ago

On television tonight
The Twilight Zone, on CBS
Tonight’s episode: Nick of Time, starring William Shatner and Patricia Breslin

40 years ago

Before only 3,500 fans at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Joe Frazier (26-0) made the first defense of his world heavyweight title a successful one, knocking out world light heavyweight champion Bob Foster (41-5) 49 seconds into the 2nd round.

At Madison Square Garden in New York, George Foreman (24-0) knocked out Boone Kirkman (22-2) 41 seconds into the 2nd round of a heavyweight bout, finishing Mr. Kirkman as a contender for the title. Mr. Kirkman didn’t fight again until January 1973.

Western Finals
Saskatchewan 11 @ Calgary 3 (Best-of-three series tied 1-1)

Defensive tackle Ed McQuarters returned a fumble 80 yards for a touchdown with 36 seconds remaining to put the game away and enable the Roughriders to avert a sweep in the series. Saskatchewan led 4-3 late in the 4th quarter, but Calgary moved the ball to the Roughriders’ 23-yard line, in position for a possible game-winning field goal by Larry Robinson, if they failed to score a touchdown. A rushing play on first down was stopped for no gain, and then quarterback Jerry Keeling dropped back to pass. He was hit and fumbled, and Mr. McQuarters picked it up and ran for a touchdown. Jack Abenschan converted to put the game out of reach. Mr. Abendschan scored a single on a missed field goal attempt for the only scoring of the 1st quarter. Mr. Robinson kicked a 23-yard field goal early in the 2nd quarter, which held up for a 3-1 Calgary lead at halftime. Mr. Abenschan kicked a 22-yard field goal late in the 3rd quarter to put the Roughriders ahead 4-3. It was a hard hitting game, with several players leaving because of injuries. Saskatchewan quarterback Ron Lancaster left in the 3rd quarter with injured ribs after a hard tackle. Gary Lane relieved him and directed the drive that led to Mr. Abendschan’s field goal. Saskatchewan tight end Nolan Bailey missed the 2nd half with a knee injury, and linebacker Chuck Kyle also left early. Calgary defensive backs Gig Perez and Frank Andruski were both helped off the field. George Reed of the Roughriders led all rushers with 109 yards on 17 carries, while Hugh McKinnis led the Stampeders with 64 on 15 carries. Dave Cranmer of the Stampeders led all receivers with 59 yards on 5 receptions; Bob Pearce led the Roughriders with 49 yards on 4 receptions, and teammate Gord Barwell caught 4 for 46. Mr. Lancaster completed 9 of 21 passes for 106 yards, while Mr. Lane was 3 for 3 for 32 yards. Saskatchewan punter Al Ford completed a pass to Al Rankin for 18 yards on a broken play. Mr. Keeling completed 13 of 28 for 145 yards. The usual capacity crowd of 23,616 was in attendance at McMahon Stadium.

30 years ago

World events
Zhang Chunqiao, Yao Wenyuan, and Wang Honwen--three members of China's so-called "Gang of Four"--were accused of plotting an armed rebellion in Shanghai in 1976.

Pope John Paul II continued his visit to West Germany, conducting masses in Fulda and Altoetting.

25 years ago

Five of the Palestinians involved in the October hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro were convicted on weapons charges. They faced a future trial for the hijacking and for the murder of an American passenger.

The deputy commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service recommended that the two border agents who had forcibly returned Soviet seaman Miroslav Medved to the freighter Marshal Konev on October 24 after twice attemtping to escape be demoted and temporarily suspended without pay.

New York Giants (7-4) 21 @ Washington (6-5) 23
53,371 fans at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium saw the career of Redskin quarterback Joe Theismann end when he was hit by Lawrence Taylor of the Giants and suffered a gruesomely broken leg.

20 years ago

Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev met with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican and then signed a Soviet-Italian friendship treaty in Rome with Italian Premier Giulio Andreotti.

U.S. President George Bush met with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl in Berlin.

Eastern Final
Toronto 17 @ Winnipeg 20

Western Final
Edmonton 43 @ Calgary 23

The Blue Bombers marched 54 yards in the final minute, enabling Trevor Kennerd to kick a 32-yard field goal on the last play of regulation time to send them to the Grey Cup. It was the fourth field goal of the game for Mr. Kennerd, who kicked his first 3 in the first half. Winnipeg led 9-3 at halftime as Mr. Kennerd’s field goals offset a field goal by Toronto’s Lance Chomyc. John Congemi, who started at quarterback for the Argos in place of injured regulars Matt Dunigan and Rickey Foggie, rushed 1 yard for the game’s first touchdown at 10:36 of the 3rd quarter; Mr. Chomyc converted to give the Argos a 10-9 lead heading into the 4th quarter. Winnipeg quarterback Tom Burgess completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Perry Tuttle at 4:23 of the 4th quarter and then passed to Rick House for a 2-point convert to give the Blue Bombers a 17-10 lead. Tom Porras, who had been cut by the Argos earlier in the season and then hastily re-signed before the final, relieved Mr. Congemi and rushed 1 yard for a touchdown at 8:38; Mr. Chomyc’s convert tied the score 17-17. The Winnipeg defense held the Argos to 13 first downs and 180 yards net offense, while the Blue Bombers made 28 first downs and amassed 399 yards net offense. Robert Mimbs of the Blue Bombers led all rushers with 20 carries for 109 yards, while Mike "Pinball" Clemons led the Argos with 36 yards on 9 carries. Mr. Tuttle caught 6 passes for 79 yards, while Darrell K. Smith led the Argos with 5 catches for 72 yards. Mr. Burgess completed 24 of 40 passes for 230 yards; Messrs. Congemi and Porras combined to complete 12 of 22 passes for 160 yards. 29,192 were in attendance at Winnipeg Stadium on a warm, sunny Sunday afternoon.

Tracy Ham completed 22 of 37 passes for 441 yards and 2 touchdowns and rushed 11 times for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Eskimos scored 30 points in the 2nd half to ruin the Stampeders’ first western final at home in 19 years before 31,923 fans at McMahon Stadium. Calgary led 6-3 after the 1st quarter and 9-3 late in the 2nd quarter on 3 field goals by Mark McLoughlin, offsetting a field goal by the Eskimos’ Ray Macoritti. Edmonton finally got the game’s first touchdown on a 29-yard run by Mr. Ham at 11:36, converted by Mr. Macoritti. Mr. McLoughlin kicked a 45-yard field goal at 13:37 to put the Stampeders ahead, but Mr. Macoritti responded with a 37-yard field goal with 23 seconds remaining to give the Eskimos a 13-12 halftime lead. Edmonton head coach Joe Faragalli appeared to outfox Calgary head coach Wally Buono with his halftime adjustments, because the Eskimos’ previously-unseen five-man receiver package led to 24 points in the 3rd quarter to put the game away. Mr. Macoritti’s 42-yard field goal made the score 16-12, and then Mr. Ham passed 11 yards to Michael Soles for a touchdown, converted by Mr. Macoritti, to increase the lead to 23-12. Mr. McLoughlin kicked a 30-yard field goal to cut the lead to 23-15, but Mr. Ham completed a 23-yard pass to former Stampeder Larry Willis for his first touchdown as an Eskimo at 12:24, converted by Mr. Macoritti. A 76-yard bomb from Mr. Ham to Keith Wright set up a 1-yard touchdown rush by Blake Marshall on the final play of the 3rd quarter. Mr. Macoritti’s convert gave the Eskimos an insurmountable 37-15 lead. Calgary finally scored a touchdown in the 4th quarter when Danny Barrett connected with Allen Pitts on a 12-yard score at 7:21; Mr. McLoughlin converted and added a single on the kickoff. Mr. Ham put the final nail in the Calgary coffin with a 6-yard touchdown run at 12:15; the convert failed because of a bad snap. Todd Smith, who had caught just 6 passes in the regular season and 1 in the semi-final, was an unlikely star for the Eskimos, catching 7 passes for 164 yards; Mr. Wright added 130 yards on 4 receptions. Mr. Pitts led the Stampeders with 93 yards on 5 receptions. Mr. Barrett completed just 15 of 38 passes for 188 yards, but wasn’t helped by his receivers. PeeWee Smith and Shawn Beals both dropped passes in the Edmonton end zone in key situations in the first half when the game was still close. Mr. Barrett led the Calgary rushing attack with 43 yards on 4 carries. It turned out to be the last game in an Edmonton uniform for middle linebacker Jeff Braswell, who left early when he broke an ankle. It was also the last CFL game for Calgary middle linebacker Joe Clausi, whose inability to stop the running of Mr. Ham prompted Mr. Buono to acquire Alondra Johnson from the British Columbia Lions in the off-season. The Stampeders were so confident of victory that they made an announcement over the public address system in the 2nd quarter that T-shirts and sweatshirts proclaiming the team as Western Division champions for 1990 were available at the souvenir booths. I bought one on the way out after the game, and was surprised to read an article by Dan Barnes in the next day’s Edmonton Sun where the Stampeders were denying that they had had the shirts made. A merry time was enjoyed by those of us on the James Bell express bus on the way back to Edmonton.

10 years ago

U.S. President Bill Clinton continued his visit to Vietnam, meeting with Le Kha Phieu, general secretary of the Vietnamese Communist party. Mr. Clinton also visited a site where U.S. forensic experts working with Vietnamese labourers were seeking remains of an American pilot whose plane had crashed. Mr. Clinton provided documents that might help the Vietnamese find remains of some of their own 300,000 missing soldiers.

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