Thursday, 25 November 2010

November 26, 2010

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Joyce Malombe!

100 years ago

Grey Cup @ Cricket Grounds, Hamilton
University of Toronto 16 Hamilton Tigers 7

Reddy Dixon scored a touchdown and 2 singles, while Jack Maynard scored a touchdown, convert, and single to lead the Varsity Blues to their second straight Grey Cup victory. Hugh Gall punted for 2 singles to complete the University of Toronto scoring. Kid Smith kicked a field goal and single for the Tigers, and Ben Simpson added 3 singles. It was the only game as Hamilton head coach for Seppi DuMoulin, who had played for the Tigers from 1894-1906 before moving west to Moose Jaw to pursue a banking career. The Tigers in 1910 had been led by captain Bob Isbister, and had hired Mr. DuMoulin, assisted by Chaucer Elliott of the Toronto Argonauts, to coach them in the Grey Cup game. Attendance was listed as 12,000, but this probably included several thousand fans who had come from Toronto and had crashed the fences. Postgame celebrations by the Toronto fans became so boisterous that the Hamilton police had to call for order.

70 years ago

The Nazis began to force Warsaw's Jews to live in a walled ghetto.

60 years ago

China entered the Korean War.

50 years ago

Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Are You Lonesome To-Night?--Elvis Presley
2 Poetry in Motion--Johnny Tillotson
3 You Talk Too Much--Joe Jones
4 Save the Last Dance for Me--The Drifters
5 Stay--Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs
6 Georgia On My Mind--Ray Charles
7 Last Date--Floyd Cramer
8 New Orleans--U.S. Bonds
9 He Will Break Your Heart--Jerry Butler
10 Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go--Hank Ballard and the Midnighters

Singles entering the chart included I Gotta Know by Elvis Presley (the B-side of Are You Lonesome To-Night?) at #78; Come Rain or Come Shine by Ray Charles (#83); Hardhearted Hannah by Ray Charles (#92); Bumble Bee by LaVern Baker (#90); The Bells by James Brown (#97); Jaguar and Thunderbird by Chuck Berry (#99); and Sweet Dreams by Don Gibson (#100).

Died on this date
Ralph Anderson, 23
. U.S. football player. Mr. Anderson was leading the Los Angeles Chargers of the American Football League with 44 pass receptions for 614 yards and 5 touchdowns when he died of a diabetes attack. He began his professional career with the Chicago Bears of the National Football League in 1958, catching 11 passes for 177 yards and 1 touchdown. He played 1 game with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League in 1959, but lost out in a competition with Farrell Funston and Dave Kocourek for an import receiver position.

Grey Cup @ Empire Stadium, Vancouver
Ottawa 16 Edmonton 6

The Eskimos were the first western team to go into a Grey Cup game as favourites, but they had been beaten up in the course of playing 5 playoff games, and a flu bug was affecting a number of players, resulting in a poor showing. The Rough Riders recovered a fumble by Edmonton punt returner Rollie Miles early in the game inside the Eskimos’ 10-yard line, and Gary Schreider kicked a 15-yard field goal to give Ottawa a 3-0 lead. The Eskimos’ only scoring play came in the 2nd quarter on a 65-yard pass from Jackie Parker to Jim Letcavits. Tommy-Joe Coffey missed the convert and the Eskimos led 6-3. Ottawa promptly replied when Russ Jackson, who split the quarterbacking with Ron Lancaster, moved the team downfield and completed a 31-yard touchdown pass to Bill Sowalski. Mr. Schreider missed the convert, leaving the Rough Riders with a 9-6 lead. Mr. Parker returned the ensuing kickoff 74 yards--then a Grey Cup record--to the Ottawa 40-yard line, but were unable to capitalize on the opportunity. After a scoreless third quarter, the Eskimos mounted a couple of threats, but Joe Poirier and Doug Daigneault made interceptions. The Rough Riders put the game away when Joe-Bob Smith fumbled a punt on the Edmonton goal line, and Kaye Vaughan recovered in the end zone for the only touchdown of his Hall of Fame career. Mr. Schreider converted to give Ottawa a 10-point lead. The Rough Riders were in possession of the ball at their own 33 with a second down and 7 yards to go for a first down with 41 seconds remaining in regulation time when fans began invading the field. A youth ran off with the ball, and the Vancouver police did nothing as the mob swelled to 5,000. CFL Commissioner Sydney Halter finally ordered the game to be called. The Ottawa defense did such a good job of smothering the Edmonton attack that Johnny Bright was held to 15 yards on 5 rushing attempts, and Normie Kwong, playing the final game of a 13-year Hall of Fame career, gained just 7 yards on 7 carries. Backup Jim Shipka led the Eskimos with 5 carries for 22 yards. Mr. Parker completed 10 of 22 passes for 179 yards and an interception, and Don Getty was 2 for 3 for 18 yards and an interception. Mr. Letcavits was the only Eskimo to catch more than one pass, with 6 receptions for 132 yards. Mr. Coffey, playing in his first Grey Cup, caught 1 pass for 7 yards. Vic Chapman of the Eskimos was forced to punt 13 times for an average of 42.8 yards per punt. Official attendance at Empire Stadium was 38,102.

40 years ago

Pope Paul VI began a 10-day, 30,000-mile tour of Asia with a visit to Tehran.

The Canadian Football Hall of Fame added Ken Montgomery, Johnny Bright, and Gordon Perry. Mr. Montgomery was president of the Edmonton Eskimos for several years in the 1950s, and also served as president of the Canadian Rugby Union and Western Interprovincial Football Union. Mr. Bright was a fullback with the Calgary Stampeders and Edmonton Eskimos from 1952-1964, and was the CFL's career leader in yards rushing at the time of his selection. Mr. Perry played for the Montreal Winged Wheelers, and was a member of their unbeaten Grey Cup championship team of 1931.

20 years ago

Politics and government
Polish Premier Tadeusz Mazowiecki announced his resignation after finishing third in a field of six candidates in the previous day’s election for the office of president. He said that he and his cabinet would remain in office until a new premier was appointed by the next president.

Lee Kuan Yew announced that he would be stepping down after 31 years as Prime Minister of Singapore, to be replaced by Deputy Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong. Under Mr. Lee, Singapore had become economically powerful, but at the cost of freedom.

10 years ago

Politics and government
Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris certified Republican party U.S. presidential candidate George W. Bush as the winner of the November 7 election in her state by 537 votes, including over 100 votes from military absentee ballots that had previously been rejected. Palm Beach County failed to completed its manual recount by the 5 P.M. deadline. The result in Florida would determine whether Mr. Bush or Vice-President and Democratic party nominee Al Gore would be the next president of the United States.

Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who had previously been elected President before being removed from office, regained the presidency with 92% of the vote in a national election that was boycotted by political opponents.

Grey Cup @ McMahon Stadium, Calgary
British Columbia 28 Montreal 26

Lui Passaglia, playing the final game of a brilliant 25-year CFL career, kicked a 29-yard field goal with 1:35 remaining in regulation time that proved to be the winning margin as the Lions withstood a late Montreal rally to win their first Grey Cup in 6 years before 43,822 fans at McMahon Stadium. The Lions led 12-3 after an uneventful first half. Mr. Passaglia, who missed 3 of his first 4 field goal attempts, missed from 47 yards early in the 1st quarter, but managed to get a single point for the game’s first score. B.C. quarterback Damon Allen scored on a 1-yard rush and Mr. Passaglia converted to give the Lions an 8-0 lead. Terry Baker responded with a 19-yard field goal to cut the lead to 8-3 after the 1st quarter. Mr. Passaglia missed a 39-yard field goal on the first play of the 2nd quarter, but the resulting single made the score 9-3 in favour of B.C. He finally succeeded on a 23-yard field goal attempt with 3:50 remaining in the 2nd quarter to complete scoring in the 1st half. The Alouettes scored the only points of the 3rd quarter on a 1-yard pass from Anthony Calvillo to Jock Climie, converted by Mr. Baker, to make the score 12-10 in favour of the Lions. B.C. running back Robert Drummond then broke a 44-yard touchdown run, converted by Mr. Passaglia, to increase the Lions’ lead to 19-10 just 55 seconds into the 4th quarter. Mr. Baker connected on a 51-yard field goal at 4:30 to make the score 19-13, but Mr. Allen rushed 1 yard for his second touchdown of the game at 8:38. A 2-point convert attempt was unsuccessful, but the Lions had an apparently-secure 25-13 lead. Mr. Calvillo brought the Alouettes back, and Mike Pringle rushed 5 yards for a touchdown, converted by Mr. Baker, to cut the B.C. lead to 25-20 with 3:49 remaining. Mr. Allen then drove the Lions downfield for Mr. Passaglia’s second field goal to make the score 28-20. However, the Alouettes weren’t finished, and Mr. Calvillo connected with Ben Cahoon for a 59-yard touchdown with 44 seconds remaining. Mr. Calvillo looked for Mr. Cahoon in the B.C. end zone for a 2-point convert that would have tied the game, but B.C. defensive back Chuck Levy was covering Mr. Cahoon closely in a way that many thought should have been ruled pass interference, but no penalty was called, and the pass was incomplete. The Alouettes were unsuccessful in attempting to recover a short kickoff, and the Lions ran out the clock. Mr. Allen, who had quarterbacked the Edmonton Eskimos to Grey Cup wins in 1987 and 1993, completed 18 of 31 passes for 234 yards, and rushed 9 times for 39. Mr. Drummond, who was named the game’s most valuable player, rushed 10 times for 122 yards and added 41 yards on 3 pass receptions. His backfield mate Sean Millington rushed for 99 yards on 17 carries, caught 3 passes for 38, and was named the game’s outstanding Canadian player. Don Blair led the Lions’ receivers with 87 yards on 6 receptions. Mr. Pringle rushed for 115 yards on 20 carries and caught 1 pass for 7 yards. Jock Climie, playing in the only Grey Cup of his 12-year CFL career, led all receivers with 97 yards on 6 receptions. Mr. Cahoon caught 2 for 73. Mr. Calvillo completed 13 of 26 passes for 242 yards and 2 interceptions. Steve Buratto, who had assumed the position of head coach in mid-season, was the winning head coach over Charlie Taaffe, who departed the Montreal organization after this game for a U.S. university position.

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