Wednesday, 29 June 2011

July 5, 2011

200 years ago
1811

World events

Venezuela became the first South American country to declare its independence from Spain.

110 years ago
1901


Baseball
Cy Young picked up his 300th career major league win as the Boston Americans beat the Philadelphia Athletics 5-3.

40 years ago
1971


Football
CFL
Pre-season
Winnipeg (1-0) 19 @ Ottawa (0-1) 17
Edmonton (1-0) 17 @ British Columbia (0-1) 15

30 years ago
1981


Crime
As many as 30 police officers were injured by flying missiles during riots by white and Negro youths in Liverpool.

Football
CFL
Hamilton (1-0) 33 @ Winnipeg (0-1) 23

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)—Billy Ocean
2 On My Own--Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald
3 No One is to Blame—Howard Jones
4 Holding Back the Years—Simply Red
5 Crush on You—The Jets
6 Invisible Touch--Genesis
7 Who's Johnny--El DeBarge
8 Sledgehammer--Peter Gabriel
9 Live to Tell--Madonna
10 Nasty--Janet Jackson

Singles entering the chart included The Edge of Heaven by Wham! (#47) and That was Then, This is Now by Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork (of the Monkees) (#86).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)—Billy Ocean
2 On My Own—Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald
3 Live to Tell--Madonna
4 I Can't Wait--Nu Shooz
5 Who's Johnny--El DeBarge
6 A Different Corner—George Michael
7 No One is to Blame—Howard Jones
8 Holding Back the Years—Simply Red
9 Sledgehammer--Peter Gabriel
10 All I Need is a Miracle--Mike & the Mechanics

Singles entering the chart included Papa Don't Preach by Madonna (#53); Nasty by Janet Jackson (#70); Words Get in the Way by Miami Sound Machine (#89); Oh People by Patti LaBelle (#90); Gusto Blusto by Culture Club (#92); and Rock 'n' Roll to the Rescue by the Beach Boys (#95).

Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (1-1) 0 @ Winnipeg (1-1) 56

The Blue Bombers led the Roughriders 38-0 at halftime at Winnipeg Stadium and coasted to the most lopsided shutout in CFL history.

20 years ago
1991


Scandal
The Bank of England closed British branches of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International(BCCI) amidst allegations of fraud.

Baseball
Denver and Miami were approved by National League owners as expansion franchises to begin play in 1993.

10 years ago
2001


Baseball
Greg Maddux picked up his 250th career major league win as the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-5.

July 4, 2011

180 years ago
1831

Died on this date
James Monroe, 73
. 5th President of the United States, 1817-1825. Mr. Monroe's time as president was known as the "era of good feelings." He was best known for his proclamation of the Monroe Doctrine in 1823, warning European nations against further intervention in the Americas. He held numerous political offices prior to assuming the presidency, and was Secretary of State while also serving as Secretary of War during the War of 1812.

75 years ago
1936


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Louis Hector and Harry West, on MBS
Tonight’s episode: The Typewritten Will

50 years ago
1961


Baseball
Pinch hitter Julio Becquer's grand slam in the bottom of the 9th inning gave the Minnesota Twins a 6-4 win over the Chicago White Sox in the first game of a doubleheader at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. The Twins completed the sweep when they scored 4 runs in the 8th to win 4-2, aided by Harmon Killebrew's only major league inside-the-park home run, off losing pitcher Cal McLish.

The San Francisco Giants split a doubleheader with the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago, winning 19-3 and losing 3-2. Willie Mays of the Giants hit his 300th career major league home run in the second game.

40 years ago
1971


Technology
Project Gutenberg, which offers free downloads of books in electronic form to computer users, began when Michael Hart, using a computer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, typed the text of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, and transmitted it to other users of ARPANET, forerunner of the Internet.

Golf
Lee Trevino won the Canadian Open in Montreal, defeating Art Wall, Jr. on the first hole of a playoff.

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A.: (Billboard): Bette Davis Eyes--Kim Carnes (7th week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Bette Davis Eyes--Kim Carnes (5th week at #1)
2 Stars on 45--Stars on 45
3 All Those Years Ago—George Harrison
4 The One That You Love—Air Supply
5 Elvira--Oak Ridge Boys
6 Jessie's Girl--Rick Springfield
7 This Little Girl—Gary U.S. Bonds
8 Theme from "Greatest American Hero"--Joey Scarbury
9 You Make My Dreams--Daryl Hall and John Oates
10 A Woman Needs Love--Ray Parker, Jr. and Raydio

Singles entering the chart included Urgent by Foreigner (#63); Endless Love by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie (#71); You're My Girl by Franke and the Knockouts (#83); and Really Wanna Know You by Gary Wright (#86).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Stars on 45--Stars on 45 (5th week at #1)
2 Bette Davis Eyes--Kim Carnes
3 All Those Years Ago—George Harrison
4 Sukiyaki—A Taste of Honey
5 Being with You--Smokey Robinson
6 The Waiting--Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
7 Watching the Wheels--John Lennon
8 A Woman Needs Love--Ray Parker, Jr. and Raydio
9 The One that You Love--Air Supply
10 This Little Girl--Gary U.S. Bonds

Singles entering the chart included In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins (#44); I Don't Need You by Kenny Rogers (#45); Queen of Hearts by Juice Newton (#47); The Break Up Song by the Greg Kihn Band (#48); and Time by Alan Parsons Project (#50).

Football
CFL
Montreal (0-1) 8 @ British Columbia (1-0) 48

25 years ago
1986


Football
CFL
Toronto (2-0) 20 @ Montreal (0-2) 12

20 years ago
1991


Football
CFL
Pre-season
Saskatchewan (0-2) 35 @ British Columbia (1-1) 38

10 years ago
2001


Football
CFL
Montreal (1-0) 27 @ Toronto (0-1) 3
Winnipeg (1-0) 48 @ Calgary (0-1) 20

July 3, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Nastya!

125 years ago
1886


Baseball
Future football coach Amos Alonzo Stagg pitched Yale to victory over Harvard in the deciding game of the U.S. college championship.

80 years ago
1931


Boxing
World heavyweight champion Max Schmeling (44-4-3) retained his title with a 15-round decision over Young Stribling (207-11-14) at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland.

60 years ago
1951


On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Blood on the Trumpet, starring John Forsythe, Virginia Gibson, and Cloris Leachman

Died on this date
Hugh Casey, 37
. U.S. baseball pitcher. Mr. Casey was a relief pitcher with the Chicago Cubs (1935); Brooklyn Dodgers (1939-1942; 1946-1948; Pittsburgh Pirates (1949); and New York Yankees (1949). He shot himself in the neck while talking with his estranged wife on the telephone.

War
U.S. General Matthew Ridgway, supreme commander of United Nations forces in Korea, accepted terms for the beginning of peace talks aimed at achieving a cease-fire in the Korean war.

Baseball
Bill DiBenedetto of the Class D Hornell Dodgers set a professional record by walking 21 batters in a 5-1 loss to Corning.

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Quarter to Three--U.S. Bonds (2nd week at #1)

40 years ago
1971


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep—Middle of the Road (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): It’s Too Late—Carole King (3rd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 It’s Too Late—Carole King (2nd week at #1)
2 Treat Her Like a Lady—Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
3 Indian Reservation--Raiders
4 Rainy Days and Mondays—Carpenters
5 Want Ads--The Honey Cone
6 Don't Pull Your Love--Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
7 Don’t Knock My Love (Part 1)—Wilson Pickett
8 Mr. Big Stuff--Jean Knight
9 When You're Hot, You're Hot--Jerry Reed
10 She's Not Just Another Woman--8th Day

Singles entering the chart included Hot Pants (Part 1) by James Brown (#69); Riders on the Storm by the Doors (#74); Liar by Three Dog Night (#76); You're the One for Me by Joe Simon (#82); He's So Fine by Jody Miller (#84); Love Me by the Rascals (#92); You're a Lady by Gene Chandler (#93); The Sound of Silence by Peaches and Herb (#94); Mother Nature's Wine by Sugarloaf (#97); So Long, Marianne by Brian Hyland (#98); Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers (#99); and I Been Movedby Andy Kim (#100).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 It Don’t Come Easy--Ringo Starr (3rd week at #1)
2 It’s Too Late—Carole King
3 Rainy Days and Mondays—Carpenters
4 Indian Reservation—Raiders
5 Signs--Five Man Electrical Band
6 When You're Hot, You're Hot--Jerry Reed
7 Sweet and Innocent--Donny Osmond
8 I Don't Know How to Love Him--Helen Reddy
9 Double Lovin'--The Osmonds
10 Brown Sugar--Rolling Stones

Singles entering the chart included She's Not Just Another Woman by 8th Day (#55); Watching the River Flow by Bob Dylan (#66); Beginnings by Chicago (#70); I Been Moved by Andy Kim (#76); How Can You Mend a Broken Heart by the Bee Gees (#77); He's So Fine by Jody Miller (#81); Follow Me by Mary Travers (#90); Resurrection Shuffle by Ashton, Gardner & Van Dyke (#96); Mother Nature's Wine by Sugarloaf (#97); I'll Give You the Earth by Keith Michell (#98); Bring the Boys Home by Freda Payne (#99); and Rings by Cymarron (#100).

Calgary's top 10
1 It's Too Late--Carole King
2 I'll Meet You Halfway--The Partridge Family
3 It Don't Come Easy--Ringo Starr
4 Rainy Days and Mondays--Carpenters
5 Never Ending Song of Love--Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
6 Indian Reservation--Raiders
7 Deep Enough for Me--Ocean
8 Sweet City Woman--Stampeders
9 Brown Sugar--The Rolling Stones
10 Lady Dawn--The Bells
Pick hit of the week: Wishbone--Jackie Mittoo

Died on this date
Jim Morrison, 27
. U.S. rock singer and songwriter. The lead singer of the Doors was found dead in his apartment bathtub in Parisof an apparent overdose of heroin.

30 years ago
1981


Football
CFL
Edmonton (1-0) 47 @ Ottawa (0-1) 21

The Eskimos' win was their first in a regular season game at Lansdowne Park in 20 years.

25 years ago
1986


Football
CFL
Ottawa (2-0) 18 @ Hamilton (0-2) 2
British Columbia (1-1) 13 @ Edmonton (2-0) 36

20 years ago
1991


Football
CFL
Pre-season
Ottawa (1-1) 32 @ Winnipeg (2-0) 45

July 2, 2011

130 years ago
1881


Crime
U.S. President James A. Garfield was shot and seriously wounded by Charles Guiteau in Washington.

90 years ago
1921


Boxing
Jack Dempsey retained his world heavyweight title by knocking out Georges Carpentier at 1:16 of the 4th round at Jersey City, New Jersey. Promoter Tex Rickard had built a grandstand especially for this fight. 90,000 fans showed up, producing a gate of $1.6 million, the first million-dollar gate in boxing history. It was also the first major sporting event to have its proceedings transmitted by radio.

70 years ago
1941


Baseball
Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees extended his hitting streak to 45 games--breaking Willie Keeler's major league record--with a home run off Dick Newsome of the Boston Red Sox as the Yankees beat the Red Sox 8-4 in 95-degree heat at Yankee Stadium.

60 years ago
1951


Business
Bill Veeck bought sole control of the St. Louis Browns of baseball's American League from Bill and Charlie DeWitt.

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Temptation--The Everly Brothers (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
Ernest Hemingway, 61
. U.S. writer. The winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954 shot himself at his home in Ketchum, Idaho.

30 years ago
1981


Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (1-0) 19 @ Toronto (0-1) 18

20 years ago
1991


Football
CFL
Pre-season
Toronto (0-2) 25 @ Hamilton (1-1) 28 (OT)
Edmonton (1-1) 21 @ Calgary (2-0) 25

10 years ago
2001


Crime
Barry George was sentenced to life in prison for the 1999 murder of British television hostess Jill Dando.

Baseball
Manny Ramirez hit a 3-run, 491-foot home run in the 1st inning as the Boston Red Sox whipped the Toronto Blue Jays 16-4 at SkyDome in Toronto. Mr. Ramirez's homer, his 7th of the season against the Blue Jays, was the longest home run in SkyDome history.

Brett Tomko pitched a 7-inning no-hitter for the Tacoma Tigers against Oklahoma City in a Pacific Coast League game.

July 1, 2011

90 years ago
1921


Baseball
The Philadelphia Phillies traded outfielder Casey Stengel, infielder Johnny Rawlings, and pitcher Red Causey to the New York Giants for outfielders Lance Richbourg and Lee King and infielder Goldie Rapp.

80 years ago
1931


BaseballChuck Klein hit for the cycle and batted in 5 runs as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs 11-6.

75 years ago
1936


Business
Powel Crosley, Jr. bought controlling interest in the Cincinnati Reds of baseball's National League.

Baseball
The Detroit Tigers amassed 25 hits in routing the Chicago White Sox 21-7.

70 years ago
1941


Television
Commercial broadcasting in the United States began at 1:30 P.M. Eastern Time on WNBT (now WNBC), the National Broadcasting Company's flagship station, in New York. The first commercial, for which the Bulova watch company the station paid $9, was a 10-second spot showing a Bulova clock superimposed on a map of the U.S.A., with a voice saying, "America runs on Bulova time." The ad was followed by the live broadcast of the baseball game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies from Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Go here to see a list of the first day's programs. WCBW (now WCBS-TV), the Columbia Broadcasting System's flagship station, also located in New York, went on the air at 2:30 P.M.

60 years ago
1951


On the radio
Mr. Moto, starring James Monks, on NBC
Tonight's episode: Project 77

Baseball
Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians pitched his third career major league no-hitter as the Indians edged the Detroit Tigers 2-1 in the first game of a doubleheader at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland. The Tigers scored an unearned run in the 4th inning on 2 errors, a stolen base, and a fly ball to the outfield. Bob Cain was the losing pitcher for the Tigers. The Indians completed the sweep with a 2-0 win in the second game, with Bob Chakales pitching the shutout.

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
U.S. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Quarter to Three--U.S. Bonds
2 Moody River--Pat Boone
3 Raindrops--Dee Clark
4 The Boll Weevil Song--Brook Benton
5 Travelin' Man--Ricky Nelson
6 Stand By Me--Ben E. King
7 Runnin' Scared--Roy Orbison
8 Tossin' and Turnin'--Bobby Lewis
9 Those Oldies But Goodies--Little Caesar and the Romans
10 Yellow Bird--Arthur Lyman Group
--Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra

Jan and Dean's version of Heart and Soul was now listed with the Cleftones' version at #19. Singles entering the chart included Together (#74)/Too Many Rules (#88) by Connie Francis; Pretty Little Angel Eyes by Curtis Lee (#78); I've Got News for You by Ray Charles (#79); What a Sweet Thing that Was (#87)/A Thing of the Past (#98) by the Shirelles; The Charleston by the Ernie Fields Orchestra (#91); I've Got a Notion by Marv Johnson (#93); Take a Fool's Advice by Nat King Cole (#95); Don't Bet Money Honey by Linda Scott (#99); and One Summer Night by the Diamonds (#100).

Born on this date
Diana, Princess of Wales
. The future wife of Prince Charles was born Diana Spencer at Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk, England. She suffered fatal injuries in a car accident in Paris on August 31, 1997.

Boxing
National Boxing Association world light heavyweight champion Harold Johnson (65-8), fighting as a heavyweight, won a 10-round decision over Eddie Machen (37-4-1) at Convention Hall in Philadelphia.

Golf
Mickey Wright won the Women's U.S. Open at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey.

June 30, 2011

90 years ago
1921


Law
William Howard Taft, President of the United States from 1909-1913, was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States by President Warren G. Harding.

60 years ago
1951


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Too Young--Nat "King" Cole (2nd week at #1)
2 How High the Moon--Les Paul and Mary Ford
3 On Top of Old Smoky--The Weavers and Terry Gilkyson
--Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra
4 Jezebel--Frankie Laine
5 Sound Off (The Duckworth Chant)--Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra
6 My Truly, Truly Fair--Guy Mitchell
--Vic Damone
7 Mockin’ Bird Hill--Les Paul and Mary Ford
8 Mister and Mississippi--Patti Page
–-Dennis Day
9 Rose, Rose, I Love You--Frankie Laine
10 The Loveliest Night of the Year--Mario Lanza

Singles entering the chart were What is a Boy by Jan Peerce (#25); My Life's Desire, with versions by Vic Damone and Doris Day (#30); Lonely Little Robin by the Pinetoppers (#37); There's a Big Blue Cloud (Next to Heaven) by Perry Como (#38); and I'm a Fool to Want You by Frank Sinatra (#40). Vic Damone's version of My Life's Desire was the B-side of My Truly, Truly Fair.

At the movies
Strangers on a Train, this blogger's favourite Alfred Hitchcock film and one of the greatest suspense thrillers ever made, opened in theatres.

Baseball
The Boston Braves scored 8 runs in the 7th inning and 7 in the 8th to beat the New York Giants 19-7 at Braves Field. Vern Bickford was the winning pitcher over Sal Maglie.

50 years ago
1961


Died on this date
Lee De Forest, 87
. U.S. inventor. Mr. De Forest was known as the inventor of the audion tube and was a pioneer in radio and television. For more on him, see Ken Burns' television documentary Empire of the Air: The Men who Made Radio, and read the companion book of the same title by Tom Lewis.

40 years ago
1971


Died on this date
Georgy Dobrovolsky, 43; Vladislav Volkov, 35; Victor Patsayev, 38. Soviet cosmonauts. The crew of Soyuz 11, Mr. Dobrovolsky (Commander), Mr. Volkov (Flight Engineer), and Mr. Patsayev (Test Engineer) were returning from a 24-day flight, which had set a record for endurance in space. The mission had been a success, and the re-entry and landing appeared to be uneventful, but the crew were dead when the recovery team arrived and opened the capsule at 1:35 A.M. Moscow time. A breathing ventilation valve had been jolted open as the descent module had separated fro the service module, causing a loss of air pressure that had proved fatal within seconds. The cosmonauts had not been wearing pressure suits. It was the U.S.S.R.'s greatest space disaster involving cosmonauts.

Law
The 26th amendment to the United States Constitution, lowering the voting age to 18 years, was ratified by the states.

25 years ago
1986


Baseball
Bo Jackson, winner of the Heisman Trophy in 1985 as the most outstanding college football player in the United States, played his first game of professional baseball, batting 1 for 4 with 2 strikeouts with the Memphis Chicks of the Southern League.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

June 29, 2011

100 years ago
1911

Born on this date
Bernard Herrmann
. U.S. composer and conductor. The greatest composer of music for movies was born in New York City. A successful conductor on radio broadcasts, he composed music for Orson Welles' Mercury Theater on the Air and accompanied Mr. Welles to Hollywood. Mr. Herrmann's first film score, Citizen Kane (1941), as was his score for The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941), for which he won his only Academy Award. He was nominated for Oscars for Anna and the King of Siam (1946), and for his last two films, Obsession and Taxi Driver (both 1976). He wrote all the music for Alfred Hitchcock's films from 1955-1964; his scores for Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959), and Psycho (1960) are among the most famous and influential ever written, but none were nominated for Oscars. My favourite film score is the one that Mr. Herrmann wrote for Fahrenheit 451 (1966), which was also ignored in Oscar nominations. Mr. Herrmann also wrote music for television, including a number of episodes of The Twilight Zone. He composed the opening and closing themes for the first season (1959/60) of that series, and his score for the episode titled Walking Distance (1959) is probably the best score ever written for a single episode of a television series. He died on December 24, 1975, just after completing work on Taxi Driver.

60 years ago
1951


Died on this date
Richard J. Conway, 19
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Conway, catcher for the Twin Falls club of the Pioneer League, became the third minor league player to die within the month when he was struck above the heart by a ball thrown during a pre-game practice at John Affleck Park in Ogden, Utah.

50 years ago
1961


Space
The United States launched three satellites--Transit 4-A; Greb 3; and Injun--with two of them not separated--for purposes of obtaining data for a navigational gathering satellite system, solar x-rays, and cosmic rays.

40 years ago
1971


Football
CFL
Pre-season
All-Star Game
CFL All-Stars 30 @ Montreal (0-1) 13

Fewer than 9,000 fans were in attendance at Autostade to see the first CFL game to be played in June. Tommy-Joe Coffey, Gary Wood, and Hugh McKinnis scored touchdowns for the All-Stars; Jack Abendschan converted all 3 and added 2 field goals and 3 singles. Sonny Wade rushed 3 yards for the Alouettes' touchdown in the 4th quarter. George Springate converted and added 2 field goals. Toronto Argonauts' running back Bill Symons was voted the game's most valuable player, earning a $500 Canada Savings Bond. Ottawa Rough Riders' receiver Hugh Oldham won a race at halftime to earn the title of the league's fastest man. The marked the end of the career for Saskatchewan Roughriders' centre Ted Urness, who had come out of retirement to replace injured teammate Ken Frith on the All-Stars' roster.

25 years ago
1986


Adventure
British millionaire Richard Branson set a world record for the fastest powerboat crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. The Virgin Atlantic Challenger reached the Bishop Rock off the Isles of Scilly to conclude the three-day crossing, beating by two hours the record held by SS United States since 1952.

Soccer
World Cup
Final @ Mexico City
Argentina 3 West Germany 2

Jorge Luis Burruchuga scored the winning goal in the 84th minute of play.

Baseball
The Detroit Tigers split a doubleheader with the Milwaukee Brewers, winning 9-5 and losing 4-1. The win in the first game was the 600th for Sparky Anderson as manager of the Tigers, making him the first man in major league history to reach that figure in each major league.

20 years ago
1991


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Rush, Rush--Paula Abdul (2nd week at #1)
2 I Wanna Sex You Up—Color Me Badd
3 Unbelievable—EMF
4 More than Words—Extreme
5 Love is a Wonderful Thing--Michael Bolton
7 Losing My Religion--R.E.M.
6 Power of Love/Love Power—Luther Vandross
8 Couple Days Off—Huey Lewis and the News
9 I Don’t Wanna Cry--Mariah Carey
10 Here I Am (Come and Take Me)--UB40

Singles entering the chart included (Everything I Do) I Do it for You by Bryan Adams (#53) and Summertime by D.J. Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince (#77).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 More than Words—Extreme (4th week at #1)
2 Love is a Wonderful Thing--Michael Bolton
3 Rush, Rush—Paula Abdul
4 Couple Days Off—Huey Lewis and the News
5 I Don’t Wanna Cry--Mariah Carey
6 Losing My Religion--R.E.M.
7 Walking in Memphis—Marc Cohn
8 Unbelievable--EMF
9 Part of You, Part of Me—Glenn Frey
10 A Better Love--Londonbeat

Singles entering the chart included Something to Talk About by Bonnie Raitt (#31); Learning to Fly by Tom Petty (#38); Every Heartbeat by Amy Grant (#59); (Everything I Do) I Do it for You by Bryan Adams (#79); Set Me in Motion by Bruce Hornsby and the Range (#83); Unforgettable by Natalie Cole with Nat King Cole (#85); Lay Down and Dirty by Foreigner (#91); Everybody Plays the Fool by Aaron Neville (#92); and Twist My Arm by the Tragically Hip (#94).

10 years ago
2001


Britannica
The British government announced that a fountain honouring the memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, would be built in London's Hyde Park.

Monday, 27 June 2011

June 28, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, James Remnant and Minnie de Ramos!

175 years ago
1836


Died on this date
James Madison, 85
. 4th President of the United States of America, 1809-1817. Mr. Madison, acknowledged as the "Father of the Constitution," died at his estate at Montpelier, Virginia. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1789-1797 and as Secretary of State in the administration of President Thomas Jefferson from 1801-1809. Mr. Madison was president during the War of 1812.

30 years ago
1981


Died on this date
Terry Fox, 22
. Canadian hero. Mr. Fox, a British Columbian who had lost a leg to cancer, departed St. John's in May 1980 for a run across the country to raise money for cancer research. Unfortunately, the cancer returned after a few months, and he was forced to give up his effort long before reaching his goal. On September 13, 1981, the first annual Terry Fox Run was held, and the event continues throughout Canada to this day.

Music
Roy Orbison was in concert at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton, and this blogger and his brother were in attendance. Roy was great, but the opening act was an untalented comedian whose name I've long forgotten. Tickets cost $12.50 each.

Terrorism
73 leading members of Iran's Islamic Republic Party were killed when a bomb exploded at the party's headquarters in Tehran.

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 On My Own--Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald (3rd week at #1)
2 Live to Tell--Madonna
3 There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)—Billy Ocean
4 No One is to Blame—Howard Jones
5 Crush on You—The Jets
6 Holding Back the Years—Simply Red
7 I Can’t Wait--Nu Shooz
8 A Different Corner—George Michael
9 Who's Johnny--El DeBarge
10 Invisible Touch--Genesis

Singles entering the chart included Papa Don't Preach by Madonna (#39); Rumbleseat by John Cougar Mellencamp (#78); Venus by Bananarama (#82); Rock 'n' Roll to the Rescue by the Beach Boys (#84); Taken In by Mike & the Mechanics (#86); and The Captain of her Heart by Double (#87).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 On My Own—Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald
2 Live to Tell--Madonna
3 There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)—Billy Ocean
4 A Different Corner—George Michael
5 Greatest Love of All--Whitney Houston
6 Holding Back the Years—Simply Red
7 The Power of Love--Jennifer Rush
8 What Have You Done for Me Lately--Janet Jackson
9 No One is to Blame—Howard Jones
10 I Can't Wait--Nu Shooz

Singles entering the chart included Sweet Freedom by Michael McDonald (#81); Anything for Love by Gordon Lightfoot (#93); and A Kind of Magic by Queen (#95).

Football
CFL
Calgary (0-2) 14 @ Saskatchewan (1-0) 28

20 years ago
1991


Politics and government
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher announced that she would resign her seat in the House of Commons and would not run in the next general election.

10 years ago
2001


World events
Former Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic was handed over to the United Nations war crimes tribunal.

June 27, 2011

75 years ago
1936


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Louis Hector and Harry West, on MBS
Tonight’s episode: The Musgrave Ritual

50 years ago
1961


Boxing
World flyweight champion Pone Kingpetch (23-3) retained his title with a 15-round split decision over Mitsunori Seki (21-3-1) at Kokugikan in Tokyo. The one official who voted in favour of the challenger was (surprise!) Japanese judge Hiroyuki Tezaki.

30 years ago
1981

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: (Billboard): Bette Davis Eyes--Kim Carnes (6th week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Stars on 45--Stars on 45 (2nd week at #1)
2 Bette Davis Eyes--Kim Carnes
3 All Those Years Ago—George Harrison
4 The One That You Love—Air Supply
5 A Woman Needs Love--Ray Parker, Jr. and Raydio
6 Sukiyaki--A Taste of Honey
7 This Little Girl—Gary U.S. Bonds
8 Jessie's Girl--Rick Springfield
9 Elvira--Oak Ridge Boys
10 America—Neil Diamond

Singles entering the chart included Everlasting Love by Rex Smith and Rachel Sweet (#78); Don't Let Go the Coat by the Who (#84); Walk Higher Now by the Jacksons (#86); Someday, Someway by Robert Gordon (#87); and Nightwalker by Gino Vannelli (#89).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Stars on 45--Stars on 45 (4th week at #1)
2 Bette Davis Eyes--Kim Carnes
3 All Those Years Ago—George Harrison
4 Sukiyaki—A Taste of Honey
5 Too Much Time on My Hands--Styx
6 Being with You--Smokey Robinson
7 Watching the Wheels--John Lennon
8 A Woman Needs Love--Ray Parker, Jr. and Raydio
9 Take it on the Run--REO Speedwagon
10 The Waiting--Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Singles entering the chart were Don't Let Him Go by REO Speedwagon (#41); Coldest Night of the Year by Bruce Cockburn (#44); Theme from "Greatest American Hero" by Joey Scarbury (#48); Boy from New York City by the Manhattan Transfer (#49); and Modern Girl by Sheena Easton (#50).

Football
CFL
Pre-season
Montreal (2-2) 38 @ Hamilton (2-2) 24

25 years ago
1986


World events
The International Court of Justice found the United States guilty of violating international law for supporting Contra rebels in Nicaragua.

Football
CFL
Montreal (0-1) 11 @ Ottawa (1-0) 20

20 years ago
1991


War
Yugoslav troops moved into Slovenia 48 hours after Slovenia had declared is independence.

Football
CFL
Pre-season
Hamilton (0-1) 14 @ Ottawa (1-0) 40
British Columbia (0-1) 10 @ Edmonton (1-0) 31

10 years ago
2001


Football
CFL
Pre-season
Toronto (0-2) 10 @ Winnipeg (1-1) 38
Saskatchewan (2-0) 24 @ Edmonton (0-2) 9

Friday, 24 June 2011

June 26, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Beth Stover!

125 years ago
1886


Baseball
George Stovey, a lefthanded Negro pitcher, played his first game for Jersey City of the Eastern League after being purchased from the Cuban Giants, an all-Negro touring team. Mr. Stovey, considered to be the best Negro pitcher of the 19th century, posted a 16-15 record for Jersey City in 1886, with an outstanding earned run average of 1.13.

100 years ago
1911


Golf
John McDermott of Atlantic City became the first American-born player to win the U.S. Open when he won an 18-hole, 3-way playoff with Mike Brady of Boston and George Simpson of Scotland. Mr. McDermott shot 80, Mr. Brady 82, and Mr. Simpson 85. The tournament had been won by British players for the previous 16 years.

90 years ago
1921


Golf
Jock Hutchison became the first American to win the British Open when he defeated Roger Wethered of England in a playoff at St. Andrews in Scotland.

60 years ago
1951

On television tonight

Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Greatest Crime, starring Walter Slezak

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Quarter to Three--U.S. Bonds

Boxing
Cassius Clay (7-0) won a 10-round unanimous decision over Duke Sabedong (15-12-1) in a heavyweight bout at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

40 years ago
1971


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep—Middle of the Road (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): It’s Too Late—Carole King (2nd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 It’s Too Late—Carole King
2 Rainy Days and Mondays—Carpenters
3 It Don’t Come Easy--Ringo Starr
4 Want Ads--The Honey Cone
5 Treat Her Like a Lady—Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
6 I’ll Meet You Halfway—The Partridge Family
7 Indian Reservation--Raiders
8 Don’t Knock My Love (Part 1)—Wilson Pickett
9 Don't Pull Your Love--Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
10 Nathan Jones--The Supremes

Singles entering the chart included Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) by Marvin Gaye (#67); Watching the River Flow by Bob Dylan (#71); Beginnings by Chicago (#74); The Last Time I Saw Her by Glen Campbell (#82); Talking in Your Sleep by Gordon Lightfoot (#84); Resurrection Shuffle by Tom Jones (#85); Mighty Clouds of Joy by B.J. Thomas (#86); Smiling Faces Sometimes by the Undisputed Truth (#91); Suspicious Minds by Dee Dee Warwick (#92); One-Way Ticket by Tyrone Davis (#99); and Follow Me by Mary Travers (#100).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 It Don’t Come Easy--Ringo Starr (2nd week at #1)
2 Brown Sugar--Rolling Stones
3 Rainy Days and Mondays—Carpenters
4 I’ll Meet You Halfway—The Partridge Family
5 Sweet and Innocent--Donny Osmond
6 It’s Too Late—Carole King
7 Signs--Five Man Electrical Band
8 Indian Reservation—Raiders
9 Where Evil Grows--The Poppy Family
10 When You're Hot, You're Hot--Jerry Reed

Singles entering the chart included Change Partners by Stephen Stills (#89); Rainy Jane by Davy Jones (#95); I'm the Only One by Lobo (#97); Moon Shadow by Cat Stevens (#98); Double Barrel by Dave and Ansel Collins (#99); and I'm a Believer by Neil Diamond (#100).

Calgary’s top 10
1 Brown Sugar--The Rolling Stones
2 It Don't Come Easy--Ringo Starr
3 Indian Reservation--Raiders
4 I'll Meet You Halfway--The Partridge Family
5 Rainy Days and Mondays—Carpenters
6 Never Ending Song of Love--Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
7 It's Too Late--Carole King
8 Sweet City Woman--Stampeders
9 The Drum—Bobby Sherman
10 When You're Hot, You're Hot--Jerry Reed
Pick hit of the week: Lady Dawn--The Bells

Baseball
Alex Johnson, the 1970 American League batting champion, was suspended by the California Angels "for failing to give his best." He had been benched 5 times and fined 29 times so far during the 1971 season.

30 years ago
1981


FootballCFL
Pre-season
Toronto (1-3) 25 @ ottawa (3-1) 35
Winnipeg (1-3) 16 @ Calgry (0-4) 14
British Columbia (3-1) 2 @ Edmonton (4-0) 26

25 years ago
1986


Adventure
Entrepreneur Richard Branson left New York aboard his powerboat Virgin Challenger II in an attempt to break the transatlantic speed record.

Football
CFL
Hamilton (0-1) 20 @ Toronto (1-0) 21
Winnipeg (0-1) 17 @ British Columbia (1-0) 28

20 years ago
1991


Football
CFL
Pre-season
Winnipeg (1-0) 29 @ Toronto (0-1) 15
Calgary (1-0) 49 @ Saskatchewan (0-1) 14

10 years ago
2001


Football
CFL
Pre-season
Montreal (1-1) 18 @ Hamilton (2-0) 20
Calgary (2-0) 35 @ British Columbia (0-2) 28

June 25, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Gail McGonigal!

60 years ago
1951


Television
The first commercial colour program was transmitted by CBS from New York to Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington, DC.

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Temptation--The Everly Brothers

25 years ago
1986


Baseball
The Philadelphia Phillies released 41-year-old pitcher Steve Carlton, who was in his 15th season with the club.

20 years ago
1991

World events
Croatia and Slovenia proclaimed their independence, beginning the Yugoslavian civil war.

10 years ago
2001


Died on this date
John LeRoy, 26
. U.S. baseball pitcher. Mr. LeRoy (or Leroy), a native of Bellevue, Washington, was one of the few pitchers to be credited with a win in his only major league game. He pitched the 10th and 11th innings for the Atlanta Braves on September 25, 1997, giving up 1 hit and 3 bases on balls, but recording 3 strikeouts and not allowing a run, as the Braves edged the New York Mets 7-6 at Shea Stadium in New York. Mr. LeRoy returned to the minor leagues after 1997, playing in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' organization in 1998 and 1999, and the Cincinnati Reds' system in 2000. In 2001 he was with the Sioux City Explorers in the independent Northern League, but had a heart attack and brain aneurysm as he was about to undergo arm surgery on June 22, going into a coma. He was taken off life support when no further brain activity was detected.

Protest
200 white and Asian youths went on a destructive rampage in Burnley, Lancashire, England.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

June 24, 2011

60 years ago
1951


On the radio
Mr. Moto, starring James Monks, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Victim

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
U.S. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Travelin' Man--Ricky Nelson (3rd week at #1)
2 Quarter to Three--U.S. Bonds
3 Moody River--Pat Boone
4 Raindrops--Dee Clark--
5 The Boll Weevil Song--Brook Benton
6 Runnin' Scared--Roy Orbison
7 Stand By Me--Ben E. King
8 I Feel So Bad--Elvis Presley
9 Those Oldies But Goodies--Little Caesar and the Romans
--Nino and the Ebb Tides
10 Hello Mary Lou--Ricky Nelson

Singles entering the chart included Dum Dum (#76)/Eventually (#87) by Brenda Lee; Let's Twist Again by Chubby Checker (#78); The Switch-A-Roo by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters (#80); Never on Sunday by the Chordettes (#89); Missing You by Ray Peterson (#94); Daydreams by Johnny Crawford (#96); Quite a Party by the Fireballs (#98); Michael by the Highwaymen (#100); and (Theme from) Goodbye Againby Ferrante and Teicher (also #100).

Space
The American public learned of President John F. Kennedy's letter assigning Vice-President Lyndon Johnson the priority of unifying U.S. satellite programs.

30 years ago
1981


On the radio
Don Percy, who was leaving Winnipeg for Edmonton after 6 years as morning man on CKY, did a farewell program on CKY's rival station CFRW. The Master of the Morning had earned ablout 90% of the listening audience at CKY, but that station had refused to let him do a farewell program after he had decided to accept an offer from CFRN in Edmonton. He assumed his duties in Edmonton on August 4.

25 years ago
1986


Football
CFL
Edmonton (1-0) 21 @ Calgary (0-1) 20

The earliest CFL regular season opener to date ended with a 56-yard touchdown bomb from Edmonton quarterback Matt Dunigan to Stephen Jones on the last play of the game at McMahon Stadium. Tom Dixon converted to give the Eskimos their ninth straight win in a season opener. It was Mr. Jones' first game as an Eskimo.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

June 23, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Sherry Holden-Hernblad!

60 years ago
1951


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 How High the Moon--Les Paul and Mary Ford (2nd week at #1)
2 On Top of Old Smoky--The Weavers and Terry Gilkyson
--Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra
3 Too Young--Nat "King" Cole
4 Jezebel--Frankie Laine
5 Sound Off (The Duckworth Chant)--Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra
6 Mister and Mississippi—Patti Page
–Dennis Day
7 Mockin’ Bird Hill--Les Paul and Mary Ford
8 Rose, Rose, I Love You--Frankie Laine
9 My Truly, Truly Fair—Guy Mitchell
--Vic Damone
10 Unless--Eddie Fisher
--Guy Mitchell

Singles entering the chart were Tom’s Tune by Georgia Gibbs (#30) and Gone Fishin’ by Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong (#40).

Baseball
The Minnesota Twins fired manager Cookie Lavagetto and replaced him with Sam Mele.

The Philadelphia Phillies, trailing the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 at one point, scored 4 runs in the 8th inning and 6 in the 9th as they came back to win 12-11 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.

40 years ago
1971


Baseball
Rick Wise of the Philadelphia Phillies had one of the greatest games a pitcher has ever had, hitting 2 home runs while pitching a no-hitter as the Phillies blanked the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati. Mr. Wise’s home runs were his 3rd and 4th of the season. For the defending National League champion Reds, it was the second time in three weeks that they had gone hitless in a game, both at home.

30 years ago
1981


Baseball
In the International League, Dave Koza singled in Marty Barrett with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 33rd inning to give the Pawtucket Red Sox a 3-2 win over the Rochester Red Wings at Pawtucket to end the longest game in professional baseball history. The game had been suspended on April 19 with the score tied 2-2 after 32 innings and 8 hous 7 minutes of play. The 33rd inning toook 18 minutes. Bob Ojeda pitched the top of the 33rd and picked up the win for the Red Sox.

25 years ago
1986

Baseball

Mike LaCoss pitched a 3-hitter and hit his first major league home run as the San Francisco Giants routed the San Diego Padres 18-1. Mr. LaCoss hit his home run off infielder Dane Iorg, who had been brought in to pitch with the game out of reach for the Padres.

June 22, 2011

70 years ago
1941


War
German forces invaded the Soviet Union.

50 years ago
1961


World events
Moise Tshombe, leader of the Congolese secessionist province of Katanga, was released from a two-month political detention on the initiative of Major General Joseph Mobutu, commander of the Congolese army. Mr. Tshombe, who said that his arrest was the result of “foreign influence and some misunderstanding,” promised to send delegates to the forthcoming session of the Congolese parliament.

40 years ago
1971


War
The United States Senate voted 57-42 to adopt a measure calling for the complete withdrawal of U.S. forces from Vietnam by the spring of 1972.

Health
Officials in Chad said that more than 6,000 cases of cholera had been reported, and more than 2,000 had died in the current epidemic.

30 years ago
1981


Crime
Mark Chapman pled guilty in New York to the murder of ex-Beatle John Lennon on December 8, 1980.

25 years ago
1986


Soccer
World Cup @ Mexico City
Quarter-Final
Argentina 2 England 1

Diego Maradona’s “hand of God” goal was the difference in the game. Mr. Maradona seemed to punch the ball into the net rather than heading it in, but it was conveniently missed by the referee.

20 years ago
1991


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Rush, Rush--Paula Abdul
2 I Wanna Sex You Up—Color Me Badd
3 More than Words—Extreme
4 Love is a Wonderful Thing--Michael Bolton
5 Unbelievable—EMF
6 Losing My Religion--R.E.M.
7 Power of Love/Love Power—Luther Vandross
8 Couple Days Off—Huey Lewis and the News
9 I Don’t Wanna Cry--Mariah Carey
10 I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)--High-Five

Singles entering the chart included Crazy by Seal (#79); Can You Stop the Rain by Peabo Bryson (#88); and Learning to Fly by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (#90).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 More than Words—Extreme (3rd week at #1)
2 I Don’t Wanna Cry--Mariah Carey
3 Love is a Wonderful Thing--Michael Bolton
4 Rush, Rush—Paula Abdul
5 Couple Days Off—Huey Lewis and the News
6 Losing My Religion--R.E.M.
7 Walking in Memphis—Marc Cohn
8 Unbelievable--EMF
9 Rhythm of My Heart--Rod Stewart
10 Part of You, Part of Me—Glenn Frey

Singles entering the chart included Fading Like a Flower by Roxette (#53); Rebel Heart by Rod Stewart (#75); The Other Side of Summer by Elvis Costello (#78); Blood on the Bricks by Aldo Nova (#89); After the Rain by Blue Rodeo (#90); and Someone by the Rembrandts (#95).

10 years ago
2001


Crime
British Home Secretary David Blunkett announced that the murderers of James Bulger would be released on “life licence”. Jon Venables and Robert Thompson had been jailed eight years earlier; they were each 10 years old when they tortured and murdered the toddler.

Football
CFL
Pre-season
Hamilton (1-0) 29 @ Toronto (0-1) 16

June 21, 2011

60 years ago
1951


Baseball
In a Southern League game, Wayne Belardi batted 4 for 7 with 2 home runs—including a grand slam—and 10 runs batted in to lead the Mobile Bears to a 28-7 rout over the Lookouts at Chattanooga. Every Mobile batter scored at least 2 runs.

50 years ago
1961


Baseball
The Chicago White Sox swept a doubleheader from the Cleveland Indians 15-3 and 11-1 as Roy Sievers drove in 7 runs in the first game with a grand slam and a 3-run home run, and added a home run and 4 runs scored in the second game.

40 years ago
1971


Golf
Lee Trevino defeated Jack Nicklaus in an 18-hole playoff to win the U.S. Open at Ardmore, Pennsylvania.

Baseball
Vida Blue struck out 13 in improving his record to 15-2 as the Oakland Athletics edged the Minnesota Twins 3-2.

Bob O’Brien of the Los Angeles Dodgers, making his first major league start, outduelled Bob Gibson as he and the Dodgers shut out the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0.

Cleveland Indians’ first baseman and oufielder Ken Harrelson, batting just .199 in 52 games in 1971 with 5 home runs and 14 runs batted in, announced his retirement from baseball to pursue a professional golf career. Mr. Harrelson played 900 games with the Kansas City Athletics, Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox, and Cleveland Indians from 1963-1971, hitting .239 with 131 homers and 421 RBIs. His best season was 1968 with the Red Sox, when he hit .275 with 35 home runs and an American League-leading 109 RBIs, and posted a fielding percentage of 1.000 in 132 games in the outfield.

30 years ago
1981


Football
CFL
Pre-season
Ottawa (2-1) 17 @ Montreal (1-2) 21
Calgary (0-3) 20 @ Saskatchewan (2-2) 33

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 On My Own--Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald (2nd week at #1)
2 Live to Tell--Madonna
3 I Can’t Wait--Nu Shooz
4 There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)—Billy Ocean
5 Greatest Love of All--Whitney Houston
6 No One is to Blame—Howard Jones
7 Crush on You—The Jets
8 A Different Corner—George Michael
9 Holding Back the Years—Simply Red
10 Something About You—Level 42

Singles entering the chart included Suzanne by Journey (#57); A Kind of Magic by Queen (#79); Words Get in the Way by Miami Sound Machine (#86); Touch and Go by Emerson, Lake & Powell (#88); and Take My Breath Away by Berlin (#89).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 On My Own—Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald
2 Live to Tell--Madonna
3 A Different Corner—George Michael
4 Greatest Love of All--Whitney Houston
5 The Power of Love--Jennifer Rush
6 Holding Back the Years—Simply Red
7 There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)—Billy Ocean
8 What Have You Done for Me Lately--Janet Jackson
9 No One is to Blame—Howard Jones
10 West End Girls--Pet Shop Boys

Singles entering the chart included Higher Love by Steve Winwood (#87); Glory of Love by Peter Cetera (#89); and Boy Inside the Man by Tom Cochrane and Red Rider (#91).

Baseball
Bo Jackson, winner of the 1985 Heisman Trophy as the outstanding college football player in the United States, signed with the Kansas City Royals. The National Football League’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers had selected him as the first choice in the 1986 NFL draft.

10 years ago
2001


Football
CFL
Pre-season
Winnipeg (0-1) 12 @ Montreal (1-0) 31

Monday, 20 June 2011

June 20, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Brian Wilson and Dale Hein!

75 years ago
1936


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Louis Hector and Harry West, on MBS
Tonight’s episode: The Solitary Cyclist

60 years ago
1951


Baseball
Bobby Avila batted 5 for 6 with 3 home runs and 15 total bases as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Boston Red Sox 14-8. Early Wynn pitched the complete game for the Indians.

40 years ago
1971


Golf
Lee Trevino and Jack Nicklaus were tied for the lead in the U.S. Open at Ardmore, Pennsylvania, necessitating an 18-hole playoff the following day.

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Stars on 45--Stars on 45

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Stars on 45--Stars on 45
2 Bette Davis Eyes--Kim Carnes
3 All Those Years Ago—George Harrison
4 Sukiyaki--A Taste of Honey
5 A Woman Needs Love--Ray Parker, Jr. and Raydio
6 Being with You--Smokey Robinson
7 The One That You Love—Air Supply
8 This Little Girl—Gary U.S. Bonds
9 I Love You—Climax Blues Band
10 America—Neil Diamond

This Little Girl was written and co-produced by Bruce Springsteen. America was the third single to be released from the soundtrack of the movie The Jazz Singer (1980). Singles entering the chart included Touch Me When We’re Dancing by the Carpenters (#76); Lady by the Commodores (#78); You are Forever by Smokey Robinson (#83); Love on a Two Way Street by Stacy Lattisaw (#84); The Real Thing by the Brothers Johnson (#86); Suzi by Randy Vanwarmer (#87); Some Changes are Good by Dionne Warwick (#88); and Rich Man by Terri Gibbs (#94).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Stars on 45--Stars on 45 (3rd week at #1)
2 Bette Davis Eyes--Kim Carnes
3 Watching the Wheels--John Lennon
4 Too Much Time on My Hands--Styx
5 All Those Years Ago—George Harrison
6 Being with You--Smokey Robinson
7 Sukiyaki—A Taste of Honey
8 Angel of the Morning--Juice Newton
9 Take it on the Run--REO Speedwagon
10 Morning Train (Nine to Five)--Sheena Easton
Singles entering the chart were Elvira by the Oak Ridge Boys (#42); Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through by Jim Steinman (#45); The Stroke by Billy Squier (#46); Gemini Dream by the Moody Blues (#48); and Tempted by Squeeze (#49).

Football
CFL
Pre-season
Winnipeg (0-3) 18 @ British Columbia (3-0) 28

25 years ago
1986


Baseball
The Chicago White Sox, sixth and last in the American league West Division with a record of 26-38, fired manager Tony LaRussa, who had held the position since 1979 and had led them to the division title in 1983. Doug Rader relaced Mr. LaRussa for 2 games before Jim Fregosi was hired as manager.

10 years ago
2001


Football
CFL
Pre-season
British Columbia (0-1) 14 @ Saskatchewan (1-0) 19
Edmonton (0-1) 10 @ Calgary (1-0) 34

Saturday, 18 June 2011

June 19, 2011

75 years ago
1936


Boxing
In a huge upset, former world heavyweight champion Max Schmeling (49-7-4), who was regarded as past his prime, knocked out the #1 contender, Joe Louis (24-1), at 2:29 of the 12th round of a scheduled 15-round bout at Yankee Stadium in New York.

60 years ago
1951


On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight’s episode: A Killing in Abilene, starring Wiliam Prince

Baseball
Billy Southworth, who had managed the Boston Braves since 1946 and had piloted them to the National League pennant in 1948, was fired after they lost 3-0 to the Chicago Cubs to drop to 28-31, fifth in the standings. Former Braves’ star outfielder Tommy Holmes replaced Mr. Southworth as manager.

Wally Yonamine, an American of Japanese descent, played his first game with Tokyo’s Yomiuri Giants.

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Moody River—Pat Boone

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Michael Martin!

Scandal
Fred Portnoy, 19, testified before a grand jury in New York concerning accusations that he had participated in fixing four basketball games while he was playing for the men’s team at Columbia University during the 1960-61 season.

Baseball
The Kansas City Athletics, eighth in the American League with a record of 26-33, fired Joe Gordon as manager and replaced him with Hank Bauer.

Third baseman Gene Freese batted 7 for 8 as the Cincinnati Reds swept a doubleheader from the Philadelphia Phillies 7-2 and 10-0.

40 years ago
1971


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep—Middle of the Road

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): It’s Too Late—Carole King

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 It Don’t Come Easy--Ringo Starr
2 I’ll Meet You Halfway—The Partridge Family
3 It’s Too Late—Carole King
4 Rainy Days and Mondays—Carpenters
5 Want Ads--The Honey Cone
6 Brown Sugar--Rolling Stones
7 Sweet and Innocent—Donny Osmond
8 Treat Her Like a Lady—Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
9 Double Lovin’--Osmonds
10 Don’t Knock My Love (Part 1)—Wilson Pickett

Singles entering the chart included Wild Horses by the Rolling Stones (#68); How Can You Mend a Broken Heart by the Bee Gees (#76); Love the One You’re With by the Isley Brothers (#85); Rainy Jane by Davy Jones (#86); Deep Enough for Me by Ocean (#87); She Didn’t Do Magic by Lobo (#92); I’m a Believer by Neil Diamond (#93); Talking in Your Sleep by Gordon Lightfoot (#97); and Love is Life by Earth, Wind and Fire (#100).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Brown Sugar--Rolling Stones (3rd week at #1)
2 It Don’t Come Easy--Ringo Starr
3 Sweet and Innocent--Donny Osmond
4 Rainy Days and Mondays—Carpenters
5 I’ll Meet You Halfway—The Partridge Family
6 Superstar—Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers
7 It’s Too Late—Carole King
8 Joy to the World--Three Dog Night
9 Indian Reservation—Raiders
10 I Don’t Know How to Love Him—Helen Reddy

Singles entering the chart included Wild Horses by the Rolling Stones (#62); Deep Enough for Me by Ocean (#84); Talking in Your Sleep by Gordon Lightfoot (#98); The Last Time I Saw Her by Glen Campbell (#99); and Wholesale Love by Buddy Miles (#100).

Calgary’s top 10
1 It Don’t Come Easy--Ringo Starr
2 Indian Reservation--Raiders
3 Brown Sugar--The Rolling Stones
4 When You’re Hot, You’re Hot—Jerry Reed
5 Sweet and Innocent—Donny Osmond
6 Rainy Days and Mondays—Carpenters
7 I’ll Meet You Halfway—The Partridge Family
8 The Drum—Bobby Sherman
9 Sweet City Woman--Stampeders
10 Love Her Madly--The Doors
Pick hit of the week: Don’t Pull Your Love—Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds

June 18, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Paul McCartney!

100 years ago
1911


Baseball
Down 13-1 after 5½ innings, the Detroit Tigers came back to defeat the Chicago White Sox 16-15 at Bennett Park in Detroit. Ty Cobb led the Tigers with 4 hits and 5 runs batted in—including 2 runs to tie the game in the bottom of the 9th inning—and scored the winning run.

75 years ago
1936


Boxing
Joe Louis (24-0), the #1 contender for the world heavyweight title, and former world champion Max Schmeling (48-7-4) met at Yankee Stadium for their scheduled 15-round bout, but the fight was postponed until the next day because of rain. Mr. Louis was a heavy favourite; Mr. Schmeling was regarded as past his prime.

70 years ago
1941


Boxing
Joe Louis (50-1) retained his world heavyweight title with a knockout of former world light heavyweight champion Billy Conn (59-11-1) at 2:58 of the 13th round at the Polo Grounds in New York. Mr. Conn, who weighed 174 pounds to 199½ for Mr. Louis, was ahead on the scorecards of two of the officials and even on the scorecard of the third after 12 rounds, but made the mistake of trying to slug it out with the heavyweight champion in the 13th round. The Brown Bomber hit the challenger with a left hook and then a hard right to knock him out.

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Runaway—Del Shannon

Died on this date
Eddie Gaedel, 36
. U.S. midget. Mr. Gaedel, 3’ 7” tall and 65 pounds, became famous on August 19, 1951 when he was sent up to bat for the St. Louis Browns in an American League baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. For more on Mr. Gaedel, go here; here; here; and here.

Space
The 300-pound capsule that had gone into Earth orbit aboard the U.S. satellite Discovery 25 two days earlier was ejected on radio signal and was recovered from the Pacific Ocean north of Hawaii by U.S. Navy skin divers. The capsule carried rare and common metals to permit study of the effects of space environment on them, and instruments to measure radiation and micrometeorite effects. It was the fifth U.S. capsule to be retrieved from orbit.

Terrorism
Bernard Jerome Brous, 51, and Dale Chris Jensen, 33, were seized in Ensenada, Baja California with two companions on a yacht carrying machine guns and hand grenades. They were charged with conspiracy in connection with blowing up microwave relay stations at Wendover, Nevada and Cedar Mountain Utah, and a cable repeating station at Knolls, Utah on May 28. The stations were 30 miles apart. The accused men were quoted as saying that they favoured nationalizing American utilities and that they were members of the American Republican Army, which they claimed was a more activist organization than the John Birch Society. Messrs. Brous and Jensen were extradited to San Diego.

Archaeology
Professor Antonio Flova, director of the antiquities department of northern Italy, announced that a University of Milan expedition had found the name of Pontius Pilate carved on a stone on the Mediterranean coast of Israel near Caesarea—the ancient capital of Roman Palestine—about 10 miles south of Haifa. Professor Flova reported that the name had been found three days earlier on a stone 31” X 23” in the ruins of a Roman amphitheatre. The stone had apparently been placed there when the building had been dedicated.

Baseball
Trailing the Washington Senators 12-5 with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th inning at Fenway Park in Boston, the Boston Red Sox rallied with 8 runs to win 13-12. Willie Tasby hit a grand slam for the Senators in the top of the 9th, while Jim Pagliaroni hit a grand slam for the Red Sox in the bottom of the 9th.

30 years ago
1981


Football
CFL
Pre-season
Hamilton (2-1) 23 @ Toronto (1-2) 16

25 years ago
1986


Football
CFL
Pre-season
Hamilton (1-1) 16 @ Ottawa (1-1) 23

Baseball
Don Sutton became the 19th pitcher in major league history to reach 300 career wins as he pitched the California Angels to a 3-1 win over the Texas Rangers.

San Diego Padres’ relief pitcher Tim Stoddard hit a home run off San Francisco’s Mike LaCoss in the 3rd inning of the Padres’ 6-3 loss to the Giants. For Mr. Stoddard, it was his last major league at bat.

10 years ago
2001


Scandal
Major League Baseball fired veteran umpire Al Clark, reportedly for using his MLB credit card to upgrade coach airline tickets for his wife Cynthia and himself after a rain-delayed game had caused them to miss their original flight.

Golf
Retief Goosen defeated Mark Brooks in an 18-hole playoff to win the U.S. Open.

Football
CFL
Two days before they were to play their first pre-season game of the year, the Edmonton Eskimos fired Don Matthews as head coach and replaced him with Tom Higgins. Mr. Matthews, an assistant coach with the Eskimos from 1977-1982 and in 1989, had been a successful head coach in British Columbia and Toronto, but had failed to get the Eskimos past the western semi-final in two seasons as head coach. The Eskimos were holding their training camp in 2001 at Edmonton Garrison.

Friday, 17 June 2011

June 17, 2011

140 years ago
1871


Born on this date
James Weldon Johnson
. U.S. poet, songwriter, lawyer, and diplomat. Mr. Johnson, a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance, was born in Jacksonville, Florida.

120 years ago
1891


Baseball
In an American Association game at Union Park in Baltimore, the Washington Statesmen scored 14 runs in the top of the 1st inning, and the Orioles scored 5 in the bottom of the inning. The Statesmen barely held on to win 20-19.

80 years ago
1931


Baseball
30 years after umpiring the American League’s first game as a major league, Tommy Connolly retired as an active umpire to become the AL’s supervisor of umpires.

60 years ago
1951


On the radio
Mr. Moto, starring James Monks, on NBC (East Coast)
Tonight’s episode: The Bazaloff Papers

Four days earlier NBC’s west coast stations had broadcast the episode as The Kuriloff Papers.

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Travelin’ Man--Ricky Nelson (2nd week at #1)
2 Runnin’ Scared--Roy Orbison
3 Stand By Me—Ben E. King
4 Moody River—Pat Boone
5 Raindrops—Dee Clark
6 The Boll Weevil Song—Brook Benton
7 Quarter to Three—U.S. Bonds
8 I Feel So Bad--Elvis Presley
9 Daddy’s Home—Shep and the Limelites
10 Hello Walls—Faron Young

Singles entering the chart were Hats Off to Larry by Del Shannon (#58); Te-Ta-Te-Ta-Ta by Ernie K. Doe (#66); I’m Comin’ on Back to You by Jackie Wilson (#69); Life is But a Dream by the Earls (#92); The Lonely Crowd by Teddy Vann (#97); San Antonio Rose by Floyd Cramer (#99); Right or Wrong by Wanda Jackson (#100); You Can’t Sit Down, Part 2 by the Phil Upchurch Combo (also #100); and Should I by the String-A-Longs (also #100).

World events
Rudolf Nureyev, 23, principal dancer of the Kirov Ballet, escaped Soviet guards at Paris’s Le Bourget Airport and asked for asylum in France.

Golf
Gene Littler won the U.S. Open at Oakland Hills Country Club (South Course) in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, shooting a 2-under par 68 in the final round to finish with a 1-over par score of 281, one stroke better than Bob Goalby and Doug Sanders. First prize money was $14,000. Jack Nicklaus, still playing as an amateur, tied with Mike Souchak for fourth place, 3 strokes behind Mr. Littler.

40 years ago
1971


Baseball
Don Kessinger batted 6 for 6 as the Chicago Cubs edged the St. Louis Cardinals 7-6 in 10 innings.

After giving up 3 runs in the top of the 11th inning, the Minnesota Twins came back with 4 in the bottom of the inning to edge the Chicago White Sox 7-6 at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota. George Mitterwald drove in the winning run with his fourth hit of the game.

25 years ago
1986


Football
CFL
Pre-season
Montreal (1-2) 13 @ Toronto (1-1) 24
Calgary (1-1) 41 @ British Columbia (1-1) 20

20 years ago
1991


Golf
Payne Stewart defeated Scott Simpson in an 18-hole playoff to win the U.S. Open.

Baseball
The Montreal Expos edged the Houston Astros 3-2 in 16 innings.

10 years ago
2001


Died on this date
Thomas Cardinal Winning, 76
. Scottish clergyman. Cardinal Winning was the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland.

Golf
Mark Brooks and Retief Goosen were tied for the lead after four rounds of the U.S. Open, necessitating an 18-hole playoff the following day.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

June 16, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Glory Bella and Oksana!

125 years ago
1886


Baseball
The Southern League of Colored Base Ballists, America's first Negro professional sports league, began play in New Orleans with the Memphis Eclipse defeating the New Orleans Unions 3-1. The league folded two months later.

60 years ago
1951


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 How High the Moon--Les Paul and Mary Ford
2 Too Young--Nat "King" Cole
3 On Top of Old Smoky--The Weavers and Terry Gilkyson
--Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra
4 Mockin’ Bird Hill--Les Paul and Mary Ford
--Patti Page
5 Sound Off (The Duckworth Chant)--Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra
6 Jezebel--Frankie Laine
7 I Apologize--Billy Eckstine
8 Mister and Mississippi--Patti Page
--Dennis Day
9 Rose, Rose, I Love You--Frankie Laine
10 Unless--Eddie Fisher
--Guy Mitchell

Singles entering the chart were My Resistance is Low by Hoagy Carmichael (#32); These Things I Offer You (For a Lifetime) by Sarah Vaughan (#34); and I’m in Love Again by Henri Rene and his Orchestra featuring April Stevens (#38).

Died on this date
Andy Strong, 23
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Strong was the center fielder with Crowley of the Evangeline League who had taken his position to begin the bottom of the 6th inning of a game at Alexandria, Louisiana when he was struck by lightning. The game had just resumed after a delay because of a thunderstorm.

Golf
Ben Hogan shot a 3-under-par 67 on the final round at Oakland Hills Country Club in Birmingham, Michigan to win the U.S. Open for the second straight year.

50 years ago
1961


Space
The U.S.A. launched Discoverer 25, a satellite and capsule whose mission was to test improvements of orbital period controls.

Baseball
Lew Krausse, Jr., who had just graduated from high school, made his major league debut as a pitcher with the Kansas City Athletics, giving up just 3 hits as the Athletics blanked the Los Angeles Angles 4-0 before 25,869 fans at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City. Mr. Krausse's father had pitched in the major leagues and had ended his career with a shutout for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1932.

40 years ago
1971


Baseball
The Oakland Athletics hit 5 solo home runs and Vida Blue improved his record to 14-2 as they beat the Washington Senators 5-1. Mike Epstein hit home runs his first 2 times at bat, giving him a record-tying 4 straight over 2 games.

30 years ago
1981


Business
Chicago Cubs' owner Bill Wrigley announced his plan to sell the National League baseball team to the Chicago Tribune Company for $20.5 million, ending 65 years of ownership of the Cubs by the Wrigley family.

Football
CFL
Pre-season
Saskatchewan (1-2) 1 @ Edmonton (3-0) 17

25 years ago
1986


Football
CFL
Pre-season
Saskatchewan (0-2) 18 @ Edmonton (1-1) 34

Baseball
The Baltimore Orioles traded pitcher Dennis Martinez, who had been with the team since 1976, to the Montreal Expos for a player to be named later. In 1986 Mr. Martinez was 0-0 in 4 games with an earned run average of 6.75. Minor league player Rene Gonzalez was the player sent to the Orioles after the season.

20 years ago
1991


Golf
Payne Stewart and Scott Simpson were tied for the lead after four rounds of the U.S. Open, necessitating an 18-hole playoff round the following day.

Baseball
Otis Nixon of the Atlanta Braves stole 6 bases to tie the major league single-game record of Eddie Collins, who had done it twice in 1912. The Braves lost 7-6 to the Montreal Expos.

10 years ago
2001


Edmontonia
The Hope Foundation of Alberta, where this blogger was employed as the librarian, held its fund-raising event known as the "Mega Auction" at the Universiade Pavillion. Unfortunately, attendance was low and the foundation barely broke even. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Baseball
The University of Miami Hurricanes routed the Stanford University Cardinal 12-1 to win the College World Series. Miami's Charlton Jimerson, a 5th-round draft choice of the Houston Astros, was voted the series' most valuable player.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

June 15, 2011

175 years ago
1836

Americana

Arkansas entered the union as the 25th state.

80 years ago
1931


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Richard Gordon and Leigh Lovell, on NBC
Tonight’s episode: The Adventure of the Abbey Grange

This was the last episode of the season.

60 years ago
1951


Boxing
Former world heavyweight champion Joe Louis (64-2) knocked out Lee Savold (96-37-3) at 2:29 of the 6th round at Madison Square Garden in New York. Going into the fight, Mr. Savold, an American, had been recognized as world heavyweight champion by the British Boxing Board of Control. After this fight, the BBBC joined other ruling bodies in recognizing Ezzard Charles as world heavyweight champion.

Baseball
Just before the Brooklyn Dodgers were to play the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago, the teams completed an eight-player trade. The Cubs traded outfielder Andy Pafko (batting .284 with 12 home runs and 35 runs batted in in 49 games in 1951); catcher Rube Walker (.234 with 2 home runs and 5 RBIs in 37 games); second baseman Wayne Terwilliger (.214 with no homers and 10 RBIs in 50 games); and pitcher Johnny Schmitz (1-2 in 8 games) for infielder Eddie Miksis (.200 with no homers and no RBIs in 19 games with the Dodgers in 1951); catcher Bruce Edwards (.250 with 1 home run and 8 RBIs in 17 games); outfielder Gene Hermanski (.250 with 1 home run and 5 RBIs in 31 games); and pitcher Joe Hatten (1-0 in 11 games).

The Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitcher Cliff Chambers (3-6 in 10 games in 1951—including a no-hitter on May 6) and outfielder Wally Westlake (.282 with 16 home runs and 45 RBIs) to the St. Louis Cardinals for catcher Joe Garagiola (.194 with 2 home runs and 9 RBIs in 27 games); second baseman Dick Cole (.194 with no homers and 3 RBIs in 15 games); outfielder Bill Howerton (.262 with 1 home run and 4 RBIs in 24 games); pitcher Ted Wilks (0-0 with 1 save in 17 games); and pitcher Howie Pollett (0-3 in 6 games).

The New York Yankees traded pitcher Tommy Byrne (2-1 in 9 games with the Yankees in 1951) and $25,000 to the St. Louis Browns for pitcher Stubby Overmire (1-6 in 8 games). The Yankees also traded righthanded pitchers Bob Porterfield (0-0 in 2 games); Fred Sanford (0-3 in 11 games); and Tom Ferrick (1-1 in 9 games) to the Washington Nationals for lefthanded pitcher Bob Kuzava (3-3 in 8 games).

40 years ago
1971


Protest
Opposition was growing to British Education Secretary Margaret Thatcher’s plan to end the provision of free milk in school for children over the age of 7.

25 years ago
1986


Golf
Ray Floyd won the U.S. Open.

20 years ago
1991


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 More than Words—Extreme (2nd week at #1)
2 Rush, Rush--Paula Abdul
3 Love is a Wonderful Thing--Michael Bolton
4 I Wanna Sex You Up—Color Me Badd
5 I Don’t Wanna Cry--Mariah Carey
6 Losing My Religion--R.E.M.
7 Unbelievable—EMF
8 Couple Days Off—Huey Lewis and the News
9 Power of Love/Love Power—Luther Vandross
10 I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)--High-Five

Singles entering the chart included Fading Like a Flower by Roxette (#38); Love and Understanding by Cher (#51); Every Heartbeat by Amy Grant (#70); Move Right Out by Rick Astley (#84); and Only a Heartbeat by T’Pau (#90).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 More than Words—Extreme (2nd week at #1)
2 Love is a Wonderful Thing--Michael Bolton
3 I Don’t Wanna Cry--Mariah Carey
4 Rhythm of My Heart--Rod Stewart
5 Couple Days Off—Huey Lewis and the News
6 Baby Baby--Amy Grant
7 Losing My Religion--R.E.M.
8 Rush, Rush—Paula Abdul
9 Silent Lucidity--Queensryche
10 Walking in Memphis—Marc Cohn

Singles entering the chart included The Rhythm of Your Love by Glass Tiger (#33); Everybody Gets a Second Chance by Mike & the Mechanics (#85); It Ain’t Over ‘Til it’s Over by Lenny Kravitz (#87); Conductin’ Thangs by Maestro Fresh Wes (#89); Dis Moi, Dis Moi by Mitsou (#92); Move Right Out by Rick Astley (#94); and Love and Understanding by Cher (#95).

Died on this date
Albert “Happy” Chandler, 92
. U.S. politician; Governor of Kentucky, 1935-1939, 1955-1959; U. S. Senator (Democrat--Kentucky), 1939-1945; Commissioner of Major League Baseball, 1945-1951. Mr. Chandler is best remembered for presiding over the integration of Negroes into professional baseball against the opposition of most of the major league owners, which has been offered as the main explanation for why his contract as commissioner wasn’t renewed after it expired. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.