Monday, 25 July 2011

August 3, 2011

110 years ago
1901


Baseball
Ed Scott of the Cleveland Blues, playing the last game of his major league career, pitched a complete game and hit a home run in the top of the 10th inning to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-7.

90 years ago
1921


Baseball
Ignoring the acquittal by a Chicago jury of the White Sox players accused of conspiring to fix the outcome of the 1919 World Series, major league baseball Commissioner Kenesaw M. Landis banned the eight for life, saying, "Regardless of the verdict of juries, no player that...undertakes or promises to throw a ballgame...will ever play professional baseball."

75 years ago
1936


Olympics
Jesse Owens, a Negro from the United States, won the first of 4 gold medals at the Berlin Olympics, this one in the men's 100-meter run, damaging Nazi Germany's ideas of Aryan racial superiority.

60 years ago
1951


On television tonight
Tales of Tomorrow, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Verdict from Space, starring Lon McCallister, Martin Brandt, and William Lally

This was the first episode of the series.

50 years ago
1961


Politics
A new federal party was created in Canada, as the socialist New Democratic Party came into being at a convention in Ottawa, replacing the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation. Saskatchewan Premier Tommy Douglas was elected the NDP's first leader on the first ballot, taking 71% of the vote, defeating CCF leader Hazen Argue. It was expected (and proved to be the case) that Woodrow Lloyd would succeed Mr. Douglas as Premier of Saskatchewan.

Baseball
The Pittsburgh Pirates routed the St. Louis Cardinals 19-0, with Harvey Haddix the winning pitcher over Al Cicotte.

40 years ago
1971


Canadiana
The Dominion Bureau of Statistics officially changed its name to Statistics Canada. I don't know what it was like under the old name, but under its present name it's the most overrated such agency in the world, full of dishonest, butt-covering incompetents.

Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (1-2) 16 @ Montreal (1-0) 29

30 years ago
1981


Music
This blogger and his brother were in attendance at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton to see Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in the second-last concert of a lengthy tour. It was a good show, featuring old and new Four Seasons' songs as well as songs from Mr. Valli's solo career. The price of a single ticket was $12.50.

Labour
U.S. air traffic controllers went on strike.

25 years ago
1986


Baseball
Willie McCovey, Bobby Doerr, and Ernie Lombardi were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

20 years ago
1991


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams
2 Right Here, Right Now--Jesus Jones
3 P.A.S.S.I.O.N.--Rythm Syndicate
4 Every Heartbeat--Amy Grant
5 Unbelievable—EMF
6 Place in this World--Michael W. Smith
7 Fading Like a Flower--Roxette
8 Rush, Rush--Paula Abdul
9 Temptation--Corina
10 It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over--Lenny Kravitz

Singles entering the chart included Don't Want to Be a Fool by Luther Vandross (#87) and Hey Stoopid by Alice Cooper (#89).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams
2 Rush, Rush—Paula Abdul
3 Fading Like a Flower--Roxette
4 It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over--Lenny Kravitz
5 More than Words—Extreme
6 Superman's Song--Crash Test Dummies
7 Something to Talk About--Bonnie Raitt
8 A Better Love--Londonbeat
9 The Rhythm of Your Love--Glass Tiger
10 Crazy--Seal

Singles entering the chart included It Hit me Like a Hammer by Huey Lewis and the News (#40); I am Here by the Grapes of Wrath (#61); Too Many Walls by Cathy Dennis (#86); Things that Make You Go Hmmm... by C + C Music Factory (#89); D for Democracy by Spirit of the West (#95); Temptation by Corina (#97); and Smokestack Lightning by Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991.

10 years ago
2001


Terrorism
Seven people were injured when a car bomb containing 45 kilograms of explosives was detonated in west London.

Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (2-3) 14 @ Winnipeg (3-2) 32
Toronto (2-3) 36 @ Calgary (1-4) 35

Baseball
The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 10-1 at SkyDome in Toronto in a game that saw an invasion of aphids in the 3rd inning. Home plate umpire Tim Welke asked that the SkyDome roof be closed.

Saturday, 23 July 2011

August 2, 2011

110 years ago
1901


Baseball
Cy Young pitched a shutout to improve his record for the season to 20-5 as the Boston Americans routed the Philadelphia Athletics 16-0.

90 years ago
1921


Law
The trial of the Black Sox, the Chicago White Sox players accused of conspiring to fix the outcome of the 1919 World Series in favour of the Cincinnati Reds, ended with all the accused being acquitted. That night, the accused and the jurors celebrated together in an Italian restaurant.

75 years ago
1936


Baseball
The Chicago White Sox swept a doubleheader from the Boston Red Sox 9-1 and 12-11 in 12 innings at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The Red Sox led the second game 10-1 after 4 1/2 innings.

The Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees played to a 4-4 tie in a game called because of darkness after 16 innings. 65,000 attended the Indians' first home game at Municipal Stadium in three years. New York first baseman Lou Gehrig had 3 hits in 6 at bats before Jack Saltzgaver substituted for him in the 14th inning.

50 years ago
1961


Politics and government
Leslie Frost announced his resignation as Premier of Ontario after 10 years in office.

Cyrille Adoula, a Socialist, received a near-unanimous vote of confidence from the reconvened Congolese parliament in Leopoldville, the day after President Joseph Kasavubu had designated him as Congo's new premier. Antoine Gizenga, leader of a rival Soviet-backed regime that he had set up in Stanleyville along with other supporters of assassinated Premier Patrice Lumumba earlier in the year, was named First Vice Premier in Mr. Adoula's cabinet.

Diplomacy
U.S. President John F. Kennedy reaffirmed United States support for membership of Nationalist China (Taiwan) in the United Nations and opposition to the admission of Communist China to the UN. The statement was contained in a joint communique issued by President Kennedy and Nationalist Chinese Vice-President and Premier General Chen Cheng after two days of talks at the White House.

Football
CFL-NFL Pre-season
St. Louis Cardinals (1-0) (NFL) 36 @ Toronto Argonauts (CFL) (2-2) 7

Former Montreal Alouettes' quarterback Sam Etcheverry played just 2 minutes and 25 seconds for the Cardinals, but produced 2 touchdowns. Veteran Nobby Wirkowski, playing quarterback for the Argonauts in place of veteran Tobin Rote, suffered a career-ending knee injury. 24,736 attended the game at CNE Stadium.

Baseball
Mickey Mantle hit his 40th home run of the season, tying him for the major league lead with teammate Roger Maris, as the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Athletics 12-5. Mr. Mantle's homer came in the 1st inning off former teammate Art Ditmar.

40 years ago
1971


Space
Apollo 15 astronauts David Scott and Jim Irwin concluded 18 hours and 37 minutes of exploration of the moon's surface, the longest lunar exploration to date. In the first lunar landing mission to focus specifically on science and the first to use the lunar rover vehicle, the astronauts retrieved 226 pounds of lunar material. The lunar module Falcon had landed on July 30 near Hadley Rille in Mare Imbrium.

Football
CFL
Ottawa (2-0) 28 @ Winnipeg (0-2) 22

30 years ago
1981


Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (2-2) 43 @ Montreal (1-4) 23

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Sledgehammer--Peter Gabriel (2nd week at #1)
2 Glory of Love--Peter Cetera
3 Invisible Touch--Genesis
4 Danger Zone--Kenny Loggins
5 Papa Don't Preach--Madonna
6 Nasty--Janet Jackson
7 Love Touch--Rod Stewart
8 There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)—Billy Ocean
9 Opportunities--Pet Shop Boys
10 Modern Woman--Billy Joel

Singles entering the chart included Stuck with You by Huey Lewis and the News (#39); Dreamtime by Daryl Hall (#46); Press by Paul McCartney (#66); Ruthless People by Mick Jagger (#77); Every Little Kiss by Bruce Hornsby and the Range (#85); Private Number by the Jets (#86); All Cried Out by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam with Full Force (#87); and Spirit in the Sky by Doctor and the Medics (#90).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Sledgehammer--Peter Gabriel (2nd week at #1)
2 Who's Johnny--El DeBarge
3 We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off--Jermaine Stewart
4 I Can't Wait--Nu Shooz
5 Papa Don't Preach--Madonna
6 Invisible Touch--Genesis
7 Love Touch--Rod Stewart
8 On My Own—Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald
9 No One is to Blame—Howard Jones
10 Crush on You--The Jets

Singles entering the chart included Press by Paul McCartney (#80); Dreamtime by Daryl Hall (#92); Money's Too Tight by Simply Red (#94); and When I Fall in Love Again by Zappacosta (#97).

20 years ago
1991


Football
CFL
Ottawa (0-4) 19 @ Winnipeg (2-2) 26
Calgary (4-0) 21 @ Hamilton (0-4) 11

The Rough Riders' loss at Winnipeg Stadium was the last game for Steve Goldman as Ottawa's head coach. He had been hired in 1989, and was fired after compiling a regular season record of 11-29. His replacement was former Saskatchewan Roughriders' and Edmonton Eskimos' head coach Joe Faragalli.

Baseball
Texas Rangers' relief pitcher Mike Jeffcoat became the first American League pitcher to drive in a run in a regular season game since the introduction of the designated hitter in 1973 when he doubled in a run in the 9th inning of the Rangers' 15-1 rout of the Milwaukee Brewers at County Stadium in Milwaukee. Mr. Jeffcoat became the first AL pitcher to have a hit in a regular season game since Ferguson Jenkins of the Rangers had gone 1 for 2 on October 2, 1974.

10 years ago
2001


Football
CFL
Edmonton (3-2-0-1) 24 @ Hamilton (3-2) 14

Friday, 22 July 2011

August 1, 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 Lion's Mane

Olympics
The Olympic Games opened in Berlin, with German Chancellor Adolf Hitler in attendance.

60 years ago
1951


Boxing
Former world heavyweight champion Joe Louis (65-2) won a unanimous 10-round decision over Cesar Brion (32-6) at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. It was the second decision Mr. Louis had won over Mr. Brion in just over eight months.

50 years ago
1961


Born on this date
John Mandarich. Canadian football player. Mr. Mandarich played for the Edmonton Eskimos from 1984-1989 and the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1990. After a few games at offensive tackle, he was moved to defensive tackle, where he spent the balance of his career. Mr. Mandarich never won all-star recognition, but played in the Grey Cups of 1986 and 1987, earning a championship ring in 1987. He was nicknamed "Juice" because he was widely acknowledged to be "juiced up" while he played. Mr. Mandarich was cut by the Rough Riders after the pre-season of 1991. He soon developed cancer, and lost his battle against the disease early in 1993 at the age of 31.

Football
CFL
Pre-season
Ottawa (3-1) 22 @ British Columbia (2-2) 14
Saskatchewan (0-2) 7 Calgary (1-2) 14 @ Spokane

40 years ago
1971


Space
Apollo 15 astronauts David Scott and Jim Irwin discovered the "Genesis Rock," thought to date from the origin of the moon.

Music
George Harrison and several other prominent musicians staged The Concert for Bangladesh, which attracted 40,000 people to two shows at Madison Square Garden in New York.

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A.: (Billboard): Jessie's Girl--Rick Springfield

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Elvira--Oak Ridge Boys
2 Theme from "Greatest American Hero"--Joey Scarbury
3 Jessie's Girl--Rick Springfield
4 The One That You Love—Air Supply
5 I Don't Need You--Kenny Rogers
6 Slow Hand--Pointer Sisters
7 Bette Davis Eyes--Kim Carnes
8 You Make My Dreams--Daryl Hall and John Oates
9 Boy from New York City--The Manhattan Transfer
10 Hearts--Marty Balin

Singles entering the chart were I Could Never Miss You (More than I Do) by Lulu (#77); The Sensitive Kind by Santana (#86); Straight from the Heart by the Allman Brothers Band (#87); We're in this Love Together by Al Jarreau (#89); and Secrets by Mac Davis (#90).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
RPM didn't publish from July 11-August 22, 1981 because of a postal strike.

Television
MTV began broadcasting in the United States at 12:01 A.M. The first video shown was Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles.

Football
CFL
Hamilton (3-2) 5 @ Edmonton (4-1) 41

Jim Germany became the first Eskimo to score 4 touchdowns in a game. He scored all his touchdowns on the ground as he rushed for 75 yards in the game at Commonwealth Stadium.

25 years ago
1986


At the movies
Howard the Duck, one of the biggest turkeys of the 1980s, opened in theatres. Newspaper ads for the movie said that you could phone 1-900-410-DUCK for 85c per call plus tolls to hear a message from Howard the Duck, with a new message every day.

Football
CFL
Winnipeg (3-2) 37 @ Montreal (1-4) 10
Toronto (4-2) 35 @ Edmonton (4-1) 34

A single from a missed field goal attempt by Lance Chomyc on the final play of the game gave the Argonauts the win over the Eskimos at Commonwealth Stadium. A dull first half saw Toronto ahead 12-6, but the Eskimos took the lead when Stephen Jones returned Mr. Chomyc's second-half kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown, converted by Tom Dixon (Edmonton play-by-play broadcaster Bryan Hall was late coming back from a commercial break at the end of halftime and missed calling the play). Chris Skinner scored 2 touchdowns for the Eskimos, while Toronto quarterback Condredge Holloway connected with rookie slotback Darrell K. Smith for 2 touchdowns. Former Eskimo Chris Woods made his only Edmonton appearance as an Argonaut an impressive one, catching 6 passes for 159 yards. The CFL Players' Association hadn't officially approved the introduction of overtime for regular season games in 1986, so it wasn't sure if the teams would have played two 5-minute overtime periods, but Hector Pothier of the Eskimos told me that they probably would have.

20 years ago
1991


Football
CFL
Toronto (3-1) 41 @ British Columbia (3-1) 52 (OT)

Ray Ethridge's kickoff return for a B.C. touchdown in overtime was the key play in an exciting game before a capacity crowd at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver.

Baseball
Bert Blyleven pitched a 2-hitter and set a club record for a single game with 15 strikeouts to become the 15th pitcher in major league history to record 3,000 career strikeouts as the Minnesota Twins beat the Oakland Athletics 10-1. Kirby Puckett hit for the cycle for the Twins.

10 years ago
2001


Crime
Scotland Yard police were investigating claims by a 13-year-old boy in London that he had been kept prisoner in his home for eight years.

July 31, 2011

120 years ago
1891


Baseball
Amos Rusie pitched a no-hitter as the New York Giants blanked the Brooklyn Bridegrooms 6-0. He walked 8 batters and hit 1. Adonis Terry took the loss.

80 years ago
1931


Television
The experimental station W2XAB (now (WCBS-TV), which used a mechanical broadcasting system, opened in New York. The first broadcast featured New York Mayor Jimmy Walker, singer Kate Smith, and pianist and composer George Gershwin.

75 years ago
1936


Olympics
In Berlin, a preliminary international organization was effected with the intention of making baseball an Olympic sport. Leslie Mann, manager of the U.S. team currently in Berlin to give exhibitions, and Dinty Dennis, U.S. general manager, were elected chairman and secretary, respectively. At least 10 nations were assured of participating in the group: U.S.A.; Canada; Japan; Mexico; Chile; China; France; England; Belgium; and the Netherlands. Mr. Mann said that baseball would be on the program for the 1940 Olympics in Tokyo.

70 years ago
1941


Baseball
The St. Louis Browns and Boston Red Sox split a doubleheader at Fenway Park in Boston. The Browns scored 6 runs in the top of the 9th inning to win the first game 16-11, and the Red Sox won the second game, which was called after 7 1/2 innings because of a thick mist covering the field, 4-1. Roy Cullenbine hit a grand slam in the first game for the Browns, drove in 5 runs, and scored 5, while Ted Williams hit a grand slam for the Red Sox.

60 years ago
1951


On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: A Vision of Death, starring Jerome Cowan and Henry Hull

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Tossin' and Turnin'--Bobby Lewis (4th week at #1)

Golf
Jerry Barber shot a 3-under par 67 to defeat Don January by one stroke in an 18-hole playoff to win the PGA Championship at Olympic Fields Country Club in Chicago. First prize money was $11,000.

Football
CFL
Pre-season
Hamilton (1-2) 25 @ Montreal (0-2) 16

Baseball
The first major league All-Star Game to end in a tie when the National League and American League were tied 1-1 after 9 innings in the second All-Star game of 1961, and the game was called because of heavy rain. Rocky Colavito of the Detroit Tigers hit a home run for the AL.

40 years ago
1971


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Get it On (Bang a Gong)--T. Rex (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): You've Got a Friend--James Taylor

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Don't Pull Your Love--Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
2 Mr. Big Stuff--Jean Knight
3 You've Got a Friend--James Taylor
4 Indian Reservation--Raiders
5 Draggin' the Line--Tommy James
6 How Can You Mend a Broken Heart--The Bee Gees
7 Bring the Boys Home--Freda Payne
8 Here Comes that Rainy Day Feeling Again--The Fortunes
9 I Don't Want to Do Wrong--Gladys Knight and the Pips
10 Take Me Home, Country Roads--John Denver

Singles entering the chart included Spanish Harlem by Aretha Franklin (#54); Slipped, Tripped and Fell in Love by Clarence Carter (#65); Go Down Gamblin' by Blood, Sweat and Tears (#67); Stick-Up by the Honey Cone (#80); Sweet City Woman by the Stampeders (#83); Tired of Being Alone by Al Green (#84); Where Evil Grows by the Poppy Family (#89); Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep by Mac and Katie Kissoon (#96); and We've Got a Dream by Ocean (#100).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Don't Pull Your Love--Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
2 Indian Reservation—Raiders
3 Sweet City Woman--Stampeders
4 Signs--Five Man Electrical Band
5 You've Got a Friend--James Taylor
6 Where Evil Grows--The Poppy Family
7 It’s Too Late—Carole King
8 Draggin' the Line--Tommy James
9 How Can You Mend a Broken Heart--The Bee Gees
10 Mr. Big Stuff--Jean Knight

Singles entering the chart were Smiling Faces Sometimes by the Undisputed Truth (#58); Reason to Believe by Rod Stewart (#70); Go Down Gamblin' by Blood, Sweat and Tears (#71); Candy Apple Red by R. Dean Taylor (#75); Don't Let Your Pride Get You Girl by Joey Gregorash (#76); Mare Take Me Home by Matthews' Southern Comfort (#95); Poor Little Pearl by Billy Joe Royal (#96); You've Got a Friend by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway (#97); What You See is What You Get by the Dramatics (#98); I Just Want to Celebrate by Rare Earth (#99); and Where You Lead by Barbra Streisand (#100).

Calgary's top 10
1 Never Ending Song of Love--Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
2 Draggin' the Line--Tommy James
3 It's Too Late--Carole King
4 You've Got a Friend--James Taylor
5 Moon Shadow--Cat Stevens
6 Sweet City Woman--Stampeders
7 Mighty Clouds of Joy--B.J. Thomas
8 Don't Pull Your Love--Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
9 Take Me Home, Country Roads--John Denver
10 Talking in Your Sleep--Gordon Lightfoot
Pick hit of the week: Liar--Three Dog Night

Baseball
Pat Dobson of the Baltimore Orioles shut out the Kansas City Royals 4-0 for his twelfth straight win, and eighth in July.

30 years ago
1981


Died on this date
Omar Torrijos Herrera, 52
. Panamanian dictator, 1968-1981. General Torrijos, a "progressive" but anti-Communist dictator, took power in a military coup in 1968. He negotiated the treaty with U.S. President Jimmy Carter in 1977 that gave Panama full control of the Panama Canal Zone on December 31, 1999. Gen. Torrijos was killed in a plane crash near Penonome, generating speculation that he had been assassinated.

Labour
50 days into the major league baseball players' strike, owners and players came to an agreement that featured a complicated pooling system for free agents.

Football
CFL
British Columbia (4-0) 52 @ Calgary (2-2) 29

Larry Key scored 4 touchdowns for the Lions, and the Lions scored 4 touchdowns in the 4th quarter at McMahon Stadium.

25 years ago
1986


Football
CFL
British Columbia (5-1) 18 @ Calgary (2-4) 17

Lui Passaglia's field goal provided the winning margin for the Lions. Running back Freddie Sims, upset at being cut from the Lions prior to the start of the regular season after starring for them in their 1985 Grey Cup win, had predicted a good performance as he played his first game as a Stampeder, but his former team held him to 2 yards rushing on 5 carries.

20 years ago
1991


Diplomacy
U.S. President George Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signed START (STrategic Arms Reduction Treaty) in Moscow, agreeing to reduce their stockpiles of nuclear warheads by about 1/3.

Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (1-3) 24 @ Edmonton (3-1) 54

July 30, 2011

75 years ago
1936


Baseball
Bill Harris of Buffalo threw his second International League no-hitter, this one a victory over the Newark Bears.

At the funeral of International League president Charles Knapp, Warren Giles, president of the Rochester Red Wings, was named interim IL president.

50 years ago
1961


World events
The Soviet Union made public, in the party newspaper Pravda, its third party program, the first since 1919. It predicted that in the period of 1961-1970 the U.S.S.R. would surpass the U.S.A. in per capita production; the Soviet people's standard of living and technical and cultural standards would improve substantially; everyone would live in easy circumstances; all collective and state farms would become highly productive and profitable enterprises; the demand of Soviet people for well-appointed housing would mainly be satisfied; hard physical work would disappear; and the U.S.S.R. would have the world's shortest working day.

From 1971-1980 the material and technical basis of Communism would be created; there would be an abundance of material benefits for the whole population; Soviet society would come close to the stage where it could introduce the principle of distribution according to need; and there would be a gradual transition to one form of ownership--public ownership. It would be possible to provide, at public expense: free medical services; free maintenance and education of children in schools; free maintenance of disabled people; rent-free housing; free public transport; free lunches by public catering; and free water, gas, and heating.

Golf
Tommy Bolt was suspended indefinitely by the Professional Golfers' Association for using "vile language" in the locker room at the PGA Championship at Olympic Fields Country Club in Chicago. Mr. Bolt had withdrawn from play during the rain-delayed second round because of back pain.

40 years ago
1971


Space
Apollo 15 Commander David Scott and Lunar Module Pilot Jim Irwin landed on the moon in the lunar module Falcon, while Command Module Pilot Al Worden orbited in Endeavor.

Football
CFL
Calgary (1-0) 21 @ Saskatchewan (1-1) 0

Hugh McKinnis set a Stampeder record for longest rush with an 89-yard touchdown as the Stampeders blanked the Roughriders at Taylor Field in Regina.

Baseball
The Cleveland Indians, in 6th and last place in the American League East Division with a record of 42-61, fired Alvin Dark as manager and replaced him with Johnny Lipon.

The Baltimore Orioles edged the Kansas City Royals 1-0 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore in a game called because of rain with 1 out in the bottom of the 5th inning. Winning pitcher Jim Palmer gave up 2 hits, while losing pitcher Dick Drago retired every batter except Frank Robinson, who hit a home run for the game's only run. The 13 batters faced by Mr. Drago is the lowest number possible for a pitcher to face in order to pitch a complete game.

30 years ago
1981


Football
CFL
Winnipeg (3-1) 21 @ Toronto (0-5) 18

25 years ago
1986


Labour
An arbitrator ruled against major league baseball owners for including--without negotiating with the players' union--clauses in the contracts of several hundred players that allowed random testing for drugs.

20 years ago
1991


Music
Luciano Pavarotti gave a free concert in London's Hyde Park to celebrate his 30 years in opera.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

July 29, 2011

100 years ago
1911


Baseball
Smokey Joe Wood pitched a no-hitter as the Boston Red Sox blanked the St. Louis Browns 5-0.

The Washington Nationals beat the Cleveland Naps 7-1. Losing pitcher Cy Young, in what turned out to be his last appearance for Cleveland, started and gave up 5 runs in just 3 innings, dropping to 3-4 for the season. After the game, the Naps waived him to the Boston Rustlers.

75 years ago
1936


Baseball
The Brooklyn Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals split a doubleheader, with the Dodgers winning the first game 22-7, and the Cardinals taking the second game 5-4.

60 years ago
1951


On the radio
Mr. Moto, starring James Monks, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Yellow Robe, or The Lama's Amah

Baseball
Chicago Cubs' manager Phil Cavarretta drove in 3 runs in the first game and hit a pinch-grand slam in the second game as the Cubs swept a doubleheader from the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 and 8-6 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Mr. Cavaretta tripled off Robin Roberts in the 6th inning of game 1, and hit his grand slam when Mr. Roberts entered game 2 in the bottom of the 7th in relief of eventual losing pitcher Bubba Church.

The New York Yankees swept a doubleheader from the Chicago White Sox 8-3 and 2-0 before 70,972 fans at Yankee Stadium. Joe DiMaggio hit 2 home runs for the Yankees in the first game.

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Well I Ask You--Eden Kane

U.S. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Tossin' and Turnin'--Bobby Lewis (2nd week at #1)
2 Hats Off to Larry--Del Shannon
3 Quarter to Three--U.S. Bonds
4 Dum Dum--Brenda Lee
5 The Boll Weevil Song--Brook Benton
6 I Like it Like That (Part 1)--Chris Kenner
7 Yellow Bird--Arthur Lyman Group
--Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra
8 Let's Twist Again--Chubby Checker
9 Together--Connie Francis
10 Last Night--Mar-Keys

Singles entering the chart included I Just Don't Understand by Ann-Margret (#82); I'll Never Smile Again, with versions by the Platters and the Wanderers (#86); It's Gonna Work Out Fine by Ike and Tina Turner (#87); As If I Didn't Know by Adam Wade (#88); The Astronaut(Parts 1 & 2) by Jose Jimenez (#96); I Never Knew by Clyde McPhatter (#97); Time Was by the Flamingos (#99); Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet (#100); and Magic Moon (Claire de Lune) by the Rays (also #100). Jose Jimenez was a character created by comedian Bill Dana and adopted as a mascot by the Project Mercury astronauts.

Boxing
World welterweight champion Emile Griffith (25-2), fighting as a middleweight, won a unanimous 10-round decision over Yama Bahama (67-12-3) at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Football
CFL
Pre-season
Ottawa (2-1) 3 @ Edmonton (3-0) 17
Saskatchewan (0-1) 3 British Columbia (2-1) 13 @ Seattle

The game between the Lions and the Roughriders was played before 28,000 fans at University of Washington Stadium.

40 years ago
1971


Football
CFL
Edmonton (0-2) 15 @ Hamilton (1-0) 17

Backup quarterback Wally Gabler completed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Dave Fleming with 5 seconds left in the game to give the Tiger-Cats the win at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Eskimos' touchdowns were scored by Bob Houmard on a 2-yard rush and a 54-yard interception return by Mike Law.

30 years ago
1981


Married on this date
Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer
. The ceremony took place at St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

July 28, 2011

190 years ago
1821


World events
Peru declared its independence from Spain.

80 years ago
1931


Baseball
The Chicago White Sox scored 11 runs on 12 hits in the 8th inning to beat the New York Yankees 14-12.

75 years ago
1936


Baseball
Lou Gehrig hit a 3-run home run, 2 doubles, and a single as the New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 16-6 at Navin Field in Detroit. Goose Goslin of the Tigers hit an inside-the-park home run in the 6th inning when New York center fielder Myril Hoag and right fielder Joe DiMaggio were both knocked unconscious when they collided as they dove for the ball. Mr. DiMaggio played the next day, but then collapsed with a blood clot in his brain; Mr. Hoag missed the rest of the season.

60 years ago
1951


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Too Young--Nat "King" Cole (6th week at #1)
2 Jezebel--Frankie Laine
3 My Truly, Truly Fair--Guy Mitchell
--Vic Damone
4 How High the Moon--Les Paul and Mary Ford
5 Sweet Violets--Dinah Shore
6 On Top of Old Smoky--The Weavers and Terry Gilkyson
--Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra
7 The Loveliest Night of the Year--Mario Lanza
8 Come On-A My House--Rosemary Clooney
--Kay Starr
9 Mister and Mississippi--Patti Page
–-Dennis Day
10 Rose, Rose, I Love You--Frankie Laine

Singles entering the chart were I Wish I had Never Seen Sunshine by Les Paul and Mary Ford (#28); Ballin' the Jack by Danny Kaye (#29); The Morningside of the Mountain, with versions by Tommy Edwards and Paul Weston and his Orchestra (#31); and Oceans of Tears by Kay Starr and Tennessee Ernie (#34).

Baseball
Clyde Vollmer drove in the tying run in the 15th inning and then hit a grand slam in the 16th off Bob Feller to give the Boston Red Sox an 8-4 win over the Cleveland Indians. Mickey McDermott pitched all 16 innings to earn the win for the Red Sox.

40 years ago
1971


Football
CFL
Winnipeg (0-1) 20 @ Toronto (1-0) 21

Don Jonas, who had been one of Toronto's quarterbacks the year before, was almost successful in beating his old team at CNE Stadium. This was the first CFL regular season game for a number of Argonauts, including Joe Theismann, Greg Barton, Leon McQuay, Jim Stillwagon, and Zenon Andrusyshyn.

20 years ago
1991


Baseball
Dennis Martinez pitched a perfect game--becoming the first player from Nicaragua to do so--as the Montreal Expos blanked the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 at Dodger Stadium. Ron Hassey, who had caught Len Barker's perfect game with the Cleveland Indians in 1981, became the first major league player to catch 2 perfect games. The Sunday afternoon game was televised in Canada on TSN.

10 years ago
2001


Football
CFL
Toronto (1-3) 50 @ Saskatchewan (2-2) 24

Baseball
Trailing the Houston Astros 7-2 with 2 out and nobody on base in the bottom of the 9th inning at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for 7 runs to win 9-8. The game ended when Brian Giles hit a grand slam off Billy Wagner. Vinny Castilla hit 3 home runs for the Astros.

July 27, 2011

150 years ago
1861


War
Union General George McLellan was given command of the Army of the Potomac in the United States Civil War.


50 years ago
1961


Diplomacy
U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk rejected Cuban dictator Fidel Castro's proposal to return the Eastern Airlines Electra that had been hijacked from Florida to Cuba three days earlier to the United States only on condition that the U.S. return 10 planes to Cuba that were being held in the United States by court orders to satisfy debt claims against Cuba.

Football
CFL
Pre-season
Toronto (2-1) 18 @ Winnipeg (1-1) 20

40 years ago
1971


Football
Edmonton (0-1) 11 @ Ottawa (1-0) 22
Saskatchewan (1-0) 14 @ British Columbia (0-1) 10

In the Rough Riders' win over the Eskimos at Lansdowne Park, Ottawa's Barclay Allen fielded a punt from Edmonton's Fred Dunn in the 3rd quarter and lateralled to Al Marcelin on the other side of the field. Mr. Marcelin, without benefit of blocking, raced 84 yards for a touchdown. Edmonton receiver George McGowan, playing his first CFL game, rushed 6 yards on a reverse for the Eskimos' only touchdown.

Ted Gerela missed 3 field goal attempts for the Lions, allowing the Roughriders to escape with a win at Empire Stadium in Vancouver and spoiling the first regular season game for Eagle Keys as head coach of the Lions. Mr. Keys had held the same position with the Roughriders from 1965-1970. Mr. Keys' replacement in Saskatchewan, Dave Skrien, had been head coach of the Lions from 1961-1967.

Baseball
Hal McRae hit a home run, 3 doubles, and a single to lead the Cincinnati Reds to an 11-3 win over the San Diego Padres.

20 years ago
1991


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Right Here, Right Now--Jesus Jones
2 Unbelievable—EMF
3 (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams
4 P.A.S.S.I.O.N.--Rythm Syndicate
5 Place in this World--Michael W. Smith
6 Rush, Rush--Paula Abdul
7 Every Heartbeat--Amy Grant
8 I Wanna Sex You Up—Color Me Badd
9 Piece of My Heart--Tara Kemp
10 Fading Like a Flower--Roxette

Singles entering the chart included I Adore Mi Amore by Color Me Badd (#60); Shiny Happy People by R.E.M. (#70); Unforgettable by Natalie Cole with Nat King Cole (#72); Good Vibrations by Marky Mark and Funky Bunch featuring Loleatta Holloway (#75); My Name is Not Susan by Whitney Houston (#77); and Motownphilly by Boyz II Men (#82). Unforgettable was a duet produced by taking Mr. Cole's original recording and combining it with a new track recorded by his daughter.

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Rush, Rush—Paula Abdul (4th week at #1)
2 (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams
3 A Better Love--Londonbeat
4 More than Words—Extreme
5 Fading Like a Flower--Roxette
6 Superman's Song--Crash Test Dummies
7 It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over--Lenny Kravitz
8 The Rhythm of Your Love--Glass Tiger
9 Chocolate Cake--Crowded House
10 Something to Talk About--Bonnie Raitt

Singles entering the chart included Time, Love and Tenderness by Michael Bolton (#87); The Promise of a New Day by Paula Abdul (#88); The Path of Thorns by Sarah McLachlan (#89); Shiny Happy People by R.E.M. (#91); Summertime by DJ Jazzy and The Fresh Prince (#92); Saving My Heart by Yes (#96); and Piece of My Heart by Tara Kemp (#97).

10 years ago
2001


Football
CFL
British Columbia (1-3) 22 @ Calgary (1-3) 28

July 26, 2011

80 years ago
1931


Baseball
The Chicago White Sox split a doubleheader with the New York Yankees, winning the first game 5-4 and losing the second game 22-5.

75 years ago
1936


Baseball
The New York Yankees swept a doubleheader from the Chicago White Sox, winning 12-3 and 11-8 in 11 innings at Comiskey Park in Chicago. A number of the 50,000 fans began throwing pop bottles at umpire Bill Summers in the 8th inning of the second game after a call at first base went against the White Sox. Mr. Summers had to leave the game when he was hit in the groin by a bottle, and baseball Commissioner Kenesaw M. Landis, in attendance, offered a $5,000 reward for the culprit. The announcement resulted in more boos, and the crowd didn't settle down until White Sox' manager Jimmy Dykes publicly appealed for calm.

40 years ago
1971


Space
Apollo 15, with David Scott (Commander), Al Worden (Command Module Pilot), and Jim Irwin (Lunar Module Pilot) aboard, lifted off for the moon from Cape Kennedy, Florida.

Boxing
Former world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali (32-1) won a technical knockout over former World Boxing Association heavyweight champion Jimmy Ellis (30-7) at 2:10 of the 12th round at the Astrodome in Houston. It was the only time that Mr. Ali's longtime trainer, Angelo Dundee, wasn't in his corner; Mr. Dundee was in Mr. Ellis's corner for this fight. Mr. Ellis was a former sparring partner of Mr. Ali. For Mr. Ali, it was his first fight since losing a unanimous 15-round decision to current world champion Joe Frazier on March 8.

Former world welterweight and middleweight champion Emile Griffith (70-11) won a unanimous 10-round decision over French middleweight champion Nessim Max Cohen (22-6-7) at Madison Square Garden in New York.

30 years ago
1981


Golf
Pat Bradley shot a 66 on the final round to edge Beth Daniel by one stroke to win the U.S. Women's Open at La Grange Country Club in Illinois. Her total score of 279 was a record for the Open that stood for seven years.

Football
CFL
Edmonton (3-1) 33 @ Montreal (1-3) 17

This was probably the best game that former Los Angeles Rams' quarterback Vince Ferragamo played during his brief and unsuccessful career with the Alouettes. Chris Walby saw some action at defensive tackle for Montreal; it was the first game of a 16-year CFL career that eventually earned him a place in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Sledgehammer--Peter Gabriel
2 Invisible Touch--Genesis
3 Nasty--Janet Jackson
4 Danger Zone--Kenny Loggins
5 Glory of Love--Peter Cetera
6 There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)—Billy Ocean
7 Holding Back the Years—Simply Red
8 Love Touch--Rod Stewart
9 Papa Don't Preach--Madonna
10 Your Wildest Dreams--Moody Blues

Singles entering the chart included Love Zone by Billy Ocean (#63); Nothing in Common by Thompson Twins (#86); Hot Water by Level 42 (#88); and So Far So Good by Sheena Easton (#90).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Sledgehammer--Peter Gabriel
2 Who's Johnny--El DeBarge
3 I Can't Wait--Nu Shooz
4 We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off--Jermaine Stewart
5 On My Own—Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald
6 Invisible Touch--Genesis
7 No One is to Blame—Howard Jones
8 There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)—Billy Ocean
9 Crush on You--The Jets
10 Holding Back the Years—Simply Red

Singles entering the chart were Stuck with You by Huey Lewis and the News (#87); That was Then, This is Now by Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork (#94); Spirit in the Sky by Doctor and the Medics (#95); Black/White by Mr. Mister (#97); and Man Size Love by Klymaxx (#98).

20 years ago
1991


Football
CFL
Hamilton (0-3) 16 @ Saskatchewan (1-2) 52

Baseball
Mark Gardner of the Montreal Expos pitched a no-hitter for 9 innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, but Lenny Harris beat out an infield single in the bottom of the 10th, and 2 more hits followed, including a single by Darryl Strawberry to drive in the game's only run as the Dodgers won 1-0. The Expos managed just 2 hits against Los Angeles pitchers Orel Hershiser, Kevin Gross, and Jay Howell.

10 years ago
2001


Football
CFL
Edmonton (2-2) 6 @ Montreal (4-0) 34
Winnipeg (2-2) 19 @ Hamilton (3-1) 24

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

July 25, 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 Noble Bachelor

Theatre
The Federal Theatre Project's production of Macbeth, produced by John Houseman and starring Orson Welles, finished its five-night run at the Park Theatre in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Baseball
Frankie Hayes hit 4 doubles, the last with the bases loaded in the 9th inning, to lead the Philadelphia Athletics to a 15-12 win over the Cleveland Indians.

The Boston Red Sox scored 6 runs in the 2nd inning and 12 more in the 5th to rout the Detroit Tigers 18-3. Doc Cramer led the Red Sox with 4 hits. Lefty Grove pitched a complete game for the victory; Tommy Bridges took the loss.

70 years ago
1941


Economics and finance
The U.S. ordered a freeze on all Japanese assets in the United States.

Baseball
Lefty Grove went the distance for his 300th and last major league win as the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 10-6 at Fenway Park in Boston. Jim Tabor hit 2 home runs for the Red Sox, and Ted Williams hit a 2-run homer to break a 6-6 tie. Al Milnar took the loss for the Indians in relief of Mel Harder.

50 years ago
1961


Defense
U.S. President John F. Kennedy, in a televised address from the White House, said: "We cannot and will not permit the Communists to drive us out of Berlin--either gradually or by force. For the fulfillment of our pledge to that city is essential to the morale and security of West Germany, to the unity of western Europe, and to the faith of the entire world...So long as the Communists insist that they are preparing to end by themselves unilaterally our rights in West Berlin and our commitments to its people, we must be prepared to defend those rights and those commitments. We will at all times be ready to talk, if talk will help. But we must also be ready to resist with force, if force is used against us. As part of a long-term buildup in U.S. strength "to meet a worldwide threat," Mr. Kennedy said he was asking Congress for additional increases in armed forces spending and manpower, was ordering draft calls doubled and tripled, and requesting Congressional authorization to recall to service certain reserve units; extend tours of duty; and activate some Air Transport and Air National Guard squadrons.

Football
CFL
Pre-season
Ottawa (2-0) 28 @ Montreal (0-1) 19
Toronto (2-0) 28 @ Calgary (0-2) 17

Baseball
Roger Maris hit 4 home runs as the New York Yankees swept a doubleheader from the Chicago White Sox 5-1 and 12-0. Mickey Mantle also homered for the Yankees in the first game, giving him 38 home runs on the season to 40 for Mr. Maris.

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A.: (Billboard): The One that You Love--Air Supply

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Jessie's Girl--Rick Springfield
2 The One That You Love—Air Supply
3 Elvira--Oak Ridge Boys
4 Theme from "Greatest American Hero"--Joey Scarbury
5 Bette Davis Eyes--Kim Carnes
6 I Don't Need You--Kenny Rogers
7 You Make My Dreams--Daryl Hall and John Oates
8 Slow Hand--Pointer Sisters
9 Stars on 45--Stars on 45
10 Boy from New York City--The Manhattan Transfer

Singles entering the chart included Stop Draggin' My Heart Around by Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (#59); Hold on Tight by Electric Light Orchestra (#62); The Beach Boys Medley by the Beach Boys (#76); You Could Take My Heart Away by Silver Condor (#81); A Woman in Love by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (#83); For Your Eyes Only by Sheena Easton (#85); Chloe by Elton John (#87); Some Days are Diamonds by John Denver (#89); and Tempted by Squeeze (#90). The Beach Boys Medley was a compilation of brief excerpts from a number of the band's Capitol Records singles from 1962-1966. For Your Eyes Only was the title song from the latest James Bond movie, then in theatres.

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
RPM didn't publish from July 11-August 22, 1981 because of a postal strike.

Football
CFL
Toronto (0-4) 13 @ Hamilton (3-1) 57
Ottawa (1-3) 17 @ British Columbia (3-0) 31

25 years ago
1986


Football
CFL
British Columbia (4-1) 36 @ Hamilton (1-4) 21

20 years ago
1991


Football
CFL
Winnipeg (1-2) 16 @ Toronto (3-0) 30
Edmonton (2-1) 36 @ British Columbia (2-1) 37

Eskimos' kicker Ray Macoritti missed 2 field goal attempts in the last minute, enabling the Lions to escape with a victory at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver.

July 24, 2011

125 years ago
1886


Baseball
Adonis Terry pitched a no-hitter as the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers edged the St. Louis Browns 1-0 in an American Association game in Brooklyn.

100 years ago
1911


Archaeology
U.S. explorer Hiram Bingham III became the first Westerner to discover Machu Picchu ("Old Mountain"), the "lost city of the Incas" in the Peruvian Andes.

Baseball
A team of American League stars defeated the Cleveland Naps 5-3 at League Park in Cleveland in an exhibition game that raised $12,914 to benefit the family of Addie Joss, the Naps' star pitcher who had died of meningitis three months earlier.
Smokey Joe Wood of the Boston Red Sox and Walter Johnson of the Washington Nationals pitched for the all-stars, while Cy Young went the distance on the mound for the Naps. An article about the game by David Markson titled A Day for Addie Joss appeared in the August 1975 issue of The Atlantic Monthly.

90 years ago
1921


Baseball
The Philadelphia Phillies, with a record of 25-62, fired Wild Bill Donovan as manager and replaced him with Kaiser Wilhelm. They also traded outfielder Irish Meusel to the New York Giants for catcher Butch Henline, outfielder Curt Walker, pitcher Jesse Winters, and cash.

60 years ago
1951


On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Incident at Story Point, starring Donald Buka, Russell Hardie, and Rusty Lane

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Tossin' and Turnin'--Bobby Lewis (3rd week at #1)

Terrorism
Wilfredo Roman Oquendo, a naturalized American citizen of Cuban origin, hijacked an Eastern Airlines Electra en route from Miami to Tampa, forcing pilot W.E. Buchanan at gunpoint to fly to Havana. Following a U.S. request for return of the plane and those aboard, all of the 33 passengers except Mr. Oquendo and the five crewman were returned to the United States, but Cuba held the plane. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation filed kidnapping and other charges against Mr. Oquendo.

Football
CFL
Pre-season
Hamilton (0-2) 27 @ British Columbia (1-1) 38

Green defeated White 31-7 at Taylor Field in Regina in the Saskatchewan Roughriders' second intrasquad game of 1961.

40 years ago
1971


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Get it On (Bang a Gong)--T. Rex

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Indian Reservation--Raiders

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Indian Reservation--Raiders
2 Don't Pull Your Love--Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
3 Mr. Big Stuff--Jean Knight
4 You've Got a Friend--James Taylor
5 It’s Too Late—Carole King
6 Draggin' the Line--Tommy James
7 How Can You Mend a Broken Heart--The Bee Gees
8 Treat Her Like a Lady—Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
9 I Don't Want to Do Wrong--Gladys Knight and the Pips
10 Funky Nassau (Part 1)--Beginning of the End

Singles entering the chart included I Just Want to Celebrate by Rare Earth (#66); Where You Lead by Barbra Streisand (#73); Good Enough to Be Your Wife by Jeannie C. Riley (#79); Got to Have Your Lovin' by King Floyd (#84); Hymn 43 by Jethro Tull (#86); Crazy Love by Helen Reddy (#92); and Reason to Believe by Rod Stewart (#94). Reason to Believe, a Tim Hardin composition, was soon eclipsed in airplay and popularity by the single's other side, Maggie May.

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 It’s Too Late—Carole King (3rd week at #1)
2 Indian Reservation—Raiders
3 Don't Pull Your Love--Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
4 Signs--Five Man Electrical Band
5 You've Got a Friend--James Taylor
6 Sweet City Woman--Stampeders
7 Where Evil Grows--The Poppy Family
8 When You're Hot, You're Hot--Jerry Reed
9 Draggin' the Line--Tommy James
10 She's Not Just Another Woman--8th Day

Singles entering the chart included Love the One You're With by the Isley Brothers (#64); Hot Pants by James Brown (#71); Saturday Morning Confusion by Bobby Russell (#73); Hey Hey What a Beautiful Day by Don Scardino (#94); Country Princess by Rick Neufeld (#96); Come Back Home by Bobby Goldsboro (#97); Crying the Blues by Seeds of Time (#98); and Maggie by Redbone (#99).

Calgary's top 10
1 Never Ending Song of Love--Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
2 It's Too Late--Carole King
3 Don't Pull Your Love--Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
4 Sweet City Woman--Stampeders
5 Draggin' the Line--Tommy James
6 Talking in Your Sleep--Gordon Lightfoot
7 Moon Shadow--Cat Stevens
8 You've Got a Friend--James Taylor
9 Lady Dawn--The Bells
10 Sooner or Later--The Grass Roots
Pick hit of the week: Witch Queen of New Orleans--Redbone

30 years ago
1981


Football
CFL
Calgary (2-1) 25 @ Saskatchewan (1-2) 16

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
Edmonton's top 10 (CKRA)
1 Invisible Touch--Genesis
2 Holding Back the Years--Simply Red
3 Sledgehammer--Peter Gabriel
4 Whose Johnny?--El DeBarge
5 Love Touch--Rod Stewart
6 No One is to Blame--Howard Jones
7 Glory of Love--Peter Cetera
8 Your Wildest Dreams--The Moody Blues
9 There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)--Billy Ocean
10 Papa Don't Preach--Madonna

Football
CFL
Montreal (1-3) 29 @ Ottawa (2-3) 28
Calgary (2-3) 20 @ Winnipeg (2-2) 25

20 years ago
1991


Oddities
Brian Hunter, just called up to the Atlanta Braves from the team's International League affiliate in Richmond, hit a home run in the Braves' 7-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. Meanwhile, the Richmond Braves were finishing a suspended game against the Pawtucket Red Sox. Mr. Hunter had hit a home run for Richmond before the game had been suspended, giving him home runs for the Richmond Braves and Atlanta Braves on the same day.

Football
CFL
Calgary (3-0) 42 @ Ottawa (0-3) 28

This was the third and final regular season game for Ottawa fullback Bart Hull. The son of Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Hull and brother of Hockey Hall of Famer Brett Hull suffered a knee injury that ended his season, and he failed to make it onto a CFL roster in subsequent attempts.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

July 23, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Alla!

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Temptation--The Everly Brothers (5th week at #1)

Baseball
The Detroit Tigers swept a doubleheader from the Kansas City Athletics 6-4 and 17-14. The second game took 3 hours and 54 minutes to play, making it the longest 9-inning game in American League history. The doubleheader took 6 hours and 50 minutes to play, a major league record for a doubleheader of 9-inning games.

40 years ago
1971


Died on this date
Van Heflin, 60.
U.S. actor. An excellent character actor, Mr. Heflin won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Johnny Eager (1942). Other notable movies of his included Saturday's Heroes (1937); Tennessee Johnson (1942); Act of Violence (1948); Shane (1953); Patterns (1956); 3:10 to Yuma (1957); and Airport (1970). Mr. Heflin died 17 days after being found unconscious after suffering a heart attack while swimming in a motel pool in Hollywood.

Baseball
Winning pitcher Catfish Hunter batted in 4 runs before being lifted in the 7th inning as the Oakland Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 9-7. Sal Bando hit 2 home runs for the Athletics, who defeated starting pitcher Mickey Lolich. The Tigers hit 4 homers.

30 years ago
1981


Economics and Finance
The Bank of Canada raised its interest rate to 19.89%, prompting the country's chartered banks to immediately raise their prime rate to a record 21%.

25 years ago
1986


Married on this date
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson
. The ceremony took place at Westminster Abbey in London.

20 years ago
1991


Baseball
Nolan Ryan made his 545th consecutive start, surpassing Steve Carlton's major league record, and earned his 308th career major league win as the Texas Rangers edged the Boston Red Sox 5-4. Goose Gossage earned his 308th career save in relief of Mr. Ryan.

July 22, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Eileen Sasakamoose!

100 years ago
1911


Baseball
Bob Bescher's single up the middle with 2 out in the 9th inning ruined Nap Rucker's bid for a no-hitter, but Mr. Rucker and the Brooklyn Robins held on to beat the Cincinnati Reds 1-0. Losing pitcher Frank Smith gave up just 2 hits and an unearned run.

90 years ago
1921


Baseball
The New York Yankees routed the Akron Firestones 23-3 in an exhibition game.

75 years ago
1936


At the movies
Satan Met a Lady, the second filmed version of Dashiell Hammett's novel The Maltese Falcon, opened in theatres.

Baseball
Johnny Moore hit 3 consecutive home runs to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 16-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

60 years ago
1951


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

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
U.S. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Tossin' and Turnin'--Bobby Lewis
2 The Boll Weevil Song--Brook Benton
3 Quarter to Three--U.S. Bonds
4 Hats Off to Larry--Del Shannon
5 Dum Dum--Brenda Lee
6 Yellow Bird--Arthur Lyman Group
--Lawrence Welk and his Orchestra
7 Raindrops--Dee Clark
8 I Like it Like That (Part 1)--Chris Kenner
9 Moody River--Pat Boone
10 Let's Twist Again--Chubby Checker

Singles entering the chart included School is Out by U.S. Bonds (#64); Hurt by Timi Yuro (#71); Ready for Your Love by Shep and the Limelites (#77); Tears on My Pillow by the McGuire Sisters (#90); Let the Four Winds Blow by Fats Domino (#91); Drivin' Home by Duane Eddy and the Rebels (#92); Don't Cry No More by Bobby Bland (#97); A Little Bit of Soap by the Jarmels (#100); What Would You Do? by Jim Reeves (also #100); and Dedicated (To the Songs I Love) by 3 Friends (also #100).

Boxing
Cassius Clay (8-0) won a 10-round unanimous decision over Alonzo Johnson (18-8) in a heavyweight bout at Freedom Hall State Fairground in Louisville.

Baseball
The day after hitting a pinch-grand slam in the 9th inning to lead the New York Yankes to a comeback win over the Boston Red Sox, Johnny Blanchard did it again, leading off the top of the 9th with a pinch-home run to begin a 3-run rally that saw the Yankees beat the Red Sox 11-9 at Fenway Park in Boston.

40 years ago
1971


Football
CFL
Pre-season
Toronto (4-0) 21 @ Hamilton (0-4) 8
Montreal (1-4) 8 @ Calgary (3-1) 41

30 years ago
1981


Music
Doug and the Slugs performed at the Convention Inn South in Edmonton.

25 years ago
1986


Baseball
Ken Griffey hit 3 solo home runs for the Atlanta Braves, but the Braves lost 5-4 in 11 innings to the Philadelphia Phillies.

20 years ago
1991


Politics and government
British Prime Minister John Major launched a "citizen's charter" to improve public services.

Aviation
Kari Castle, 31, became the first woman to travel by hang glider more than 200 miles, taking off near Lone Pine, California, in the Sierra Nevada, and landing near Austin, Nevada, 210 miles away. The trip took 8 hours and 20 minutes.

Monday, 18 July 2011

July 21, 2011

150 years ago
1861


War
Union and Confederate troops clashed outside Manassas, Virginia in the First Battle of Bull Run, the first major engagement of the U.S. Civil War.

100 years ago
1911


Born on this date
Marshall McLuhan
. Canadian media scholar. The man who was famous for his phrase "The medium is the message" was born in Edmonton, grew up in Winnipeg, and died in Toronto on December 31, 1980. For an article on Mr. McLuhan and his influence, go here.

60 years ago
1951


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

Singles entering the chart were I Won't Cry Anymore by Tony Bennett (#32); There's No Boat Like a Rowboat by Perry Como (#36); and Black Ball Ferry Line by Percy Faith and his Orchestra (#37). There's No Boat Like a Rowboat was the B-side of There's a Big Blue Cloud (Next to Heaven), which charted at #29.

Baseball
Robin Roberts pitched the shutout as the Philadelphia Phillies blanked the Chicago Cubs 5-0 at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. The Cubs, with a record of 35-45, fired Frankie Frisch as manager and replaced him with Phil Cavaretta.

50 years ago
1961


Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Garland Grayston!

Space
With the 15-minute suborbital Mercury-Redstone 4 mission, Gus Grissom became the second American in space. On splashdown, the hatch of his spacecraft--nicknamed Liberty Bell 7--accidentally blew, and water began pouring in. Mr. Grissom got out and began sinking as the recovery helicopter tried to rescue the spacecraft. Finally, the rescue crew realized what was happening and abandoned the spacecraft to rescue Mr. Grissom. Liberty Bell 7 was retrieved 39 years later.

Football
CFL
Pre-season
Hamilton (0-1) 9 @ Edmonton (2-0) 17

Baseball
Johnny Blanchard's pinch-hit grand slam with 2 out in the top of the 9th inning enabled the New York Yankees to defeat the Boston Red Sox 11-8 at Fenway Park in Boston. Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris hit consecutive home runs for the Yankees in the 1st inning.

40 years ago
1971


Football
CFL
Pre-season
Saskatchewan (1-3) 10 @ Winnipeg (3-1) 17

30 years ago
1981


Baseball
The Albuquerque Dukes won their ninth straight game, improving their record for the season to 68-26, as they beat the Edmonton Trappers 11-8 in a Pacific Coast League game before 3,334 fans at Renfrew Park in Edmonton. Kevin Keefe, who relieved starting pitcher Brian Holton, was the winning pitcher, improving to 4-1; reliever Juan Agosto took the loss, dropping to 4-7. Ron Roenicke hit his 12th home run of the season for the Dukes; Rod Allen hit his 8th for the Trappers, and Gary Holle added his 17th and second in as many games.

10 years ago
2001


Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (2-1) 12 @ British Columbia (1-2) 7

Baseball
The Los Angeles Dodgers scored 9 runs in the 8th inning as they routed the Colorado Rockies 22-7 at Dodger Stadium.

July 20, 2011

130 years ago
1881


War
Fugitive Sioux Indian leader Sitting Bull surrendered to U.S. federal troops.

60 years ago
1951


Died on this date
Abdullah I, 69
. Emir of Transjordan, 1921-1946; King of Jordan, 1946-1951. An architect of the great Arab revolt with Lawrence of Arabia against Ottoman rule during World War I, Abdullah became Emir of Transjordan after the war and King of Jordan when the country achieved independence from the U.K. in 1946. He was assassinated by 21-year-old Palestinian terrorist Mustafa Ashu while visiting the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem with his grandson Prince Hussein for Friday prayers.

50 years ago
1961


Football
CFL
Pre-season
Winnipeg (0-1) 15 @ Ottawa (1-0) 28
British Columbia (0-1) 17 @ Toronto (1-0) 28

30 years ago
1981


Baseball
The Albuquerque Dukes, Pacific Coast League affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers and probably the best minor league team of the 1980s, improved their record to 67-26 (21-4 in the second half of the season) with a 6-4 win over the Edmonton Trappers before a turnaway crowd of 4,100 at Renfrew Park in Edmonton. Mike Marshall hit his 23rd home run of the season for the Dukes, while Gary Holle hit his 16th of the season for the Trappers. The large size of the crowd was due in no small part to the Trappers' jacket night promotion, where 3,000 team jackets were to be given to fans. Unfortunately, they were just cheap plastic windbreakers, with the same quantity in each size (adult large, medium, small; child large, medium, small). The adult large ones were snapped up first, and adults who were forced to settle for smaller sizes quickly found out that the jackets ripped when they tried them on. The promotion ended up as a fiasco.

20 years ago
1991


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Unbelievable—EMF (2nd week at #1)
2 Right Here, Right Now--Jesus Jones
3 Place in this World--Michael W. Smith
4 Rush, Rush--Paula Abdul
5 P.A.S.S.I.O.N.--Rythm Syndicate
6 I Wanna Sex You Up—Color Me Badd
7 More than Words—Extreme
8 Here I Am (Come and Take Me)--UB40
9 Lily was Here--David A. Stewart introducing Candy Dulfer
10 Piece of My Heart--Tara Kemp

Singles entering the chart included The Promise of a New Day by Paula Abdul (#43) and It Hit Me Like a Hammer by Huey Lewis and the News (#61).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Rush, Rush—Paula Abdul (3rd week at #1)
2 More than Words—Extreme
3 A Better Love--Londonbeat
4 Unbelievable--EMF
5 (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams
6 Walking in Memphis—Marc Cohn
7 Fading Like a Flower--Roxette
8 It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over--Lenny Kravitz
9 Chocolate Cake--Crowded House
10 The Rhythm of Your Love--Glass Tiger

Singles entering the chart included The Motown Song by Rod Stewart (with the Temptations) (#59); P.A.S.S.I.O.N. by Rythm Syndicate (#90); Honest Man by Electric Light Orchestra (#92); Hey Stoopid by Alice Cooper (#96); and Rollin' On by the Doobie Brothers (#99).

10 years ago
2001


Football
CFL
Hamilton (2-1) 24 @ Toronto (0-3) 18
Montreal (3-0) 37 @ Winnipeg (2-1) 34
Calgary (0-3) 23 @ Edmonton (2-1-0-1) 33

Thursday, 14 July 2011

July 19, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Chris Walker and Chris Woods!

75 years ago
1936


Baseball
The Cleveland Indians and Washington Nationals split a doubleheader, with the Indians winning the opener 11-2 and the Nationals the nightcap 9-6. Bob Feller made his major league debut on the mound for the Indians in the 8th inning of the second game, giving up 2 hits and 2 bases on balls, while striking out 1 and holding the Nationals without a run.

70 years ago
1941


War
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill began using the two-finger "V for Victory" sign.

50 years ago
1961


Space
NASA's Mercury-Redstone 4 mission, with Gus Grissom aboard, was scrubbed for the second straight day.

Football
CFL
Pre-season
White defeated Green 13-7 in the first of two Saskatchewan Roughriders intrasquad games, this one before 4,000 fans in Saskatoon.

40 years ago
1971


Football
CFL
Pre-season
Hamilton (0-3) 9 @ Montreal (1-3) 20
British Columbia (1-3) 22 @ Ottawa (2-2) 20
Edmonton (3-1) 24 @ Saskatchewan (1-2) 21

30 years ago
1981


Died on this date
Roger Doucet, 62
. Canadian singer. Mr. Doucet was famous for singing O Canada before Montreal Canadiens' hockey games at the Montreal Forum. He made highly-regarded recordings of national anthems of various countries.

Football
CFL
Edmonton (2-1) 28 @ Winnipeg (2-1) 38

The Blue Bombers led 3-0 after the 1st quarter and exploded for 32 points in the 2nd quarter, taking a 32-0 lead before Warren Moon connected with Brian Kelly for a 64-yard touchdown pass to get the Eskimos on the scoreboard. Trevor Kennerd's field goal gave Winnipeg a 35-7 halftime lead, and the Eskimos put Tom Wilkinson in at quarterback for the second half. By reducing the Blue Bombers' margin of victory to 10 points, the Eskimos gave themselves a chance to outscore the Blue Bombers over the course of their 2 regular season games against each other, which would break a tie for home field advantage for a playoff game should they be tied at the end of the season. This turned out to be the Eskimos' only loss of 1981.

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Invisible Touch--Genesis
2 Sledgehammer--Peter Gabriel
3 There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)—Billy Ocean
4 Nasty--Janet Jackson
5 Holding Back the Years—Simply Red
6 Danger Zone--Kenny Loggins
7 Who's Johnny--El DeBarge
8 Glory of Love--Peter Cetera
9 No One is to Blame—Howard Jones
10 Love Touch--Rod Stewart

Singles entering the chart included Dancing on the Ceiling by Lionel Richie (#39); Oh, People by Patti LaBelle (#77); Money's Too Tight by Simply Red (#79); Anotherloverholenyohead by Prince and the Revolution (#83); Two of Hearts by Stacey Q (#85); and Missionary Man by Eurythmics (#87).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Who's Johnny--El DeBarge
2 I Can't Wait--Nu Shooz
3 Sledgehammer--Peter Gabriel
4 On My Own—Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald
5 No One is to Blame—Howard Jones
6 There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)—Billy Ocean
7 Invisible Touch--Genesis
8 Live to Tell--Madonna
9 Crush on You--The Jets
10 Holding Back the Years—Simply Red

Singles entering the chart included Dancing on the Ceiling by Lionel Richie (#69) and Missionary Man by Eurythmics (#94).

Football
CFL
Montreal (0-3) 20 @ British Columbia (3-1) 27

This was probably the best game in the brief career of Alouettes' quarterback Brian Ransom, who suffered a serious injury after the season and never returned to the CFL.

20 years ago
1991


Football
CFL
British Columbia (1-1) 26 @ Winnipeg (1-1) 23 (OT)

Baseball
Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr., playing his 1,500th consecutive game, hit his 20th home run of the season--becoming the 8th player in major league history to accomplish the feat in each of his first 10 full seasons--as the Orioles beat the Seattle Mariners 4-1.

The Detroit Tigers handed the Kansas City Royals the worst loss in their history, routing them 17-0. Bill Gullickson was the winning pitcher over Tom Gordon.

10 years ago
2001


Baseball
The Arizona Diamondbacks blanked the San Diego Padres 3-0 in the completion of a game that had been suspended after 2 innings the previous night. Curt Schilling had pitched the first 2 innings for the Diamondbacks, but Randy Johnson finished the game, and set a major league record by striking out 16 batters in 7 innings of relief. The old record for strikeouts in a single game by a relief pitcher had been set by Walter Johnson of the Washington Nationals in 1913. The Padres' only hit was a single by Wiki Gonzalez in the 8th inning.

July 18, 2011

170 years ago
1841


Braziliana
Pedro II was acclaimed, crowned, and consecrated Emperor of Brazil.

90 years ago
1921


Scandal
The trial of the "Black Sox," the Chicago White Sox baseball players accused of conspiring fix the 1919 World Series, began in Chicago.

75 years ago
1936


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

Baseball
The Chicago White Sox swept a doubleheader from the Philadelphia Athletics 7-4 and 21-14.

70 years ago
1941


Politics and government
Japanese Prime Minister Prince Fumimaro Konoye ousted Foreign Minister Yosuke Matsuoka and replaced him with Admiral Teijiro Toyoda. Prime Minister Konoye and Adm. Toyoda were pro-American and pro-Britain,, and were trying to avoid war with those countries, while Mr. Matsuoka was very anti-American in his views.

60 years ago
1951


Boxing
Jersey Joe Walcott (50-16-2), at 37 years of age, became the oldest man to date to win the world heavyweight title when he knocked out defending champion Ezzard Charles (69-6-1) 55 seconds into the 7th round at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.

Baseball
Ralph Kiner hit 3 home runs, including a grand slam, and drove in 7 runs as the Pittsburgh Pirates edged the Los Angeles Dodgers 13-12.

50 years ago
1961


Space
The Mercury-Redstone 4 mission, with Gus Grissom aboard, was scrubbed until the following day.

Canadiana
John Diefenbaker began a tour of northern Canada, visiting Prince Albert and Uranium City before arriving in Yellowknife. He thus became the first sitting prime minister to visit the modern Northwest Territories.

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A.: (Billboard): Bette Davis Eyes--Kim Carnes (9th week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 The One That You Love—Air Supply
2 Bette Davis Eyes--Kim Carnes
3 Elvira--Oak Ridge Boys
4 Jessie's Girl--Rick Springfield
5 Theme from "Greatest American Hero"--Joey Scarbury
6 Stars on 45--Stars on 45
7 You Make My Dreams--Daryl Hall and John Oates
8 I Don't Need You--Kenny Rogers
9 All Those Years Ago—George Harrison
10 Slow Hand--Pointer Sisters

Singles entering the chart included Fire and Ice by Pat Benatar (#57); Who's Crying Now by Journey (#60); Jole Blon by Gary U.S. Bonds (#85); Pay You Back with Interest by Gary O' (#88); and I was Country When Country Wasn't Cool by Barbara Mandrell (#97).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
RPM didn't publish from July 11-August 22, 1981 because of a postal strike.

Protest
A march in Dublin in support of hunger strikers in Northern Ireland's Maze Prison turned violent, and 200 people ended up in hospital--in other words, it was a typical Irish social event.

Baseball
Joe Gates hit the first inside-the-park home run in Edmonton Trappers' history as the Trappers edged the Portland Beavers 2-1 before 3,216 fans on a sunny Saturday night at Renfrew Park in Edmonton in a Pacific Coast League game. Edmonton manager Gord Lund, coaching at third base, signalled for Mr. Gates to stop, but he ignored the sign and slid safely into home plate for his 5th home run of the season. Reggie Patterson gave up 7 hits as he pitched a complete game for the Trappers to improve his record to 9-7. Santo Alcala went the distance for the Beavers, giving up 5 hits in 8 innings as he fell to 6-8. The game was over in just 1 hour and 40 minutes.

25 years ago
1986


Football
CFL
Hamilton (1-3) 21 @ Calgary (2-2) 23

Baseball
The Kansas City Royals announced that manager Dick Howser would take the rest of the season off for treatment of a brain tumour. Third base coach Mike Ferraro was named to manage the team in Mr. Howser's absence.

20 years ago
1991


Edmontonia
This blogger attended the annual parade to open Klondike Days.

Football
CFL
Hamilton (0-2) 18 @ Toronto (2-0) 41
Saskatchewan (0-2) 28 @ Calgary (2-0) 48

10 years ago
2001


Baseball
Jeff Bagwell hit for the cycle as the Houston Astros defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 17-11.

July 17, 2011

190 years ago
1821


Americana
Spain ceded Florida to the United States.

75 years ago
1936


War
The Spanish Civil War began as a series of right-wing revolts within the military against the five-year-old government of the Second Spanish Republic.

70 years ago
1941


Baseball
The New York Yankees edged the Cleveland Indians 4-3 at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, but Cleveland pitchers Al Smith and Jim Bagby combined to end New York center fielder Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak at 56 games.

60 years ago
1951


On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Wisteria Cottage, starring Marjorie Gateson and William Redfield

Died on this date
Riad as-Solh, 57
. Prime Minister of Lebanon, 1943-1945, 1946-1951. He was assassinated in Amman by a member of the Syrian Nationalist Party.

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Tossin' and Turnin'--Bobby Lewis (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
Ed Reulbach, 78. U.S. baseball pitcher. Mr. Reulbach pitched for four major league teams from 1905-1917, with his best years coming with the Chicago Cubs, with whom he played from 1905-1913. Mr. Reulbach led the National League in winning percentage in three straight seasons from 1906-1908, compiling records of 19-4, 17-4, and 24-7, respectively. He was part of the rotation that helped the Cubs win the National League pennant in each of those seasons, and he won 1 game in each of the 1906 and 1907 World Series. The Cubs won the World Series in 1907 and 1908, and haven't won since. Mr. Reulbach pitched for the Brooklyn Robins in 1913-1914, won 21 games with the Newark Pepper in the Federal League in 1915, and pitched for the Boston Braves in 1916-1917, finishing with a record of 182-106, a percentage of .632.

Ty Cobb, 74. U.S. baseball player. Often called the greatest player ever, the "Georgia Peach," a native of Narrows, Georgia, was an outfielder with the Detroit Tigers from 1905-1926 and the Philadelphia Athletics in 1927-1928. He led the American League in batting percentage from 1907-1909; 1911; 1914; and 1916-1919. His .366 lifetime percentage remains the career record, and his 4,189 hits was the career record until it was broken by Pete Rose in 1985 (I respect the research conducted by The Sporting News in 1981 that found that Mr. Cobb had been erroneously credited with a 2-for-3 performance in 1910). Mr. Cobb also managed the Tigers from 1921-1926, but without success. His fiery style of play and competitive nature made him many enemies--among teammates as well as opponents--and his racial attitudes would be considered very politically incorrect today. He was one of the first five inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.

Football
CFL
Pre-season
Gold defeated Blue 27-13 in the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' intrasquad game at Winnipeg Stadium.

Baseball
Major league baseball commissioner Ford Frick ruled that Babe Ruth's single-season home record of 60 would have to be broken within 154 games, or separate records would appear in the record book. The American League had adopted a 162-game schedule in 1961 after decades of playing 154-game seasons.

40 years ago
1971


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep—Middle of the Road (5th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): It’s Too Late—Carole King (5th week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 It’s Too Late—Carole King (4th week at #1)
2 Indian Reservation--Raiders
3 Don't Pull Your Love--Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
4 Mr. Big Stuff--Jean Knight
5 You've Got a Friend--James Taylor
6 Treat Her Like a Lady—Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
7 Draggin' the Line--Tommy James
8 She's Not Just Another Woman--8th Day
9 That's the Way--Carly Simon
10 When You're Hot, You're Hot--Jerry Reed

Singles entering the chart included Sweet Hitch-Hiker by Creedence Clearwater Revival (#57); Ride with Me by Steppenwolf (#68); It's Summer by the Temptations (#81); Fox Huntin' by Daddy Dewdrop (#90); Come Back Home by Bobby Goldsboro (#93); How Did We Lose it Baby by Jerry Butler (#97); Maggie by Redbone (#98); and Black-Eyed Blues by Joe Cocker (#100). It's Summer was a re-recorded version of a song that had been released as the B-side of Ball of Confusion in 1970.

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 It’s Too Late—Carole King (2nd week at #1)
2 Indian Reservation—Raiders
3 Don't Pull Your Love--Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
4 When You're Hot, You're Hot--Jerry Reed
5 Signs--Five Man Electrical Band
6 You've Got a Friend--James Taylor
7 Sweet City Woman--Stampeders
8 Where Evil Grows--The Poppy Family
9 Rainy Days and Mondays—Carpenters
10 Treat Her Like a Lady--Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
Singles entering the chart were Sweet Hitch-Hiker by Creedence Clearwater Revival (#47); Mercy Mercy Me by Marvin Gaye (#64); Won't Get Fooled Again by the Who (#67); I'm Leavin' by Elvis Presley (#69); Hill Where the Lord Hides by Chuck Mangione (#71); Ride with Me by Steppenwolf (#73); Vancouver Town '71 by Rolf Harris (#78); What the World Needs Now is Love/Abraham, Martin and John by Tom Clay (#85); Mother Freedom by Bread (#86); Rock and Roll Band by Brave Belt (#88); A Summer Prayer for Peace by the Archies (#94); Maybe Tomorrow by the Jackson 5 (#95); Love is Life by Earth, Wind and Fire (#96); Try a Little Harder by Doctor Music (#97); Stop, Look, Listen by the Stylistics (#98); Crazy Love by Helen Reddy (#99); and He's Gonna Step on You Again by John Kangos (#100).

Calgary's top 10
1 It's Too Late--Carole King
2 Never Ending Song of Love--Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
3 Sweet City Woman--Stampeders
4 Lady Dawn--The Bells
5 Don't Pull Your Love--Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
6 Talking in Your Sleep--Gordon Lightfoot
7 It Don't Come Easy--Ringo Starr
8 Draggin' the Line--Tommy James
9 Deep Enough for Me--Ocean
10 Double Lovin'--The Osmonds
Pick hit of the week: Mighty Clouds of Joy--B. J. Thomas

30 years ago
1981


Football
CFL
Montreal (1-2) 31 @ Ottawa (1-2) 33
Hamilton (2-1) 6 @ Calgary (1-1) 26

25 years ago
1986


Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (2-2) 21 @ Toronto (2-2) 14
Ottawa (2-2) 39 @ Edmonton (4-0) 49

20 years ago
1991


Football
CFL
Ottawa (0-2) 33 @ Edmonton (2-0) 40

Henry "Gizmo" Williams of the Eskimos returned punts for 232 yards, breaking his own CFL single-game record, and returned one for a touchdown, but he should have had a second touchdown. He appeared to have scored on a long return, but he accidentally dropped the ball on the Ottawa 5-yard line, and the only people who seemed to notice were the officials and Rough Rider defensive back Sean Foudy, who returned the ball 74 yards as fans and other players at Commonwealth Stadium wondered what was going on. The winning touchdown scored on a pass from Tracy Ham to Jim Sandusky with 33 seconds remaining in regulation time.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

July 16, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Campbell Milton and Carmen Reyes Zubiaga!

90 years ago
1921


Died on this date
Arthur Irwin, 63
. Canadian-born U.S. baseball player and manager. A native of Toronto, Mr. Irwin played in the major leagues from 1880-1894, and was known for pioneering the use of gloves for infielders. He managed the Philadelphia Phillies in 1894 and 1895, and the New York Giants in 1896. In 1897 he managed the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Eastern League pennant. Mr. Irwin subsequently managed various minor league teams for the rest of life, with little success. In 1921 he signed to manage the Harftord Senators of the Eastern League, which turned out to be his final assignment. He jumped to his death from a ship in the Atlantic Ocean between New York and Boston; it was soon revealed that he had a wife and family in both New York and Boston, and he had recently been told that he would die unless he underwent serious surgery. Two months before his death, Mr. Irwin succeeded in persuading young Lou Gehrig to play for the Senators under an assumed name, and Mr. Gehrig almost lost his eligibility to play at Columbia University as a result.

75 years ago
1936


Journalism
Photographer Walker Evans took a leave from the U.S. Farm Security Administration to accept a summer assignment with Fortune magazine.

70 years ago
1941


Baseball
Joe DiMaggio batted 3 for 4, extending his hitting streak to 56 games, to lead the New York Yankees to a 10-3 win over the Cleveland Indians.

60 years ago
1951


Literature
J.D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye was published.

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Temptation--The Everly Brothers (4th week at #1)

40 years ago
1971


Football
CFL
Pre-season
British Columbia (0-3) 17 @ Toronto (3-0) 18
Calgary (2-1) 21 @ Edmonton (2-1) 24

30 years ago
1981


Died on this date
Harry Chapin, 38
. U.S. musician. Mr. Chapin originally performed with his brothers Tom and Steve before finding success on his own. He was a popular live performer who often told stories in his songs. His first notable hit single was Taxi, which reached #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1972. Mr. Chapin had been a taxi driver, and he always maintained his taxi driver's license. WOLD was a top 40 hit in the spring of 1974, and Cat's in the Cradle reached #1 late in the year. My favourite song of his is Dreams Go By, which was released in the spring of 1975 but failed to achieve chart success. Mr. Chapin's last top 40 hit was a sequel to Taxi--appropriately titled Sequel--which reached #23 late in 1980. Before succeeding as a musician, Mr. Chapin had compiled a documentary about early heavyweight boxing champions titled The Legendary Champions, which was nominated for the Academy Award as best documentary feature in 1968. Mr. Chapin devoted much of his time in his later years to the issue of alleviating world hunger. He was killed in a car accident in New York.

Football
CFL
British Columbia (2-0) 32 @ Toronto (0-3) 29

10 years ago
2001


Politics and government
Over 100 Labour Party MPs voted against the sacking of two of their fellow Labour MPs as heads of select committees, marking the first time that Labour had been defeated in the House of Commons since coming to power in the U.K. in 1997.

Olympics
Jacques Rogge of Belgium succeeded Juan Antonio Samaranch of Spain as president of the International Olympic Committee. Mr. Samaranch had served as president for 21 years.