Thursday, 25 August 2011

September 1, 2011

Married on this date
Happy Anniversary, Donna and Will Morrow!

110 years ago
1901


Baseball
Clarence Wright of Dayton in the Western Association pitched his first of two consecutive no-hitters, blanking Columbus 9-0.

70 years ago
1941


Baseball
The Detroit Tigers swept a doubleheader from the St. Louis Browns 9-5 and 16-8. Rudy York hit 3 home runs and batted in 5 runs for the Tigers in the first game.

60 years ago
1951


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Sweet Violets--Dinah Shore
2 Because of You--Tony Bennett
--Les Baxter and his Orchestra
3 Come On-A My House--Rosemary Clooney
--Kay Starr
4 Too Young--Nat "King" Cole
5 The Loveliest Night of the Year--Mario Lanza
6 My Truly, Truly Fair--Guy Mitchell
--Vic Damone
7 Jezebel--Frankie Laine
8 I Get Ideas--Tony Martin
9 I'm in Love Again--Henri Rene and his Orchestra featuring April Stevens
10 (Why Did I Tell You I was Going to) Shanghai--Doris Day
--Billy Williams Quartet

Singles entering the chart were While You Danced, Danced, Danced by Georgia Gibbs (#21); The Girl in the Wood by Frankie Laine (#23); Whispering by Les Paul (#28); Them Their Eyes by Champ Butler (#31); Go Go Go Go by Richard Hayes (#35); Gimme a Little Kiss, Will Ya Huh? by April Stevens with Henri Rene and his Orchestra (#37); I Love the Sunshine of Your Smile by the Four Knights (#39); and Do You Really Love Me, with versions by Gordon MacRae and Tony Martin (#40). Gimme a Little Kiss, Will Ya Huh? was the B-side of Dreamy Melody.

Football
IRFU
Toronto (1-0) 36 @ Ottawa (0-1) 17

WIFU
Edmonton (2-1) 18 @ Calgary (0-3) 17

Baseball
Don Mueller hit 3 home runs to lead the New York Giants to an 8-1 win over the Brooklyn Dodgers, reducing the Dodgers' lead over the Giants in the National League pennant race to 6 games.

50 years ago
1961


Baseball
30-year-old rookie Cuno Barragan of the Chicago Cubs hit his only major league home run in his first major league at bat, but the Cubs lost 4-3 to the San Francisco Giants in 14 innings.

40 years ago
1971


World events
Egypt officially became known as the Arab Republic of Egypt, dropping the name United Arab Republic. The U.A.R., a union of Egypt and Syria, had officially come into existence on February 1, 1958, but had ended in practice when Syria had declared its independence on September 29, 1961 and resumed its own seat in the United Nations several days later.

Football
CFL
Calgary (5-1) 15 @ Winnipeg (3-5) 31
Toronto (5-1) 16 @ Edmonton (1-6) 15

Rookie Toronto quarterback Joe Theismann directed the Argonauts to the winning touchdown in the waning moments of the 4th quarter at Clarke Stadium. Edmonton kicker Dave Cutler narrowly missed a 57-yard field goal attempt on the last play.

Baseball
Ferguson Jenkins hit 2 home runs and drove in 3 runs as he pitched the Chicago Cubs to a 5-2 win over the Montreal Expos at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Bill Stoneman was the losing pitcher.

The Pittsburgh Pirates started what was believed to be the first lineup composed entirely of black players (including those from Latin America) in major league history, in a 10-7 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The lineup was: Rennie Stennett, second base; Gene Clines, center field; Roberto Clemente, right field; Willie Stargell, left field; Manny Sanguillen, catcher; Dave Cash, third base; Al Oliver, first base; Jackie Hernandez, shortstop; Dock Ellis, pitcher. Another black man, Bob Veale, was one of three relief pitchers used by the Pirates in the game.

25 years ago
1986


Football
CFL
Edmonton (6-3) 42 @ Calgary (5-5) 19
Montreal (2-7) 7 @ Hamilton (4-5) 42

Edmonton quarterback Matt Dunigan completed 2 touchdown passes to Brian Kelly in the first 4 minutes of the game at McMahon Stadium, and the Eskimos led 21-0 after the 1st quarter. Huey Lewis and the News, scheduled to make concert appearances in Calgary and Edmonton later in the week, were introduced on the field at halftime, but didn't perform.

20 years ago
1991


Football
CFL
Winnipeg (5-4) 23 @ Saskatchewan (3-6) 56

August 31, 2011

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

80 years ago
1931


Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Jean Beliveau!

"Le Gros Bill", who played with the Montreal Canadiens in 1950-51 and from 1952-1971, was born in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec.

60 years ago
1951


On television tonight
Tales of Tomorrow, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Last Man on Earth, starring Martin Brandt, Andrew Branham, Cloris Leachman, and Lon McCallister

50 years ago
1961


Football
CFL
Hamilton (3-0) 30 @ Winnipeg (4-2) 9

40 years ago
1971


Football
CFL
Hamilton (2-2) 24 @ Montreal (3-1) 25

30 years ago
1981


Baseball
Jim Frey, who had managed the Kansas City Royals to the American League pennant the previous season, was fired and replaced by former New York Yankees' manager Dick Howser. The Royals were 30-40 overall in 1981, and 10-10 in the second half of the season, when Mr. Frey was fired.

25 years ago
1986


Football
CFL
Winnipeg (5-4) 30 @ Saskatchewan (4-5) 34

20 years ago
1991


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (5th week at #1)
2 Every Heartbeat--Amy Grant
3 The Promise of a New Day--Paula Abdul
4 Fading Like a Flower--Roxette
5 Temptation--Corina
6 It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over--Lenny Kravitz
7 Time, Love and Tenderness--Michael Bolton
8 Crazy--Seal
9 Wind of Change--Scorpions
10 Things that Make You Go Hmmm...--C+C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams

Singles entering the chart included Emotions by Mariah Carey (#36) and For You by Michael W. Smith (#87).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (5th week at #1)
2 Fading Like a Flower--Roxette
3 The Motown Song--Rod Stewart (with the Temptations)
4 It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over--Lenny Kravitz
5 Something to Talk About--Bonnie Raitt
6 Learning to Fly--Tom Petty
7 Every Heartbeat--Amy Grant
8 Superman's Song--Crash Test Dummies
9 Hole Hearted--Extreme
10 Time, Love and Tenderness--Michael Bolton

Singles entering the chart included Real, Real, Real by Jesus Jones (#57); Just Another Day by Keven Jordan (#72); The Ghosts that Haunt Me by Crash Test Dummies (#93); Stranger than Fiction by Joe Jackson (#95); and You Come to My Senses by Chicago (#98).

10 years ago
2001


Football
CFL
British Columbia (5-4) 19 @ Montreal (7-2) 23

Baseball
Rookie Robin Jennings hit a grand slam--his first major league home run--and added a 3-run triple to lead the Cincinnati Reds to an 11-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

40-year-old shortstop Julio Franco, who was leading the Mexican League with a batting average of .437 but hadn't played in the major leagues since 1997, was purchased from the Mexico City Tigres by the Atlanta Braves.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

August 30, 2011

70 years ago
1941


War
Leningrad was besieged by German forces, and would remain under siege for two years.

Baseball
Lon Warneke pitched a no-hitter to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 2-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the second game of a doubleheader.

60 years ago
1951


Football
WIFU
Saskatchewan (3-0) 33 @ Winnipeg (1-2) 1

Baseball
Ralph Kiner's home run in the 9th inning--his 37th of the season--enabled the Pittsburgh Pirates to edge the New York Giants 10-9 after trailing 8-1. Frank Thomas hit his first major league home run for the Pirates, and Gus Bell added another as a pinch hitter. Willie Mays homered twice for the Giants.

50 years ago
1961


Died on this date
Charles Coburn, 84
. U.S. actor. The popular character actor won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The More the Merrier (1943).

Space
The United States launched the satellite Discoverer 29, which carried biological experiments. Its capsule was recovered on September 1, while the satellite's mission ended on September 10.

40 years ago
1971


Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Michelle Kent!

Music
The album Surf's Up by the Beach Boys was released. The title song was a leftover from the sessions for the Smile album, which had been recorded in 1967 and then abandoned before being released.

Politics
The Progressive Conservatives, led by Peter Lougheed, achieved a majority of seats in the Alberta provincial election, ending 36 years of government by the Social Credit party. The PCs won 49 of 75 seats in the legislature, Social Credit took 25, and New Democratic party leader Grant Notley became the first candidate of his party to win a seat, capturing the riding of Spirit River-Fairview. In the 1967 election, Premier Ernest Manning had led Social Credit to victory, winning 55 of 65 seats, but Mr. Manning retired late in 1968 after 25 years as Premier. Harry Strom replaced Mr. Manning as Premier and retained his seat in the 1971 election, but soon relinquished his leadership of the Social Credit party.

30 years ago
1981


Football
Saskatchewan (4-4) 34 @ Edmonton (7-1) 44

Baseball
Jay Loviglio's grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Edmonton Trappers a 6-2 win over the Spokane Indians at Renfrew Park in Edmonton in the final game of the Trappers' first season in the Pacific Coast League. For some players, such as Edmonton right fielder John Poff, it was the final game of their professional careers. For this blogger, it was my final game working in the press box.

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Higher Love--Steve Winwood
2 Papa Don't Preach--Madonna
3 Take My Breath Away--Berlin
4 Venus--Bananarama
5 Dancing on the Ceiling--Lionel Richie
6 Glory of Love--Peter Cetera
7 Sweet Freedom--Michael McDonald
8 Rumors--Timex Social Club
9 Stuck with You--Huey Lewis and the News
10 Friends and Lovers--Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson

Singles entering the chart included Typical Male by Tina Turner (#41); True Colors by Cyndi Lauper (#54); Another Heartache by Rod Stewart (#77); and I'll Be Over You by Toto (#80).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Glory of Love--Peter Cetera (2nd week at #1)
2 Papa Don't Preach--Madonna
3 Mad About You--Belinda Carlisle
4 We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off--Jermaine Stewart
5 Sledgehammer--Peter Gabriel
6 Dancing on the Ceiling--Lionel Richie
7 I Can't Wait--Nu Shooz
8 Nasty--Janet Jackson
9 Danger Zone--Kenny Loggins
10 The Edge of Heaven--Wham!

Singles entering the chart included Throwing it All Away by Genesis (#82); True Colors by Cyndi Lauper (#90); The Lady in Red by Chris de Burgh (#94); Sweet Love by Anita Baker (#95); Heartbeat by Don Johnson (#96); and Lonely is the Night by Air Supply (#97).

Died on this date
George Pelawa, 18
. U.S. hockey player. Mr. Pelawa, a 6'4", 240-pound right wing, was a native of Bemidji, Minnesota. He was named that state's top high school player in 1986 and was selected in that year's National Hockey League draft by the Calgary Flames in the 1st round (16th selection overall). He had committed to play for the University of North Dakota. Mr. Pelawa was killed in an auto accident in Bemidji; had he been wearing a seatbelt, he probably would have survived.

Baseball
Roger Clemens recorded 11 strikeouts as he pitched the Boston Red Sox to a 7-3 win over the Cleveland Indians to improve his record for the season to 20-4.

20 years ago
1991


Died on this date
Alan Wheatley, 84
. U.K. actor. Mr. Wheatley was best known for playing the Sheriff of Nottingham in the ATV series The Adventures of Robin Hood, which ran from 1955-1959. Sherlockians recognize him as the first actor to play Sherlock Holmes in a television series, starring in a six-episode series on BBC in October-November 1951.

Track and field
Mike Powell of the United States, competing at the world championships in Tokyo, made a long jump of 29' 4 1/4", 2 inches better than the world record of Bob Beamon, which had stood since 1968.

10 years ago
2001


World events
Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, appearing before the International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague, was told that he was being charged with genocide.

August 29, 2011

225 years ago
1786


Protest
Shays's Rebellion--an insurrection against the state government of Massachusetts--began.

125 years ago
1886


Born on this date
May and Marjorie Chavasse
. U.K. twins. The sisters both lived long enough to celebrate their 100th birthday.

75 years ago
1936


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Louis Hector and Harry West, on MBS
Tonight’s episode: A Scandal in Bohemia

60 years ago
1951


Football
IRFU
Montreal (0-1) 6 @ Hamilton (1-0) 37

Two quarterbacks made their Canadian football debuts in this game at Civic Stadium: Bernie Custis, a graduate of Syracuse University, with the Tiger-Cats; and George Ratterman, who had led the National Football League in touchdown passes in 1950--22 with the New York Yanks--with the Alouettes.

40 years ago
1971


Football
CFL
Toronto (4-1) 24 @ British Columbia (3-3) 27

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A.: (Billboard): Endless Love--Diana Ross and Lionel Richie (3rd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Endless Love--Diana Ross and Lionel Richie (3rd week at #1)
2 Slow Hand--Pointer Sisters
3 Theme from "Greatest American Hero"--Joey Scarbury
4 Jessie's Girl--Rick Springfield
5 Queen of Hearts--Juice Newton
6 Elvira--Oak Ridge Boys
7 I Don't Need You--Kenny Rogers
8 Lady--Commodores
9 Urgent--Foreigner
10 Stop Draggin' My Heart Around--Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Singles entering the chart were Private Eyes by Daryl Hall and John Oates (#64); Hard to Say by Dan Fogelberg (#74); Alien by Atlanta Rhythm Section (#85); Love All the Hurt Away by Aretha Franklin and George Benson (#88); Our Lips are Sealed by the Go-Go's (#89); and Not Fade Away by Eric Hine (#90).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Gemini Dream--Moody Blues
2 In the Air Tonight--Phil Collins
3 The One that You Love--Air Supply
4 Urgent--Foreigner
5 Sausalito Summernight--Diesel
6 Jessie's Girl--Rick Springfield
7 The Stroke--Billy Squier
8 Queen of Hearts--Juice Newton
9 Fire and Ice--Pat Benatar
10 Stars on 45 (Medley)--Stars on 45

Since RPM was publishing its first charts since July 4 because of the nationwide postal strike, 20 of the 50 entries on the Top Singles chart were new, and too numerous to mention here.

Football
CFL
Montreal (1-7) 11 @ Hamilton (6-2) 16
Calgary (4-4) 21 @ British Columbia (7-1) 31

25 years ago
1986


Football
CFL
Toronto (6-3) 29 @ Ottawa (2-7) 12

Baseball
Joe Carter hit 3 home runs and 2 singles to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 7-3 win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston.

Dick Schofield's 2-out grand slam off Guillermo Hernandez ended the game as the California Angels scored 8 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to defeat the Detroit Tigers 13-12 at Anaheim Stadium.

20 years ago
1991


Music
Crowded House performed at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton. This blogger arrived in time to hear them, but missed the opening act, Far Cry.

Politics and government
The Supreme Soviet of the U.S.S.R. suspended all activities of the Soviet Communist Party, officially bringing it to an end.

Football
CFL
Hamilton (0-8) 14 @ Ottawa (4-4) 38

10 years ago
2001


Baseball
Luis Gonzalez hit his 50th home run of the season as the Arizona Diamondbacks blanked the San Francisco Giants 2-0.

The St. Louis Cardinals scored 9 runs in the 2nd inning and held on to beat the San Diego Padres 16-14 at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis. Ryan Klesko of the Padres batted 5 for 6 with 2 home runs, 2 doubles, and 5 runs batted in. One of his homers travelled 472 feet and was estimated to be the longest home run in the 36-year history of the stadium.

Monday, 22 August 2011

August 28, 2011

90 years ago
1921


Baseball
Sam Jones picked up his 20th win of the season as he pitched the Boston Red Sox to a 6-5 win over the Chicago White Sox in 11 innings at Comiskey Park in Chicago.

75 years ago
1936


Baseball
The New York Yankees swept a doubleheader from the Detroit Tigers 14-5 and 19-4 at Yankee Stadium. The second game was called because of darkness in the bottom of the 7th inning. Lou Gehrig hit his 41st and 42nd home runs of the season in the first game, while winning pitcher Johnny Murphy batted 5 for 5 with 3 runs and 5 runs batted in in the second game.

70 years ago
1941


Diplomacy
Japan's ambassador to the United States presented U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt with a personal letter from Japanese Prime Minister Prince Fujimaro Konoye pleading for a meeting in order to avoid war. The ambassador implored President Roosevelt to keep Prime Minister Konoye's offer secret, since his government could be in jeopardy if news leadked out about his offer to come to the United States to talk to an American president.

60 years ago
1951


On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: This is Your Confession: Part 2, starring William Bishop, Sidney Blackmer, and Eva Gabor

Died on this date
Robert Walker, 32
. U.S. actor. The star of such movies as See Here, Private Hargrove (1944), Since You Went Away (1944), and The Clock (1945) had suffered from mental problems and heavy drinking, but had recently made a strong comeback in Strangers on a Train (1951). He had just completed principal shooting on My Son John (1952) and was waiting for reshooting to begin when his housekeeper found him in an agitated state and called Mr. Walker's psychiatrist. The doctor administered a dose of sodium amytal, but Mr. Walker suffered a severe reaction and stopped breathing. Attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

Baseball
The Boston Braves traded pitcher Johnny Sain to the New York Yankees for pitcher Lou Burdette and $50,000.

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Wooden Heart--Joe Dowell

Football
CFL
Ottawa (3-1) 29 @ Saskatchewan (2-3) 10
British Columbia (0-5-1) 20 @ Edmonton (5-0) 21

Russ Jackson played the entire game at quarterback for the Ottawa Rough Riders in their win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Ron Lancaster dressed as the backup quarterback for Ottawa in his first visit to Taylor Field in Regina.

Joe Kapp played his first game at quarterback for the Lions after being traded from the Calgary Stampeders, completing 10 of 14 passes for 225 yards in the Lions' loss to the Eskimos at Clarke Stadium.

Baseball
In their last game under manager Paul Richards, the Baltimore Orioles hit 5 home runs and beat the Los Angeles Angels 11-5 at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. Jack Fisher gave up 12 bases on balls but still pitched a complete game victory.

40 years ago
1971


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: I'm Still Waiting--Diana Ross (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): How Can You Mend a Broken Heart--The Bee Gees (4th week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 How Can You Mend a Broken Heart--The Bee Gees (3rd week at #1)
2 Take Me Home, Country Roads--John Denver
3 Draggin' the Line--Tommy James
4 Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)--Marvin Gaye
5 Sweet Hitch-Hiker--Creedence Clearwater Revival
6 Mr. Big Stuff--Jean Knight
7 What the World Needs Now is Love/Abraham, Martin and John--Tom Clay
8 Signs--Five Man Electrical Band
9 Spanish Harlem--Aretha Franklin
10 Liar--Three Dog Night

Singles entering the chart were So Far Away by Carole King (#60); Superstar by the Carpenters (#68); Ko-Ko Joe by Jerry Reed (#81); Gimme Shelter by Grand Funk Railroad (#82); MacArthur Park (Part 1) by the Four Tops (#83); Get it While You Can by Janis Joplin (#85); Ghetto Woman by B.B. King (#88); All My Trials by Ray Stevens (#89); A Natural Man by Lou Rawls (#93); A Song for You by Andy Williams (#96); Easy Loving by Freddie Hart (#98); and Don't Try to Lay No Boogie-Woogie on the King of Rock and Roll by John Baldry (#99).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 How Can You Mend a Broken Heart--The Bee Gees
2 Draggin' the Line--Tommy James
3 Take Me Home, Country Roads--John Denver
4 Sweet Hitch-Hiker--Creedence Clearwater Revival
5 Sweet City Woman--Stampeders
6 Never Ending Song of Love--Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
7 You've Got a Friend--James Taylor
8 Riders on the Storm--The Doors
9 Liar--Three Dog Night
10 Beginnings--Chicago

Singles entering the chart included Another Time, Another Place by Engelbert Humperdinck (#54); So Far Away by Carole King (#55); Stagger Lee by Tommy Roe (#58); How Can I Love You by Lynn Anderson (#70); Loving Her was Easier by Kris Kristofferson (#74); Stick Up by the Honey Cone (#76); Annabella by Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds (#77); Surrender by Diana Ross (#84); Sweet Sounds of Music by the Bells (#89); Miss January by Russell Thornberry (#93); and Tired of Being Alone by Al Greene (#98).

Calgary's top 10
1 Take Me Home, Country Roads--John Denver
2 Sweet Hitch-Hiker--Creedence Clearwater Revival
3 Rain Dance--The Guess Who
4 I Hear Those Church Bells--Dusk
5 Moon Shadow--Cat Stevens
6 Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep--Middle of the Road
7 Mighty Clouds of Joy--B.J. Thomas
8 Draggin' the Line--Tommy James
9 Riders on the Storm--The Doors
10 We've Got a Dream--Ocean
Pick hit of the week: Sweet Dreams and Sarah--Mac Davis

Baseball
Philadelphia Phillies' pitcher Rick Wise hit 2 home runs in a game for the second time in just over 2 months as he defeated the San Francisco Giants 7-3 in the second game of a doubleheader. Mr. Wise's home runs--including a grand slam off Don McMahon--were his 5th and 6th of the season.

30 years ago
1981


Health
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control announced that a medical task force had been formed to investigate the incidence of Kaposi's sarcoma and pneumocystis in homosexual men. Gay-Related Immune Deficiency (GRID), soon renamed AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) was later found to be the cause, and a new term entered the medical and popular lexicon.

Track and field
Sebastian Coe of Great Britain ran the mile in 3 minutes, 47.33 seconds at a meet in Brussels to defeat countryman Steve Ovett, marking the third time the record had been broken in 10 days.

Football
CFL
Ottawa (2-6) 8 @ Winnipeg (5-3) 31

Baseball
Tim Laudner became the second Minnesota Twins' player in 4 days to hit a home run in his first major league game as they beat the Detroit Tigers 6-0.

20 years ago
1991


Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (2-6) 44 @ Edmonton (5-3) 41

A controversial ruling on a fumble by Edmonton quarterback Tracy Ham went in favour of the Roughriders and enabled them to win their first game under head coach Don Matthews, who had replaced the fired John Gregory six days earlier.

Baseball
Jim Eppard of the Salinas Spurs of the California League played all 9 positions as the Spurs edged the San Bernardino Spirit 2-1. Mr. Eppard, a lefthander, pitched a scoreless 5th inning and was credited with the win.

August 27, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Brenda Kiema!

100 years ago
1911


Baseball
Ed Walsh pitched a no-hitter to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 5-0 win over the Boston Red Sox. Mr. Walsh allowed just one baserunner, on a base on balls in the 4th inning.

70 years ago
1941


Baseball
Charlie Root of the Chicago Cubs relieved starting pitcher Ken Raffensberger in the 1st inning, pitched the rest of the game, and hit a bases-loaded single in the top of the 9th inning to earn his 200th career major league win as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Boston Braves 6-4 at Braves Field.

60 years ago
1951


Football
WIFU
Calgary (0-2) 24 @ Winnipeg (1-1) 34
Edmonton (1-1) 0 @ Saskatchewan (2-0) 23

Baseball
The New York Giants extended their winning streak to 16 games and moved within 5 games of the National League-leading Brooklyn Dodgers as they swept a doubleheader from the Chicago Cubs 5-4 in 12 innings and 6-3. The Dodgers split a doubleheader with the Pittsburgh Pirates, winning 5-0 and losing 5-3. Brooklyn pitcher Ralph Branca carried a no-hitter into the 9th inning, but gave up 2 hits.

The Philadelphia Phillies swept a doubleheader from the Cincinnati Reds 2-0 and 3-0 at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. Jocko Thompson and Ken Johnson were the respective winning pitchers. All the scoring in the second game was provided by Phillies' catcher Del Wilber, who hit 3 solo home runs in as many at bats.

50 years ago
1961


Baseball
Rocky Colavito hit 1 home run in the first game and 3 in the second game as the Detroit Tigers swept a doubleheader from the Washington Senators 7-4 and 10-1 at Griffith Stadium in Washington.

Milt Pappas pitched a 2-hitter and hit 2 solo home runs to lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 3-0 win over the Minnesota Twins. Eddie Robinson also homered for the Orioles.

The Cincinnati Reds extended their lead in the National League over the second-place Los Angeles Dodgers to 3 1/2 games when they swept a doubleheader from the Dodgers 6-5 and 8-3. The Reds came back from a 5-1 deficit to win the first game as Gene Freese hit a 3-run home run in the 7th inning and Wally Post hit a 2-run double in the 8th. Rookie Ken Johnson was the winning pitcher over Don Drysdale in the second game.

40 years ago
1971


Football
CFL
Ottawa (2-4) 21 @ Saskatchewan (3-4) 42

The Roughriders came back from a 21-7 deficit to defeat the Rough Riders at Taylor Field. Saskatchewan defensive tackle Ed McQuarters, whose career was believed to be over, returned to play his first game since losing an eye in a household accident several months earlier.

Baseball
The Cincinnati Reds scored 5 runs in the 9th inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-7. Pinch hitter Jimmy Stewart drove in 3 of the runs with a bases-loaded triple and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Pete Rose.

25 years ago
1986


Baseball
Nolan Ryan gave up 1 hit in 6 innings as he pitched the Houston Astros to a 7-1 win over the Chicago Cubs for his 250th career major league win.

20 years ago
1991


Football
CFL
British Columbia (4-4) 25 @ Toronto (6-2) 34
Calgary (6-2) 15 @ Winnipeg (5-3) 28

August 26, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Jaqi Atugonza!

220 years ago
1791


Technology
U.S. inventors and competitors John Fitch and James Rumsey were each granted federal patents for the invention of the steamboat.

60 years ago
1951


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

Died on this date
Bill Barilko, 24
. Canadian hockey player. Henry Hudson. Canadian dentist. Mr. Barilko was a defenseman with the Toronto Maple Leafs; his Stanley Cup-winning goal in overtime in the fifth game of the finals against the Montreal Canadiens on April 21, 1951 remains one of the most famous goals in hockey history. He and Dr. Hudson, who was piloting a Fairchild 24 float plane flew from Timmins, Ontario to Seal River, Quebec for a weekend of fishing. The plane never returned and the wreckage and bodies weren't discovered until 1962. The plane was 35miles off course and was found about 60 miles north of Cochrane, Ontario. Adding to the legend of Mr. Barilko was the fact that the Maple Leafs didn't win the Stanley Cup again until the year of the plane's discovery.

Baseball
The New York Giants extended their winning streak to 14 games when they swept a doubleheader from the Chicago Cubs 5-4 in 10 innings and 5-1 at the Polo Grounds in New York. Wes Westrum's second home run of the game gave the Giants the win in the first game after Chicago first baseman (and future television star) Chuck Connors hit his second and last major league home run, a 3-run shot off Sal Maglie in the top of the 9th inning to tie the game 4-4. The sweep moved the Giants to within 6 games of the National League-leading Brooklyn Dodgers, who split a doubleheader with the Pittsburgh Pirates, losing 12-11 and winning 4-3.

The Chicago White Sox split a doubleheader with the New York Yankees, winning the first game 3-2 and losing the second game 8-6. 37-year-old infielder Bert Haas came to bat for the White Sox as a pinch hitter in the 6th inning of the second game and hit a home run in what turned out to be his final major league at bat; he was released the next day.

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Johnny Remember Me--John Leyton

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): Johnny Remember Me--John Leyton

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): You Don't Know--Helen Shapiro (3rd week at #1)

U.S. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Michael--The Highwaymen (2nd week at #1)
2 School is Out--U.S. Bonds
3 Tossin' and Turnin'--Bobby Lewis
3 Last Night--Mar-Keys
5 Wooden Heart--Joe Dowell
6 Pretty Little Angel Eyes--Curtis Lee
7 Hurt--Timi Yuro
8 Let's Twist Again--Chubby Checker
9 I Like it Like That (Part 1)--Chris Kenner
10 Don't Bet Money Honey--Linda Scott

Singles entering the chart were Little Sister (#59)/(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame (#80) by Elvis Presley; Sweet Little You by Neil Sedaka (#73); Kissin' on the Phone (#74)/Cinderella (#86) by Paul Anka; You Don't Know What it Means by Jackie Wilson (#78); Human by Tommy Hunt (#93); Juke Box Saturday Night by Nino and the Ebb Tides (#99); and Don't Cry, Baby by Etta James (#100).

Boxing
Doug Jones (19-0) scored a technical knockout over Von Clay (15-5-2) at 2:21 of the 10th round of a heavyweight bout at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Football
CFL
Ottawa (2-1) 32 @ Calgary (1-3) 1

Baseball
Al Worthington of the San Diego Padres pitched a no-hitter against the Hawaii Islanders in a Pacific Coast League game.

20 years ago
1991


Baseball
Bret Saberhagen pitched a no-hitter to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 7-0 win over the Chicago White Sox.

10 years ago
2001


Baseball
Sammy Sosa hit his 50th and 51st home runs of the season to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 6-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Friday, 19 August 2011

August 25, 2011

100 years ago
1911


Baseball
Smoky Joe Wood picked up his 20th win of the season as he pitched the Boston Red Sox to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Browns.

60 years ago
1951


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Because of You--Tony Bennett
--Les Baxter and his Orchestra
2 Come On-A My House--Rosemary Clooney
--Kay Starr
3 Too Young--Nat "King" Cole
4 Sweet Violets--Dinah Shore
5 Jezebel--Frankie Laine
6 The Loveliest Night of the Year--Mario Lanza
7 My Truly, Truly Fair--Guy Mitchell
--Vic Damone
8 I Get Ideas--Tony Martin
9 (Why Did I Tell You I was Going to) Shanghai--Doris Day
--Billy Williams Quartet
10 I'm in Love Again--Henri Rene and his Orchestra featuring April Stevens

Singles entering the chart were Belle, Belle, My Liberty Belle by Guy Mitchell (#30); Surprising by Perry Como (#34); and For All We Know by Bill Hayes (#37).

Football
WIFU
Edmonton (1-0) 30 @ Winnipeg (0-1) 24
Calgary (0-1) 1 @ Saskatchewan (1-0) 8

The Blue Bombers' loss to the Eskimos at Osborne Stadium was the first game for George Trafton as Winnipeg's head coach, while Harry "Blackjack" Smith made his regular season debut as head coach of the Roughriders in their win over the Stampeders at Taylor Field in Regina.

50 years ago
1961


Space
The United States launched the satellite Explorer 13, which tested the Scout rocket and studied micrometeorites. The mission ended three days later.

Football
CFL
Toronto (1-2) 15 @ Montreal (0-3-1) 10

This was the fourth and final CFL game for Nelson Yarbrough as quarterback of the Alouettes. He was cut after this game, and never played again in the CFL.

40 years ago
1971


Football
CFL
Montreal (2-1) 12 @ Hamilton (2-1) 8
Winnipeg (2-5) 40 @ Edmonton (1-5) 31

Winnipeg quarterback Don Jonas threw an interception to Edmonton defensive back Dick Dupuis on the Blue Bombers' first play from scrimmage, but then settled down and threw 4 touchdown passes to lead the Blue Bombers to victory at Clarke Stadium. The Eskimos' touchdowns were all scored by former Blue Bombers: 2 each by Bob Houmard and Charlie Bryant. Mr. Houmard's second touchdown came on a pass from quarterback Larry Lawrence, and was the team's only touchdown pass in the first 8 games of the season. For Mr. Lawrence, it was his first start as an Eskimo; he had played in relief of Don Trull in his first two games with the team. Mr. Trull was used in this game just to hold the ball on Dave Cutler's field goal and convert attempts.

Baseball
Doyle Alexander pitched the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-1 win over the Montreal Expos at Jarry Park in Montreal in the regular Wednesday night telecast on CBC. Catcher Tom Haller hit a home run for the Dodgers.

30 years ago
1981


Baseball
Dennis Lamp of the Chicago White Sox lost a bid for a no-hitter against the Milwaukee Brewers when Robin Yount doubled to lead off the 9th inning. Mr. Lamp settled for a 1-hitter as the White Sox won 5-1.

25 years ago
1986


Baseball
Rookie third baseman Mark McGwire hit his first major league home run, a 450-foot blast to center field off Walt Terrell, as Mr. McGwire and the Oakland Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 8-4 at Tiger Stadium.

20 years ago
1991


Track and field
Carl Lewis of the United States set a world record in the men's 100-metre run at the world championships in Tokyo, covering the distance in 9.86 seconds.

Baseball
Doug Dascenzo of the Chicago Cubs made an error in his team's 12-8 loss to the San Diego Padres, ending the outfielder's errorless streak at 242 games, a National League record and 2 games short of the major league record.

The California Angels fired Doug Rader as manager and replaced him with former Angels' catcher and former Montreal Expos, manager Buck Rodgers.

10 years ago
2001


Died on this date
Aaliyah, 22
. U.S. singer and actress. Born Aaliyah Haughton in Brooklyn, New York, her self-titled debut album reached #2 on the Billboard chart. She co-starred in the movies Romeo Must Die (2000) and Queen of the Damned (2002). The rhythm and blues singer appeared to be on the verge of major stardom when she was killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas.

Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (3-5) 14 @ Toronto (2-6) 11
Calgary (3-5) 13 @ British Columbia (5-3) 27

Baseball
The Texas Rangers edged the Boston Red Sox 8-7 in 18 innings in a game that lasted 6 hours, 35 minutes.

August 24, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Sabbah Rose!

190 years ago
1821


World events
Mexico gained her independence from Spain with the Treaty of Cordoba.

100 years ago
1911


Born on this date
Durward Kirby
. U.S. television announcer. Mr. Kirby was the sidekick of Garry Moore on The Garry Moore Show in the 1950s and 1960s, and performed the same role for Allen Funt on Candid Camera from 1961-1966. He died of congestive heart failure on March 15, 2000 at the age of 87.

60 years ago
1951


On television tonight
Tales of Tomorrow, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Woman at Land's End

Baseball
Five days after sending midget Eddie Gaedel up to bat, St. Louis Browns' owner Bill Veeck staged "Fans Managers' Night," where 1,115 fans at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis flashed placards indicating their decisions for various moves during the game, including naming the starting lineup. Sherm Lollar, voted in by the fans as the catcher, had 3 hits, including a home run, as the Browns beat the Philadelphia Athletics 5-3. Gus Zernial's 28th homer of the season, a 3-run blow off winning pitcher Ned Garver, accounted for all of the Philadelphia scoring.

50 years ago
1961


Football
CFL
Edmonton (4-0) 35 @ Winnipeg (4-1) 20
British Columbia (0-4-1) 6 @ Saskatchewan (2-2) 25

Baseball
Pitching legend Satchel Paige, 55, signed with the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League.

40 years ago
1971


Football
CFL
British Columbia (2-3) 1 @ Calgary (5-0) 32

The Stampeders had outscored their opponents 129-22 in their first 5 games. This was the first game in the 13-year Hall of Fame career of Larry Highbaugh, who began with the Lions as a running back. He rushed once for 0 yards in this game and returned 1 kickoff for 67 yards.

Baseball
Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs hit his 512th and last career major league home run, moving him past Mel Ott into an 8th-place tie with Eddie Mathews on the career list, as the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Mr. Banks hit his last home run off Jim McGlothlin in the 4th inning.

30 years ago
1981


Baseball
Playing in his first major league game, Kent Hrbek hit a home run in the top of the 12th inning to give the Minnesota Twins a 3-2 win over the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

20 years ago
1991


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (4th week at #1)
2 Every Heartbeat--Amy Grant
3 Fading Like a Flower--Roxette
4 The Promise of a New Day--Paula Abdul
5 Temptation--Corina
6 It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over--Lenny Kravitz
7 P.A.S.S.I.O.N.--Rythm Syndicate
8 Time, Love and Tenderness--Michael Bolton
9 Crazy--Seal
10 Wind of Change--Scorpions

Singles entering the chart included The Real Love by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band (#71); Kiss Them for Me by Siouxsee and the Banshees (#80); and Real, Real, Real by Jesus Jones (#82).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (4th week at #1)
2 It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over--Lenny Kravitz
3 Fading Like a Flower--Roxette
4 Something to Talk About--Bonnie Raitt
5 The Motown Song--Rod Stewart (with the Temptations)
6 Superman's Song--Crash Test Dummies
7 Learning to Fly--Tom Petty
8 Every Heartbeat--Amy Grant
9 Hole Hearted--Extreme
10 Wind of Change--Scorpions

Singles entering the chart included I Adore Mi Amore by Color Me Badd (#86); Twist of the Knife by the Fabulous Thunderbirds (#94); and My Special Child by Sinead O'Connor (#96).

Politics and government
Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as general secretary of the Soviet Communist party, five days after a failed coup attempt against him.

Football
CFL
Ottawa (3-4) 24 @ Hamilton (0-7) 19

10 years ago
2001


Football
CFL
Montreal (6-2) 19 @ Winnipeg (6-2) 24
Hamilton (4-4) 20 @ Edmonton (3-5-0-1) 12

It was Warren Moon Day in Edmonton, and the Eskimos saluted their former quarterback and the other members of their Grey Cup championship teams from 1978-1982. Unfortunately, the current team played a terrible game, but a late touchdown and 2-point convert game them a chance to tie the game. They got that chance, but failed to capitalize on it.

August 23, 2011

80 years ago
1931


Baseball
Lefty Grove's American League record-tying 16-game winning streak ended when center fielder Jimmy Moore misjudged a fly ball hit by Sky Melillo, allowing the ball to fall for a 2-out double and drive in the game's only run as the St. Louis Browns edged the Philadelphia Athletics 1-0 at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. Winning pitcher Dick Coffman pitched a 3-hitter.

The St. Louis Cardinals swept a doubleheader from the Boston Braves at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, winning 16-1 and 1-0 in 11 innings. Chick Hafey batted 5 for 5 with 2 home runs and 8 runs batted in for the Cardinals in the first game, while Jim Bottomley hit a home run to end the second game.

75 years ago
1936


Baseball
17-year-old Bob Feller made his first major league start, striking out 15 batters, walking 4, and giving up 6 hits as the Cleveland Indians beat the St. Louis Browns 4-1 at League Park in Cleveland. Earl Caldwell was the losing pitcher.

60 years ago
1951


WIFU-IRFU
Pre-season
Edmonton (1-1) 21 @ Montreal 28

50 years ago
1961


Space
The United States launched Ranger 1, for the purpose of testing systems for lunar probes and particles in space.

Crime
English police launched a murder hunt after the a man was shot dead and a woman was found seriously wounded in a lay-by in Bedfordshire.

Baseball
The San Francisco Giants hit 5 home runs in a 12-run 9th inning as they whipped the Cincinnati Reds 14-0 at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. The Giants hit 6 home runs in the game. Juan Marichal pitched the shutout.

30 years ago
1981


Football
CFL
British Columbia (6-1) 29 @ Montreal (1-6) 14
Toronto (0-8) 14 @ Saskatchewan (4-3) 38

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Papa Don't Preach--Madonna (2nd week at #1)
2 Glory of Love--Peter Cetera
3 Higher Love--Steve Winwood
4 Mad About You--Belinda Carlisle
5 Take My Breath Away--Berlin
6 Dancing on the Ceiling--Lionel Richie
7 Venus--Bananarama
8 Rumors--Timex Social Club
9 We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off--Jermaine Stewart
10 The Edge of Heaven--Wham!

Singles entering the chart were Heartbeat by Don Johnson (#55); The Other Side of Life by the Moody Blues (#86); The Hunter by GTR (#87); Give Me the Reason by Luther Vandross (#89); and Angel in My Pocket by One to One (#90).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Glory of Love--Peter Cetera
2 Papa Don't Preach--Madonna
3 We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off--Jermaine Stewart
4 Mad About You--Belinda Carlisle
5 Sledgehammer--Peter Gabriel
6 I Can't Wait--Nu Shooz
7 Danger Zone--Kenny Loggins
8 Nasty--Janet Jackson
9 Who's Johnny--El DeBarge
10 The Edge of Heaven--Wham!

Singles entering the chart were Ruthless People by Mick Jagger (#85); A Matter of Trust by Billy Joel (#91); Typical Male by Tina Turner (#95); Love Walks In by Van Halen (#96); and Rumors by Timex Social Club (#98). Ruthless People was the title song from the movie.

Football
CFL
Edmonton (5-3) 20 @ Toronto (5-3) 26

The Eskimos had a chance to win the game at Exhibition Stadium on the final play, but Matt Dunigan's pass to Brian Kelly in the Toronto end zone was incomplete.

20 years ago
1991


World events
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev began his purge of cabinet members and officials involved in the failed coup attempt of four days earlier.

10 years ago
2001


Baseball
Jason Jennings, in his major league debut, pitched a shutout and batted 3 for 5 with a home run in the 9th inning, to lead the Colorado Rockies to a 10-0 win over the New York Mets at Shea Stadium in New York.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

August 22, 2011

160 years ago
1851


The U.S. schooner America defeated 14 British yachts in a race around the Isle of Wight to capture the Hundred Guinea Cup, which was awarded to the New York Yacht Club on condition that it be put up for international competition. The trophy was later renamed the America's Cup.

75 years ago
1936


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

50 years ago
1961


Boxing
Jimmy Ellis (4-0) won an upset victory by majority decision over Wilf Greaves (34-20-1) at Fairgrounds Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky.

Baseball
Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit his 50th home run of the season, a 2-run blow in the 6th inning off Ken McBride of the Los Angeles Angels, but the Angels won 4-3.

Frank Lane was fired as general manager of the Kansas City Athletics and replaced by Pat Friday.

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A.: (Billboard): Endless Love--Diana Ross and Lionel Richie (2nd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Endless Love--Diana Ross and Lionel Richie (2nd week at #1)
2 Slow Hand--Pointer Sisters
3 Theme from "Greatest American Hero"--Joey Scarbury
4 Jessie's Girl--Rick Springfield
5 Elvira--Oak Ridge Boys
6 I Don't Need You--Kenny Rogers
7 The One That You Love—Air Supply
8 Queen of Hearts--Juice Newton
9 Boy from New York City--The Manhattan Transfer
10 Lady--Commodores

Singles entering the chart were Start Me Up by the Rolling Stones (#49); The Night Owls by Little River Band (#63); When She was My Girl by the Four Tops (#81); I've Done Everything for You by Rick Springfield (#82); She's a Bad Mama Jama by Carl Carlton (#88); and Theme from Hill Street Blues by Mike Post featuring Larry Carlton (#90).

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

Football
CFL
Winnipeg (4-3) 10 @ Edmonton (6-1) 28

The Eskimos rolled up a 25-0 lead at Commonwealth Stadium before the Blue Bombers hit the scoreboard. Winnipeg wide receiver Mike Holmes, who had led the CFL in pass receptions and yardage in 1980, played his first game after injuring a knee in training camp. On the Blue Bombers' third offensive play of the game, Mr. Holmes pulled up lame with a snapped achilles tendon and was lost for the remainder of the season.

25 years ago
1986


Football
CFL
Ottawa (2-6) 14 @ Winnipeg (5-3) 46

20 years ago
1991


Football
CFL
The Saskatchewan Roughriders, who had lost quarterback Kent Austin to injury in the first game of the season and had struggled to a 1-6 record, fired head coach John Gregory and replaced him with former British Columbia Lions' and Toronto Argos' head coach Don Matthews. Mr. Gregory had led the Roughriders to the 1989 Grey Cup championship.

Winnipeg (4-3) 39 @ Calgary (6-1) 26

10 years ago
2001


Personal
This blogger concluded a job with the field collection unit of the 2001 Canadian national census. The FCU was well-run and the work was enjoyable.

Baseball
Sammy Sosa hit 3 home runs in a game for the second time in 2 weeks, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 16-3 rout of the Milwaukee Brewers.

David Bell had 5 hits, including a double and a home run, to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 16-1 rout of the Detroit Tigers.

The Kansas City Royals scored 7 runs in the top of the 1st inning at Chicago, but the White Sox scored 8 in the bottom of the 6th and edged the Royals 13-12.

August 21, 2011

180 years ago
1831


Protest
Under the leadership of Nat Turner, slaves in Southampton County, Virginia staged a violent rebellion lasting several days, resulting in the deaths of 55-65 white people.

100 years ago
1911


Crime
Vicenzo Peruggia, an Italian waiter, stole the Mona Lisa from the Louvre museum in Paris.

80 years ago
1931


Baseball
Babe Ruth hit his 600th career major league home run--against George Blaeholder--to lead the New York Yankees to an 11-7 win over the St. Louis Browns. Lou Gehrig followed Mr. Ruth's homer with one of his own.

60 years ago
1951


On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: This is Your Confession: Part 1, starring William Bishop, Sidney Blackmer, and Eva Gabor

Baseball
U.S. Air Force General "Rosey" O'Donnell was chosen to be the new Commissioner of major league baseball, but U.S. President Harry Truman overruled the decision, stating that Gen. O'Donnell was more needed in his present job of Air Force commanding general of bombing in Korea.

Bob Feller became the first major league pitcher to win 20 games in 1951 as he led the Cleveland Indians to a 4-0 win over the Washington Nationals.

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Tossin' and Turnin'--Bobby Lewis (7th week at #1)

Football
CFL
Montreal (0-2-1) 7 @ British Columbia (0-3-1) 7

All the scoring in the game at Empire Stadium in Vancouver took place in the 1st quarter. Two attempts late in the game by the Alouettes to score the winning point on a single failed when Gino Berretta's punts were run out of the end zone by Lions' returners.

40 years ago
1971


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: I'm Still Waiting--Diana Ross

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): How Can You Mend a Broken Heart--The Bee Gees (3rd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 How Can You Mend a Broken Heart--The Bee Gees (2nd week at #1)
2 Draggin' the Line--Tommy James
3 Take Me Home, Country Roads--John Denver
4 Mr. Big Stuff--Jean Knight
5 Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)--Marvin Gaye
6 Sweet Hitch-Hiker--Creedence Clearwater Revival
7 What the World Needs Now is Love/Abraham, Martin and John--Tom Clay
8 You've Got a Friend--James Taylor
9 Never Ending Song of Love--Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
10 Love the One You're With--Isley Brothers

Singles entering the chart included Call My Name, I'll Be There by Wilson Pickett (#63); Make it Funky (Part 1) by James Brown (#73); Surrender by Diana Ross (#74); Another Time, Another Place by Engelbert Humperdinck (#80); Feel So Bad by Ray Charles (#81); The Love We Had by the Dells (#85); Annabella by Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds (#87); Color My World by Chicago (#92); Loving Her was Easier by Kris Kristofferson (#93); Carey by Joni Mitchell (#94); and (Until Then) I'll Suffer by Barbara Lynn (#98).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Sweet City Woman--Stampeders (3rd week at #1)
2 You've Got a Friend--James Taylor
3 How Can You Mend a Broken Heart--The Bee Gees
4 Draggin' the Line--Tommy James
5 Take Me Home, Country Roads--John Denver
6 Never Ending Song of Love--Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
7 Indian Reservation—Raiders
8 Riders on the Storm--The Doors
9 Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)--Marvin Gaye
10 Sweet Hitch-Hiker--Creedence Clearwater Revival

Singles entering the chart included Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey by Paul & Linda McCartney (#40); Talk it Over in the Morning by Anne Murray (#44); Summer Side of Life by Gordon Lightfoot (#53); High Time We Went by Joe Cocker (#56); Marianne by Stephen Stills (#59); Creators of Rain by Ian & Sylvia (#92); Waiting at the Bus Stop by Bobby Sherman (#97); and All Day Music by War (#99).

Calgary's top 10
1 Take Me Home, Country Roads--John Denver
2 Moon Shadow--Cat Stevens
3 Draggin' the Line--Tommy James
4 Sweet Hitch-Hiker--Creedence Clearwater Revival
5 Mighty Clouds of Joy--B.J. Thomas
6 Liar--Three Dog Night
7 How Can You Mend a Broken Heart--The Bee Gees
8 We've Got a Dream--Ocean
9 Rain Dance--The Guess Who
10 Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep--Middle of the Road
Pick hit of the week: I Hear Those Church Bells--Dusk

Baseball
Mickey Lolich of the Detroit Tigers pitched a 6-hitter for his 20th win of the season as the Tigers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-2.

30 years ago
1981


Football
CFL
Ottawa (2-5) 18 @ Calgary (4-3) 30

Baseball
Sid Fernandez of Lethbridge struck out 21 batters in a 6-0 win over the Helena Phillies in a Pioneer League game.

25 years ago
1986


Disasters
More than 1,700 people died in Cameroon when a cloud of lethal gas escaped from a volcanic lake.

Football
CFL
Hamilton (3-5) 28 @ Montreal (2-6) 23
Calgary (5-4) 30 @ British Columbia (7-2) 14

Baseball
Spike Owen scored 6 runs as the Boston Red Sox whipped the Cleveland Indians 24-5. Greg Swindell was the losing pitcher in his major league debut.

20 years ago
1991


World events
With Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev having been apparently toppled from power the previous day by a coup, Latvia declared its independence from the U.S.S.R.

Football
CFL
British Columbia (4-3) 50 @ Saskatchewan (1-6) 47
Toronto (5-2) 39 @ Edmonton (5-2) 53

The Roughriders' loss to the Lions at Taylor Field in Regina was the last game for John Gregory, who had been their head coach since 1987. He was fired and replaced by Don Matthews.

The Eskimos appeared had a chance to score 60 points, but a drive in the 4th quarter ended when Brian Walling fumbled and former Eskimo Don Wilson returned the ball 101 yards for a touchdown. Argonauts' co-owner John Candy was at the game, and rode the Eskimos' fire truck around the track at Commonwealth Stadium after a Toronto touchdown.

Baseball
The Helena Brewers amassed 27 hits and 6 home runs as they routed Idaho Falls 28-0 in a Pioneer League game.

10 years ago
2001


Baseball
In what may have been a first for organized professional baseball, Tim Raines, Sr. of the Ottawa Lynx and Tim Raines, Jr. of the Rochester Redbirds played against each other in an International League doubleheader.

August 20, 2011

80 years ago
1931


Baseball
Babe Ruth hit his major league-leading 34th home run of the season (and 599th of his major league career), a grand slam over the right field roof of Sportsman's Park in St. Louis in the top of the 9th inning, to give the New York Yankees a 7-3 win over the St. Louis Browns. Earlier, teammate Lou Gehrig had hit his 33rd homer of the season. Lefty Gomez was the winning pitcher.

50 years ago
1961


Football
CFL
Hamilton (2-0) 28 @ Toronto (0-2) 24

The Tiger-Cats trailed 24-7 after 3 quarters but rallied with 3 touchdowns in the 4th quarter to win at CNE Stadium.

Baseball
The Philadelphia Phillies lost their 23rd consecutive game, a major league record that still stands, 5-2 to the Milwaukee Braves in the first game of a doubleheader at County Stadium in Milwaukee. The Phillies ended the losing streak in the second game with a 7-4 win behind the pitching of John Buzhardt.

The Minnesota Twins got home runs from 2 different pitchers as they beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-7 at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. Twins' starting pitcher jack Kralick hit a homer, and reliever Al Schroll, who entered the game in the 5th inning, also homered. Lennie Green added 2 homers for the Twins, including one leading off the game. Earl Averill hit 2 home runs for the Angels.

7,245 fans showed up at Yankee Stadium in New York to see the West beat the East 7-1 in the Negro American League All-Star Game. Satchel Paige, 55, pitched the first 3 innings for the West, giving up no runs and just 1 hit; he was the winning pitcher and most valuable player. New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller threw out the first pitch.

40 years ago
1971


Weather
Late on a hot afternoon, it began to rain, marking the third straight year that it had rained in Yellowknife on August 20.

Baseball
Ferguson Jenkins picked up his 20th win of the season as the Chicago Cubs edged the Houston Astros 3-2.

25 years ago
1986


Baseball
Walt Terrell was 1 out away from a no-hitter when he gave up a double to Wally Joyner of the California Angels. Mr. Terrell finished with a 1-hit 3-0 win.

Don Carman of the Philadelphia Phillies carried a perfect game into the 9th inning, but gave up a leadoff double to Bob Brenly of the San Francisco Giants. Mr. Carman and Steve Bedrosian combined for a 1-0 10-inning win at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. The only run came on Juan Samuel's home run.

10 years ago
2001


Baseball
Ken Griffey, Jr.'s inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the 11th inning gave the Cincinnati Reds a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, ending the Cardinals' winning streak at 11 games.

August 19, 2011

90 years ago
1921


Baseball
The Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox split a doubleheader at Fenway Park in Boston, with the Red Sox winning the first game 13-8 and the Tigers the second game 10-0. Ty Cobb of the Tigers collected 3 hits in the first game and 3 more in the second game, including a single off Elmer Myers for his 3,000th career major league hit.

80 years ago
1931


Baseball
Lefty Grove of the Philadelphia Athletics tied an American League record with his 16th consecutive win and improved his record for the season to 25-2 as the Athletics beat the Chicago White Sox 4-2 at Comiskey Park in Chicago.

75 years ago
1936


Died on this date
Federico Garcia Lorca, 38
. Spanish poet. One of the "Generation of '27," Mr. Garcia Lorca was believed to have been shot to death by an anti-Communist death squad. His death took place a few weeks after the beginning of the Spanish Civil War.

70 years ago
1941


Baseball
The Brooklyn Dodgers swept a doubleheader from the Pittsburgh Pirates at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, winning 9-0 and 6-2, with Curt Davis and Hugh Casey the respective winning pitchers. Pirates' manager Frankie Frisch was ejected from the second game by umpire Jocko Conlan when he came onto the field carrying an umbrella to protest the playing conditions.

60 years ago
1951


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

Baseball
In one of the most memorable promotional stunts in baseball history, St. Louis Browns' owner Bill Veeck sent 3'7", 65-lb. midget Eddie Gaedel up to bat in the 1st inning of the second game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. For more on Mr. Gaedel, go here; here; here; and here.

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): You Don't Know--Helen Shapiro (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): You Don't Know--Helen Shapiro (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): You Don't Know--Helen Shapiro (2nd week at #1)

U.S. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Michael--The Highwaymen
2 Tossin' and Turnin'--Bobby Lewis
3 Last Night--Mar-Keys
4 I Like it Like That (Part 1)--Chris Kenner
5 Let's Twist Again--Chubby Checker
6 Pretty Little Angel Eyes--Curtis Lee
7 Together--Connie Francis
8 Wooden Heart--Joe Dowell
9 School is Out--U.S. Bonds
10 Dum Dum--Brenda Lee

Singles entering the chart were Without You by Johnny Tillotson (#64); Crying (#68)/Candy Man (#72) by Roy Orbison; Big Cold Wind by Pat Boone (#74); Years from Now by Jackie Wilson (#75); Mexico by Bob Moore and his Orchestra (#77); More Money for You and Me by the Four Preps (#93); (Theme From) Silver City by the Ventures (#94); You're the Reason, with versions by Bobby Edwards, Joe South, and Hank Locklin (#95); Jeremiah Peabody's Poly Unsaturated Quick Dissolving Fast Acting Pleasant Tasting Green and Purple Pills by Ray Stevens (#99); St. Louis Blues by the Cousins (#100); and The Way You Look Tonight by the Lettermen (also #100).

Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (1-2) 22 @ Calgary (1-2) 15
Montreal (0-2) 0 @ Edmonton (3-0) 33

The Stampeders' loss to the Roughriders at McMahon Stadium marked the last game for Joe Kapp as a Stampeder. The quarterback was traded to the British Columbia Lions three days later.

40 years ago
1971


Football
CFL
Ottawa (2-3) 28 @ Toronto (4-0) 30
Saskatchewan (2-4) 31 @ Winnipeg (1-5) 25

The game between the Roughriders and Blue Bombers at Winnipeg Stadium marked the last game for veteran Winnipeg defensive back and punter Ed Ulmer, and the only CFL game for Saskatchewan defensive end Gary Kerl.

20 years ago
1991


World events
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev was briefly overthrown by a coup of Communist hardliners.

10 years ago
2001


Baseball
Mike Cameron had 4 hits--including 2 home runs--and batted in 8 runs to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 10-2 win over the New York Yankees.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

August 18, 2011

120 years ago
1891


Baseball
The Milwaukee Brewers, formerly of the Western League, played their first game in the American Association, beating the St. Louis Browns 7-2.

80 years ago
1931


Baseball
Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees played his 1,000th consecutive game, but went hitless as the Yankees lost 5-4 to the Detroit Tigers at Navin Field in Detroit.

75 years ago
1936


Boxing
Joe Louis (25-1) knocked out former world heavyweight champion Jack Sharkey (37-13-3) at 1:02 of the 3rd round of their bout at Madison Square Garden in New York. It was Mr. Sharkey's last fight.

60 years ago
1951


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Come On-A My House--Rosemary Clooney (2nd week at #1)
--Kay Starr
2 Too Young--Nat "King" Cole
3 Jezebel--Frankie Laine
4 Sweet Violets--Dinah Shore
5 Because of You--Tony Bennett
--Les Baxter and his Orchestra
6 The Loveliest Night of the Year--Mario Lanza
7 My Truly, Truly Fair--Guy Mitchell
--Vic Damone
8 I Get Ideas--Tony Martin
9 On Top of Old Smoky--The Weavers and Terry Gilkyson
--Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra
10 (Why Did I Tell You I was Going to) Shanghai--Doris Day
--Billy Williams Quartet

Singles entering the chart were I've Got You Under My Skin by Stan Freberg (#32); Cara Cara, Bella Bella by Perry Como (#33); and Kisses Sweeter than Wine by the Weavers (#34).

Football
WIFU
Pre-season
Saskatchewan 12 @ Edmonton (1-0) 13

40 years ago
1971


Died on this date
Eamonn McDevitt, 24
. Northern Irish protester. Mr. McDevitt, a deaf mute, was shot by British soldiers during a disturbance in Strabane, near Londonderry. Soldiers said that Mr. McDevitt was brandishing a pistol, but civilian witnesses said he was just waving his arms around to attract attention.

Football
CFL
Edmonton (1-4) 1 @ British Columbia (2-2) 11

Edmonton fullback Bob Houmard rushed for 107 yards, but it wasn't enough, as the Eskimos scored 1 point for the second straight game. The only touchdown in the game at Empire Stadium in Vancouver came on the first play of the 4th quarter on a pass from B.C. quarterback Paul Brothers to tight end Lefty Hendrickson.

August 17, 2011

120 years ago
1891


Baseball
The Cincinnati Porkers of the American Association suspended operations for the rest of the season. They were replaced by the Milwaukee Brewers of the Western League.

70 years ago
1941


Baseball
The Brooklyn Dodgers swept a doubleheader from the Boston Braves 5-1 and 3-0 at Braves Field. Kirby Higbe pitched a complete game and had 4 hits off losing pitcher Jim Tobin to earn his 17th win of the season in the first game, while Whit Wyatt came within 2 outs of a perfect game in the second game, giving up just a single to Phil Masi with 1 out in the 9th inning. 35,329 were in attendance, the largest crowd of the year at Braves Field.

60 years ago
1951


On television tonight
Tales of Tomorrow, on ABC
Tonight's episode: A Child is Crying, starring Walter Abel, Peggy Allenby, and Shirley Egleston

50 years ago
1961


Baseball
Joe Adcock hit a 2-run home run in the 8th inning to tie the game 6-6 and Al Spangler singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Milwaukee Braves a 7-6 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at County Stadium in Milwaukee, handing the Phillies their 20th consecutive loss, a major league record at the time.

40 years ago
1971


Baseball
Burt Hooton of the Tacoma Tigers tied a Pacific Coast League record for a 9-inning game when he struck out 19 batters as the Tigers won 5-1 at home over the Eugene Emeralds.

25 years ago
1986


Baseball
Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds made his final appearance as a player, striking out as a pinch hitter against Goose Gossage as the Reds lost 9-5 to the San Diego Padres at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati. Reds' shortstop Barry Larkin hit his first major league home run against Padres' starting pitcher LaMarr Hoyt.

The Chicago White Sox beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-4 as Steve Carlton picked up his first win in the American League and the 320th of his major league career.

20 years ago
1991


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (3rd week at #1)
2 Every Heartbeat--Amy Grant
3 P.A.S.S.I.O.N.--Rythm Syndicate
4 Fading Like a Flower--Roxette
5 Temptation--Corina
6 It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over--Lenny Kravitz
7 Right Here, Right Now--Jesus Jones
8 The Promise of a New Day--Paula Abdul
9 I'll Be There--Escape Club
10 Crazy--Seal

Singles entering the chart included Romantic by Karyn White (#66) and That's the Way Love Goes by Young M.C. (#82).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 (Everything I Do) I Do it for You--Bryan Adams (3rd week at #1)
2 Fading Like a Flower--Roxette
3 It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over--Lenny Kravitz
4 Superman's Song--Crash Test Dummies
5 Something to Talk About--Bonnie Raitt
6 The Motown Song--Rod Stewart (with the Temptations)
7 Learning to Fly--Tom Petty
8 Every Heartbeat--Amy Grant
9 Crazy--Seal
10 The Rhythm of Your Love--Glass Tiger

Singles entering the chart included Love...Thy Will Be Done by Martika (#80); My Name is Not Susan by Whitney Houston (#90); and The Real Love by Bob Seger (#99).

10 years ago
2001


Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (2-5) 13 @ Calgary (3-4) 37
British Columbia (4-3) 35 @ Edmonton (3-4-0-1) 17

The Eskimos jumped out to a 17-0 lead, but the Lions came back with 35 unanswered points. Damon Allen threw 3 touchdown passes for the Lions, and Robert Drummond rushed for 2 more B.C. touchdowns. Edmonton quarterback Jason Maas threw 2 touchdown passes to Ed Hervey. Running back Rod Smart, who had attracted attention in the XFL for wearing the words "He Hate Me" on the back of his jersey, played as a kick returner for the Eskimos in this game at Commonwealth Stadium, wearing just his surname and the number 20 on the back of his jersey. It was his only CFL game.

Baseball
Jeff Frye became the second Toronto Blue Jay to hit for the cycle as the Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 11-3.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

August 16, 2011

50 years ago
1961


Football
CFL
Ottawa (1-1) 19 @ Winnipeg (4-0) 29

40 years ago
1971


Football
CFL
Winnipeg (1-4) 12 @ Calgary (4-0) 36

Winnipeg quarterback Benji Dial punted 90 yards for a single on a quick kick; it was the only punt of his CFL career.

30 years ago
1981


Auto racing
Geoff Brabham of Australia won the Can-Am sports car race in Edmonton, with Teo Fabi of Italy finishing second. Only about 4,000 fans showed up on a hot, sunny Sunday afternoon, far less than the 12,000 required for the event to break even financially. It was the last major event ever held at Edmonton International Speedway, which had been a regular stop on the Can-Am circuit in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Football
CFL
Hamilton (5-2) 37 @ British Columbia (5-1) 23

Baseball
Intercontinental Cup @ Renfrew Park, Edmonton
Bronze Medal game
South Korea 3 @ Dominican Republic 4 (15 innings)

Gold Medal game
Cuba 5 @ U.S.A. 6 (10 innings)

The U.S.A. was leading 5-3 with 2 out in the top of the 9th inning when the Cubans tied it with a 2-run homer. The winning run was set up when a throw from a Cuban infielder went into the dugout past first base. The first base umpire ruled that the batter had already reached first safely and was entitled to move up 2 bases to third on the overthrow. The Cubans protested vehemently and threatened to leave, but the game resumed and the Americans scored the winning run. Had they not scored then, the Cubans were just four minutes away from leaving the field and heading for the airport to catch their flight out of Canada. It was a memorable end to a memorable tournament.

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Papa Don't Preach--Madonna
2 Glory of Love--Peter Cetera
3 Sledgehammer--Peter Gabriel
4 Mad About You--Belinda Carlisle
5 Higher Love--Steve Winwood
6 Invisible Touch--Genesis
7 Love Touch--Rod Stewart
8 Dancing on the Ceiling--Lionel Richie
9 We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off--Jermaine Stewart
10 The Edge of Heaven--Wham!

Singles entering the chart included Throwing it All Away by Genesis (#42); It's You by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band (#83); Sweet Love by Anita Baker (#84); Paranoimia by The Art of Noise with Max Headroom (#86); and Take Me Home Tonight by Eddie Money (#87).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Papa Don't Preach--Madonna (2nd week at #1)
2 Glory of Love--Peter Cetera
3 We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off--Jermaine Stewart
4 Sledgehammer--Peter Gabriel
5 I Can't Wait--Nu Shooz
6 Who's Johnny--El DeBarge
7 Danger Zone--Kenny Loggins
8 Mad About You--Belinda Carlisle
9 Nasty--Janet Jackson
10 Love Touch--Rod Stewart

Singles entering the chart included Venus by Bananarama (#80); Innocent by Luba (#94); You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon (#97); and Walk Like a Man by Mary Jane Girls (#98).

Oddities
Dale Holman of the Richmond Braves of the International League became the first player in U.S. professional baseball to play for both teams in the same game. He had been playing for Syracuse when their game against the Braves had been suspended because of rain on June 16. By the time the game resumed, he had been traded to Richmond, and was in the Braves' lineup.

Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (3-5) 21 @ Hamilton (2-5) 23

20 years ago
1991


Football
CFL
Hamilton (0-6) 24 @ Winnipeg (3-3) 25

10 years ago
2001


Scandal
Paul Burrell, former butler to Diana, Princess of Wales, was charged with stealing 342 items from her estate.

Football
CFL
Toronto (2-5) 25 @ Montreal (6-1) 40
Winnipeg (5-2) 20 @ Hamilton (3-4) 17

Baseball
The Boston Red Sox fired Jimy Williams as manager and replaced him with pitching coach Joe Kerrigan.

Jeremy Fikac, making his major league debut as a relief pitcher with the San Diego Padres, struck out the side in his only inning of work and became the winning pitcher when the Padres scored the winning run to beat the New York Mets 6-5.

Friday, 12 August 2011

August 15, 2011

Married on this date
Happy Anniversary, Janet & Tim Sproule!

125 years ago
1886


Baseball
Guy Hecker of the Louisville Colonels hit 3 inside-the-park home runs, had 6 hits, and scored 7 runs as the Colonels whipped the Baltimore Orioles.

100 years ago
1911


Technology
Proctor & Gamble introduced Crisco vegetable shortening.

Baseball
The Cleveland Naps released 44-year-old pitching ace Cy Young. Mr. Young had a record of 3-4 with the Naps in 1911, and soon signed with the Boston Rustlers to finish his major league career.

75 years ago
1936


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

60 years ago
1951


Boxing
Former world heavyweight champion Joe Louis (66-2) won a unanimous 10-round decision over Jimmy Bivins (78-21-1) at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. It turned out to be the Brown Bomber's last win.

50 years ago
1961


Space
The United States launched the satellite Explorer 12, whose mission was to obtain data on solar wind, interplanetary magnetic fields, particles in space, and the Van Allen belts. The mission was expected to end in 1962.

Football
CFL
British Columbia (0-3) 21 @ Hamilton (1-0) 30

40 years ago
1971


Sport
British equestrian Harvey Smith was stripped of his first-prize earnings for allegedly making an obscene hand gesture toward the British Show Jumping Derby's judges.

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A.: (Billboard): Endless Love--Diana Ross and Lionel Richie

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Endless Love--Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
2 Theme from "Greatest American Hero"--Joey Scarbury
3 Slow Hand--Pointer Sisters
4 Jessie's Girl--Rick Springfield
5 Elvira--Oak Ridge Boys
6 I Don't Need You--Kenny Rogers
7 The One That You Love—Air Supply
8 Boy from New York City--The Manhattan Transfer
9 Hearts--Marty Balin
10 Queen of Hearts--Juice Newton

Singles entering the chart were Arthur's Theme by Christopher Cross (#71); Backfired by Debbie Harry (#78); Burnin' for You by Blue Oyster Cult (#85); Just Once by Quincy Jones featuring James Ingram (#89); and Silly by Deniece Williams (#90).

Endless Love, one of the dreariest songs of its time, was the title song of a movie that was, according to Leonard Maltin, one of the worst of its time.

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

Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (3-3) 32 @ Ottawa (2-4) 16

Baseball
Intercontinental Cup @ Renfrew Park, Edmonton
Semi-Finals
South Korea 1 @ Cuba 9
Dominican Republic 3 @ U.S.A. 5

25 years ago
1986


Football
CFL
British Columbia (7-1) 25 @ Ottawa (2-5) 19
Winnipeg (4-3) 5 @ Edmonton (5-2) 33

Rookie Tom Richards returned a Bob Cameron punt 77 yards for a touchdown less than 3 minutes into the game to provide the winning margin for the Eskimos over the Blue Bombers at Commonwealth Stadium.

20 years ago
1991


Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (1-5) 10 @ Toronto (5-1) 62
Edmonton (4-2) 35 @ Ottawa (2-4) 36
Calgary (6-0) 37 @ British Columbia (3-3) 28 (OT)

The Eskimos appeared to be in position to win their game against the Rough Riders at Lansdowne Park, but with the ball in field goal rang in the final seconds, Edmonton quarterback Tracy Ham handed off to Michael Soles to move the ball into better position, and the Ottawa tacklers kept him on his feet until the clock ran out.

10 years ago
2001


Space
Astronomers announced the first discovery of a solar system outside our own.

August 14, 2011

75 years ago
1936


Olympics
The U.S.A. won the first gold medal for men's basketball, defeating Canada 19-8 in the final at Berlin. The game was played on a tennis court of clay and sand, in a driving rainstorm that turned the court into mud. Joe Fortenberry and three other players from McPherson, Kansas scored 18 of the Americans' points.

70 years ago
1941


Diplomacy
Details of the Atlantic Charter--an agreement between the U.K. (then at war with Nazi Germany) and U.S.A. (then not at war with any nation)--emerged after several days of secret meetings between British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and American President Franklin Roosevelt.

60 years ago
1951


On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Death Sabre, starring Felicia Montealegre and Leslie Nielsen

Died on this date
William Randolph Hearst, 77
. U.S. media tycoon. Mr. Hearst owned a number of newspapers in major U.S. cities; his expertise at "yellow journalism" was credited with inspiring the Spanish-American War in 1898. Mr. Hearst's large California castle, San Simeon, served as a storage facility for his huge collections of art. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1903-1907, but campaigns for higher offices were unsuccessful. Mr. Hearst carried on a longtime affair with actress Marion Davies and produced large-scale movies for her, but extravaganzas such as Cain and Mabel (1936) were box office flops. Orson Welles' famous movie Citizen Kane (1941) was assumed to be a fictionalized depiction of Mr. Hearst; the Hearst newspapers panned the film, and Mr. Hearst's power was strong enough to limit the film's release.

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Tossin' and Turnin'--Bobby Lewis (6th week at #1)

Football
CFL
Winnipeg (3-0) 14 @ Toronto (0-1) 13
Saskatchewan (0-2) 8 @ Edmonton (2-0) 38

Ron Quillen, in his first CFL game, led the Eskimos with 7 pass receptions for 159 yards and 3 touchdowns in their win over the Roughriders at Clarke Stadium. It was also the first--and last--CFL game for Edmonton offensive tackle Willie Crafts, who replaced injured Roger Nelson at offensive tackle, and even wore Mr. Nelson's jersey #66.

40 years ago
1971


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Get it On (Bang a Gong)--T. Rex (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): How Can You Mend a Broken Heart--The Bee Gees (2nd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 How Can You Mend a Broken Heart--The Bee Gees
2 You've Got a Friend--James Taylor
3 Draggin' the Line--Tommy James
4 Mr. Big Stuff--Jean Knight
5 Indian Reservation--Raiders
6 Take Me Home, Country Roads--John Denver
7 Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)--Marvin Gaye
8 Sweet Hitch-Hiker--Creedence Clearwater Revival
9 What the World Needs Now is Love/Abraham, Martin and John--Tom Clay
10 Love the One You're With--Isley Brothers

Singles entering the chart were Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey by Paul & Linda McCartney (#63); Rain Dance by the Guess Who (#68); Waiting at the Bus Stop by Bobby Sherman (#72); Stagger Lee by Tommy Roe (#82); Marianne by Stephen Stills (#84); Thin Line Between Love and Hate by the Persuaders (#87); Maggie May by Rod Stewart (#90); Desdemona by the Searchers (#94); Bright Lights, Big City by Sonny James (#97); and Top Forty (Of the Lord) by Sha Na Na (#98). Maggie May was the B-side (or maybe the A-side) of Reason to Believe, which charted at #85.

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Sweet City Woman--Stampeders (2nd week at #1)
2 You've Got a Friend--James Taylor
3 How Can You Mend a Broken Heart--The Bee Gees
4 Draggin' the Line--Tommy James
5 Take Me Home, Country Roads--John Denver
6 Don't Pull Your Love--Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
7 Indian Reservation—Raiders
8 Signs--Five Man Electrical Band
9 Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)--Marvin Gaye
10 Sweet Hitch-Hiker--Creedence Clearwater Revival

Singles entering the chart included Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers (#64); Go Away Little Girl by Donny Osmond (#75); The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down by Joan Baez (#83); Carey by Joni Mitchell (#85); Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep by Mac and Katie Kissoon (#95); Do You Know What I Mean by Lee Michaels (#98); and I Woke Up in Love this Morning by the Partridge Family (#100).

Calgary's top 10
1 Draggin' the Line--Tommy James
2 Moon Shadow--Cat Stevens
3 Never Ending Song of Love--Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
4 Take Me Home, Country Roads--John Denver
5 Sweet Hitch-Hiker--Creedence Clearwater Revival
6 Mighty Clouds of Joy--B.J. Thomas
7 Liar--Three Dog Night
8 You've Got a Friend--James Taylor
9 We've Got a Dream--Ocean
10 Sooner or Later--The Grass Roots
Pick hit of the week: Mr. Big Stuff--Jean Knight

Baseball
Bob Gibson pitched his only major league no-hitter, leading the St. Louis Cardinals past the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-0 at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. Mr. Gibson walked 3 batters and struck out 10, while batting in 3 runs. The Cardinals scored 5 runs in the top of the 1st inning.

30 years ago
1981


Football
CFL
Winnipeg (4-2) 17 @ Calgary (3-3) 18

Baseball
Mike Schmidt hit his 300th career major league home run to lead the Philadelphia Phillies past the New York Mets 8-4.

25 years ago
1986


Football
CFL
Montreal (2-5) 10 @ Calgary (4-4) 21

20 years ago
1991


Baseball
Dave Winfield hit his 400th career major league home run to lead the California Angels past the Minnesota Twins 7-4.

Mike Gallego's single in the 9th inning broke up Randy Johnson's bid for a no-hitter, but Mr. Johnson settled for a 1-hitter as the Seattle Mariners blanked the Oakland Athletics 4-0.

Tom Glavine pitched 7 innings to improve his record for the season to 18-3 as the Atlanta Braves whipped the Pittsburgh Pirates 15-0. Lonnie Smith led the Braves with 5 hits, while Brian Hunter and Otis Nixon each had 4.

10 years ago
2001


War
The Irish Republican Army announced that it was withdrawing a proposal it had made a week earlier about putting its weapons beyond use.