Friday, 28 October 2011

November 1, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Will Morrow and Maurice Pratt!

75 years ago
1936


World events
Italian dictator Benito Mussolini described Italy's new alliance with Nazi Germany as an "axis" running between Berlin and Rome.

70 years ago
1941


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Piano Concerto in B Flat--Freddy Martin (5th week at #1)

Football
ERFU
Ottawa (5-1) 11 @ Montreal (0-6) 2
Toronto Balmy Beach (2-4) 5 @ Toronto Argonauts (5-1) 8

Wilf Tremblay scored the Rough Riders' touchdown in their win over the Bulldogs at Percival Molson Stadium. George Fraser converted and added a field goal and single, and Arnie McWatters punted for a single for Ottawa. Gord Noseworthy punted for 2 singles for Montreal, who were playing their last game under the name Bulldogs.

Pat Reid scored the Argonauts' touchdown in their win over Balmy Beach at Varsity Stadium. Earl Selkirk converted, and Mike Meikle and Annis Stukus added singles. Singles accounted for all the Balmy Beach points: 3 by Sammy Sward, and 1 each by Bobby Porter and Jack Alexander.

These games marked the end of regular season play for the Eastern Rugby Football Union's only season. Balmy Beach returned to the Ontario Rugby Football Union in 1942, while the Toronto Argonauts and Montreal Bulldogs suspended operations through the 1944 season because of World War II. The Ottawa Rough Riders played in the Ottawa City Senior Football League in 1942 before suspending operations through 1944. For the present, the Rough Riders and Argonauts were preparing for a 2-game, total points series to determine the ERFU champion, with the first game scheduled for Lansdowne Park in Ottawa on November 8.

60 years ago
1951


Baseball
Broolyn Dodgers' catcher Roy Campanella was named the National League's Most Valuable Player for 1951.

50 years ago
1961


World events
The body of former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin was removed from the mausoleum in Red Square in Moscow where it had lain next to that of Vladimir Lenin since Mr. Stalin's death in 1953, and was reburied near the Kremlin wall.

40 years ago
1971


Journalism
Two days after The Toronto Telegram had published its last edition, The Toronto Sun published its first edition. Many of the Sun's employees were alumni of the Telegram.

30 years ago
1981


Football
CFL
Ottawa (5-11) 15 @ Montreal (3-13) 39
Calgary (6-10) @ Winnipeg (11-5) 44

Montreal tight end Peter Dalla Riva, who was being honoured with a day at Olympic Stadium, caught 2 touchdown passes as the Alouettes clinched the third and final playoff spot in the East Division, becoming the worst team ever to make the playoffs in the CFL.

Winnipeg receiver Eugene Goodlow tied a CFL single-game record with 15 receptions as the Blue Bombers routed the Stampeders at Winnipeg Stadium. Mr. Goodlow finished the season with 100 receptions, breaking the record of 98 set by George McGowan of the Edmonton Eskimos in 1975. Mr. McGowan had also set the regular season record of 15 pass receptions in a game in 1973. The Stampeders' loss marked the last game for Jerry Williams as a CFL head coach. He had been head coach of the Stampeders from 1965-1968, and Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 1972-1975, before returning to the Stampeders in 1981 as an assistant to Ardell Wiegandt and resuming the head coaching duties with 4 games remaining after the dismissal of Mr. Wiegandt.

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
#1 single in Italy: Holiday Rap by M.C. Miker G and D.J. Sven (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K.: Every Loser Wins--Nick Berry (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): True Colors--Cyndi Lauper (2nd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 True Colors--Cyndi Lauper
2 Typical Male--Tina Turner
3 Amanda--Boston
4 I Didn't Mean to Turn You On--Robert Palmer
5 When I Think of You--Janet Jackson
6 Human--Human League
7 Heartbeat--Don Johnson
8 True Blue--Madonna
9 All Cried Out--Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam with Full Force
10 Throwing it All Away--Genesis

Singles entering the chart were Notorious by Duran Duran (#52); Land of Confusion by Genesis (#62); Control by Janet Jackson (#75); All I Wanted by Kansas (#76); Someday by Glass Tiger (#79); Victory by Kool and The Gang (#80); Goldmine by the Pointer Sisters (#83); and Goin' to the Bank by the Commodores (#89).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 The Lady in Red--Chris de Burgh (2nd week at #1)
2 True Colors--Cyndi Lauper
3 Spirit in the Sky--Doctor and the Medics
4 Rumors--Timex Social Club
5 Friends and Lovers--Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson
6 When I Think of You--Janet Jackson
7 Walk This Way--Run D.M.C.
8 Human--Human League
9 Stuck with You--Huey Lewis and the News
10 True Blue--Madonna

Singles entering the chart included Loving Strangers by Christopher Cross (#95); and C'est la Vie by Robbie Nevil (#97).

Environment
A fire at the Sandoz chemicals factory near Basel, Switzerland sent tons of toxic chemicals into the Rhine River, turning the water red and killing hundreds of thousands of fish.

Football
CFL
Edmonton (12-4-1) 16 @ Ottawa (3-13-1) 16

The Eskimos had a chance to clinch first place in the West Division with a win over the Rough Riders on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Lansdowne Park. They were leading 16-8 late in regulation time and appeared to be heading for more points, but quarterback Matt Dunigan fumbled while attempting to score a touchdown, and the Rough Riders recovered. Ottawa quarterback Gilbert Renfroe marched the Rough Riders for a touchdown pass to Marc Lewis and a 2-point convert pass to Glenn Steele to tie the game with 26 seconds remaining. Neither team came close to scoring in the two 5-minute halves of overtime. With the tie, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who were playing at home against the British Columbia Lions the next day, still had a chance to finish first.

CIAU
Manitoba (3-5) 32 @ Alberta (1-7) 9

10 years ago
2001


Baseball
World Series
Arizona Diamondbacks 2 @ New York Yankees 3 (12 innings) (New York led best-of-seven series 3-2)

Steve Finlay and Rod Barajas hit solo home runs off New York starting pitcher Mike Mussina to give the Diamondbacks a 2-0 lead in the top of the 5th inning. Miguel Batista started for Arizona and pitched 7 2/3 innings, but Byun-Hyun Kim, who had failed to protect the lead the previous night, gave up a 2-run home run to Scott Brosius with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the game. Alfonso Soriano singled home Chuck Knoblauch with the winning run off losing pitcher Albie Lopez with 1 out in the bottom of the 12th. 56,018 were in attendance at Yankee Stadium.

October 31, 2011

120 years ago
1891


Football
ORFU
Semi-Finals
Hamilton 4 @ Osgoode Hall 28
Queen's College 15 @ University of Toronto 27

80 years ago
1931


At the movies
Platinum Blonde, directed by Frank Capra and starring Robert Williams, Jean Harlow, and Loretta Young, opened in theatres. Mr. Williams died of peritonitis just three days later.

Football
IRFU
Montreal (4-0) 23 @ Hamilton (2-2) 14
Ottawa (0-4) 7 @ Toronto (2-2) 24

75 years ago
1936


Football
IRFU
Toronto (3-2) 12 @ Montreal (2-3) 14
Ottawa (2-3) 15 @ Hamilton (3-2) 21

Abe Eliowitz completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Burns on the last play of the game, and Mr. Eliowitz converted, as the Indians upset the Argonauts before 4,000 fans at Molson Stadium.

The Rough Riders made 11 fumbles and the Tigers 7 in a loosely-played game at H.A.A.A. Grounds.

WIFU
Finals
Regina 20 @ Winnipeg 7 (Regina won 2-game total points series 24-16)

On the last play of the game, Chappie Cooper of the Roughriders intercepted a pass 1 yard into his end zone and returned it 101 yards for a touchdown (the field at Osborne Stadium was only 100 yards long).

ORFU
Toronto (2-1) 13 @ Sarnia (2-1) 16

The Imperials scored 3 singles in the 4th quarter to defeat Balmy Beach at Athletic Park and force a playoff for the league title.

Canadian university
Toronto (3-1) 35 McGill (1-3) 2
Queen's (2-2) 3 Western Ontario (2-2) 1
Saskatchewan 3 @ Alberta 7

70 years ago
1941


Americana
Work on the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota was completed after 14 years.

50 years ago
1961


Society
A U.S. federal judge in Birmingham, Alabama ruled that laws against integrated playing fields were illegal. The decision eliminated the last barriers against integrating baseball's minor league Southern Association.

40 years ago
1971


Died on this date
Alfred Appema, 17
. Canadian accident victim. Mr. Appema, a resident of Blackfalds, Alberta, was killed when the car he was driving struck a stack of hay bales that had been placed across a highway near Red Deer as a Halloween prank.

Karen Pineau, 17. Canadian accident victim. Miss Pineau was killed when the car she was driving struck a power pole in northeast Edmonton. Her three passengers were injured.

Personal
I went trick-or-treating for the last time, with my friends in Yellowknife.

Terrorism
A bomb exploded in the Post Office tower in London, causing extensive damage but no injuries.

Football
CFL
Hamilton (7-7) 23 @ Toronto (10-4) 15
Saskatchewan (9-6-1) 12 @ Edmonton (6-10) 28

Hamilton quarterback and punter Joe Zuger suffered a serious shoulder separation during the Tiger-Cats' win over the Argonauts at CNE Stadium, and never played another game. The Roughriders could have captured first place in the Western Football Conference with a win or tie against the Eskimos at Clarke Stadium, but the Eskimos jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead and never looked back. The big play for the Eskimos was a 97-yard touchdown pass from Bruce Lemmerman to Volley Murphy. Saskatchewan quarterback Ron Lancaster completed just 19 of 42 passes. The Roughriders finished with the same record as the Calgary Stampeders, and in the 3 games between the teams, each had a win and a tie, but the Stampeders had outscored the Roughriders 45-31 in those games, and were this awarded first place. The Eskimos' win was their fifth straight.

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden: Japanese Boy--Aneka (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K.: It's My Party--Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A.: (Billboard): Arthur's Theme (Best that You Can Do)--Christopher Cross (3rd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Arthur's Theme (Best that You Can Do)--Christopher Cross (3rd week at #1)
2 Endless Love--Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
3 For Your Eyes Only--Sheena Easton
4 Private Eyes--Daryl Hall and John Oates
5 Who's Crying Now--Journey
6 Start Me Up--The Rolling Stones
7 Step by Step--Eddie Rabbitt
8 Hard to Say--Dan Fogelberg
9 The Night Owls--Little River Band
10 Tryin' to Live My Life Without You--Bob Seger

Singles entering the chart were Don't Stop Believin' by Journey (#56); Heart Like a Wheel by Steve Miller Band (#73); Pay the Devil by the Knack (#85); I'm Just Too Shy by Jermaine Jackson (#86); The Cowboy and the Lady by John Denver (#87); Sweet Merilee by Donnie Iris (#88); Hooked on Classics by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (#89); and Slip Away by Pablo Cruise (#90).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Endless Love--Diana Ross and Lionel Richie (6th week at #1)
2 Every Little Thing She Does is Magic--The Police
3 The Friends of Mr. Cairo--Jon and Vangelis
4 Arthur's Theme (Best that You Can Do)--Christopher Cross
5 Start Me Up--The Rolling Stones
6 For Your Eyes Only--Sheena Easton
7 Private Eyes--Daryl Hall and John Oates
8 Hold on Tight--Electric Light Orchestra
9 Who's Crying Now--Journey
10 Urgent--Foreigner

Singles entering the chart were All I Have to Do is Dream by Andy Gibb (#42); We're in This Love Together by Al Jarreau (#44); Oh No by the Commodores (#45); More Stars on 45 by Stars on 45 (#47); and Back to the 60's by various artists (#49).

Football
CFL
Hamilton (11-4-1) 21 @ Toronto (2-14) 11
Saskatchewan (9-7) 5 @ British Columbia (10-6) 13

The Roughriders were leading the Lions 5-4 in the 4th quarter on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Empire Stadium in Vancouver, but Saskatchewan running back Lester Brown fumbled deep in his own end, and the Lions recovered. Larry Key scored on a short touchdown run, and a 2-point convert attempt was unsuccessful. Lui Passaglia kicked a field goal a few minutes leader to conclude the scoring. The win gave the Lions the third and last playoff spot in the West Division and eliminated the Roughriders.

25 years ago
1986


Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (6-10-1) 4 @ Calgary (11-7) 36

Calgary wide receiver Tony Woodruff decided to ride the Stampeders' horse mascot before the game, but the ride down the sidelines resulted in CTV host Al McCann being run over.

10 years ago
2001


Journalism
Joe Falls of The Detroit News was voted the winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, and was to be inducted into the writers' wing of the Baseball Hall of fame the following summer.

Baseball
World Series
Arizona Diamondbacks 3 @ New York Yankees 4 (10 innings) (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)

New York first baseman Tino Martinez hit a 2-run home run off Byun-Hyun Kim with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th inning to tie the game 3-3, and then shortstop Derek Jeter homered off Mr. Kim with 2 out in the 10th to end the game. Mariano Rivera, who entered the game in the 10th, was the winning pitcher. The game ended after midnight EST, marking the beginning of World Series action in November. 55,863 were in attendance at Yankee Stadium.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

October 30, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Angie Buan!

180 years ago
1831


Crime
Nat Turner, who had led a slave rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia in August that had resulted in the deaths of 55-65 white people, was arrested after being discovered by white farmer Benjamin Phipps in a hole covered with fence rails.

125 years ago
1886


Football
ORFU
Round 3
City
Toronto 24 London 7 @ Hamilton

College
Ottawa College 2 @ University of Toronto 2 (Replay scheduled for November 4)

100 years ago
1911


Baseball
Clark Griffith was named manager of the Washington Nationals.

60 years ago
1951


On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Court Day, starring Richard Coogan, Parker Fennelly, and Steve Holland

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Runaround Sue--Dion (2nd week at #1)

On television tonight
Thriller, hosted by Boris Karloff, on NBC
Tonight's episode: Masquerade, starring Elizabeth Montgomery, Tom Poston, and John Carradine

World events
The U.S.S.R. detonated the world's largest nuclear device--estimated at 50 megatons, or the equivalent of 50 million tons of TNT--in the largest man-made explosion in history.

Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (5-10-1) 19 @ Winnipeg (12-3) 13
Edmonton (10-4-1) 20 @ Calgary (6-9) 8

40 years ago
1971


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Maggie May--Rod Stewart (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Maggie May--Rod Stewart (5th week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves--Cher
2 Maggie May--Rod Stewart
3 Yo-Yo--The Osmonds
4 Superstar--Carpenters
5 Theme from Shaft--Isaac Hayes
6 I've Found Someone of My Own--The Free Movement
7 Tired of Being Alone--Al Green
8 Imagine--John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
9 Peace Train--Cat Stevens
10 Do You Know What I Mean--Lee Michaels

Singles entering the chart were Rock Steady by Aretha Franklin (#46); Got to Be There by Michael Jackson (#59); Grandma's Hands by Bill Withers (#69); Cherish by David Cassidy (#74); I Say a Little Prayer/By the Time I Get to Phoenix by Glen Campbell and Anne Murray (#80); Family Affair by Sly and the Family Stone (#81); Behind Blue Eyes by the Who (#82); Ain't Nobody Home by B.B. King (#84); Long Ago Tomorrow by B.J. Thomas (#85); I'm Still Waiting by Diana Ross (#87); My Part/Make it Funky (Part 3) by James Brown (#89); You are Everything by the Stylistics (#90); Scorpio by Dennis Coffey and the Detroit Guitar Band (#92); Dolly Dagger by Jimi Hendrix (#94); Soledad by Eric Clapton and Jimmy Witherspoon (#95); If it's Alright with You by Rose Colored Glass (#97); Walk Easy My Son by Jerry Butler (#98); Olena by Don Nix (#99); and Louisiana Lady by New Riders of the Purple Sage (#100).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Yo-Yo--The Osmonds
2 Maggie May--Rod Stewart
3 Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves--Cher
4 Superstar--Carpenters
5 One Fine Morning--Lighthouse
6 Do You Know What I Mean--Lee Michaels
7 Rain Dance--The Guess Who
8 Go Away Little Girl--Donny Osmond
9 Down by the River--Joey Gregorash
10 Sweet Sounds of Music--The Bells

Singles entering the chart were Everybody's Everything by Santana (#62); An Old Fashioned Love Song by Three Dog Night (#68); Till by Tom Jones (#84); Banks of the Ohio by Olivia Newton-John (#86); Baby I'm-A Want You by Bread (#90); Lisa, Listen to Me by Blood, Sweat and Tears (#91); Wild Night by Van Morrison (#92); Your Move by Yes (#93); Brand New Key by Melanie (#94); Behind Blue Eyes by the Who (#95); Bow Down to the Dollar by Jericho (#96); For Ladies Only by Steppenwolf (#97); Love by the Lettermen (#98); Out of My Mind by Rain (#99); and Are You Old Enough by Mark Lindsay (#100).

Calgary's top 10
1 Yo-Yo--The Osmonds
2 Peace Train--Cat Stevens
3 It's a Cryin' Shame--Gayle McCormick
4 Maggie May--Rod Stewart
5 The Desiderata--Les Crane
6 Little Kind Words--Lighthouse
7 Imagine--John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
8 Loving Her was Easier--Kris Kristofferson
9 One More Mountain to Climb--Doctor Music
10 Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves--Cher
Pick hit of the week: New Jersey--England Dan and John Ford Coley

Journalism
After 95 years in business, the Toronto Telegram published its last edition. John Bassett, who had bought the paper in 1952, had endured numerous labour disputes and decided to cease publication as a strike was looming. The Telegram had lost $635,000 in 1969 and $921,000 in 1970, and was projected to lose another $900,000 in 1971. Sportswriter Ted Reeve, who had worked at the "Tely" for 48 years, quipped, "And they told me this was going to be a permanent job." Many of the Telegram's employees immediately found work with the Toronto Sun, which published its first edition two days after the Tely published its last.

Football
CFL
Montreal (6-8) 7 @ Ottawa (6-8) 9
Calgary (9-6-1) 7 @ British Columbia (6-9-1) 30

Montreal guard and kicker Justin Canale missed 4 field goals, allowing Ottawa to escape with a narrow victory and take the third and final playoff spot in the Eastern Football Conference on the basis of 2 wins in the 3 games during the season between the teams. The win at Lansdowne Park was the Rough Riders' third straight. The defending Grey Cup champion Alouettes were only 3 points below their 7-6-1 record of 1970, but that was enough to eliminate them from playoff contention.

The Stampeders could have clinched first place in the Western Football Conference with a win over the Lions at Empire Stadium in Vancouver, but the Lions won handily to clinch fourth place ahead of the Edmonton Eskimos. The Stampeders finished the season with a record of 1-5-1 in their last 7 games; in their last 2 games, they were outscored 65-19 while losing to the WFC's two worst teams. It was the first CFL game for Calgary defensive back Reggie Holmes; he was replacing Bill Van Burkleo, who had suffered a season-ending shoulder separation a week earlier.

Canadian university
Calgary (4-3) 19 @ Saskatchewan (2-5) 14
Alberta (6-2) 8 @ Manitoba (4-3) 22
Seattle Cavaliers 6 @ British Columbia 9 (exhibition)

Dennis Hrycaiko's 109-yard touchdown run was the big play in the Bisons' win over the Golden Bears at Pan-Am Stadium in Winnipeg. The Seattle Cavaliers were a semi-pro team.

U.S. university
Ed Marinaro of Cornell University rushed for 272 yards in a win over Columbia University at Schoelkopf Field in Ithaca, New York, to break the NCAA Division I career rushing record previously held by Steve Owens, who played for the University of Oklahoma from 1967-1969. With this game, Mr. Marinaro surpassed 4,000 yards rushing in less than 3 years.

30 years ago
1981


Society
Nicholas Reed, secretary of the British pro-euthanasia group Exit, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for aiding and abetting suicide.

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
Edmonton's top 30 (CHED)
1 Typical Male--Tina Turner (2nd week at #1)
2 True Colors--Cyndi Lauper
3 When I Think of You--Janet Jackson
4 Throwing it All Away--Genesis
5 Heartbeat--Don Johnson
6 Two of Hearts--Stacey Q
7 I Am by Your Side--Corey Hart
8 Spirit in the Sky--Doctor and the Medics
9 Rumors--Timex Social Club
10 Sweet Love--Anita Baker
11 Human--Human League
12 Take Me Home Tonight--Eddie Money
13 Dreamtime--Daryl Hall
14 Heaven in Your Eyes--Loverboy
15 Girl Can't Help It--Journey
16 Amanda--Boston
17 True Blue--Madonna
18 Innocent--Luba
19 Where's the Fire--Tim Feehan
20 Love Will Conquer All--Lionel Richie
21 Word Up--Cameo
22 The Way it Is--Bruce Hornsby and the Range
23 I'll Be Over You--Toto
24 Hip to Be Square--Huey Lewis and the News
25 The Next Time I Fall--Peter Cetera with Amy Grant
26 You Give Love a Bad Name--Bon Jovi
27 Stuck with You--Huey Lewis and the News
28 Emotion in Motion--Ric Ocasek
29 Freedom Overspill--Steve Winwood
30 What About Love--'Til Tuesday

On television tonight
Our World, hosted by Linda Ellerbee and Ray Gandolf, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Halloween of 1938

20 years ago
1991


On television tonight
The Wonder Years, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Full Moon Rising

Diplomacy
U.S. President George Bush opened a Middle East peace conference in Madrid.

10 years ago
2001


Baseball
World Series
Arizona Diamondbacks 1 @ New York Yankees 2 (Arizona led best-of-seven series 2-1)

New York ace Roger Clemens allowed just 3 hits in 7 innings and Mariano Rivera pitched 2 hitless innings to earn the save. Scott Brosius singled home Bernie Williams in the bottom of the 6th inning to break a 1-1 tie. Arizona starter Brian Anderson was the losing pitcher. U.S. President George W. Bush became the first sitting president to throw out the ceremonial first ball at a World Series game since Dwight Eisenhower in 1956. 55,820 were in attendance at Yankee Stadium to see a game that dragged on for 3 hours and 26 minutes despite a total of just 17 batters reaching base.

October 29, 2011

90 years ago
1921


Football
ARU
The game between the Edmonton Eskimos and Calgary Tigers, scheduled to be played at Hillhurst Park in Calgary, was cancelled. The Eskimos had beaten the Tigers 72-2 on October 1 in Edmonton, and the Tigers apparently weren't enthusiastic about playing them again. The Eskimos' record currently stood at 3-0, while the Tigers were 1-1.

U.S. College
Centre College 6 @ Harvard 0

The Praying Colonels of Centre College from Danville, Kentucky ended the Crimson's 25-game winning streak at Cambridge, Massachusetts in the "upset of the century."

80 years ago
1931


Baseball
Philadelphia Athletics' pitcher Lefty Grove, who had posted a record of 31-4, was named the Most Valuable Player in the American League for 1931.

75 years ago
1936


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Louis Hector and Harry West, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Haunted Bagpipes

50 years ago
1961


Football
CFL
Montreal (3-9-1) 9 @ Toronto (7-5-1) 15

40 years ago
1971


Boxing
George Foreman (32-0) scored a knockout over Luis Pires (18-8-1) when Mr. Pires retired after the 4th round of their heavyweight bout at Madison Square Garden in New York.

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
Edmonton's top 10 (CFRN)
1 More to Love (album track)--Jim Photoglo
2 We're in this Love Together--Al Jarreau
3 Arthur's Theme--Christopher Cross
4 Hard to Say--Dan Fogelberg
5 Physical--Olivia Newton-John
6 When She was My Girl--Four Tops
7 Alien--Atlanta Rhythm Section
8 Private Eyes--Daryl Hall and John Oates
9 Here I Am--Air Supply
10 (You'll Always Find Me) In the Kitchen at Parties--Jona Lewie

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

October 28, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Kerry Hoffer and Mona Bernales!

125 years ago
1886


Americana
The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor by U.S. President Grover Cleveland.

100 years ago
1911


Football
ORFU
St. Michael's College (2-2) 2 @ Hamilton (3-0) 52
Dundas (0-4) 0 @ Toronto Amateur Athletic Club (2-1) 34

80 years ago
1931


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Richard Gordon and Leigh Lovell, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Dying Detective

60 years ago
1951


On television tonight
Out There, on CBS
Tonight's episode: Outer Limit, starring Wesley Addy, Robert Allen, and Robert Webber

This was the first episode of the short-lived series, which probably suffered from not having a commercial sponsor and a poor time slot--6 P.M. Eastern Time on Sundays. The Outer Limit was dramatized on several radio series in the 1950s.

Football
IRFU
Toronto (5-5) 22 @ Montreal (3-7) 34

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Walkin' Back to Happiness--Helen Shapiro (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): Walkin' Back to Happiness--Helen Shapiro (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Walkin' Back to Happiness--Helen Shapiro (2nd week at #1)

U.S. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Runaround Sue--Dion (2nd week at #1)
2 Big Bad John--Jimmy Dean
3 Hit the Road Jack--Ray Charles and his Orchestra
4 Bristol Stomp--The Dovells
5 Sad Movies--Sue Thompson
--The Lennon Sisters
6 Crying--Roy Orbison
7 Let's Get Together--Hayley Mills
8 Ya Ya--Lee Dorsey
9 This Time--Troy Shondell
10 I Love How You Love Me--The Paris Sisters

Singles entering the chart were Tonight by Ferrante and Teicher (#74); Gypsy Woman by the Impressions (#82); The Way I Am by Jackie Wilson (#84); Goodbye Cruel World by James Darren (#85); Rockin' Bicycle by Fats Domino (#93); Walk on By by Leroy Van Dyke (#95); I'll Be True by the Orlons (#96); Just Because by the McGuire Sisters (#97); Young Boy Blues by Ben E. King (#99); and Danny Boy by Andy Williams (#100). Rockin' Bicycle was the B-side of What a Party, which charted at #40.

Football
CFL
Ottawa (7-6) 29 @ Hamilton (10-3) 44
Saskatchewan (4-10-1) 17 @ British Columbia (1-12-2) 17

Gerry McDougall scored 3 touchdowns for the Tiger-Cats in their win over the Rough Riders at Civic Stadium. Ray Purdin scored 2 touchdowns in the last 1 minute and 2 seconds for the Roughriders in their tie against the Lions at Empire Stadium in Vancouver. On the last play of the game, Saskatchewan quarterback Dave Grosz completed a 24-yard pass to Mr. Purdin for a touchdown, and Reg Whitehouse kicked the convert to tie the game.

Canadian university
McGill (2-2) 24 @ Toronto (1-3) 21
Queen's (4-0) 27 @ Western Ontario (1-3) 7
Alberta (1-1-2) 7 @ British Columbia (2-0-1) 13

The Thunderbirds' win over the Golden Bears before 5,000 fans at Thunderbird Stadium in Vancouver clinched the western Canadian title for UBC.

30 years ago
1981


Baseball
World Series
Los Angeles Dodgers 9 @ New York Yankees 2 (Los Angeles won best-of-seven series 4-2)

With the score tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 4th inning, New York manager Bob Lemon removed starting pitcher Tommy John for a pinch hitter. The move backfired, and relief pitcher George Frazier gave up 3 runs in the 5th and the Dodgers added 4 more in the 6th off Ron Davis. Burt Hooton pitched 5 1/3 innings to pick up his first win of the series, while Steve Howe pitched 3 2/3 innings to earn his first save. Mr. Frazier became the second pitcher ever to lose 3 games in a single World Series; the first, Lefty Williams, was one of the crooked Chicago White Sox players who participated in the fix of the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. Three Dodgers shared the award as the series' Most Valuable Player: third baseman Ron Cey; left fielder Pedro Guerrero; and catcher Steve Yeager. 56,513 were in attendance at Yankee Stadium.

25 years ago
1986


Weather
Edmonton experienced its first snowfall of the season.

Canadiana
Tina May Simpson, Miss Niagara Region, was chosen Miss Canada 1987. The pageant was televised by CTV.

Crime
Jeremy Bamber, 24, was sentenced to life in prison for murdering five members of his family in Essex, England.

Baseball
Larry Bowa was hired as manager of the San Diego Padres, replacing Steve Boros.

20 years ago
1991


Died on this date
Sylvia Fine, 78
. U.S. songwriter. Miss Fine wrote songs for her husband, Danny Kaye, including Anatole of Paris and Knock on Wood.

10 years ago
2001


Terrorism
17 worshippers and one guard were killed when masked gunmen attacked a church in Bahawalpur in eastern Pakistan.

Football
CFL
Hamilton (10-6) 38 @ Montreal (9-8) 18
British Columbia (7-9) 34 @ Calgary (7-10-0-1) 16

The Alouettes' loss to the Tiger-Cats at Molson Stadium was their sixth straight, and marked the end of the line for Rod Rust as their head coach. Alouettes' president Larry Smith fired Mr. Rust within the next few days and replaced him with general manager Jim Popp.

Baseball
World Series
New York Yankees 0 @ Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (Arizona led best-of-seven series 2-0)

Randy Johnson pitched a 4-hitter and struck out 11 batters while not walking any, and Matt Williams hit a 3-run home run off losing pitcher Andy Pettitte in the bottom of the 7th inning to put the game away. The home run was just the fifth and last hit given up by Mr. Pettitte, who struck out 8 and walked 1 in 7 innings. A capacity crowd of 49,646 was in attendance at Bank One Ballpark.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

October 27, 2011

60 years ago
1951


Hit parade
#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Because of You--Tony Bennett (Best Seller--8th week at #1, Disc Jockey--6th week at #1), Jukebox--5th week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Because of You--Tony Bennett (8th week at #1)
--Les Baxter and his Orchestra
2 Cold, Cold Heart--Tony Bennett
3 I Get Ideas--Tony Martin
--Louis Armstrong
4 (It's No) Sin--The Four Aces
--Eddy Howard
5 Down Yonder--Del Wood
--Joe "Fingers" Carr
--Champ Butler
6 The World is Waiting for the Sunrise--Les Paul and Mary Ford
7 The Loveliest Night of the Year--Mario Lanza
8 And So to Sleep Again--Patti Page
9 Whispering--Les Paul
10 Turn Back the Hands of Time--Eddie Fisher

Singles entering the chart were Hey, Good Lookin' by Frankie Laine and Jo Stafford (#29); Solitaire by Tony Bennett (#31); The Old Soft Shoe, with versions by Dinah Shore and Tony Martin, and Kitty Kallen (#34); Smooth Sailing by Ella Fitzgerald (#38); and A Kiss to Build a Dream On by Louis Armstrong (#42). A Kiss to Build a Dream On was from the movie The Strip, and was the B-side of I Get Ideas. April Stevens' version of And So to Sleep Again failed to chart, and the same was true of the instrumental version by Coleman Hawkins. Mr. Hawkins' version had (It's No) Sin on the B-side, and that also failed to chart.

On television tonight
Sherlock Holmes, starring Alan Wheatley and Raymond Francis, on BBC
Tonight's episode: A Scandal in Bohemia

Edmontonia
Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip visited the city for the first time. They attended that night's WIFU semi-final playoff game at Clarke Stadium between the Edmonton Eskimos and Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Princess Elizabeth Avenue was named after Her Royal Highness in honour of her visit.

Football
IRFU
Hamilton (6-5) 9 @ Ottawa (7-4) 13

WIFU
Semi-Final
Winnipeg 1 @ Edmonton 4

Annis Stukus's field goal in the 2nd quarter provided the winning margin as the Eskimos and Blue Bombers had trouble moving the ball on a very muddy field at Clarke Stadium. Edmonton quarterback Frank Filchock and Winnipeg tackle Dick Huffman were photographed while meeting Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

ORFU
Toronto (7-3) 0 @ Sarnia (9-1) 36

Quarterback George Curtis threw 3 touchdown passes to lead the Imperials to a rout over Balmy Beach, whose quarterback, Gerry Tuttle, was also serving as interim coach, as Art West had been fired the previous day.

Canadian university
Western Ontario (1-3) 0 @ McGill (3-1) 26
Queen's (0-4) 7 @ Toronto (4-0) 15

50 years ago
1961


On television tonight
The Twilight Zone, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Grave, starring Lee Marvin

Space
The United States successfully launched the first Saturn 1 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The rocket, as tall as a 20-storey building, was the world's largest at the time. It reached an altitude of 84.813 miles, with a top speed of 3,607 miles per hour, before landing in the Atlantic Ocean 214.727 miles from its launching point after a flight of 8 minutes, 3.6 seconds. The Saturn 1's eight engines developed a total thrust of about 1.3 million pounds, 800,000 more pounds than the estimated thrust of the rockets that the U.S.S.R. was using to send cosmonauts into Earth orbit. Video of the Saturn 1 launch can be found here and here.

Diplomacy
Mauritania and Mongolia joined the United Nations.

40 years ago
1971


On television tonight
Rod Serling's Night Gallery, on NBC
Tonight's episode: A Question of Fear, staring Leslie Nielsen and Fritz Weaver; The Devil is Not Mocked, starring Helmut Dantine, Francis Lederer, and Hank Brandt

World events
The Democratic Republic of the Congo was renamed Zaire.

30 years ago
1981


World events
The Soviet Whiskey-class submarine U 137 ran aground near Sweden's Karlskrona naval base; the incident became known as "Whiskey on the rocks."

25 years ago
1986


Abominations
Representatives of 12 religions joined Pope John Paul II at Assisi, Italy for a "World Day of Prayer for Peace."

Economics and finance
The British government of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher suddenly deregulated financial markets, leading to a total restructuring of the way in which they operated in the U.K.

Baseball
World Series
Boston Red Sox 5 @ New York Mets 8 (New York won best-of-seven series 4-3)

The Red Sox were leading 3-0 after 6 1/2 innings, but the Mets tied the game with 3 runs off Boston starting pitcher Bruce Hurst in the bottom of the 6th inning, and Ray Knight led off the bottom of the 7th with a home run off Red Sox' relief pitcher Calvin Schiraldi to give the Mets a 4-3 lead, and the Mets scored 2 more in the inning to make the score 6-3 in their favour. Dwight Evans drove in 2 runs with a double in the top of the 8th to reduce the lead to 6-5, but Darryl Strawberry led off the bottom of the 8th inning with a home run off Boston reliever Al Nipper, and New York reliever Jesse Orosco singled in a run to make the score 8-5. Mr. Orosco retired the Red Sox in order in the 9th for his second save of the series. Roger McDowell, who had followed Ron Darling and Sid Fernandez on the mound for the Mets, was the winning pitcher, while Mr. Schiraldi became the only pitcher to lose both the 6th and 7th games in the same World Series. Mr. Knight, the Mets' third baseman, was named the series' Most Valuable Player. 55,032 were in attendance at Shea Stadium.

20 years ago
1991


World events
Turkmenistan achieved independence from the U.S.S.R.

Football
CFL
Toronto (12-5) 39 @ Hamilton (2-15) 34
British Columbia (11-6) 36 @ Saskatchewan (6-11) 5
Calgary (10-7) 23 @ Edmonton (11-6) 24

A controversial pass interference call against a Calgary defensive back led to the winning touchdown by the Eskimos as they edged the Stampeders at Commonwealth Stadium in one of the coldest games this blogger has ever attended.

Baseball
World Series
Atlanta Braves 0 @ Minnesota Twins 1 (10 innings) (Minnesota won best-of-seven series 4-3)

Pinch hitter Gene Larkin singled off Alejandro Pena with the bases loaded, bringing home Dan Gladden in the bottom of the 10th inning before 55,118 fans at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis. Jack Morris pitched a complete game to earn his second win of the series, giving up 7 hits and striking out 8. John Smoltz started on the mound for the Braves and pitched 7 1/3 innings before giving way to Mike Stanton. Mr. Pena entered the game in the 9th inning. The 1991 World Series joined the 1987 series, in which the Twins played the St. Louis Cardinals, as the only ones in which all the games were won by the home team.

10 years ago
2001


Football
CFL
Edmonton (8-9-0-1) 3 @ Saskatchewan (5-12) 12

Saskatchewan kicker Paul McCallum set a CFL record with a 62-yard field goal to help the Roughriders defeat the Eskimos at Taylor Field in Regina. The previous record of 60 yards was held by Mr. McCallum's predecessor as Saskatchewan's kicker, Dave Ridgway, in 1987. The Eskimos were without their regular kicker and punter, Sean Fleming, who had torn a ligament in his left (non-kicking) knee in the previous game. Jon Baker, who had played for the Eskimo in 1999 and briefly with the British Columbia Lions in 2000, was activated as kicker, and scored the Eskimo' only offensive point on a missed field goal. 42-year-old Hank Ilesic, who had punted for the team from 1977-1982, played his first game as an Eskimo in 19 years. The Eskimos' other points scored on a safety touch.

CIS
British Columbia 27 Alberta 21

Baseball
World Series
New York Yankees 1 @ Arizona Diamondbacks 9 (Arizona led best-of-seven series 1-0)

The Diamondbacks broke a 1-1 tie with 4 runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning and 4 more in the 4th. Curt Schilling pitched 7 innings to earn the win for Arizona, while New York starter Mike Mussina lasted just 3 innings in absorbing the loss. The Yankees allowed 5 unearned runs. 49,646 were in attendance at the first World Series game ever played at Bank One Ballpark.

Monday, 24 October 2011

October 26, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Sveta!

130 years ago
1881


Americana
Wyatt Earp, along with his brothers Virgil and Morgan and Doc Holliday were involved in the gunfight against the Ike Clanton gang just outside the O.K. Corral at Tombstone, Arizona.

110 years ago
1901


Football
ORFU
Kingston (1-2) 1 @ Toronto (2-1) 23
Hamilton (0-3) 12 @ Ottawa (3-0) 19

100 years ago
1911


Born on this date
Mahalia Jackson
. U.S. gospel singer. The "Queen of Gospel Song", who died in 1972, was born in New Orleans.

Baseball
World Series
New York Giants 2 @ Philadelphia Athletics 13 (Philadelphia won best-of-seven series 4-2)

Chief Bender pitched a 4-hitter and the Athletics broke a 1-1 tie with 4 runs in the 4th inning, added 1 in the 6th, and erupted for 7 in the 7th. It was Mr. Bender's second win of the series, while New York starting pitcher Red Ames took the loss, giving up 5 runs--only 2 earned--in 4 innings. It was a sloppy game, with the Athletics making 5 errors and the Giants 3. 20,485 were in attendance at Shibe Park.

80 years ago
1931


Died on this date
Charles Comiskey, 72
. U.S. baseball player, manager, and owner. "The Old Roman" was a first baseman with the St. Louis Browns of the American Association from 1882-1889, 1891; the Chicago Pirates of the Players' League in 1880; and the Cincinnati Reds of the National League from 1892-1894, with a career batting average of .264. He was credited with being the first first baseman to play off the bag. He managed all the team he played for beginning in 1883, and led the Browns to four consecutive AA pennants from 1885-1888. Upon Mr. Comiskey's retirement as a player, he purchased the Sioux City club of the minor Western League and moved it to St. Paul, Minnesota. The team moved to Chicago and became the White Stockings in 1900, the year the Western League became the American League. In 1901 the AL began play as a major league. Mr. Comiskey's team, now known as the White Sox, won the World Series in 1906 and 1917. They won the AL pennant in 1919, but in the infamous "Black Sox" scandal, eight players were banned for throwing games in the World Series, which the White Sox lost to the Cincinnati Reds 5 games to 3. Mr. Comiskey was known as a tightfisted owner, despite attracting large crowds to the stadium--built in 1910--that was named after him, and many blamed him for provoking the scandal. In spite of the apparent black marks against him, Charles Comiskey was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939. It was said that Mr. Comiskey never recovered from the Black Sox scandal, and his team didn't win another AL pennant until 1959 or another World Series until 2005. Charles Comiskey died in Eagle River, Wisconsin.

70 years ago
1941


On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Solitary Cyclist

60 years ago
1951


On television tonight
Tales of Tomorrow, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Test Flight, starring Lee J. Cobb, Vinton Hayworth, Cameron Prud'Homme, and Harry Townes

Politics and government
The Conservative Party, under the leadership of Winston Churchill, won a small majority government in the British general election, regaining power lost more than six years earlier to the Labour Party.

Boxing
Leading contender Rocky Marciano (38-0) ended the career of former world heavyweight champion Joe Louis (66-3) with a technical knockout in the 8th round of their bout at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Brockton Bomber knocked the Brown Bomber down for an eight-count in that round, and then knocked him through the ropes, prompting referee Ruby Goldstein to stop the fight without beginning another count. Mr. Louis was trailing on the cards of Mr. Goldstein and judges Joe Agnello and Harold Baines. Film of the entire fight can be found here, here, and here.

Football
ORFU
Toronto Balmy Beach, who had clinched second place and had a record of 7-2 with one game remaining in the regular season, fired head coach Art West and replaced him on a temporary basis with quarterback Gerry Tuttle. Mr. West referred to his firing as a "dirty deal"

40 years ago
1971


Baseball
Vida Blue of the Oakland Athletics, who had posted a 24-8 record while leading the American League with an earned run average of 1.82, was named the winner of the AL Cy Young Award for 1971, getting 98 votes to 85 for Mickey Lolich of the Detroit Tigers, who had posted a 25-14 record while leading the major leagues with 376 innings pitched.

25 years ago
1986


Football
CFL
Toronto (8-8) 10 @ Hamilton (8-8-1) 20
British Columbia (10-6) 29 @ Saskatchewan (6-9-1) 17

20 years ago
1991


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Emotions--Mariah Carey (3rd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Romantic--Karyn White
2 Emotions--Mariah Carey
3 Do Anything--Natural Selection featuring Niki Haris
4 Hole Hearted--Extreme
5 Can't Stop this Thing We Started--Bryan Adams
6 Good Vibrations--Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch featuring Loleatta Holloway
7 I Adore Mi Amor--Color Me Badd
8 Something to Talk About--Bonnie Raitt
9 Cream--Prince and the New Power Generation
10 Real, Real, Real--Jesus Jones

Singles entering the chart included Love Thing by Tina Turner (#87) and Double Good Everything by Smokey Robinson (#89). Double Good Everything was Mr. Robinson's first single on the SBK label, after more than 30 years with the Motown corporation.

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Can't Stop this Thing We Started--Bryan Adams
2 Emotions--Mariah Carey
3 Life is a Highway--Tom Cochrane
4 Hole Hearted--Extreme
5 Calling Elvis--Dire Straits
6 The Real Love--Bob Seger
7 Good Vibrations--Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch featuring Loleatta Holloway
8 I Adore Mi Amor--Color Me Badd
9 Love...Thy Will Be Done--Martika
10 Real, Real, Real--Jesus Jones

Singles entering the chart included When a Man Loves a Woman by Michael Bolton (#53); The Fire Inside by Bob Seger (#69); Into the Fire by Sarah McLachlan (#71); Love Thing by Tina Turner (#82); Waiting by Roch Voisine (#83); Save Up All Your Tears by Cher (#92); and Happy Ever After by the Bee Gees (#96).

Football
CFL
Winnipeg (9-8) 20 @ Ottawa (7-10) 46

Baseball
World Series
Atlanta Braves 3 @ Minnesota Twins 4 (11 innings) (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)

Kirby Puckett's home run off Charlie Leibrandt leading off the bottom of the 11th inning sent the series to a seventh game at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis. Rick Aguilera, the fourth Minnesota pitcher of the game, was the winning pitcher.

10 years ago
2001


Football
CFL
Winnipeg (14-3) 7 @ Toronto (7-10-0-1) 12

The Blue Bombers' loss to the Argonauts at SkyDome ended their 12-game winning streak.

October 25, 2011

120 years ago
1891


Football
ORFU
Round 1
Royal Military College 17 @ Queen's College 25 (Queen's University won 2-game total points series 53-24)

100 years ago
1911


Baseball
World Series
Philadelphia Athletics 3 @ New York Giants 4 (Philadelphia led best-of-seven series 3-2)

Rube Oldring's 3-run home run after an error by the Giants' Larry Doyle gave the Athletics 3 unearned runs in the top of the 3rd inning, but the Giants scored a run in the 7th to reduce the Athletics' lead to 3-1. With 2 out in the bottom of the 9th and Art Fletcher on third base, New York pitcher Doc Crandall, who had entered the game as a pinch hitter in the 7th, doubled off Philadelphia ace Jack Coombs to drive in Mr. Fletcher, and Josh Devore singled him home with the tying run. Eddie Plank came in to pitch in the bottom of the 10th, and gave up a leadoff double to Mr. Doyle. Fred Snodgrass was safe on a fielder's choice on a bunt, with Mr. Doyle going to third. Fred Merkle then hit a sacrifice fly to right field, and Mr. Doyle beat Danny Murphy's throw to home plate for the winning run, sending 33,228 fans home happy from the Polo Grounds. Umpire Bill Klem later said that Mr. Doyle had missed the plate with his slide, but nobody with the Athletics noticed, and they didn't appeal the play, so the run stood.

70 years ago
1941


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Piano Concerto in B Flat--Freddy Martin and his Orchestra (4th week at #1)

Football
ERFU
Toronto Argonauts (4-1) 6 @ Ottawa (4-1) 24
Montreal (0-5) 0 @ Toronto Balmy Beach (2-3) 9

Murray Griffin, Johnny Fripp, and Stan O'Neil scored touchdowns for the Rough Riders in their win over the Argonauts at Lansdowne Park, while George Fraser added 3 converts and 2 field goals. Red Storey scored the Argonauts' touchdown, converted by Earl Selkirk.

Hugh Cuddie scored Balmy Beach's touchdown, while Bobby Reid converted and added a field goal.

50 years ago
1961


Space
The United States Air Force announced that it had been unable to contact by radar the package of 350 million copper wires released from the satellite Midas 4, launched four days earlier, and that indications were that the needles, expected to form a band 5 miles wide around the Earth, had not been dispersed as planned. The purpose of the plan, named Project West Ford, had been to test the efficiency of a metallic space belt to relay radio communications. Scientists throughout the world had condemned the experiment as one that would "befoul" space.

40 years ago
1971


Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Tatyana!

World events
The United Nations General Assembly voted to admit the People's Republic of China and to expel Taiwan.

30 years ago
1981


Football
CFL
British Columbia (9-6) 34 @ Hamilton (10-4-1) 7
Saskatchewan (9-6) 24 @ Calgary (6-9) 11

The Stampeders' loss to the Roughriders at McMahon Sadium eliminated them from contention for the playoffs.

Baseball
World Series
New York Yankees 1 @ Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (Los Angeles led best-of-seven series 3-2)

The Yankees were leading 1-0 in the 7th inning, but consecutive home runs by Pedro Guerrero and Steve Yeager off New York ace Ron Guidry provided the winning margin as Los Angeles starter Jerry Reuss won the pitchers' duel. After the game, Yankees' owner George Steinbrenner emerged with a fat lip and a broken hand, claiming to have scuffled with fans in a hotel elevator.

25 years ago
1986


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Every Loser Wins--Nick Berry (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): True Colors--Cyndi Lauper

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Typical Male--Tina Turner
2 True Colors--Cyndi Lauper
3 When I Think of You--Janet Jackson
4 Heartbeat--Don Johnson
5 I Didn't Mean to Turn You On--Robert Palmer
6 Throwing it All Away--Genesis
7 Two of Hearts--Stacey Q
8 Amanda--Boston
9 Human--Human League
10 All Cried Out--Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam with Full Force

Singles entering the chart included Is This Love by Survivor (#71); Don't Stand so Close to Me '86 by the Police (#75); Love is Forever by Billy Ocean (#79); More than Physical by Bananarama (#80); Nail it to the Wall by Stacy Lattisaw (#86); and Like Flames by Berlin (#90).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 The Lady in Red--Chris de Burgh
2 Spirit in the Sky--Doctor and the Medics
3 Rumors--Timex Social Club
4 True Colors--Cyndi Lauper
5 Friends and Lovers--Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson
6 Walk This Way--Run D.M.C.
7 Stuck with You--Huey Lewis and the News
8 When I Think of You--Janet Jackson
9 Take My Breath Away--Berlin
10 Heartbeat--Don Johnson

Singles entering the chart were Heartache All Over the World by Elton John (#74); Hip to Be Square by Huey Lewis and the News (#80); Don't Stand so Close to Me '86 by the Police (#86); (Sing) Our Own Song by UB40 (#89); Where Did Your Heart Go? by Wham! (#94); and Where's the Fire by Tim Feehan (#97).

Football
CFL
Edmonton (12-4) 20 @ Winnipeg (11-5) 42

The Eskimos' loss to the Blue Bombers at Winnipeg Stadium ended their 7-game winning streak. The Eskimos had won the first game between the teams 33-5 at Commonwealth Stadium on August 15, and the Blue Bombers wanted to make up the deficit, since points for and against each other would be used to decide which team finished ahead in the standings in case they should finish the season with the same record. Winnipeg very nearly accomplished what had appeared nearly impossible, but were stopped late in the game on the Eskimos' 3-yard line. Had the Blue Bombers scored a converted touchdown and not permitted any further Edmonton scoring, they would have won the total points battle.

CIAU
Alberta (1-6) 25 @ British Columbia 31

Baseball
World Series
Boston Red Sox 5 @ New York Mets 6 (10 innings) (Best-of-seven series tied 3-3)

The Red Sox broke a 3-3 tie with 2 runs in the top of the 10th inning, and Boston relief pitcher Calvin Schiraldi retired the first 2 batters in the bottom of the 10th, and had 2 strikes on Gary Carter. However, Mr. Carter singled, and advanced to second base on a single by pinch hitter Kevin Mitchell. Ray Knight, the next batter, singled on a no balls-2 strikes count to drive in Mr. Carter and advance Mr. Mitchell to third base. Bob Stanley then came on to pitch for the Red Sox and threw a wild pitch that allowed Mr. Mitchell to score the tying run, with Mr. Knight advancing to second. The next batter, Mookie Wilson, worked Mr. Stanley for 10 pitches before hitting a slow ground ball to Boston first baseman Bill Buckner. The ball went between Mr. Buckner's legs, and the error allowed Mr. Knight to score the winning run. Rick Aguilera was the winning pitcher, while Mr. Schiraldi was charged with the loss.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

October 24, 2011

150 years ago
1861


Communications
Western Union completed the first transcontinental telegraph system in the United States, making it possible to transmit messages rapidly across the country.

120 years ago
1891


Football
ORFU
Round 2
Bye: Osgoode Hall
London 0 @ Hamilton 59

110 years ago
1901


Adventure
Anna Edson Taylor became the first woman to survive going over Niagara Falls i a barrel.

100 years ago
1911


Baseball
World Series
New York Giants 2 @ Philadelphia Athletics 4 (Philadelphia led best-of-seven series 3-1)

After six days of rain, the series resumed at Shibe Park, and the Giants scored 2 runs in the top of the 1st inning off Philadelphia pitcher Chief Bender. Consecutive doubles by Frank Baker, Danny Murphy, and Harry Davis led to 3 Philadelphia runs in the bottom of the 4th. The Athletics scored another in the 5th on a single by Eddie Collins and a double by Mr. Baker. The Athletics made 11 hits--7 of them doubles--off Giants' ace Christy Mathewson.

80 years ago
1931


Americana
The George Washington Bridge, connecting New York and New Jersey, opened to traffic.

Football
IRFU
Hamilton (2-1) 7 @ Montreal (3-0) 9
Toronto (1-2) 8 @ Ottawa (0-3) 5

75 years ago
1936


Football
IRFU
Hamilton (2-2) 0 @ Ottawa (2-2) 21
Montreal (1-3) 4 @ Toronto (3-1) 12

WIFU
Finals (1st game of 2-game total points series)
Winnipeg 7 @ Regina 4 (Winnipeg led series 9-4)

Eddie James recovered a fumble by punt returner Ralph Pierce for the game's only touchdown in the 1st quarter. Paul Kirk kicked a field goal for the Roughriders. Because the Blue Bombers had outscored the Roughriders 33-31 in the regular season games between them, they were awarded a 2-point bonus to begin the series. Their lead going into the second game was thus 9-4.

60 years ago
1951


Baseball
United Press Intermational named Casey Stengel, who had led the New York Yankees to their second straight World Series championship, as the major league Manager of the Year.

40 years ago
1971


Died on this date
Chuck Hughes, 28
. U.S. football player. Mr. Hughes was a wide receiver with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1967-1969 and the Detroit Lions from 1970-1971. His best season was 1970 when he caught 8 passes. The Lions were trailing the Chicago Bears 28-23 at Tiger Stadium in Detroit with just over a minute remaining in the game when Mr. Hughes was sent into the game and made his first catch of the season for a 32-yard gain. A play or two later he ran a deep pattern on a pass intended for someone else that fell incomplete. On his way back to the huddle he collapsed face-down at the Chicago 30-yard line. Bears' middle linebacker Dick Butkus waved to the Lions' medical staff to come onto the field. They did, but efforts to revive Mr. Hughes were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital, although he was likely dead on the field. The Bears held on to win 28-23 before a suddenly-silent crowd.

Football
CFL
Winnipeg (7-8-1) 19 @ Montreal (6-7) 18
British Columbia (5-9-1) 18 @ Saskatchewan (9-5-1) 50

The Blue Bombers clinched a playoff spot for the first time in five years with their win over the Alouettes at Autostade. Bobby Thompson's 115-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was the most exciting play in the Roughriders' win over the Lions at Taylor Field in Regina as they became the only team to score 50 points in a game in 1971.

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden: Japanese Boy--Aneka

#1 single in the U.K.: It's My Party--Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A.: (Billboard): Arthur's Theme (Best that You Can Do)--Christopher Cross (2nd week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Arthur's Theme--Christopher Cross (2nd week at #1)
2 Endless Love--Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
3 For Your Eyes Only--Sheena Easton
4 Who's Crying Now--Journey
5 Private Eyes--Daryl Hall and John Oates
6 Step by Step--Eddie Rabbitt
7 Start Me Up--The Rolling Stones
8 Queen of Hearts--Juice Newton
9 Hard to Say--Dan Fogelberg
10 The Night Owls--Little River Band

Singles entering the chart were Trouble by Lindsey Buckingham (#72); Twilight by Electric Light Orchestra (#82); Turn Your Love Around by George Benson (#85); Mistaken Identity by Kim Carnes (#87); I Wouldn't Have Missed it for the World by Ronnie Milsap (#88); Castles in the Air by Don McLean (#89); La La Means I Love You by Tierra (#90); Controversy by Prince (#95); I Heard it Through the Grapevine (Part 1) by Roger (#96); and Let's Dance (Make Your Body Move) by West Street Mob (#97). Trouble was this blogger's favourite song of 1981. Castles in the Air was a re-recorded version of a song that had originally been released by Mr. McLean in 1972 as the B-side of Vincent.

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Endless Love--Diana Ross and Lionel Richie (5th week at #1)
2 Start Me Up--The Rolling Stones
3 Every Little Thing She Does is Magic--The Police
4 The Friends of Mr. Cairo--Jon and Vangelis
5 For Your Eyes Only--Sheena Easton
6 Who's Crying Now--Journey
7 Arthur's Theme--Christopher Cross
8 Hold on Tight--Electric Light Orchestra
9 Urgent--Foreigner
10 Private Eyes--Daryl Hall and John Oates

Singles entering the chart were Physical by Olivia Newton-John (#38); Working in a Coal Mine by Devo (#40); Promises in the Dark by Pat Benatar (#41); All Touch by Rough Trade (#44); Hooked on Classics by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (#45); and When She was My Girl by the Four Tops (#50). Hooked on Classics was the latest example of the obnoxious fad of compiling medleys played by anonymous studio bands.

Football
CFL
Winnipeg (10-5) 33 @ Montreal (2-13) 13
Toronto (2-13) 7 @ Edmonton (14-1-1) 61

Chris Walby, who had played 5 games with the Alouettes as a defensive lineman before being picked up by Winnipeg, played his first game as a Blue Bomber. While covering downfield on special teams, he recovered a fumbled punt in the Alouettes' end zone for a touchdown, and the major score at Olympic Stadium turned out to be the only touchdown Mr. Walby ever scored in his 16-year CFL career.

The Eskimos rolled up a 47-0 halftime lead and led 61-0 after 3 quarters as they became the first CFL team to amass 29 points in the standings and go through a season with just 1 loss while playing 14 or more games. Warren Moon quarterbacked the first half for the Eskimos except for one play, in which veteran Tom Wilkinson came in and threw the last touchdown pass of his 15-year CFL career. Mr. Wilkinson quarterbacked the second half and handed off to Jim Germany for 2 touchdowns. Mr. Germany finished the season with a team-record 19 touchdowns, and a CFL single season record of 18 rushing touchdowns. Marco Cyncar scored his first CFL touchdown late in the 2nd quarter on a pass from Mr. Moon. With regular quarterback Condredge Holloway out of action with injury, the Argonauts used former Buffalo Bill Dan Manucci in the 1st half and rookie Mike Williams in the 2nd half, with no success. Late in the game, Edmonton offensive tackle Hector Pothier left the game with an ankle injury, and shortly after, Mr. Wilkinson fumbled when hit from the blind side. Defensive end Jim Corrigall, playing the second-last game of his 12-year career, dribbled the ball 31 yards into the end zone and fell on it for his only CFL touchdown. Tony Lindsay of the Argonauts, playing his only CFL game, rushed 8 times for 31 yards, caught 1 pass for -1, returned 6 kickoffs for 161, and returned 2 punts for 16. It was also the first CFL game for Edmonton linebacker John Pointer, who had spent the first 15 games on the injured or reserve lists.

Baseball
World Series
New York Yankees 7 @ Los Angeles Dodgers 8 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)

The Yankees failed to hold a 4-0 and 6-3 leads at Dodger Stadium, and shoddy fielding contributed to their defeat in a sloppily-played game. Steve Howe was the winning pitcher over George Frazier, who lost his second game in as many days. Los Angeles starting pitcher Bob Welch was removed after failing to retire any of the first 4 batters.

25 years ago
1986


Diplomacy
The United Kingdom broke off diplomatic relations with Syria after revelations of official Syrian complicity in a plot to blow up an El Al jetliner.

Football
CFL
Calgary (10-7) 32 @ Montreal (4-12) 12

20 years ago
1991


Baseball
World Series
Minnesota Twins 5 @ Atlanta Braves 14 (Atlanta led best-of-seven series 3-2)

The Braves broke a 0-0 tie with 4 runs in the bottom of the 4th inning. After the Twins had reduced the lead to 5-3, the Braves scored 6 in the 7th and 3 in the 8th. David Justice, Lonnie Smith, and Brian Hunter hit home runs for the Braves. Tom Glavine was the winning pitcher over Kevin Tapani.

10 years ago
2001


Died on this date
Gorde Hunter, 75
. Canadian journalist. A sportswriter, sports editor, cartoonist, and columnist, Mr. Hunter wrote for the Winnipeg Tribune (1945-1953), Calgary Herald (1953-1966), and Victoria Daily Colonist and Times-Colonist (1966-1993). He was inducted into the media section of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1983, and entered the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 1991. A reminiscence about Mr. Hunter can be found here.

Disasters
11 people were killed after two trucks collided head-on and caught fire inside the Gotthard tunnel in Switzerland.

October 23, 2011

925 years ago
1086


War
The army of Yusuf ibn Tashfin defeated the forces of Castilian King Alfonso VI in the Battle of az-Zallaqah (also known as the Battle of Sagrajas) in Spain.

150 years ago
1861


Abominations
U.S. President Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus in Washington, D.C. for all cases related to the military.

125 years ago
1886


Football
ORFU
Round 2
City
Ottawa 7 @ Toronto 12

College
Ottawa College 17 @ Queen's College 0

Baseball
World Championship Series
Chicago White Stockings 3 @ St. Louis Browns 4 (10 innings) (St. Louis won best-of-seven series 4-2)

The game at Sportsman's Park started at 2:18 P.M. in order that 9 innings could be played, and the White Stockings jumped to a 3-0 lead as starter John Clarkson, pitching for the fourth time in six days, held the Browns hitless for 6 innings. The Browns tied the game in the 8th, with Arlie Latham's 2-run triple the big blow. They won the game in the 10th on Curt Welch's "$15,000 slide" home from third base on a wild pitch. The Browns won all the gate receipts from the series, which totalled $13,920--about $580 per man.

100 years ago
1911


Aviation
In the first use of aircraft in war, an Italian pilot took off from Libya to observe Turkish army lines during the Turco-Italian War.

80 years ago
1931


Baseball
Brooklyn's National League team announced that Max Carey would replace veteran Wilbert Robinson as manager, and that the team would no longer be called the Robins in honour of "Uncle Robby."

70 years ago
1941


War
Soviet Field Marshal Georgy Zhukov took command of all Red Army operations in order to prevent further German advances into Russian and to prevent the Wehrmacht from capturing Moscow.

Defense
The United States Senate passed a supplemental Lend-Lease Bill, increasing the amount of aid to certain nations in World War II without violating the U.S.A.'s neutrality. The original Lend-Lease Act had been approved by the U.S. Congress in March.

Baseball
IBA World Championship Final @ Havana
Venezuela 3 Cuba 1

Venezuela scored all its runs in the 1st inning against Connie Marrero, who was outduelled by Chino Canonico at La Tropical Stadium.

60 years ago
1951


On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Train from Czechoslovakia, starring Lucius D. Clay, Richard Kiley, and Maria Riva

General Lucius D. Clay was military governor of the U.S. zone in Germany from 1947-1949 and was credited as the father of the Berlin Airlift.

Baseball
Leo Durocher, who had led the New York Giants to a dramatic win in a playoff with the Brooklyn Dodgers for the National League pennant after being 14 1/2 games behind in August, was named by Associated Press as major league Manager of the Year.

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Runaround Sue--Dion

On television tonight
Thriller, hosted by Boris Karloff, on NBC
Tonight's episode: God Grante that She Lye Stille, starring Ronald Howard, Sarah Marshall, and Henry Daniell

World events
The largest man-made explosion to date occurred when the U.S.S.R. detonated a nuclear device in the Soviet Arctic testing ground between the Barents and Kara Seas. The U.S. Atomic Energy Commission said at the time that the blast had an estimated force of about 30 megatons, but that figure was later revised down to 25 megatons. The test was denounced throughout the non-Communist world. U.S. officials estimated that the test would increase the amount of radioactive strontium 90 in children's boned in the northern hemisphere by as much as 50%. Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru said the test was a "horrible thing" that made him "deeply pained and shocked." Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker called the test "callous international blackmail."

Football
CFL
Calgary (6-8) 7 @ Winnipeg (12-2) 42

Gerry James led the Blue Bombers to victory over the Stampeders at Winnipeg Stadium with 17 points on a touchdown, 5 converts, and a field goal.

40 years ago
1971


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Maggie May--Rod Stewart (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Maggie May--Rod Stewart (4th week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Maggie May--Rod Stewart (3rd week at #1)
2 Yo-Yo--The Osmonds
3 Superstar--Carpenters
4 Do You Know What I Mean--Lee Michaels
5 Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves--Cher
6 Tired of Being Alone--Al Green
7 Sweet City Woman--Stampeders
8 I've Found Someone of My Own--The Free Movement
9 If You Really Love Me--Stevie Wonder
10 Thin Line Between Love and Hate--The Persuaders

Singles entering the chart were Till by Tom Jones (#68); Brand New Key by Melanie (#76); Lisa, Listen to Me by Blood, Sweat and Tears (#85); Have You Seen Her by the Chi-Lites (#87); Mother by Barbra Streisand (#91); Gimme Some Lovin' (Part 1) by Traffic (#93); Banks of the Ohio by Olivia Newton-John (#94); White Lies, Blue Eyes by Bullet (#97); I Really Love You by Davy Jones (#98); I Bet He Don't Love You by the Intruders (#99); and Theme from "Summer of '42" by Peter Nero (#100).

Canada’s top 10 (RPM)
1 Go Away Little Girl--Donny Osmond
2 Maggie May--Rod Stewart
3 Superstar--Carpenters
4 Yo-Yo--The Osmonds
5 Rain Dance--The Guess Who
6 One Fine Morning--Lighthouse
7 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down--Joan Baez
8 Do You Know What I Mean--Lee Michaels
9 Down by the River--Joey Gregorash
10 Sweet Sounds of Music--The Bells

Singles entering the chart were Crazy Arms, Crazy Eyes by Brave Belt (#71); The Desiderata by Les Crane (#74); Don't Wanna Live Inside Myself by the Bee Gees (#75); Theme from Shaft by Isaac Hayes (#76); Mammy Blue by the Pop-Tops (#87); Samajiya by Tommy Graham and Friends (#91); Help (Get Me Some Help) by Tony Ronaldo (#93); All I Ever Need is You by Sonny and Cher (#95); It's Only Love by Elvis Presley (#99); and Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) by Marvin Gaye (#100).

Calgary's top 10
1 Little Kind Words--Lighthouse
2 Maggie May--Rod Stewart
3 Peace Train--Cat Stevens
4 Loving Her was Easier--Kris Kristofferson
5 Yo-Yo--The Osmonds
6 The Desiderata--Les Crane
7 Creators of Rain--Ian & Sylvia
8 The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down--Joan Baez
9 So Far Away--Carole King
10 Sweet Sounds of Music--The Bells
Pick hit of the week: Imagine--John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

Football
CFL
Ottawa (5-8) 40 @ Hamilton (6-7) 16
Edmonton (5-10) 34 @ Calgary (9-5-1) 12

Bruce Lemmerman quarterbacked the Eskimos to a decisive victory over the Stampeders at McMahon Stadium. Calgary could have clinched first place in the Western Football Conference with a victory.

Canadian university
Manitoba (3-3) 25 @ Alberta (6-1) 35
Calgary (3-3) 0 @ Britsh Columbia (2-5) 16

30 years ago
1981


Baseball
World Series
New York 4 @ Los Angeles 5 (New York led best-of-seven series 2-1)

Los Angeles third baseman Ron Cey hit a 3-run home run off New York starting pitcher Dave Righetti in the bottom of the 1st inning to give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead, but the Yankees scored 2 runs in the 3rd and 2 more in the 4th off Los Angeles starter Fernando Valenzuela. The Dodgers scored 2 in the bottom of the 5th to take a 5-4 lead, and Mr. Valenzuela held the Yankees scoreless the rest of the way. George Frazier was the losing pitcher.

Joe Torre signed a three-year contract to manage the Atlanta Braves.

25 years ago
1986


On television tonight
Our World, hosted by Linda Ellerbee and Ray Gandolf, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Forty Days in Spring: 1970

Baseball
World Series
New York Mets 2 @ Boston Red Sox 4 (Boston led best-of-seven series 3-2)

The Red Sox took a 4-0 lead through 5 innings against Mets' pitching ace Dwight Gooden. Boston starting pitcher Bruce Hurst improved his record for the series to 2-0, while Mr. Gooden dropped to 0-2.

20 years ago
1991


On television tonight
The Wonder Years, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Frank and Denise

Baseball
World Series
Minnesota Twins 2 @ Atlanta Braves 3 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)

Mark Lemke evaded catcher Brian Harper's tag at home plate on a sacrifice fly by Jerry Willard in the bottom of the 9th inning to score the game-ending winning run at Turner Field. The Braves had scored their first 2 runs on home runs by Terry Pendleton in the 3rd inning and Lonnie Smith in the 7th. Mike Stanton was the winning pitcher over Mark Guthrie.

10 years ago
2001


Technology
Apple announced the creation of the iPod.

October 22, 2011

175 years ago
1836


Politics and government
Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first President of the Republic of Texas.

125 years ago
1886


Baseball
World Championship Series
Chicago White Stockings 3 @ St. Louis Browns 10 (St. Louis led best-of-seven series 3-2)

The White Stockings' regular pitchers were tired or injured, and the Browns refused them permission to use a minor league recruit, so shortstop Ed Williamson and outfielder Jimmy Ryan pitched for Chicago.

90 years ago
1921


Football
ORFU
Parkdale Canoe Club (3-0) 17 @ Toronto Rugby & Athletic Association (0-3) 7

ARU
Edmonton (3-0) 41 @ University of Alberta (0-3) 0

75 years ago
1936


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Louis Hector and Harry West, on MBS
Tonight's episode: The Bruce-Partington Plans

50 years ago
1961


Football
CFL
Montreal (3-8-1) 5 @ Hamilton (9-3) 15

30 years ago
1981


Hit parade
Edmonton's top 10 (CFRN)
1 More to Love (album track)--Jim Photoglo
2 When She was My Girl--Four Tops
3 (You'll Always Find Me) In the Kitchen at Parties--Jona Lewie
4 Breaking Away--Balance
5 We're in this Love Together--Al Jarreau
6 Step by Step--Eddie Rabbitt
7 Private Eyes--Daryl Hall and John Oates
8 Alien--Atlanta Rhythm Section
9 Atlanta Lady--Marty Balin
10 Arthur's Theme--Christopher Cross

Baseball
Lee Elia was hired as manager of the Chicago Cubs.

25 years ago
1986


Baseball
World Series
New York Mets 6 @ Boston Red Sox 2 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)

Gary Carter hit 2 home runs and drove in 3 runs for the Mets. New York starting pitcher Ron Darling allowed just 4 hits and no runs over 7 innings to get the win, while Boston starter Al Nipper allowed 3 runs--all earned--in 6 innings to take the loss.

20 years ago
1991


Baseball
World Series
Minnesota 4 @ Atlanta 5 (12 innings) (Minnesota led best-of-seven series 2-1)

The Braves led the Twins 4-1 after 6 innings in the first World Series game ever played in Atlanta, but the Twins rallied for 1 in the 7th and 2 in the 8th. Not used to playing without a designated hitter (the game was played in a National League park, hence no DH), Minnesota manager Tom Kelly almost ran out of players as the game dragged along. Mark Lemke singled home David Justice from second base with 2 out in the bottom of the 12th to end the game after a then-record 4 hours and 4 minutes.

10 years ago
2001


Weather
The United Kingdom braced for its worst floods in 20 years.

Baseball
American League Championship Series
Seattle 3 @ New York 12 (New York won best-of-seven series 4-1)

An error by Seattle third baseman David Bell led to 4 unearned runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning at Yankee Stadium, giving the Yankees a 4-0 lead. It was 9-0 after 6 before the Mariners rallied for 3 runs in the 7th, but Tino Martinez hit a 3-run home run in the 8th to make the score 12-3. It was the fourth straight AL pennant for the Yankees and a disappointing ending to the season for a Seattle team that had won an AL-record 116 games during the regular season.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

October 21, 2011

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Donna Morrow!

125 years ago
1886


Baseball
World Championship Series
Chicago White Stockings 5 @ St. Louis Browns 8 (7 innings) (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)

Bill Gleason hit two 2-run singles to lead the Browns in the first game of the series to be played at Sportsman's Park.

120 years ago
1891


Died on this date
Ed Daily, 29
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Daily was an outfielder and pitcher who played for seven major league teams from 1885-1891. In 640 major league games he batted .239 with 19 home runs and 288 runs batted in, while posting a 66-69 won-lost record as a pitcher with an earned run average of 3.39. He died of consumption.

100 years ago
1911


Football
ORFU
St. Michael's College (2-1) 11 @ Dundas (0-3) 10

80 years ago
1931


On the radio
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Richard Gordon and Leigh Lovell, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Bruce-Partington Plans

50 years ago
1961


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Walkin' Back to Happiness--Helen Shapiro (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Mirror): Walkin' Back to Happiness--Helen Shapiro (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): Walkin' Back to Happiness--Helen Shapiro

U.S. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Runaround Sue--Dion
2 Hit the Road Jack--Ray Charles and his Orchestra
3 Bristol Stomp--The Dovells
4 Big Bad John--Jimmy Dean
5 Crying--Roy Orbison
6 Let's Get Together--Hayley Mills
7 Sad Movies--Sue Thompson
--The Lennon Sisters
8 This Time--Troy Shondell
9 The Way You Look Tonight--The Lettermen
10 Ya Ya--Lee Dorsey

Singles entering the chart were Heartaches by the Marcels (#57); I Wanna Thank You (#61)/The Door to Paradise (#99) by Bobby Rydell; Crazy by Patsy Cline (#66); School is In by Gary U.S. Bonds (#79); For Me and My Gal by Freddy Cannon (#80); Laugh by the Velvets (#91); God, Country and My Baby, with versions by Johnny Burnette and Chico Holiday (#92); and My Heart Belongs to Only You by Jackie Wilson (#96).

Space
The United States Air Force launched the 3,500-pound satellite Midas 4 into Earth orbit from Point Arguello, California. Attached to the satellite was a 75-pound package containing 350 million tiny copper wires. The package was to separate from the satellite, and apparently did. Scientists expected the coating on the package to evaporate and sischarge the wire needles, which were expected to form a band 5 miles wide around the Earth. The plan, called Project West Ford, was to test the efficiency of a metallic space belt to relay radio communications.

Football
CFL
Toronto (6-5-1) 21 @ Ottawa (7-5) 7
Calgary (6-7) 22 @ Saskatchewan (4-10) 18

Canadian university
Saskatchewan (0-2-1) 1 @ Alberta (1-0-2) 29

Angus McGregor scored 2 touchdowns for the Golden Bears, with Bert Carron and Ted Frechette each scoring 1. Maury Van Vliet, Jr. kicked 4 converts and a single. The game at Varsity Stadium in Edmonton was worth just 1 point in the standings.

40 years ago
1971


Died on this date
Howard Keys, 36
. U.S. football player and coach. Mr. Keys, a graduate of Oklahoma A&M University, was an offensive lineman with the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL from 1960-1963. He was a member of the Eagles' NFL championship team in 1960, and later played all five offensive line positions in one game. A serious neck injury ended his playing career in 1963, and he went into coaching. Mr. Keys joined the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League as an assistant coach on offense under head coach Jerry Williams, serving in that capacity from 1965-1968. After the 1968 Grey Cup, which the Stampeders lost to the Ottawa Rough Riders, Mr. Keys went back to the NFL. He was serving as an assistant coach on the staff of Cleveland Browns' head coach Nick Skorich--his former head coach in Philadelphia--when he was struck by a virulent form of cancer.

30 years ago
1981


Baseball
World Series
Los Angeles Dodgers 0 @ New York Yankees 3 (New York led best-of-seven series 2-0)

Tommy John pitched 7 innings against his former team, and Goose Gossage pitched 2 innings to get the save as they combined on a 4-hitter. Larry Milbourne doubled home Willie Randolph with the first run of the game in the bottom of the 5th inning, and the Yankees added 2 more in the 8th off Steve Howe. Los Angeles starting pitcher Burt Hooton took the loss.

The St. Louis Cardinals traded pitcher Bob Sykes to the New York Yankees for outfielder Willie McGee.

25 years ago
1986


Baseball
World Series
New York Mets 7 @ Boston Red Sox 1 (Boston led best-of-seven series 2-1)

Len Dykstra led off the game with a home run and the Mets added 3 more runs in the top of the inning, cruising to an easy win at Fenway Park. Bob Ojeda was the winning pitcher over Oil Can Boyd.

10 years ago
2001


Terrorism
A postal worker in Washington, D.C. became the third American to be diagnosed with the most serious form of anthrax. It was the ninth confirmed case of anthrax in the United States since mail infected with the disease began appearing after in the capital, as well as in Florida and New York after September 11.

Football
CFL
Saskatchewan (4-12) 24 @ Hamilton (9-6) 30

Baseball
American League Championship Series
Seattle 3 @ New York 1 (New York led best-of-seven series 3-1)

The Mariners took a 1-0 lead in the top of the 8th inning at Yankee Stadium when Bret Boone hit his second home run of the series. Bernie Williams homered in the bottom of the inning to tie the game, and Alfonso Soriano hit a 2-run home run Kazuhiro Sasaki in the bottom of the 9th to win the game. Mariano Rivera, who had entered the game in the top of the 9th, was the winning pitcher.

National League Championship Series
Arizona 3 @ Atlanta 2 (Arizona won best-of-seven series 4-1)

Erubiel Durazo hit a 2-run home run off Tom Glavine with 2 out in the top of the 5th inning to break a 1-1 tie. Randy Johnson, with his second win of the series, was the winning pitcher over Mr. Glavine, who took his first loss. Byung-Hyun Kim pitched 2 scoreless innings of relief as the Diamondbacks won their first NL pennant in just their fourth year of existence.

October 20, 2011

230 years ago
1781


Religion
Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II of Austria issue the Patent of Toleration, extending limited freedom of worship to non-Roman Catholics--including Lutherans, Calvinist, and Greek Orthodox--in lands under the Habsburg monarchy. Jews were free to enter all branches of commerce, and were allowed to attend state secondary schools.

125 years ago
1886


Baseball
World Championship Series
St. Louis Browns 4 @ Chicago White Stockings 11 (8 innings) (Chicago led best-of-seven series 2-1)

Bob Caruthers, who had pitched a shutout for the Browns the previous day, took the mound again and walked 4 batters in the 1st inning on the way to absorbing the loss at West Side Park.

80 years ago
1931


Baseball
Frankie Frisch of the St. Louis Cardinals, who had batted .313 and had led the National League in stolen bases with 28, was named the NL's Most Valuable Player for 1931.

75 years ago
1936


Baseball
New York Giants' pitcher Carl Hubbell, who had posted a record of 28-6, was named the National League's Most Valuable Player for 1936, edging out St. Louis Cardinals' pitcher Dizzy Dean, who had gone 24-13.

70 years ago
1941


Abominations
Several thousand men and boys in Kragujevac, Serbia were massacred by Nazi German soldiers.

60 years ago
1951


Hit parade
#1 singles in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Because of You--Tony Bennett (Best Seller--7th week at #1, Disc Jockey--5th week at #1), Jukebox--4th week at #1)

U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Because of You--Tony Bennett (7th week at #1)
--Les Baxter and his Orchestra
2 I Get Ideas--Tony Martin
--Louis Armstrong
3 Cold, Cold Heart--Tony Bennett
4 The Loveliest Night of the Year--Mario Lanza
5 (It's No) Sin--The Four Aces
--Eddy Howard
6 The World is Waiting for the Sunrise--Les Paul and Mary Ford
7 Come On-A My House--Rosemary Clooney
--Kay Starr
8 Sweet Violets--Dinah Shore
9 Whispering--Les Paul
10 And So to Sleep Again--Patti Page

Singles entering the chart were Rollin' Stone (#25)/With All My Heart and Soul (#33) by Perry Como; Bela Bimba by Patrice Munsel (#40); and Gambella (The Gamblin' Lady) by Jo Stafford and Frankie Laine (#41).

On television tonight
Sherlock Holmes, starring Alan Wheatley and Raymond Francis, on BBC
Tonight's episode: The Empty House

This was the first of six episodes of the first Sherlock Holmes series ever made for television. Unfortunately, none of the half-hour episodes are known to still exist.

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

This was the last episode of the series, which had begun airing on May 20.

Society
Wilbanks Smith, a defensive tackle with the Oklahoma A&M University Aggies, delivered several deliberate blows to the face of Drake University Bulldogs' fullback Johnny Bright during the early minutes of a football game at Stillwater, Oklahoma. The third blow broke Mr. Bright's jaw, although he was able to complete a 61-yard touchdown pass a few plays later. He was forced to leave the game shortly after, and Oklahoma A&M won the game 27-14. The attacks, according to comments from Aggies' players in post-game interviews, were racially-motivated and encouraged by the Aggies' coaching staff; Mr. Bright was a Negro, and was the first Negro player to play for a visiting team in Stillwater. A series of photographs of the incident were published in Life magazine and won a Pulitzer prize.

Football
IRFU
Ottawa (6-4) 32 @ Hamilton (6-4) 16
Montreal (2-7) 11 @ Toronto (5-4) 35

WIFU
Saskatchewan (8-6) 13 @ Winnipeg (8-6) 19
Edmonton (8-6) 25 @ Calgary (4-10) 26

The three-way tie in points in the WIFU was settled according to the teams' records against one another. Saskatchewan was awarded first place, with a bye into the best-of-three finals. Edmonton took second place, hosting a sudden-death semi-final against Winnipeg a week later.

Baseball
Led by former major league star Lefty O'Doul, a team of current major league stars departed the United States for a tour of Japan. Joe DiMaggio, who had recently concluded his brilliant career with the New York Yankees, was part of the team.

50 years ago
1961


On television tonight
The Twilight Zone, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Mirror, starring Peter Falk

Defense
The U.S.S.R. launched an R-13 missile from a Golf class submarine; it was the first armed test of a ballistic missile launched from a submarine.

40 years ago
1971


On television tonight
Rod Serling's Night Gallery, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Phantom Farmhouse, starring David McCallum, Linda Marsh, and David Carradine; Silent Snow, Secret Snow, starring Radames Pera and Lonny Chapman (narrated by Orson Welles)

Economics and finance
The Nepal Stock Exchange collapsed.

30 years ago
1981


Baseball
World Series
Los Angeles Dodgers 3 @ New York Yankees 5 (New York led best-of-seven series 1-0)

Bob Watson hit a 3-run home run off losing pitcher Jerry Reuss in the bottom of the 1st inning, and the Yankees withstood a 2-run Dodger rally in the top of the 8th. Ron Guidry was the winning pitcher.

20 years ago
1991


Disasters
More than 1,000 people were killed when an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale struck the Uttarkashi region of India.

A firestorm near Oakland, California killed 25 people and destroyed 3,469 homes and apartments, causing more than $2 billion in damage.

Auto racing
Ayrton Senna of Brazil clinched the Formula One world driving championship for the third time when he finished in second place at the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. Nigel Mansell of the United Kingdom was his closest competitor in the overall standings.

Football
CFL
Calgary (10-6) 27 @ Toronto (11-5) 34
Ottawa (6-10) 28 @ Saskatchewan (6-10) 41
British Columbia (10-6) 39 @ Edmonton (10-6) 38 (OT)

A poor decision by Edmonton head coach Ron Lancaster led to the Eskimos' loss to the Lions on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Commonwealth Stadium. B.C. quarterback Doug Flutie had moved the team better against the wind than with the wind during regulation time, and the game was tied 38-38 after 60 minutes, with overtime consisting of two 5-minute halves. The Eskimos won the coin toss, but Mr. Lancaster elected to have B.C. take possession against the wind in the second half. The first half of overtime was scoreless, and when the Lions took possession to begin the second half of overtime, they used up the entire clock in moving into possession for Lui Passaglia to kick a single point on the last play to win the game. The most exciting play of regulation time was a punt return for a touchdown by Henry "Gizmo" Williams of the Eskimos. It was his fifth punt return touchdown of the season, a CFL record. Edmonton fullback Blake Marshall set a club record with his 20th touchdown of the season, but later suffered a knee injury that put him out of action for the final 2 games of the regular season.

Baseball
Atlanta Braves 2 @ Minnesota Twins 3 (Minnesota led best-of-seven series 2-0)

Chili Davis hit a 2-run home run in the bottom of the 1st inning to give the Twins a 2-0 lead at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, but the Braves scored single runs in the 2nd and 5th to tie the game. Minnesota third baseman Scott Leius hit a home run leading off the 8th to give the Twins the lead, which they held. Kevin Tapani pitched 8 innings to get credit for the win, while Rick Aguilera got the save. Tom Glavine pitched a complete game in taking the loss.

10 years ago
2001


Football
CFL
Montreal (9-7) 9 @ Calgary (7-9-0-1) 29
Winnipeg (14-2) 26 @ British Columbia (6-9) 18

Baseball
American League Championship Series
Seattle 14 @ New York 3 (New York led best-of-seven series 2-1)

The Mariners trailed 2-0 after the 1st inning on a 2-run home run by Bernie Williams, but scored 2 runs in the 5th, 7 in the 6th, 2 more in the 7th, 1 in the 8th, and 2 in the 9th. Jamie Moyer was the winning pitcher over Orlando Hernandez.

National League Championship Series
Arizona 11 @ Atlanta 4 (Arizona led best-of-seven series 3-1)

The Braves scored single runs in each of the first 2 innings, but the Diamondbacks scored 4 in the top of the 3rd inning and 2 more in the 4th to cruise to victory at Turner Field. Brian Anderson was the winning pitcher over Greg Maddux, who suffered his second loss of the series.