Sunday, 6 September 2015

September 2, 2015

130 years ago

A mob of white coal miners attacked their Chinese co-workers (both groups were employed by the Union Pacific Coal Company) in Rock Springs, Wyoming Territory, over a dispute on who had the right to work in a particularly lucrative area of the mine. 28 Chinese workers were killed and 15 wounded, while 79 homes were set on fire.

80 years ago

George Gershwin completed the 700-page score of Porgy and Bess.

A hurricane slammed into the Florida Keys, claiming 423 lives.

St. Louis Browns’ pitcher Dick Coffman got into a shoving match with manager Rogers Hornsby shortly after the team’s train had left St. Louis to begin a road trip. Mr. Coffman was put off the train at Edwardsville, Illinois, and didn’t play again for the rest of the season.

The St. Louis Cardinals swept a doubleheader from the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 in 16 innings and 4-1 in 4 1/2 innings before 31,000 fans at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, as Daffy Dean pitched 7 scoreless innings of relief in the first game to get the win and improve his 1935 record to 16-11, and his brother Dizzy improved his record to 23-8 by winning the second game, which was called because of darkness. The sweep gave the Cardinals a 2-game lead over the New York Giants for first place in the National League.

75 years ago

Byron Nelson rallied to defeat Sam Snead and win the PGA Championship in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

70 years ago

Japan formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II.

Ho Chi Minh declared the independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

Sarah Palfrey defeated Pauline Betz in the women's final at the United States Open championships in Forest Hills, New York.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Rose Marie--Slim Whitman (6th week at #1)

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K. (Record Retailer): I Got You Babe--Sonny and Cher (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
Joe Hoover, 50
. U.S. baseball player. Mr. Hoover was a shortstop with the Detroit Tigers from 1943-1945, batting .243 with 5 home runs and 84 runs batted in in 338 games. He was a member of the Tigers' World Series Championship team in 1945, batting 1 for 3 with a run scored and a run batted in in the sixth game of the World Series.

British Columbia (3-2-1) 14 @ Winnipeg (4-2) 7

Joe Kapp completed a 90-yard pass to Willie Fleming in the 4th quarter for the winning touchdown as the defending Grey Cup champion Lions defeated the Blue Bombers before 21,012 fans at Winnipeg Stadium. Bill Munsey rushed for 67 yards and scored the other B.C. touchdown.

The Milwaukee Braves sold pitcher Harvey Haddix back to the Baltimore Orioles, just three days after purchasing him. He had refused to report to the Braves, opting to retire. Mr. Haddix, whose last appearance with Baltimore had been on August 28, didn't appear in another game, despite being reacquired by the Orioles.

The Los Angeles Angels of the American League announced that they were changing their name to the California Angels. The Angels had been playing their home games at Dodger Stadium, home of the National League's Los Angeles Dodgers, since 1962, and were preparing to move into Anaheim Stadium in 1966.

The change of name from Los Angeles to California didn't help the Angels, as they lost 8-1 to the New York Yankees before 5,198 fans at Dodger Stadium. Mickey Mantle hit a 3-run home run in the 1st inning and singled in another run in the 2nd. Tom Tresh added 2 doubles and scored 3 runs. Whitey Ford pitched a 4-hitter to improve his record for the season to 14-9, and hit 2 singles.

Pinch hitter Bob Chance singled in 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning to give the Washington Senators a 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox before 3,098 fans at District of Columbia Stadium. Don Lock hit his 15th home run of the season for Washington, while Jim Gosger hit his 7th and Tony Conigliaro his 26th for Boston.

With 2 out and nobody on base in the top of the 9th inning, pinch hitter Floyd Robinson singled, Ken Berry drew a base on balls, and J.C. Martin doubled them both home to give the Chicago White Sox a 5-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles in the first game of a twi-night doubleheader before 6,485 fans at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. Messrs. Robinson and Berry hit home runs as the White Sox won the second game 9-3 to complete the sweep. Pete Ward also homered for Chicago, and he and Mr. Robinson each scored 2 runs and batted in 3.

Eddie Mathews singled, advanced to second base on an error, and scored on a sacrifice fly by pinch hitter Mike de la Hoz in the top of the 11th inning to give the Milwaukee Braves a 4-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds before 11,049 fans at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. Darrell Osteen made his major league debut as a relief pitcher for Cincinnati, pitching the 3rd and 4th innings without allowing a run.

40 years ago

Died on this date
Victor Quelch, 83
. Canadian politician. Mr. Quelch, a member of the Social Credit Party, represented the Alberta riding of Acadia in the Canadian House of Commons from 1935-1958.

The Goombahs, with this blogger as captain, were founded as an intermural flag football team at Sir John Franklin Territorial High School in Yellowknife.

Economics and finance
The Bank of Canada raised its lending rate to 9%.

The World Football League held a dispersal draft for players with the Chicago Winds, after the franchise had been withdrawn from the league for lack of capital.

The Boston Red Sox released outfielder Tony Conigliaro after recalling him from the Pawtucket Red Sox of the AAA International League, ending his career. Mr. Conigliaro, who hadn't played since 1971 because of vision problems resulting from a 1967 beaning, had attempted a comeback in 1975 and had made the Boston roster to start the season, but had been demoted in June after hitting just .123 (7 for 57), with 2 home runs and 9 runs batted in in 21 games. He had started strongly with Pawtucket but then had slumped badly, hitting .203 with 3 homers and 12 RBIs in 37 games. In 8 seasons in the major leagues Mr. Conigliaro batted .264 with 166 home runs and 516 runs batted in in 876 games.

The Philadelphia Phillies claimed relief pitcher John Montague on waivers from the Montreal Expos. Mr. Montague was 0-1 with an earned run average of 5.60 in 12 games with Montreal in 1975, and 7-8 with a 1.73 ERA in 18 games with the Memphis Blues of the AAA International League.

The Kansas City Royals scored 3 runs in the top of the 12th inning to defeat the Chicago White Sox 4-1 before 4,198 fans at White Sox Park. Al Fitzmorris allowed 6 hits and an unearned run in 11 innings to get the win. Losing pitcher Jim Kaat allowed 14 hits and just 1 earned run in pitching a complete game as his 1975 record dropped to 19-11.

Jim Dwyer doubled home 2 runs in the top of the 3rd inning to help the Montreal Expos edge the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 before 15,232 fans at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)--Tina Turner (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Japan (Oricon Singles Chart): Kanashimi ni Sayonara--Anzen Chitai (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Spain (PROMUSICAE): Live is Life--Opus (5th week at #1)

Edmonton (4-4) 34 @ Calgary (1-7) 28
Montreal (5-3) 16 @ Hamilton (2-6) 19

Matt Dunigan completed 22 of 32 passes for 293 yards and 2 touchdowns and rushed 8 times for 56 yards and a touchdown as the Eskimos came back from a 17-1 1st-quarter deficit to post their first road win of the season. Larry Hogue returned a Neil Lumsden fumble 35 yards for a touchdown to give the Stampeders, after J.T. Hay’s convert, a 7-0 lead just 1:48 into the game. Larry Mason, who carried 8 times for 31 yards in his first CFL game, rushed 2 yards for another converted touchdown later in the quarter to extend the lead. The Eskimos settled down, and Milson Jones rushed 11 yards for a touchdown midway through the 2nd quarter. The Stampeders led 20-11 at halftime and 22-19 after 3 quarters, as Mr. Dunigan scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak to further reduce the deficit. The Eskimos, who had made several lineup changes on defense and had switched from a 3-4 front seven to a more traditional 4-3 set, made 3 interceptions and recovered a Calgary fumble, and eventually translated the turnovers into points. In the 4th quarter, Mr. Dunigan threw touchdown passes of 11 yards to Marco Cyncar and 31 yards to Chris Skinner. Tom Dixon converted both and punted for a single to give the Eskimos a 34-21 lead. Just when it seemed the game was in hand, Ron Hopkins of the Stampeders blocked a punt and linebacker Knox Culpepper, playing his first CFL game, returned it 16 yards for a converted touchdown, pulling the Stampeders within 6 points with 1:17 remaining. The Stampeders got the ball back, and quarterback Joe Barnes found former Eskimo Tag Rome for a 44-yard completion to the Edmonton 54-yard line, although Mr. Barnes had crossed the line of scrimmage, and the play should have been called back. However, Mr. Barnes then threw 2 incomplete passes and was sacked on third down. Eskimo running back Larry Cowan played perhaps his finest CFL game, rushing 15 times for 83 yards and catching 7 passes for 88. Mr. Rome led all receivers with 104 yards on 3 receptions. Gary Thompson, who had failed to make the Eskimos in 1983, played his first regular season game in the CFL and made an interception, with other key interceptions coming from rookie linebacker John Dailey and safety Lou DesLauriers. Former Montreal Alouette and Concorde James Zachery played his first game as an Eskimo at defensive tackle and recovered a Calgary fumble. Jack Williams, who had been cur from the Eskimos and the Stampeders during the pre-season of 1982 before playing with the Ottawa Rough Riders, played his only regular season game as an Eskimo at defensive end. Edmonton slotback Rick House suffered a season-ending shoulder separation when he was tackled at the end of a 38-yard completion. Oddly, it was in about the same place in the field that Edmonton receiver Pete Ribbins had suffered a shoulder separation during the 1977 Labour Day game. Meanwhile, former Eskimo slotback Dan Runge played his first game as a Stampeder. 18,253, the largest crowd of the season, attended the game on a beautiful sunny afternoon at McMahon Stadium.

Ron Ingram made a spectacular diving end zone catch of a 43-yard pass from Ken Hobart with 2:17 remaining in the game to lift the Tiger-Cats to victory before an Ivor Wynne Stadium crowd of 15,549. It was the only Hamilton touchdown of the game, and came about 8½ minutes after Mark Stevens, Montreal’s third quarterback to see action during the game, had completed a 75-yard pass to Dwaine Wilson for the Concordes’ only touchdown. Bernie Ruoff kicked 4 field goals and a convert for the Tiger-Cats, while Roy Kurtz kicked 3 field goals and a convert for the Concordes. Turner Gill started at quarterback for Montreal and Gerry Dattilio briefly relieved him, but they each surrendered 2 interceptions. Mr. Hobart was relieved for a time by Jeff Tedford, who was ineffective.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in New Zealand (RIANZ): Vision of Love--Mariah Carey

#1 single in Austria (Ö3): Verdammt - ich lieb' dich--Matthias Reim (8th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Verdammt - ich lieb' dich--Matthias Reim (9th week at #1)

Winnipeg (6-3) 11 @ Saskatchewan (5-4) 55

Kent Austin completed 18 of 27 passes for 390 passes and 4 touchdowns and rushed for a touchdown of his own to lead the Roughriders to victory in their annual Labour Day weekend game before 31,121 fans at Taylor Field in Regina. The big blow was a team record 107-yard bomb from Mr. Austin to Jeff Fairholm at 9:50 of the first quarter, giving the Roughriders a 10-3 lead after Dave Ridgway’s convert. Saskatchewan led 41-10 at halftime and coasted from there. Don Narcisse caught 2 of Mr. Austin’s scoring passes and Mark Guy had the other. Orville Lee rushed for touchdown in the 4th quarter, and backup quarterback Jeff Bentrim completed the rout by throwing a touchdown pass to Lucius Floyd. Robert Mimbs scored the lone Blue Bomber touchdown on a 1-yard rush in the 2nd quarter. The Roughriders rolled up 639 yards net offense against the CFL’s best defense. Ray Elgaard of Saskatchewan led all receivers with 146 yards on 6 receptions.

Dave Stieb, who had previously had three bids for no-hitters ended in the 9th inning, finally got one as the Toronto Blue Jays blanked the Cleveland Indians 3-0 before 23,640 fans at Cleveland Stadium. Mr. Stieb struck out 9 batters in outduelling Bud Black.

20 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (ARIA): Kiss from a Rose--Seal (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Scatman's World--Scatman John (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Country House--Blur (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): You are Not Alone--Michael Jackson

U.S.A. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 You are Not Alone--Michael Jackson
2 Kiss from a Rose--Seal
3 I Can Love You Like That--All-4-One
4 Boombastic/Summer Time--Shaggy/Shaggy (featuring Rayvon)
5 Run-Around--Blues Traveler
6 Colors of the Wind--Vanessa Williams
7 Only Wanna Be with You--Hootie & the Blowfish
8 He's Mine--MoKenStef
9 Gangsta's Paradise--Coolio featuring L.V.
10 Waterfalls--TLC

Singles entering the chart were Walk in the Sun by Bruce Hornsby (#61); Round and Round by Twinz (#86); and Stutter by Elastica (#87).

This blogger attended a recital by violinist Juliette Kang and a performance by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra as part of its annual series of Labour Day weekend concerts at Hawrelak Park.

A British Nimrod plane plunged into Lake Ontario before horrified spectators during the annual airshow at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, killing seven Royal Air Force crew members.

Baltimore (8-3) 41 @ Hamilton (6-4) 14

Mike Pringle rushed for 4 touchdowns to lead the Stallions over the Tiger-Cats before 23,120 fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium. Baltimore scored 24 points in the 2nd quarter to build an insurmountable lead.

10 years ago

At the movies
Capote, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, received its premiere screening at the Telluride Film Festival in Telluride, Colorado.

Died on this date
Bob Denver, 70
. U.S. actor. Mr. Denver was best known for starring in the television comedy series Gilligan's Island (1964-1967) and co-starring in The Many Lives of Dobie Gillis (1959-1963). He died of cancer.

Ottawa (5-5) 18 @ Montreal (5-5) 41

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