120 years ago
First Round (First games of 2-game, total points series)
Hamilton 17 @ Toronto 18
Royal Military College 17 @ Queen's College 28
Osgoode Hall 80 Highlanders 1
110 years ago
Wilbur Wright piloted Wright Flyer III in a flight of 24 miles in 39 minutes, a world record that stood until 1908.
100 years ago
Bulgaria entered World War I as one of the Central Powers.
80 years ago
Toronto (3-0) 15 @ Ottawa (1-2) 12
Montreal (0-3) 1 @ Hamilton (2-1) 7
Detroit Tigers 2 @ Chicago Cubs 1 (Detroit led best-of-seven series 3-1)
The Tigers scored an unearned run on errors by Augie Galan and Billy Jurges to edge the Cubs before 49,350 fans at Wrigley Field. Winning pitcher General Crowder pitched a 5-hit complete game, with the only run against him coming on a home run in the 2nd inning by Gabby Hartnett. Losing pitcher Tex Carleton was relieved after 7 innings by Charlie Root.
75 years ago
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I'll Never Smile Again--Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra (vocal refrain by Frank Sinatra and the Pied Pipers) (11th week at #1)
Toronto (1-0) 9 @ Montreal (0-1) 8
Ottawa (1-0) 21 @ Hamilton (0-1) 1
Cincinnati Reds 5 @ Detroit Tigers 2 (Best-of-seven series tied 2-2)
The Reds scored 2 runs in the top of the 1st inning and went on to defeat the Tigers before 54,093 fans at Briggs Stadium. Paul Derringer pitched a 5-hit compete game for the win. Losing pitcher Dizzy Trout gave up 6 hits and 3 runs before being relieved after facing 3 batters and giving up a run-scoring double by Jimmy Ripple in the 3rd inning. The first 4 batters in the Reds’ lineup--Billy Werber, Mike McCormick, Ival Goodman, and Frank McCormick--each had 2 hits.
70 years ago
A six-month strike by Hollywood set decorators turns into a bloody riot at the gates of Warner Brothers studios.
Chicago Cubs 3 @ Detroit Tigers 0 (Chicago led best-of-seven series 2-1)
Claude Passeau pitched a 1-hitter and drove in the final run of the game with an outfield fly as the Cubs shut out the Tigers before 55,500 fans at Briggs Stadium. Rudy York's single with 2 out in the 2nd inning was the only Detroit hit.
60 years ago
#1 single in France (IFOP): Les Lavandières du Portugal--Jacqueline François
At the movies
The Desperate Hours, starring Humphrey Bogart, Fredric March, and Arthur Kennedy, opened in theatres.
Canada announced plans to build a power plant in Pakistan under the Colombo Plan.
The Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California opened to the public. This blogger and his parents stayed at that hotel in August 1974.
50 years ago
On television tonight
The Fugitive, starring David Janssen, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Trial by Fire, with guest stars Charles Aidman and Frank Aletter
The United States launched the satellite Orbital Vehicle 1 from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
40 years ago
Politics and government
The Social Democratic Party, led by Chancellor Bruno Kreisky, won a narrow majority in the Austrian general election, taking 93 of 183 seats in the national parliament. The Austrian People's Party, led by Karl Schleinzer, won 80 seats, and the Freedom Party, led by Friedrich Peter, won the remaining 10 seats.
Operation Primicia, a terrorist attack against a military regiment, took place at Formosa, Argentina.
Winnipeg (6-5-1) 26 @ Montreal (7-5) 21
Saskatchewan (8-4-1) 28 @ Edmonton (9-3) 18
Dieter Brock completed 14 of 21 passes for 326 yards and touchdowns of 37 and 43 yards to Tom Scott as the Blue Bombers defeated the Alouettes before 25,145 fans at Autostade. Jim Washington rushed 1 yard for the other Winnipeg TD. Steve Ferrughelli rushed 1 yard for the first Montreal touchdown at 1:30 of the 2nd quarter, and Phil Price returned an interception 56 yards for the other Alouette touchdown 2 minutes and 11 seconds later.
The Roughriders came back from a 10-0 2nd-quarter deficit to hand the Eskimos their only loss at home in 1975 before a record Clarke Stadium crowd of 26,303. Dave Cutler opened the scoring with a 47-yard field goal in the 1st quarter; it was the 172nd of his 7-year career, breaking the CFL record formerly held by Larry Robinson of the Calgary Stampeders (1961-1974). Mr. Cutler added a 55-yard FG on the last play of the quarter and a 32-yard field goal in the 2nd quarter before missing a 14-yard FG for a single to make the score 10-0. Saskatchewan quarterback Ron Lancaster completed a 19-yard touchdown pass to Tom Campana for a touchdown, converted by Jack Abendschan, with 2:54 remaining in the 1st half to make the score 14-7. The Roughriders took command with 3 touchdowns in the 3rd quarter: a 20-yard pass from Mr. Lancaster to Steve Mazurak; a 63-yard interception return by Lee Benard; and a 10-yard rush by George Reed, all converted by Mr. Abendschan. The Eskimos scored their only touchdown with 11:19 remaining in the game on an 80-yard punt return by Mike Fink and a 2-point convert pass from Bruce Lemmerman to Stu Lang. Mr. Reed led all rushers with 27 carries for 115 yards, while Roy Bell led the Edmonton ground game with 9 carries for 70 yards. Edmonton's George McGowan led all receivers with 85 yards on 8 receptions. Edmonton defensive end Fred James made the only pass reception of his 9-year CFL career when he went into the game on offense and caught a pass for 28 yards. It was the final CFL game for Edmonton defensive end Leroy Jones and the final game in an Edmonton uniform for middle linebacker Sam Britts; both players went on the injured list after the game and missed the rest of the season.
Denver (2-1) 14 @ Buffalo (3-0) 38
New England (0-3) 7 @ New York Jets (2-1) 36
New Orleans (0-3) 7 @ Atlanta (2-1) 14
Pittsburgh (2-1) 42 @ Cleveland (0-3) 6
Miami (2-1) 31 @ Green Bay (0-3) 7
Chicago (1-2) 3 @ Minnesota (3-0) 28
New York Giants (1-2) 14 @ St. Louis (2-1) 26
San Francisco (1-2) 20 @ Kansas City (0-3) 3
Cincinnati (3-0) 21 @ Houston (2-1) 19
Washington (2-1) 10 @ Philadelphia (1-2) 26
Baltimore (1-2) 13 @ Los Angeles (2-1) 24
Oakland (3-0) 6 @ San Diego (0-3) 0
Charlotte (5-4) 39 @ Shreveport (4-6) 14
Southern California (5-5) 33 @ Memphis (7-2) 37
American League Championship Series
Oakland 3 @ Boston 6 (Boston led best-of-five series 2-0)
Carl Yastrzemski and Rico Petrocelli hit home runs as the Red Sox overcame a 3-0 4th-inning deficit to defeat the Athletics before 35,578 fans at Fenway Park. Reggie Jackson hit a 2-run home run for Oakland in the 1st inning.
National League Championship Series
Pittsburgh 1 @ Cincinnati 6 (Cincinnati led best-of-five series 2-0)
Tony Perez batted 3 for 4 with a home run and 3 runs batted in as the Reds beat the Pirates before 54,752 fans at Riverfront Stadium.
30 years ago
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Into the Groove--Madonna (6th week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Into the Groove--Madonna (4th week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): I Got You Babe--UB40 & Chrissie Hynde
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Part-Time Lover--Stevie Wonder
#1 single in the U.K.: If I Was--Midge Ure
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Money for Nothing--Dire Straits (3rd week at #1)
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Money for Nothing--Dire Straits (3rd week at #1)
2 St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)--John Parr
3 Cherish--Kool & The Gang
4 Take On Me--A-Ha
5 Oh Sheila--Ready for the World
6 We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)--Tina Turner
7 Dress You Up--Madonna
8 Saving All My Love for You--Whitney Houston
9 Dancing in the Street--Mick Jagger and David Bowie
Singles entering the chart that week were Separate Lives by Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin (#45); One of the Living by Tina Turner (50); Soul Kiss by Olivia Newton-John (#59); The Night is Still Young by Billy Joel (#67); Girls are More Fun by Ray Parker, Jr. (#73); Hurts to Be in Love by Gino Vannelli (#86); I'll Be Good by Rene and Angela (#87); Party All the Time by Eddie Murphy (#88); Hard Times for Lovers by Jennifer Holliday (#89); and Blue Kiss by Jane Wiedlin (#90). Separate Lives was from the movie White Nights (1985). One of the Living was from the movie Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985).
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Dancing in the Street--Mick Jagger and David Bowie
2 St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)--John Parr
3 Crying Over You--Platinum Blonde
4 Take on Me--A-Ha
5 The Power of Love--Huey Lewis and the News
6 We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)--Tina Turner
7 Cherish--Kool & The Gang
8 Cry--Godley and Creme
9 Boy in the Box--Corey Hart
10 I Got You Babe--UB40 with Chrissie Hynde
Singles entering the chart were Separate Lives by Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin (#82); Girls are More Fun by Ray Parker, Jr. (#88); One of the Living by Tina Turner (#91); Be Near Me by ABC (#93); and After the Fire by Roger Daltrey (#94).
On the radio
Finkleman’s 45s, hosted by Danny Finkleman, began its 20-year run on CBC.
Edmonton (8-4) 17 @ Hamilton (5-8) 12
Edmonton quarterback Matt Dunigan completed 11 of 21 passes for 104 yards and gave up 4 interceptions, but rushed 1 yard for the game’s only touchdown in the 3rd quarter as the Eskimos won their fifth straight game before an Ivor Wynne Stadium crowd of 15,512. Tom Dixon converted Mr. Dunigan’s touchdown and added 3 field goals and a single. Bernie Ruoff accounted for all the Hamilton scoring with 3 field goals and 3 singles. Hamilton quarterback Ken Hobart completed 16 of 32 passes for 177 yards and 2 interceptions and rushed 13 times for 59 yards. George Works of the Tiger-Cats carried 14 times for 42 yards and threw 1 pass for a 24-yard completion. Chris Skinner of the Eskimos rushed 12 times for 97 yards, including a 40-yard run to the 1-yard line to set up Mr. Dunigan’s touchdown. Mr. Dunigan rushed 12 times for 43 yards. Milson Jones added 46 yards rushing and 41 receiving for the Eskimos. The Eskimos were without wide receiver Chris Woods, who pulled up lame in practice the day before. His replacement, Keith Washington, playing his only CFL game, was thrown to only once, and the pass was intercepted in the Hamilton end zone. Donovan Rose made 2 of the Tiger-Cats’ interceptions, with Paul Bennett and Less Browne making 1 each. Laurent DesLauriers and Gary Thompson intercepted passes for the Eskimos. Mr. DesLauriers’ interception stopped a Hamilton drive and led to the touchdown. The Edmonton defense sacked Mr. Hobart 6 times for 62 yards in losses.
Alberta 2 @ British Columbia 24
Head Coach Eddie Robinson of Grambling State University in Louisiana won his 324th game, breaking the college football record set three years earlier by Paul "Bear" Bryant of Alabama, as the Tigers defeated Prairie View A&M 27-7 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
Doyle Alexander pitched a 5-hitter as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the New York Yankees 5-1 before 44,608 fans at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto to clinch their first American League East Division title, taking a 2-game lead over the second-place Yankees with 1 game remaining. Dave Winfield drove in the only New York run, becoming the first Yankee since Joe DiMaggio in 1942 to score 100 runs and bat in 100 in the same season. Keith Smith played the 8th inning at shortstop for the Yankees in the 6th and last game of his 2-year major league career.
Willie Wilson singled home Pat Sheridan in the winning run with 1 out in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Kansas City Royals edged the Oakland Athletics 5-4 before 32,949 fans at Royals Stadium to clinch the American League West Division pennant.
Gary Roenicke's 2-run home run off Bill Scherrer with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th inning gave the Baltimore Orioles a 7-6 win over the Detroit Tigers before 21,094 fans at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. It was the last major league game for third baseman Marty Castillo (5 seasons, 201 games) and shortstop Doug Flynn (11 seasons, 1,308 games), who both played the last 2 innings for Detroit.
John Candelaria allowd 5 hits and 3 bases on balls, but no runs in 5 innings to get the win, as the California Angels defeated the Texas Rangers 3-1 before 8,853 fans at Arlington Stadium. California first baseman Rod Carew batted 0 for 2 with a base on balls and scored the game's first run on a 2-run home run by Reggie Jackson, while making 7 putouts in the field, in the 2,469th and last game of his 19-year major league career. Matt Williams started on the mound for Texas and allowed 4 hits, 4 bases on balls, and 3 earned runs in 7 innings, striking out 8 and taking the loss in the 10th and last game of his 2-year major league career.
John Tudor pitched a 4-hitter and Cesar Cedeno batted 3 for 3 with a home run as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 7-1 before 44,825 fans at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis to clinch the National League East Division pennant.
25 years ago
#1 single in Germany (Media Control): Tom's Diner--DNA featuring Suzanne Vega (5th week at #1)
At the movies
Avalon, directed by Barry Levinson and starring Armin Mueller-Stahl, Elizabeth Perkins, Joan Plowright, and Aidan Quinn, opened in theatres.
A jury in Cincinnati found that city’s Contemporary Arts Center and its director, Dennis Barrie, not guilty of obscenity charges for exhibiting 175 photographs of the late disgusting sodomite Robert Mapplethorpe. Five of the photos depicted sadomasochistic or homoerotic acts, and two others showed children with exposed genitals. The imbeciles on the jury agreed that the photos showed serious artistic merit and hence did not meet the Supreme Court’s definition of obscenity.
After 150 years, The Herald broadsheet newspaper in Melbourne, Australia was published for the last time as a separate newspaper.
Toronto (8-6) 9 @ Winnipeg (10-4) 25
The Argos, who had scored 286 points--an average of 53.7 per game--in their previous 5 games, were held without a touchdown, as the Blue Bombers made 1 interception and recovered 3 Toronto fumbles before a Winnipeg Stadium crowd of 30,484. The Argos fumbled the opening kickoff on their own 45-yard line, and Winnipeg scored just 2 plays later, as Mr. Burgess completed a 27-yard touchdown pass to Robert Mimbs. Trevor Kennerd converted and added a 42-yard field goal less than 3 minutes later to make the score 10-0. Lance Chomyc kicked a 21-yard field goal to cut the lead to 10-3 before Warren Hudson rushed 1 yard for a touchdown to make the score, after Mr. Kennerd’s convert, 17-3 at the end of the 1st quarter. The scoring in the last 3 quarters consisted of 2 more field goals and a single by Mr. Kennerd and a punt single by Winnipeg’s Bob Cameron. Mr. Chomyc added 2 more field goals for the Argos. Mr. Mimbs rushed 24 times for 104 yards to pass 1,000 yards for the season; he added 48 yards on 3 pass receptions. Mr. Burgess completed 22 of 35 passes for 265 yards. Toronto quarterback Rickey Foggie completed just 13 of 33 passes for 149 yards and an interception, but led his team’s ground attack with 85 yards on 8 carries. For Argo running back Lorenzo Rivers, the game was his last in the CFL. He had come into the league two year earlier as a pre-season sensation with the British Columbia Lions and had been touted as their answer to Henry "Gizmo" Williams of the Edmonton Eskimos, but Mr. Rivers was unable to duplicate his pre-season punt return heroics in regular season play.
National League Championship Series
Pittsburgh 1 @ Cincinnati 2 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)
Paul O’Neill singled in 1 run in the 1st inning and doubled in another run in the 5th as the Reds edged the Pirates 2-1 at Riverfront Stadium. Tom Browning started on the mound for the Reds and pitched 6 innings to get the win. Randy Myers pitched 1 2/3 innings to get the save. Doug Drabek went the distance and gave up just 5 hits in taking the loss. Jose Lind hit a home run in the 5th inning off Mr. Browning for the Pirates’ run.
20 years ago
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Hard as a Rock--AC/DC
This blogger was in attendance for the second day of a three-day discernment and prophecy conference at Zion Baptist Community Church in Edmonton, with guest speakers Larry Thomas and Dave Hunt. In the morning session, Mr. Thomas spoke on the topic Learn to Discern, while Mr. Hunt's topic was A Cup of Trembling, the title of his new book. The two men held a question-and-answer session with pastors in the afternoon. In the evening, Mr. Hunt spoke on The Gospel of God, and Mr. Thomas's topic was Ichabod.
10 years ago
Defying the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush, the United States Senate voted 90-9 to approve an amendment that would prohibit the use of "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment" against anyone in U.S. government custody.
National League Division Series
Houston 10 @ Atlanta 5 (Houston led best-of-five series 1-0)
American League Division Series
Boston 4 @ Chicago 5 (Chicago led best-of-five series 2-0)
New York 3 @ Anaheim 5 (Best-of-five series tied 1-1)
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