130 years ago
Riots broke out in Montreal in protest against compulsory smallpox vaccination.
80 years ago
Died on this date
William Kennedy Dickson, 75. French-born U.K. inventor. Mr. Dickson, working under the direction of Thomas Edison, invented an early form of motion picture device called the Kinetoscope in the early 1890s.
Toronto (2-0) 4 @ Montreal (0-2) 2
Ottawa (1-1) 2 @ Hamilton (1-1) 12
Lonnie Frey scored 2 runs and drove in 3 with a home run and a double as the Brooklyn Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 12-2 before just 194 fans at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. George Earnshaw allowed 4 hits in 8 innings to pick up the win over Hugh "Losing Pitcher" Mulcahy, who lived up to his nickname. Rod Dedeaux, later a famous baseball coach at the University of Southern California, made his major league debut, relieving Mr. Frey at shortstop late in the game.
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) (10th week at #1)
The Boston Red Sox amassed 19 hits in whipping the Philadelphia Athletics 16-4 in the first game of a doubleheader before 3,200 fans at Fenway Park in Boston. Ted Williams batted 4 for 4 with a double, 4 runs, and 2 runs batted in for Boston, while Dom DiMaggio was 4 for 5 with a home run, 2 runs, and 4 RBIs. Winning pitcher Joe Heving pitched an 8-hit complete game, and losing pitcher Chubby Dean also pitched a complete game despite allowing 19 hits and 14 earned runs. Charlie Gelbert played third base for the Red Sox in the 9th inning in the 876th and last game of his 10-year major league career. Lou Finney batted 3 for 5 with 2 doubles, 2 runs, and 2 RBIs as the Red Sox won the second game 8-1 to complete the sweep, with Jack Wilson pitching a 3-hitter to win the pitchers' duel over Ed Heusser, who allowed 10 hits and 7 earned runs in pitching a complete game. The second game was played in 1 hour 37 minutes. Joe Gantenbein entered the second game as a pinch hitter in the 2nd inning and played the rest of the game at first base for Philadelphia, batting 0 for 3 in the 186th and last game of his 2-year major league career.
70 years ago
The Calgary Bronks changed their name to the Calgary Stampeders.
60 years ago
Brooklyn Dodgers 5 @ New York Yankees 6 (New York led best-of-seven series 1-0)
Joe Collins hit 2 home runs and Elston Howard homered in his first World Series at bat as the Yankees edged the Dodgers before 63,869 fans at Yankee Stadium. Carl Furillo and Duke Snider homered for Brooklyn.
50 years ago
On television tonight
The Fugitive, starring David Janssen, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Crack in a Crystal Ball, with guest stars Larry Blyden, Joanna Moore, J. Pat O'Malley, and Nellie Burt
Edmonton (4-7) 9 @ Hamilton (6-3) 3
Veteran quarterback Don Getty was unable to play because of a sore arm, so Randy Kerbow played at quarterback again, and rushed 2 yards for the game's only touchdown as the Eskimos upset the Tiger-Cats before 18,575 fans at Civic Stadium. It was the first CFL game for Hamilton offensive halfback Dave Fleming.
40 years ago
Nine people were taken hostage in the Spaghetti House restaurant in London by members of the Black Liberation Army. The siege ended peacefully six days later.
British Columbia (4-7) 6 @ Saskatchewan (7-4-1) 33
Edmonton (9-2) 37 @ Calgary (4-7) 36
Rhett Dawson caught 6 passes for 152 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Roughriders routed the Lions before 19,302 fans at Taylor Field in Regina. Saskatchewan fullback George Reed rushed 11 times for 59 yards and a touchdown, reaching the 1,000-yard mark for the 11th time in his 13-year CFL career. Saskatchewan quarterback Ron Lancaster passed for 286 yards before being relieved by Randy Mattingly, who added another 89 yards passing. Peter Liske started at quarterback for the Lions, but was sacked 8 times for 77 yards and failed to produce a point. Backup quarterback Eric Guthrie generated an 84-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown rush by Lou Harris with 53 seconds left in the game. Mr. Guthrie then missed his convert attempt. Former Minnesota Viking David Boone played his first CFL game at defensive end for B.C.
Dave Cutler missed a 17-yard field goal with 14 seconds remaining in the game, but it went for a single point to give the Eskimos their win over the Stampeders before a sellout crowd of 27,188 at McMahon Stadium. The Stempeders led 29-2 at halftime as quarterback Joe Pisarcik passed to Willie Burden and Rudy Linterman for touchdowns, handed off to Mr. Burden for a TD, and rushed for one of his own. The Eskimos' performance in the first half was so bad that Edmonton Journal sports columnist Wayne Overland left the game at halftime to catch a plane back to Edmonton. The Edmonton comeback began when Mike Fink returned the 2nd-half kickoff 81 yards, leading to a 6-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Bruce Lemmerman to Stu Lang just 48 seconds into the 3rd quarter. A 2-point convert attempt was unsuccessful, but les than 5 minutes later, Mr. Lemmerman connected with John Konihowski for a 5-yard touchdown, and Mr. Cutler's convert reduced the deficit to 29-15. Mr. Lemmerman completed a 16-yard pass to Calvin Harrell for a touchdown with 2:22 remaining in the 3rd quarter; Mr. Cutler converted and kicked a 55-yard field goal on the last play of the quarter to bring the Eskimos to within 29-25 after 3 quarters. Mr. Burden rushed 4 yards for his third touchdown of the game with 10:10 remaining to give Calgary a 36-25 lead after Cyril McFall's convert, but Larry Highbaugh returned the kickoff 92 yards, leading to Mr. Harrell's 14-yard touchdown rush and Mr. Lemmerman's run for a 2-point convert, making the score 36-33 with 8:36 remaining. Dave Cutler kicked a 45-yard field goal with 1:57 remaining to tie the score; it was his 171st career field goal, tying the record set by Calgary's Larry Robinson from 1961-1974. The Stempeders then took possession of the ball at their own 35-yard line, but Mr. Pisarcik fumbled the snap on a third-down gamble, and the Eskimos took possession of the ball at the Calgary 43, leading to the winning point. It was the first game for Bob Baker as head coach of the Stampeders, replacing the fired Jim Wood. A fight in the 3rd quarter resulted in the ejection of Edmonton linebacker Rob McLaren and Calgary receivers Henry Sovio and Glen Scolnik, and Calgary linebacker Joe Forzani was ejected later in the quarter for punching Mr. Lemmerman after he had thrown the touchdown pass to Mr. Harrell. Other Calgary blunders in the 3rd quarter included a 20-yard loss by receiver Tom Forzani on a reverse when they were in field goal range, and a pass on a fake punt by Gerald Kunyk that was intercepted by Edmonton defensive back John Beaton. Mr. Burden finished with 131 yards rushing on 21 carries, while Tom Forzani led Calgary receivers with 95 yards on 6 receptions. Mr. Harrell rushed 13 times for 77 yards and caught 6 passes for 62 yards. George McGowan led Edmonton receivers with 7 catches for 99 yards.
Miami (1-1) 22 @ New England (0-2) 14
Cincinnati (2-0) 21 @ New Orleans (0-2) 0
Detroit (2-0) 17 @ Atlanta (0-2) 14
New York Giants (1-1) 13 @ Washington (2-0) 49
Oakland (2-0) 31 @ Baltimore (1-1) 20
Minnesota (2-0) 42 @ Cleveland (0-2) 10
New York Jets (1-1) 30 @ Kansas City (0-2) 24
Philadelphia (0-2) 13 @ Chicago (1-1) 15
St. Louis (1-1) 31 @ Dallas (2-0) 37 (OT)
San Diego (0-2) 17 @ Houston (2-0) 33
Buffalo (2-0) 30 @ Pittsburgh (1-1) 21
Los Angeles (1-1) 23 @ San Francisco (0-2) 14
Hawaii (3-5) 25 @ Shreveport (4-5) 32
Four pitchers combined for a no-hitter as the Oakland Athletics ended the regular season with a 5-0 win over the California Angels before 22,131 fans at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Vida Blue pitched the first 5 innings and was credited with the win, finishing the season with a record of 22-11. Glenn Abbott and Paul Lindblad each pitched an inning, and Rollie Fingers pitched the last 2 innings. Reggie Jackson drove in 3 runs with his 35th and 36th home runs of the season, tying him with George Scott of the Milwaukee Brewers for the American League lead in homers. Dal Maxvill played the last 3 innings at shortstop for the Athletics, singling in the 8th inning in the 1,423rd and last game of his 14-year major league career. Four Angels ended their major league careers with this game: right fielder John Balaz (2 seasons, 59 games); left fielder Morris Nettles (2 seasons, 168 games); catcher Bob Allietta (1 season, 21 games); and pitcher Joe Pactwa (1 season, 4 games). Mr. Pactwa pitched the 8th inning, allowing 1 hit but no runs.
Alan Ashby's grand slam was the big blow of a 6-run 5th inning as the Cleveland Indians beat the Boston Red Sox 11-4 before 25,991 fans at Fenway Park in Boston. Second baseman Steve Dillard and catcher Andy Merchant made their major league debuts with the Red Sox; Mr. Dillard batted 2 for 5 with 2 runs and a stolen base, and Mr. Merchant was 2 for 4 with a run. Fred Beene started on the mound for Cleveland but was relieved after 2 innings, allowing 3 hits, a base on balls, and a run--earned--while striking out 2 in the 115th and last game of his 8-year major league career. Eric Raich pitched the 3rd and 4th innings and picked up the win, while Jim Strickland pitched the last 3 innings without allowing a run to earn his only save of the season in the 60th and last game of his 4-year major league career.
Jim Palmer pitched an 8-hitter as the Baltimore Orioles shut out the New York Yankees 3-0 in the first game of a doubleheader before 20,399 fans at Shea Stadium in New York. Rudy May also pitched an 8-hit complete game in taking the loss. In the second game, the Yankees scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to win 3-2. With the bases loaded and 1 out, pinch hitter Terry Whitfield singled home Roy White and Thurman Munson, with Rick Dempsey going to third base. With pinch hitter Rich Coggins at bat, Mr. Dempsey was picked off third base and caught in a rundown, but relief pitcher Dyar Miller's error allowed Mr. Dempsey to score the winning run, ending the Yankees' two seasons at Shea Stadium while Yankee Stadium was being renovated. Larry Gura pitched an 8-hit complete game victory, while Mike Flanagan allowed 5 hits and 3 runs--2 earned--in 8+ innings to suffer his first loss in his second major league game. Don Baylor hit a home run in each game for the Orioles. Jim Hutto caught the first game for Baltimore, batting 0 for 3 in the 61st and last game of his 2-year major league career. In the second game, Rick Bladt started in center field for the Yankees, batting 0 for 2 with a base on balls in the 62nd and last game of his 2-year major league career, while shortstop Ed Brinkman was 1 for 3 in the 1,845th and last game of his 15-year major league career.
The Chicago White Sox scored 2 runs with 2 out in the top of the 10th inning to defeat the Minnesota Twins 6-4 before 4,279 fans at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. Chicago right fielder Nyls Nyman batted 3 for 6 with a home run and a double, and Bill Melton also homered for the White Sox. Cecil Upshaw, the fifth of six Chicago pitchers, allowed 2 hits and 1 unearned run in 1 1/3 innings in the 348th and last game of his 10-year major league career. Also ending their major league careers were Minnesota right fielder Johnny Briggs, who batted 1 for 3 with a double and a run in the 1,366th game of his 12-year career, and Tom Lundstedt, who caught the 10th inning in 44th game of his 3-year career.
Stan Perzanowksi pitched a shutout for 8 2/3 innings as the Texas Rangers defeated the Kansas City Royals 3-1 before 6,470 fans at Arlington Stadium. With 2 out in the 9th inning, Al Cowens singled and Fran Healy doubled him home. Steve Foucault then relieved Mr. Perzanowski and retired Jim Wohlford on a fly ball to center field to end the game. Vada Pinson played the 3rd, 4th and 5th innings in right field for Kansas City, grounding out in the 6th inning in the 1,697th and last game of his 18-year major league career.
Rick Reuschel batted 3 for 3 with a double and 2 runs batted in while allowing 8 hits and 6 earned runs in 5 1/3 innings--although getting the win--as the Chicago Cubs beat the Montreal Expos 9-6 before 9,764 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago, enabling the Cubs to finish tied with the Expos for fifth place in the National League East Division with records of 75-87. Don DeMola, the third of 7 Montreal pitchers, allowed 6 hits and 4 runs--all earned-- in 1 2/3 innings to take the loss in the 85th and last game of his 2-year major league career. Montreal first baseman Mike Jorgensen batted 3 for 4 with a home runs, 2 runs, and 2 runs batted in. Bob Bailey entered the game as a pinch hitter for the Expos in the 6th inning, singling in a run and playing the rest of the game in left field in the 841st and last game of his 7 seasons in a Montreal uniform.
Rusty Staub hit 2 singles and drove in 2 runs with a pair of sacrifice flies as the New York Mets edged the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 before 21,105 fans at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. Tom Seaver started on the mound for New York and allowed 5 hits and 4 earned runs in 5+ innings, but got the win to finish the season with a record of 22-9. Skip Lockwood pitched 4 perfect innings, striking out 6, to get his second save of the season in what may have been the best game of his career. Larry Christenson allowed 7 hits and 3 runs--1 earned--in 5 innings to take the loss. He was relieved by Tom Hilgendorf, who allowed 1 hit, 1 base on balls, and 2 unearned runs in 1 inning in the 184th and last game of his 6-year major league career. Mike Rogodzinski, normally a pinch hitter, played the entire game in left field for the Phillies, batting 1 for 4 and singling in 2 runs in the 6th inning in the 99th and last game of his 3-year major league career.
Bill Plummer reached first base on an error by Darrell Evans and scored on a single by Cesar Geronimo with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Cincinnati Reds a 7-6 win over the Atlanta Braves before 44,130 fans at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati.
30 years ago
#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Into the Groove--Madonna (5th week at #1)
#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): Into the Groove--Madonna (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Into the Groove--Madonna (3rd week at #1)
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): Holding Out for a Hero--Bonnie Tyler
#1 single in the U.K.: Dancing in the Street--David Bowie and Mick Jagger (4th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Money for Nothing--Dire Straits (2nd week at #1)
U.S. top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Money for Nothing--Dire Straits (2nd week at #1)
2 St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)--John Parr
3 Cherish--Kool & the Gang
4 We Don’t Need Another Hero--Tina Turner
5 Don’t Lose My Number--Phil Collins
6 The Power of Love--Huey Lewis and the News
7 Take On Me--A-Ha
8 Dress You Up--Madonna
9 Oh Sheila--Ready for the World
Singles entering the chart were Who's Zoomin' Who by Aretha Franklin (#50); I Miss You by Klymaxx (#85); Like to Get to Know You Well by Howard Jones (#86); And She Was by Talking Heads (#87); Object of My Desire by Starpoint (#89); and The Screams of Passion by Family (#90).
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)--John Parr (3rd week at #1)
2 Crying Over You--Platinum Blonde
3 Dancing in the Street--Mick Jagger and David Bowie
4 We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)--Tina Turner
5 The Power of Love--Huey Lewis and the News
6 Take on Me--A-Ha
7 Cry--Godley and Creme
8 Freeway of Love--Aretha Franklin
9 Cherish--Kool & The Gang
Singles entering the chart were Lay Your Hands on Me by Thompson Twins (#78); Weird Science by Oingo Boingo (#93); and The Kids are All Shakin' by Helix (#95).
Riots broke out in the London neighbourhood of Brixton after a woman was shot by police and seriously injured during a house search.
Saskatchewan (4-8) 9 @ British Columbia (10-1) 33
Roy Dewalt threw touchdown passes of 19 yards to John Pankratz and 22 yards to Merv Fernandez, while Lui Passaglia kicked 2 converts, 6 field goals, and a single to surpass 1,500 career points in the CFL. Former Lion Joe Paopao started at quarterback for the Roughriders but threw 4 interceptions, 2 by Kevin Konar. B.C. defensive back Darnell Clash made 2 fumble recoveries and his 8th interception of the season. Jitter Fields, playing his first CFL game, returned the opening kickoff 59 yards to set up a 42-yard field goal by Dave Ridgway to give the Roughriders an early 3-0 lead, but they didn’t score again until Craig Ellis rushed 1 yard for a touchdown with 4:17 remaining in the game. A 2-point convert attempt was unsuccessful.
McGill 22 Concordia 18
Queen’s 34 Ottawa 13
Carlton 2 Bishop’s 7
Guelph 21 Windsor 15
Wilfrid Laurier 3 Toronto 10
York 34 Waterloo 9
Manitoba 11 @ Alberta 22
Mark Denesiuk threw touchdown passes of 61 yards to Tony Pierson and 13 yards to Brian Cable to lead the Golden Bears over the Bisons at Varsity Stadium in Edmonton. Dave Bolstad scored the other Alberta touchdown when he recovered a fumble by Jeff Funtasz in the Manitoba end zone after a 12-yard rush by Mr. Funtasz. Derek Waterman added 3 converts and Tom Richards punted for a single to complete the Alberta scoring. Ron Talakoski rushed 3 yards for a touchdown as the Bisons built a 10-0 1st-quarter lead. Darrel Batt converted and added a 33-yard field goal and a 49-yard single.
Tom Browning picked up his 20th win of the season as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Houston Astros 5-2 before 19,088 fans at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati.
Bill Gullickson allowed just 4 hits in 8 innings to win the pitchers' duel over Joaquin Andujar as the Montreal Expos shut out the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 before 15,512 fans at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. The Cardinals scored 2 runs in the top of the 11th inning to win the second game 4-2.
Keith Moreland and Ron Cey each hit 2 home runs and batted in 4 runs as the Chicago Cubs edged the Philadelphia Phillies 11-10 before 27,875 fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Mike Schmidt hit 2 home runs and batted in 4 runs for the Phillies.
The New York Yankees scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to defeat the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 before 30,486 fans at Yankee Stadium. Ron Guidry allowed 11 hits and 5 earned runs, but pitched a complete game victory to improve his 1985 record to 21-6.
Glenn Hoffman and Dwight Evans hit consecutive home runs off Guillermo Hernandez with 1 out in the top of the 10th inning as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers 2-0 before 21,890 fans at Tiger Stadium. Bob Ojeda allowed just 4 hits in 9 innings and was credited with the win, while Steve Crawford pitched a scoreless 10th inning to get the save. Detroit starter Dan Petry allowed just 2 hits in 9 innings.
25 years ago
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Tom's Diner--DNA featuring Suzanne Vega (4th week at #1)
Died on this date
Larry O'Brien, 73. U.S. politician. Mr. O'Brien was a leading figure in the Democratic Party and was the United States Postmaster General in the cabinet of President Lyndon Johnson from 1965-1968. He served as Commissioner of the National Basketball Association from 1975-1984, and the NBA's championship trophy is named after him.
Economics and finance
The U.S. Commerce Department reported that the index of leading economic indicators had dropped 1.2% in August, the biggest monthly decline since 1987.
Winnipeg (9-4) 48 @ Edmonton (9-4) 25
Tom Burgess completed 27 of 42 passes for 291 yards and 4 touchdowns and the Blue Bombers sacked Eskimo quarterback Tracy Ham 4 times before a Commonwealth Stadium crowd of 28,950. Mr. Burgess’ touchdown passes went to Rick House; Matt Pearce; Eric Streater; and Perry Tuttle. Warren Hudson rushed 1 yard for another Winnipeg touchdown, and linebacker Albert Williams also scored for the Blue Bombers on a 65-yard fumble return in the 3rd quarter. Tracy Ham threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Craig Ellis in the 2nd quarter and a 70-yard touchdown pass with 1:28 remaining in the first half when Brian Walling caught the pass for an 8-yard gain, fumbled, and teammate Blake Marshall recovered and went the remaining 62 yards for the score. Backup quarterback Warren Jones threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Mr. Ellis with exactly 5 minutes left in the game and connected with Michael Soles for a 2-point convert pass. The Edmonton defense held CFL rushing leader Robert Mimbs to 20 yards on 10 carries. Star Eskimo running back Reggie Taylor dressed for the game but didn’t play because of a knee injury, and missed the rest of the season.
20 years ago
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Tuhat yötä--Samuli Edelmann & Sani
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat signed the Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, providing for a certain amount of Palestinian autonomy.
French mercenary Bob Denard and other mercenaries took the Comoros islands in a coup against President Said Mohamed Djohar.
The Quebec Southern Railway began operating former Canadian Pacific short lines from Lennoxville to St-Jean; Brookport to Wells River, Vermont; Farnham to Ste-Rosalie Junction and Stanbridge.
Nielsen Bottom 10, February 19th-25th, 1973 - A look at the 10 lowest-rated programs on TV during the week of February 19th-25th, 1973. *Here We Go Again* on ABC was at the bottom of the ratings char...
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