125 years ago
Born on this date
Battling Jim Johnson. U.S. boxer. Mr. Johnson was a heavyweight who compiled a record of 32-38-11-1-1 in a professional career from 1909-1918. A Negro, he fought fellow Negroes Sam Langford 13 times, Joe Jeannette 11 times, and Sam McVea 7 times, but the highlight of his career was challenging Jack Johnson for the world heavyweight title in Paris on December 19, 1913. The fight was regarded as lackluster, and champion Johnson reportedly broke his left arm in the 3rd round, possibly explaining why the challenger held him to a 10-round draw. Battling Jim Johnson was preparing for yet another fight against Mr. Langford in Lowell, Massachusetts, but it was postponed because of the influenza epidemic. While waiting for the fight to be rescheduled, Mr. Johnson caught the flu and died in Boston on November 6, 1918 at the age of 31.
110 years ago
The Cleveland Bronchos routed the Baltimore Orioles 23-5. Losing pitcher Jack Katoll pitched a complete game.
100 years ago
100,000 peole attended a parade opening the first Calgary Stampede.
The Boston Red Sox swept a doubleheader from the New York Highlanders (also popularly known as the Yankees) 2-1 and 1-0 at the Polo Grounds in New York. Smoky Joe Wood pitched his 8th shutout of the season in the second game for his 30th win of 1912.
80 years ago
The Philadelphia Athletics swept a doubleheader from the Boston Red Sox 7-3 and 15-0. Lew Krausse pitched the shutout in the second game.
75 years ago
Died on this date
Pierre de Coubertin, 74. French aristocrat. Baron de Coubertin was the founder of the modern Olympic games and the International Olympic Committee, serving as the IOC's president from 1896-1925.
60 years ago
On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Old Lady of Bayeux, starring Adeline Adler, Isabel Bonner, and Donald Foster
The Washington Nationals swept a doubleheader from the Philadelphia Athletics 3-2 in 10 innings and 5-0. Mike Fornieles pitched a 1-hitter to win the second game in his major league debut, giving up just a single by Joe Astroth in the 2nd inning.
The New York Yankees swept a doubleheader from the Boston Red Sox 5-0 and 4-0, with Tom Gorman and newly-acquired Ewell Blackwell pitching the respective shutouts.
50 years ago
Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals made his 3,516th career major league hit, moving him past Tris Speaker and into second place behind Ty Cobb. The Cardinals lost 4-3 to the New York Mets.
40 years ago
#1 single in the U.K.: You Wear it Well--Rod Stewart
Australia's top 10 (Go-Set)
1 Daddy Don't You Walk so Fast--Wayne Newton (2nd week at #1)
2 Puppy Love--Donny Osmond
3 Red Back on the Toilet Seat--Slim Newton
4 Long Haired Lover from Liverpool--Little Jimmy Osmond
5 The Candy Man--Sammy Davis, Jr. with the Mike Curb Congregation
6 Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)--The Hollies
7 (Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All--The 5th Dimension
8 Beautiful Sunday--Daniel Boone
9 Metal Guru--T. Rex
10 Sylvia's Mother--Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show
The only single entering the chart was Oh Babe, What Would You Say by Hurricane Smith (#40).
#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): Alone Again (Naturally)--Gilbert O'Sullivan (5th week at #1)
U.S. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)--Looking Glass
2 Alone Again (Naturally)--Gilbert O'Sullivan
3 I'm Still in Love with You--Al Green
4 Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)--The Hollies
5 Hold Your Head Up--Argent
6 Back Stabbers--O'Jays
7 Goodbye to Love--Carpenters
8 The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.--Donna Fargo
9 You Don't Mess Around with Jim--Jim Croce
10 Rock and Roll Part 2--Gary Glitter
Singles entering the chart were Don't Ever Be Lonely (A Poor Little Fool Like Me) by Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose (#75); I'll Be Around by the Spinners (#79); If I Could Reach You by the 5th Dimension (#80); Woman Don't Go Astray by King Floyd (#82); Thunder and Lightning by Chi Coltrane (#84); I Will Never Pass this Way Again by Glen Campbell (#89); Listen to the Music by the Doobie Brothers (#90); Keep on Running by Stevie Wonder (#93); For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her by Simon & Garfunkel (#94); Buzzy Brown by Tim Davis (#97); and Money Back Guarantee by Five Man Electrical Band (#99). I'll be Around was the B-side of How Could I Let You Get Away, which failed to chart.
Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Alone Again (Naturally)--Gilbert O'Sullivan (3rd week at #1)
2 Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)--Looking Glass
3 Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)--The Hollies
4 Goodbye to Love--Carpenters
6 Hold Your Head Up--Argent
7 You Don't Mess Around with Jim--Jim Croce
8 School's Out--Alice Cooper
9 Happy--Rolling Stones
10 Sealed with a Kiss--Bobby Vinton
Singles entering the chart were Speak to the Sky by Rick Springfield (#63); Burning Love by Elvis Presley (#65); In Time by Engelbert Humperdinck (#66); Money Back Guarantee by Five Man Electrical Band (#88); Your Wonderful Sweet, Sweet Love by the Supremes (#89); Piece of Paper by Gladstone (#92); Only Love Can Break a Heart by Jackie DeShannon (#94); This World by the Staple Singers (#96); (It's the Way) Nature Planned It by the Four Tops (#97); Maxwell's Silver Hammer by the Bells (#98); From the Beginning by Emerson, Lake & Palmer (#99); and Back Stabbers by the O'Jays (#100).
Winnipeg's top 10 (Winnipeg Tribune)
1 Who Has the Answers--Andy Kim
2 Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)--The Hollies
3 Alone Again (Naturally)--Gilbert O'Sullivan
4 Beautiful Sunday--Daniel Boone
5 (Make Me Do) Anything You Want--A Foot in Coldwater
6 Layla--Derek and the Dominoes
8 Hold Her Tight--The Osmonds
9 Rock and Roll Part 2--Gary Glitter
10 Concrete Sea--Terry Jacks
Winnipeg's top 20 (CKRC)
1 Beautiful Sunday--Daniel Boone
2 Rock and Roll Part 2--Gary Glitter
3 Popcorn--Hot Butter
4 Go All the Way--Raspberries
5 The Guitar Man--Bread
6 My Ding-A-Ling--Chuck Berry
7 Black & White--Three Dog Night
8 You Don't Mess Around with Jim--Jim Croce
9 Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)--The Hollies
10 Saturday in the Park--Chicago
11 Concrete Sea--Terry Jacks
12 Run to Me--The Bee Gees
13 Who Has the Answers--Andy Kim
14 Goodbye to Love--Carpenters
15 Honky Cat--Elton John
16 The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.--Donna Fargo
17 Join Together--The Who
18 Rock and Roll Song--Valdy
19 Some Sing, Some Dance--Pagliaro
20 Play Me--Neil Diamond
(#5 Canadian)--Sun Goes By--Doctor Music
Calgary’s top 10
1 Alone Again (Naturally)—Gilbert O’Sullivan (2nd week at #1)
2 Black & White--Three Dog Night
3 Wild Eyes—Stampeders
4 Concrete Sea--Terry Jacks
5 City of New Orleans--Arlo Guthrie
6 Some Sing, Some Dance—Pagliaro
7 Beautiful Sunday--Daniel Boone
8 Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me--Mac Davis
9 Popcorn--Hot Butter
10 Play Me--Neil Diamond
Pick hit of the week: Love is a Railroad--Pepper Tree
It snowed in Yellowknife in the early evening hours.
Canada (NHL)-U.S.S.R. series
Game 1 @ Montreal
U.S.S.R. 7 Canada 3 (U.S.S.R. led series 1-0)
Team Canada, favoured to win all eight games of the series, scored 30 seconds into the game at the Montreal Forum and made it 2-0 6 1/2 minutes later, but the Soviets, led by Valery Kharlamov, put on a magical display of passing and gave Canada the rudest awakening in the country's international hockey history. It was the first time that NHL players had played against the Soviets, and the first time that most Canadian fans had seen or hear od such players as goalie Vladislav Tretiak. Mr. Kharlamov and Eugeny Zimin scored 2 goals each for the Soviets, with Vladimir Petrov, Boris Mikhailov, and Aleksandr Yakushev scoring 1 each. Phil Esposito, Paul Henderson, and Bobby Clarke scored for Canada. Ken Dryden went the distance in goal for Canada.
Dave Wottle of the U.S.A. came from last place to win the gold medal in the men's 800-metre run at the Summer Olympic Games in Munich; Yevgheny Arzhanov of the U.S.S.R. won the silver medal and Mike Boit of Kenya won the bronze medal.
Milt Pappas came within 1 pitch of a perfect game, but threw 2 consecutive balls on a 2-2 count to pinch hitter Larry Stahl, allowing a base on balls before retiring pinch hitter Garry Jestadt for the final out to preserve a no-hitter as the Chicago Cubs blanked the San Diego Padres 8-0 at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
Dave Downs pitched a shutout in his first major league start as the Philadelphia Phillies blanked the Atlanta Braves 3-0.
30 years ago
Ths blogger won the Don Percy Date That Tune Contest on CFRN, correctly identifying Valleri by the Monkees from 1968. The prize was a gift certificate for $25 in dry goods from a certain store, and I don't think I ever used it.
Lebanese government security forces took over control of western Beirut, the day after the departure of the last Syrian troops and Palestine Liberation Organization guerrillas.
Demonstrators and riot police clashed in Lubin, Poland for the third day in a row.
The Israeli cabinet of Prime Minister Menachem Begin voted unanimously to reject U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s plan for Palestinian autonomy in the Israeli-occupied parts of the Gaza Strip, saying that they feared that the U.S. plan would lead to a Palestinian state that was a threat to Israel’s security. They also vowed to continue the policy of establishing an Israeli population in the Gaza Strip.
25 years ago
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): It's a Sin--Pet Shop Boys (6th week at #1)
Kevin Bass hit 3 home runs as the Houston Astros whipped the Chicago Cubs 10-1.
20 years ago
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): Abba-esque--Erasure (11th week at #1)
Died on this date
Barbara McClintock, 90. U.S. scientist. Ms. McClintock won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1983 "for her discovery of mobile genetic elements." She was one of the world's leading cytogeneticists, i.e., she studied the structure and function of the cell. Ms. McClintock was a leader in the cytogenetics of maize.
U.S. President George Bush announced that he had approved the sale of 150 F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan.
10 years ago
Toronto (3-7) 14 @ Hamilton (5-5) 22
Edmonton (8-2) 28 @ Calgary (3-7-0-2) 20
Paul Osbaldiston kicked 5 field goals and a convert as the Tiger-Cats defeated the Argonauts before an Ivor Wynne Stadium crowd of 25,327. Archie Amerson scored the only Hamilton touchdown on a 20-yard pass from Danny McManus. Toronto quarterback Michael Bishop completed just 9 of 19 passes for 107 yards and 3 interceptions; one of his completions went for a 31-yard touchdown to Lal Knight with 17 seconds remaining in the 1st half. The Argonauts built on that momentum to start the 2nd half, as Mr. Bishop rushed 3 yards for a touchdown just 1:44 into the 3rd quarter, but they were shut out the rest of the way. Robert Drummond of the Argonauts rushed 18 times for 88 yards, while Troy Davis led the Tiger-Cats with 22 carries for 83 yards.
Malcolm Frank returned an interception 24 yards for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter and Singor Mobley returned another interception 54 yards for a TD in the 4th quarter as the Eskimos beat the Stampeders in front of 35,967 fans at McMahon Stadium. The Eskimos’ only offensive touchdown was scored by fullback Wendell Davis on a 1-yard rush on the opening play of the 2nd quarter. Calgary quarterback Marcus Crandell completed touchdown passes to Travis Moore in the 1st and 3rd quarters. Calgary’s Don Blair led all receivers with 9 receptions for 163 yards, while Edmonton’s John Avery led all rushers with 18 carries for 80 yards.
The Calgary Cannons scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning--the last on a third-strike wild pitch--to defeat the Edmonton Trappers in the last game of the Pacific Coast League Season before a sellout crowd of 8,512 at Burns Stadium in Calgary. It was the final game for the Cannons, who had been the Salt Lake City Gulls prior to moving to Calgary in 1985. The team moved to Albuquerque in 2003 and became known as the Isotopes.
The Oakland Athletics edged the Kansas City Royals 7-6 for their 19th straight win, matching the American League record held by the 1906 Chicago White Sox and the 1947 New York Yankees.
The Los Angeles Dodgers routed the Arizona Diamondbacks 19-1 at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix. The Dodges amassed 24 hits, including the first major league home run for Dave Ross, in the top of the 9th inning off first baseman Mark Grace, who had been moved to the mound to mop up in that inning.
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