Sunday, 4 October 2020

October 4, 2020

190 years ago

The Belgian Revolution took legal form when the provisional government seceded from the Netherlands.

140 years ago

Born on this date
Damon Runyon
. U.S. writer. Mr. Runyon, born Alfred Damon Runyan, covered baseball and boxing for Hearst newspapers for many years, but was probably best known for his short stories about colourful characters in New York City in the 1920s and '30s. The Broadway musical Guys and Dolls (1950) was based on two of his stories. Mr. Runyon was a heavy smoker who died of lung cancer on December 10, 1946 at the age of 66.

125 years ago

Born on this date
Richard Sorge
. U.S.S.R. spy. Mr. Sorge worked under cover of being a German journalist in Nazi Germany and Japan in the 1930s and early 1940s; while in Japan in 1940-1941 he provided advance information about German Fuehrer Adolf Hitler's plan to attack the Soviet Union He's regarded as one of the best spies--if not the best--ever. Mr. Sorge was caught and arrested on October 18, 1941, and was hanged at Sugamo Prison in Tokyo on November 7, 1944 at the age of 49.

Buster Keaton. U.S. actor and movie director. Joseph Frank Keaton, nicknamed "The Great Stone Face," was one of the biggest stars of silent film comedy, in movies such as Three Ages (1923); Sherlock, Jr. (1924); The Navigator (1924); Seven Chances (1925); The General (1926); College (1927); Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928); and The Cameraman (1928). His career declined after sound came into movies and he lost creative control over his films, but he made a comeback in later years with guest roles in films and television programs. Mr. Keaton died of lung cancer on February 1, 1966 at the age of 70.

Horace Rawlins of England won the first U.S. Open at Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island, compiling a 2-round score of 173, 2 strokes ahead of Willie Dunn of Scotland. Mr. Rawlins won $150 and a $50 medal. Both rounds were played on the same day.

110 years ago

Born on this date
Frankie Crosetti
. U.S. baseball player and coach. Mr. Crosetti, nicknamed "The Crow," was a shortstop with the New York Yankees (1932-1948), batting .245 with 98 home runs and 649 runs batted in in 1,683 games. His on-base percentage was .341, aided by 792 walks and 114 times being hit by a pitch. Mr. Crosetti served as the Yankees' third base coach from 1946-1968, and was a member of 23 American League championship teams and 17 World Series winners. He coached with the Seattle Pilots (1969) and Minnesota Twins (1970-1971), and was estimated to have waved home 16,000 runners from third base. Mr. Crosetti died on February 11, 2002 at the age of 91.

100 years ago

At the movies
Everybody's Sweetheart, directed by Laurence Trimble and Alan Crosland, and starring Olive Thomas and William Collier, Jr., opened in theatres. Miss Thomas had died of acute nephritis 24 days earlier.

Canadian Air Board Wing Commander Robert Leckie took off from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to begin the first flight across Canada. He arrived in Winnipeg on October 11; from Winnipeg Air Commodore A. K. Tylee and three other pilots flew to Vancouver, arriving on October 17. The total elapsed time was 45 hours and 20 minutes for a flight of 3,410 miles.

90 years ago

The British airship R101 departed Cardington, England for India on its maiden overseas voyage, which was expected to take a week.

Ottawa (0-1) 0 @ Montreal (1-0) 6

Edmonton (1-1) 6 @ Calgary (1-0) 12

Bud Williamson scored the Eskimos' touchdown, converted by Elwyn Jones.

Newark (1-4-1) 19 @ Frankford (2-3) 0

World Series
Philadelphia Athletics 0 @ St. Louis Cardinals 5 (Philadelphia led best-of-seven series 2-1)

Bill Hallahan pitched a 7-hitter to lead the Cardinals over the Athletics before 36,944 fans at Sportsman’s Park. Taylor Douthit hit the game’s only home run. Rube Walberg took the loss in a game that was over in 1 hour and 55 minutes. Jack Quinn pitched 2 innings of relief for the Athletics, becoming, at 46, the oldest player to appear in a World Series game.

80 years ago

On the radio

German Fuehrer Adolf Hitler and Italian Duce Benito Mussolini met at the Brenner Pass along the border between Italy and Austria, presumably to discuss the relationship of the U.S.S.R. to the Axis Pact.

Fritzie Zivic (101-24-4) won a unanimous 15-round decision over Henry Armstrong (111-13-7) at Madison Square Garden in New York to win the world welterweight title.

Philadelphia (0-4) 17 @ Brooklyn (2-1) 30

World Series
Cincinnati Reds 4 @ Detroit Tigers 7 (Detroit led best-of-seven series 2-1)

Rudy York and Pinky Higgins each hit a 2-run home run in the 7th inning and the Tigers scored 2 more runs in the 8th inning as they beat the Reds before 52,877 fans at Briggs Stadium. Tommy Bridges gave up 10 hits in getting the win, while Jim Turner took the loss.

70 years ago

World Series
Chicago Cubs 1 @ Detroit Tigers 4 (Best-of-seven series tied 1-1)

Hank Greenberg's 3-run home run was the big hit of a 4-run 5th inning as the Tigers beat the Cubs before 53,636 fans at Briggs Stadium. Virgil Trucks pitched a 7-hit complete game to win the pitchers' duel over Hank Wyse.

70 years ago

At the movies
Union Station, directed by Rudolph Maté, and starring William Holden, Nancy Olson, and Barry Fitzgerald, opened in theatres.

The United Nations Political and Security Committee rejected Soviet and Indian proposals for a cease-fire in Korea, and passed a resolution authorizing UN forces there to take "all appropriate steps" to "ensure conditions of stability." The resolution was viewed as a tacit agreement to the UN invasion of North Korea. The U.S. Army 3rd Division arrived in the Far East to participate in the Korean War.

The U.S.A. announced that Turkey had accepted an invitation to consult with Atlantic Pact countries on defense problems in the Mediterranean and that a similar invitation had been extended to Greece.

Alberta Premier Ernest Manning officially opened the Edmonton-Regina section of TransCanada Pipelines, Canada's first major oil pipeline.

Economics and finance
Prices on the New York Stock Exchange rose to their highest level in four years.

World Series
New York Yankees 1 @ Philadelphia Phillies 0 (New York led best-of-seven series 1-0)

Jim Konstanty, who had appeared in 74 games during the regular season--all in relief--with the Phillies, was a surprise starter against the Yankees before 30,476 fans at Shibe Park. Mr. Konstanty gave up just 2 hits, but came out on the short end of a 1-0 score. The only run scored in the 4th inning on a double by Bobby Brown and long fly ball outs by Hank Bauer and Jerry Coleman. Vic Raschi gave up just 2 singles in pitching the shutout.

The Columbus Clippers, champions of the American Association, defeated the Baltimore Orioles, champions of the International League, 6-3 to win the Junior World Series 4 games to 1.

60 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Norway (VG-lista): Everybody's Somebody's Fool--Connie Francis (4th week at #1)

On television tonight
Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond, hosted by John Newland, on ABC
Tonight's episode: The Death Waltz, starring Elizabeth Montgomery, Joe Cronin, and Robert Sampson

Alfred Hitchcock Presents, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Doubtful Doctor, starring Dick York, Gena Rowlands, and John Zaremba

Thriller, hosted by Boris Karloff, on NBC
Tonight's episode: The Mark of the Hand, starring Mona Freeman, Jessie Royce Landis, and Shepperd Strudwick

The United States launched Courier 1B, an active communications relay satellite whose purpose was to obtain data for military communication.

50 years ago

Died on this date
Janis Joplin, 27
. U.S. singer. Miss Joplin, from Port Arthur, Texas, rose to prominence in the San Francisco acid-rock scene in the mid-late 1960s as lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company, whose 1968 album Cheap Thrills, which included the hit single Piece of My Heart, was a best-seller. She left the group soon after, and put together a backup group called Full Tilt Boogie. On July 4, 1970, Miss Joplin was one of the acts performing at McMahon Stadium in Calgary as part of Festival Express. She died of a drug overdose 16 days after the death of rock guitar legend Jimi Hendrix. Her album Pearl was released posthumously, and the single Me and Bobby McGee hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in March 1971. The next single, Cry Baby, didn’t sell as well, despite including Mercedes Benz--"a song of great social and political import"--as the B-side.

Trucks in Amman waited for hours to ferry Palestinian guerrillas to new encampments in the countryside. The withdrawal was one of the provisions of the Cairo agreement to end the Jordanian crisis that had begun almost a month earlier when the guerrillas had hijacked four jetliners over western Europe and had eventually parked them in the Jordanian desert and held the passengers and crew as hostages.

The U.S. President's Commission on Campus Unrest decried the May 4 killings of four students at Kent State University by the Ohio National Guard as "unnecessary, unwarranted, and inexcusable." At the same time, the panel condemned the actions of some of the student demonstrators at Kent State as "violent and criminal" and "dangerous, reckless, and irresponsible."

Major league baseball umpires returned to work after walking out on the opening day of the American and National League Championship Series in a demand for higher pay.

Auto racing
Al Unser won his second race in as many days, his fifth in a row, and his tenth of the season, taking the Golden State 100 on a dirt track at California State Fairgrounds in Sacramento. George Snider finished second and Billy Vukovich third in the 18-car field.

World Drivers' Championship Series
Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil, driving a Lotus-Ford, won the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, New York. Pedro Rodriguez of Mexico, driving a BRM, finished second, and Reine Wisell of Sweden was third in a Lotus-Ford.

Toronto (5-5) 33 @ Hamilton (5-5) 14
Montreal (6-3) 10 @ Saskatchewan (10-2) 29

Quarterbacks Tom Wilkinson and Don Jonas guided the Argonauts to victory over the Tiger-Cats before a Civic Stadium crowd of 29,411. Mr. Wilkinson started and scored the game's first touchdown. Mr. Jonas converted and kicked 2 field goals, and Dave Mann punted 65 yards for a single as the Argonauts built up a 14-0 lead before Mr. Wilkinson left in the 2nd quarter with an ankle injury. Early in the 3rd quarter, Bill Symons rushed 98 yards for a touchdown to give Toronto a 20-0 lead. Mr. Jonas completed a touchdown to Tom Bland before the end of the quarter. Ed Buchanan and Dave Fleming scored touchdowns for the Tiger-Cats in the 4th quarter, both converted by Tommy-Joe Coffey. The Argonauts closed the scoring with a 68-yard touchdown pass from Mr. Jonas to Jim Henderson; it was Mr. Henderson's first CFL touchdown. Mr. Jonas was successful on 2 of 4 converts. John Eckman started at quarterback for the Tiger-Cats, but left because of injury late in the 1st quarter and was replaced by Wally Gabler, whom the Tiger-Cats had obtained from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers a week earlier.

Henry Dorsch rushed 1 yard for a touchdown in the 2nd quarter and Steve Molnar rushed 2 yards for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter as the Roughriders defeated the Alouettes before 21,708 fans at Taylor Field in Regina. Ted Dushinski intercepted a Sonny Wade pass in the 4th quarter and returned it 42 yards for the final Saskatchewan touchdown. Jack Abendschan converted the first 2 touchdowns and kicked feld goals of 29, 12, and 40 yards. The only Montreal touchdown was scored in the 3rd quarter on a 39-yard pass from Mr. Wade to Dennis Duncan, converted by George Springate. The Alouettes' first score came in the 2nd quarter on a 50-yard wind-aided field goal by Justin Canale, his first CFL field goal. Ron Lancaster, who was relieved by Gary Lane in the 4th quarter, started at quarterback for the Roughriders and completed 12 of 24 passes for 208 yards and 2 interceptions. Mr. Wade threw 3 interceptions and Tony Passander, who relieved him in the 4th quarter, threw 1 interception. The Alouettes accumulated 349 yards passing but were outrushed 183-59.

Baltimore (2-1) 14 @ Boston (1-2) 6
New York Jets (1-2) 31 @ Buffalo (1-2) 34
Washington (1-2) 33 @ Philadelphia (0-3) 21
Houston (2-1) 20 @ Cincinnati (1-2) 13
New York Giants (0-3) 10 @ New Orleans (1-2) 14
San Francisco (2-1) 20 @ Atlanta (2-1) 21
Dallas (2-1) 7 @ St. Louis (2-1) 20
Minnesota (2-1) 10 Green Bay (2-1) 13 @ Milwaukee
Kansas City (1-2) 13 @ Denver (3-0) 26
San Diego (0-2-1) 10 @ Los Angeles (3-0) 37

National League Championship Series
Cincinnati 3 @ Pittsburgh 1 (Cincinnati led best-of-five series 2-0)

Bobby Tolan had 3 hits--including a home run--and scored all his team’s runs as the Reds defeated the Pirates before 39,317 fans at Three Rivers Stadium. Jim Merritt (1-0) was the winning pitcher; Luke Walker (0-1) took the loss.

American League Championship Series
Baltimore 11 @ Minnesota 3 (Baltimore led best-of-five series 2-0)

The Orioles scored 7 runs in the 9th inning to turn a close game into a rout as they beat the Twins 11-3 before 27,490 fans at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. Dave McNally (1-0), pitched a 6-hit complete game, winning over Tom Hall (0-1). Frank Robinson and Dave Johnson hit home runs for the Orioles, while Harmon Killebrew and Tony Oliva homered for the Twins.

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Italy (Hit Parade Italia): Amico--Renato Zero

#1 single in Flanders (Ultratop 50): The Winner Takes it All--ABBA (6th week at #1)

#1 single in Ireland: Don't Stand So Close to Me--The Police

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Don't Stand So Close to Me--The Police

#1 single in the U.K. (BMRB): Don't Stand So Close to Me--The Police (2nd week at #1)

Netherlands Top 10 (De Nederlandse Top 40)
1 One Day I'll Fly Away--Randy Crawford
2 The Winner Takes it All--ABBA
3 Anak--Freddie Aguilar
4 Use it Up and Wear it Out--Odyssey
5 Master Blaster - Jammin'--Stevie Wonder
6 Upside Down--Diana Ross
7 Some Broken Hearts Never Mend--Telly Savalas
8 D.I.S.C.O.--Ottawan
9 Oops Up Side Your Head--The Gap Band
10 Woman in Love--Barbra Streisand

Singles entering the chart were What You're Proposing by Status Quo (#31); The Kiss by Babe (#34); Cr-Cr-Cr-Cry to Me by Precious Wilson (#35); and Maybe by Patricia Paay (#38).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Billboard)
1 Another One Bites the Dust--Queen
2 All Out of Love--Air Supply
3 Upside Down--Diana Ross
4 Give Me the Night--George Benson
5 Drivin' My Life Away--Eddie Rabbitt
6 Late in the Evening--Paul Simon
7 Woman in Love--Barbra Streisand
8 I'm Alright (Theme from "Caddyshack")--Kenny Loggins
9 Lookin' for Love--Johnny Lee
10 Xanadu--Olivia Newton-John/Electric Light Orchestra

Singles entering the chart were Lady by Kenny Rogers (#39); Cry Like a Baby by Kim Carnes (#72); Hit Me with Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar (#73); and More Bounce to the Ounce (Part 1) by Zapp (#97).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 Another One Bites the Dust--Queen
2 Upside Down--Diana Ross
3 All Out of Love--Air Supply
4 Lookin' for Love--Johnny Lee
5 Drivin' My Life Away--Eddie Rabbitt
6 Give Me the Night--George Benson
7 Woman in Love--Barbra Streisand
8 Fame--Irene Cara
9 I'm Alright (Theme from "Caddyshack")--Kenny Loggins
10 Xanadu--Olivia Newton-John/Electric Light Orchestra

Singles entering the chart were Lady by Kenny Rogers (#31); Hit Me with Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar (#74); Cry Like a Baby by Kim Carnes (#78); Ashes to Ashes by David Bowie (#89); One Life to Live by Wayne Massey (#93); and Funkin' for Jamaica (N.Y.) by Tom Browne (#96).

U.S.A. Top 10 (Record World)
1 Another One Bites the Dust--Queen
2 Upside Down--Diana Ross
3 Woman in Love--Barbra Streisand
4 Lookin' for Love--Johnny Lee
5 Drivin' My Life Away--Eddie Rabbitt
6 All Out of Love--Air Supply
7 Hot Rod Hearts--Robbie Dupree
8 All Over the World--Electric Light Orchestra
9 Late in the Evening--Paul Simon
10 I'm Alright (Theme from "Caddyshack")--Kenny Loggins

Singles entering the chart were Lady by Kenny Rogers (#29); Hit Me with Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar (#66); I Could Be Good for You by 707 (#86); and Cry Like a Baby by Kim Carnes (#88).

#1 single in Canada (RPM): Magic--Olivia Newton-John (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
Pyotr Masherov, 62
. U.S.S.R. politician. Mr. Masherov was First Secretary of the Communist Party of Byelorussia from 1965 until his death in a car accident.

Saskatchewan (2-11) 8 @ British Columbia (6-5-1) 44

Joe Paopao completed 14 of 21 passes for 258 yards and a touchdown pass in each quarter to lead the Lions to the rout before 17,247 fans at Empire Stadium in Vancouver. Mr. Paopao's touchdown passes covered 4 yards to Larry Key; 7 yards to Terry Bailey; 35 yards to Al Charuk; and 65 yards to John Pankratz. John Henry White rushed 1 yard for a B.C. touchdown in the 2nd quarter. Lui Passaglia added 5 converts and kicked field goals of 43, 35, and 44 yards. The Roughriders trailed 37-0 until Joe Barnes, who relieved John Hufnagel at quarterback, handed off to Lester Brown for a 1-yard touchdown run and completed a pass to John Kinch for a 2-point convert. Emanuel Tolbert of Saskatchewan led all receivers with 112 yards on 7 receptions; Tyron Gray led the Lions with 90 yards on 2 receptions and Mr. Pankratz caught 2 for 84. Mr. White led all rushers with 76 yards on 11 carries, while Mr. Brown led the Roughriders with 67 yards on 17 carries.

British Columbia (2-3) 16 @ Alberta (4-1) 34

The Golden Bears amassed 465 yards net offense as they defeated the Thunderbirds at Varsity Stadium in Edmonton.

Mike Schmidt’s 48th home run of the season, a 2-run shot in the top of the 11th inning, broke a 4-4 tie and gave the Philadelphia Phillies a 6-4 win over the Montreal Expos before 50,794 fans at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, clinching the National League East Division title for the Phillies as they took a 2-game lead over the Expos with 1 game remaining for both teams.

Steve Garvey’s home run off Nolan Ryan in the 4th inning broke a 1-1 tie as the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Houston Astros 2-1 before 46,085 fans at Dodger Stadium to move the Dodgers within 1 game of the Astros with 1 game remaining for both teams in the regular season in the National League West Division pennant race. Jerry Reuss (18-6) pitched a 7-hit complete game victory to outduel Mr. Ryan (11-10), who allowed 6 hits and 2 earned runs in 7 innings.

The Toronto Blue Jays edged the Boston Red Sox 7-6 in 17 innings in the first game of a doubleheader before 14,179 fans at Fenway Park in Boston as Red Sox’ relief pitcher Bob Stanley (10-8) gave up a 2-run game-tying home run to Lloyd Moseby in the 9th inning, and gave up the winning run on a single by Garth Iorg. Mr. Iorg singled and scored the winning run on a single by Damaso Garcia in the 8th inning as the Blue Jays won the second game 3-1 to complete the sweep, with Paul Mirabella (5-12) pitching a 3-hitter to outduel Dick Drago (7-7), who pitched a 6-hitter.

The Kansas City Royals routed the Minnesota Twins 17-1 before 23,751 fans at Royals Stadium as Royals’ leadoff hitter Willie Wilson batted 3 for 6 and became the first major league player to record 700 at bats in a season.

Jim Morrison's 3-run home run in the 4th inning provided the deciding runs for the Chicago White Sox as they defeated the California Angels 4-2 before 7,788 fans at Comiskey Park in Chicago. 57-year-old Minnie Minoso popped out as a pinch hitter for the White Sox in the 7th, joining Nick Altrock as the only major league players to play in five decades. LaMarr Hoyt (9-3) allowed 6 hits and 2 earned runs in 8 innings to outduel Frank Tanana (11-12), who pitched a 6-hit complete game.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Ireland (IRMA): I Useta Lover--The Saw Doctors (3rd week at #1)

Politics and government
The German parliament met in the Reichstag in Berlin, its first meeting since the reunification of the country the day before.

Canadian Senate speaker Guy Charbonneau forced a vote on a Liberal Party procedural motion while the Liberals were out of the room. The motion was defeated, robbing the Liberals of one of the tactics they were counting on to indefinitely stall passage of the Goods and Services Tax which had passed the House of Commons. Traditionally, votes were not taken in the Senate without the permission of both parties. Liberals responded with angry denunciations of Mr. Charbonneau and the Progressive Conservatives, who now held the majority in the upper house. The opposition Liberals carried on a filibister with 24 hours of shouting in unison, blowing horns, and pounding on desks. The chaos ended only when both sides agreed to a four-day adjournment.

National League Championship Series
Pittsburgh 4 @ Cincinnati 3 (Pittsburgh led best-of-seven series 1-0)

The Pirates gave up 3 runs in the 1st inning but came back to defeat the Reds before 52,911 fans at Riverfront Stadium. Bob Walk was the winning pitcher, while Norm Charlton, who relieved starter Jose Rijo in the 6th inning, took the loss. Sid Bream hit a 2-run home run for the Pirates in the 4th inning, and Cincinnati left fielder Eric Davis misplayed Andy Van Slyke’s fly ball into a game-winning double in the 7th. The Reds placed runners on first and third bases in the 9th, but Pittsburgh relief pitcher Ted Power kept them from scoring.

25 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Denmark (Nielsen Music Control & IFPI): Dub-I-Dub--Me & My (11th week at #1)

At the movies
Kicking and Screaming, directed by Noah Baumbach and starring Eric Stoltz, Josh Hamilton, and Chris Eigeman, opened in theatres.

This blogger was in attendance for the first day of a three-day discernment and prophecy conference at Zion Baptist Community Church in Edmonton, with guest speakers Larry Thomas and Dave Hunt. Mr. Thomas spoke on The Great Falling Away, while Mr. Hunt's topic was The God of Prophecy.

Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the index of leading economic indicators had risen 0.2% in August.

American League Division Series
Seattle 5 @ New York 7 (12 innings) (New York led best-of-five series 2-0)

Boston 0 @ Cleveland 4 (Cleveland led best-of-five series 2-0)

National League Division Series
Atlanta 7 @ Colorado 4 (Atlanta led best-of-five series 2-0)

Cincinnati 5 @ Los Angeles 4 (Cincinnati led best-of-five series 2-0)

20 years ago

Died on this date
Yu Kuo-hwa, 86.
23rd Premier of the Republic of China, 1984-1989. Mr. Yu was responsible for ending 38 years of martial law in Taiwan in 1987.

Michael Smith, 68. U.K.- born Canadian biochemist and geneticist. Dr. Smith ,a native of Blackpool, immigrated to Canada in 1956, and became a Canadian citizen in 1963. He taught at the University of British Columbia for more than 30 years, and was awarded a share of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for contributions to the developments of methods within DNA-based chemistry [...] for his fundamental contributions to the establishment of oligonucleotide-based, site-directed mutagenesis and its development for protein studies." Dr. Smith died in Vancouver.

Prime Minister Jean Chretien announced that Canada's highest mountain, Mount Logan, in Kluane National Park in the Yukon, would be renamed Mount Pierre Elliott Trudeau; he backed down after extensive public criticism.

American League Division Series
Seattle 5 @ Chicago 2 (Seattle led best-of-five series 2-0)
Jay Buhner’s home run helped the Mariners defeat the White Sox before 45,383 fans at Comiskey Park. Paul Abbott (1-0) was the winning pitcher over Mike Sirotka (0-1).

New York 4 @ Oakland 0 (Best-of-five series tied 1-1)

Andy Pettitte (1-0) and Mariano Rivera combined to pitch a 6-hitter as the New York Yankees blanked the Oakland Athletics 4-0 before 47,860 fans at Network Associates Coliseum. Kevin Appier (0-1) was the losing pitcher.

National League Division Series
New York 1 @ San Francisco 5 (San Francisco led best-of-five series 1-0)

Ellis Burks hit a 3-run home run and Livan Hernandez (1-0) raised his career post-season record to 5-0 as the Giants defeated the Mets before 40,430 fans at Pacific Bell Park. Mike Hampton (0-1) took the loss.

10 years ago

Died on this date
Norman Wisdom, 95
. U.K. entertainer. Sir Norman was best known for playing the character Norman Pitkin in a series of movies made between 1953-1966. He was enormously popular in Albania as one of the few Western actors whose movies were allowed to be shown in that country during the dictatorship of Enver Hoxha.

A waste reservoir dam in western Hungary collapsed, freeing 1 million m3 (35 million cu ft) of red mud, which flooded nearby communities, killing nine people, injuring 122, and severely contaminating two major rivers.

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