Sunday, 31 May 2009

May 31, 2009

150 years ago
1859

Britannica

The clock in London whose bell is popularly known as Big Ben began ticking.

125 years ago
1884


Baseball
The Altoona Mountain Citys of the Union Association, with a record of 6-19, disbanded.

In the American Association, center fielder Oscar Walker went 6 for 6 at bat to lead the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers to a 16-1 rout of the St. Louis Browns.

In another AA game, umpire Tom Connell needed a police escort to leave Athletic Park in Washington after calling a forfeit against the home team. With the Cincinnati Reds leading the Washington Nationals 6-0 in the 6th inning, Washington manager Holly Hollingshead, angry at Mr. Connell's calls, pulled his team off the field. Mr. Connell then forfeited the game in favour of the Reds. In the resulting discontent, the umpire was escorted to the Reds' team carriage parked behind the outfield fence.

120 years ago
1889

Disasters

An estimated 2,200 people died in a terrible flood in Johnstown, Pennsylvania when the South Fork Dam failed as a result of heavy rains. A 30-foot-high wall of water rushed through Conemaugh Valley, destroying everything in its path.

100 years ago
1909

Baseball

The New York Giants swept a morning-afternoon twinbill from the Philadelphia Phillies at the Polo Grounds in New York. Hooks Wiltse won the opener 3-2, and 35,000 saw Christy Mathewson outduel Lew Moren 5-4 in the afternoon game. Mr. Mathewson won the game with a home run into the left field stands in the 8th inning.

In the Three I League, pitchers Otto Burns of Decatur and Ed Clarke of Bloomington both went the distance in a 26-inning game won by Decatur 2-1.

90 years ago
1919

Auto racing

Howdy Wilcox won the Indianapolis 500, the first time the race had been held since 1916.

60 years ago
1949


On the radio
Philo Vance, starring Jackson Beck
Tonight's episode: Red Duck Murder

On television tonight
Suspense, on CBS
Tonight's episode: The Doors on the Thirteenth Floor, starring Louisa Horton, Anthony Ross, and Russell Collins

Oddities
Cleveland druggist Charley Lupica boldly climbed to a 20-foot platform atop a flagpole after announcing that he was staying there until the Indians repeated as pennant winners. The seventh-place Indians moved up to fourth by the time Lupica descended on September 25‚ but the disappointed druggist was rewarded for his loyalty with a new car by Indians' owner Bill Veeck.

50 years ago
1959


On the radio
The Sign of Four, Part 3, starring Richard Hurndall and Bryan Coleman, on BBC Light Programme

Baseball
The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3, and the seven pitchers used by the two teams combined for a total of 23 strikeouts, tying the National League record. Sandy Koufax of the Dodgers led with 9 strikeouts.

Bob Turley gave up just 2 hits as the New York Yankees blanked the Washington Senators 3-0 at Griffith Stadium in Washington, with all the scoring coming on a three-run home run by first baseman Bill Skowron. Mickey Mantle almost hit a home run for the Yankees, but his 438-foot drive was caught by Senators' center fielder Bob Allison.

The Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Braves split a doubleheader. Robin Roberts pitched a 6-0 shutout for the Phillies in the opener, and Warren Spahn came back to win the second game for the Braves by a 2-1 score. The Phillies' run in the second game came on a pinch-hit home run by Gene Freese, his 5th pinch-hit home run of the season.

40 years ago
1969

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Get Back--The Beatles (2nd week at #1)
#1 single in the U.K.: Get Back--The Beatles (6th week at #1)

Calgary’s top 10
1 Get Back--The Beatles
2 Gitarzan--Ray Stevens
3 The Boxer--Simon and Garfunkel
4 Hair--The Cowsills
5 Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In--The 5th Dimension
6 Medicine Man (Part I)--Buchanan Brothers
7 Love (Can Make You Happy)--Mercy
8 Hawaii 5-0--The Ventures
9 I’m a Drifter--Bobby Goldsboro
10 In the Ghetto--Elvis Presley
Pick hit of the week: Someday Man--The Monkees

Someday Man, written by Paul Williams and Roger Nichols, didn’t appear on a Monkees’ album until the 1980s. The B-side, Listen to the Band, was a Michael Nesmith composition, and ended up as the bigger hit.

World events
New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller drastically shortened his visit to Bolivia to avoid a violent political crisis as thousands of student demonstrators marched in La Paz to protest his presence.

Dr. Gustav Husak, the Czechoslovak Communist party leader, announced a purge of "opportunist elements." The victims included Professor Ota Sik, a former deputy premier and chief planner of the previous year’s tentative economic reform, and Dr. Frantisek Kriegel, former chairman of the National Front, who was also ousted from the party.

Baseball
The Montreal Expos lost their 15th straight game, 6-2 to the San Diego Padres. Al Ferrara hit 2 two-run homers for the Padres while the Expos' runs came on a two-run home run in the 7th inning by third baseman Coco Laboy off winning pitcher Joe Niekro.

The Detroit Tigers edged the Seattle Pilots 3-2 as Joe Sparma came within two outs of a ho-hitter. Seattle first baseman Don Mincher doubled with one out in the 9th inning for the Pilots' only hit.

30 years ago
1979

World events

Former Khmer Rouge foreign minister Ieng Sary called for a coalition with former foes to roll back the Vietnamese occupation of Cambodia.

Two days of fighting in the Iranian port city of Khurramshahr between ethnic Arabs seeking autonomy and government forces concluded with about 100-200 killed and 600 wounded.

Aviation
An inspection of 37 DC-10s found "problems" in engine mounts similar to that thought responsible for the May 25 crash near Chicago that killed more than 270 people.

Baseball
The Montreal Expos completed a three-game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies, all by shutouts, at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Scott Sanderson won 1-0, as losing pitcher Larry Christensen gave up just 7 hits.

Pat Underwood, making his major league debut, pitched 8 1/3 innings, outduelling his older brother Tom, as the Detroit Tigers edged the Toronto Blue Jays. The only run of the game came on an 8th-inning home run by Tiger's right fielder Jerry Morales.

25 years ago
1984

Economics and finance

The United States Commerce Department reported that the Index of Leading Economic Indicators had risen only 0.5% in April, evidence that the economic recovery was slowing.

20 years ago
1989

Diplomacy

U.S. President George Bush met with West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl in Bonn. The main objective of the visit was to ease tensions between the allies that had been exacerbated by the dispute over short-range U.S. missiles based in West Germany.

Politics
United States House of Representatives speaker Jim Wright announced his resignation as speaker and from the House. In a long, impassioned speech to the House, Mr. Wright defended himself against 69 charges brought against him in April by the House Ethics Committee, and urged an end to the "period of mindless cannibalism" that prevailed in the House.

Medicine
United States Surgeon General C. Everett Koop called for a major effort against alcohol and drunk driving. He urged the alcoholic beverage industry to stop sponsoring entertainment events and using celebrities in advertising, and he asked restaurants and bars to end "happy hours" and other similar promotions. Dr. Koop proposed an increase in excise taxes on alcoholic beverages and tougher enforcement of laws suspending licenses of drivers who had been drinking.

Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department reported that the Index of Leading Economic Indicators had risen 0.8% in April.

Baseball
Cito Gaston was named manager of the Toronto Blue Jays on a permanent basis.

Deion Sanders threw out a baserunner, drove in a run, and ignited a 5-run 7th-inning rally with a single in his major league debut as the New York Yankees defeated the Seattle Mariners 9-5 at Yankee Stadium. Don Mattingly had 4 hits for the Yankees, and his two-run home run in the 8th inning finished the Yankees' scoring.

10 years ago
1999


Hockey
The Buffalo Sabres defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 in third-round Stanley Cup playoff action.

Basketball
In NBA playoff action, The San Antonio Spurs edged the Portland Trail Blazers 86-85.

Baseball
The Seattle Mariners defeated the Baltimore Orioles 10-6, hitting four home runs. The home runs gave the Mariners a total of 58 for May, tying the major league record for home runs in a month.

The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Florida Marlins 5-2. With St. Louis leading 4-1 in the 5th inning‚ Marlins' outfielder Cliff Floyd doubled off the scoreboard. When Florida argued that the ball cleared the wall‚ the umpires changed the call and ruled the hit a home run. The Cardinals then protested and the game was delayed for 5 minutes while umpires Frank Pulli and Greg Bonin studied replays of the hit on videotape. The call was eventually reversed and ruled a double. The Marlins played the game under protest‚ as there was no mention of replay in the rule books.

Friday, 29 May 2009

May 30, 2009

125 years ago
1884


Baseball
In Decoration Day action in the American Association, the New York Metropolitans and Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers played doubleheaders at home, but switched opponents between games. The Metropolitans defeated the St. Louis Browns 4-2 at Metropolitan Park in the morning, while the Trolley Dodgers blanked the Indianapolis Hoosiers 5-0 at Washington park in Brooklyn. The visiting teams then exchanged locations. The Hoosiers beat the Metropolitans 10-4 at Metropolitan Park, while the Browns beat the Trolley Dodgers 11-5 at Washington Park.

Also in the AA, the Washington Nationals defeated the Columbus Colts 10-1 in a morning game; the Nationals then lost 6-5 in an afternoon game against the Cincinnati Red Stockings. After losing to the Nationals in the morning, the Colts lost 10-2 to the Baltimore Orioles in the afternoon. Ed Morris, who pitched a no-hitter against Pittsburgh the day before, gave up 17 hits in losing to the Orioles.

It was also an unusual day's activity for the New York Maroons in the National League. In their first game of the day, the Maroons lost 12-9 to the Providence Grays at Messer Street Grounds in Providence. The teams, with the sun in their eyes, combined for 21 errors. Losing pitcher Johnny Ward, last major league start, gave up 16 hits. The Maroons then moved on to Boston, losing 5-1 to the Beaneaters before 14,000 fans at South End Grounds.

Elsewhere in the NL, Ed Williamson hit a major league record 3 home runs and added a double as the Chicago White Stockings beat the Detroit Wolverines 12-2 at Lakefront Park in Chicago in the completion of a Decoration Day twinbill.

120 years ago
1889


Baseball
In a Decoration Day double bill at Washington park in Brooklyn, the Bridegrooms lost 8-4 to the St. Louis Browns, and then won the second game 9-7. The afternoon game drew 22,122, the largest American Association attendance to date. Most of the spectators were standing, since only 3,000 seats had been erected since a fire 11 days earlier. 8,462 were at the morning game.

100 years ago
1909


Born on this date
Benny Goodman
. U.S. musician. Mr. Goodman, one of the biggest names of the swing era, had a recording career as clarinetist and bandleader that started in 1926, and ended just before his death in 1986. His band's concert in Carnegie Hall in 1938 is considered to be one of the major live music events of the 20th Century. A fictionalized account of his life was told in the movie The Benny Goodman Story in 1955, with Steve Allen as Benny Goodman. Mark Steyn has written a recent article about Mr. Goodman and his performance of Sing, Sing, Sing.

Baseball
The Pittsburgh Pirates swept a doubleheader from the Chicago Cubs at West Side Park in Chicago. The Pirates came from behind to win the first game 5-4; in the second game, shortstop Honus Wagner broke up a 2-2 tie with a double in the 9th inning. The sweep gave the Pirates a 2-game lead over the Cubs for first place in the National League.

The St. Louis Cardinals scored 11 runs in the first inning, cruising to a 12-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

90 years ago
1919


Baseball
The Chicago White Sox swept a doubleheader from the Cleveland Indians by scores of 4-1 and 3-2 to take a 4-game lead over the Indians for first place in the American League.

The St. Louis Cardinals swept a National League doubleheader from the Chicago Cubs, both games ending in 4-1 scores. Grover Cleveland Alexander took the loss in game 1, dropping his record to 0-5 for 1919.

The Boston red Sox and Philadelphia Athletics split a doubleheader at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. Babe Ruth pitched the Red Sox to a 10-6 win in the opener and added 3 hits. Mr. Ruth hit a home run over the right field wall in the second game, but the Athletics won 4-3.

80 years ago
1929


Auto racing
Ray Keech won the Indianapolis 500.

75 years ago
1934


Auto racing
Bill Cummings won the Indianapolis 500.

Baseball
The New York Giants swept a doubleheader from the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn by scores of 5-2 and 8-6.

The Cleveland Indians swept a pair of games against the Chicago White Sox, 7-5 in 10 innings and 5-4. Indians' first baseman Hal Trosky hit 3 straight home runs in the second game.

The New York Yankees and Washington Nationals split a doubleheader. In the first game, Yankees' outfielder Ben Chapman broke up Earl Whitehill's no-hit bid with a 9th-inning single, but the Nationals prevailed 1-0, as Mr. Whitehill won over Lefty Gomez. The Yankees won the second game 5-4 in 11 innings, as Burleigh Grimes, in his first American League game, pitched the final 4 innings to get his 269th and last major league victory.

In the minor leagues, Lou Frierson hit 5 straight home runs, and amassed 8 runs batted in, for Paris in a 17-12 loss to Jacksonville in a West Dixie League game.

70 years ago
1939


Auto racing
Wilbur Shaw won the Indianapolis 500, his second victory in the race in the past three years. The race was marred by a crash on lap 109 (of 200), which took the life of Floyd Roberts, the 1938 winner. Mr. Roberts had reportedly told friends that he was intending to retire from auto racing after the 1939 Indianapolis 500.

Baseball
National League umpires wore white gabardine trousers with blue jackets in an attempt to spruce up their appearance.

The Chicago Cubs swept a doubleheader from the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. Larry French took the opener against Whitey Moore 6-0, while Vance Page outduelled Bucky Walters to win the second game 2-0.

At Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2 in the first game of a doubleheader. The Pirates won the second game 14-8 as outfielder Johnny Rizzo hit 2 home runs and batted in 9 runs.

At Fenway Park in Boston, the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 8-4 in the first of a doubleheader, while the Yankees came back to win the second game 17-9. Red Sox' left fielder Ted Williams hit a home run off Red Ruffing that he later said was the hardest ball he ever hit.

60 years ago
1949


On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring John Stanley and George Spelvin (Wendell Holmes), on MBS
Tonight’s episode: The Adventure of the Curious Crypt

Auto racing
Bill Holland won the Indianapolis 500.

Baseball
The Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants split a Memorial Day doubleheader at the Polo Grounds in New York. Jackie Robinson hit a home run in the 13th inning to give the Dodgers a 2-1 win in game 1; the Giants won the second game 7-4.

50 years ago
1959


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: A Fool Such As I/I Need Your Love Tonight--Elvis Presley (5th week at #1)

Auto racing
Rodger Ward won the Indianapolis 500.

Baseball
The Boston Red Sox swept a doubleheader from the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 and 8-3. Red Sox' left fielder Ted Williams hit his first home run of the season in the 7th inning of the second game.

40 years ago
1969


Hit parade
Edmonton’s top 10
1 Get Back--The Beatles
2 Hair--The Cowsills
3 In the Ghetto--Elvis Presley
4 These Eyes--The Guess Who
5 Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In--The 5th Dimension
6 Goodbye--Mary Hopkin
7 Gitarzan--Ray Stevens
8 The Boxer--Simon and Garfunkel
9 Pinball Wizard--The Who
10 Galveston--Glen Campbell

On the radio
Squad Cars, on Springbok Radio
Tonight’s episode: Kidnap

Died on this date
Bruce Mayrock
. U.S. student. Mr. Mayrock, a Columbia University student, died the day after he set himself on fire on the lawn of the United Nations building in New York in full view of delegates and visitors. He was protesting what he called genocide in Biafra.

Protest
Some 5,000 striking oil refinery workers went on a rampage in Willemstad, Curacao, concentrating their looting and burning on white-owned businesses. Dutch marines were called in to quell the disorders, which began as a demonstration over wages.

Auto racing
Mario Andretti won the Indianapolis 500. For owner Andy Granatelli, who had been entering cars in the Indianapolis 500 since 1946, it was his first win. The race, which took place on a Friday (the actual date of Memorial Day in the United States), wasn’t telecast until eight days later, when an edited version was broadcast on ABC’s Wide World of Sports.

Baseball
John Sipin's first major league home run, a leadoff homer in the 10th inning, gave the San Diego Padres a 3-2 win over the Montreal Expos. It was the 14th straight loss for Montreal.

Clay Carroll pitched 3 innings of hitless relief and hit his only major league home run in the 10th inning off Bob Gibson to give the Cincinnati Reds a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis.

30 years ago
1979


World events
Ethnic Arabs seeking independence from Iran began clashing with government forces in the port city of Khurramshahr on the Persian Gulf.

Politics
Rhodesian Prime Minister Abel Muzorewa appointed a 17-member cabinet that included 17 Negroes and 5 whites. Former Prime Minister Ian Smith was retained in the cabinet as minister without portfolio.

Defense
United States Defense Secretary Harold Brown said that the U.S.S.R. was continuing to seek a first-strike capability against American land-based missiles, and that the new missiles the Soviet Union was developing could, by the 1980s, enable the Soviets to destroy existing American intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Crime
Italian police arrested Valerio Morucci and Adriana Faranda for the 1978 murder of former Prime Minister Aldo Moro.

Medicine
A small connection between the brains of conjoined twins Lisa and Elisa Hansen was severed in a 16½ hour operation in Salt Lake City. It was not known if the girls, who had been linked at a small spot at the back of the head, had suffered any brain damage. The 19-month-old girls were in critical but stable condition after the operation.

Baseball
On the Wednesday CBC telecast, the Montreal Expos defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, with Bill Lee pitching the Expos' second straight shoutout over the Phillies.

At County Stadium in Milwaukee, the New York Yankees defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 in 11 innings. The fourth Yankee run was scored by Cliff Johnson, who crashed into home plate umpire Lou DiMuro and knocked him out. Mr. DiMuro was unconscious for 32 minutes, and was taken to hospital.

25 years ago
1984


World events
A move toward unity among "Contras" opposing the Nicaraguan regime of Daniel Ortega was reported. The group based in Costa Rica voted to unite with the group in Honduras, but Eden Pastora Gomez, military leader of the Costa Rican group, opposed the union, which was supported by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, because of the influence of former Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza in the other group.

Economics and finance
The United States Commerce Department said that the U.S. trade deficit set another record in April at $12.2 billion.

Football
Green defeated Gold 29-17 in the Edmonton Eskimos’ intrasquad game at Commonwealth Stadium. Rookie receiver Gord Bolstad was the game’s biggest star, with two touchdown receptions for the Green squad. Former Eskimo quarterback Warren Moon, who had recently signed with the Houston Oilers of the National Football League, was a spectator on the sidelines. His backup from 1983, Matt Dunigan, showed well in vying for the starting job. The game was taped for later broadcast on CFRN, with Al McCann calling the play-by-play. The broadcast served as a useful tuneup for former Calgary Stampeders’ head coach and general manager Jack Gotta, who had joined CTV as an analyst for the network’s 1984 CFL telecasts.

Baseball
Kirk Gibson's 9th-inning home run off Steve McCatty gave the Detroit Tigers a 2-1 win over the Oakland Athletics. Guillermo Hernandez was the winning pitcher in relief.

20 years ago
1989


Defense
Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze said that he welcomed the proposal of U.S. President George Bush for reduction of American and Soviet conventional military forces in Europe. At the conventional forces talks in Vienna, the Warsaw pact put forth its proposals for ceilings on personnel and weapons for both sides. At the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Summit in Brussels, a compromise was reached on the dispute about short-range U.S. missiles based in West Germany. Under the agreement, the two alliances would first reach an accord on reducing conventional forces. Then the United States, in consultation with its allies, would enter negotiations with the U.S.S.R. to achieve a partial reduction in land-based short-range missiles. Mr. Bush flew to Bonn, West Germany. Accepting the presidency of the U.S.S.R., Mikhail Gorbachev promised that defense spending would be cut by 14% in 1990-1991.

Politics
In other speeches at the assembly of the U.S.S.R. Congress of People’s Deputies, deputies denounced the slayings of demonstrations in Georgia ; the brutality of the KGB (Soviet secret police); and the restraints on nationalist autonomy.

Baseball
The Montreal Expos overcame a 4-1 deficit with 4 runs in the 9th inning to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in a game televised on Radio Canada.

10 years ago
1999


War
Fighting erupted between two ethnic groups in an oil-producing region in the Niger River delta in Nigeria, which, within several days, took 200 lives.

Auto racing
Kenny Brack became the first Swedish driver to win the Indianapolis 500. Robby Gordon was leading late in the race, but opted to stay on the track instead of going in for a final pit stop, gambling that there might be a yellow flag to slow the race down, enabling him to conserve enough fuel to finish the race. The gamble didn’t pay off, and Mr. Gordon was forced to make a pit stop for fuel on lap 199 of 200, leaving Mr. Brack as the leader.

Thursday, 28 May 2009

May 29, 2009

Born on this date
Happy birthday, Cathy Brown!

125 years ago
1884


Baseball
At Lakefront Park in Chicago, the Chicago White Stockings hit 5 home runs as they blasted the Detroit Wolverines 29-5 in their home opener. Chicago manager Cap Anson had (apparently unilaterally) enacted a ground-rule change, allowing balls hit over the left field fence, which was just 180 feet from home plate, to count as home runs instead of doubles. In 1885 the National League set a minimum distance for fences of 210' from home plate.

In the American Association, Ed Morris pitched a no-hitter, allowing just 1 base on balls, as the Columbus Colts blanked the Pittsburgh Alleghenys 5-0.

100 years ago
1909


Baseball
United States President William Howard Taft and his half-brother Charles, a part-owner of the Chicago Cubs, were among the 14,000 on hand to watch the Cubs play the Pittsburgh Pirates at soon-to-be-vacated Exposition Park in Pittsburgh. The Cubs won 8-3 in 11 innings behind the pitching of Three Finger Brown, and moved to within percentage points of the Pirates for first place in the National League.

The Philadelphia Athletics swept a doubleheader from the Boston Red Sox, 6-2 and 6-4. Athletics' third baseman Frank Baker hit a home run off Frank Arellanes in the first game that was the first ball to be hit over the right field wall at the recently-opened Shibe Park in Philadelphia.

75 years ago
1934


Baseball
Left fielder Ray Pepper had 5 hits, including 2 home runs, to lead the St. Louis Browns past the Detroit Tigers 12-7 at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. Four other home runs were hit, two by Detroit. George Blaeholder went the distance to get the win for the Browns.

50 years ago
1959


Baseball
U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower and his White House staff were in attendance at Griffith Stadium in Washington as the Senators defeated the Boston Red Sox 7-6. Third baseman Harmon Killebrew hit a home run for the Senators, and autographed the ball for Mr. Eisenhower's grandson David.

40 years ago
1969


Defense
A United States House of Representatives armed services subcommittee reported that the Navy was guilty of "inexcusable carelessness" in the sinking of the nuclear submarine U.S.S. Guitarro in San Francisco Bay on May 16.

Baseball
The Atlanta Braves hammered the New York Mets 15-3. With the Braves leading 12-0, Atlanta's Hank Aaron was lifted for a pinch-hitter for only the third time in his career. Mike Lum then followed with a double off Al Jackson and took over in left field.

30 years ago
1979


Died on this date
John H. Wood, Jr.
U.S. judge. Judge Wood, who was scheduled to preside over a major narcotics case, was fatally shot as he left his home in San Antonio, Texas. He was the first United States federal judge to be murdered.

Politics
Bishop Abel Muzorewa was sworn in as Rhodesia’s first Negro Prime Minister.

Aviation
Five days after 273 people were killed when a DC-10 crashed shortly after takeoff at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, the United States Federal Aviation Administration grounded all 135 DC-10 wide-bodied airliners owned by American companies until inspection of engine and pylon-mounting bolts on the aircraft could be completed. The order came after federal investigators discovered that the critical pylon bolt that gave way before the May 25 crash had not failed from metal fatigue. The head of an investigating team said that as the engine of the plane that crashed at O’Hare fell away from the wing, it damaged hydraulic controls in the wing. The damage caused the retraction of flaps on the leading edge of the wing. The unbalanced condition--a high takeoff lift on the right wing and no lift on the left wing--rolled the plane into an extreme left bank that could not be corrected by the controls.

Law
The United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that prison inmates were not entitled to the full protection of the 14th amendment to the United States Constitution in state parole proceedings. The court also ruled 5-4 that a worker could not collect punitive damages from a union that did not pursue the worker's grievance claim.

Basketball
The Seattle SuperSonics defeated the Washington Bullets 114-112 in overtime at the Kingdome in Seattle to take a 3 games to 1 lead in the best-of-seven NBA finals.

Baseball
Steve Rogers pitched a shutout as the Montreal Expos routed the Philadelphia Phillies 9-0 at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

Soccer
The Vancouver Whitecaps defeated the Edmonton Drillers 3-1 in a North American Soccer League game at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.

Football
The defending Grey Cup champion Edmonton Eskimos began workouts at their training camp at Concordia College. Veteran receiver George McGowan showed no effects of a chronic knee condition.

25 years ago
1984


Labour
For the first time in the three months since the beginning of the National Union of Miners’ strike in Great Britain, police used riot gear when at least 5,000 miners gathered outside Orgreave coking plant near Sheffield. The miners were met by police from 10 counties; 41 police officers and 28 strikers were injured, and 81 people were arrested.

20 years ago
1989


Politics
U.S.S.R. leader Mikhail Gorbachev engineered the seating of reformer Boris Yeltsin on the Supreme Soviet, with one of the chosen members agreeing to step aside.

Defense
In Brussels, at the observance of the 40th anniversary of the creation of the North Atlantic treaty Organization, U.S. President George Bush proposed that both NATO and the Warsaw pact cut back on their conventional forces in Europe. He proposed specific ceilings for each class of weaponry and also recommended that the United States reduce its combat forces in Europe to 275,000, or about 20%.

Baseball
Mike Schmidt, perhaps the greatest third baseman in baseball history, announced his retirement at the age of 39. He was hitting just .203 with 6 home runs in 42 games in 1989. In 18 major league seasons, all with the Philadelphia Phillies, Mr. Schmidt hit 548 home runs.

10 years ago
1999


Politics
Olusegun Obasanjo was sworn in as President of Nigeria, the country’s first democratically elected leader in 15 years.

David Vitter, a conservative Republican, won a runoff election for the Louisiana seat in the United States House of Representatives that had been vacated when Rep. Robert Livingston, also a Republican, had resigned amid reports of marital infidelity. Mr. Vitter won the runoff against fellow Republican David Conner Treen, a former governor and congressman, 51% to 49%.

Hockey
The Buffalo Sabres defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 in third-round Stanley Cup playoff action.

Baseball
Byung-Hyun Kim, a 20-year-old South Korean, made his major league debut as a pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Relieving in the 9th inning, he struck out Mike Piazza to end the game, preserving an 8-7 win over the New York Mets.

May 28, 2009

75 years ago
1934


Born on this date
Happy 75th birthday, Annette and Cecile Dionne!

Canadiana
The Dionne quintuplets--Annette, Cecile, Emilie, Marie, and Yvonne--were born to Elzire and Olivo Dionne in the family farmhouse near Corbeil, Ontario. They were the first quintuplets known to survive their infancy, and the only female identical set ever recorded.

Baseball
Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig hit back-to-back home runs in the 7th inning off Jack Knott as the New York Yankees defeated the St. Louis Browns 13-9 at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. It was the last time the two hit consecutive home runs; Mr. Gehrig had hit an earlier home run in the 6th inning off Paul Andrews. Third baseman Jack Saltzgaver and second baseman Tony Lazzeri also homered for the Yankees.

70 years ago
1939


Baseball
George Selkirk hit 2 home runs off relief pitcher Robert Joyce as the New York Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 9-5. Mr. Selkirk had also hit 2 home runs against Mr. Joyce the previous day, so he had 4 home runs in as many at bats against the same pitcher in 2 games.

60 years ago
1949


On the radio
Pat Novak For Hire, starring Jack Webb, on ABC
Tonight's episode: Lola Madden Killed on a Train

Tales of Fatima, starring Basil Rathbone, on CBS
Tonight’s episode: Time to Kill

Baseball
In his first Ebbets Field start, Don Newcombe staked the Brooklyn Dodgers to a 6-0 lead over the Boston Braves, only to see the Braves come back for a 7-6 win. The big blow for the Braves was a grand slam in the 8th inning by former Dodger Pete Reiser.

Yogi Berra drove in the tying run in the 9th inning with a double, then scored the winning run in the 14th inning from first base on a double as the New York Yankees edged the Philadelphia Athletics 2-1. Joe Page was the winning pitcher over Lou Brissie.

Early Wynn held the Chicago White Sox to 4 hits and struck out 11 as the Cleveland Indians defeated the White Sox 3-2 in 11 innings. Chicago outfielder Gus Zernial broke his collarbone making a diving catch in the 10th inning, and was out for the next 2 months.

50 years ago
1959


Space
Two monkeys, Abel and Baker, became the first living creatures to survive a space flight when they endured 9 minutes of weightlessness after being fired 300 miles above the earth in the nose cone of a Jupiter missile from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

40 years ago
1969


Politics
U.S. President Richard Nixon asked Congress for a $2.8 billion foreign aid program for fiscal 1970. His bid was $138 million less than the amount asked by outgoing President Lyndon Johnson in January, and the smallest request in the program's history.

Baseball
Lee May hit 2 home runs for the third straight game as the Cincinnati Reds edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-6. Mr. May's 6 home runs in 3 straight games tied a major league record.

30 years ago
1979


World events
Greek Prime Minister Constantine Caramanlis signed an agreement with representatives of the member nations of the European Economic Community that would make Greece the tenth member of the EEC on January 1, 1981. Mr. Caramanlis first applied for associate membership in the EEC for Greece in 1961, and lobbied to accelerate teh integration when he returned to power in 1974.

Diplomacy
Israel released 16 Arab prisoners who would not endanger Israel's national security.

Music
Elton John performed his first concert in Moscow, after a four-day stay in Leningrad. Mr. John said, "We wanted to try and come somewhere where we had not been before instead of just going again and again to North America and Europe...I think people here are not used to the sort of concert we give them." The audience of 3,000 never got carried away and sat politely in their seats throughout the performance.

Baseball
George Brett hit for the cycle and hit his second home run of the game in the 16th inning to give the Kansas City Royals a 5-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Royals Stadium. Larry Gura was the winning pitcher.

25 years ago
1984


War
U.S. President Ronald Reagan observed Memorial Day with a tribute to the only unidentified U.S. serviceman to be killed in the Vietnam War. The unknown soldier was buried in a state funeral at Arlington National Cemetery alongside fallen soldiers from World Wars I and II and Korea. Mr. Reagan awarded the soldier the Medal of Honor. Advances in forensic medicine had resulted in the identification of almost all casualties of the war, and the Pentagon destroyed all records that might have provided clues to the identity of the man buried at Arlington.

Defense
The administration of United States President Ronald Reagan said that 400 Stinger antiaircraft missiles had been sent to Saudi Arabia as a result of attacks upon that country's shipping by Iran and Iraq.

20 years ago
1989


Auto racing
Emerson Fittipaldi won the Indianapolis 500. Mr. Fittipaldi had been passed by teammate Al Unser, Jr. on lap 196 of the 200-lap race. Two laps later, Mr. Unser slowed as he approached traffic, and Mr. Fittipaldi came up beside him. The cars touched wheels, and Mr. Unser spun out, handing the win to Mr. Fittipaldi. It was the Brazilian veteran's first Indianapolis 500 win.

Baseball
George Bell hit a two-run home run off Bobby Thigpen in the 10th inning to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 7-5 win over the Chicago White Sox in the final major league game at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto. Tom Henke was the winning pitcher. The White Sox had been the Blue Jays' first opponent at Exhibition Stadium on April 7, 1977.

The Cleveland Indians scored the game's only run with two out in the 9th inning and Greg Swindell pitched a 4-hitter as the Indians edged the Baltimore Orioles 1-0. Kirk McCaskill pitched a shutout as the California Angels blanked the Boston Red Sox 3-0.

The Montreal Expos defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 at San Diego Stadium in a game that was followed by a Beach Boys' concert.

10 years ago
1999


Crime
New York Yankees' outfielder Darryl Strawberry pled no contest to cocaine possession and solicitation charges and was sentenced to 18 months' probation.

Baseball
Boston Red Sox' catcher Jason Varitek had difficulty handling Tim Wakefield's knuckleball, and allowed 5 passed balls, 3 in the first inning. Mr. Varitek was more successful at bat, making 3 hits, including a home run, as the Red Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians 12-5.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

May 27, 2009

140 years ago
1869

Baseball

Lip Pike hit 4 home runs as the Brooklyn Atlantics beat the Olympics 89-7.

100 years ago
1909

Baseball

The Cleveland Naps defeated the St. Louis Browns 5-2, as Addie Joss outduelled Barney Pelty. Each team recorded 22 assists; the combined total of 44 set an American League record.

90 years ago
1919

Baseball

Tris Speaker hit 2 doubles as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Boston Red Sox. Babe Ruth hit a long triple for the Red Sox, the first ball ever to be hit off the center field screen at League park in Cleveland.

75 years ago
1934


Baseball
The St. Louis Browns scored 8 runs in the 4th inning and right fielder Bruce Campbell hit a grand slam as the St. Louis Browns beat the New York Yankees 16-7 at Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. Winning pitcher Bobo Newsom walked 11 batters. Red Ruffing took the loss as the Yankees dropped out of first place in the American League behind the Cleveland Indians.

Schoolboy Rowe pitched a complete game as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Boston Red Sox 9-2.

70 years ago
1939


Baseball
Second baseman Charlie Gehringer hit for the cycle as the Detroit Tigers defeated the St. Louis Browns 12-5. Mr. Gehringer became the first major league player to hit for the cycle in order (single; double; triple; home run).

The Cincinnati Reds set a team record with their 12th straight win as Lee Grissom pitched them to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

60 years ago
1949


On television tonight
Your Show Time, hosted and narrated by Arthur Shields, on NBC
Tonight's episode: Birthday of the Infants, starring Gloria Holden, Gene Reynolds, and Frank Wilcox

50 years ago
1959


Baseball
National League President Warren Giles ruled that the final score of the Harvey Haddix perfect game the previous night should be amended to 1-0 for the Milwaukee Braves over the Pittsburgh Pirates‚ since runners Henry Aaron and Joe Adcock were both ruled out--Mr. Aaron for leaving the field‚ and Mr. Adcock for passing him in the basepath. Mr. Adcock was credited with a double and not a home run.

40 years ago
1969


Space
Apollo 10 astronauts Tom Stafford, Gene Cernan, and John Young returned to Houston, one day after the end of their 8-day lunar reconnaissance mission.

Politics
Democratic Mayor Sam Yorty won his third term in office, defeating city councilman Tom Bradley, his Negro challenger, in a runoff election. Mr. Bradley, also a Democrat, had led Mr. Yorty by more than 100,000 votes in the indecisive April 1 election. In the runoff, Mr. Yorty won 53% of the vote to Mr. Bradley's 47%. Mr. Yorty's victory was attributed by many to the injection of racial fear into the campaign. Voter turnout for the runoff election was 80%, a record.

30 years ago
1979


Died on this date
Ahmed Ould Bouceif, 45
. Prime Minister of Mauritania. In April 1979, he seized power in a coup d'état together with Col. Mohamed Khouna Ould Haidallah and other officers, ousting Col. Mustafa Ould Salek from power. He and 11 others were killed in an airplane crash off the coast of Dakar, Senegal, at which point Col. Haidallah emerged as the regime's main strongman.

Diplomacy
The border between Israel and Egypt was opened by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, enabling citizens of the former enemies to visit each other.

Auto racing
Rick Mears won the Indianapolis 500, his first victory in that race. Because of controversy over the new Championship Auto Racing Teams series, a special qualifying session was held the day before the race to allow certain cars to attempt to qualify who had been prevented from doing so before. Only 2 of the 10 cars that ran that day achieved the required speed, and they were added to the field. The field of 35 cars was the largest in the Indianapolis 500 since 1933.

Basketball
The Seattle SuperSonics defeated the Washington Bullets 105-95 to take a 2 games to 1 lead in the NBA finals before 35,928 at the Kingdome in Seattle, the third-largest playoff crowd in NBA history.

25 years ago
1984


Auto racing
Rick Mears won the Indianapolis 500 for the second time.

20 years ago
1989


Politics
The new Soviet parliament, the Congress of People's Deputies, chose from their ranks 542 members of the Supreme Soviet, which would be in session most of the year and deal directly with legislation. Reformers were virtually shut out in this selection, and some 10,000 supporters of reformer Boris Yeltsin gathered to protest.

10 years ago
1999


War
Louise Arbour, chief prosecutor of the international war crimes tribunal investigating the Yugoslav conflict, announced that Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic had been indicted for murder and other war crimes. Four other Serbian leaders were indicted on similar charges; none were in custody.

Hockey
The Buffalo Sabres defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 in third-round Stanley Cup playoff action.

Basketball
In NBA Western Conference playoff action, the Portland trail Blazers defeated the Utah Jazz 92-80.

Baseball
Designated hitter Luis Polonia, who had been called up from the minor leagues the day before, made 5 hits, including 2 doubles, as the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 10-5.

Monday, 25 May 2009

May 26, 2009

125 years ago
1884


Baseball
The Buffalo Bisons blanked the Chicago White Stockings 4-0 in National League action as Jim Galvin scattered 8 hits in pitching his first of 12 shutouts of 1884.

100 years ago
1909


Baseball
Orval Overall outduelled George Bell as the Chicago Cubs beat the Brooklyn Superbas 2-0 at Washington Park in Brooklyn.

90 years ago
1919


Baseball
At Shibe Park in Philadelphia, the Boston Red Sox took an early 2-0 lead over the Philadelphia Athletics, but when the Athletics scored 3 runs in the 2nd inning to take the lead, fans started pounding on the tin roof of the visitors' dugout. Red Sox' pitcher Carl Mays quieted the racket when he emerged from the dugout and fired a ball into the stands, striking a fan named Bryan Hayes. The Red Sox won 6-4, but Mr. Hayes went to the police, who issued a warrant for the arrest of Mr. Mays. The Red Sox left town before the arrest could be made, but the warrant remained outstanding. Mr. Mays ended up getting fined $100 for the incident.

50 years ago
1959


Baseball
In one of the most memorable performances in major league history, Harvey Haddix of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitched a perfect game for 12 innings, only to lose 1-0 to the Milwaukee Braves in the 13th inning at County Stadium in Milwaukee. The perfect game ended when second baseman Felix Mantilla led off the 13th inning by reaching first base on a throwing error by third baseman Don Hoak. Eddie Mathews then advanced Mr. Mantilla to second on a sacrifice, and Mr. Haddix issued an intentional walk to Hank Aaron. Braves' first baseman Joe Adcock then hit the ball into the right-center field seats for an apparent 3-0 Milwaukee win. However, Hank Aaron had cut across the field and neglected to touch third base when Mr. Adcock's blast had left the park. Mr. Adcock was called out for passing Mr. Aaron, and Mr. Aaron was also called out, although he returned to touch third base and home plate. Since Mr. Mantilla scored before the third out was made, the run counted, and the final score was 1-0 for the Braves. Mr. Aaron's baserunning lapse ended up costing him in the record book. If his run had counted, his career total would have been 2,175. He ended his career with 2,174 runs, tying him for the record with Babe Ruth.
Lou Burdette pitched all 13 innings for the Braves, giving up 12 hits for his 8th win of the season. The Braves set a National League record by leaving only one man on base in the entire game. Years later, Milwaukee pitcher Bob Buhl admitted that the Braves had stolen signs from Pittsburgh catcher Smoky Burgess because Mr. Burgess was too fat to squat properly. The Braves in the bullpen placed a towel on the fence in such a way as to signal whether the next pitch would be a fastball or breaking ball. The chicanery didn't help the Braves until Mr. Adcock's game-ending blow. The New York Times account of the game can be found here.

Bill Veeck, who had employed midget Eddie Gaedel as a pinch-hitter with the St. Louis Browns in 1951, brought Mr. Gaedel back as part of an on-field stunt at Comiskey park in Chicago. Mr. Veeck, now the owner of the White Sox, had a helicopter land behind second base shortly before the White Sox played the Cleveland Indians. Mr. Gaedel and three other midgets, dressed as spacemen, jumped out, and "captured" Chicago second baseman Nelie Fox and shortstop Luis Aparicio. In the game, Don Ferrarese gave up just 4 hits and hit 3 doubles, driving in 2 runs, as the Indians blanked the White Sox 4-0.

Leon Wagner's pinch-hit grand slam in the 9th inning gave the San Francisco Giants a 6-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The New York Yankees traded pitchers Tom Sturdivant and Johnny Kucks, infielder Jerry Lumpe, and a player to be named later, to the Kansas City Athletics for pitcher Ralph Terry and second baseman Hector Lopez. This was one of the deals that produced accusations that the Yankees were using the Athletics as a farm team.

The Washington Senators traded center fielder Albie Pearson, the previous year's American League Rookie of the Year, to the Baltimore Orioles for outfielder Lenny Green. Mr. Pearson had been bothered by a hernia and had lost his job to another rookie, Bob Allison.

40 years ago
1969


On the radio
The Challenge of Space, on Springbok Radio
Tonight's episode: My Destiny--The Stars

Space
The Apollo 10 crew of Tom Stafford, Gene Cernan, and John Young ended their 8-day mission with a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, where they were picked up by the U.S.S. Princeton.

Protest
A Milwaukee courtroom erupted in bedlam after a jury found 12 war protesters, part of the "Milwaukee 14," guilty of theft, burglary, and arson in the destruction of draft records. Extra police were summoned as 150 spectators applauded, wept, linked arms, and sang protest songs.

Baseball
The California Angels, with a record of 11 wins and 28 losses, fired Bill Rigney, the only manager in the team’s nine-year history. Coach Lefty Phillips was named to succeed Mr. Rigney.

Boxing
Former world middleweight and light heavyweight champion Dick Tiger won a 10-round decision over current middleweight champion Nino Benvenuti in New York. Mr. Benvenuti weighed four pounds over the limit for middleweights, and no title was on the line.

30 years ago
1979

Hit parade

#1 single in the U.S.A.: Reunited--Peaches and Herb (4th week at #1)

Diplomacy
At the peace talks between Egypt and Israel at Beersheba, United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance pledged support for the Palestinian cause in hopes of bringing West Bank and Gaza leaders into the negotiations. Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was given a tumultuous welcome in the Sinai capital of El Arish, the day after Israel had returned the Sinai to Egypt.

20 years ago
1989


Scandal
United States House of Representatives majority whip Tony Coelho (Democrat--California) announced his resignation as majority whip and from the House. Mr. Coelho had become a potential subject of ethical inquiries concerning the possible use of $100,000 in campaign funds to buy junk bonds underwritten by Drexel Burnham Lambert, Inc. Mr. Coelho denied using campaign funds for that purpose, but admitted that he had not reported on his financial disclosure forms a $50,000 loan used to cover half the bond purchase.

10 years ago
1999

War

New fighting flared in Kashmir, which was claimed by both India and Pakistan. Some 500 armed Islamic militants had occupied positions on the India side of the cease-fire line, and India accused Pakistan of backing the militants. India began attacking the militants from the air.

Sunday, 24 May 2009

May 25, 2009

120 years ago
1889

Baseball

At Recreation Park in Columbus, Ohio, Columbus Solons' first baseman Dave Orr was ejected by umpire Fred Goldsmith, but refused to leave the field. Mr. Goldsmith then forfeited the game to the visiting Brooklyn Bridegrooms. The teams refused to abide by the forfeit, and the game was eventually resumed with a substitute for Mr. Orr. The Bridegrooms won the American Association game 6-3.

110 years ago
1899

Baseball

Deacon Phillippe, in only his seventh major league game, threw a no-hitter as the Louisville Colonels defeated the New York Giants 7-0 at Eclipse Park in Louisville. The Colonels scored their 7 runs on just 4 hits off losing pitcher Ed Doheny.

90 years ago
1919

Baseball

Chicago White Sox' center fielder Happy Felsch started a triple play in the top of the 8th inning, then the White Sox rallied for two runs in the bottom of the inning to beat Walter Johnson and the Washington Nationals 5-4 at Comiskey Park in Chicago.

70 years ago
1939


Baseball
Bob Feller pitched a one-hitter, and third baseman Ken Keltner hit home runs in his last three at bats, as the Cleveland Indians beat the Boston Red Sox 11-0 at Fenway Park in Boston. The only Red Sox hit was a single in the 2nd inning by second baseman Bobby Doerr.
50 years ago
1959


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.S.A.: Kansas City--Wilbert Harrison (2nd week at #1)

40 years ago
1969


World events
A group of middle-ranking military officers overthrew the Sudanese coalition government of Premier Mohammed Ahmed Mahgoub, replacing it with a 10-man junta headed by Col. Gafaar Mohamed al-Nimeiry and with Abubakr Awadallah as Premier and foreign minister. The junta dubbed the new regime a "democratic republic," and charged that the civilian government, which had replaced a military regime in 1964, had brought instability, corruption, and chaos to the country, and was soft on imperialism and Israel.

War
Nigeria said that it had staged raids on two Biafra airstrips in retaliation for Biafran attacks on Port Harcourt and Benin in the past several days.

Protest
Three newsmen and two Roman Catholic priests were among 18 arrested in Chicago after a small band of antiwar demonstrators pillaged the city’s largest draft board office, burning Selective Service records and dumping tar and paint in the files.

Baseball
Bob Gibson pitched a shutout and the St. Louis Cardinals tied a National League single-game record with just one assist as they beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 at Dodger Stadium.

The Pittsburgh Pirates swept a doubleheader from the San Francisco Giants. Jim Bunning struck out 8 in getting his 200th major league victory, 2-1 over Gaylord Perry. Bill Mazeroski and Carl Taylor hit home runs in the second game as the Pirates won 6-2. For Mr. Taylor, it was his first major league home run. Bob Moose was the winning pitcher.

30 years ago
1979


Died on this date
John Spenkelink
. U.S. murderer. Mr. Spenkelink was executed in the electric chair at Florida State Prison six years after being convicted. He was the first person to be executed in the United States in two years, and the first since 1967 to be executed against his will. The United States Supreme Court refused six times to delay Mr. Spenkelink’s execution.

Disasters
An American Airlines jetliner lost its left engine and crashed shortly after takeoff from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, killing all 272 people aboard and 3 on the ground. It was the worst disaster in U.S. aviation history. Flight 191, bound for Los Angeles, rose from the runway, lost the engine on its left wing, achieved about 500 feet of elevation, rolled to the left, and plunged into the ground about ¼ mile from the end of the runway. The plane exploded on contact and burned for hours.

Diplomacy
Israel returned the Sinai capital of El Arish to Egypt after 12 years of occupation as negotiations between Egypt and Israel formally opened at Beersheba, almost two months after the countries signed a peace treaty. The talks were to decide on the nature of Palestinian autonomy in the occupied territories and what methods would be used in the elections of West Bank and Gaza Strip authorities.

Economics and finance
British Agriculture Minister Peter Walker announced that the price of milk would be rising by more than 10% to 15p per pint at the beginning of June. The rise was far more than expected, and meant that the price of milk was now three times the price of five years earlier. Mr. Walker blamed the size of the increase on pre-election delays by his predecessor, John Silkin.

Baseball
Seven different Los Angeles Dodgers, including rookie pitcher Rick Sutcliffe, hit home runs as the Dodgers hammered the Cincinnati Reds 17-6 at Dodger Stadium. Mr. Sutcliffe's blow came against losing pitcher Tom Seaver.

The Atlanta Braves hit two home runs in the top of the 4th inning, only to have the San Francisco Giants hit three in the bottom of the inning, tying a major league record. The Giants won 8-6 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

In a trade of two of the greatest pitchers in all recorded history, the Atlanta Braves traded Frank LaCorte, who had a career record at the time of 4 wins and 24 losses, to the Houston Astros for Bo McLaughlin, whose career record at the time was 9-15.

25 years ago
1984


On the radio
Squad Cars, on Springbok Radio
Tonight's episode: Nunchaka Sticks

Baseball
The Boston Red Sox traded veteran pitcher Dennis Eckersley and minor leaguer Mike Brumley to the Chicago Cubs for first baseman and former National League batting champion Bill Buckner.

20 years ago
1989


Politics
Mikhail Gorbachev was elected President of the Soviet Union by the new Soviet parliament, the Congress of People’s Deputies. Some 2,250 deputies, most of them chosen in elections by the citizenry, attended the first session in the Kremlin. Most were supporters of the Communist party, but some 400 were radical reformers and ethnic nationalists. Before the presidential vote, many deputies, while endorsing Mr. Gorbachev, complained about economic conditions and the lack of progress under perestroika (restructuring). In a secret ballot, Mr. Gorbachev received 95.6% of the vote.

Economics and finance
U.S. President George Bush named Japan, Brazil, and India as unfair trading partners. He acted under a provision of the 1988 Trade Act. Japan was cited for restricting purchases of satellites, superconductors, and forest products. Reportedly, the others were named to avoid Japan being singled out. Under the law, if the three countries failed to eliminate the unfair practices within 18 months, they would be subject to U.S. trade retaliation.

The United States Commerce Department revised downward its calculation of the growth of the gross national product during the first quarter of 1989. The new figure, 4.3% compared with the previous 5.5%, was welcomed by the Bush administration and many economists, who believed that tightening of credit by the Federal Reserve would control inflation and slow the economy without causing a recession.

Scandal
Former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Samuel Pierce, testifying before a House of Representatives subcommittee investigating the payment of millions of dollars I consulting fees paid by HUD to former federal officials and other prominent Republicans, acknowledged that he had been lobbied by former officials, and that he had asked his staff to give "careful consideration" to certain projects, but he denied that any projects had received special treatment.

Baseball
The Seattle Mariners traded pitcher Mark Langston to the Montreal Expos for pitchers Randy Johnson, Brian Holman, and Gene Harris. The trade turned out to be a disaster for the Expos, since Mr. Johnson went on to become one of the game's dominant pitchers with the Mariners, while Mr. Langston signed with the California Angels as a free agent after the 1989 season.

10 years ago
1999


Scandal
A select committee of the United States House of Representatives, in a largely unclassified version of its report on Chinese espionage, asserted that China had stolen information on the most advanced American nuclear weapons. The report said that Chinese data thefts had continued since the 1970s and had included information about every U.S. nuclear warhead currently employed, and that Hughes Space and Communications International and Loral Space & Communications Ltd. had transferred "missile design information" to China without obtaining required licenses.

Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel investigating the activities of President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Clinton in the Whitewater Development Corporation, dropped pending charges against Susan McDougal, a former partner of the Clintons in Whitewater. A jury deadlocked on those charges, producing a mistrial. Mr. Starr also dropped charges of obstruction of justice and making false statements against Julia Hiatt Steele. Ms. Steele had confirmed, then contradicted, the story of Kathleen Willey, who accused Mr. Clinton of making an unwanted advance to her in the White House in 1993.

Crime
New York City police officer Justin Volpe pleaded guilty to six federal charges connected with torturing and sodomizing Haitian immigrant Abner Louima with a stick in a stationhouse restroom following Mr. Louima's arrest in a nighclub brawl.

Hockey
The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Buffalo Sabres 6-3 in third-round Stanley Cup playoff action.

Saturday, 23 May 2009

May 24, 2009

Born on this date
Happy birthday, Lorraine Clark!

130 years ago
1879

Baseball

The Providence Grays scored 10 runs in the first inning of a 17-1 rout of the Cincinnati Reds. Two of the outs in the big inning came on attempted stolen bases.

125 years ago
1884

Baseball

Al Atkinson pitched a near-perfect no-hitter as the Philadelphia Athletics defeated the Pittsburgh Alleghenys 10-1 in an American Association game at Jefferson Street Grounds in Philadelphia. The only man whom Mr. Atkinson failed to retire was the first batter of the game, Ed Smartwood. Mr. Atkinson hit Mr. Smartwood with a pitch. Mr. Smartwood stole second base, took third base on an out, and scored on a passed ball.

In the Union Association, the Boston Reds beat the St. Louis Maroons 8-1, snapping the Maroons' 20-game winning streak.

In the National League, Jim Whitney pitched his second shutout against the Philadelphia Quakers in 5 days and added 4 hits in a 13-0 win for the Boston Beaneaters.

The Providence Grays hammered the New York Maroons 19-5 at the Polo Grounds in New York. Winning pitcher Charlie Sweeney improved his record to 8-1, and helped his cause with 4 hits (including 3 doubles) and 4 runs. New York right fielder Mike Dorgan made 5 errors. The game was so bad that The New York Times reported that "the Siamese Embassy [staff] occupied the stockholder box and showed their knowledge by leaving in the middle of the game."

110 years ago
1899

Baseball

The Cincinnati Reds edged the New York Giants 7-6 in 10 innings at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. The winning run scored on a bases-loaded walk issued by Cy Seymour--his 13th walk of the game. Mr. Seymour failed to strike out a batter. His hitting--2 singles and 2 doubles--helped to keep the Giants in the game.

100 years ago
1909


Baseball
Under new manager Roger Bresnahan, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the New York Giants 3-1, as John Lush outduelled Christy Mathewson. The result ended Mr. Mathewson's 24-game winning streak against the Cardinals.

Solly Hofman's inside-the-park home run in the 11th inning enabled the Chicago Cubs to beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 4-3 at Washington Park in Brooklyn.

80 years ago
1929

Baseball

The Detroit Tigers edged the Chicago White Sox 6-5 in 21 innings at Comiskey Park in Chicago. George Uhle pitched the first 20 innings for the Tigers and was credited with the win; Vic Sorrell picked up the save. Ted Lyons gave up 24 hits in going the distance for the White Sox. The game took 3 hours and 31 minutes to play, the longest game played at Comiskey Park to that point.

60 years ago
1949


On the radio
Philo Vance, starring Jackson Beck
Tonight's episode: Hurdy Gurdy Murder

Baseball
In the American Association, Maurice McDermott of Louisville defeated St. Paul 3-1, striking out the last 6 batters for an AA single-game record of 20.

50 years ago
1959


On the radio
The Sign of Four, Part 2, starring Richard Hurndall as Sherlock Holmes and Bryan Coleman as Dr. Watson, on BBC Light Programme.

40 years ago
1969


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: Get Back--The Beatles (5th week at #1)
#1 single in the U.S.A.: Get Back--The Beatles

Calgary's top 10
1 Get Back--The Beatles
2 The Boxer--Simon and Garfunkel
3 Hair--The Cowsills
4 Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In--The 5th Dimension
5 Gitarzan--Ray Stevens
6 Hawaii 5-0--The Ventures
7 Where Do You Go To My Lovely--Peter Sarstedt
8 Time is Tight--Booker T. & the MG's
9 Sweet Cherry Wine--Tommy James and the Shondells
10 Tricia Tell Your Daddy--Andy Kim
Pick hit of the week: I'm a Drifter--Bobby Goldsboro

Time is Tight and its B-side Johnny, I Love You were from a movie called Up Tight. Johnny, I Love You featured Booker T. Jones on lead vocal, and those who are familiar with him just as an organist might be pleasantly surprised to hear what a good voice he had.

War
Two days after bombing Port Harcourt, two Biafran aircraft bombed Benin, reportedly destroying several Nigerian fighter planes, killing 6 people, and setting an oil refinery on fire.

Boxing
Bob Foster retained his world light heavyweight title with an 8th-round knockout of Andy Kendall in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

30 years ago
1979


Politics
The proposed United States federal budget passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 202-196 after liberal Democrats accepted a Senate compromise of $350 million in additional funds for social programs.

Five Democratic Congressmen announced that they were organizing a campaign to dump President Jimmy Carter as the Democratic presidential candidate for 1980, and to draft Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy.

The Florida Senate voted 21-19 to reject the Equal Rights Amendment, the fourth time they had rejected the ERA. The proposal, approved by 35 states, had to be ratified by 38 states by June 30, 1982 in order to become part of the United States Constitution.

Abominations
The last 48 bodies from the People's Temple in Jonestown, Guyana were buried in a common grave in Oakland, California. Most of the bodies, all unidentified, were those of children who were among the 913 who died in mass suicides and murders on November 18, 1978. Few people attended the memorial service.

World events
As tensions between Islamists and liberals increased, Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini accused his secular critics of being enemies of Islam.

Basketball
The Seattle SuperSonics evened the NBA final series at 1 game each with a 92-82 win over the Washington Bullets at Capital Center in Landover, Maryland.

25 years ago
1984


Hit parade
Edmonton's top 30 (CHED)
1 Oh Sherrie--Steve Perry
2 Time After Time--Cyndi Lauper
3 Let's Hear it for the Boy--Deniece Williams
4 The Reflex--Duran Duran
5 Against All Odds--Phil Collins
6 Sister Christian--Night Ranger
7 I'll Wait--Van Halen
8 You Might Think--The Cars
9 Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin'--Jermaine Jackson
10 Love Somebody--Rick Springfield
11 No More Words--Berlin
12 Authority Song--John Cougar Mellencamp
13 It Ain't Enough--Corey Hart
14 The Heart of Rock and Roll--Huey Lewis and the News
15 Head Over Heels--The Go-Go's
16 The Longest Time--Billy Joel
17 It's a Miracle--Culture Club
18 Rock You Like a Hurricane--Scorpions
19 Distant Early warning--Rush
20 Magic--The Cars
21 Who's That Girl--Eurythmics
22 Love Will Show Us How--Christine McVie
23 Self Control--Laura Branigan
24 You Can't Get What You Want--Joe Jackson
25 Dancing in the Dark--Bruce Springsteen
26 Wouldn't it Be Good--Nik Kershaw
27 They Don't Know--Tracey Ullman
28 Hold Me Now--Thompson Twins
29 High on Emotion--Chris De Burgh
30 Young Thing, Wild Dream--Red Rider

Dancing in the Dark was the first of seven straight top 10 hits from Mr. Springsteen's album Born in the U.S.A.. The B-side, Pink Cadillac, didn't appear on the album, but was a hit for Aretha Franklin a year later.

Crime
A court in El Salvador found five national guardsmen guilty of the 1980 murders of three American nuns and an American lay worker.

Politics
The United States House of Representatives approved $61.75 million in emergency military aid to El Salvador, but rejected further financing through the Central Intelligence Agency of Nicaraguan rebel groups, popularly known as "Contras."

Baseball
The Detroit Tigers defeated the California Angels 5-1 at Anaheim Stadium to improve to 35-5, the best start in major league history. The win was the Tigers' 17th straight on the road, setting an American League record and tying the major league record set by the 1916 New York Giants. Winning pitcher Jack Morris improved to 9-1, allowing 4 hits. Alan Trammell and Lance Parrish hit home runs for the Tigers.

The Oakland Athletics edged the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 to improve to 20-24, just 2 ½ games out of first place in the weak West Division of the American League. Just an hour after the game, the Athletics fired manager Steve Boros for being "too nice," and replaced him with coach Jackie Moore.

20 years ago
1989


Journalism
A jury at the Court in London awarded L600,000 in damages to Sonia Sutcliffe, estranged wife of serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, better known as the Yorkshire Ripper. Mrs. Sutcliffe had sued the satirical magazine Private Eye for libel for accusing her of attempting to profit from her association with Mr. Sutcliffe. Private Eye appealed the excessive amount of the award, which was L100,000 more than the largest award previously given in Britain for libel. The award was later reduced to L60,000.

Baseball
The California Angels defeated the New York Yankees 11-4 at Yankee Stadium. The Angels put the game away with 5 runs in the 9th inning off Lee Guetterman, ending Mr. Guetterman's scoreless inning streak at 30 2/3.

10 years ago
1999


Baseball
The Toronto Blue Jays scored 10 runs in the 7th inning of a 12-6 win over the Detroit Tigers.

The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Atlanta Braves 10-9. The first 9 Milwaukee runs were scored against Tom Glavine, the most runs the Atlanta ace ever gave up in a game.

May 23, 2009

80 years ago
1929


Baseball
The Philadelphia Athletics swept a doubleheader from the Washington Nationals, winning both games by 9-8 scores. The Nationals scored 8 runs in the first 2 innings of the first game, only to see the Athletics come back. Howard Ehmke, the fourth pitcher used by the Athletics, was the winner. Rube Walberg went the distance to win the second game. Washington third baseman Ossie Bluege hit a home run in each game.

The Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Browns split a doubleheader. The Indians won the first game 5-4 in 12 innings, and the Browns came back to win the second game 7-5. Oscar Melillo paced the Browns' attack in the second game by hitting for the cycle.

75 years ago
1934


Lefty Grove allowed 5 early runs before settling down, and hit a single in the 9th inning to help the Boston Red Sox come back to beat the Cleveland Indians 7-5.

60 years ago
1949


On the radio
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring John Stanley and George Spelvin (Wendell Holmes), on MBS
Tonight's episode: Dr. Winthrop's Notorious Carriage

50 years ago
1959


Hit parade
#1 single in the U.K.: A Fool Such as I/I Need Your Love Tonight--Elvis Presley (4th week at #1)

On the radio
Sherlock Holmes' vanskeligste sak, starring Fridtjof Mjoen as Sherlock Holmes, Arne Bang-Hansen as Dr. Watson, and Jon Lennart Mjoen as Arthur Conan Doyle, on Norsk Rikskringkasting (Norwegian State Broadcasting Corporation)

Baseball
The Cleveland Indians lost 6-4 to the Detroit Tigers, but remained in first place, ½ game ahead of the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox were hammered 16-0 by the Kansas City Athletics, as Bud Daley pitched a shutout.

40 years ago
1969


Hit parade
Edmonton's top 10
1 Get Back--The Beatles
2 Hair--The Cowsills
3 Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In--The 5th Dimension
4 In the Ghetto--Elvis Presley
5 Gitarzan--Ray Stevens
6 These Eyes--The Guess Who
7 Goodbye--Mary Hopkin
8 The Boxer--Simon and Garfunkel
9 Pinball Wizard--The Who
10 Where's the Playground Susie--Glen Campbell

On the radio
Squad Cars, on Springbok Radio
Tonight's episode: Case of Clumsy Crooks

Beyond Midnight, on Springbok Radio
Tonight's episode: Little Happenthatch

World events
A United States Air Force sergeant at a British air base north of London, who was put to bed four hours earlier "under the influence of drink," flew off alone in a four-engine C-130 transport plane and presumably crashed at sea.

Baseball
Mickey Stanley hit a grand slam and Mickey Lolich set a team single-game record with 16 strikeouts as the Detroit Tigers beat the California Angels 6-3. Andy Messersmith took the loss.

The San Francisco Giants blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, as Pirates' rookie first baseman Al Oliver tied a major league record with 3 errors in one inning.

30 years ago
1979


Died on this date
Carlos Antonio Herrera Rebollo
. Minister of Education in El Salvador, assassinated by Communist guerrillas.

Terrorism
Three were killed and 13 injured when a bomb exploded outside Jerusalem. Israeli warplanes retaliated against Palestine Liberation Organization-occupied areas of southern Lebanon.

Politics
The West German Bundestag elected Karl Carstens, 64, a Christian Democrat and ex-Nazi, President of the Federal Republic of Germany. Nationwide demonstrations took place in opposition to the choice.

Scandal
Bert Lance, former director of the United States Office of Management and Budget, and three of his business associates, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Atlanta on charges that they had conspired to obtain $20 million in loans for their own benefit from at least 41 banks from 1970-1978. The grand jury alleged in the 33-count indictment that Mr. Lance and his associates continued the conspiracy after Mr. Lance entered the administration of President Jimmy Carter. Mr. Lance resigned his office in September 1977 after allegations of financial irregularities were made against him. The other men named in the indictment were Georgia businessman Thomas Mitchell; former banker Richard Carr; and former director of First Calhoun National Bank Jackson Mullins.

Baseball
The Texas Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 7-2 at Arlington Stadium in Arlington, Texas as Al Oliver hit 3 home runs for the Rangers.

25 years ago
1984


At the movies
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom opened. This blogger and Michael Martin attended a morning screening at the Paramount Theatre in Edmonton.

Baseball
Fernando Valenzuela outduelled Steve Carlton as the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0. Mr. Valenzuela allowed just 3 hits while striking out 15.

Dan Petry improved his record to 7-1 in pitching the Detroit Tigers to a 4-2 win over the California Angels before 41,205 at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim. The win put the Tigers' record at 34-5, the best start in major league history. It was the 16th straight road win for the Tigers, tying a record set by the 1912 Washington Nationals.

20 years ago
1989


Hockey
The Calgary Flamed edged the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in Stanley Cup final action.

10 years ago
1999


Died on this date
Owen Hart, 33
. Canadian wrestler. Mr. Hart, the youngest member of a famed wrestling family from Calgary, was killed when a restraining harness broke while he was doing a dangerous stunt before a match in Kansas City, Missouri.

Hockey
The Buffalo Sabres defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 in third-round Stanley Cup playoff action.

Baseball
The Baltimore Orioles scored 10 runs in the first inning on their way to a 15-6 win over the Texas Rangers. Orioles' center fielder Brady Anderson set an American League record and tied a major league record when he was hit by a pitch twice in one inning.

Down 4-1 in the 8th inning, the Milwaukee Brewers scored 5 runs in the 8th and 7 in the 9th to defeat the Montreal Expos 13-4 at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

Down 4-0 to Curt Schilling and the Philadelphia Phillies, the New York Mets rallied for 5 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to win 5-4 at Shea Stadium in New York.

Friday, 22 May 2009

May 22, 2009

150 years ago
1859

Born on this date

Arthur Conan Doyle. U.K. author, physician, sportsman. The creator of Sherlock Holmes was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. An excellent tribute site is The Chronicles of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Several Sherlock Holmes sites can be found here, here, and here. For a recent biography, try The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes by Andrew Lycett, published in 2007.

130 years ago
1879


Baseball
The Providence Grays, behind 9-2 in the 7th inning, rallied to beat the Cincinnati Reds 10-9 in 10 innings.

125 years ago
1884

Baseball

New York Metropolitans' first baseman Dave Orr hit the first home run at Metropolitan Park, over the left field fence and into the Harlem River. The Metropolitans, an American Association club, were dissatisfied with sharing the Polo Grounds with the Maroons of the National League, and moved into their own park, which was built on top of a city dump on the east coast of Manhattan Island.

75 years ago
1934

Baseball

The Cleveland Indians defeated the New York Yankees 5-1. The Yankees' lone run was driven in by Lou Gehrig, extending his RBI streak to 10 games.

60 years ago
1949


Baseball
The Brooklyn Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds split a doubleheader at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. Don Newcombe, making his first major league start, gave up hits to the first two batters, then just 3 more hits in blanking the Reds 3-0 in the opener, while also driving in 2 runs. Ken Raffensberger returned the favour in the second game, holding the Dodgers to just 1 hit--a single by Gil Hodges in the 8th inning--as the Reds won 2-0.

50 years ago
1959


Baseball
Hoyt Wilhelm gave up just an 8th-inning single to Jerry Lumpe as the Baltimore Orioles shut out the New York Yankees 5-0.

40 years ago
1969


World events
A petition to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights asking for an investigation of the "repression of basic civil rights" in the Soviet Union was made available in Moscow by members of a group of more than 50 dissidents who signed it.

A Canadian government spokesman announced a new policy of allowing United States army deserters into Canada and permitting them to stay, if they were eligible for immigrant status. Previously, some deserters--but no draft dodgers--were turned back at the border.

Protest
The military took control of Rosario, Argentina’s second largest city, to displace thousands of students who had routed local police and taken over 50 blocks. The students were protesting what they called indiscriminate shooting by police that led to the deaths of three young men.

War
Two Biafran aircraft, smuggled from Sweden by Count Carl Gustaf von Rosen, bombed Port Harcourt, Nigeria, reportedly destroying several Nigerian fighter planes.

Weather
114 had died in Burma after a six-day heat wave.

30 years ago
1979


Politics
The Canadian federal election produced a plurality in favour of the Progressive Conservatives, ending 16 years of Liberal rule. The PCs, led by Joe Clark, won 136 of the 282 seats in the House of Commons. The Liberals under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau won 114 seats, a loss of 19. The New Democratic Party, led by Ed Broadbent, won 26 seats, while Social Credit, under Fabien Roy, won 6 seats, all in Quebec. The election reflected divisions in the country (and the weaknesses of the Canadian federalist system), as the PCs won just 2 seats in Quebec, while the Liberals won 67 seats in Quebec, and just 2 seats west of Ontario. The PCs swept Alberta for the third straight election. Jack Horner, who had jumped to the Liberals in 1977 after failing in his bid for the PC leadership in 1976, lost his Crowfoot seat to Arnold Malone (and was more than a little angry about it when interviewed on election night). Much of the campaign had consisted of an emphasis on strong leadership, giving the impression that Canada was electing a dictator instead of a Prime Minister.

The United States Senate backed the administration of President Jimmy Carter in voting a $50 million arms grant to Turkey after a four-year ban on military aid to that country because of its 1974 invasion of Cyprus.

Environment
U.S. Steel Corporation agreed to spend $400 million over the next 3 ½ years to clean up air and water pollution by some of its plants. The agreement would bring nine of the company’s plants in western Pennsylvania into compliance with the anti-pollution laws and would cover 25% of the company’s nationwide steel-making capacity. U.S. Steel chairman David Roderick estimated that the cost of the agreement could add between $13-$15 per ton to the price of steel produced at the affected sites. The agreement was heralded by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Douglas Costel as "the largest environmental agreement in the history of the steel industry."

25 years ago
1984


Edmontonia
The city honoured the Edmonton Oilers with their first Stanley Cup parade downtown.

Diplomacy
Jose Napoleon Duarte, the newly-elected president of El Salvador, completed a three-day visit to the United States, which was mainly for the purpose of appealing for more military aid. He promised an end to death squad activity, but said that he would not accept aid tied to improvement in human rights, saying that such conditions would be "degrading." At a news conference, U.S. President Ronald Reagan said that he was not considering sending American troops to Central America.

Economics and finance
The United States Labor Department reported that the consumer price index had risen 0.5% in April.

20 years ago
1989


Baseball
The Minnesota Twins defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-2.

10 years ago
1999


Soccer
Manchester United defeated Newcastle 2-1 in the English FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium in London.

Baseball
Steve Sparks tied a major league record by hitting 4 batters with pitches, including 3 in a row with the bases loaded in the 3rd inning, but came out the winner as the Anaheim Angels defeated the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 8-6. Mr. Sparks gave up just 5 hits, but walked 6.

The New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox split a doubleheader. Roger Clemens set an American League record with his 18th straight win over 2 seasons as the Yankees won the first game 10-2. The White Sox won the second game 2-1.

The Cincinnati Reds blanked the San Diego Padres 3-0 as Pete Harnisch pitched his second shutout of the season and hit his first major league home run.