Monday, September 17, 2018

The Evergreen Courant's Sports Flashback for Sept. 17, 2018

Sparta Academy's Jerry Peacock

18 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 21, 2000

Hillcrest runner Derrick Rogers looks for daylight against Wilcox Central in a region game played last Friday night in Evergreen. The Jaguars lost 21-14. The Jaguars will play another region game this Friday night when they host Charles Henderson of Troy.

Eagles claw Warriors 24-7; record drops to 2-2: The Sparta Academy Warriors fought the Jackson Academy Eagles for four quarters last Friday night in Jackson, but lost the battle 24-7.
On the opening play of the second quarter, Sparta’s John Anderson dropped the Eagles for a three-yard loss.
The Warriors took the next kickoff and moved steadily down the field. Mixing in runs by (Rusty) Salter, (Kyle) Johnston and (John) McKenzie, the Warriors took the ball down to the Eagles two-yard line. Rusty Salter, on a quarterback-keeper around left end, put the Warriors on the board. John Anderson added the extra point to make the score 10-7 with 6:58 remaining in the first half.
With a record of 2-2, the Warriors travel to Grady this Friday night to take on the SMCA Raiders with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.
(Standout players for Sparta in that game included Alex Armuelles, Derek Faulkner, Jimmy Hyde, Justin Stillwell, Josh Varner and Derrick Williams.)

The Sparta Academy Junior Varsity Warriors defeated the Catherine Academy Junior Varsity Colts 8-0 at Catherine on Mon., Sept. 18.

43 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 18, 1975

The Sparta Academy Warriors downed Pike Liberal Arts of Troy here Friday night at Stuart-McGehee Field in a game that had just about everything a fan could want, especially if he were pulling for the home team. The final score was Sparta 36, Pike 21.
The Warriors had their best night of the year, and the statistics bear it out. Team statistician Byron Warren Jr. had four Warriors rushing for over 100 yards with (Jerry) Peacock’s 161 leading the way. (Joe) Andrews picked up 131, (Walker) Scott 106 and Larry Reid, converted center, 104. Andrews did most of the throwing as the Warriors flashed a brilliant passing attack that netted three scores.
Warren’s tackle charter gave credit to Woody Register for six solos; George McKenzie and Greg Still, four solos and one assist each; Pugh and Hugh Bradford, four solos; Scott, three solos and one assist; and Andy Skipper, two solos.

Repton Bulldogs rap Lyeffion 35-0: The Lyeffion High School Yellow Jackets suffered a big, 35-0 loss to the Repton Bulldogs. This was the first defeat for the Yellow Jackets this season.
Even though the Jackets were defeated they were fighting all the way with five leading tackles by Johnny House and eight assists by Mickey Booker. Danny Covin, head coach, is hopeful that the rest of the season will be successful. The Jackets will travel to Excel Friday night to meet the Panthers.
Willie Watkins rushed for an amazing 299 yards to lead the Bulldogs to their big win. His runs included touchdowns of seven, one and 45 yards.

68 YEARS AGO
SEPT. 21, 1950

Lyeffion Opens Season With Excel Here Friday: The Lyeffion Yellow Jackets will open their 1950 football season here Friday night with Excel. The game will be played in Brooks Stadium at Evergreen High School with the kickoff scheduled for eight o’clock.
The Yellow Jackets enter their second season of football with expectations of a much better record than was compiled last year when they played the game for the first time. Coach Morris Ward has been putting a squad of 19 through workouts daily since the opening of school.
Coach Ward lists his probable starting lineup and weights as follows – left end Bobby Parrish, 150; left tackle Clay Kelly, 196; left guard Thomas Williams, 125; center Frank Chavers, 135; right guard Ben Hawsey, 130; right tackle Jackie Parrish, 160; right end Van Hawsey, 135; quarterback Carl Burt, 170; left half Miller Dees, 180; right half Frank Burt, 205; fullback Billy Booker, 150.
Other squad members are ends Carlton Norwood, 125, James Dean, 140; tackle Booker, 148; center Coleman Olmstead, 120; halfbacks Jack Smith, 120, George Waters, 130; fullbacks W. Thames, 120 and Charlie Brock, 100.

Organization of a 12-team Conecuh Amateur Baseball League has been planned. The league calls for two six-team divisions, east and west. Division champions would play at the end of the season for the league championship with a possibility of a playoff with the champs of the Butler County League.

Today in History for Sept. 17, 2018


Sept. 17, 1540 – The DeSoto Expedition reached the ancient Indian town of Talisi, which was located on the Alabama River at Durant’s Bend, 15 miles northeast of Selma, in Dallas County, Ala.


Sept. 17, 1574 – Spanish explorer Pedro Menéndez de Avilés died at the age of 55 in Santander, Spain.

Sept. 17, 1630 – The city of Boston, Massachusetts was founded.

Sept. 17, 1683 – Dutch scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek wrote a letter to the Royal Society, sharing his discovery of “animalcules” or what we know as bacteria. The Royal Society was skeptical of his discovery at first, and there was much discussion about his mental status, but today he is considered the “Father of Microbiology.”

Sept. 17, 1692 – In connection with the Salem witchcraft trials, Margaret Scott, Wilmott Redd, Samuel Wardwell, Mary Parker, Abigail Faulkner, Rebecca Earnes, Mary Lacy, Ann Foster and Abigail Hobbs were tried and sentenced to hang. Sheriffs administered Peine Forte Et Dure (pressing) to Giles Corey after he refused to enter a plea to the charges of witchcraft against him.

Sept. 17, 1775 – During the American Revolutionary War, the Invasion of Canada began with the Siege of Fort St. Jean.

Sept. 17, 1778 – The Treaty of Fort Pitt was signed and was the first formal treaty between the United States and a Native American tribe (the Lenape or Delaware Indians).

Sept. 17, 1778 - At 6 a.m. on this day, Mohawk Indian chief and British Loyalist leader and Freemason Joseph Brant led a force of 150 Iroquois Indians and 300 British Loyalists under the command of Captain William Caldwell in a surprise attack on the area of German Flats, New York.

Sept. 17, 1781 - American Colonel Daniel Brodhead was replaced as the commander of the Western Department under charges that he had mishandled finances. He was later cleared of most charges and was made a brigadier general by George Washington later that year.

Sept. 17, 1787 - The Constitution of the United States of America was signed by delegates at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

Sept. 17, 1796 - U.S. President George Washington's Farewell Address was read before the U.S. Congress.

Sept. 17, 1803 – Enoch Hooper Cook Sr. of Wilcox County, Ala. was born in Caldwell County, Ky. He, his 10 sons and two grandsons, 13 in all, served in the Civil War, said to be the “greatest number from one family that had served either side in the war.”

Sept. 17, 1814 – Francis Scott Key finished his poem "Defence of Fort McHenry," later to be the lyrics of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Sept. 17, 1849 – American abolitionist Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery.

Sept. 17, 1859 – Joshua A. Norton declared himself "Norton I, Emperor of the United States."

Sept. 17, 1861 - Confederate General Sterling Price encircled a Union garrison at Lexington.

Sept. 17, 1861 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought at Point of Rocks, Md.

Sept. 17, 1861 – During the Civil War, an action occurred at Blue Mills Landing and Morristown, Md.

Sept. 17, 1861 – During the Civil War, the Battle of Liberty, Mo. was fought. The Union had about 600 men, some Iowa Infantry, some Missouri Home Guards, and a bit of artillery; and the Confederates had elements of the 4th Division, Missouri State Guard. Losses were about 60 on each side.

Sept. 17, 1861 - There had been a meeting of certain members of the Maryland state legislature scheduled for this day. Despite the fact that the capital of the state was in Annapolis, this little get-together had been planned to take place in Frederick. The reason for the solitude, not to mention the lack of publicity, was that these members were Southern sympathizers, and their intention was to work out a way for Maryland to secede from the Union. Their attempts at secrecy had not been entirely successful, however, and a number of the gentlemen had been arrested by Federal officials on their way to the meeting. They were now on their way to prison on an island in Boston Harbor.

Sept. 17, 1862 – During the Civil War, the Allegheny Arsenal explosion resulted in the single largest civilian disaster during the war.

Sept. 17, 1862 – The Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest one-day battle in American history, took place in Washington County, along the banks of Antietam Creek, near Sharpsburg, Md. General Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Army were stopped by General George B. McClellan and his numerically superior Union forces. By nightfall about 26,000 men were dead, wounded or missing. Lee began withdrawing to Virginia after dark on September 18. It was the bloodiest day in American military history. To put the human cost in perspective, a man was killed or wounded, every two seconds for 14 hours. Another way of looking at it is 35 were killed per minute. D-Day casualties were 6,603, and World Trade Center casualties were 2,998. Total Antietam casualties were 23,100.

Sept. 17, 1862 - Jacob Hirschfelder and James C. Thomas, both of the Conecuh Guards, where killed at Antietam. Thomas E. Ray (deserted to enemy in 1864) and Third Cpl. James Robertson (wounded in three places), both of the Conecuh Guards, were wounded at Antietam.

Sept. 17, 1862 – HILLIARD’S LEGION: Due to a victory by Gen. Kirby Smith in Kentucky that rendered the Gap untenable for the Union army, Gen. G.W. Morgan left his position at the Gap on this night.

Sept. 17, 1863 – During the Civil War, Braxton Bragg had had a chance for the previous week to attack Rosecrans' exceedingly scattered forces. Although several orders had admittedly been issued, for one reason or another no actual attacks had taken place. One result of this was that acrimonious notes, nastiness and name-calling were making the rounds between Bragg and his corps commanders. The other result of this was that the Union army was now reassembled in much better order.

Sept. 17, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Raccoon Ford, Va. and on Horse Creek, Mo.

Sept. 17, 1864 – John C. Fremont, “The Pathfinder,” former commander of the U.S. forces in St. Louis where he spent far more time fighting with Frank Blair Jr. than marching to fight Sterling Price’s Confederates, did a noble deed on this day. He informed a committee of the Radical Republicans that he was declining their request that he run for President in the primary against Abraham Lincoln. Although he regarded Lincoln as a failure (the fact that Lincoln had relieved him of command in St. Louis earlier in the war may have influenced this opinion), he disliked the Democrat, McClellan, even more. McClellan’s victory, Fremont said, would result in “separation or re-establishment [of the Union] with slavery” still intact.

Sept. 17, 1864 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought at Thomasville, Mo. and an affair took place at Limestone Ridge, Va.

Sept. 17, 1868 - Early in the morning on this day, a large band of Cheyenne and Sioux staged a surprise attack on Major George A. Forsyth and a volunteer force of 50 frontiersmen in Colorado.

Sept. 17, 1869 – The original First Presbyterian Church of Camden, Ala. building, which was erected in 1856, burned.

Sept. 17, 1878 – French adventurer Orélie-Antoine de Tounens died at the age of 53 in Tourtoirac, France.

Sept. 17, 1879 – National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, manager and owner Rube Foster was born in Calvert, Texas. He went on to play for the Chicago Union Giants, the Cuban X-Giants, the Philadelphia Giants, the Leland Giants and the Chicago American Giants and he managed the Leland Giants and the Chicago American Giants. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1981.

Sept. 17, 1883 – American poet William Carlos Williams was born in Rutherford, N.J.

Sept. 17, 1895 - George Salter Jr. left Monroeville, Ala. on this Tuesday for Evergreen, where he was to “be associated with Prof. J.F. Marsh in the publication of The Courant, Evergreen’s new paper.”

Sept. 17, 1896 – The Monroe Journal reported that laborers who were digging a ditch on a plantation near Jefferson in Marengo County had unearthed the teeth from the lower jaw of some mammoth animal. The teeth were five in number and weighed six pounds, measured 11 inches from cap to root, and 14 inches wide. They were highly polished and colored like a meerschaum pipe.

Sept. 17, 1896 – The Monroe Journal reported, in news from the Mexia community, that the new store of the Hendrix Brothers was nearly complete. Also, W.J. Newberry had resigned as postmaster at Mexia, and J.L. Brown had been appointed in his place.

Sept. 17, 1896 – This day’s edition of The Monroe Journal carried the following notice: We, the undersigned, feeling the necessity of keeping up our Military Organization, our time of previous enlistment having expired, having waited a sufficient length of time for our former officers to call a meeting for reorganization and they failing to have done so, feel it our duty to and do call a meeting of Section No. 1 for reenlistment and organization and cordially invite all former members and anyone wishing to become a member to meet with us on Mon., 21st day of September 1896. – H. Davis, Geo. C. Crook Jr., Geo. F. Marshall, H.J. Agee, W. Rives, John D. Boykin, R.J. Lambert, Carl. Shiff, L.P. Frye, L.W. Williams, R.B. Williams, C.R. Crook, Geo. Staffin, J.A. Droughon, W.Y. Boykin.

Sept. 17, 1897 – George Bradley was hung for the June 17 murder of Richard Rumbley at Rumbley’s store near Pleasant Ridge. This was the second hanging in Monroe County, Ala. since the end of the Civil War.

Sept. 17, 1903 – Irish writer Frank O’Connor was born Michael O’Donovan in Cork, Ireland.

Sept. 17, 1905 – Jim Johnson, alias Jim Caldwell, shot and killed Wade Coleman at McWilliams, near the Monroe-Wilcox County line. Johnson was later captured and placed in the Monroe County Jail in Monroeville, Ala.

Sept. 17, 1913 - Author Sara W. Glendinning was born in Birmingham, Ala.

Sept. 17, 1914 – The Agricultural School in Evergreen, Ala. opened for the 1914-15 school year with 90 pupils on the rolls.

Sept. 17, 1914 – The Monroe Journal reported that “Contractor Lambert” had “begun the demolition of the old Presbyterian church building preparatory to the reconstruction and remodeling of the building.”

Sept. 17, 1914 – During World War I, the “Race to the Sea” began.

Sept. 17, 1916 – During World War I, Manfred von Richthofen ("The Red Baron"), a flying ace of the German Luftstreitkräfte, won his first aerial combat, shooting down his first enemy plan over the Western Front, near Cambrai, France.

Sept. 17, 1916 – On this Sunday at 3 p.m., members of the Woodmen of the World marched into the Mexia Cemetery and unveiled the monument of sovereign James E. Scruggs with imposing ceremonies. Sovereign D.H. Sawyer was made Master of Ceremonies and sovereign Z.B. Booker, orator. Sovereign Booker delivered a very able address on the order and the deceased. Scruggs was born on Oct. 2, 1867 and died at the age of 48 on April 25, 1916.

Sept. 17, 1917 – During World War I, Army Pvt. John E. Maldin of Opp, Ala. “died from disease.”

Sept. 17, 1920 - The American Professional Football Association was formed in Canton, Ohio. It was the precursor to the National Football League.

Sept. 17, 1923 – Hiram “Hank” Williams Sr. was born at Mount Olive in Butler County, Ala. As a child, he became enthralled with music, playing harmonica, learning the organ from his mother, and acquiring his first guitar around the time he was eight years old. He started performing on Montgomery's WSFA radio station as a teenager and eventually formed a band called the Driftin' Cowboys. In early 1949 Williams released a recording of "Lovesick Blues," which became a national hit, topping Billboard magazine's country chart for 16 weeks. A few months later he was performing on country music's premier radio show, the Grand Ole Opry. By the end of 1951, Williams had amassed 24 top 10 singles, with six reaching number one. Revered by fans drawn to the sincerity of his songs and his singing, Williams was instrumental in turning "hillbilly" music into "country" music. In April 2010, the Pulitzer Prize Board awarded Williams with a posthumous Special Citation lifetime achievement award to honor his contributions to music. After his first appearance on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry in 1949, the singer-songwriter went on to become a country music legend despite his death in 1953 at age 29. His grave is located in Montgomery's Oakwood Cemetery.

Sept. 17, 1927 – Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and placekicker George Blanda was born in Youngwood, Pa. He would go on to play for Kentucky, the Chicago Bears, the Baltimore Colts, the Houston Oilers and the Oakland Raiders. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1981.

Sept. 17, 1928 - The Town of Jones Mill, Ala. officially changed its name to Frisco City after a 153-50 vote in favor of the change.

Sept. 17, 1928 - The municipal election which was held in Evergreen on this Monday was one in which there was little interest. There were only 22 votes cast. There was no opposition manifested to the nominees and the election was simply a matter of form. The officials elected to serve for the next two years are: J.L. Kelly, Mayor; C.A. Jones, Claude Gantt, Dr. J.R. Brooks, R.C. Ellie and R. Gaston Bozeman, Councilmen.

Sept. 17, 1928 - A.H. Riley was elected mayor of Castleberry in this Monday’s general town election. His name was written in by enough supporters to enable him to defeat the Democratic nominee, J.P. Matthews, by a four-vote margin. The vote was 35 to 31. The move to write in the name of the independent came as a surprise to Matthews’ supporters, and they failed to muster enough votes to offset those lined up secretly by their opponents. Matthews had been nominated in the Democratic primary Aug. 31 over E.A. White by a vote of 55 to 47. The Democratic nominees for the council were elected virtually without opposition, Walter Pate receiving 66 votes; W.H. Stuckey, 65; A.N. Riggs, 62; L.H. Riggs, 60; and W.B. Brewton, 60. Seven voters wrote in the names of A.P. Griffin and Allen Page.

Sept. 17, 1930 – Retired American astronaut Edgar Mitchell was born in Hereford, Texas. The Apollo astronaut, who was the sixth man to walk on the moon, has had a long-standing interest in consciousness and the paranormal. In 2008, he stirred up controversy with this statement in a radio interview: "I happen to have been privileged enough to be in on the fact that we've been visited on this planet, and the UFO phenomenon is real."

Sept. 17, 1930 – The construction on Boulder Dam, later renamed Hoover Dam, began in Black Canyon, near Las Vegas, Nevada.

Sept. 17, 1935 – Ken Kesey, who is best known for his 1962 novel “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” was born in La Junta, Colo.

Sept. 17, 1937 – National Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Orlando Cepeda was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He went on to play for the San Francisco Giants, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Atlanta Braves, the Oakland Athletics, the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.

Sept. 17, 1937 - At Mount Rushmore, Abraham Lincoln's face was dedicated.

Sept. 17, 1939 – In the final game of the Interstate Baseball League championship series, Evergreen was scheduled to play Flomaton on this Sunday in Brewton, Ala. at 3:30 p.m. Both teams entered the game with one win each in the series.

Sept. 17, 1939 – During World War II, the Soviet Union joined Nazi Germany's invasion of Poland during the Polish Defensive War of 1939.

Sept. 17, 1940 – During World War II, following the German defeat in the Battle of Britain, Hitler postponed Operation Sea Lion indefinitely.

Sept. 17, 1944 – Italian mountaineer and explorer Reinhold Messner was born in Bixen, Italy. He is renowned for making the first ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen along with Peter Habeler, and for being the first climber to ascend all fourteen "eight-thousanders" (peaks over 8,000 metres (26,000 ft) above sea level).

Sept. 17, 1948 – In their first game of the 1948 football season, Evergreen High School, under head coach Wendell Hart, beat cross-county rival Repton High School, 44-0, in Evergreen, Ala. Roy Davis was Repton’s head coach.

Sept. 17, 1953 - Ernie Banks became the first black baseball player to wear a Chicago Cubs uniform. He retired in 1971 and was known as “Mr. Cub.”

Sept. 17, 1953 – The Evergreen Courant reported that rural mail carrier R.H. Meacham of Castleberry, Ala. had retired after almost 40 years of service with the U.S. Postal System. Meacham, who began carrying the mail in the “horse and buggy days,” served under six different postmasters and was acting postmaster of the Castleberry Post Office for 10 months at one time.

Sept. 17, 1954 – Repton High School, under head coach Albert Arnold, opened the 1954 football season against Coffeeville High School in Coffeeville, Ala. and lost, 6-0. Players on Repton’s team that season included William Ashcraft, Erwin Baggett, Franklin Baggett, Ray Blackwell, Williebe Crutchfield, Billy Farrish, Clarence Goneke, Eddie Kelly, Charles Lee, Lowell Lee, Johnny McInnis, Floyd Morgan, Cleveland Morris, Jerry Nall, Terry Nall, Tommy Nall, Johnny Owens, Selvyn Roberson, Wendell Roberson, Braxton Ryland, Clinton Ryland, Thomas Salter, Harold Smith, Bert Stacey, Raybon Waters and Warren Watson.

Sept. 17, 1956 - Castleberry’s municipal election was scheduled to be held on this day. Incumbents were: mayor, Jack Holland; councilmen, Joe H. Carr, B.H. Mahoney, Henry Kirksey, R.T. Bagget, and C.N. Jackson. As of Aug. 16, only one man had qualified for office. Hassett Green had qualified for mayor. He owned a grocery store in Castleberry, and was a retired electrician. Qualifying began on Aug. 8 and was to remain open until Aug. 28.

Sept. 17, 1958 - A movie version of Alabama author Lonnie Coleman's book “Hot Spell” was released.

Sept. 17, 1961 - The Minnesota Vikings made their debut as the newest National Football League team.

Sept. 17, 1964 – Ernest Ward beat J.U. Blacksher, 7-6, in Uriah. Buddy Rhodes was Blacksher’s head coach.

Sept. 17, 1965 – The Town of Excel, Ala. was scheduled to open bids for the completion of its new water works system. Mayor J.L. McQueen told The Journal that the town had already drilled a well behind Excel Town Hall.

Sept. 17, 1965 - Using an intercepted pass and a strong defense, the Excel Panthers ground out their second win of the season and in doing so hung the second loss of the season on the Frisco City Whippets, 13-6. Standout Excel players in that game included Kenneth Stokes, Stanley Wilson and Wayne Wright. Standout FC players included Pat Boothe, Mike Johns, Donald Griffey and Jim Kelly.

Sept. 17, 1967 - The Doors appeared on the "Ed Sullivan Show" and performed "Light My Fire" and "People Are Strange."

Sept. 17, 1968 – The Evergreen City Council granted a building permit to Poole Truck Line for the construction of a new terminal that included three buildings on the access road between Highway 83 and the Loree Road, parallel to Interstate Highway 65, in Evergreen, Ala.

Sept. 17, 1968 – This night’s meeting of the Evergreen City Council was the final regular meeting for two city councilmen, W.T. (Jack) Wild, who didn’t seek a third term, and Bob Bozeman, who was defeated in a bid for his second term. The two new councilmen-elect, Clarence E. (Buddy) Evers and Robert H. Moorer, were in attendance at the meeting.

Sept. 17, 1969 – Noted television and concert organist Louis V. Bass, president of the Melody Carrousel in Andalusia, was scheduled to perform in a concert at the Evergreen (Ala.) City School auditorium on this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 17, 1970 - The People’s Revolutionary Government (PRG) for South Vietnam presented a new peace plan at the Paris talks.

Sept. 17, 1972 - Three U.S. pilots were released by Hanoi. They were the first POWs released since 1969.

Sept. 17, 1974 – Norwegian skier and explorer Tormod Granheim was born in Trondheim, Norway.

Sept. 17, 1976 – The Wilson-Finlay House (also known as Mist Lady, the Joshua Wilson House and the Finlay House) in Gainestown in Clarke County, Ala. was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.

Sept. 17, 1976 – The Folsom Home near Elba, Ala. was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.

Sept. 17, 1976 – The first Space Shuttle, Enterprise, was unveiled by NASA.

Sept. 17, 1978 - The series "Battlestar Galactica" began airing on ABC.

Sept. 17, 1979 – In an issue of People magazine published on this date, William Weber, the defense lawyer for Ronald DeFeo, Jr. at his trial, wrote: "I know this book (“The Amityville Horror” by Jay Anson) is a hoax. We created this horror story over many bottles of wine."

Sept. 17, 1980 – The Rawls Hotel in Enterprise, in Coffee County, Ala. was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Sept. 17, 1981 - Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela threw his eighth shutout of the season to set a new National League rookie record. Valenzuela’s three-hitter beat the Atlanta Braves 2-0 and put an exclamation point on one of the greatest rookie seasons in baseball history.

Sept. 17, 1982 – The last tie football game involving a Monroe County team was played between Frisco City High School and Leroy High School in Leroy, Ala. The game ended in a 0-0 tie. Vance McCrory was Frisco City’s head coach.

Sept. 17, 1983 - Johnny Bench of the Cincinnati Reds retired after 16 years as a catcher.

Sept. 17, 1983 - Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox broke Hank Aaron's Major League record for games played when he started his 3,299th game.

Sept. 17, 1984 - Reggie Jackson hit his 500th career home run. It was exactly 17 years from the day he hit his first Major League home run.

Sept. 17, 1993 – The second episode of “The X-Files” – entitled “Deep Throat” – aired for the first time.

Sept. 17, 1996 – Homer Chavers defeated incumbent Jerry Caylor, 101-58, in a runoff election for the District 1 seat on the Evergreen (Ala.) City Council.

Sept. 17, 1997 – Fonde Melton was sworn in as Monroe County’s first Revenue Commissioner. The position was created the year before when the state combined the duties of the tax collector and tax assessor’s offices. Monroe County Probate Judge Otha Lee Biggs administered the oath to Melton. Retiring tax collector Charlie Deer was sworn in as supernumerary.

Sept. 17, 1998 – The Evergreen Courant reported that a ribbon cutting had recently been held at the new Office Connection office supply store next door to Regions Bank on East Front Street in Evergreen, Ala. The store, which was co-owned by Pat Dannelly and Jasper Davis, was located in the old Dress For Less location.

Sept. 17, 1999 – The baseball movie, “For Love of the Game,” premiered in theaters. Based on the posthumously published novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Shaara, the movie starred Kevin Kostner and Kelly Preston.

Sept. 17, 2001 – The New York Stock Exchange reopened for trading after the September 11 attacks, the longest closure since the Great Depression.

Sept. 17, 2004 - Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit his 700th home run.

Sept. 17, 2011 – Tuskegee University freshman quarterback Justin Nared of Evergreen, Ala. made his college football debut in a 21-6 loss to Alabama A&M in Huntsville. He quarterbacked the Golden Tigers on their final possession of the game.

Sept. 17, 2011 – Derek Smith of Evergreen, Ala., a redshirt sophomore defensive back at Memphis, recorded a tackle and returned a kickoff for 18 yards in Memphis University’s 27-6 win over Austin Peay at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tenn.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Today in History for Sept. 15, 2018


Sept. 15, 1254 – Italian merchant and explorer Marco Polo was born in Venice, Republic of Venice.

Sept. 15, 1440 – Gilles de Rais, one of the earliest known serial killers, was taken into custody upon an accusation brought against him by the Jean de Malestroit, Bishop of Nantes.

Sept. 15, 1492 – While within the western part of the Sargasso Sea, Columbus and his increasingly nervous crew observed a huge, unexplained “bolt of fire” shoot across the sky and fall or disappear into the ocean.

Sept. 15, 1613 – Famous author François VI, duke de La Rochefoucauld was born in Paris.

Sept. 15, 1775 – During the American Revolution, an early and unofficial American flag was raised by Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Mott after the seizing of Fort Johnson from the British. The flag was dark blue with the white word "Liberty" spelled on it.

Sept. 15, 1776 – During the American Revolution, British troops captured and occupied New York City. The city stayed under British control until the end of the war.

Sept. 15, 1776 – During the American Revolutionary War, 4,000 British troops under General Howe landed at Kip's Bay during the New York Campaign and took control of the island.

Sept. 15, 1779 - French Commander Charles Count d'Estaing captured two British frigates and two British supply ships in the Savannah River.

Sept. 15, 1784 - The first successful balloon ascent in England was demonstrated for a crowd. "Daredevil Aeronaut" Vincenzo Lunardi took off in a brightly decorated balloon, along with a cat, dog, and pigeon. His friend George Biggin was left behind however, because the balloon embarked on its 24-mile journey, without being fully inflated.

Sept. 15, 1789 – James Fenimore Cooper, considered to be the first true American novelist, was born in Burlington, N.J.

Sept. 15, 1789 – The United States "Department of Foreign Affairs", established by law in July, was renamed the Department of State and given a variety of domestic duties.

Sept. 15, 1812 – During the War of 1812, a second supply train sent to relieve Fort Harrison was ambushed in the Attack at the Narrows.

Sept. 15, 1814 – A British attack on Fort Bowyer on Mobile Point fails, prompting the British to abandon plans to capture Mobile (in present-day Alabama) and turn towards New Orleans.

Sept. 15, 1834 – Stephen S. Andress was commissioned as Monroe County, Alabama’s Sheriff.

Sept. 15, 1835 – The HMS Beagle, with Charles Darwin aboard, reached the Galápagos Islands. The ship landed at Chatham or San Cristobal, the easternmost of the archipelago.

Sept. 15, 1857 - Timothy Alder earned a patent for the typesetting machine.

Sept. 15, 1857 - William H. Taft, the 27th President of the United States, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Sept. 15, 1861 – During the Civil War, Federal General Charles Fremont, commander of Union forces in St. Louis, Missouri, was under pressure on two fronts. He was supposed to be organizing a march of 38,000 troops to Lexington, Missouri, where a Federal force was holding out against a siege of Sterling Price. Fremont was also under pressure from President Lincoln, who was furious about Fremont’s orders freeing all the slaves in Missouri, and Lincoln’s friend, the politician-colonel Frank Blair Jr. who was furious about a recent audit of Fremont’s books. Fremont’s response was to place Blair under arrest and cancel the march to Lexington.

Sept. 15, 1861 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought near Darnestown, Va.

Sept. 15, 1862 - Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson captured Harpers Ferry, Va. (present-day West Virginia) and some 12,000 Union soldiers as General Robert E. Lee’s army moved north into Maryland. Union General Dixon Miles surrendered after offering little resistance.

Sept. 15, 1862 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought at Boonesboro, Maryland, and a five-day Federal operation began in Ralls County, Missouri.

Sept. 15, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Catlett’s Gap, Summerville and Trion Factory in Georgia; near Greenfield and Enterprise, Mo.; and near Kempsville, Va.

Sept. 15, 1863 – During the Civil War, a five-day Federal operation began against Navajo Indians form Fort Wingate to Ojo Redondo in the New Mexico Territory, and a five-day Federal expedition began from Great Bridge, Va. to Indiantown, N.C.

Sept. 15, 1863 - The “writ of habeas corpus” is a fairly simple concept, despite its Latin name. It refers to the right of an arrested person to know what charges are being brought against them and of the obligation of the state to produce evidence that the person charged was the one who committed the offense. It was one of the shining lights of the United States Constitution and it went right out the window on this day. Due to the existence of a “state of rebellion,” wrote Abraham Lincoln, the right was to be suspended in cases of people arrested by military authorities whenever they deemed fit.

Sept. 15, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought in Lumpkin County and at Snake Creek Gap in Georgia; and at Seiver's Ford on Opequon Creek and near Dinwiddie Courthouse, Va.

Sept. 15, 1864 – During the Civil War, a five-day Federal series of operations began in Randolph, Howard and Boone Counties in Missouri.

Sept. 15, 1864 - Admiral David Farragut had had a busy war. Right at the moment he was probably wishing for greater haste from the U.S. postal authorities, because he had sent a letter Aug. 27 to Navy Secretary Gideon Welles asking for a little time off. Secretary Welles just received the letter on this day and it rather ruined his plans. Despite the fact that, as Farragut pointed out in his letter, he had been on duty for more than five years with only one short furlough during that time, Welles had planned to assign him to command of the assault on Wilmington, N.C. In view of Farragut’s request Welles changed his plans. He assigned Admiral D. D. Porter to the job--Farragut’s adoptive brother.

Sept. 15, 1864 – John Hanning Speke was found lying near a stone wall on the estate of a relative, felled by a fatal gunshot wound from a hunting rifle. His death was ruled accidental, and an obituary surmised that Speke, while climbing over the wall, had carelessly pulled the gun after himself with the muzzle pointing at his chest and shot himself.

Sept. 15, 1875 – Jesse James robbed the Huntingdon Bank in Huntingdon, Tenn. At about noon, James, accompanied by Cole Younger and two members of his gang, leisurely entered the bank and took $10,252 from the cashier at gunpoint.

Sept. 15, 1887 - Mr. Johnnie Sowell was expected to begin a 10-month school at the Monroeville Academy on this day with about 25 pupils.

Sept. 15, 1889 – Humorist, essayist, actor and drama critic Robert Benchley was born in Worcester, Mass.

Sept. 15, 1890 – Mystery writer Agatha Christie was born Mary Clarissa Agatha Miller in Torquay, Devon, England.

Sept. 15, 1896 - W.H. Louiselle of Manistee was among his Monroeville friends on this Tuesday.

Sept. 15, 1896 – A “Disastrous Fire” occurred at Brewton when the Peters Lumber Company’s two big mills at Alca were reduced to a smoldering mass of ruins on this afternoon, together with all their dry houses, planers and lumber sheds. This was the largest plant of the kind in the state. Their headquarters were at Manistee, Mich. The loss was estimated at $150,000 to $200,000, partially covered by insurance. The fire started in a shaving pit. At least 1,000,000 feet of dressed lumber and cypress lumber were burned. Hundreds of laborers were thrown out of employment.

Sept. 15, 1897 – The Citronelle Call newspaper in Citronelle, Ala. was established.

Sept. 15, 1898 – Evergreen newspapers reported that one day during the week, Prof. L.W. Payne of the Agricultural school received the sad intelligence of the death of his brother. It was supposed that the killing was murder. Payne was found on the railroad track with his head cut off and the supposition was that he was killed and placed there to cover up the outrage.

Sept. 15, 1911 – Dr. Luther Terry was born in Red Level, Ala. He would go on to become a doctor and public health official. He was appointed the ninth Surgeon General of the United States from 1961 to 1965, and is best known for his warnings against the dangers and the impact of tobacco use on health.

Sept. 15, 1912 - Joe Wood of the Boston Red Sox won his 16th consecutive Major League game.

Sept. 15, 1913 - Commissioners court in session in Evergreen on this Monday.

Sept. 15, 1914 - In the wake of the Battle of the Marne—during which Allied troops halted the steady German push through Belgium and France that had proceeded over the first month of World War I—a conflict both sides had expected to be short and decisive turns longer and bloodier, as Allied and German forces began digging the first trenches on the Western Front.

Sept. 15, 1915 – The Evergreen Courant reported that the “new school building” at Lenox, Ala. was nearing completion.

Sept. 15, 1915 – A mass meeting of 250 to 500 citizens was held at the Monroe County Courthouse in Monroeville, Ala. for the purpose of recommending persons for appointment by the governor to the county’s new board of revenue, which had recently been created by the state legislature and combined the Commissioners Court and County Highway Commission. The following were recommended to the governor - first district, W.S. Bowden; second district, T.E. Dennis Sr.; third district, G.A. Fountain; and fourth district, W.L. Shannon.

Sept. 15, 1916 – During World War I, tanks were used for the first time in battle, at the Battle of the Somme.

Sept. 15, 1918 – During World War I, allied troops broke through the Bulgarian defenses on the Macedonian Front.

Sept. 15, 1922 – J. Taylor Ball, about 33 years old, passed away at his home near Mt. Zion in Conecuh County, Ala. from influenza and double pneumonia. He was the son of the late Albert M. Ball and was buried at the Owassa cemetery with Masonic honors.

Sept. 15, 1923 - Oklahoma was placed under martial law by Gov. John Calloway Walton due to terrorist activity by the Ku Klux Klan.

Sept. 15-16, 1927 – The annual institute for Conecuh County teachers was scheduled to be held in Evergreen, Ala. M.A. Hanks was Conecuh County’s Superintendent of Education.

Sept. 15, 1928 – In Lovecraftian fiction, Miskatonic University librarian Henry Armitage and professors Rice and Morgan performed an exorcism on Sentinel Hill, bringing the “Dunwich Horror,” a son of Yog-Sothoth, to an end.

Sept. 15, 1931 - The Philadelphia Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians to clinch their third consecutive American League pennant. The win was the ninth and final American League championship of legendary manager Connie Mack’s storied career.

Sept. 15, 1931 - Alabama author Zora Neale Hurston's play “Fast and Furious” opened on Broadway.

Sept. 15, 1935 - The Nuremberg Laws were enacted by Nazi Germany. The act stripped all German Jews of their civil rights and the swastika was made the official symbol of Nazi Germany.

Sept. 15, 1938 - Lloyd and Paul Waner became the first brothers to hit back-to-back home runs in a Major League Baseball game. It was Lloyd's last home run.

Sept. 15, 1938 – National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry was born in Williamston, N.C. He went on to play for the San Francisco Giants, the Cleveland Indians, the Texas Rangers, the San Diego Padres, the New York Yankees, the Atlanta Braves, the Seattle Mariners and the Kansas City Royals. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991.

Sept. 15, 1940 – Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle Merlin Olsen was born in Logan, Utah. He went on to play for Utah State and the Los Angeles Rams. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982.

Sept. 15, 1946 - A Brooklyn Dodgers-Chicago Cubs game was called when players, umpires and fans were attacked by gnats.

Sept. 15, 1952 – J.N. Andrews, a barber, beat incumbent mayor H.L. Dees Jr., a grocery merchant, 30-28, in a municipal election in the Town of Repton, Ala. Dees contested the election, alleging that illegal votes were cast and five absentee ballots were improperly thrown out. Council members elected were G.H. Dees, Dr. W.R. Carter, J.L. Dees, John E. Davison and Lee Stallworth.

Sept. 15, 1961 – Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. He went on to play for Pitt and the Miami Dolphins. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.

Sept. 15, 1963 - All three Alou brothers - Felipe, Matty and Jesus - played in the outfield at the same time for the San Francisco Giants in a 13-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Sept. 15, 1963 - Four black girls were killed and 21 others are injured when a bomb exploded at Birmingham, Alabama's 16th Street Baptist Church, a center for nearby civil rights demonstrations the previous spring. The girls, ranging between the ages of 11 and 14, were preparing for Youth Day activities when the Sunday morning explosion occurred. Three Klansmen accused of the bombing were convicted: one each in 1977, 2001, and 2002. A fourth suspect who died in 1994 was never put on trial.

Sept. 15, 1964 - The Rev. K. L. Buford and Dr. Stanley Hugh Smith become the first black elected officials in Alabama since Reconstruction when they won seats on the Tuskegee City Council. Buford, a civil rights leader, and Smith, a sociology professor at Tuskegee Institute, defeated white incumbents in a run-off election.

Sept. 15, 1964 - The National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam, or as it was more popularly known, the National Liberation Front (NLF), called for a general military offensive to take advantage of the ‘disarray’ among the South Vietnamese, particularly after the abortive coup attempt against General Khanh’s government in Saigon on September 13 and 14.

Sept. 15, 1965 - Twenty-five workers employed by the Monroe County, Ala. road department walked off their jobs on this Wednesday morning in an attempt to get higher wages. The workers, meeting with four members of the Monroe County Commission, didn’t state how much of a raise they wanted. The commissioners said they gave the men the opportunity to return to their jobs following the meeting but the men refused.

Sept. 15, 1966 – Thomas Lloyd Kendrick, 49, of Lyeffion was killed instantly when his car was struck by a train at the railroad crossing at Binion’s Pool, about six miles south of Evergreen, Ala. He was buried at Mount Zion Cemetery at Lyeffion.

Sept. 15, 1967 – In a football game attended by over 2,000 paid spectators, Evergreen High School dropped to 0-2 on the season after a 14-13 loss to Monroe County High School in Evergreen, Ala. Players on Evergreen’s team that season included Ronald Halford, Roger Waller, Eddie Ralls, Jimmy Hamiter, Forrest Simpson, Ed Smith, Buck Quarles, Lavon Tolbert, George Stinson, Jimmy Bell and Don Montgomery. Only Smith, Tolbert and Stinson were seniors.

Sept. 15, 1967 – In their home opener, Repton High School improved to 2-1 on the season with an 18-0 win over Lyeffion in Repton, Ala.

Sept. 15, 1967 – John B. Privette Jr., 37, of Andalusia, Ala. was killed when the car he was driving ran off the road and hit a light pole at 1:40 a.m. on State Highway 41, seven miles south of Repton, Ala.

Sept. 15, 1969 - Steve Carlton of the St. Louis Cardinals struck out 19 Mets for a nine-inning game record.

Sept. 15, 1972 - The Watergate indictments began against seven perpetrators.

Sept. 15, 1972 - ARVN forces recaptured Quang Tri City after four days of heavy fighting, with the claim that over 8,135 NVA had been killed in the battle.

Sept. 15, 1974 - Fred Lynn of the Boston Red Sox hit a home run in his very first Major League Baseball at-bat.

Sept. 15, 1976 – Major League Baseball relief pitcher Matt Thornton was born in Three Rivers, Mich. He went on to play for the Seattle Mariners, the Chicago White Sox, the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees, the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres.

Sept. 15, 1978 - The Los Angeles Dodgers became the first Major League Baseball team to pass the three-million mark in home attendance.

Sept. 15, 1979 - Bob Watson of the Boston Red Sox became the first player to hit for the cycle in both leagues. He hit for the cycle with the Houston Astros on June 23, 1977.

Sept. 15, 1981 – Evergreen, Ala. weather reporter Earl Windham reported 1.82 inches of rain.

Sept. 15, 1981 – Some time this night, four men broke into the Conecuh County High School in Castleberry, Ala. and vandalized the building’s interior. The crime was reported the next morning, and Conecuh County Sheriff’s deputies arrested the four men later that day around 8 p.m.

Sept. 15, 1981 – The John Bull became the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operated it under its own power outside Washington, D.C.

Sept. 15, 1982 - The first issue of "USA Today" was published.

Sept. 15, 1983 – The Evergreen Courant reported that work was underway on renovations to the second floor of the Conecuh Count Courthouse and those renovations would result in a second, smaller courtroom, a jury room, witness rooms and restrooms for jurors and witnesses.

Sept. 15, 1990 - Bobby Thigpen of the Chicago White Sox became the first relief pitcher with 50 saves in a season.

Sept. 15, 1990 - France announced that it would send an additional 4,000 soldiers to the Persian Gulf. They also expelled Iraqi military attaches in Paris.

Sept. 15, 1996 - The Baltimore Orioles broke the Major League Baseball record for most home runs in one season. They finished with a total of 243. The New York Yankees had set the record at 240 in 1961.

Sept. 15, 1997 - Ken Griffey Jr. of the Seattle Mariners hit his 51st and 52nd home runs to become the sixth player to hit 100 or more home runs over two consecutive seasons. He had hit 49 home runs the previous season.

Sept. 15, 1998 - Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals hit his 63rd home run of the season.

Sept. 15, 1998 - Ken Griffey Jr. of the Seattle Mariners became the fourth-youngest player to reach 1,000 RBIs when he hit his 52nd home run of the season.

Sept. 15, 1998 – The Evergreen (Ala.) City Council appointed Pete Wolff III, David Taylor and James East to another term on the Evergreen Industrial Development Board. The council also approved the payment of $37,102.22 to Duncan Builders for work done on the depot.

Sept. 15, 2001 – George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, 46th Governor of Texas, gave a Post 9-11 Weekly Address, foreshadowing an interventionist United States foreign policy, leading to the Iraq, and Afghanistan wars.

Sept. 15, 2002 - Curt Schilling of the Arizona Diamondbacks struck out eight to reach 300 for the season. Schilling and Randy Johnson became the first teammates in baseball history to each strike out 300 in the same season.

Sept. 15, 2011 – Rufus David Blair, 77, of Appleton, Ala., who’d been missing since Sept. 13, was found by searchers at 10:37 a.m. in a wooded area off East Railroad Street in Castleberry.

Sept. 15, 2013 – Joey and Ava Brewton of Lyeffion, Ala. picked a gigantic watermelon that weighed 206.4 pounds, just four pounds shy of the state record, on this Sunday. The melon was transported to the Evergreen Nursing Home the following day, where it was consumed by the residents.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Today in History for Sept. 13, 2018

Hurricane Frederic in 1979.

Sept. 13, 1609 – Henry Hudson reached the river that would later be named after him – the Hudson River.


Sept. 13, 1781 - In North Carolina, in what is now known as the Battle of Lindley’s Mill or the Battle of Cane Creek, General Butler and 300 militiamen set an ambush at Lindley's Mill in an attempt to free captured Governor Burke and 13 high-ranking Whig officials. The battle closed the war in North Carolina a month before Lord Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown.

Sept. 13, 1782 – During the American Revolutionary War, Franco-Spanish troops launched the unsuccessful "grand assault" during the Great Siege of Gibraltar.

Sept. 13, 1788 - The Constitutional Convention decided that the first federal election was to be held on the following February. On that day George Washington was elected as the first president of the United States. In addition, New York City was named the temporary national capital.

Sept. 13, 1800 – French-English general and explorer Claude Martin died at the age of 55 in Lucknow, India.

Sept. 13, 1806 - Charles James Fox, first foreign secretary of the United Kingdom and vocal supporter of American independence, died in Chiswick, Devon, England.

Sept. 13, 1812 – During the War of 1812, a supply wagon sent to relieve Fort Harrison was ambushed in the Attack at the Narrows.

Sept. 13, 1814 – In a turning point in the War of 1812, the British failed to capture Baltimore. During the battle, Francis Scott Key composed his poem "Defence of Fort McHenry," which is later set to music and becomes the United States' national anthem.

Sept. 13, 1819 – Pianist and composer Clara Schumann was born Clara Wieck in Leipzig, Germany.

Sept. 13, 1847 - General Winfield Scott won the last major battle of the Mexican-American War, storming the ancient Chapultepec fortress at the edge of Mexico City.

Sept. 13, 1850 – The first ascent of Piz Bernina, the highest summit of the eastern Alps, took place.

Sept. 13, 1851 – Dr. Walter Reed was born on Sept. 13, 1851 in Gloucester County, Va. He would serve as post surgeon at Mount Vernon Arsenal and Barracks in the 1880s.

Sept. 13, 1855 – William J. Grissett was commissioned as Monroe County, Alabama’s Sheriff.

Sept. 13, 1861 – During the Civil War, a skirmish was fought at Booneville, Missouri.

Sept. 13, 1861 – During the Civil War, at the Battle of Lexington, Missouri (which is also known as the Battle of the Hemp Bales) in Lafayette County, Mo., was fought between Union Col. James A. Mulligan and Confederate Major General Sterling Price. The U.S. garrison was about 3,500; Price had about 12,000 Missouri State Guards. Union losses were over 1,700; Confederate losses around 100.

Sept. 13, 1862 - During the Civil War, Union soldiers with the 27th Indiana found a copy of Confederate General Robert E. Lee's orders and battle plans (Special Order No. 191) for the Antietam campaign in a field outside Frederick, Maryland. But, Union General George B. McClellan was slow to react and lost the advantage that the intelligence had provided.

Sept. 13, 1862 – During the Civil War, a three-day Federal operation between Pass Manchac and Ponchatoula in Louisiana began.

Sept. 13, 1862 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought at Catoctin Mountain, Middletown, Jefferson, and South Mountain in Maryland; near Bragg’s Farm, near Wahley’s Mill, in Missouri; at Newtonia and on Strother Fork of the Black River in Missouri; near Iuka, Mississippi; and at Flour Bluff, Texas. The Confederate siege against Harper's Ferry, W.Va. also continued.

Sept. 13, 1863 – Federals conducted reconnaissance from Henderson’s Gap, Ala., to La Fayette, Ga.

Sept. 13, 1863 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought near Summerville, Ga.; near Salem, Mo.; near Lowndes’ Mill and Comvahee River in South Carolina; at Paris, Tenn.; and at Brandy Station, Muddy Run, Stevensburg, Pony Mountain, and Culpeper Court House in Virginia.

Sept. 13, 1863 – During the Civil War, Federal expeditions were conducted from Fort Larned, Kansas to Booth’s Ranch, on the Arkansas River, in Kansas and along the shore of Lake Ponchartrain, La.

Sept. 13, 1864 – During the Civil War, skirmishes were fought near Searcy, Ark.; at near Bayou Maringouin, La.; at Longwood, Mo.; at Locke's Ford, near Berryville, Abraham's Creek (near Winchester) and Gilbert's Ford in Virginia; and at Bunker Hill, W.Va. A five-day Federal operation from Morganza to Fausse River in Louisiana began.

Sept. 13, 1865 – Joseph Ganes Sanders, the “Turncoat of Dale County,” resigned from the U.S. Army and he returned home to Dale County, where he planned to resume his gristmill work.

Sept. 13, 1876 – Author Sherwood Anderson was born in Camden, Ohio.

Sept. 13, 1877 – German explorer Wilhelm Filchner was born in Bayreuth, Germany.

Sept. 13, 1892 - Three women passed entrance exams to earn admission to the junior class at Auburn, making the college the first in Alabama and the second in the Southeast to become coeducational. The young ladies, one of whom was the daughter of the Auburn president, were allowed on campus only when attending class.

Sept. 13, 1894 – British novelist, playwright and essayist John Boynton – known as J.B. Priestley – was born in Bradford, Yorkshire.

Sept. 13, 1899 - Henry Bliss became the first American to die in an auto accident when he was run over by a taxicab as he exited a streetcar in New York City.

Sept. 13, 1899 – Mackinder, Ollier and Brocherel made the first ascent of Batian (17,058 feet), the highest peak of Mount Kenya.

Sept. 13, 1904 – Gabby Street of Huntsville, Ala. made his Major League debut, taking the field for the Cincinnati Reds.

Sept. 13, 1906 – Excel Masonic Lodge No. 655 was established. The lodge’s original officers include G.W. Salter Sr., H.R. White, R.L. Casey, J.F. Kelly, Riley Kelly, E. Parvin, J.C. Griffin, L.B. Cohron and William Williams. The lodge began with 10 charter members.

Sept. 13, 1911 – Bill Monroe, the “Father of Bluegrass,” was born in Rosine, Ky.

Sept. 13, 1913 - The movie “The Clown's Daughter,” screenplay written by Alabama author Marie Stanley under her maiden name Marie Layet, was released.

Sept. 13-14, 1913 - Mobile was visited by a storm on this Saturday and Sunday when 11 inches of rain fell.

Sept. 13, 1914 – During World War I, South African troops opened hostilities in German south-west Africa (Namibia) with an assault on the Ramansdrift police station.

Sept. 13, 1914 – During World War I, the Battle of Aisne began between Germany and France.

Sept. 13, 1914 - In Washington, D.C., the former British diplomat Sir Roger Casement secretly met with Franz von Papen, the German military attaché, to seek Germany’s support in the effort to win independence from British rule for Ireland.

Sept. 13, 1915 – “Probably the largest crowd that ever attended a session of commissioners court” assembled in Evergreen on this Monday. “Most of them were here in the interest of improving public roads in various sections. All who cared to be heard were given a patient hearing.”

Sept. 13, 1915 – The Conecuh County “commissioners court” awarded local contractors Fowler & Watson the contract to construct a road from Burnt Corn Creek to Bermuda and from the “stage road” to Repton.

Sept. 13, 1915 – The Monroe County High School opened its fourth annual session in Monroeville, Ala. with 95 pupils present, compared to 74 in 1914. Opening exercises were held in the auditorium and speakers included the Rev. C.W. Henson, Mr. Henson, attorneys A.C. Lee and L.S. Biggs, Superintendent Barnes, County Board of Education Chairman C.W. Jackson, and Prof. Harris.

Sept. 13, 1918 – During World War I, Army Pvt. Newton Urisa Blackman, 22, of Evergreen killed in action in France while serving with Co. B, 165th Infantry, 42nd Division. Born in Conecuh County on Jan. 15, 1896, he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

Sept. 13, 1922 - In El Azizia, Libya, the highest shade temperature was recorded at 136.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sept. 13, 1923 - George Burns of the Boston Red Sox performed the third unassisted triple play in Major League Baseball history.

Sept. 13, 1932 - Joe McCarthy became the first manager to win pennants in both baseball leagues when his New York Yankees clinched the American League pennant.

Sept. 13, 1933 – Frank DuBose, 18, escaped from Atmore Prison, where he was serving a four-year sentence for grand larceny and perjury under the name of Thomas Mason. He would be arrested in Chicago over six years later on Dec. 13, 1939.

Sept. 13, 1934 – The Monroe Journal reported that boxers from C.C.C. Camp 230 at Uriah and boxers from Pensacola, Fla. met in a three-bout tourney in the recreation hall of Co. 230. The curtain raiser was between Ed. Lis of Uriah, 110 lbs., and Frank Barberi of Pensacola, 118 lbs. The judges awarded the decision to the Pensacola boy after three rounds of hard fighting. The second bout was a fast one and had the audience on its toes from start to finish. Jerry Caggiano of Uriah, 144 lbs., was the winner. His opponent, Louis Bond of Pensacola, tipped the scales at 146 lbs. In the final bout featuring “Pete” Malango of Uriah, 151 lbs., and Frank Stearns of Pensacola, 156 lbs., the decision was rendered in Malango’s favor.

Sept. 13, 1934 – The Monroe Journal reported that George Thomas Jones had returned from a visit to relatives in Waynesboro, Ga.

Sept. 13, 1934 – The Monroe Journal reported that the Monroe County Board of Education had authorized the collection of a matriculation fee of $5 from each high school pupil enrolling in the accredited high schools of the county.  Monies received from these sources were to constitute an incidental fund subject to local school use for fuel, lights, water, crayon, brooms, janitor service, library supplies, laboratory supplies, repairs and other necessary incidental expenses. The funds derived from fees were absolutely essential if standard accredited high schools were to be provided for in the county.

Sept. 13, 1936 - 17-year-old Cleveland Indians pitching ace "Rapid" Robert Feller struck out 17 batters in a game, setting a new American League record. Feller allowed just two hits in the game to help his team to a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia A’s.

Sept. 13, 1939 - The Alabama legislature outlawed open-range livestock grazing in Alabama, effective March 1, 1941, although counties are given the option of holding referendums on allowing cattle to range free within county boundaries. Closing of the range in Alabama began shortly after the Civil War, when fencing of livestock was required in certain agricultural districts, and various local-option measures followed in subsequent years. In 1951, the legislature, in what by then was largely a symbolic act, took away local option, thereby permanently closing the open range.

Sept. 13, 1939 – Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Early Wynn of Hartford (Geneva County), Ala. made his Major League debut, taking the field for the Washington Senators.

Sept. 13, 1945 - In accordance with the Potsdam Agreements at the end of WWII, 5,000 British troops of the 20th Indian Division, commanded by Gen. Douglas Gracey, arrive in southern Indochina to disarm the defeated Japanese forces.

Sept. 13, 1946 - Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox hit his only inside-the-park home run.

Sept. 13, 1948 - A radio version of Alabama author Lillian Hellman's play “Another Part of the Forest” was broadcast on “The Lux Radio Theatre” series.

Sept. 13, 1953 – Kilby Prison parolee Willie Miles, 36, allegedly raped a 59-year-old widow at her rural home on this Sunday night around 7:30 p.m. Miles, who lived at Skinnerton, allegedly broke into the woman’s house, beat, choked and raped her. The woman reported the crime the next day, and Conecuh County Sheriff John H. Brock arrested Miles for rape, which he admitted to.

Sept. 13, 1963 - Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Early Wynn of Hartford, Ala. made his last Major League appearance, taking the field one last time for the Cleveland Indians.

Sept. 13, 1964 – South Vietnamese Generals Lâm Văn Phát and Dương Văn Đức failed in a coup attempt against General Nguyễn Khánh.

Sept. 13, 1964 - Dissident South Vietnamese army officers attempted to overthrow General Nguyen Khan’s government in Saigon, calling their movement the People’s Council for the Salvation of the Nation.

Sept. 13, 1965 - Willie Mays became the fifth player in Major League Baseball history to hit 500 career home runs.

Sept. 13, 1968 – Evergreen High School, under head coach Wendell Hart, beat Monroe County High School, 14-7, in Monroeville on this Friday night. Buck Quarles scored Evergreen’s first touchdown on a five-yard run, and Jimmy Hart added the extra point. Evergreen’s game-winning touchdown came on a 42-yard pass play from Hart to Leon “Hoss” Hinson with Hart adding the extra point. Other standout Evergreen players in that game included Jimmy Bell, John Brantley, Jimmy Hamiter, Don Montgomery, Ronald Parker, Eddie Ralls, Forrest Simpson, Hollis Tranum, Roger Waller and Charlie Wild.

Sept. 13, 1968 – Lyeffion High School, under head coach Buck Powell, beat Repton High School, 21-13, at Lyeffion. Standout players for Repton in that game included Andy Higdon and Joe Smith. Standout players for Lyeffion included James Riley, Jerry Dykes and Johnny Shaw.

Sept. 13, 1968 - The largest sustained operation inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) opened when U.S. and South Vietnamese infantry and armored troops, supported by planes, artillery, and U.S. Navy ships, moved two miles into the buffer zone to relieve enemy pressure on Allied bases along the 40-mile stretch of South Vietnam’s northern frontier.

Sept. 13, 1970 - The first New York City Marathon took place. Fireman Gary Muhrucke won the race. The race was run entirely inside Central Park.

Sept. 13, 1971 - Frank Robinson of the Baltimore Orioles hit his 500th career home run.

Sept. 13, 1977 – “The Amityville Horror” by Jay Anson was first published by Prentice Hall.

Sept. 13, 1978 – The Dickinson House, which was built in 1845 and is located on Dickinson Avenue in Grove Hill, was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Sept. 13, 1979 – The Monroe Journal reported that shelter locations and advice for evacuees from Hurricane Frederic, which was expected to hit the Gulf Coast late Wed., Sept. 12, had been released by the Monroe County Civil Defense Committee. Evacuees from the coastal area and local residents were being advised to go first to the Monroeville National Guard Armory. When it filled, people were to be placed in Southside Baptist Church in Monroeville, then First Baptist Church in Monroeville.

Sept. 13, 1979 – The Monroe Journal reported that David F. Steele of Beatrice had graduated with honors during summer commencement exercises at Auburn University. Steele, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Steele, received a bachelor’s degree in forestry.

Sept. 13, 1979 – The Monroe Journal reported that Navy seaman William F. Starr, son of Albert F. and Sue E. Starr of Frisco City, had completed recruit training at the Naval Training Center in San Diego. A 1979 graduate of Frisco City High School, Starr joined the Navy in July 1978.

Sept. 13, 1981 - President Ronald Reagan declared Commodore John Barry Day to honor a man he called one of the earliest and greatest American patriots, a man of great insight who perceived very early the need for American power on the sea.

Sept. 13, 1986 - Bert Blyleven of the Minnesota Twins surrendered five homes runs. The game raised Blyleven's total to 44 for the year setting an American League record.

Sept. 13, 1989 - Fay Vincent was named commissioner of Major League Baseball, succeeding the late A. Bartlett Giamatti.

Sept. 13, 1996 - Alex Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners set a team record when he became the first player for the Mariners to reach 200 hits in a season.

Sept. 13, 1996 – In a game against the New York Yankees, Charlie O'Brien of the Toronto Blue Jays became the first catcher in Major League Baseball history to wear a hockey goalie-style catcher's mask.

Sept. 13, 1996 - John Wetteland of the New York Yankees became on the second Yankee to record 40 or more saves in a season.

Sept. 13, 1998 - George Wallace, Alabama’s 45th governor and one of the most controversial politicians in U.S. history, died of septic shock from a bacterial infection in Jackson Hospital in Montgomery, Ala., at the age of 79. He was buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Montgomery.

Sept. 13, 2001 - U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell named Osama bin Laden as the prime suspect in the terror attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Limited commercial flights resumed in the U.S. for the first time in two days.

Sept. 13, 2003 - In Oakland, Calif., Frank Francisco of the Texas Rangers, a relief pitcher, threw a chair into the right field box seats. Two spectators were hit in the head. The game was delayed for 19 minutes. The Athletics won the game, 7-6, in the tenth inning.

Sept. 13, 2013 – Sparta Academy recorded its first win of the 2013 season by shutting out region opponent Sumter Academy, 28-0, at Wild Turkey Stadium in York. Chance House scored all four of Sparta’s touchdowns and finished the night with 140 yards rushing, which was two more rushing yards than Sumter’s entire team. He scored on runs of three, 30, 21 and eight yards.

Sept. 13, 2013 – Hillcrest High School dropped to 0-2 in region play after a 29-21 loss to Andalusia High School at Memorial Stadium in Andalusia. Hillcrest quarterback Keyshawn Roache scored two rushing touchdowns against the Bulldogs and Rajos Smith added to Hillcrest’s score with a 56-yard run.

John Johnston takes the lead in local College Football Pick 'Em contest

Overhead photo of "The Grove" at Ole Miss.

The second weekend of the college football season wrapped up on Saturday and we also closed out another exciting weekend in our local ESPN College Football Pick ‘Em Contest.

This week, John Johnston is in sole possession of first place and he’s followed by seven contestants who are tied for second place. Those players include Greg Turner, Calvin Casey, Travis Presley, Drew Skipper, Steve Stacey, Jeremy Matheny and Robert Riley Jr.

Three contestants are tied for ninth place, including Darrell Burch, Robbie Moorer and Michael Bishop. Me and Courant publisher Robert Bozeman are among those tied for 12th place this week.

With that said, if you didn’t do so hot in the contest this week, don’t sweat it. Like I’ve said before, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. We’ve got 12 more weeks to go, and the standings will change a lot during the next three months.

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By my count, we’ve got 12 games this weekend featuring SEC teams, including two head-to-head conference matchups. For what it’s worth, here are my picks in those games.

I like Alabama over Ole Miss, Auburn over LSU, Notre Dame over Vanderbilt, Tennessee over UTEP, Kentucky over Murray, Arkansas over North Texas, Florida over Colorado State, Georgia over Middle Tennessee, South Carolina over Marshall, Mississippi State over Louisiana-Lafayette, Missouri over Purdue and Texas A&M over Louisiana-Monroe.

Last week: 10-2, Overall: 22-4

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Alabama plays Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss. at 6 p.m. on Saturday, and I’m tempted to hop in the truck and ride over there. I don’t have tickets to the game, but I’ve always wanted to visit Oxford on gameday.

I lived in Mississippi years ago, and while I have traveled all over that great state, I’ve never visited Oxford. The Ole Miss campus is famous for “The Grove,” a 10-acre area in the center of the campus that’s used for tailgating during home football games.

I Googled it on Monday and according to Google Maps, Oxford is about a five-hour drive from our neck of the woods. If I were going, I’d get up early and head out around 7 a.m., which would put me in Oxford around noon. That would leave me about six hours to walk around and check out everything.

If I hung out through the game, it would probably wrap up around 10 p.m. With that said, I’d probably get home between three and four in the morning. Would it be worth it? Probably. Am I going to do it? Probably not this year.

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Carl Tillery came by the radio station in his Atlanta Braves jersey on Tuesday morning and it reminded me that the Major League season is winding down.

As of today (Thursday), the Braves have just 16 more games left on their regular season schedule and all of those games are against National League East opponents except for a three-game series against St. Louis next week.

As of Tuesday morning, Atlanta had a five-game lead in their division, but can they maintain that lead as the season winds down? I sure hope so because it’s going to be a lot of fun watching them make a postseason run.