Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Evergreen Courant's Sports Flashback for Feb. 26, 2015

FEB. 25, 1982

“Jackets wins area, region championships: The Lyeffion High School Yellow Jackets won the Class A, Region I basketball championship by defeating A.L. Johnson, 72-58, Saturday night in the finals. Lyeffion advanced to the regional finals by defeating Repton High School, 58-57, in overtime Friday night for the Area II championship.
“The area tournament and the region championship game were hosted by Conecuh County High School.
“Donald Lee had 22 points, Michael Grace, 21, and Troy Stallworth, 19, to lead Lyeffion’s attack against Johnson High. Bobby Blount had 12 rebounds and five blocked shots. Andrew Maxwell, Ray Salter, George Bradley, Andra Maxwell and Robert Riley contributed greatly to the win.
“The Jackets advanced to the area finals by defeating Conecuh High, 89-65, on Tuesday night of last week and Excel High, 67-48, on Thursday night.
“Lyeffion carried a 24-3 record to the state tournament at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The Jackets played Brilliant High School yesterday, and if they won were to play in the semi-finals Friday afternoon at one o’clock in the University’s Memorial Coliseum.”

“Sparta sets grid Jamboree Friday, Mar. 5: Birmingham’s Legion Field proclaims itself ‘Football Capital of the South,’ but it will be temporary competition from Sparta Academy’s Stuart-McGehee Field when the Warriors hold a football jamboree on Friday, March 5. Seven teams will take part with three, 16-minute and six, 12-minute ‘games’ scheduled.”

FEB. 23, 1967

“CCTS Eagles capture AA Championship: The Conecuh County Training School Eagles captured the South Alabama AA Championship for the second consecutive year by downing Beatrice by a score of 98-89 in Atmore Sat., Feb. 18.
“Having received a bye for preliminary play, the Eagles played their first game in the quarterfinals against Thomasville. The defending champions, returning seemingly even stronger this year, ripped Thomasville by a score of 92-62.
“In semifinal play, the Eagles drove past Booker T. Washington of Brewton to the tune of 67-47 to put them out of action in the tournament for keeps.
“The championship game with Beatrice was really a thriller as the Eagles clawed Beatrice for the second year in a row to win the South Alabama AA District Championship.
“A keen defense in which forwards Carey Pat Bradley, Willie Perkins, Richard Nettles, Napoleon White and guards Norton Hurd, Sandy McMillion and Stanley Blair contained Beatrice’s dead-eye gunner, Longmire, to 39 points.
“The combination of playmaker center Johnny Atkins and ball hawk supreme Louis Meeks poured in 50 points. To finally capture this game, Meeks along fired away 34 points, thus ending Beatrice’s desperate attempt to stay in this ball game.
“This Eagle triumph put Coach James ‘Buddy’ Stallworth’s team into a playoff on Feb. 22 in Bay Minette, with South Alabama AAA division winner, Mobile County Training School for a showdown which leads to the state tournament.”

“Richard Cole, star lineman for the University of Alabama, will be the featured speaker at the annual Sweetheart Banquet of the Evergreen Baptist Church tomorrow night. Cole, a leader in the Christian Athletes Fellowship, played defensive tackle for the Tide and was a key man in the all-winning 1966 season. During his career at the University, the Crimson Tide piled up a record of 30 wins, two losses and one tie and won three consecutive Southeastern Conference Championships.”

“Blue Devils win, Repton is upset in Area I meet: The top-seeded Conecuh County High School Blue Devils of Castleberry advanced into the semifinals of the Area I Basketball Tournament, winning easily over Frisco City, 62-44, Tuesday night. The meet is being held in the Coliseum at Monroeville.
“Excel pulled an upset in edging third-seeded Repton High’s Bulldogs, 51-45, in the other game Tuesday night.
“Last night, second-seeded Lyeffion High Yellow Jackets were to play Coffeeville while Beatrice faced fourth-seeded Fruitdale.
“Tonight at 6:30, Castleberry will face the Beatrice-Fruitdale winner in the opening semifinal contest. Excel meets the Lyeffion-Coffeeville winner in the nightcap at eight o’clock. Consolation finals will be at 6:30 tomorrow night with the championship game set at eight o’clock.”

“Coach Cliff Little’s Evergreen High Aggies will play Georgiana in the opening game of the Region 1, Area 2 basketball tournament in Flomaton Wednesday night at seven o’clock. Monroeville will meet T.R. Miller in the nightcap at 8:00.
“Uriah was seeded No. 1 and drew a bye. Flomaton was seeded No. 2 and also drew a bye. The Evergreen-Georgiana winner will meet Uriah next Thursday night at 7 p.m. The Monroeville-Miller winner will meet Flomaton at 8:30. Friday night, March 3, the consolation game will begin at 7 and the championship at 8:30.
“Evergreen was seeded third and Monroeville fourth in the tournament.”

FEB. 28, 1952

“Aggies Blitz Lyeffion For 62 To 22 Victory: The Evergreen High Aggies had their best night of the season here last Thursday as they swamped Lyeffion’s Yellow Jackets, 62 to 22.
“Shirley Frazier and Gwyn Daniels shared the scoring honors with 19 points each. William Stewart had seven; Pace Bozeman and Wayne (Dog) Douglas, six each; Gillis Morgan, four; and Sammy Robison, one.
“David Eddins got 10 points to lead Lyeffion. Booker had six; Frank Burt, four; and Hilton Dees, two.”

“Win Hungry Aggies Win 3 In One Night From Greenville 5’s: Coach Wendell Hart’s victory-starved Evergreen High School cagers had a feast of victories Tuesday night in Memorial Gym, defeating Greenville’s Junior, ‘B’ and Varsity teams. The Aggie varsity wrapped up its fourth win in the last six starts by closing fast to win a 51-43 verdict from the Tigers.
“Shirley Frazier paced the Aggie scorers with 21 points. Pace Bozeman led the team on rebounds, played a good floor game and scored 12 points in one of his top performances. Gillis Morgan swished in eight points, Gwyn Daniels and Ward Alexander Jr., two each.
“Diamond topped the Greenville players with 12 points. Terrel had 10; Rainey, nine; Coker and Stabler, five each; and Riley, two.
“In the preliminary attractions, the Aggie Bees won, 35-20, and the Juniors by 34-18.”

FEB. 25, 1937

“The Evergreen Bulldogs triumphed over the Brewton quintet with a score of 34 to 17 last Wednesday in the local gymnasium. The boys and girls basketball teams will journey to Lyeffion for a contest with the Lyeffion basketball teams this Thursday.”

FEB. 22, 1922

“LENOX NEWS: Coleman School of near Jones Mill played the Lenox girls a game of basketball Friday afternoon last, the score being 2 to 0 in favor of Lenox. After the games, the Domestic Science girls served refreshments to the ball players.
“After the basketball game, the school boys played the out of school boys and old men a game of baseball, the score being 2 to 1 in favor of the school boys.”

“Andrew Mason and Leon Riley brought in another large wild cat Monday morning. They chased the animal a couple of hours and finally one of the party killed it. Cats are reported numerous in nearby swamps.”

What's the difference between the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues?

Every once in a blue moon, someone in the reading audience will e-mail me a good sports-related question, and one such question arrived in my e-mail inbox last Thursday, courtesy of Dwight from Evergreen.

Dwight wrote - “Lee, I read in the Montgomery paper a few days ago that Major League Baseball teams will begin spring training soon and that Grapefruit and Cactus League play will begin on March 3. What the heck’s the difference between the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues?”

Dwight, I guess the best way to sum this up is by saying that all 30 Major League Baseball teams either play their spring training exhibition games in either Arizona or Florida. Those who play in Florida are said to play in the “Grapefruit” League, and those who play in Arizona play in the “Cactus” League.

Teams currently playing in the Grapefruit League include the Atlanta Braves, the Baltimore Orioles, the Boston Red Sox, the Detroit Tigers, the Houston Astros, the Miami Marlins, the Minnesota Twins, the New York Mets, the New York Yankees, the Philadelphia Phillies, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Tampa Bay Rays, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Washington Nationals.

Teams in the Cactus League include the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago White Sox, the Cincinnati Reds, the Cleveland Indians, the Colorado Rockies, the Kansas City Royals, the Los Angeles Angels, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Milwaukee Brewers, the Oakland Athletics, the San Diego Padres, the San Francisco Giants, the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers.

Spring training in Florida dates back to 1913, and while the vast majority of spring training games have been played in Florida over the years, some teams have held them in a wide variety of other places, including Havana, Cuba; Hot Springs, Ark.; Tulsa, Okla. and New Orleans. Spring training in Arizona traces its roots to the late 1940s when the Cleveland Indians and the New York Giants began pre-season practices in Tucson.

The Atlanta Braves play their “home” spring training games at Champion Stadium, a 9,500-seat stadium at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. When the Braves aren’t there, the stadium serves as the home of the Gulf Coast Braves of the Gulf Coast League and as the home of the Double-A Orlando Rays, who compete in the Southern League with the Mobile BayBears and the Montgomery Biscuits.

According to their Web site, the Braves are scheduled to play their first spring training game on Wed., March 4, when they face the Mets at 12:05 p.m. at Champion Stadium. As of Monday afternoon, tickets were still available for the game, and seats behind home plate were less than $50 each. So if anyone wants to take their friendly neighborhood sports reporter to the game, Champion Stadium is only 460 miles from Evergreen, and I’ll volunteer to drive your vehicle there and back.

In the end, if anyone else in the reading audience has a good sport-related question that they’d like me to check on, e-mail it to me at or mail it to me at The Evergreen Courant, ATTN: Lee Peacock, P.O. Box 440, Evergreen, AL 36401.

Today in History for Feb. 26, 2015

Robert R. Livingston
Feb. 26, 1802 – French author Victor Hugo was born in Besançon. His most famous books include “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1831) and “Les Miserables” (1862).

Feb. 26, 1813 - Robert R. Livingston, a prominent Freemason who was also known as "the Chancellor," passed away at the age of 66 in Clermont, N.Y. and was buried in Tivoli, New York. In 1776, he represented the Provincial Congress of New York at the Continental Congress and helped to draft the Declaration of Independence. He also administered President George Washington's first oath of office, and under President Thomas Jefferson, he negotiated the Louisiana Purchase.

Feb. 26, 1836 – At the Alamo, a “norther” or cold front blew in, dropping the temperature and bringing rain. James W. Fannin returned to Goliad after learning that a column of Mexican troops under Col. José Urrea was advancing northward from Matamoros.

Feb. 26, 1846 – Frontiersman and showman William "Buffalo Bill" Cody was born in Le Claire, Iowa.

Feb. 26, 1855 – In an incident attributed to the Bermuda Triangle, the James B. Chester, a three-master, was found by the Marathon, sailing aimlessly without her crew but with her sails set within the Sargasso Sea.

Feb. 26, 1863 - The National Currency Act was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln, creating a national banking system, a Currency Bureau and the office of Comptroller of the Currency. The act's goal was to establish a single currency.

Feb. 26, 1887 – Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander was born in Elba, Nebraska. He would go on to play for the Philadelphia Phillies, the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Feb. 26, 1896 - Alabama author William Russell Smith died in Washington, D.C.

Feb. 26, 1919 – President Woodrow Wilson signed an act of the U.S. Congress establishing most of the Grand Canyon as a United States National Park, the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.

Feb. 26, 1929 - Alabama author Idora McClellan Moore died in Talladega, Ala.

Feb. 26, 1929 – President Calvin Coolidge signed an Executive Order establishing the 96,000-acre Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

Feb. 26, 1932 – Musician Johnny Cash was born in Kingsland, Ark.

Feb. 26, 1935 - The New York Yankees released Babe Ruth, who went on to sign with the Boston Braves for $20,000 and a share in the team's profits.

Feb. 26, 1935 – Adolf Hitler ordered the Luftwaffe to be re-formed, violating the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles.

Feb. 26, 1946 – Finnish observers reported the first of many thousands of sightings of “ghost rockets.”

Feb. 26, 1952 – Evergreen High School’s boys basketball team, led by Head Coach Wendell Hart, improved to 4-2 on the season by beating Greenville, 51-43, at Memorial Gym in Evergreen, Ala. . Shirley Frazier led Evergreen with 21 points.

Feb. 26, 1952 – State Geologist Dr. Walter B. Jones was the guest speaker at the Evergreen Kiwanis Club meeting held in the Evergreen City School lunchroom.

Feb. 26, 1959 – Searchers found the Dyatlov Expedition’s abandoned and badly damaged tent on Kholat Syakhl.

Feb. 26, 1972 – NFL running back Marshall Faulk was born in New Orleans, La. He would go on to play for San Diego State, the Indianapolis Colts and the St. Louis Rams.

Feb. 26, 1975 – Major League Baseball utility player Mark DeRosa was born in Passaic, N.J. He would go on to play for the Atlanta Braves, the Texas Rangers, the Chicago Cubs, the Cleveland Indians, the St. Louis Cardinals, the San Francisco Giants, the Washington Nationals and the Toronto Blue Jays.

Feb. 26, 1975 - On the Today Show, the first televised kidney transplant took place.

Feb. 26, 1981 - Edgar F. Kaiser Jr. purchased the Denver Broncos from Gerald and Allan Phillips.

Feb. 26, 1985 – The 11th Annual Miss Alpha Pageant at Sparta Academy was held at 7:30 p.m. in the school’s gymnatorium in Evergreen, Ala.

Feb. 26, 1989 - The New York Yankees announced that Tom Seaver would be their new TV sportscaster.

Feb. 26, 1991 – During the Gulf War, United States Army forces captured the town of Al Busayyah.

Feb. 26, 1991 - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein announced on Baghdad Radio that Iraqi troops were being withdrawn from Kuwait.

Feb. 26, 1999 – Two locations in Wilcox County were added to the National Register of Historic Places. Those locations included the Dry Fork Plantation at Coy and the Pine Apple Historic District in Pine Apple. The historic district’s boundaries are roughly Wilcox County Roads 59, 7 and 61, Broad Street, Banana Street, AL 10 and Adams Drive. It contains 3,350 acres, 54 buildings, and one structure.

Feb. 26, 2004 – The Alabama Senate received House Joint Resolution No. 100, which proposed making Conecuh Ridge Alabama Fine Whiskey the Alabama State Spirit. The Senate voted to approve it by two to one (14-6) on March 9.

Feb. 26, 2006 - The U.S. Census Bureau's World Population Clock ticked up to 6.5 billion people.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Thurs., Feb. 26, 2015

Rainfall (past 24 hours): 1.00

Week to Date Rainfall: 1.20 inches

Month to Date Rainfall: 2.00 inches

Winter to Date Rainfall: 12.85 inches

Year to Date Rainfall: 5.90 inches

NOTES: Today is the 57th day of 2015 and the 68th day of Winter. There are 308 days left in the year.

Readings taken at 0700 hrs Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily, just west of the Monroe-Conecuh County line, near Excel, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.42834°N Lon 87.30131°W. Elevation: 400 feet above sea level. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-4, Station Name: Excel 2.5 ESE. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Historical marker tells of 'Siege of Fort Charlotte' in Mobile in 1780

'Revolutionary War at Mobile' historical marker.
This week’s featured historical marker is the “The Revolutionary War At Mobile” marker in Mobile County, Ala. This Sons of the Revolution marker is located near Fort Conde on the corner of South Royal Street and Theatre Street in Mobile, Ala.

This marker was erected by the Sons of the Revolution in the State of Alabama in 1996. There’s text on both sides of the marker, but both sides are the same. What follows in the complete text from the marker:

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THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR AT MOBILE, Siege of Ft. Charlotte (Conde) 1780: Spain, America’s ally, declared war on Great Britain in June 1779. Bernardo de Galvez, governor of Spanish Louisiana at New Orleans, led the attack against the British along the lower Mississippi River and Gulf Coast. In February 1780, Galvez laid siege upon the British forces here at Ft. Charlotte (Conde) resulting in its surrender and the capture of the City of Mobile, March 14, 1780. Galvez next captured Pensacola and accepted the British surrender of West Florida, May 9, 1781, thus aiding the American colonists by removing the British threat from the Gulf of Mexico. Erected in 1996 by the Sons of the Revolution in the State of Alabama.”

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The Siege of Fort Charlotte, which is also known as the Battle of Fort Charlotte, lasted about two weeks, running from Feb. 25 to March 14, 1780. Capt. Elias Dunford was the commander of the British garrison at Fort Charlotte, and he was eventually forced to surrender because he didn’t receive relief he expected from Pensacola. Spanish forces apparently received no casualties in the battle, but the British suffered three killed and eight wounded. The rest of the British garrison, which numbered around 304, surrendered.

Galvez was an interesting guy. Born on July 23, 1746 in Macharaviaya, Kingdom of Granada, Spain, he helped the Patriots during the Revolutionary War. Galveston, Texas was later named in his honor and he passed away at the age of 40 on Nov. 30, 1786 in Tacubaya, Kingdom of Mexico, New Spain.

Durnford, who was born on June 13, 1739 in Ringwood, Hampshire, England, is best known for being the man who first surveyed Pensacola and laid out the plan for the town. He was taken prisoner after the Battle of Fort Charlotte, but after the war, he and his family returned on England. He eventually died at the age of 55 from yellow fever on the island of Tobago.

Also, if you visit the historical marker described above, you’ll also see a small plaque that’s been set in a block of cement near the foot of the marker. That plaque says, “Site of Mobile’s First Theater, Erected in 1824 by N.M. Ludlow, Whence Theater Street Derives Its Name, Placed by Historic Mobile Preservation Society, 1938.”

In the end, visit this site next Wednesday to learn about another historical marker. I’m also taking suggestions from the reading audience, so if you know of an interesting historical marker that you’d like me to feature, let me know in the comments section below. 

Today in History for Feb. 25, 2015

James W. Fannin
Feb. 25, 1692 – During the events leading up to the Salem witchcraft trials, Mary Sibley, a neighbor of the Samuel Parris family, told John Indian, the husband of Tituba, the recipe to make a "witch cake" of rye meal and the girls' urine to feed to a dog in order to discover who is bewitching the girls, according to English folk "white magic" practices.

Feb. 25, 1779 - The British surrendered Fort Sackville in present-day Indiana, marking the beginning of the end of British domination in America's western frontier.

Feb. 25, 1793 - The department heads of the U.S. government met with U.S. President George Washington for the first Cabinet meeting on U.S. record.

Feb. 25, 1836 – Samuel Colt received U.S. Patent No. 138 (later 9430X) for a "revolving-cylinder pistol,” better known as the “Colt revolver.”

Feb. 25, 1836 - A two-hour engagement occured when Santa Anna’s troops attempted to occupy jacales (picket and thatch huts) located near the southwest corner of the Alamo compound. Members of the garrison ventured out and burned the jacales on this night.  Santa Anna’s soldiers constructed artillery batteries south of the Alamo. James W. Fannin left Goliad with a relief column bound for the Alamo.

Feb. 25, 1862 - The U.S. Congress passed the Legal Tender Act. The act authorized the use of paper notes to pay the government's bills. This ended the policy of using only gold or silver in transactions.

Feb. 25, 1862 – The USS Monitor was commissioned. Designed by Swedish engineer John Ericsson, the Monitor had an unusually low profile, rising from the water only 18 inches. The flat iron deck had a 20-foot cylindrical turret rising from the middle of the ship; the turret housed two 11-inch Dahlgren guns. The ship had a draft of less than 11 feet so it could operate in the shallow harbors and rivers of the South.

Feb. 25, 1864 – Maj. Edmund W. Martin of Sparta, Ala. was wounded by a shell fragment at the Battle of Dalton, Ga.

Feb. 25, 1864 – At the Battle of Dalton, Georgia, Union General George Thomas ceased his attack on Confederate Joseph Johnston's troops. The Union had begun the offensive the prevoius day.

Feb. 25, 1865 – Union Brigadier General James Veatch assumed command of Federal forces on Dauphin Island, Ala.

Feb. 25, 1865 – After getting captured by the Union on Dec. 8, 1863, Noah Dallas Peacock (Lewis Lavon Peacock’s older brother) was exchanged at City Point, Va.

Feb. 25, 1865 – Joseph G. Sanders, aka “The Turncoat of Dale County,” was ordered to take 20 men and proceed to the East Pass at Santa Rosa Island, where he was to recruit new soldiers for his regiment, as well as “confiscate” cattle and horses belonging to “Rebel” civilians in nearby Walton and Holmes counties. He was given 14 days to perform this mission, after which he was ordered to return to Pensacola. But instead of obeying this directive, Sanders and his men made their way into the Forks of the Creek Swamp near Campbellton, where they hid out and waited for an opportunity to attack the small town of Newton, which was then the county seat of Dale County. Sanders knew that the courthouse there contained records of his former Confederate service (and those of other men in his unit), and he apparently wished to destroy them.

Feb. 25, 1866 – Miners in Calaveras County, Calif. discovered what is now called the Calaveras Skull, human remains that supposedly indicated that man, mastodons and elephants had co-existed.

Feb. 25, 1900 – Around 4:05 a.m., a northbound “double-header” train loaded with Mardi Gras revelers derailed due to damaged rail switch north of Flomaton, Ala. Fireman Sol Abner was crushed to death during the incident as he tried to jump between the two engines. Engineer Henry Copeland was only slightly injured.

Feb. 25, 1913 - The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It authorized a graduated income tax.

Feb. 25, 1914 – It snowed in Monroeville and Jeddo in Monroe County, Ala.

Feb. 25, 1917 – English novelist Anthony Burgess was born in Manchester, England. He would publish “A Clockwork Orange” in 1962.

Feb. 25, 1919 – During World War I, Army Pvt. John C. Sawyer of Roy (present-day Frisco City, Ala.) “died from disease.”

Feb. 25, 1919 – Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Monte Irvin was born in Haleburg, Ala. in Henry County near Dothan. He grew up in Orange, N.J. and went on to play for the New York Giants and the Chicago Cubs.

Feb. 25, 1930 – In Lovecraftian fiction, all of the inhabitants of Stillwater, Manitoba disappeared and only one body from the town was ever found. The town first appeared in 1933’s “The Thing That Walked on the Wind” by August Derleth.

Feb. 25, 1932 – Adolf Hitler obtained German citizenship by naturalization, which allowed him to run in the 1932 election for Reichspräsident.

Feb. 25, 1937 – Evergreen High School’s boys and girls basketball teams played Lyeffion in Lyeffion, Ala.

Feb. 25, 1937 – The Evergreen Courant reported that the fund for erecting a memorial marker over the grave of Philip “Old Phil” Samuel was “progressing rapidly” with contributions coming in from four different states, including Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana. The article described Samuel as an “aged Evergreen eccentric.”

Feb. 25, 1939 – Major League Baseball pitcher Denny Lemaster was born in Corona, Calif. He would go on to play for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, the Houston Astros and the Montreal Expos.

Feb. 25, 1940 – Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman Ron Santo was born in Seattle, Wash. He would go on to play for the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox.

Feb. 25, 1942 – Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Carl Eller was born in Winston-Salem, N.C. He would go on to play for the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks.

Feb. 25, 1951 – Major League Baseball center fielder Cesar Cedeno was born in Santo Domingo, Domician Republic. He would go on to play for the Houston Astros, the Cincinnati Reds, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Feb. 25, 1957 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled, 6-3, that baseball was the only professional sport exempt from antitrust laws.

Feb. 25, 1958 – The Washington Senators traded Mobile, Alabama’s Milt Bolling to the Cleveland Indians for Pete Mesa. It didn't work out, however, as a month later the Indians swapped him with the Detroit Tigers for Pete Wojey and $20,000. He became teammates with his brother, Frank Bolling, a five-year veteran for the Tigers as their starting second baseman.

Feb. 25, 1960 - Alabama author Lillian Hellman's play “Toys in the Attic” opened on Broadway.

Feb. 25, 1969 – Army SFC James Kenneth Sutton of Andalusia, Ala. was killed in action in Vietnam.

Feb. 25, 1985 – Troy State University athletic trainer Marshall Smith was the guest speaker at the Evergreen High School Quarterback Club meeting, which began at 7 p.m. in the Old Armory behind the school. He presented a program on knees, knee injuries and knee braces.

Feb. 25, 1987 – Southern Methodist University's football program became the first college football program to receive the death penalty by the NCAA's Committee on Infractions. It was revealed that athletic officials and school administrators had knowledge of a "slush fund" used to make illegal payments to the school's football players as far back as 1981.

Feb. 25, 1989 - Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, fired head coach Tom Landry after a 29-year career.

Feb. 25, 1990 - The television program “Far Below,” teleplay by Alabama author Robert McDowell, was broadcast as part of the “Monsters” series.

Feb. 25, 1991 – During the Gulf War, an Iraqi scud missile hit an American military barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia killing 28 U.S. Army Reservists from Pennsylvania.

Feb. 25, 1995 - Major league baseball announced that regular season games would be played in Hawaii for the first time.

Daily Rainfall Observations from SW Alabama for Wed., Feb. 25, 2015

Rainfall (past 24 hours): Trace.

Week to Date Rainfall: 0.20 inches

Month to Date Rainfall: 1.00 inches

Winter to Date Rainfall: 11.85 inches

Year to Date Rainfall: 4.90 inches

NOTES: Today is the 56th day of 2015 and the 67th day of Winter. There are 309 days left in the year.

Readings taken at 0700 hrs Central Standard Time (1300 GMT) daily, just west of the Monroe-Conecuh County line, near Excel, Alabama, USA, in the vicinity of Lat 31.42834°N Lon 87.30131°W. Elevation: 400 feet above sea level. CoCoRaHS Station No. AL-MN-4, Station Name: Excel 2.5 ESE.