Hans Remembers- Friday February 13, 1970- 50 years ago.
- The debut album by Black Sabbath went on sale on this date in Britain. They hd formed in 1968 in Birmingham by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, lead singer Ozzy Osbourne, drummer Bill Ward and bassist Geezer Butler. The album would be an immediate success and be released in the United States on June 1. From 1970-78 with Ozzy as the singer they would release eight albums- and the band would be cited as one of the pioneers of heavy metal.
- Joseph Searles III became the first African-American broker to trade on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange- Searles would become a general partner in the investment firm of Neuberger, Loeb and Company.
- The National League in baseball began moving their offices from Cincinnati to San Francisco- this was due to the presidency of the league changing from Warren Giles- who lived in Cincinnati to Chub Feeney who lived in San Francisco. The move would be completed on February 23rd.
- Turning 50 today former major league shortstop Kevin Stocker. Stocker played from 1993-2000 for Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Anaheim. His lifetime stats 23 home runs, 248 RBI’s and a .254 career batting average.
- Baseball player Paul Edmondson of the Chicago White Sox was killed on this day in an automobile accident- he was 27. Edmondson was just establishing himself with the White Sox and was scheduled to be a starting pitcher for the 1970 season with them. He was killed two weeks before the start of spring training and the day after his 27th birthday.