HANS REMEMBERS- TUESDAY JULY 21, 1970- 50 YEARS AGO

Hans Remembers- Tuesday July 21, 1970- 50 Years Ago.

Aswan High Dam, Egypt | EJAtlas
  • After a decade of work and one billion dollars in aid from the Evil Empire- the Soviet Union- Egypt’s Aswan High Dam was finally completed. The damming of the Nile River created Lake Nasser requiring the relocation of 50,000 residents of Egypt and Sudan and placing unexcavated archaeological sites underwater. Before the flooding the Egyptian government did relocate the statue of Pharaoh Ramses II at Abu Simbel to higher ground. The hydroelectric dam provides electricity and now protects farmers in the Nile Valley from floods and from the effects of drought.
The Death of Bob Kalsu
  • Former football player in the AFL- U.S. Army 1st Lt. Bob Kalsu was killed in action in the Vietnam War. Kalsu who played for the Buffalo Bills in 1968 was 25. He was the last NFL player to be killed in war until Pat Tillman was killed in Afghanistan in 2004.
  • Libya’s government on this day confiscates all Jewish property.
Top 50 Individual Seasons. 39. Clay Kirby, 1971 — First Padre to ...
  • This one 50 years later still has me shaking my head. In 1970 the San Diego Padres would go 63-99 and finish 39 games out of first place. They would finish in last place and 12th out of 12 teams in home attendance in the National League. They were a second year team with no history to speak of yet. Clay Kirby their top pitcher on this night pitched 8 innings of no-hit baseball. The Padres were losing 1-0 and in the bottom of the 8th Padres manager Preston Gomez lifted Kirby for a pinch-hitter. The Padres would go on to lose 3-0. I can understand if this was a good team in contention for first place doing anything to win- but the Padres were a laughing stock. You keep Kirby in and let him go for the no-hitter- win or lose. At worse it would be just another loss-which it turned out to be anyway.

4 responses to “HANS REMEMBERS- TUESDAY JULY 21, 1970- 50 YEARS AGO

  1. RE: Clay Kirby’s almost-no-hitter.
    I’ve been a Padres fan since that 1970 season. The franchise has had A LOT more struggle than success, but pulling Kirby in the eighth inning was lunacy.

    • If I recall correctly Gomez received a lot of heat at the time for his decision. What did a fan have at that point to cheer for? That would have brought some needed attention to a struggling young franchise. Yes they have had more frustration over the years than success. It looks like they may be building something now though.

    • The Friars have a few young stars to build around. Tatis Jr. is a phenom the likes of which this franchise has never seen. We’ll see. I hope for a .500 finish every season and am perennially disappointed

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