Hans Remembers- Saturday October 10, 1970- 50 Years Ago.
- Game 1 of the 1970 World Series- Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati. Baltimore Orioles vs Cincinnati Reds. With the game tied 3-3 in the top of the 7th inning the Orioles star third baseman Brooks Robinson- who would make this series his personal showcase- hit a solo home run off of Reds pitcher Gary Nolan to give the Orioles a 4-3 lead- which they held on to- taking the first game of the World Series. This would be an historic World Series- it was the final World Series were the games were all played in the afternoon- night games would be introduced to the World Series in 1971.[You have to wonder why baseball was so backwards in this idea they had been playing night games for a few decades.} It would be the last World Series until 2017 when both teams had 100 or more wins during the regular season. It also was the first time an African-American umpire participated in the World Series with Emmett Ashford. And finally the games at new Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati-the first World Series games played on artificial turf. 51,531 were in attendance for game one- which lasted 2:24. I wonder when the last World Series game ended in that short of a time?
- Fiji became an independent nation at 10am- as the new Fijian flag was raised following the lowering of the Union Jack. Who represented the United Kingdom? Prince Charles- who handed the ‘Documents of Constitutional Government” to the Prime Minister Sir Kamisese Mara at the Centre Park stadium in Suva.
- Former Prime Minister of France 1933-1940- Edouard Daladier died at the age of 86.
- U.S. aerial reconnaissance flights confirmed that the Soviet Union was dismantling a submarine base that it had been constructing in Cuba at Cienfuegos Bay bringing an end to two weeks of quiet negotiations.
- Take this Vice President Agnew- The head of the FCC issues a statement in rebuttal to Vice President Spiro Agnew’s complaint that radio stations were playing too many songs about drugs. The statement reads: “If we really want to do something about drugs, let’s do something about life… The song writers are trying to help us understand our plight and deal with it. It’s about the only leadership we’re getting. They’re not really urging you to adopt a heroin distribution program, Mr. Vice President.”