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Monday, October 26, 2020

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Who Do You Want to Be?
Independents 3rd Q Reports to Leasing News Confirm
   ELFA MLFI-25 Reporting September up 24%
    Over August New Business
Top Ten Leasing News
    October 19 - October 23
One of the Banks Caught in a $2B Check Kiting Scheme.
  Almena State Bank of Almena, Kansas is Closed; Equity Bank
     of Andover, Kansas Assumes All of the Deposits
Leasing and Finance Industry
   Help Wanted
Medium, Heavy-Duty Truck Orders Positive
    4th Month in a Row
ACT Research: Trailer Orders Jump Again
    in September
US Airlines Still in Big Problems
    Chart from Alberto Calva/Acus Consulting
Academy for Certified Lease & Finance Professionals
    Four Sessions, All Virtual Online
‘With Retail Bankruptcies on the Rise, Opportunities
  for Distressed Mergers & Acquisitions Increase
     (Opportunities for Leasing and Loans)
Top Gov. Cuomo Advisor Says New York Will
     Legalize Cannabis by April 2021
     St. Louis, Missouri  Adopt-a-Dog
News Briefs---
Trump denies Covid-19 surge even as virus spreads
     among Pence's inner circle
White House Chief Mark Meadows says
    "We're not going to control COVID-19 pandemic"
Fauci says it might be time to mandate masks
     as Covid-19 surges across US

You May have Missed---
49ers owner Jed York pours millions into Santa Clara
      City Council race after years of battling city hall

Broker/Funder/Industry Lists | Features (wrilter's columns)
Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months (Be Careful of Doing Business)
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  Sports Brief----
   California Nuts Brief---
    "Gimme that Wine"
     This Day in History
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Who Do You Want to Be?


Independents 3rd Q Reports to Leasing News Confirm
ELFA MLFI-25 Reporting September up 24%
Over August New Business

(Chart: Leasing News)

Overall new business for September, 2020, was $8.7 Billion, up 24% month-to-month, showing a trend of growth from the first three quarters of 2020. Many quarterly reports in October reported in Leasing News by independents were positive, many reporting higher sales, despite COVID-19.

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The ELFA report also noted credit approvals totaled 72.9 percent, up from 71.0 percent in August. Receivables over 30 days were 2.00 percent, up from 1.70 percent the same period in 2019. Charge-offs were 0.82 percent, up from 0.75 percent the previous month and up from 0.40 percent in the year-earlier period.

Total headcount for equipment finance companies was down 2.7 percent year-over-year.

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(Chart: ELFA)

Full Listing of 35 MLFI Participants in MFLI-25

Bank of America Global Leasing
Bank of the West
BB&T Bank
BMO Harris Equipment Finance
Canon Financial Services
Caterpillar Financial Services
Citizens Asset Finance
Dell Financial Services
Fifth Third Bank
First American Equipment Finance, a City National Bank Company
Frost Equipment Leasing and Finance
GreatAmerica Financial Services
Hitachi Capital America
HP, Inc.
HPE Financial Services Company
Huntington Equipment Finance
John Deere Financial
Key Equipment Finance
LEAF Commercial Capital Inc.
M&T Bank
Marlin Capital Solutions
Merchants Bank Equipment Finance
PNC Equipment Finance
Societe Generale Equipment Finance
Siemens Financial Services
Stearns Bank
Stonebriar Commercial Finance
TCF Capital Solutions, a division of TCF National Bank
TD Equipment Finance
TIAA Commercial Finance, Inc.
US Bancorp Business Equipment Finance
Volvo Financial Services
Wells Fargo Equipment Finance


Top Ten Leasing News
October 19 - October 23

(Stories most opened by readers)

(1) Evergreen, Wintergreen, Partners Capital Group
      Now Formulating Existing Protocol

(2) New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries

(3) Funders Taking "New" Broker Business List
    Four Do Not Require that Brokers Be Licensed

(4) Pay with…

(5) Colorado Fires, Smoke and Ash
    Report from Gary Souverein, President, Pawnee Leasing

(6) Compensation in the Equipment Finance Industry
    Showed Modest Growth in 2019, According to ELFA Survey

(7) First Citizens to Buy CIT Group
     in an all-stock deal valued at roughly $2.2 billion

(8) Four Types of Interim Rent
    By Christopher Menkin

(9) First Western Equipment Finance
    Joins Funder List “A”

(10) Amur Equipment Finance closes securitization
    with expertise from Key



One of the Banks Caught in a $2B Check Kiting Scheme.
Almena State Bank of Almena, Kansas is Closed; Equity Bank
of Andover, Kansas Assumes All of the Deposits

Almena State Bank of Almena, Kansas, was closed on Friday by the Kansas Office of the State Bank Commissioner, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. The failed bank reportedly experienced longstanding capital and asset quality issues, including a major loss, as one of the banks caught in a $2 billion
check kiting scheme.  

The First State Bank of Almena was chartered on January 1, 1934, following the merger of the First National and Almena State Banks. The bank changed its name. It was run for many years by the Schafer family who sold their interest to F.S. “Pete” Snyder in 1943. Mr. Snyder who served as president and was joined in the business by his son-in-law, Kenneth Chandler, in the mid-1970s. Mr. Snyder retired in the late 1980s and the bank was left under the management of Mr. Chandler, who served as president until his death in 1991. Mr. Snyder passed away the following year.

Mr. Chandler’s son, Shad, joined the bank in 1988 and became the owner of the bank. The 2010 census reported the city population was 408, according to Wikipedia.

As noted earlier, Almena Bank was one of the banks caught in a $2 billion check-kiting scheme, involving Tyler and Camden Gillum and their cattle market agency, Plainville Livestock Commission.

Almena Bank held the operating account and the custodial account for the Plainville Livestock Commission. In an interpleader case filed by Almena Bank, the bank indicated Plainville Livestock Commission had defaulted on three loans with its bank totaling more than $3.49 million. According to bankruptcy records, the Livestock Commission owes more than $14.5 million to its creditors.  The FDIC issued a strong consent order against the bank.

Almena filed for bankruptcy, then tried to merge with another bank, who was trying to raise money for the merger, but failed to do so.

The FDIC reports as of June 30, 2020, Almena State Bank had approximately $70 million in total assets and $68.7 million in total deposits.  In addition to assuming all of the deposits, Equity Bank agreed to purchase essentially all of the failed bank’s assets.

The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $18.3 million.


Leasing Industry Help Wanted



Medium, Heavy-Duty Truck Orders Positive
4th Month in a Row

Pent-up demand from low orders during the COVID-19 quarantine is helping to push truck orders to strong levels.

Class 8 orders surged in September to the highest since October 2018, as a stronger than expected economic and freight recovery is giving fleets more confidence and spurring equipment orders.

FTR reported preliminary North American Class 8 net orders of 32,000 units for September with order activity up 55% from the previous month and 160 compared to a year earlier. Class 8 net orders for the last 12 months now total 197,000 units.

ACT Research reported similar numbers, reporting 31,100 units, up 60% from August and a whopping 145% from an easy year-ago comparison.

Kenny Vieth, ACT President and Senior Analyst, commented, “Preliminary data show that September orders for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles posted positive readings for a fourth consecutive month, after 19 consecutive months of negative year-over-year comparisons.

He continued, “In aggregate, Classes 5-8 orders rose 49% from August and improved 88% compared to year-ago September.”

The orders are a combination of growing replacement demand and some expansion demand in those regions where capacity is tightening, according to FTR.

Don Ake, Vice President of Commercial  Vehicles for FTR, observed, “The Class 8 truck market continues to recover faster and better than expected.  

"This strong order volume suggests fleets believe there will be steady freight growth going forward. Rates have improved, so carriers have the cash, and now they also have the confidence. When you combine those two factors, orders tend to surge.”

Ake also explained that there was considerable pent-up demand in the market as orders sank in the March to May time period. Trucks that would have normally been ordered then are being ordered now.

“The order volume is very close to August’s trailer orders,” Ake added. “It appears that the fleets took care of their trailer needs first and then caught up to the truck side in September. Ordering for 2021 deliveries will begin in earnest this month so the industry has solid momentum going into the fall ordering season.”

ACT’s Vieth said as orders rebounded to relatively healthy levels early in the third quarter, most of those orders were targeted at filling open 2020 build slots. “With most of that work done by the end of August, we suspect the lion’s share of September’s orders were booked into 2021,” he said.

On the medium-duty side, ACT reported the Class 5-7 North American market saw orders at a healthy 26,900 units in September, up 37% month-over-month and 48% versus year-ago September volume.

“There is a symbiotic relationship between heavy-duty freight rates and medium-duty demand,” Vieth said, “and clearly, the shift in consumer spending from experiences [services] to goods has been good for the providers of local trucking services.”

Source: HDT Truckinginfo



ACT Research: Trailer Orders Jump Again
in September

Trailer order saw another big leap in September, with net trailer orders increasing 82% over August with 51,208 units.

The increase was also 174% higher than September 2019’s count, as well as 140% better year-over-year.

Frank Maly, Director–CV Transportation Analysis and Research at ACT Research, said, “The confluence of several factors is evident in September’s third-highest monthly net volume in history”  He added, “Pent-up demand is one factor, as we’re now seeing capex release that was curtailed earlier this year by COVID-driven uncertainty.”

Another factor, according to Maly, is lower build rates, which are pushing fleets to submit their orders faster, rather than gamble that any new units might not be delivered until well into 2021.

“In addition to fleets, dealers could also be worrying about the timing of stocking orders; conversations have included mention of dealers entering the fray in preparation for next year,” he adds. “Further solid numbers are likely in the near-term, as the industry enters what has normally been its usual ‘order season’.”

ACT Research also announced plans to release a new multi-client study focusing on electrification of the commercial vehicle industry slated for 2021. The study will include unit sales for the U.S. and Canada, annually from 2020 to 2030, with single-year outlooks for 2035 and 2040. Class 8 truck and Classes 4-7 truck and bus segments will be included, as well as step vans, conventional and low cab forward trucks, RV, school bus, yard spotter, transit bus categories, as well as the Class 8 straight, day cab, and sleeper subcategories.

The research will compare purchase and operational costs for diesel, battery, fuel cell, and hybrid powertrains in a comparative total cost of ownership framework, as well as infrastructure requirements and costs, regulation, maintenance, range, durability and vehicle and component replacement.

Act Research




US Airlines Still in Big Problems
Chart from Alberto Calva/Acus Consulting
Toronto, Canada


Academy for Certified Lease & Finance Professionals
Four Sessions, All Virtual Online

A screen shot from the first day of the first online Academy for Leasing and Finance Professionals
by U.S. Bank Equipment Leasing

The Academy for Lease and Finance Professionals (ALFP) is a three-day event designed to fully prepare an individual to sit for the CLFP exam assuming the attendee has already self-studied. During the first two days, all of the required sections of the CLFP exam are covered in-depth and on the third day, the exam is offered, but not mandatory.

Students are strongly advised to have read and studied The Certified Lease & Finance Professionals' Handbook prior to attending the class in order to ensure success.

Online Public ALFP
November 5 – 7, 2020 (map)

CoreTech Leasing
Online Public ALFP
December 17 -19, 2020 (map)

Ascentium Capital Private
Online ALFP
Jan 7 – 9, 2021
4141 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(Keyser Conference Room)

KEY Equipment Finance
Online Public ALFP
February 22 – 25, 2021
9:00am – 5:00pm. Central.
If you are interested in attending, please contact Reid Raykovich, Executive Director:

About Academy


With Retail Bankruptcies on the Rise, Opportunities
for Distressed Mergers & Acquisitions Increase

(Opportunities for Leasing and Loans)

While there were already a number of high profile retail bankruptcies in 2019, current economic conditions and pandemic-related market challenges have exacerbated an already difficult retail environment, which has led to a significant increase in bankruptcies in 2020. Year to date, more than 30 major retail and restaurant chains have filed for bankruptcy, which is more than in all of 2019. Furthermore, 2020 is on track to have the highest number of retail bankruptcies in 10 years. Although the Q4 holiday season often provides the strongest quarterly financial performance for many retailers, which may slow the pace of bankruptcy filings, projected holiday sales numbers may be uncertain this year, and additional bankruptcies are still likely to follow by year end.

Despite these bleak statistics, distressed companies may present attractive targets for strategic and private equity buyers with available cash or access to financing on favorable terms. Distressed M&A transactions may offer certain advantages that can be attractive to buyers, such as the potential to purchase at a discounted price or the ability to complete a transaction on an accelerated timetable. Already, the retail market has begun to see the reemergence under new ownership of some shuttered companies that were the targets of liquidation sales and distressed M&A transactions within the past two years. Some of these retailers have relaunched with modified business strategies, such as a significantly reduced number of brick and mortar locations or an exclusively online presence. The distressed M&A transaction opportunities resulting from existing market conditions will likely play an increasingly important role in overall M&A deal activity and could lead to a reshaping of the retail landscape in the near future.

Candace L. Moss
Copyright © 2020, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. All Rights Reserved.


Top Gov. Cuomo Advisor Says New York Will
Legalize Cannabis by April 2021

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top cannabis advisor says that marijuana legalization legislation will be introduced again through the state budget in January 2021. The objective of this will be to enact reform by April 2021. The advisor also previewed the state regulations for CBD products derived from hemp, including food items and infused drinks.

In an interview with David Culver from Canopy Growth Corp, Axel Bernabe, assistant counsel to the governor, discussed how the effort to legalize cannabis in surrounding states only emphasized the need for reform in New York. He stated that the legislation the governor plans to introduce, which prioritizes economic development and social equity, would serve as a model for other states.

Bernabe acknowledged that New Jersey may legalize cannabis before the state of New York as New Jersey voters are scheduled to approve a legalization referendum next month. He also noted that New York officials were monitoring New Jersey closely. In addition, Bernabe states that state officials were working on reintroducing the measure in the January budget and planned to  get it done by April 1 next year.

Bernabe’s statements come after a top senator from New Jersey indicated that that state’s lawmakers could pass the enacting measure as soon as the first week of November. While Gov. Cuomo has included legalization in his budget proposal for the past two years, negotiations have routinely been held up in legislature, with issues such as how marijuana tax revenue is to be allocated preventing the closing of the deal.

Bernabe admits to being excited about the economic development and public safety components of the administration’s upcoming legalization proposal. He spoke about ensuring social equity for communities that have been historically targeted by the war on drugs and added that some changes would be made from this year’s version, taking into consideration other states’ experiences.

In the interview, Bernabe also discussed the pending regulations for cannabinoids derived from hemp. He stated that the administration was “putting the final tweaks” on policies for CBD products and that the policies would take effect at the start of 2021. He also said that the administration would likely be establishing regulations for cannabinoid-infused food items and drinks.

He remarked that the administration was looking into every product class and trying to find a balance between consumer protection and allowing people to continue to obtain, to a great extent, what they’re already using for wellness and health.

Additionally, the New York Agriculture Department will allow hemp businesses to continue their operations under the existing program until September 30, 2021, since the congressional continuing rider signed by President Donald Trump extends the hemp farm bill pilot program (2014) until September 2021.

Many companies are poised for explosive growth once the CBD sector is properly regulated at both the state and federal levels. One of the entities to watch in this sector is Pure Extract Technologies Corp., a Canadian-based, plant-extraction company that has recently taken on a new functional mushrooms vertical.

Source: Cannabis NewsWire


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News Briefs---

Trump denies Covid-19 surge even as virus spreads
     among Pence's inner circle

White House Chief Mark Meadows says
    "We're not going to control COVID-19 pandemic"

Fauci says it might be time to mandate masks
     as Covid-19 surges across US


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49ers owner Jed York pours millions into Santa Clara
      City Council race after years of battling city hall


In 49ers' blowout win, Pats bench Cam Newton,
     and his replacement trips over himself

No sugar-coating it after loss to 49ers: The Patriots just stink

NFL fines Titans $350K for coronavirus policy violations

Raiders knocked back to .500 by Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Raiders face huge fine, possible loss of draft pick for COVID violations

Cowboys QB Andy Dalton suffers concussion on huge hit
     to head from Washington LB Jon Bostic

Antonio Brown gets one-year deal,
    with low salary and incentives

Madden NFL 21 Player Ratings Update: Week 6


California Nuts Briefs---

Silicon Valley office market adjusts to post-coronavirus    
     economy as Sublease Space Swells



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80% of Napa Wineries are Moving Forward
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This Day in History

     1682 - William Penn accepted the area around Delaware River from Duke of York.  In 1681, King Charles II handed over a large piece of his American land holdings to William Penn to satisfy a debt the king owed to Penn’s father. This land included present-day Pennsylvania and Delaware. Penn immediately sailed to America and his first step on American soil took place on this day in New Castle. On this occasion, the colonists pledged allegiance to Penn as their new proprietor and the first general assembly was held in the colony. Penn then journeyed up river and founded Philadelphia. However, Penn's Quaker government was not viewed favorably by the Dutch, Swedish, and English settlers in what is now Delaware so they almost immediately began petitioning for their own assembly. In 1704, they achieved their goal when the three southernmost counties of Pennsylvania were permitted to split off and become the new semi-autonomous colony of Lower Delaware. As one of the earlier supporters of colonial unification, Penn wrote and urged for a union of all the English colonies in what was to become the United States of America. The democratic principles that he set forth in the Pennsylvania Frame of Government served as an inspiration for the US Constitution.
    1774 - The First Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.  The First Continental Congress was a meeting of delegates from twelve of the thirteen colonies that met on September 5 to October 26, 1774 in Philadelphia. It was called in response to "The passage of the Coercive Acts," also known as Intolerable Acts by the Colonial Americans, by the British Parliament. The Intolerable Acts had punished Massachusetts for the Boston Tea Party.  The Congress was attended by 56 delegates appointed by the legislatures of twelve of the thirteen colonies. Georgia declined to send delegates because they were hoping for British assistance with Native American problems on its frontier and did not want to upset the British.  The Congress met briefly to consider options, including an economic boycott of British trade; rights and grievances; and petitioned King George III for redress of those grievances.  The Congress also called for another Continental Congress in the event that their petition was unsuccessful in halting enforcement of the Intolerable Acts. Their appeal to the Crown had no effect, and so the Second Continental Congress was convened the following year to organize the defense of the colonies at the onset of the Revolution. The delegates also urged each colony to set up and train its own militia.
    1774 - Minutemen were selected in the American colonies. The terms militia and minutemen are sometimes used interchangeably, but there was a difference between them.  Militias were military units formed to protect their towns from foreign invasion. Minutemen, on the other hand, were a small elite force, hand-picked by militia commanders, which were required to be able to assemble quickly. Usually 25 years of age or younger, they were chosen for their enthusiasm, reliability, and physical strength. Usually about a fourth of the militia served as Minutemen. Although today Minutemen are thought of as originating in the War for Independence, they actually began in Massachusetts during as early as 1645. Equipped with matchlocks or pikes, they were to report within half an hour of being warned. One thing the Minutemen lacked was central leadership, a flaw that would lead to their dissolution. At Concord, Minutemen companies from Concord, Acton, Littleton, and other towns combined their units. They were sent to the North Bridge in Concord with a number of light infantry. After a few volleys were fired, the British light infantry retreated back to the Concord Common area. Lacking central command, each company of Minutemen chose their own action and they did not pursue the redcoats. In the running battle that ensued fifteen miles back to Boston, the Massachusetts militia would see their last action as Minutemen in history. The militia would go on to form an army, surrounding Boston and inflicting heavy casualties on the British army at Bunker and Breed's Hill.
    1775 - King George III went before Parliament to declare the American colonies in rebellion, and authorized a military response to quell the Revolution. 
    1776 – Benjamin Franklin departed for France on a mission to seek French support for the Revolution
    1785 - The first mule born in the United States was bred from a jackass sent to President George Washington, which arrived this day in Boston. The exportation of full-blooded jacks from Spain was prohibited, but King Charles III of Spain, learning of Washington’s interest, sent him two jacks and two jennets. Mules became the staple of farmers in the US for many years to come. Washington was also the first to start producing whiskey in the United States in wooden barrels. His farm manager was from Scotland, had a plan for the surplus corn and other plantings they could not sell to turn into whiskey to trade and store. Washington looked into it and made the investment. While others were making this product in America, Washington decided to expand the product and use wooden barrels as they did in Scotland to store the whiskey, and also age it. Most domestic whiskey was distilled, bottled, and sold or stored. Washington’s one and five year old whiskey was sought after and if you tour his house and property, there are still examples of this product for view, some in special wooden boxes, another idea he had to make it different than the rest. Like Jefferson, Washington was a “farmer” but a businessman looking for new ideas and products.
    1787 - "Federalist Papers," originally published as “The Federalist,” a series of 85 articles written under the pen name of Publius by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, were published and called for ratification of Constitution. Madison, widely recognized as the Father of the Constitution, would later go on to become President of the United States. Jay would become the first Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court. Hamilton would serve in the Cabinet as the first Secretary of the Treasury and become a major force in setting economic policy for the US.
    1825 - The Erie Canal, the first US major man-made waterway, was opened this day in 1825, providing a water route from Lake Erie to the Hudson River. It originally ran about 363 miles from Albany to Buffalo. It was built to create a navigable water route from New York City and the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. First proposed in 1807, its construction started July 4, 1817, and the canal cost $7,602,000. Cannons fired and celebrations were held all along the route for the opening. It enhanced commerce and the expansion of the country westward.
    1850 - Reports from Sacramento City, California, say 57,000 miners are at work in the gold fields.
    1858 - Hamilton Smith of Philadelphia, PA, obtained a patent for a washing machine with rotary motion. It was equipped with a crank that was turned by hand, caused a perforated cylinder with a wooden shell to revolve. Smith continued to improve his machine and in 1863 secured patent protection on a self-reversing-motion attachment to the machine.
    1859 - New York City had its earliest substantial snow of record as four inches blanketed the city.
    1861 – The Pony Express ceased operations.  During its 19 months of operation, it reduced the time for messages to travel between the oceans to about 10 days.  From April 3, 1860, it became the West's most direct mean of east–west communication before the telegraph was established and was vital for tying the new state of California with the rest of the US.    
    1881 – Gun Fight at OK Corral. Newspapers, the media, the enactment at fairs and circuses that traveled the country have made this 30 second event the defining moment of the Wild West. In the small town of Tombstone, Arizona Territory, the famous gun fight occurred when a group of drunken ranch hands threatened to kill the popular town gamblers and players, and Wyatt Earp, Morgan Earp, Virgil Earp, and Doc Holliday if they didn't get out of Tombstone.  The whole town watched to see the outcome. In the 1880's, Tombstone was largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco and had become the most cultivated city in the West. (Underground water found in the mines and falling silver prices ended Tombstone's mining and population boom in 1886).  On October 26, 1881, Virgil received word that the cowboys were gathering at the O.K. Corral, and that they were armed, which was against city law. Doc met the Earps on Fourth Street on their way to the O.K. Corral and demanded that he be allowed to join them in their little walk. Five men, potential killers, lay in wait. When Wyatt Earp and Billy Clanton opened the battle, Doc shot Billy in the chest, then cut Tom McLaury down with a double charge of buckshot. The life was blasted from McLaury before he struck the ground. Although, Wyatt allowed Ike Clanton to run from the fight scene, Holliday was not so generous. He was a lady’s man, a dentist who made his living gambling, a known drug addict and alcoholic, who was the angriest. He threw two shots at Ike as he fled, missing him narrowly. A bullet from Frank McLaury cut into Doc's pistol holster and burned a painful crease across his hip. Doc's return shot smashed into McLaury's brain. Less than thirty seconds after the opening shot, three men lay dead and three were wounded. Doc had shot each of the dead cowboys at least once. Virgil had been shot in the leg and Morgan through both shoulders. Only Wyatt Earp has survived the fight untouched. He later traveled the West, promoting the famous gun fight, and was known as a man who also made his living by gambling and the support of women who were attracted to this handsome, traveling man. Tom and Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton are among those buried in Tombstone's infamous Boot Hill Cemetery, visited by many tourists yearly. Tombstone had survived the Great Depression and removal of the County Seat to Bisbee, located 25 miles south of Tombstone. Tombstone's survival in the 1930's earned it the title of the "Town Too Tough to Die," as reported by the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 1932. In 1962, the Department of the Interior named Tombstone a Registered Historic Landmark. The late 1950’s television show “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp” starring handsome Hugh O’Brien with his famous flat hat and long nose pistol was one of the highest rated shows of its time. It was considered the first “adult” TV western. My late father, Lawrence Menkin, wrote many of the episodes. Following the cowboy movie re-runs in the early 1950’s as television was primarily local, when it became a network medium, westerns became the rage among viewers.
    1899 - William Julius "Judy" Johnson (d. 1989) was born in Snow Hill, MD.  He was considered one of the greatest third basemen in the Negro Leagues and he played for the Hilldale Club, the Homestead Grays, and the Pittsburgh Crawfords from 1921 to 1936.  Johnson was elected to the Baseball of Fame in 1975.
    1911 - Singer Mahalia Jackson (d. 1972) birthday, New Orleans. Some wonderful albums are available of this singer.
    1911 – Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Sid Gillman (d. 2003) was born in Minneapolis.  An innovator, Gillman's insistence on stretching the football field by throwing deep downfield passes, now known as the vertical passing game, instead of short passes at the sides of the line of scrimmage, was instrumental in making football into the modern game that it is today.  After coaching in college through 1954, he moved to the NFL and AFL where his 1963 San Diego Chargers won the AFL Championship.  He is the sole coach in the history of American football to have earned Hall of Fame induction into both the Pro Football and College Football Halls. 
    1913 - Bandleader Charlie Barnet (d. 1991) born, New York City.  By sixteen, Barnet had done road work with a band in New York, where he joined Frank Winegar's Pennsylvania Boys on tenor sax.  The height of Barnet's popularity—and his first truly permanent band—came between 1939 and 1941, a period that began with his hit version of “Cherokee.”  In 1944, Barnet had another big hit with "Skyliner." In 1947, he started to switch from swing to bebop. He was one of the first bandleaders to integrate his band; the year is variously given as 1935 or 1937. He was an outspoken admirer of Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Ellington recorded the Charlie Barnet composition "In a Mizz." In 1939, Basie lent Barnet his charts after Barnet’s had been destroyed in a fire in Los Angeles. Barnet's was a notorious party band where drinking and vandalism were not uncommon. While Glenn Miller enforced strict standards of dress and deportment, Barnet was more interested in having fun, according to his autobiography, “The Swinging Years.”
    1916 - Margaret Sanger arrested for obscenity (advocating birth control)
    1919 - The temperature at Bismarck, ND, plunged to ten degrees below zero, the earliest subzero reading of record for the city, and a record for the month of October.
    1927 - Tenor sax player Wayne Marsh born.
    1927 - Adelaide Hall records “Creole Love Call” with Duke Ellington.
    1934 - Cole Porter records "You're The Top"
    1934 - While Washington Senators player-manager Joe Cronin honeymoons with Mildred Robertson, owner Clark Griffith's niece and adopted daughter, Griffith sold him to the Red Sox.
    1935 - The NBC Radio show “Lux Radio Theatre” presents its newest find -- a 12-year-old girl singer named Judy Garland.
    1936 – The first electric generator at Hoover Dam went into full operation.    
    1940 – Detroit Tigers outfielder Hank Greenberg won the MVP in the AL while Cleveland Indians P Bob Feller finished second. Greenberg hit .340 with 41 home runs and 150 RBI, while Feller posted a 27-11 record with a 2.61 ERA. Having won the award in 1935 as a first baseman, Greenberg becomes the first player to win the MVP again playing a different position.
    1942 - In the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands at Guadalcanal, one U.S. aircraft carrier, Hornet sunk and another aircraft carrier, Enterprise, was heavily damaged, while two Japanese carriers and one cruiser are heavily damaged. 
    1942 - PAIGE, MITCHELL, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Platoon Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps. Place and date: Solomon Islands, 26 October 1942. Entered service at: Pennsylvania. Born: 31 August 1918, Charleroi, Pa. Citation: For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry in action above and beyond the call of duty while serving with a company of marines in combat against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands on 26 October 1942. When the enemy broke through the line directly in front of his position, P/Sgt. Paige, commanding a machinegun section with fearless determination, continued to direct the fire of his gunners until all his men were either killed or wounded. Alone, against the deadly hail of Japanese shells, he fought with his gun and when it was destroyed, took over another, moving from gun to gun, never ceasing his withering fire against the advancing hordes until reinforcements finally arrived. Then, forming a new line, he dauntlessly and aggressively led a bayonet charge, driving the enemy back and preventing a breakthrough in our lines. His great personal valor and unyielding devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
    1944 - The United States Navy beat the Japanese at Leyte Gulf in the Philippines after three days of what is seen as one of history's great sea battles. More than 30 ships were sunk, most of them Japanese including their last four aircraft carriers.
    1946 - CARSWELL, HORACE S., JR., (Air Mission) Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Major, 308th Bombardment Group, U.S. Army Air Corps. Place and date: Over South China Sea, 26 October 1944. Entered service at: San Angelo, Tex. Birth: Fort Worth, Tex. G.O. No.: 14, 4 February 1946. Citation: He piloted a B-24 bomber in a one-plane strike against a Japanese convoy in the South China Sea on the night of 26 October 1944. Taking the enemy force of 12 ships escorted by at least 2 destroyers by surprise, he made 1 bombing run at 600 feet, scoring a near miss on 1 warship and escaping without drawing fire. He circled. and fully realizing that the convoy was thoroughly alerted and would meet his next attack with a barrage of antiaircraft fire, began a second low-level run which culminated in 2 direct hits on a large tanker. A hail of steel from Japanese guns, riddled the bomber, knocking out 2 engines, damaging a third, crippling the hydraulic system, puncturing 1 gasoline tank, ripping uncounted holes in the aircraft, and wounding the copilot; but by magnificent display of flying skill, Maj. Carswell controlled the plane's plunge toward the sea and carefully forced it into a halting climb in the direction of the China shore. On reaching land, where it would have been possible to abandon the staggering bomber, one of the crew discovered that his parachute had been ripped by flak and rendered useless; the pilot, hoping to cross mountainous terrain and reach a base. continued onward until the third engine failed. He ordered the crew to bail out while he struggled to maintain altitude. and, refusing to save himself, chose to remain with his comrade and attempt a crash landing. He died when the airplane struck a mountainside and burned. With consummate gallantry and intrepidity, Maj. Carswell gave his life in a supreme effort to save all members of his crew. His sacrifice. far beyond that required of him, was in keeping with the traditional bravery of America's war heroes.
    1946 – Pat Sajak was born Patrick Leonard Sajdak in Chicago.  best known as the host of the television game show, “Wheel of Fortune,” Sajak has received 19 nominations for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host, winning 3 times.  With Sajak returning for his 36th season in 2018–19, he became the longest-running host of any game show, surpassing Bob Barker, who hosted “The Price is Right” from 1972 to 2007. Sajak was officially honored as such by the Guinness World Records with the episode taped March 22, 2019 and aired May 8, 2019 (two days before the primetime version's 7,000th episode).
    1947 – Hillary Rodham Clinton was born in Park Ridge, IL.
    1949 - President Truman signed a bill raising the minimum wage in certain industries engaged in interstate commerce from 40 cents to 75 cents an hour.
    1949 - The San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League complete an Asian tour which includes five Japanese games. One of the Japanese games draws over 100,000 fans to watch Lefty O'Doul's team.
    1950 - Top Hits
“Goodnight Irene” - The Weavers
“All My Love” - Patti Page
“Harbor Lights” - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Tony Alamo)
“I’m Moving On” - Hank Snow
    1951 - SKINNER, SHERROD E., JR, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Battery F, 2d Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Place and date: Korea, 26 October 1952. Entered service at: East Lansing, Mich. Born: 29 October 1929, Hartford, Conn. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as an artillery forward observer of Battery F, in action against enemy aggressor forces on the night of 26 October 1952. When his observation post in an extremely critical and vital sector of the main line of resistance was subjected to a sudden and fanatical attack by hostile forces, supported by a devastating barrage of artillery and mortar fire which completely severed communication lines connecting the outpost with friendly firing batteries, 2d Lt. Skinner, in a determined effort to hold his position, immediately organized and directed the surviving personnel in the defense of the outpost, continuing to call down fire on the enemy by means of radio alone until his equipment became damaged beyond repair. Undaunted by the intense hostile barrage and the rapidly-closing attackers, he twice left the protection of his bunker in order to direct accurate machine gun fire and to replenish the depleted supply of ammunition and grenades. Although painfully wounded on each occasion, he steadfastly refused medical aid until the rest of the men received treatment. As the ground attack reached its climax, he gallantly directed the final defense until the meager supply of ammunition was exhausted and the position overrun. During the 3 hours that the outpost was occupied by the enemy, several grenades were thrown into the bunker which served as protection for 2d Lt. Skinner and his remaining comrades. Realizing that there was no chance for other than passive resistance, he directed his men to feign death even though the hostile troops entered the bunker and searched their persons. Later, when an enemy grenade was thrown between him and 2 other survivors, he immediately threw himself on the deadly missile in an effort to protect the others, absorbing the full force of the explosion and sacrificing his life for his comrades. By his indomitable fighting spirit, superb leadership, and great personal valor in the face of tremendous odds, 2d Lt. Skinner served to inspire his fellow marines in their heroic stand against the enemy and upheld the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
    1952 - "Victory at Sea" premiered on TV. The video series does not give it justice, as many of the clips were repeated in the series, in the early days of television. The score, orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett was written by Richard Rodgers. In 1953, "No Other Love," adapted from one of the score's songs, became a hit for Perry Como.
    1954 - Chevrolet introduces the V-8 engine. 
    1955 - “Rebel Without a Cause,” starring James Dean, Natalie Wood, and Sal Mineo, premiered in New York.  Warner Bros. released the film almost a month after Dean's death in a car accident on September 30, 1955.  Over the years, the film has achieved landmark status for the acting of cultural icon Dean, fresh from his Oscar-nominated role in “East of Eden,” in his most celebrated role. This was the only film during Dean's lifetime in which he received top billing. In 1990, “Rebel Without a Cause” was added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry as being deemed "culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant."
    1955 - The Village Voice is first published, backed in part by Norman Mailer.
    1955 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit:  “Autumn Leaves”, Roger Williams. 
    1958 - Top Hits
“It’s All in the Game” - Tommy Edwards
“Rock-in Robin” - Bobby Day
“Topsy II” - Cozy Cole
“City Lights” - Ray Price
    1958 – Pan American Airways made the first commercial flight of the Boeing 707 from New York City to Paris, France, inaugurating transatlantic jet passenger service.  The first New York-London transatlantic jet passenger service is inaugurated by BOAC.
    1958 - Berlin, Germany's first rock and roll concert ever is staged, a performance by Bill Haley and his Comets that ends in chaos when the East Berliners in the crowd of 7,000 begin to fight with the West Berliners. Twenty policemen are injured.
    1959 - The Everly Brothers leave their old label, Cadence, for Warner Brothers.
    1960 - In a move designed to get a jump on the National League in the expansion race, the American League grants franchises to Washington and Los Angeles and okays the Senators move to Minnesota.
    1961 - Bob Dylan signs with Columbia Records, his first recording contract.
    1962 - Bob Dylan records "Corrina, Corrina."
    1962 - The first Motown "revue" tour begins in Washington DC, featuring Mary Wells, Marvin Gaye, Martha and the Vandellas, the Contours, Stevie Wonder, and the Marvelettes.
    1962 - An early season snowstorm brought 4.7 inches of snow to Worcester, MA and 3.6 inches to Portland, ME. Greenville, ME had 13.9 inches. All were new records for the heaviest snow early in the season.
    1962 – President Kennedy warned Russia that the US would not allow Soviet missiles to remain in Cuba. Nikita Khrushchev sent note to JFK offering to withdraw his missiles from Cuba if US closed its bases in Turkey. The offer was rejected.   Kennedy ordered the first quarantine interdiction of the Marucla by a boarding party from the Pierce.   A Russian tanker, the Groznyy is placed under aerial surveillance. Three more Soviet ships en route to Cuba were reported to have changed course and were returning to their ports of departure. They were the Vishnevsky, Okhotsk, and Sergev Botkin. Later in the day, Lawrence and MacDonough were shadowing Groznyy. The tanker had several cylindrical tanks topside and had declared them to contain ammonia.
    1963 - Natalie Merchant, at one time the vocalist for the band 10,000 Maniacs, is born in Jamestown, N.Y.
    1964 - On the last day of recording their fourth album, “Beatles for Sale,” the Beatles are visited by rockabilly legend Carl Perkins, an early idol of theirs. The group decides then and there to cover Perkins' "Honey Don't." At one point, Ringo calls the Sun records artists "Mr. Perkins," to which he replies, "Son, I wish you'd just call me Carl. Mr. Perkins is my daddy."
    1965 - The Beatles receive Members of the British Empire (MBE) medals from Queen Elizabeth II in a ceremony staged at Buckingham Palace. It is the first such honor ever given to a rock band, causing many former recipients, many distinguished military personnel, to return their medals in disgust. According to John, the group is so nervous beforehand that it gets high on marijuana in a palace bathroom; during the ceremony, when Her Majesty asks the group how long it's been together, Ringo replies "forty years." Later, a press conference is held at the Saville Theatre. When asked how he enjoyed meeting Queen Elizabeth II, John said "She's much nicer than she is in the photos."
    1966 - Top Hits 
“Reach Out I’ll Be There” - Four Tops
“96 Tears - ?(Question Mark)” & The Mysterians
“Walk Away Renee” - The Left Banke
“Open Up Your Heart” - Buck Owens
    1968 - Having been fired from WOR-FM, legendary DJ Murray The K moves across town in New York, becoming one of the WMCA-AM "Good Guys."
    1970 - Garry Trudeau, only 22 years old, started his comic strip, "Doonesbury", out in 28 United States newspapers. The occasionally controversial strip is now in hundreds of papers and has a publishing empire of books and related merchandise. His wife of many years is TV news personality Jane Pauley.
    1970 – In his first fight following three years exile from boxing for evading the military draft, Muhammad Ali fought Jerry Quarry in Atlanta.
    1971 - Memphis, Tennessee minister Al Green was awarded a gold record for his single, "Tired of Being Alone."
    1971 – Vida Blue of the Oakland A’s wins the AL Cy Young award by a 98-85 margin over Mickey Lolich of the Tigers. Blue was 24-8 for Oakland, posting 301 strikeouts, eight shutouts and a 1.82 ERA, becoming the youngest pitcher to win the award. In the NL, the Cubs’ Ferguson Jenkins won.
    1974 – Dionne Warwick and the Spinners’ “Then Came You” hits #1
    1974 – Barry White’s LP “Can’t Get Enough” hits #1
    1974 – Top Hits
“Then Came You” – Dionne Warwicke & Spinners
“You Haven’t Done Nothin’” – Stevie Wonder
“You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet/Free Wheelin’” – Bachman-Turner Overdrive
“I See the Want to in Your Eyes” – Conway Twitty
    1978 – No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit:  “Hot Child in the City,” Nick Gilder. The song takes 20 weeks from the time it enters the Hot 100 to reach No. 1, longer than any single before it.
    1978 – Sparky Lyle, the Yankees’ closer, becomes the first AL reliever to win the Cy Young Award. Lyle led the league with 72 appearances, posting a 13-5 record with 26 saves and a 2.17 ERA.  A few weeks later, the Yankees signed free agent closer Goose Gossage and Lyle would be traded a year later.  One of sports’ great quotes came from Lyle’s Yankees teammate, Graig Nettles: “he went from Cy Young to Sayonara!”
    1979 – MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn notified Hall of Famer Willie Mays that if he accepts a position with the Bally Manufacturing Corporation, owner of several gambling casinos, he must disassociate himself from Major League Baseball. Mays, a part-time coach and goodwill ambassador for the Mets, relinquished his duties upon accepting Bally's job offer.  In 1983, he would do the same to Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle.  Both were quickly reinstated by new Commissioner Peter Ueberroth in 1985.
    1980 – Baltimore Colts quarterback Bert Jones is sacked a record 12 times in a 17-10 loss to St. Louis. Houston Oilers quarterback Warren Moon would equal the mark on Sept. 29, 1985 at Dallas.
    1982 – “St. Elsewhere” premiers. This very popular one-hour medical drama set in St. Eligius Hospital at Boston. Among its large and changing cast were Ed Flanders, William Daniels, Ed Begley, Jr, David Morse, Howie Mandel, Christina Pickles, Denzel Washington, Norman Lloyd, David Birney, G.W. Bailey, Kavi Raz, Stephen Furst, Mark Har­mon and Alfre Woodard. The last episode of the series, aired on Aug 10, 1988, was presented in order to cast doubt on the real­ity of the whole series, suggesting that a child’s imagination had dreamed it up.
    1982 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit:  “Who Can It Be Now?'' by Men at Work. The song is the 12th No. 1 single to pose a question and the first of two by the Australian band.
    1982 - Top Hits
“Jack & Diane” - John Cougar
“Who Can It Be Now?” - Men at Work
“Eye in the Sky” - The Alan Parsons Project
“He Got You” - Ronnie Milsap
    1982 – Steve Carlton of the Phillies became the first pitcher to win four Cy Young Awards, taking NL honors. The 37-year-old lefthander, who led the league in wins (23), innings pitched (295.2), strikeouts (286) and shutouts (6), was a previous winner in 1972, 1977, and 1980.
    1983 - A heat wave was in progress over the Northern Rockies, with record highs of 81 degrees at Sheridan, WY and Billings, MT.  
    1984 - Barbra Streisand got multiplatinum certification when her three albums reached the four-million-dollar sales mark. "Greatest Hits, Vol. II," "Guilty," and "A Star is Born" with Kris Kristofferson were all honored.
    1984 - "Baby Fae," born Stephanie Fae Beauclair nine days earlier, received a heart transplant from a baboon, the first infant subject of a xenotransplant procedure. The procedure, performed by Leonard Bailey at Loma Linda University Medical Center, was successful, but Fae died 21 days later of heart failure due to rejection of the transplant from blood type differential.
    1985 - The Kansas City Royals tied the World Series, three games each, against the St. Louis Cardinals by winning Game 6, 2-1. On a poor call in 6th game, umpire Don Denkinger starts a string of events costing Cardinals the 82nd World Series. The controversial call at first base by umpire Don Denkinger was shown in television replays that he had blown the call, allowing Jorge Orta to remain at first base.  A two-run single by Dane Jorg brought the Royals the win. Kansas City won the seventh game the next day, 11-0.
    1989 - Unseasonably warm weather continued in the north central U.S. Afternoon highs of 78 degrees at Alpena, MI, 75 degrees at Duluth, MN, 79 degrees at Fargo, ND, 77 degrees at International Falls, MN, 76 degrees at Marquette, MI, 75 degrees at Sault Ste Marie, MI, and 80 degrees at Saint Cloud, MN, were all the warmest of record for so late in the season. Morning lows of 63 degrees at Concordia, KS and Omaha, NE were the warmest of record for the date.
    1990 - Top Hits
“I Don’t Have the Heart” - James Ingram
“Black Cat” - Janet Jackson
“Ice Ice Baby” - Vanilla Ice
“Friends in Low Places” - Garth Brooks
    1990 - A rapidly deepening coastal storm just east of Cape Hatteras produced wind gusts in excess of 90 mph along coastal sections. A dredge barge broke loose from its moorings in the Oregon Inlet and struck the Bonner Bridge, the sole link highway between Hatteras Island and the mainland. A 369 foot section of the bridge collapsed leaving thousands stranded on the island.
    1993 - The temperature at Eureka, CA soared to 87 to set an all-time record for the city
    1994 - Top Hits
“I’ll Make Love To You”- Boyz II Men 
“All I Wanna Do”- Sheryl Crow
“Endless Love”- Luther Vandross
“Secret”- Madonna
   1996 - After two one-sided losses at home, the Yankees win the next four games and take their first World Series since 1978 with a 3-2 victory over the defending World Champs Braves in Game 6.
    1997 - With two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 7, Edgar Renteria singles home Craig Counsell giving the Florida Marlins their first World Series title with a 3-2 win over the Indians. The five-year old Marlins become the youngest expansion team to win the Fall classic.
    1998 - US Federal courts refuse to issue an injunction against makers of mp3 players, one which the RIAA has been pushing for in light of rampant piracy.
    1998 - Fats Domino is awarded the National Medal of Arts from US President Bill Clinton.
    1999 - Top Hits
“Smooth” - Santana Featuring Rob Thomas 
“Satisfy You” - Puff Daddy Featuring R. Kelly
“Heartbreaker” - Mariah Carey Featuring Jay-Z
“Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of...)” - Lou Bega
    2000 - In Game 5 at Shea Stadium, the Yankees win their third consecutive World Series, the fourth title in five years and record 26th championship by defeating the Mets, 4-2. Luis Sojo's ninth inning two-out, tie-breaking single off starter Al Leiter is the decisive hit.
    2000 - Capitol Records honors Garth Brooks with a lavish party, marking Brooks' status as the only artist to sell more than 100 million albums in a decade and the only artist to sell 10 million copies of four different albums.
    2001 – In one of the first legislative acts following the 9/11 attacks on the US, the Patriot Act was approved by Congress and became law.
    2001 - Anthrax was found in the offices of 3 lawmakers in the Longworth House Office building on Capitol Hill. The Supreme Court was shut down to test for anthrax spores.
    2002 - When Russ Ortiz, tossing 5-0 shut-out strikes out Garret Anderson to begin the seventh, the Giants appeared destined to win their first World Series since 1954. Scoring six times in the 7th and 8th innings of Game 6, the Angels rally from five runs down to stage the biggest comeback in Series history for a team facing elimination and beat the Giants, 6-5, forcing a Game 7.
    2002 - In San Francisco, an estimated 40-80,000 people marched down Market Street to protest the Bush policy threatening war on Iraq.
    2003 - Top Hits
“Baby Boy” - Beyonce Featuring Sean Paul
“Stand Up” - Ludacris Featuring Shawnna
“Get Low” - Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz Featuring Ying Yang Twins
“Damn!” - YoungBloodZ Featuring Lil Jon
    2004 - Curt Schilling becomes the first starting pitcher to win a World Series for three different teams. In addition to his Game 3 Red Sox victory over the Cardinals, his 8-2 lifetime post-season record includes wins for the Phillies (1993) and Diamondbacks (2002).
    2004 - compiled a list of the top earning dead celebrities and to no one's surprise, Elvis Presley came out on top. 27 years after his death, fans were still buying his music and collecting memorabilia to the tune of $40 million a year. Beatle John Lennon was number four on the list with earnings of $21 million, while his former band mate George Harrison was number 7, bringing in $7 million.
    2004 - The Recording Industry Association of America brought a fresh round of copyright-infringement lawsuits against 750 file sharers, including 25 users on 13 university campuses.
    2005 - Willie Harris scores the game’s only run in the eighth inning as Jermaine Dye, the series MVP, singles the pinch hitter home giving the White Sox a 1-0 victory over the Astros and the team its first World Championship since 1917. For the second consecutive year, an American League team sweeps its National League opponent.  White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen becomes the first foreign-born manager to win a World Series as the ‘Wizards of Ozzie’ sweep the Astros in the Fall Classic.
    2005 - Bobby Valentine becomes the first foreign manager to win the Japan Series in the 70-year history of Japanese baseball. Sweeping the Hanshin Tigers, the former Rangers and Mets skipper lead the Chiba Lotte Marines to their first league championship in 31 years.
    2005 - Tadahito Iguchi becomes the first Japanese native to win a World Series ring as the White Sox swept the Houston Astros to win the Fall Classic in 88 years. Leaving the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks, the second baseman signed as a free agent with Chicago prior to the start of the championship season.
    2008 - Before game four of The World Series, Philadelphia's Patti LaBelle sang her own special version of The Star-Spangled Banner which included straying far from the original melody and singing the wrong lyrics. The 64-year-old LaBelle was heavily criticized following the performance for singing "sky lights last gleaming" (Instead of twilight), "through the perilous flight" (Instead of light) and "Lamp parts" (Instead of ramparts).
    2018 - LA Dodgers beat Boston Red Sox, 3-2 in the 18th inning (7 hours, 20 mins) in Game 3 at Dodger Stadium with Max Muncy walk-off homer.  It is the longest World Series game by both innings and time.
World Series Champions
    1887 – Detroit (National League)
    1911 - Philadelphia Athletics
    1981 – Los Angeles Dodgers
    1996 - New York Yankees
    1997 - Florida Marlins
    2000 - New York Yankees



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