Vol MMXIII, No 261
September 18, 1945
Blind Willie dies following Tragic Fire
Today in Sports
Austin's Don Baylor gets 2-hits in his First Game
September 18, 1970, Austin native, Don Baylor played his first game in the Major Leagues, leading Baltimore to a 4-3 win over Cleveland with 2 hits and 3 runs-batted-in. Before he retired, he added another 2,133 hits to his total.
Clements throws for 20 Strike Outs, Again
Pitching for the Red-Sox (in his second to last game with Boston), Roger Clemens pitched a 20 strike-out game, the only pitcher in baseball history to accomplish two 20-K games in their career. In this game, the visiting Red-Sox beat the Detroit Tigers at Tiger Stadium. With the Red-Sox, Clemens had 192 wins, tying Cy Young for the franchise record.
Author J Frank Dobie dies in Austin
On this date in 1964, author and folklorist J Frank Dobie dies at his home in Austin.
Born This Date
Cyclist Lance Armstrong born in Plano
On this date in 1971, legendary cyclist Lance Armstrong was born in Plano. He attended Bending Oaks Academy in Dallas, before pursuing his career in cycling. In 1996, he was diagnosed with cancer, and at one point given lest than a 40% chance of survival, but survive he did. Following extensive medical treatment, he was declared cancer free in 1997. In 1999, Armstrong won the Tour de France, the greatest even in cycling. He went on to win another six Tour's, setting a new record. In 2005 following his seventh win, Armstrong retired from competitive cycling.
Virgil Oliver Stamps born in Upshur County
On this date in 1892, Virgil Oliver Stamps, founder of the Stamps Quartet was born. He helped found the Stamps–Baxter Music and Printing Company, which became one of the largest publishers of Gospel Music in the World.
Blind Willie dies
On this date in 1945, Blind Willie dies in Beaumont. Born Willie Johnson in Washington County, Blind Willie influenced a generation of blue artists with his base voice and bottle neck guitar.
In 1945, his house burned and left him no place to go. He remained in the burned out ruined until he contracted pneumona, sleeping on a wet bed and soon died. Later, his widow told an interviewer that he could not be admitted to the local hospital because he was black.
Stephen F Austin State Teacher's College opens
On this date in 1923, Stephen F Austin State Teachers College opened in Nacogdoches. It would later be renamed Stephen F Austin State University.
Fort Hood dedicated
On this date in 1942, Fort Hood army training camp was official dedicated in western Bell County.
Hurricane Beulah Strikes Brownsville
On this date in 1967, Hurricane Beulah came ashore as the third largest hurricane on record. Within a week, 1.4 million acres of land were inundated, and 115 tornadoes were spawned, the most of any hurricane on record. The hurricane cause 13 deaths, and over $100 million in damage.