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September 29, 1862, Major General William “Bull” Nelson from Maysville was murdered by Brigadier General Jefferson C. Davis both of the Union Army. The killing took place in the lobby of the Galt House in downtown Louisville. One day, Nelson told Davis that he was dissatisfied with Davis’s performance in the losing effort at the Battle of Richmond. Seven days later, in the lobby, Davis demanded an apology and Nelson refused. Davis then flipped a wadded calling card into Nelson’s face. Nelson responded by slapping Davis in the face and called him a coward. Davis then shot Nelson in the heart. Davis was arrested but avoided conviction due to the shortage of experienced commanders in the Union Army. However, the incident ruined his chances for promotion to Major General, which he coveted.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Louisville native August “Gus” Weying, born in 1866. For the first six seasons of his career, he pitched 4’3.5” shorter than today’s 60’6.″ From his debut year of 1887 through 1892, Weyhing averaged nearly 30 wins per season. In March 1893, when the distance changed, his destiny changed. After winning 200 games in his first seven campaigns, Weyhing earned only 64 more wins in his final nine big league seasons. His 264 victories are surpassed by only 39 pitchers on the all-time list. Weyhing also set the MLB record by hitting 277 batters.
September 29, 1917, Kentucky football opened their season with a 33-0 win over Butler, coached by Williamstown native Daddy Boles. Stanley Atwood “Daddy” Boles was the Athletic Director of Kentucky from 1917 through 1933. He also served as head coach of the football and men’s basketball teams for one season each. He was responsible for hiring Coach Adolph Rupp.
Localtonians wishes a Happy Birthday to Hodgenville native Adrian Back, born in 1923. Adrian was a member of Rupp’s 1941-42 SEC champion basketball team. He played in 12 games, averaging two points a game.
September 29, 1945, Bernie Shively won his first game as UK’s head football coach beating Cincinnati 13-7. He would win one more game later in the season to go 2-8. Coach Bear Bryant replaced him the following year.
September 29, 1953, the State Highway Department and the University of Kentucky began to rubberize part of the Dixie Highway. The asphalt contained 5% synthetic latex in an attempt to improve road conditions and make them last longer. It was the first time in Kentucky rubber was utilized in any fashion on a public road.
On September 29th, 1967, Kentucky football player Greg Page died at the age of nineteen. The next day, Kentucky would play Ole Miss, where his teammate and friend, Nate Northington, became the first black player to play a SEC football game. Greg and Nate helped tear down racial barriers in the mid-20th century.
September 29, 1972, Trooper Walter Orville Thurtell, Kentucky State Police, died in a motor vehicle accident while responding to a call for assistance. The 42-year-old Trooper Thurtell had been with the agency for 15 years and was survived by his wife, son and daughter.
On September 29, 1977, Muhammad Ali (53-2) fought Earnie Shavers (49-2-3) in Madison Square Garden. Shavers came in with 54 wins and idolized Ali. By the end of the 12th round, Ali was ahead, eight rounds to four. Shavers rocked Ali with big punches in the 13th and 14th rounds, but Ali stole the 15th and the fight. Afterward, Teddy Brenner, who had booked Ali at the Garden for years, told the 35-year-old that he would no longer put on his fights. Ferdie Pacheco, Ali’s doctor, said the fighter showed signs of kidney damage and that he should stop fighting.
September 29, 1982, the Louisville Galleria opened its doors to the public for their first viewing. The $130 million development included more than 1.4 million square feet of office space, anchored by two 27-story glass and steel office buildings containing 415,000 square feet each. A three-level retail mall with 339,000 square feet was between the towers. The development covered Fourth Street, Liberty Street, Fifth Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard.