This Day in Failure: October 16

2009: Linda Vista Elementary School in Yorba Linda, California, hands out T-shirts to promote a fundraising jog-a-thon, the garments prominently displaying the phone number 1-800-EAT-DUST. The school is forced to recall the shirts after one of the parents dials the number and discovers that it connects callers with an adult chat line.

2008: Leading 7-0 and needing just seven outs to clinch the organization’s first trip to the World Series, the Tampa Bay Rays allow the Boston Red Sox to score eight runs over two-plus innings and go on to lose Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, 8-7. It is the greatest single-game postseason collapse since 1929.

2005: After finishing fourth in her professional debut on the LPGA Tour, sixteen-year-old Michelle Wie is disqualified from the Samsung World Championship for signing an incorrect scorecard—the direct result of a two-stroke penalty assessed by Tour officials for an illegal drop taken during the third round. The mistake costs Wie $53,126 in prize money.

1996: Eighty-four people are killed and more than 100 seriously injured when soccer fans stampede prior to a World Cup qualifying match between Guatemala and Costa Rica in Guatemala City. Thanks to the sale of counterfeit tickets, approximately 60,000 fans gain entry to the stadium, which has a capacity of 45,000.

1968: The deep-sea submersible Alvin is preparing for a routine dive about 90 miles southeast of Nantucket when two cables securing Alvin’s bow snap, causing the sub to plunge forward and take on water through its open hatch. Three crewmen barely manage to escape before the craft sinks in 5,000 feet of water. In August 1969, Alvin is recovered by Aluminaut (the world’s first aluminum submarine), and goes on to explore the wreck of Titanic in 1986.

1912: New York Giants centerfielder Fred Snodgrass drops an easy pop-up in the 10th inning of the tiebreaking eighth game of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox. His error leads to a two-run Boston rally that costs the Giants the championship.