On This Day in Sport for May 1

Events in Sport

  • 1751 1st American cricket match is played
  • 1883 Baseball returns to Philadelphia, 1st NL game since 1876
  • 1883 NY Athletic Club hires Bob Rogers as 1st American pro sports trainer
  • 1884 Moses Walker became 1st African American player in major league baseball in US

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1891 Cy Young pitches 1st game played in Cleveland's League Park Cleveland Spiders 12, Cincinnati Redlegs 3

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1900 Roermond soccer team forms in Netherlands
  • 1901 Detroit Tigers commit 12 errors against Chicago White Sox
  • 1901 Herb McFarland hit 1st grand slam in American League
  • 1906 Phillies' John Lush no-hits Bkln Dodgers, 6-0
  • 1912 Amsterdam-North soccer team DWV forms

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1920 Babe Ruth's 1st Yankee HR & 50th of career, out of Polo Grounds

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1920 Longest major league baseball game by inninngs - Brooklyn Dodgers tie Boston Braves, 1-1, in 26 innings
  • 1927 Netherlands beats Belgium 3-2 in soccer match in Amsterdam
  • 1927 Panningen soccer team forms
  • 1928 Rotterdam soccer team Black White '28 forms

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1930 Bradman scores 236 Aust v Worcs, his 1st f-class innings in Eng

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1940 The 1940 Olympics are cancelled
  • 1943 69th Kentucky Derby: Johnny Longden aboard Count Fleet wins in 2:04
  • 1947 Cleve Indians abandon League Park to play all games at Municipal Stad
  • 1948 74th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Citation wins in 2:05.4

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1951 Mickey Mantle's 1st HR

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1951 Minnie Minoso becomes the 1st black to play for the White Sox
  • 1954 80th Kentucky Derby: Raymond York aboard Determine wins in 2:03
  • 1955 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Tournament
  • 1957 Flevo Boys soccer team forms in Emmeloord

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1959 Floyd Patterson KOs Brian London in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1959 White Sox Early Wynn beats Red Sox 1-0 on his own HR
  • 1960 Pancho Gonzalez retires from tennis
  • 1965 91st Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker on Lucky Debonair wins in 2:01.2
  • 1965 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 3

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1966 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Club Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1968 Phillies J Boozer is ejected for throwing spitballs during his warmup
  • 1969 Houston Don Wilson 2nd no-hitter beats Cincinnati Reds, 4-0
  • 1969 Leonard Tose buys NFL Philadelphia Eagles for $16,155,000
  • 1971 97th Kentucky Derby: Gustavo Avila on Canonero II wins in 2:03.2
  • 1973 SF Giants score 7 runs with 2 outs in 9th to beat Pirates, 8-7
  • 1976 102nd Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr on Bold Forbes wins in 2:01.6
  • 1977 Chantal Langlace runs female world record marathon (2:35:15.4)
  • 1977 Debbie Austin wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • 1978 MVV soccer team forms in Maastricht
  • 1980 Sabres & Islanders play to 1:20 of 5th period in a playoff

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1981 Tennis player Billie Jean King acknowledges a lesbian relationship with Marilyn Barnett - becoming first prominent sportswoman to come out

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 1982 108th Kentucky Derby: Ed Delahoussaye on Gato Del Sol wins in 2:02.4
  • 1983 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA CPC International Golf Tournament
  • 1984 1984 NFL Draft: Irving Fryar from University of Nebraska first pick by New England Patriots
  • 1984 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Minnesota North Stars, 4 games to 0
  • 1987 46 HRs hit in 13 baseball games
  • 1988 Patti Rizzo wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
  • 1989 Jockey Chris Antley ends record of 64 consecutive winning days

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1991 A's Rickey Henderson steals an all time record 939th base vs Yanks

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1991 Last day of Test cricket for Gordon Greenidge
  • 1991 Milwaukee Brewers beat Chicago Cubs, 10-9, in 19 innings
  • 1991 Rickey Henderson breaks Lou Brocks record with his 939th steal

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1991 Texas Ranger Nolan Ryan pitches record 7th no hitter (beats Toronto 3-0)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

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1992 LA Dodgers postpone 3 games due to racial riots over Rodney King beating

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King
  • 1992 NY Rangers wins their 1st ever 7th game of a playoff (vs NJ Devils)
  • 1992 Rickey Henderson steals his 1,000th base
  • 1993 119th Kentucky Derby: Jerry Bailey aboard Sea Hero wins in 2:02.4
  • 1994 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Sprint Senior Challenge Golf Tournament
  • 1994 Sherri Steinhauer wins LPGA Sprint Golf Championship
  • 1996 Gerald Williams is 1st NY Yankee since 1934 to get 6 hits in a game
  • 1999 125th Kentucky Derby: Chris Antley aboard Charismatic wins in 2:03.29
  • 2004 130th Kentucky Derby: Stewart Elliott aboard Smarty Jones wins in 2:04.06
  • 2010 136th Kentucky Derby: Calvin Borel aboard Super Saver wins in 2:04.45
  • 2012 Guggenheim Partners make the largest ever purchase of a sports franchise after buying the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2.1 billion

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1884 Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe, British politician, naval officer and racing driver (d. 1964)
  • 1910 Cliff Battles, NFL hall of famer (Braves, Redskins), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1915 Archie Williams, American athlete (d. 1993)
  • 1925 Chuck Bednarik, Penn, NFL hall of fame center/linebacker (Philadelphia)
  • 1927 Greta Andersen, Denmark, 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • 1927 Israr Ali, cricket pace bowler (Pakistani in 4 Tests 1952-59)
  • 1929 Sonny Ramadhin, cricket spin bowler (great WI)
  • 1930 Ollie Matson, NFL halfback (Cardinals, Rams, Lions, Eagles)
  • 1946 Valentin Muratov, USSR, floor exercise gymnist (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • 1947 Ghulam Abbas, cricketer (scored 12 & 0 in only Test for Pakistan 1967)
  • 1949 Margo Miller, fencer-epee (Olympics-96), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1950 Marina Stepanova, Russian hurdler (world record 1986)
  • 1950 Danny McGrain, Scottish footballer
  • 1951 Gordon Greenidge, cricketer (great West Indian opener 1974-91)
  • 1953 Elquemedo Willett, cricketer (WI lefty spinner early 70's)
  • 1953 Mindy Moore, LPGA golfer
  • 1954 Taslim Arif, cricketer (Pakistani keeper/batsman, 210 v Aust 1980)
  • 1955 Julien Wiener, cricketer (Australian opening batsman 1979-80)
  • 1957 Rick Darling, cricketer (accident-prone/dashing Aussie opener 1978-79)
  • 1959 Eddie Johnson, NBA guard/forward (Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers)
  • 1960 Albert McDonald, Dartmouth NS, US canoe (alt-Olympics-96)
  • 1961 Charlie O'Brien, catcher (Brewers, Mets, Braves, Blue Jays), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1961 Steven Cauthen, jockey (1978 Kentucky Derby-Affirmed)
  • 1962 Gary Clark, NFL wide receiver (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1962 Paula Weishoff, volleyballer (Oly-Sil-84, br-92, 96), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1962 Reggie Pleasant, CFL cornerback (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1963 Robert Seguso, tennis star, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1964 Carlos Aalbers, Dutch soccer player (NEC)
  • 1965 Jon Warren, 1.5k runner, born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1966 Armando Reynoso, San Luis Potosi Mexico, pitcher (Colorado Rockies)
  • 1966 Mark Coogan, Manhaset NY, marathoner (Olympics-96)
  • 1966 Olaf Thon, German football player
  • 1967 Bill Schultz, NFL/WLAF offensive tackle (Den Broncos, Scot Claymores)
  • 1967 Marvcus Patton, NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • 1967 Yael Arad, Israel, Women's half middleweight judoka (Oly-1996)
  • 1968 Anton Scheutjens, soccer player (Roda JC)
  • 1968 Lisa Campbell, Victoria Australia, badminton player (Olympics-96)
  • 1968 Oliver Bierhoff, German footballer
  • 1969 Billy Owens, NBA forward/guard (Sacramento Kings)
  • 1969 Bryan Marchment, Scarborough, NHL defenseman (Edmonton Oilers)
  • 1970 Alex Van Pelt, NFL quarterback (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1970 Allen DeGraffenreid, WLAF wide receiver (Scotland Claymores)
  • 1970 Alundis Brice, NFL cornerback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1970 Damon Diletti, Australian field hockey goal keeper (Oly-silver-92, 96)
  • 1971 Ethan Albright, NFL tackle (Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills)
  • 1971 Renee Poetschka, Australian 200m/400m (Olympics-92, 96)
  • 1971 Stuart Appleby, Cohuna Australia, Nike golfer (1994 Victorian PGA)
  • 1972 Bobby Chouinard, Manilla Phillipines, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • 1973 Curtis Martin, NFL running back (NE Patriots)
  • 1973 Frank Beede, NFL center (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1973 Oliver Neuville, German footballer
  • 1974 Keri Phebus, Laguna Beach California, tennis star
  • 1974 Matthew Hatchette, NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1974 Vladimir Zavyalov, hockey forward (Team Kazakhstan Olympics-1998)
  • 1975 Austin Croshere, NBA forward (Indiana Pacers)
  • 1975 Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroonian footballer (d. 2003)
  • 1975 Alexei Smertin, Russian footballer
  • 1977 Anna Louise Wilson, Dunedin NZ, 100m breast stroke (Olympics-96)
  • 1977 Vera Lischka, Austrian swimmer
  • 1979 Jennifer Botterill, ice hockey forward (Canada, Oly-98)
  • 1979 Mauro Bergamasco, Italian rugby player
  • 1980 Jan Heylen, Belgian racing driver
  • 1981 Aliaksandr Hleb, Belarusian footballer
  • 1981 Derek Asamoah, Ghanaian Footballer
  • 1981 Wes Welker, American football player
  • 1982 Tommy Robredo, Spanish tennis player
  • 1984 Alexander Farnerud, Swedish footballer
  • 1986 Christian Benítez, Ecuadorian footballer, (d. 2013)
  • 1986 Adam Casey, Australian footballer
  • 1987 Shahar Pe'er, Israeli tennis player
  • 1988 Graeme Owens, English footballer

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1998 Cyclist Lance Armstrong weds Kristin Richard (divorced 2003)

Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance Armstrong
Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor
Lance Armstrong
  • 2009 Olympic swimmer gold medalist Amanda Beard (27) weds photographer Sacha Brown (34) in Wakatobia, Indonesia
  • 2016 Paralympic athlete Aimee Mullins (39) weds "Homeland" star Rupert Friend (34) in a magical hobbit-y compost shed

Deaths in Sport

  • 1903 Arthur Haygarth, cricketer (compiler of "Scores & Biographies"), dies
  • 1935 Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (b. 1889)
  • 1968 Jack Adams, Canadian ice hockey player, coach and general manager (b.1895)
  • 1969 George Parker, cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa 1924), dies
  • 1979 Berkeley Bertram McGarrell Gaskin, cricketer (2 Tests for WI), dies
  • 1983 V N Swamy, Indian cricket pace bowler (without distinction), dies
  • 1994 Ayrton Senna, Brazilian Grand prix driver, dies in crash at 34
  • 2003 Miss Elizabeth, American wrestler (b. 1960)