On This Day in Sport for May 15

Events in Sport

  • 1862 Union Grounds, Brooklyn, 1st baseball enclosure, opens
  • 1876 2nd Kentucky Derby: Bobby Swim aboard Vagrant wins in 2:38.25
  • 1894 20th Kentucky Derby: Frank Goodale aboard Chant wins in 2:41
  • 1906 NY Giants' Hooks Wiltse strikes out 4 batters in 1 inning
  • 1912 37th Preakness: Clarnence Turner on Colonel Holloway wins in 1:56.6

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1912 Ty Cobb rushes a heckler at a NY Highlander game & is suspended

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1918 43rd Preakness: Johnny Loftus aboard War Cloud wins in 1:53.6

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1918 Washington Senator Walter Johnson pitches 1-0, 18 inning game

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1919 Brooklyn Dodgers score 10 runs in 13th to beat Reds 10-0
  • 1920 Soccer team ADO '20 forms in Heemskerk
  • 1926 52nd Kentucky Derby: Albert Johnson on Bubbling Over wins in 2:03.8
  • 1935 Pirates beat Phillies 20-5
  • 1937 62nd Preakness: Charley Kurtsinger aboard War Admiral wins in 1:58.4

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1941 Joe DiMaggio starts 56-game hitting streak; Yanks lose 13-1

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1944 Cincinnati Red Clyde Shoun no-hits Boston Braves, 1-0
  • 1948 73rd Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Citation wins in 2:02.4

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1948 Bradman scores 187 Aust v Essex, 124 minutes, 33 fours 1 five

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1952 Johnny Longden becomes 2nd jockey to ride 4,000 winners

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1953 Heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in Chicago

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • 1959 100th anniversary of 1st college baseball game, between Amherst & Williams Teams reenact the original contest
  • 1963 Tottenham Hotspur of England win 3rd European Cup winner's Cup against Atlético Madrid of Spain 5-1 at Rotterdam
  • 1964 Sporting Portugal win 4th European Cup Winner's Cup against MTK Budapest of Hungry 1-0 at Antwerp (replay)
  • 1965 90th Preakness: Ron Turcotte aboard Tom Rolfe wins in 1:56.2
  • 1965 Canadian Football Players Association organizes
  • 1966 1st day of Sunday play in County Cricket, Essex v Somerset
  • 1966 Clifford Ann Creed wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Invitational
  • 1967 Jo Ann Prentice wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • 1970 South-Africa excluded from Olympic play
  • 1971 96th Preakness: Gustavo Avila aboard Canonero II wins in 1:54

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1973 California Angel Nolan Ryan's 1st no-hitter beats KC Royals, 3-0

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1976 101st Preakness: John Lively aboard Elocutionist wins in 1:55
  • 1977 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic
  • 1980 Flyers score 8 goals against Islanders in playoffs
  • 1982 107th Preakness: Jack Kaenel aboard Aloma's Ruler wins in 1:55.4
  • 1983 Lenore Muraoka wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
  • 1985 Everton of England wins 25th European Cup Winner's Cup against Rapid Wien of Austria 3-1 in Rotterdam
  • 1987 Record archery score for a pair over 24 hrs, is set

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1988 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 1989 Blue Jays fire manager Jimy Williams & replace him with Cito Gaston
  • 1989 US Basketball League cancels its summer schedule
  • 1990 Edmonton Oiler Klima beats Boston Bruins in 6th period
  • 1991 Manchester United of England win 31th European Cup Winner's Cup against FC Barcelona 2-1 in Rotterdam
  • 1991 Red Sox & White Sox play then slowest 9 inning game (4:11)
  • 1993 118th Preakness: Mike Smith aboard Prairie Bayou wins in 1:56.6

Sport awardGolf Major

1994 40th McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Laura Davies

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • 1999 124th Preakness: Chris Antley aboard Charismatic wins in 1:55.20
  • 2002 10th UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 at Glasgow
  • 2004 129th Preakness: Stewart Elliott aboard Smarty Jones wins in 1:55.59
  • 2010 135th Preakness: Martin Garcia aboard Lookin At Lucky wins in 1:55.47

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1892 Jimmy Wilde, boxer (d. 1969)
  • 1901 Luis Monti, Argentine-Italian footballer (d. 1983)
  • 1904 Gustav-Adolf Boltenstein, Sweden, equest dressage (Oly-gold-1952, 56)
  • 1912 Alexis Nihon, Bahamas, wrestler (Olympics-1968)
  • 1914 Turk Broda, ice hockey goaltender (d. 1972)
  • 1919 Charles Palmer, cricketer (one Test 1955, later MCC president)
  • 1924 Andrea Gyarmati, Hungary water polo player (Olympics, 1948-60), (d. 2013)
  • 1924 Don Kenyon, cricketer (England batsman in 8 Tests 1951-55)
  • 1929 Jack Flavell, cricketer (England pace bowler in 4 Tests 1961-64)
  • 1931 Ken Venturi, American golfer, (d. 2013)
  • 1935 Ted Dexter, cricketer (in Milan Superb England batsman of 60's)
  • 1939 Dorothy Shirley, British athlete
  • 1940 Beth Stone, LPGA golfer
  • 1941 Cyril Cooray, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test umpire on intl panel)
  • 1944 Miruts Yifter 'Yifter the Shifter', Ethiopian runner (Olympic golds 1980), born in Adigrat (d. 2016)
  • 1949 Wendy Pritchard, Australian women's field hockey team manager (Oly-96)
  • 1952 Rick Waits, baseball pitcher (Rangers, Indians, Twins)

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1953 George Brett, American baseball third baseman (KC Royals, 1980 AL MVP), born in Glen Dale, West Virginia

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • 1954 Bob Beauchemin, Winnipeg Canada, golfer (West Coast Open-1982, 83)
  • 1956 Alice Miller, Marysville CA, LPGA golfer (1985 Nabisco Dinah Shore)
  • 1956 Dan Patrick, American sportscaster
  • 1959 Kaokor Galaxy, Thai boxer
  • 1961 Anne Kelly, LPGA golfer
  • 1964 Pierre Trentin, France, 1K time trials (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • 1965 Dan Stryzinski, NFL punter (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1965 Glen Hnatiuk, Selkirk Manitoba, Nike golfer (1992 Mississippi Gulf)
  • 1965 Raí, Brazilian footballer
  • 1966 Paul Ysebaert, Sarnia, NHL left wing (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 1967 John Smoltz, pitcher (Atlanta Braves, 1996 Cy Young), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1968 James "Jim" Neil, rower (Olympics-1996), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1968 Leroy Hoard, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1969 Emmitt Smith, American NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys, 3-time NFL rushing leader), born in Pensacola, Florida

American Football Player Emmitt Smith
American Football Player
Emmitt Smith
  • 1969 Holly McPeak, Manhattan Beach CA, beach volleyballer (Olympics-96)
  • 1969 Hideki Irabu, Japanese baseball player
  • 1970 Artie Smith, NFL defensive end (Cin Bengals)
  • 1970 Cory Philpot, CFL running back (BC Lions)
  • 1970 Desmond Howard, NFL receiver (Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders)
  • 1970 Frank de Boer, Dutch soccer star (Ajax)
  • 1970 Keith Tower, NBA center (LA Clippers)
  • 1970 Rod Smith, Texarkana, Arkansas, American NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1970 Ronald de Boer, Dutch soccer player (Ajax)
  • 1970 Tony Brown, NFL cornerback (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1971 Scott Shipley, Bremerton Wash, slalom single kayak (Olympics-6th-96)
  • 1971 Phil Pfister, American strength athlete
  • 1972 Patrick Pothuizen, soccer player (Vitesse)
  • 1972 Tirrell Greene, WLAF guard (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1972 Troy Drake, NFL tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1973 Suzannah Bianco, synchronized swimmer (Olympics-alt-96), born in San Jose, California
  • 1974 A J Hinch, Wavely IA, baseball catcher (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1974 Addilson dos Santos, soccer player (Sparta)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1975 Ray Lewis, American football linebacker (Baltimore Ravens), born in Bartow, Florida

NFL Legend Ray Lewis
NFL Legend
Ray Lewis
  • 1976 Eric DuBose, Bradenton Fl, baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1976 Adolfo Bautista, Mexican footballer
  • 1976 Jacek Krzynówek, Polish footballer
  • 1976 Ryan Leaf, American football player
  • 1978 Amy Chow, gymnast (Olympics-gold/silver-96), born in San Jose, California
  • 1978 Edu, Brazilian footballer
  • 1978 Dwayne DeRosario, Canadian footballer
  • 1980 Josh Beckett, American baseball player
  • 1981 Patrice Evra, French-Senegalese footballer
  • 1981 Justin Morneau, Canadian baseball player
  • 1982 Segundo Castillo, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1982 Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jamaican athlete
  • 1984 Sérgio Jimenez, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1985 Cristiane, Brazilian footballer
  • 1986 Matías Fernández, Chilean footballer
  • 1986 Adam Moffat, Scottish football player
  • 1986 Kyle Loza, Freestyle Motocross Rider
  • 1987 Ersan İlyasova, Turkish basketball player

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1987 Andy Murray, Scottish tennis player two-time Olympic champion (2012, 2016), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
  • 1990 Joe Mattock, English football player

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1969 Joe Malone, Canadian ice hockey center (Quebec Bulldogs), dies at 79

Ice Hockey Player Joe Malone
Ice Hockey Player
Joe Malone
  • 1982 Gordon Smiley, American race car driver (b. 1946)
  • 1986 Elio de Angelis, Italian race car driver (b. 1958)
  • 1992 Jovy Marcelo, Filipino race car driver (b. 1965)
  • 1998 Earl Manigault, American basketball player (b. 1944)
  • 2008 Tommy Burns, Scottish footballer (b. 1956)
  • 2008 Robert Dunlop, Northern Irish motorcycle racer, younger brother of Joey Dunlop (b. 1960)
  • 2009 Wayman Tisdale, American basketball player (b. 1964)
  • 2010 Loris Kessel, Swiss racing driver (b. 1950)
  • 2010 Besian Idrizaj, Footballer (b. 1987)
  • 2015 Garo Yepremian, American NFL place kicker (Miami Dolphins), dies at 70