On This Day in Sport for May 16

Events in Sport

  • 1869 Cincinnati Reds play their 1st baseball game, win 41-7
  • 1882 8th Kentucky Derby: Babe Hurd aboard Apollo wins in 2:40.00
  • 1884 10th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Buchanan wins in 2:40.25
  • 1894 Fire in Boston destroys baseball stadium & 170 other buildings
  • 1914 American Horseshoe Pitchers Association organizes in Kansas City
  • 1914 Ewing Field baseball park opens near Masonic Street, San Francisco. Relocated a year later.
  • 1916 41st Preakness: Linus McAtee aboard Damrosch wins in 1:54.8
  • 1921 46th Preakness: F Coltiletti aboard Broomspun wins in 1:54.2
  • 1925 51st Kentucky Derby: Earl Sande aboard Flying Ebony wins in 2:07.6
  • 1927 NY Yankee Bob Meusel steals 2nd, 3rd & home
  • 1930 6th Walker Cup: US, 10-2
  • 1931 57th Kentucky Derby: Charley Kurtsinger on Twenty Grand wins 2:01.8
  • 1936 61st Preakness: George Woolf aboard Bold Venture wins in 1:59

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1938 In cricket Bradman scores 278 Aust v MCC, 349 mins, 35 fours 1 six

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1941 1st US/radio performance of Bennett's "Symphony in D for the Dodgers"
  • 1953 Phillies Curt Simmons gives up a single, then retires next 27 in a row
  • 1954 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA National Capital Golf Open

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1954 Ted Williams gets 8 hits in 1st game (DH) since breaking collarbone

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1955 Ray Lindwall scores his 2nd Test Cricket century 118 at Bridgetown

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1955 Rocky Marciano TKOs Don Cockell in 9 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • 1959 84th Preakness: William Harmatz aboard Royal Orbit wins in 1:57
  • 1964 89th Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Northern Dancer wins in 1:56.8
  • 1965 Susie Maxwell wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open
  • 1970 95th Preakness: Eddie Belmonte aboard Personality wins in 1:56.2
  • 1972 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Suzuki Golf Internationale
  • 1973 AC Milan of Italy win 13th European Cup Winner's Cup against Leeds of England 1-0 in Saloniki

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1975 Muhammad Ali TKOs Ron Lyle in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1976 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Philadelphia Flyers in 4 games
  • 1976 Sue Roberts wins LPGA American Defender Golf Classic
  • 1977 Muhammad Ali beats Alfredo Evangelist in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1979 FC Barcelona of Spain wins 19th European Cup Winner's Cup against Fortuna Düsseldorf of West Germany 4-3 in Basel
  • 1979 NL approves Astros sales from Ford Motors to John J McMullen for $19M
  • 1980 34th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Philadelphia 76ers, 4 games to 2
  • 1981 106th Preakness: Jorge Velasquez aboard Pleasant Colony wins in 1:54.6
  • 1981 Houston Astro Craig Reynolds hits 3 triples beating Cubs 6-1

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1982 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1982 Stanley Cup: NY Islanders sweep Vancouver Canucks in 4 games
  • 1984 Juventus of Italy win 24th European Cup Winner's Cup against Porto of Portugal 2-1 in Basel
  • 1984 Phillie pitcher Steve Carlton hits a grand slam homer
  • 1984 Mackay pays $218,718 for 44,166 tickets to keep Twins in Minnesota Twins sell 51,863 tickets but only 6,346 fans show up for the game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Michael Jordan named NBA Rookie of Year

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 1985 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Philadelphia Flyers beat Quebec Nordiques, 4 games to 2
  • 1985 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 2
  • 1987 112th Preakness: Chris McCarron aboard Alysheba wins in 1:55.8
  • 1992 117th Preakness: Chris McCarron aboard Pine Bluff wins in 1:55.6
  • 1992 America's Cup: America Team USA defeats Il Moro di Venezia 4-1 to win in San Diego

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1993 Laura Davies wins LPGA McDonald's Golf Championship

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • 1994 Tennis star Jennifer Capriati arrested on possession of marijuana

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1996 Sammy Sosa is 1st Chicago Cub to hit 2 HRs in 1 inning

MLB Outfielder Sammy Sosa
MLB Outfielder
Sammy Sosa
  • 1997 Atlanta Braves beat St Louis Cardinals, 1-0 in 13 innings
  • 1997 Expos trailing SF Giants by 9 runs comeback to win 14-13
  • 1998 123rd Preakness: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 1:54.80
  • 2003 NHL Western Conference Final: Anaheim Ducks beat Minnesota Wild, 4 games to 0
  • 2009 134th Preakness: Calvin Borel aboard Rachel Alexandra wins in 1:55.08
  • 2014 Paris Saint-Germain F.C. & Manchester City F.C. are each fined €60 million for breaching Fair Play Regulations
  • 2015 140th Preakness: Victor Espinoza aboard American Pharoah wins in 1:58.46

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1904 Hugh Plaxton, Canada, ice hockey player (Olympic-gold-1928)
  • 1906 Ernie McCormick, cricketer (Australian quickie of late 30's)
  • 1907 Robert Tisdall, Ireland, 400m hurdler (Olympic-gold-1932)
  • 1918 Wilf Mannion, English former footballer (d. 2000)
  • 1920 Dave Philley, Texas, Major League Baseball switch-hitter (record 9 straight pinch hits), born in Paris, France (d. 2012)
  • 1927 Nílton Santos, Brazilian footballer, (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Billy Martin, baseball 2nd baseman/manager (NY Yankees, Oakland A's)
  • 1930 Brian Davies, Brisbane, Australia, Rugby League player, (d. 2012)
  • 1949 Rick Reuschel, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1953 Rick Rhoden, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1955 Jack Morris, pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1955 Olga Korbut, Grodno Belorussia, gymnist (Olympic-2 golds-1972)
  • 1957 Joan Benoit Samuelson, Cape Elizabeth ME, marathoner (Oly-gold-1984)
  • 1959 Bob Patterson, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1959 Ty Armstrong, Waxahachie TX, Nike golfer (1993 Anheuser-Busch-19th)
  • 1961 Kevin Guidry, NFL tackle (Denver Broncos)
  • 1962 Gary Crocker, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman)
  • 1964 John Salley, NBA star (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1965 Lori Sippel, Stratford Ontario, softball pitcher (Olympics-96)
  • 1966 Sean Quilty, Australian marathoner (Olympics-96)
  • 1966 Thurman Thomas, NFL running back (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1969 Marcel Schewe, cricketer (Holland wicket-keeper 1996 World Cup)
  • 1969 Steven Earl Lewis, 4X100/400m runner (Olympic-gold-1988), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Steve Lewis, American athlete
  • 1970 Eric Lynch, NFL running back (Detroit Lions)
  • 1970 Gabriela Sabatini, Argentina, tennis player (Olympic-silver-1988)
  • 1971 Khari Jones, CFL/WLAF quarterback (BC Lions, Scottish Claymores)
  • 1972 Keith Burns, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1972 Matthew Hart, cricketer (NZ lefty spinner 1994- )
  • 1974 Conal Groom, rower (Olympics-1996), born in Northford, Connecticut
  • 1974 Keith Thibodeaux, cornerback (Washington Redskins)
  • 1977 Jean-Sébastien Giguère, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1978 Vincent Larusso, Livingston, NJ, actor (Adam-Mighty Ducks, D2, D3)
  • 1978 Lionel Scaloni, Argentine footballer
  • 1980 Mikel Alonso, Spanish footballer
  • 1980 Michael Ryan, American ice hockey player
  • 1982 Łukasz Kubot, Polish tennis player
  • 1982 Hanna Mariën, Belgian athlete
  • 1983 Kyle Wellwood, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1984 Jensen Lewis, American baseball player
  • 1985 Anja Mittag, German footballer
  • 1985 Corey Perry, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1986 Andy Keogh, Irish footballer (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1989 MLB player Moises Alou (22) weds Austria Melo

MLB Outfielder Moises Alou
MLB Outfielder
Moises Alou
  • 2009 Actress Jennifer Freeman (23) weds NBA guard Earl Watson (29) in Beverly Hills, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 1952 Alec Hearne, cricketer (scored 9 in Test for Eng v South Africa 1892), dies
  • 1959 Elisha Scott, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1894)
  • 1966 Randolph Turpin, boxer, shot dead in his home
  • 2013 Dick Trickle, American race car driver, commits suicide by gunshot at 71
  • 2015 Dean Potter, American free climber and BASE jumper, dies in a BASE jumping accident at Yosemite National Park, aged 43