On This Day in Sport for May 2

Events in Sport

  • 1876 Ross Barnes hit 1st home run in National League
  • 1903 29th Kentucky Derby: Hal Booker riding Judge Himes wins in 2:09
  • 1904 30th Kentucky Derby: Shorty Prior riding Elwood wins in 2:08.50
  • 1906 32nd Kentucky Derby: Roscoe Troxler aboard Sir Huon wins in 2:08.8

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1909 Honus Wagner steals his way around bases in 1st inning against Cubs

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • 1920 1st game of National Negro Baseball League played in Indianapolis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1923 Senator Walter Johnson pitches his 100th shutout, beats Yanks 3-0

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1936 62nd Kentucky Derby: Ira Hanford aboard Bold Venture wins in 2:03.6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1939 Lou Gehrig ends 2,130 consecutive game streak, Yanks beat Tigers 22-2

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1941 Ted Williams lowest average (.308) in year he hit over .400

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1942 68th Kentucky Derby: Wayne D Wright aboard Shut Out wins in 2:04.4
  • 1953 79th Kentucky Derby: Hank Moreno aboard Dark Star wins in 2:02

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1954 Stan Musial hits 5 HRs in a doubleheader

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 1959 85th Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Tomy Lee wins in 2:02.2
  • 1962 7th European Cup: Benfica beats Real Madrid 5-3 at Amsterdam
  • 1964 90th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Northern Dancer wins in 2:00

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1965 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1965 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
  • 1967 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 2
  • 1968 22nd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 2
  • 1970 1st woman jockey at Kentucky Derby (Diane Crump)
  • 1970 96th Kentucky Derby: Mike Manganello on Dust Commander wins 2:03.4
  • 1971 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • 1976 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic
  • 1978 NBA championship: Portland Trailblazers win in 4 games
  • 1978 1978 NFL Draft: Earl Campbell from University of Texas first pick by Houston Oilers
  • 1979 -May 10] Vivekananda (Sri Lanka) begins nonstop ride, cycling 187 hrs, 28 min, around Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1981 107th Kentucky Derby: Jorge Velasquez on Pleasant Colony wins in 2:02

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1982 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • 1987 113th Kentucky Derby: Chris McCarron aboard Alysheba wins in 2:03.4
  • 1988 Balt Orioles sign a 15 year lease to remain in Balt & get a new park

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 Reds manager Pete Rose is suspended for 30 days for pushing an ump

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1992 118th Kentucky Derby: Pat Day aboard Lil E Tee wins in 2:03
  • 1993 Kristi Albers wins Sprint Golf Classic
  • 1993 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Sprint Senior Challenge Golf Tournament
  • 1998 124th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 2:02.20

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1999 John Elway announces his retirement from the NFL

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 2009 135th Kentucky Derby: Calvin Borel aboard Mine That Bird wins in 2:02.66

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012 Barcelona football player Lionel Messi breaks the European goal-scoring record with 68 goals

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • 2015 141st Kentucky Derby: American Pharoah ridden by Victor Espinoza wins
  • 2015 Toulon win the 2015 European Rugby Champions Cup final at Twickenham

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

2015 Fight of the Century: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. beats Manny Pacquiao in 12 for the welterweight boxing title

  • 2016 Leicester City win the English Premier League title after starting the season at 5,000-1 odds

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1887 Eddie Collins, Hall of Fame baseball infielder (White Sox, A's) and manager, born in Millerton, New York (d. 1951)

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • 1901 Bob Wyatt, English cricket player (1927-37), born in Surrey (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Aileen Riggin, springboard diver (Olympic-gold-1920, 24), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1910 Laurie Nash, cricketer (Tasmanian fast-bowler, 2 Tests for Australia)
  • 1914 Dennis Dyer, cricketer (opened batting for South Africa v England 1947)
  • 1917 Albert Castelyns, Belgian water polo player and bobsledder
  • 1925 David Ironside, cricketer (South African swing bowler in 3 Tests v NZ 1953-54)
  • 1929 Sydney Gedye, cricketer (opening batsman in four Tests for NZ 1964)
  • 1932 Maury Allen, American sportswriter
  • 1935 Luis Suárez Miramontes, Spanish footballer and manager
  • 1939 Gates Brown, Crestline, OH, MLB player (Detroit Lions), (d. 2013)
  • 1940 Bryan Davis, cricketer (bro of Charlie WI batsman v Australia 1965)
  • 1941 Clay Carroll, American baseball player
  • 1942 Jacques Rogge, Belgian International Olympic Committee president
  • 1953 "Keith" Jamaal Wilkes, NBA forward (Golden State-Rookie of Yr 1975)
  • 1955 Ian Callen, cricketer (one Test Australia v India 1978, six wickets)
  • 1958 Kim Jones, Sonoma California, 5k runner
  • 1960 Ravi Ratnayeke, cricketer (Sri Lankan pace bowler & opening batsman)
  • 1961 Peter Doohan, Australia, tennis star
  • 1962 Nancy Harvey, Swift Current Sask, LPGA golfer (1995 Youngstown-11th)
  • 1963 Jos van Eck, Dutch soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1963 Kenton Leonard, CFL cornerback (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1964 Kelly Michael Gibson, PGA golfer (1995 Bob Hope-7th), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1967 Kerryn McCann, Australian marathoner (Olympics-96)
  • 1968 Reggie Slack, CFL quarterback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1968 Will Furrer, WLAF quarterback (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1968 Jeff Agoos, American soccer player
  • 1969 Brian Lara, cricketer (WI left-hand bat Smashed world records in 1994)
  • 1969 Glen Young, NFL linebacker (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1971 Greg Bishop, NFL guard (NY Giants)
  • 1972 Erik Maes, Dutch soccer player (MVV)
  • 1972 Jill Savery, synchronized swimmer (Olympics-gold-96), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1972 Peter Ogilvie, 100m sprinter (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1972 Paul Adcock, English footballer
  • 1973 Rich Yurkiewicz, NFL/WLAF linebacker (Atlanta Falcons, Amst Admirals)
  • 1974 Miles Joseph, American soccer forward (Olympics-gold-96), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1974 Andy Johnson, Welsh footballer
  • 1975 Mark Johnson, baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1975 Murray William Burdan, swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1975 David Beckham, Leytonstone, London, English footballer (Manchester United, England)
  • 1976 Nancy Feber, Antwerp Belgium, tennis star
  • 1977 Amy D'Entremont, Stoneham Mass, figure skater (1995 NE Jr champ)
  • 1977 Luke Hudson, American baseball player
  • 1979 Jason Chimera, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1979 Roman Lyashenko, Russian ice hockey player (d. 2003)
  • 1980 Tim Borowski, German footballer
  • 1980 Miloš Glogovac, Serbian footballer
  • 1980 Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Canadian skateboarder
  • 1980 Zat Knight, English footballer
  • 1980 Troy Murphy, American basketball player
  • 1980 Brad Richards, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1981 Matt Murray, English footballer
  • 1981 Chris Kirkland, English footballer
  • 1984 Saulius Mikoliūnas, Lithuanian footballer
  • 1984 Thabo Sefolosha, American basketball player
  • 1985 Kyle Busch, American race car driver
  • 1985 Sarah Hughes, American figure skater
  • 1985 David Nugent, English footballer
  • 1985 Jarrod Saltalamacchia, American baseball player

Deaths in Sport

  • 1945 Joe Corbett, baseball player (b. 1875)
  • 1961 J C White, cricketer (49 wickets in 15 Tests for England 1921-31), dies
  • 1963 Jack Crawford, cricketer (469 runs & 39 wickets in 12 Tests), dies
  • 1980 Clarrie Grimmett, cricket (36 Tests for Australia, 216 wickets), dies
  • 1983 Norm Van Brocklin, American football star (b. 1926)
  • 1985 Attilio Bettega, Italian rallydriver (b.1951)
  • 1986 Henri Toivonen, Finnish rallydriver (b.1956)
  • 1998 Justin Fashanu, English footballer (b. 1961)
  • 2012 Junior Seau, NFL inside linebacker, commits suicide at 43