On This Day in Sport for May 20

Events in Sport

  • 1734 1st Jockey Club forms in SC
  • 1879 5th Kentucky Derby: Charlie Shauer aboard Lord Murphy wins in 2:37
  • 1897 37th British Golf Open: Harold Hilton shoots a 314 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club
  • 1900 2nd modern Olympic games opens in Paris (lasted 5 months)
  • 1913 38th Preakness: James Butwell aboard Buskin wins in 1:53.4
  • 1920 Policemen raid the Cubs' bleachers & arrest 24 fans for gambling

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1922 Babe Ruth & Bob Meusel, suspended on October 16, 1921, by Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis, return to the NY lineup & go hitless

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1930 University of California dedicates $1,500 to research on prevention & cure of athlete's foot
  • 1940 Soccer team HZVV forms in Hoogeveen
  • 1941 White Sox Taft Wright sets AL record of RBIs in 13 consecutive games
  • 1945 Keith Miller scores 105 in the 1st Victory Test Cricket at Lord's
  • 1946 Cubs Claude Passeau makes his 1st error since September 21, 1941, ending pitcher's fielding record of 273 consecutive errorless chances
  • 1948 Cleve Indians tie AL record of 18 walks (beat Red Sox 13-4)
  • 1950 75th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Hill Prince wins in 1:59.2
  • 1960 Baseball game in Milwaukee postponed due to dense fog
  • 1961 86th Preakness: Johnny Sellers aboard Carry Back wins in 1:57.6
  • 1962 Patty Berg wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open
  • 1964 Buster Mathis defeats Joe Fraizer to qualify for US Olympic team
  • 1967 92nd Preakness: Bill Shoemaker aboard Damascus wins in 1:55.2
  • 1972 5th ABA Championship: Indiana Pacers beat NY Nets, 4 games to 2
  • 1972 97th Preakness: Eldon Nelson aboard Bee Bee Bee wins in 1:55.6

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1973 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • 1978 103rd Preakness: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 1:54.4

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1979 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1983 Larry Holmes beats Tim Witherspoon in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1983 Michael Dokes & Mike Weaver fight to a draw in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • 1983 Phillies Steve Carlton passes W Johnson with 2nd most strike outs
  • 1984 Barb Bunkowsky wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Charity Golf Classic

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1984 Boston's Roger Clemens beats Twins, 5-4, for his 1st victory

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • 1985 Indians-Brewers game at Cleve Stadium is 1st rain-out of 1985, ends record string of 458 ML games since Opening Day without a rain-out
  • 1985 Larry Holmes beats Carl Williams in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1987 Wrestler Jerry Lawler sues WWF & Harley Race for trademark name "king"

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1988 Mike Schmidt hits his 535th HR, moving into 8th place

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • 1989 114th Preakness: Pat Valenzuela aboard Sunday Silence wins in 1:53.8
  • 1990 Cindy Rarick wins LPGA Planters Pat Bradley Golf International

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1991 Chic Bull Michael Jordan, named NBA's MVP

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 1992 36th European Cup: Barcelona beats Sampdoria 1-0 at London
  • 1995 120th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Timber Coutry wins in 1:54.4
  • 1997 White Sox Frank Thomas reaches base safely for 15th straight time
  • 1998 6th UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Juventus 1-0 at Amsterdam
  • 2000 125th Preakness: Jerry Bailey aboard Red Bullet wins in 1:56.00
  • 2006 131st Preakness: Javier Castellano aboard Bernardini wins in 1:54.65
  • 2015 NASCAR 2016 hall of fame inductees: Bobby Isaac, Terry Labonte and Jerry Cook

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1914 Hideko Maehata, Japanese swimmer (d. 1995)
  • 1916 Trebisonda Valla, Italian athlete (d. 2006)
  • 1920 Betty Driver, actress (Penny Paradise)
  • 1921 Hal Newhouser, American baseball player (d. 1998)
  • 1924 Betty Driver, actress (Coronation St, Pardon the Expression)
  • 1926 Bob Sweikert, American race car driver (d. 1956)
  • 1927 [Harold] Bud Grant, Wisc, CFL/NFL player/coach (Winnipeg, Minnesota)
  • 1931 Chiharu Igaya, Japan, slalom (Olympic-silver-1956)
  • 1931 Ken Boyer, American baseball player (d. 1982)
  • 1937 Dave Hill, PGA golfer (1967 Memphis), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • 1938 Christina Bass-Kaiser, 3K Dutch speed skater (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1940 Stan Mikita, NHL center (led NHL in scoring 4 times)
  • 1942 Lynn Davies, long jumper
  • 1943 Deryck Murray, cricket wicket-keeper (West Indian 1963-80)
  • 1944 Keith Fletcher, cricket captain (Essex & England)
  • 1946 Bakhaavaa Buidaa, Mongolia, wrestler (Oly-silver-1972) disqualified
  • 1946 Craig Patrick, NHL coach
  • 1946 Bobby Murcer, American baseball outfielder (NY Yankees, SF Giants and Chicago Cubs), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2008)
  • 1950 Yvon Lambert, French Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1950 Reinaldo Merlo, Argentine footballer
  • 1952 Roger Milla, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1956 Andrew Hilditch, cricketer (Australian opening bat 1979-85)
  • 1956 Tomas Smid, Czech, tennis star
  • 1958 Mike Engleman, Sonoma California, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • 1961 Clive Allen, WLAF kicker (London Monarchs)
  • 1961 Sally Quinlan, LPGA golfer
  • 1961 Vaughn Jefferis, Matangi NZ, equestrian 3 day event (Olymp-bronze-96)
  • 1963 David Wells, Torrance CA, pitcher (Baltimore Orioles, NY Yankees)
  • 1963 Dipak Chudasama, cricketer (Kenya opening batsman 1996 World Cup)
  • 1964 Jeff Schwarz, US baseball pitcher (California Angels, Chicago White Sox)
  • 1964 Todd Peat, WLAF guard (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1965 Bruno Marie-Rose, French runner (world record 200 m indoor)
  • 1965 Joe Cioe, Cranston RI, Canadian Tour golfer (NH Open-1992, 93)
  • 1965 Todd Stottlemyre, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals, Blue Jays), born in Yakima, Washington
  • 1966 Lawyer Tillman, NFL tight end (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers)
  • 1966 Liselotte Neumann, Finspang Sweden, LPGA golfer (1988 US Women's Open)
  • 1967 Beate Reinstadler, Stuttgart Ger, tennis star (1989 Futures Israel)
  • 1968 Damon Mays, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968 Phil Hansen, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1968 Waisale Serevi, Fijian rugby union and rugby sevens footballer
  • 1969 Alberto Mancini, Argentina, tennis star
  • 1970 Jason York, Nepean, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • 1970 Missy Cress, female catcher (Colo Silver Bullets), born in Burbank, California
  • 1970 Niklas Andersson, Kungalv SWE, NHL forward (Team Sweden, NY Islanders)
  • 1970 Terrell Brandon, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 1971 Jonas Berqvist, Angelhorn SWE, hockey forward (Team Sweden, Oly-98)
  • 1971 Niklas Andersson, Kungalv Swe, NHL left wing (NY Islanders)
  • 1971 Sandy Schreur, Dutch soccer player (NEC)
  • 1971 Šárka Kašpárková, Czech athlete
  • 1971 Tony Stewart, American race car driver
  • 1972 Michael Cox, Hannibal Missouri, 1.5k runner
  • 1974 Brandon Jessie, tight end (NY Giants)
  • 1975 Isaac Gálvez, Spanish cyclist (d. 2006)
  • 1975 Mark Zupan, American quadriplegic rugby player
  • 1976 Ramón Hernández, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1976 Tomoya Satozaki, Japanese baseball player
  • 1977 Leonardo Noeren Franco, Argentine footballer
  • 1977 Chad Muska, American Skateboarder for Element Skateboards
  • 1980 Austin Kearns, American Baseball player
  • 1981 Iker Casillas, Spanish footballer
  • 1981 Lindsay Taylor, American basketball player
  • 1981 Mark Winterbottom, Australian racing driver
  • 1982 Petr Čech, Czech footballer
  • 1982 Imran Farhat, Pakistani cricketer
  • 1986 Dexter Blackstock, English footballer
  • 1993 Caroline Zhang, American figure skater

Weddings in Sport

  • 2006 Race car driver Jacques Villeneuve (35) weds Johanna Martinez at a civil ceremony in Switzerland

Deaths in Sport

  • 1911 E M Grace, cricketer (one Test v Australia 1880, 36 & 0), dies
  • 1926 Dick Pougher, cricketer (17 & 3-26 in only Test for England 1892), dies
  • 1939 Joe Carr, NFL hall of famer/NFL president (1921-39), dies at 59
  • 1940 Amar Singh, cricketer (of pneumonia Indian pace bowler 1932-36), dies
  • 1968 Albert Hartkopf, cricketer (one Test for Australia), dies
  • 1973 Jarno Saarinen, Finnish motorcycle racer (b. 1945)
  • 1976 Syd Howe, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1911)
  • 1980 Jack Walsh, cricketer (at Wallsend)/commentator (NBN), dies
  • 2000 Malik Sealy, American basketball player (b. 1970)
  • 2007 Norman Von Nida, Australian golfer (b. 1914)
  • 2011 Randy Savage, American Pro-Wrestler (b. 1952)
  • 2014 Phil Sharpe, English cricketer, dies at 77