On This Day in Sport for May 21

Events in Sport

  • 1819 1st bicycles (swift walkers) in US introduced in NYC
  • 1878 4th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Carter aboard Day Star wins in 2:37.25
  • 1881 US Nation Lawn Tennis Association forms
  • 1886 14th Preakness: S Fisher aboard Bard wins in 2:45
  • 1891 Boxers Peter Jackson & Jim Corbett fight to a draw in 61 rounds
  • 1904 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) forms in Paris
  • 1907 32nd Preakness: G Mountain aboard Don Enrique wins in 1:45.4
  • 1914 39th Preakness: Andy Schuttinger aboard Holiday wins in 1:53.8
  • 1922 Col Ruppert buys out Col Huston interest in NY Yankees for $1,500,000
  • 1926 White Sox Earl Sheely hits a record 6th consecutive double

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1930 NY Yankee Babe Ruth hits 3 consecutive homers

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1932 1st Curtis Cup: US wins, 5½-3½ at Wentworth Club (Wentworth, England)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1938 Don Bradman scores 143 Austalia v Surrey, 198 mins, 11 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1943 Fastest 9 inning AL baseball game (89 mins), White Sox beat Senators
  • 1945 Australian Services win 1st Victory Test Cricket at Lord's by 6 wickets

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1948 NY Yank Joe DiMaggio hits for cycle (single, double, triple, HR)

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1952 Booklyn Dodgers score 15 runs in their 1st inning to beat Cincinnati Reds 19-1
  • 1960 85th Preakness: Bobby Ussery aboard Bally Ache wins in 1:57.6
  • 1966 91st Preakness: Don Brumfield aboard Kauai King wins in 1:55.4

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1966 Muhammad Ali TKOs Henry Cooper in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1967 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • 1968 Cubs Billy Williams sets outfielder record of 695 straight game
  • 1969 Slovan Bratislava of Czechoslovakia win 9th European Cup Winner's Cup against FC Barcelona of Spain 3-2 in Basel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 After 9,015 at bats Hank Aaron is lifted for a pinch hitter, Mike Lum, who doubled in a 15-3 victory over NY Mets

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1971 Chelsea win 11th European Cup Winner's Cup against Real Madrid 2-1 in Athens (replay)
  • 1972 Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational
  • 1977 102nd Preakness: Jean Cruguet aboard Seattle Slew wins in 1:54.4
  • 1977 SD Padres beat Mont Expos, 11-8, in 21 innings

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1978 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 1979 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat NY Rangers, 4 games to 1
  • 1981 Stanley Cup: NY Islanders beat Minnesota North Stars, 4 games to 1
  • 1983 108th Preakness: Donald Miller Jr on Deputed Testamony wins in 1:55.4
  • 1988 113th Preakness: Eddie Delahoussaye aboard Risen Star wins in 1:56.2
  • 1989 35th Mazda LPGA Championship won by Nancy Lopez
  • 1994 119th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Tabasco Cat wins in 1:56.4
  • 1994 Reds bat out of order against Dodgers in 2nd inning

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1995 Christa Johnson wins Star Bank LPGA Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Christa Johnson
LPGA Golfer
Christa Johnson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens beats Yankees for his 200th win

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • 2001 NHL Western Conference Final: Colorado Avalanche beat St. Louis Blues, 4 games to 1
  • 2005 130th Preakness: Jeremy Rose aboard Afleet Alex wins in 1:55.04
  • 2006 The Swedish ice hockey team Tre Kronor takes gold in the World Championship, becoming the first nation to hold both the World and Olympic titles separately in the same year.
  • 2008 16th UEFA Champions League Final: Manchester United beats Chelsea (1-1, 6-5 on penalties) at Moscow
  • 2011 136th Preakness: Jesús Castañón aboard Shackleford wins in 1:56.47

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1867 John James Ferris, cricketer (mighty Australian bowler of late 1880's)
  • 1893 Arthur Carr, cricket captain (England v Australia 1926)
  • 1902 Earl Averill, baseball player (d. 1983)
  • 1906 Keith Rigg, cricketer (Australian Test batsman in the thirties)
  • 1912 Monty Stratton, baseball player (d. 1982)
  • 1916 Tinus Osendarp, Dutch runner (d. 2002)
  • 1923 Ara Parseghian, American football player and coach (Northwestern, Notre Dame), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1923 Bettye Danoff, LPGA golfer
  • 1924 Jack Twyman, basketball player (Rochester/Cincinnati Royals), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1926 Dan Perlsweig, horse trainer
  • 1929 Paul Winslow, cricketer (big-hitter for South Africa, 108 v England 1955)
  • 1944 Mike Degett, horse trainer
  • 1946 David Hill, Australian TV-reporter/owner (Fox Sports)
  • 1947 Dorothy Germain, LPGA golfer
  • 1954 Bill Abbott, sailor (Olympics-96), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 1955 Liaqat Ali, cricket pace bowler (Pakistani in six Tests 1975-79)
  • 1955 Paul Barber, British field hockey player
  • 1957 Sue Woodstra, Colton Ca, volleyball player (Olympic-silver-1984)
  • 1958 Monte Lynch, cricketer (Surrey batsman, WI Rebel, England ODI player)
  • 1960 Mark Kevin Carnevale, PGA golfer (1992 Chattanooga), born in Annapolis, Maryland
  • 1960 Kent Hrbek, American baseball player
  • 1963 Yelena Vodorezova, USSR, figure skater (Olympic-1976)
  • 1964 Tom Harding, Kalamazoo Mich, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 Transamerica)
  • 1964 Tommy Albelin, NHL defenseman (Calgary Flames), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1964 Danny Bailey, English footballer
  • 1967 Cindy Haley, Tyler TX, LPGA golfer (1987 Texas Amateur-2nd)
  • 1967 Rogel Nachum, Israel, Men's triple jump (Oly-1996)
  • 1967 Todd Doohan, Sarnia Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (Western Ont Amateur-92)
  • 1967 Tracy Simien, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • 1969 Reid Simpson, Flin Flon, NHL left wing (NJ Devils)
  • 1969 Pierluigi Brivio, Italian footballer
  • 1970 Dorsey Levens, NFL running back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1970 Roman Turek, Strakonice CZE, hockey goalie (Team Czech Rep, Oly-98)
  • 1970 Scott "Munnster" Munn, Larkspur California, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • 1970 Veronica Sanchez, Michoan Mexico, WPVA volleyballer (Hermosa-17-1994)
  • 1970 Carl Veart, Australian former footballer
  • 1971 Jeff Stavroff, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Space Coast-4), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1972 Liliko Ogasawara, middleweight judoka (Olympics-96), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1977 Quinton Fortune, South African footballer
  • 1977 Ricky Williams, American football player
  • 1978 Jamaal Magloire, Canadian professional basketballer
  • 1979 Damián Ariel Álvarez, Argentinian footballer
  • 1981 Beth Botsford, 100m/200m backstroke (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1981 Josh Hamilton, Major League Baseball player
  • 1982 Ma'a Nonu, New Zealand rugby union player and All Black (2003-), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1985 Andrew Miller, Major League Baseball player
  • 1988 Jonathan Howson, English footballer
  • 1994 Tom Daley, English diver

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1994 ABC Sports President Roone Arledge (62) weds third wife Gigi Shaw

Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports Roone Arledge
Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports
Roone Arledge

HeartWedding of Interest

1999 NFL legend Deion Sanders (31) weds model Pilar Biggers in Paradise Island, Bahamas

NFL Legend Deion Sanders
NFL Legend
Deion Sanders

Deaths in Sport

  • 1929 V P F A Royle, cricketer (one Test England v Australia 1879), dies
  • 1957 Edwin St Hill, cricketer (two Tests for West Indies 1930-31), dies
  • 2003 Alejandro de Tomaso, Argentine-Italian racing driver and car manufacturer (b. 1928)
  • 2006 Spencer Clark, American racecar driver (b. 1987)
  • 2016 Jim Ray Hart, American baseball player (Giants), dies at 74