On This Day in Sport for May 25

Events in Sport

  • 1868 Australian Aboriginal Cricket tour of England begins v Surrey Gentlemen
  • 1876 4th Preakness: G Barbee aboard Shirley wins in 2:44.75
  • 1895 20th Preakness: Fred Taral aboard Belmar wins in 1:50.5
  • 1899 33rd Belmont: R Clawson aboard Jean Beraud wins in 2:23
  • 1900 Eyre M Shaw, 78, becomes oldest gold medalist in Olympics
  • 1904 38th Belmont: George Odom aboard Delhi wins in 2:06.6
  • 1906 After 20 straight wins, Boston Pilgrims lose to Chicago White Sox 3-0
  • 1919 Casey Stengel releases a sparrow from under his baseball cap

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1922 Babe Ruth suspended 1 day & fined $200 for throwing dirt on an ump

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1935 Babe Ruth hits his last 3 home runs, Boston Braves vs Pirates

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1935 Track and field athlete Jesse Owens equals or breaks 4 world records in 45 minutes at a Big Ten meet at Ferry Field in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Remembered as "the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport".

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • 1939 Carl Storck becomes 2nd NFL president

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1941 Ted Williams raises his batting average over .400 for 1st time in 1941

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

Sport awardGolf Major

1948 30th PGA Championship: Ben Hogan at Norwood Hills CC St Louis

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1951 NY Giant Willie Mays 1st major league game (goes 0 for 5)

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1953 Braves Max Surkont strikes out record 8 Reds in a row
  • 1959 US Supreme Courtt rules Louisiana prohibiting black-white boxing unconstitutional
  • 1963 Early Wynn wins his 300th baseball game
  • 1963 Great Britain ends its amateur-professional classes in cricket

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1965 Muhammad Ali KOs Sonny Liston in 1 for heavyweight boxing title rematch

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
  • 1966 Peru & Argentina soccer fans fight in Lima; 248 die
  • 1967 12th European Cup: Celtic beats Internazionale 2-1 at Lisbon

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1969 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1970 3rd ABA Championship: Indiana Pacers beat LA Stars, 4 games to 2

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1972 Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Ron Stander

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 1975 29th NBA Championship: Golden Warriors sweep Wash Bullets in 4 games
  • 1975 Joanne Carner wins LPGA American DefenderGolf Classic
  • 1975 Indianapolis 500: Bobby Unser wins in 2:54:55.064 (240.135 km/h)
  • 1977 21st European Cup: Liverpool beats Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 at Rome
  • 1978 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1980 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • 1980 Jacek Wszoka of Poland sets high jump record (7'8")
  • 1980 Indianapolis 500: Johnny Rutherford wins in 3:29:59.572 (229.914 km/h)
  • 1981 Bobby Unser becomes 1st Indy 500 winner to be disqualified

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1981 Carl Yastrzemski is 4th to get 3,000 hits (Cobb, Musial & Aaron)

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • 1982 Ferguson Jenkins becomes 7th pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters
  • 1983 Kirk Gibson (Tigers) & Jorge Orta (Blue Jays) hit inside park HRs
  • 1983 27th European Cup: Hamburg beats Juventus 1-0 at Athens
  • 1984 Det Tigers lose to Seattle 7-3 ends record tying 17 consecutive wins
  • 1984 Red Sox trade pitcher Dennis Eckersley to Cubs for Bill Buckner
  • 1985 Allan Border scores 4th successive 1st class 100 (v Derbyshire)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1986 KC Royal George Brett gets his 2,000th hit

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • 1986 Laurie Rinker wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • 1988 32nd European Cup: PSV Eindhoven beats Benfica (0-0, 6-5 on penalties) at Stuttgart
  • 1989 Stanley Cup: Calgary Flames beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 2
  • 1991 Stanley Cup: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Minn North Star, 4 games to 2
  • 1992 NY Yankees score 9 runs before 1st out in 8th inn, beat Brewers 13-7

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Mark Messier scores a natural hat trick for the New York Rangers in game 6 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • 1997 David Frost wins Golf's Colonial Final in Fort Worth Texas

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Minnesota Twins retire Kirby Puckett's uniform #

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • 1997 Rosie Jones wins LPGA Corning Classic
  • 1997 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Philadelphia Flyers beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 1
  • 2003 Indianapolis 500: Gil de Ferran wins in 3:11:56.989 (251.526 km/h)
  • 2005 13th UEFA Champions League Final: Liverpool beats Milan (3-3, 3-2 on penalties)
  • 2008 Indianapolis 500: Scott Dixon wins in 3:28:57.6792 (231.049 km/h)
  • 2012 NHL Eastern Conference Finals: New Jersey Devils beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 2
  • 2013 21st UEFA Champions League Final: Bayern Munich beats Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at London
  • 2014 Indianapolis 500: Ryan Hunter-Reay wins in 2:40:48.2305 (300.244 km/h)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1845 Lip Pike, American baseball player (d. 1883)
  • 1852 William Muldoon, US wrestler and owner of NY health institute "The Olympia," (d. 1933)
  • 1897 Alan Kippax, cricketer (22 Tests for Australia 1924-34, brilliant bat)
  • 1898 Gene Tunney, American boxer, world heavyweight boxing champion (1926-30), born in New York City (d. 1978)
  • 1918 Peder Lunde, Norway, yachtsman (Olympic-silver-1952)
  • 1919 Lindsey Nelson, Pulaski Tn, sportscaster (NY Mets)
  • 1924 István Nyers, Hungarian footballer (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Don Liddle, baseball player (d. 2000)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1926 Bill Sharman, American Hall of Fame basketball player (Boston Celtics) born in Abilene, Texas (d. 2013)

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • 1932 K C Jones, Taylor Tx, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • 1933 Ray Spencer, English footballer
  • 1935 Cookie Gilchrist, American football player
  • 1936 Rusi Surti, cricketer (Indian slow lefty, hat-trick for Qld 1969), *d. 2013)
  • 1938 Ludmil Buldakova, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1942 Ron Davies, Holywell, Wales, footballer (29 Welsh caps), (d. 2013)
  • 1946 Irnema Szewinski Kirszenstein, Poland, 200m runner (1968 Olym Gold)
  • 1949 Lalith Kaluperuma, cricketer (two Tests for Sri Lanka 1982)
  • 1953 Donald Albert Weibring Jr, Quincy IL, PGA golfer (1979 Quad Cities)
  • 1953 Daniel Passarella, Argentine footballer
  • 1956 Tatsutoshi Goto, wrestler (WAR/NJPW)
  • 1961 Hiro Saito, wrestler (All-Japan/NJPW/Calgary)
  • 1962 Amy Read, golfer (1994 Healthsouth Palm Beach-15th), born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • 1962 Zulqarnain, cricketer (last person in alphabetical order to play Test)
  • 1964 David Shaw, St Thomas, NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 1965 Stefka Kostadinova, Bulgaria high jumper (world record 1987)
  • 1966 Bill Haselman, Long Branch NJ, catcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1966 Dave Hollins, infielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1966 Melissa McNamara, LPGA golfer (1991 Stratton Mt Classic), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1967 Danny Gonzales, jockey
  • 1967 Juan Jimenez, WLAF quarterback/receivers coach (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1967 Luc Nilis, Belgian soccer player (RSC Anderlecht/PSV)
  • 1967 Ruthie Bolton, McClain Miss, basketball guard (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1968 Debbi Miho Koyama, LPGA golfer (1995 US Women's Open-28th)
  • 1968 Kendall Gill, NBA guard/forward (NJ Nets)
  • 1968 Nathalie Schneyder, synchronized swimmer (Olympics-gold-96), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968 Shawn Bouwens, NFL guard (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1970 Danni Roche, Australian field hockey midfielder (Oly-96), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1970 Heather Simmons-Carrasco, Mt View Ca, synchronized swimmer (Oly-alt-96)
  • 1970 Joey Eischen, West Covina CA, pitcher (LA Dodgers)
  • 1970 Robert Croft, cricketer (Glamorgan off-spinner, England 1996-)
  • 1970 Sandra Dopfer, Lustenau Austria, tennis star (1995 Futures-Lerida)
  • 1971 Alan Kline, NFL tackle (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1971 Keith Hamilton, NFL defensive tackle (NY Giants)
  • 1971 Larry Thompson, CFL/NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks, BC Lions)
  • 1971 Tim Kroeker, Chilliwack BC, 110m hurdler (Olympics-96)
  • 1972 Antonio Lang, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1972 Tony Ronaldson, Adelaide SA Australia, basketball forward (Oly-96)
  • 1973 Duncan Free, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1973 Earl Mackey, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1973 Jeff Smith, NFL/WLAF corner (Scotland Claymores/KC Chiefs)
  • 1973 Josee Corbeil, Pointe-Claire Quebec, volleyball player (Olympics-96)
  • 1973 Maria Jose Gaidano, Buenos Aires Arg, tennis star (1993 Belgium doubles)
  • 1973 Racquel Spurlock, WNBA center (Houston Comets)
  • 1974 Dennis Stallings, linebacker (Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1975 Adam Saathoff, running target (Olympics-1996), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1976 Tarik Glenn, offensive tackle (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1978 Brian Urlacher, American football player
  • 1979 Sam Sodje, Nigerian footballer
  • 1979 Jonny Wilkinson, English international and Newcastle Falcons rugby player
  • 1979 Caroline Ouellette, French Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1980 David Navarro, Spanish footballer
  • 1982 Adam Boyd, English footballer
  • 1982 Daniel Braaten, Norwegian footballer
  • 1982 Ryan Gallant, American skateboarder
  • 1984 Kyle Brodziak, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1984 Shawne Merriman, American football player
  • 1986 Yoan Gouffran, French footballer
  • 1987 Timothy Derijck, Belgian footballer

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1940 MLB outfielder Stan Musial (19) weds his high school sweetheart Lillian Labash in Daytona Beach

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial

HeartWedding of Interest

1957 NFL coach Chuck Noll (25) weds first wife Marianne Noll

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll

HeartWedding of Interest

1965 Boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson (44) weds Millie Bruce in Los Angeles

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson

Deaths in Sport

  • 1916 Jack Marsh, cricketer (Aboriginal bowler played for NSW 1900-03), dies
  • 1958 Rolland Beaumont, cricketer (5 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • 1974 Frank Ward, cricketer (4 Tests for Australia 1936-38), dies
  • 1981 Roy Brown, American boxer/rocker, dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 1983 Black Jack Stewart, Canadian NHL hockey player (b. 1917)
  • 1992 Danny Biasone, persuaded NBA to use 24 second clock, dies at 83
  • 1995 Krešimir Ćosić, Croatian basketball player (b. 1948)
  • 2010 Alexander Belostenny, Ukrainian basketball player (b. 1959)
  • 2010 Alan Hickinbotham, Australian businessman, football player, & football coach (b. 1925)
  • 2011 Terry Jenner, Australian cricketer (b. 1944)