On This Day in Sport for May 26

Events in Sport

  • 1874 2nd Preakness: William Donohue aboard Culpepper wins in 2:56.5
  • 1883 11th Preakness: G Barbee aboard Jacobus wins in 2:42.5

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1884 Fred Spofforth takes 7-34 & 7-3 v England XI in 4 hours

Cricketer Fred Spofforth
Cricketer
Fred Spofforth
  • 1896 1st American intercollegiate bicycle race, Manhattan Beach NY
  • 1898 32nd Belmont: F Littlefield aboard Bowling Brook wins in 2:32
  • 1907 Chicago White Sox Ed Walsh no-hits NY Highlanders, 8-1 in 5 inning game
  • 1917 Walt Cruise hit 1st HR out of Braves Field
  • 1923 1st Le Mans Grand Prix d'Endurance is run

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1925 Babe Ruth is finally out of bed, 5 weeks after ulcer surgery

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1925 Tigers' Ty Cobb is 1st to collect 1,000 extra-base hits (ends 1,139)

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1933 Phillies Chuck Klein hits for cycle vs St Louis Cards
  • 1946 2-for-42 & hitting .048 for 1946, Mel Ott stops playing baseball
  • 1956 Reds' John Klippstein, Hershel Freemman & Joe Blacks no-hitter, broken up with 2 outs in 10th & lose to Braves in 11th, 2-1
  • 1956 55th Men's French Championships: Lewis Hoad beats Sven Davidson (6-4, 8-6, 6-3)
  • 1956 55th Women's French Championships: Althea Gibson beats Angela Mortimer (6-0, 12-10)
  • 1957 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Land of Sky Golf Open

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1963 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright

Sport awardTennis Open

1963 62nd Men's French Championships: Roy Emerson beats Pierre Darmon (3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
  • 1963 62nd Women's French Championships: Lesley Turner beats Ann Jones (2-6, 6-3, 7-5)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1968 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1972 Joe Frazier TKOs Ron Stander in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 1974 Joanne Carner wins Hoosier LPGA Golf Classic
  • 1974 Indianapolis 500: Johnny Rutherford wins in 3:09:10.094 (255.224 km/h)
  • 1975 Tennis game in Surrey championships lasts 31 minutes
  • 1980 Dietmar Mogenburg of West Germany ties high jump record at 7'8"
  • 1980 Phillie Steve Carlton is 1st NLer to record 6, 1-hitters
  • 1982 26th European Cup: Aston Villa beats Bayern Munich 1-0 at Rotterdam
  • 1983 29th Walker Cup: US, 13½ - 10½
  • 1983 LA Lakers set NBA playoff game record of fewest free throws
  • 1985 Indianapolis 500: Danny Sullivan wins by 24 seconds following a spin
  • 1985 Patti Rizzo wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • 1988 Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers sweep Boston Bruins in 4 games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Philadelphia Phillies retire Mike Schmidt's uniform #20

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1991 Betsy King wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • 1993 In Major League Baseball, Carlos Martinez famously hits a ball off Jose Canseco's head for a home run
  • 1993 1st UEFA Champions League Final: Marseille beats Milan 1-0 at Munich

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Laura Davies wins J C Penney/LPGA Skins Golf Game

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • 1996 Rosie Jones wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • 1996 Indianapolis 500: Buddy Lazier wins in 3:22:45.753 (238.112 km/h)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1997 Sammy Sosa (Cubs) & Tony Womack (Pirates) hit inside the park HRs

MLB Outfielder Sammy Sosa
MLB Outfielder
Sammy Sosa
  • 1997 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Colorado Avalanche, 4 games to 2
  • 1999 7th UEFA Champions League Final: Manchester United beats Bayern Munich 2-1 at Barcelona
  • 2000 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New Jersey Devils beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 3
  • 2002 Indianapolis 500: Hélio Castroneves wins in 3:00:10.871 (267.954 km/h)
  • 2004 12th UEFA Champions League Final: Porto beats AS Monaco 3-0 at Gelsenkirchen
  • 2009 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Carolina Hurricanes, 4 games to 0
  • 2013 Golfer Matteo Manassero wins the BMW PGA Championship
  • 2013 Indianapolis 500: Tony Kanaan wins in 2:40:03.4181 (301.644 km/h)
  • 2015 Cleveland Cavaliers win the NBA Eastern Conference

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1863 Robert Fitzsimmons, Boxing champion (d. 1917)
  • 1876 Jack Root, boxing's 1st light heavyweight champion
  • 1909 Matt Busby, Scottish soccer coach (Manchester United)
  • 1918 Anton Christoforidis, Greek boxer (d. 1985)
  • 1920 Jack Cheetham, cricketer (South African batsman, Test capt early 50's)
  • 1921 Frank Mooney, cricketer (dependable wicket-keeper for NZ in 13 Tests)
  • 1939 Brent Musburger, sportscaster (CBS-TV)
  • 1943 Erica G Terpstra, Oly swimmer/Dutch MP (VVD)
  • 1944 Sam Posey, American race car driver, TV commentator and author
  • 1947 Glenn Turner, cricketer (masterful NZ opening batsman)
  • 1948 Geoff Greenidge, cricketer (no relation to Gordon, WI opener 1972-74)
  • 1949 Dan Pastorini, NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Raiders) [or Dec 25]
  • 1955 Wesley Walker, American football player
  • 1959 Brian Peaker, rower (Olympics-96), born in London, Ontario
  • 1959 Nancy White-Brophy, Montague PEI, LPGA golfer (1994 McCall's-25th)
  • 1960 Rob Murphy, American baseball player
  • 1961 Stephen Robert Pate, Ventura CA, PGA golfer (1987 Southwest Classic)
  • 1963 Eddie Martin Jr, jockey
  • 1964 Kevin Kennedy, baseball manager (Texas Rangers)
  • 1965 Greg Lloyd, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1965 Jacqueline Mary Nelson, New Zealand points race cyclist (Oly-96), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1966 Anthony Edwards, NFL wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1966 Billy Downes, Nike golfer (1994 New England Classic), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1966 Grant Bradburn, cricketer (son of Wynne NZ off-spinner 1990- )
  • 1967 Igor Zemlyanoy, hockey defenseman (Team Kazakhstan Oly-1998)
  • 1967 Jean Bartholomew, LPGA golfer (1989 Duke U Champ), born in Queens, New York
  • 1968 Rachael Sporn, Australian basketball forward (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1968 Steve Sedgley, English footballer
  • 1970 Sam Mack, NBA forward/guard (Houston Rockets, Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1970 Sebastian Barrie, NFL defensive tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1971 Darwin Ireland, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971 Lewis Capes, WLAF defensive tackle (London Monarchs)
  • 1971 Steven Rice, NHL right wing (Hartford Whalers), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1974 Lars Frölander, Swedish swimmer
  • 1975 Christopher Lindsey Donaldson, Dunedin NZ, 100m/200m runner (Oly-96)
  • 1975 Travis Lee, baseball 1st baseman (Olympics-bronze-96), born in San Diego, California
  • 1976 Markus Wieland, hockey defenseman (Team Germany 1998)
  • 1976 Scott Humphries, Greely Colo, tennis star (1995 doubles Binghampton)
  • 1977 Luca Toni, Italian footballer
  • 1979 Mehmet Okur (Memo), Turkish basketball player
  • 1988 Joel Selwood, Australian footballer

Weddings in Sport

  • 2006 Soccer star player Joshua Kennedy (23) weds Australian Opals player Jacinta Hamilton at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Port Melbourne

Deaths in Sport

  • 1944 C M Francois, cricketer (WWII, 252 runs in 5 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • 1954 Lionel Conacher ["The Big Train"], Canadian athlete and politician, dies from a heart attack at 54
  • 1956 Al Simmons, outfielder (A's)/lifetime batting avg of .334, dies at 54
  • 1959 Ed Walsh, baseball pitcher (1.82 ERA), dies at 78
  • 1969 Paul Hawkins, Australian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • 1974 Silvio Moser, Swiss racing driver (b. 1941)
  • 1989 Don Revie, Former footballer and England and Leeds United Manager (b. 1927)
  • 2001 Vittorio Brambilla, Italian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • 2002 Mamo Wolde, Ethiopian runner (b. 1932)
  • 2005 Chico Carrasquel, Venezuelan baseball player (b. 1928)
  • 2006 Kevin O'Flanagan, Irish athlete and physician (b. 1919)
  • 2009 Peter Zezel, Canadian professional hockey player (b. 1965)
  • 2010 Jarvis Williams, American football player (b. 1965)
  • 2017 John Severson, founder of 'Surfer' magazine and artist (known for his depictions of surf culture), dies of cancer at 83