On This Day in Sport for May 4

Events in Sport

  • 1871 1st baseball league game (National Association of Baseball Players), (Ft Wayne 2, Cleveland 0) Deacon Jim White gets 1st hit, a double
  • 1893 Cowboy Bill Pickett invents bulldogging, the skill of grabbing cattle by the horns and wrestling them to the ground
  • 1897 23rd Kentucky Derby: Buttons Garner aboard Typhoon II wins in 2:12.5
  • 1898 24th Kentucky Derby: Willie Simms aboard Plaudit wins in 2:09
  • 1899 25th Kentucky Derby: Fred Taral aboard Manuel wins in 2:12
  • 1918 Yankees set record with 8 sacrifices, beat Red Sox's Babe Ruth 5-4
  • 1919 1st legal Sunday baseball game in NYC (Phillies beat Giants 4-3)
  • 1924 8th Olympic games open at Paris, France

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1929 Lou Gehrig hits 3 consecutive HRs, Yankees 11, Tigers 9

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1935 61st Kentucky Derby: Willie Saunders aboard Omaha wins in 2:05
  • 1940 66th Kentucky Derby: Carroll Bierman aboard Gallahadion wins in 2:05
  • 1946 72nd Kentucky Derby: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:06.6
  • 1949 Air crash at Turin, 31 killed including Torino soccer team
  • 1952 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Fresno Golf Open
  • 1957 83rd Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Iron Liege wins in 2:02.2
  • 1963 89th Kentucky Derby: Braulio Baeza aboard Chateaugay wins in 2:01.8
  • 1963 Pitcher Bob Shaw sets record of 5 balks in a game

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1965 Willie Mays 512th HR breaks Mel Ott's 511th NL record

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1968 94th Kentucky Derby: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Forward Pass wins
  • 1969 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Club Golf Invitational
  • 1969 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep St Louis Blues in 4 games
  • 1973 Longest baseball game in Veterans' Stadium, Phillies beat Braves 5-4 in 20 innings
  • 1974 100th Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr. aboard Cannonade wins in 2:04
  • 1975 Houston's Bob Watson scores baseball's one-millionth run of all time
  • 1975 Maria Astrologes wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • 1979 Jackie Mercer wins her 4th golf title 31 years after her 1st
  • 1980 Dodgers bat out of order against Phillies in 1st inning
  • 1980 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA CPC Women's Internationalional Golf Tournament
  • 1980 White Sox 1st baseman Mike Squires catches final inning of 11-1 loss to Brewers, becoming 1st lefty to catch since Dale Long in 1958
  • 1982 Twins rookie outfielder Jim Eisenreich, who suffers from Tourette's Syndrome, removes himself, due to taunts from Red Sox bleacher fans
  • 1982 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Quebec Nordiques, 4 games to 0
  • 1985 111th Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr on Spend A Buck wins 2:00.2
  • 1990 Oriole Gregg Olson sets relief pitcher rec of 41 cons scoreless inns
  • 1991 117th Kentucky Derby: Chris Antley aboard Strike the Gold wins in 2:03
  • 1991 NY Mets M Sasser & Mark Carreon are 8th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • 1994 Arsenal of England win 34th European Cup Winner's Cup against Parma of Italy 1-0 in Copenhagen
  • 1996 122nd Kentucky Derby: Jerry Bailey aboard Grindstone wins in 2:01
  • 1997 Phil Blackmar wins 50th Houston golf Open
  • 1997 Tammie Green wins LPGA Sprint Titlehoders Championship

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

2002 Barry Bonds hits his 400th home run as a Giant, leading his team to a 3-0 win over Cincinnati. Bonds is the first player to hit 400 homers for one team and 100 with another

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 2002 128th Kentucky Derby: Victor Espinoza aboard War Emblem wins in 2:01.13

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 Floyd Mayweather defeats Robert Guerrero to retain his WBC Welterweight title

  • 2013 139th Kentucky Derby: Joel Rosario aboard Orb wins in 2:02.89

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015 Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry is named MVP for the 2014-15 NBA season

Basketball Superstar Stephen Curry
Basketball Superstar
Stephen Curry

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1875 Reggie Schwartz, cricketer (1st of great South African googlists)
  • 1877 Arthur Lang, US, boxer/businessman (Died Aug 8, 1992 at 115)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1928 Betsy Rawls, American golfer (US Womens Open-51, 53, 57, 60), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 1928 Wolfgang von Trips, German racing driver (d. 1961)
  • 1930 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Met), born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1933 J. Fred Duckett, Texan sports announcer and teacher
  • 1946 Renee Powell, LPGA golfer
  • 1946 John Watson, Northern Irish racecar driver
  • 1948 Billy O'Donnell, harness racer driver of year (1984)
  • 1948 Hurley Haywood, American race car driver, and three-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
  • 1949 John Force, American race car driver
  • 1956 Jackie Bertsch, LPGA golfer
  • 1956 Ulrike Meyfarth, Frankfurt West Germany, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1956 Ken Oberkfell, American baseball player
  • 1957 Peter Sleep, cricketer (Australian leg-spin all-rounder 1979-90)
  • 1959 Robert Raymond Tway, PGA golfer (1986 Shearson), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1959 Rohn Stark, NFL punter (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1960 Martyn Moxon, cricketer (England batsman in ten Tests 1986-89)
  • 1961 Eugene Daniel, NFL center (Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1961 Luis Herrera, Colombian cyclist
  • 1964 Goran Prpic, Yugoslavia, tennis star
  • 1965 Adri Bogers, Dutch soccer player (Willem II)
  • 1966 Monica Tranel [Michini], Billings Mont, rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1967 Derek MacCready, CFL defensive tackle (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1967 John Child, East York Ontario, beach volleyballer (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1968 Andre Collins, NFL linebacker (Cin Bengals)
  • 1968 Eddie Perez, Cuidad Ojeda Venezuela, catcher (Atlanta Braves)
  • 1968 Kevin Todd, Winnipeg, NHL center (LA Kings)
  • 1969 Micah Aivazoff, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1970 Dawn Staley, basketball guard (Olympics-gold-96), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1971 Derrick Clark, NFL/WLAF fullback (Broncos, Rhein Fire)
  • 1971 Steve Glenn, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • 1971 Joe Borowski, American baseball player
  • 1971 Luiz Garcia, Jr., Brazilian racing driver
  • 1972 Ethan Watts, volleyball middle blocker (Olympics-96), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1972 Gretchen Ulion, ice hockey forward (USA, Oly-98)
  • 1972 Marc Lamb, WLAF T (London Monarchs)
  • 1973 Edward Hervey, NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1973 Matthew Barnaby, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1973 Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Argentine footballer
  • 1974 Miguel Cairo, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1976 Ben Grieve, American baseball player
  • 1976 Jason Michaels, American baseball player
  • 1977 Mariano PernĂ­a, Argentine-Spanish footballer
  • 1978 Brett Burton, Australian Football Player for the Adelaid Crows
  • 1979 Lesley Vainikolo, Tongan born rugby union and rugby league player
  • 1980 Andrew Raycroft, NHL goalie
  • 1981 Eric Djemba-Djemba, Cameroon footballer
  • 1982 Kleopas Giannou, Greek footballer
  • 1982 Markus Rogan, Austrian swimmer
  • 1983 Derek Roy, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1984 Manjural Islam, Bangladeshi test cricket player (d. 2007)
  • 1984 Kevin Slowey, American baseball player
  • 1984 Montell Owens, American football player
  • 1985 Ravinder Bopara, English cricketer
  • 1987 Cesc Fabregas, Spanish footballer
  • 1987 Jorge Lorenzo, Spanish motorcycle racer
  • 1989 Rory McIlroy, Holywood Northern Ireland, Professional Golfer

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1944 Baseball player Ted Williams marries Doris Soule (divorced 1954)

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2003 One of the best cricketer Rahul Dravid (30) weds surgeon Vijeta Pendharkar in Bangladore, India

Cricketer Rahul Dravid
Cricketer
Rahul Dravid

Deaths in Sport

  • 2010 Ernie Harwell, American sportscaster (b. 1918)