On This Day in Sport for May 6

Events in Sport

  • 1733 1st international boxing match: Bob Whittaker beats Tito di Carni
  • 1895 21st Kentucky Derby: Soup Perkins aboard Halma wins in 2:37.50
  • 1896 22nd Kentucky Derby: Willie Simms aboard Ben Brush wins in 2:07.75
  • 1903 Chicago White Sox commit 12 errors against Detroit Tigers
  • 1907 33rd Kentucky Derby: Andy Minder aboard Pink Star wins in 2:12.6

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1915 Red Sox Babe Ruth pitching debut & 1st HR, loses to Yanks 4-3 in 15

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1917 St Louis Brown Bob Groom no-hits Chicago White Sox, 3-0
  • 1921 American Soccer League forms

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1925 Ty Cobb hits his 5th HR in 2 games tying Cap Ansons record of 1884

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1933 59th Kentucky Derby: Don Meade aboard Brokers Tip wins in 2:06.8
  • 1934 Red Sox score 12 runs in 4th inning including record 4 consecutive triples hit by Carl Reynolds, Moose Solters, Rick Ferrell, & B Walters
  • 1939 65th Kentucky Derby: James Stout aboard Johnstown wins in 2:03.4
  • 1944 70th Kentucky Derby: Conn McCreary aboard Pensive wins in 2:04.2
  • 1950 76th Kentucky Derby: William Boland on Middleground wins in 2:01.6
  • 1951 Pitts Pirate Cliff Chambers no-hits Boston Brave, 3-0
  • 1953 Brown's Bobo Holloman 1st major league start, no-hits Philadelphia A's, 6-0
  • 1961 87th Kentucky Derby: John Sellers aboard Carry Back wins in 2:04
  • 1962 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Tournament
  • 1967 93rd Kentucky Derby: Bobby Ussery on Proud Clarion wins in 2:00.6
  • 1967 Maureen Wilton runs female world record marathon (3:15:22)
  • 1970 14th European Cup: Feyenoord beats Celtic 2-1 at Milan
  • 1972 98th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:01.8
  • 1973 Judy Rankin wins LPGA American Defender-Raleigh Golf Classic
  • 1974 A's pitcher Paul Lindblad makes an errant throw in 1st inning of 6-3 loss to Balt ends his record streak of 385 consecutive errorless games
  • 1978 104th Kentucky Derby: Steve Cauthen aboard Affirmed wins in 2:01.2
  • 1979 Fred Markham set a bicycle speed record of 818 kph over 200 m

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1979 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 1982 Seattle Mariner Gaylord Perry becomes 15th pitcher to win 300 games
  • 1982 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Vancouver Canucks beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 1

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1984 Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken Jr hits for cycle

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr

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1987 Mario Andretti sets one-lap speed record at Indy at 218.204 MPH

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • 1988 Doughnutgate incident: NJ Devils' coach Jim Schoenfeld tells referee Don Koharski to 'eat another doughnut you fat pig!,' he is suspended
  • 1989 115th Kentucky Derby: Pat Valenzuela on Sunday Silence wins in 2:05
  • 1990 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
  • 1991 Phillie Lenny Dykstra slams his sports car into 2 trees
  • 1991 Seppo Raty of Finland sets javelin record to 301' 9"
  • 1992 NY Met Anthony Young begins losing streak of at least 26 games
  • 1992 Werder Bremen of Germany win 32nd European Cup winner's Cup against AS Monaco of France 2-0 in Lisbon

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1994 Lennox Lewis TKOs Phil Jackson in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis
  • 1995 121st Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens on Thunder Gulch wins in 2:01.2
  • 1995 Classic Sports Network begins on cable TV
  • 1997 NHL Hartford Whalers become Carolina Hurricanes
  • 1997 Rick Pitino becomes coach of Boston Celtics

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1998 Kerry Wood strikes out 20 Houston Astros to tie the major league record held by Roger Clemens. He threw a one-hitter and did not walk a batter in his 5th career start.

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • 2000 126th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Fusaichi Pegasus wins in 2:01.12
  • 2006 132nd Kentucky Derby: Edgar Prado aboard Barbaro wins in 2:01.36

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1907 Weeb Ewbank, NFL coach (Baltimore Colts, NY Jets)
  • 1922 Pat Harder, NFL fullback (Cardinals, Lions), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1927 Michael Frederick, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1954, scored 0 & 30)

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1931 Willie Mays, American baseball centerfielder (Giants, NY Mets), "Say Hey Kid" (660 HRs, MVP 1954), born in Westfield, Alabama

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1932 John Bond, cricket umpire
  • 1937 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, Clifton, New Jersey, American boxer whose murder convictions were overturned after 19 years in prison
  • 1944 Masanori Murakami, First Japanese baseball player in major leagues
  • 1947 Andy Roberts, cricketer (NZ batsman 1976)
  • 1953 Graeme Souness, Scottish footballer/manager
  • 1959 Scott Hood, Canadian Tour golfer (1989 Montana Open-2nd), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1962 Neil Foster, cricketer (England right-fast medium)
  • 1964 Kim Oden, Ala, US Olympic volleyball player (NCAA Play of Decade-80s)
  • 1964 Mike Grob, Billings Montana, Canadian Tour golfer (1988 Manitoba-3rd)
  • 1964 Mike McGruder, NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1965 Bob Bassen, NHL center (Dallas Stars), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1965 Ken Harvey, NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • 1965 Norman Whiteside, British soccer player
  • 1965 Paul Frase, NFL defensive end (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1965 Tim Simpson, Nike golfer (1985 Southern Open), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1965 Zahid Sadiq, cricketer
  • 1967 Patrick F Manning Jr, Poughkeepsie NY, rower (Olympic-92)
  • 1968 Andy Kelly, WLAF quarterback (Rhein Fire)
  • 1969 Mark Thomas, NFL defensive end (Carolina Panthers, Packers, Bears)
  • 1969 Pascall Davis, WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1969 Jim Magilton, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1970 Emerson Martin, NFL guard (Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers, Packers)
  • 1971 Rob Holmberg, NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1972 Dean Larsson, BC Canada, Nike golfer (1994 Monterrey Open-46th)

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1972 Martin Brodeur, NHL goalie (NJ Devils, Team Canada), born in Montreal, Quebec

NHL Goalie Martin Brodeur
NHL Goalie
Martin Brodeur
  • 1973 Clay Williams, OL (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1973 Joe Spiteri, Australian soccer striker (Olyroos, Olympics-96)
  • 1973 Wendy Ward, LPGA golfer (1995 GHP Classic-15th), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1976 Lindsay Page, figure skater (1997 E Great Lakes Sr-3rd), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1977 Shannon Shakespeare, Mission BC, 100m swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • 1977 Trent Steed, Australian swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1977 Christophe Brandt, Belgian cyclist
  • 1978 John Abraham, American football player
  • 1980 Brooke Bennett, 800m freestyle (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1980 Kasumi Takahashi, Australian rhythmic gymnast (Oly-96), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1980 Ricardo Oliveira, Brazilian footballer
  • 1980 Mario Stojić, Croatian basketball player
  • 1985 Chris Paul, All-Star NBA Point Guard
  • 1989 Dominika Cibulková, Slovakian tennis player, born in Bratislava

Weddings in Sport

  • 2006 Former WWF Women's Champion Sable (38) weds IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar (28) in Medina, Minnesota
  • 2006 Race car driver "Champ Car World Series" two time winner Sebastien Bourdais (27) weds Claire Bagot at Cathedral Saint-Julien in Le Mans, France

Divorces in Sport

  • 2016 Actress Kaley Cuoco and professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting divorce after 2 years of marriage

Deaths in Sport

  • 1949 A L Ochse, cricketer (10 wickets in 3 Tests for South Africa 1927-29), dies
  • 1978 Ethelda Bleibtrey, US swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-1920), dies at 76
  • 1991 Chucky Mullins, US soccer player, dies
  • 1992 Gaston Reiff, Belgian athlete (b. 1921)
  • 1995 Noel Brotherston, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1956)
  • 2003 Art Houtteman, baseball player (b. 1927)
  • 2009 Kevin Grubb, former NASCAR driver (b. 1978)
  • 2010 Robin Roberts, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • 2014 Jimmy Ellis, American boxer & WBA heavyweight champion, dies from dementia at 74