On This Day in Sport for May 7

Events in Sport

  • 1910 35th Preakness: R Estep aboard Layminster wins in 1:40.6

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1917 Red Sox Babe Ruth beats Washington Senator Walter Johnson, 1-0

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1921 47th Kentucky Derby: Charles Thompson on Behave Yourself wins 2:04.2
  • 1922 Belgian soccer team defeats Netherlands: 1-2
  • 1922 NY Giant Jesse Barnes no-hits Phillies, 2-0
  • 1925 Phillies have their 8th game postponed in a row
  • 1925 Pirate shortstop Glenn Wright makes an unassisted triple play
  • 1932 58th Kentucky Derby: Eugene James aboard Burgoo King wins in 2:05.2
  • 1938 64th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Lawrin wins in 2:04.8
  • 1945 Branch Rickey announces formation of the US Negro Baseball League
  • 1949 75th Kentucky Derby: Steve Brooks aboard Ponder wins in 2:04.2
  • 1951 International Olympic committee allows Russia to participate in 1952 Olympics
  • 1955 81st Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Swaps wins in 2:01.8
  • 1957 Indians' pitcher Herb Score is hit by a line drive off Gil McDougald

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1959 "Roy Campanella Night" Largest baseball crowd (93,103 in LA Coliseum) sees Dodgers' Sandy Koufax beat Yankees 6-2 in exhibition

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • 1960 86th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack on Venetian Way wins in 2:02.4
  • 1960 Dodgers Larry & Norm Sherry are baseball's 10th brother battery
  • 1961 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
  • 1966 92nd Kentucky Derby: Donald Brumfield aboard Kauai King wins in 2:02
  • 1967 Carol Mann wins LPGA Tall City Golf Open
  • 1969 2nd ABA championship: Oakland Oaks beat Indiana Pacers, 4 games to 1
  • 1972 26th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 1
  • 1972 Betty Burfeindt wins Sealy LPGA Golf Classic
  • 1977 103rd Kentucky Derby: Jean Cruguet on Seattle Slew wins in 2:02.2
  • 1979 Gary Roenicke hits into Orioles 13th triple play (Oakland)
  • 1982 Federal jury rules NFL violates antitrust laws in preventing
  • 1982 Oakland Raiders to move to LA
  • 1983 109th Kentucky Derby: Ed Delahoussaye on Sunny's Halo wins in 2:02.2
  • 1983 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
  • 1984 Sharon Barrett wins LPGA Potamkin Cadillac Golf Classic
  • 1986 Phillies outfielder Garry Maddox, retires
  • 1986 30th European Cup: Steaua Bucuresti beats Barcelona (0-0, 2-0 on penalties) at Seville
  • 1988 114th Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens on Winning Colors wins in 2:02.2
  • 1989 Juli Inkster wins LPGA Crestar Golf Classic
  • 1991 Haryana beat Bombay in the Ranji Cricket Trophy final by 2 runs
  • 1992 Jockey Angel Cordero retires after winning over 7,000 horse races
  • 1994 120th Kentucky Derby: Chris McCarron on Go For Gin wins in 2:03.6
  • 1994 Denver Nuggets become NBA's 1st #8 seed to beat a #1 seed (Seattle)
  • 1995 Michelle McGann wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
  • 2005 131st Kentucky Derby: Mike Smith aboard Giacomo wins in 2:02.75
  • 2011 137th Kentucky Derby: John Velazquez aboard Animal Kingdom wins in 2:02.04

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1893 Frank J. Selke, Canadian ice hockey manager (d. 1985)
  • 1897 Kitty McKane, England, tennis (Oly-gold/2 silver/2 bronze-1920, 24)
  • 1902 Sal Gliatto, baseball player
  • 1929 Dick Williams, baseball player, manager (including Seattle 1986-87)
  • 1929 Babe Parilli, American football player

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1933 Johnny Unitas, NFL QB (Balt Colts, San Diego); one of the greats, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas
  • 1934 Ben Smith, PGA golfer (Ralphs Senior Classic-4th), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1937 Claude Raymond, Quebec baseball player
  • 1938 Johnny Caldwell, Ireland, flyweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1956)
  • 1941 Grahame Bilby, cricketer (two Tests NZ v England 1966)
  • 1950 Randall 'Tex' Cobb, American boxer and actor, born in Bridge City, Texas
  • 1957 [Christopher St John] "Sinjin" Smith, volleyballer (Oly-96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1957 Ray Fernandez, American wrestler (d. 2004)
  • 1959 Robin L Freeman, PGA golfer (1993 Northern Telecom-3rd), born in Saint Charles, Missouri
  • 1961 Linda Somers, Bitburg Germany, US marathoner (Olympics-31st-96)
  • 1964 Leslie O'Neal, NFL defensive end (San Diego Chargers, St Louis Rams)
  • 1964 Ronnie Harmon, NFL running back (San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1965 Reuben Davis, NFL defensive tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1966 Anderson Cummins, cricketer (in Packer's Valley Barbados & WI quickie)
  • 1968 Joe King, NFL safety (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1969 Katerina Maleeva, Bulgaria, tennis player (US Open Junior 1984)
  • 1969 Melanie Valerio, 400m freestyle swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • 1970 Edwin Zoetebier, Dutch soccer player (FC Volendam)
  • 1970 Mark Smith, outfielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1970 Sebastien Britten, Brossard Que, figure skater (1995 Canadian Champ)
  • 1971 Cameron McFadzean, Australian canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1971 Dave Karpa, Regina, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • 1971 Jose Munoz, WLAF offensive tackle (Rhein Fire)
  • 1971 Rondell Jones, NFL safety (Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1972 Chris Hayes, safety (NY Jets)
  • 1972 John Holecek, NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1972 Vince Stewart, WLAF defensive tackle (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1973 Dameian Jeffries, NFL defensive end (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1973 Paolo Savoldelli, Italian cyclist
  • 1974 Scott Whittaker, center/tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1974 Ian Pearce, English footballer
  • 1975 Jason Tunks, discus thrower (Olympics-96), born in London, Ontario
  • 1976 Nicholas Butcher, field hockey midfielder/forward (Olympics-96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1977 Marko Milic, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns)
  • 1978 Shawn Marion, American basketball player
  • 1979 Katie Douglas, American basketball player
  • 1980 Johan Kenkhuis, Dutch swimmer
  • 1982 Akos Buzsaky, Hungarian Football player
  • 1984 Alex Smith, American football player
  • 1984 Drew Stanton, American football player
  • 1984 James Loney, American baseball player
  • 1985 Drew Neitzel, American college basketball player
  • 1987 Michael Maidens, English footballer (d. 2007)

Deaths in Sport

  • 1946 Joe Humphries, cricket wicket keeper (3 Tests for England 1907-08), dies
  • 1953 Ormerod Pearse, cricketer (55 runs & 3 wkts in 3 Tests for S Af), dies
  • 1967 Lorenzo Bandini, Italian Formula One driver (b. 1935)
  • 2002 Seattle Slew, American racehorse (b. 1974)
  • 2005 Tristan Egolf, American writer (b. 1971)
  • 2005 Otilino Tenorio, Ecuadorian footballer (b. 1980)
  • 2007 Diego Corrales, American boxer (b. 1977)

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2011 Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer, dies of brain cancer at 54

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • 2013 George Sauer, Jr., American football player, dies from heart failure at 69