On This Day in Sport for May 8

Events in Sport

  • 1878 1st unassisted triple play in organized baseball, by Paul Hines
  • 1896 Yorkshire Cricket all out for 887 against Warwickshire
  • 1897 22nd Preakness: T Thorpe aboard Paul Kauvar wins in 1:51¼
  • 1906 Philadelphia A's pitcher Chief Benders plays outfield & hits 2 HRs
  • 1907 Boston's Big Jeff Pfeffer no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 6-0

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1907 Tommy Burns beats Jack O'Brien in 20 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1909 Albert Raines runs world record marathon (2:46:04.6)
  • 1909 Frederick Barrett runs world record marathon (2:42:31)
  • 1915 41st Kentucky Derby: Joe Notter aboard Regret wins in 2:05.4
  • 1919 Appingedam soccer team forms
  • 1920 46th Kentucky Derby: Ted Rice aboard Paul Jones wins in 2:09
  • 1925 50th Preakness: Clarence Kummer aboard Coventry wins in 1:59
  • 1926 Fire breaks out in Fenway Park, home of Boston Red Socks baseball team
  • 1929 NY Giant Carl Hubbell no-hits Pittsburgh Pirates, 11-0
  • 1935 Cincinnati Red Ernie Lombardi doubles in 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th beat Phils 15-4
  • 1936 Jockey Ralph Neves unexpectedly revived after being declared dead after a fall. His wife fainted when he returned to track
  • 1937 63rd Kentucky Derby: Charley Kurtsinger on War Admiral wins 2:03.2
  • 1942 1st twilight game in 24 years, the Dodgers top Giants 7-6 raising $60,000 for Navy Relief Fund
  • 1943 68th Preakness: Johnny Longden aboard Count Fleet wins in 1:57.4
  • 1946 Red Sox Johnny Pesky scores 6 runs in 1 game

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1947 A movement among Card players to protest its 1st meeting with Jackie Robinson & the Dodgers is aborted by a talk from owner Sam Breadon

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson

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1948 Bradman scores 146 Aust v Surrey, 174 mins, 15 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1954 1st shot-put over 60' (18.29 m)-Parry O'Brien, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1960 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Peach Blossom Golf Open

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1966 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Tall City Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth

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1967 Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction in US Army

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1970 NBA championship: Knicks beat Lakers, 113-99

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1973 Ernie Banks fills in for Cubs mgr Whitey Lockman who is ejected during the game, technically becoming baseball's 1st African American manager

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 1974 FC Magdenburg of East Germany win 14th European Cup Winner's Cup against AC Milan of Italy 2-0 in Rotterdam
  • 1977 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic
  • 1978 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament
  • 1980 Sabres take only 15 shots, Islanders 22, in a playoff game
  • 1983 Janet Coles wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament

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1984 Minnesota Twins Kirby Puckett debuts with 4 singles

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • 1984 USSR announces it will not participate in Los Angeles Summer Olympics
  • 1988 Juli Inkster wins LPGA Crestar Golf Classic

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1988 Mike Tyson crashes his $183,000 Bently on Varick St in NYC

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1988 Amateur referees work NJ Devil-Boston Bruin playoff games, as NHL referees walk-off, due to a restraining order brought by Devils

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Paul McCartney releases remake of "Ferry Cross the Mersey" in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 95 Liverpool football fans

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1993 Lennox Lewis beats Tony Tucker in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis
  • 1994 Colorado Silver Bullets (all-female pro baseball team) 1st game

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1994 Laura Davies wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • 1996 NY Yankee Dwight Gooden wins his 1st AL game beating Tigers 10-3
  • 1996 Paris Saint-Germain of France win 36th European Cup Winner's Cup against Rapid Wien of Austria 1-0 in Brussels
  • 2013 Sir Alex Ferguson announces his retirement as Manchester United's manager at the end of the season
  • 2014 2014 NFL Draft: Jadeveon Clowney from University of South Carolina first pick by Houston Texans

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1850 Ross Barnes, baseball player (d. 1915)
  • 1853 Dan Brouthers, baseball player (d. 1932)
  • 1873 Henry Leveson-Gower, cricketer (England capt 1909-10 later official)
  • 1891 Chet "Red" Hoff, pitcher (NY Yankees 1911-15), lived to 103+
  • 1893 Francis Quimet, Mass shop asst who won golf's US Open (1913)
  • 1893 Edd Roush, baseball player (d. 1988)
  • 1893 Teddy Wakelam, English sports broadcaster and rugby union player (d. 1963)
  • 1901 Turkey Stearnes, baseball player (d. 1979)
  • 1902 Milford "Curly" Page, cricketer (NZ bat early 1930's, All Black half)
  • 1930 Doug Atkins, NFL hall of famer (Browns, Bears, Saints), born in Humbolt Tennessee (d. 2015)

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1932 Sonny Liston, American heavyweight boxer, born in Sand Slough, Arkansas (d. 1970)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
  • 1935 Jack Charlton, soccer manager (Rep of Ireland)
  • 1937 Mike Cuellar, baseball player
  • 1938 Javed Burki, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in 25 Tests 1960-69)
  • 1939 Otis Paul Drayton, Glen Cove NY, 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1942 Angel Cordero Jr, Santurce PR, jockey (Seattle Slew) [or Nov 8]
  • 1942 Robin Hobbs, cricketer (England leg-spinner 1967-71)
  • 1942 Terry Neill, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1954 Pat Meyers, LPGA golfer
  • 1956 Jeff Madrigali, soling sailor (Olymp-bronze-96), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • 1957 Deana Deardruff, US, 4 X 100m swimmer (Olympic-gold-1972)

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1957 Bill Cowher, American football coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Crafton, Pennsylvania

NFL Head Coach Bill Cowher
NFL Head Coach
Bill Cowher
  • 1958 Lovie Smith, American football coach
  • 1959 Ronnie Lott, Albuquerque, NM, NFL defensive back (SF 49er)
  • 1960 Franco Baresi, Italian footballer
  • 1961 Riaz Poonawalla, cricketer (Indian 12th man/UAE bat 1994 ICC Trophy)
  • 1962 Terry Baker, CFL kicker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1966 Eddie Brown, CFL slot back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1966 Claudio Taffarel, Brazilian footballer
  • 1968 Franklin Langham, Nike golfer (1993 Permian Basin Open), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1968 John Johnson, NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints)

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1968 Omar Camporese, Italian tennis star, born in Bologna, Italy

Tennis Player Omar Camporese
Tennis Player
Omar Camporese
  • 1969 Brad Culpepper, NFL defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1969 Duane Forde, CFL fullback (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1969 Swift Burch, CFL defensive end (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1969 Akebono Taro, sumo wrestler
  • 1970 Christine Stark, Winnipeg Manitoba, volleyballer (Olympics-96)
  • 1970 Marco Heering, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • 1970 Michael Bevan, cricketer (dashing NSW & Australian lefty bat)
  • 1971 Carlos Brooks, NFL cornerback (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1971 Stephen Ingram, NFL tackle/guard (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1972 Chris Sanders, NFL wide receiver (Tennessee/Houston Oilers)
  • 1973 Wolf Wigo, Abington Penn, water polo driver (Olympics-96)
  • 1974 Calvin Branch, cornerback (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1974 Colin Daynes, Windsor Ontario, 68 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Olympic-96)
  • 1974 Korey Stringer, NFL tackle (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1975 Jussi Markkanen, Finnish ice hockey player
  • 1975 Gastón Mazzacane, Argentine racing driver
  • 1976 Oleg Tverdovsky, Donetsk Ukr, NHL defenseman (Winnipeg Jets)
  • 1978 Cindy Parlow, soccer forward (Olympics-96), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1978 Sandra Kleinova, tennis star (1995 Futures-Turku-FIN), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1978 Lúcio, Brazilian footballer
  • 1979 Jayna Cronin Geneva NY, dance skater (& Dreger-1997 Natl-13th)
  • 1981 Andrea Barzagli, Italian footballer
  • 1981 Yasuko Tajima, Japanese swimmer
  • 1981 John Maine, American baseball player
  • 1982 Adrian Gonzalez, American baseball player
  • 1986 Marvell Wynne, American soccer player
  • 1987 Felix Jones, American football player

Deaths in Sport

  • 1965 H T W Hardinge, cricketer (scored 25 & 5 in only Test for England), dies
  • 1973 Ralph Miller, last 19th century baseball player (Brooklyn Bridegrooms and Baltimore Orioles), dies at 100
  • 1975 Avery Brundage, CEO (Intl Olympic Committee, 1952-72), dies at 87
  • 1981 Maurice Fernandes, cricket captain (WI in 1st Test win, 1930 v Eng), dies
  • 1982 Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian auto racer, dies in an accident
  • 1984 Gino Bianco, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1916)
  • 1992 Gul Mahomed, cricketer (8 Tests for India & one for Pakistan), dies
  • 2005 Nicolás Vuyovich, Argentine racing driver (b. 1981)
  • 2008 François Sterchele, Belgian football player (b. 1982)
  • 2009 Dom DiMaggio, American baseball player (b. 1917)
  • 2011 Lionel Rose, Australian boxer (1st Indigenous Australian to win a world title), dies at 62