On This Day

What Happened on May 17, 1903

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • Cleveland Indians beat NY Highlanders 9-2 in Columbus Ohio

Famous Birthdays

  • Douglas Packard, British Lieutenant General (d. 2000)

Person of interestCool Papa Bell

James "Cool Papa" Bell, American baseball center fielder in Negro league baseball, considered by many to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game, born in Starkville, Mississippi (d. 1991)

Baseball player Cool Papa Bell
Baseball player
Cool Papa Bell