On This Day

May 1884 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 1 Catcher Moses Walker is acknowledged as the first African-American to play major league baseball joining the Toledo Blue Stockings
  • May 16 10th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Buchanan wins in 2:40.25
  • May 22 1-armed pitcher Hugh Daily fanned 13 hitters
  • May 23 12th Preakness: S Fisher aboard Knight of Ellerslie wins in 2:39.5

Sports History

May 26 Australian cricket fast bowler Fred Spofforth takes 7-34 & 7-3 against an England XI in a tour match in Birmingham; match over in just 4 hours


Birthdays in Sport

  • May 1 Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe, British politician, naval officer and auto racer (1931 Le Mans), born in Mayfair, London (d. 1964)