On This Day

May 17, 1903 in Sports History

Day of the Week: Sunday

Events in Sport

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

Birthdays in Sport

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