On This Day in Sport for May 1

Events in Sport

  • 1751 The New York Gazette carries the first public report of a cricket match played in America (New York)
  • 1883 First National League baseball game in Philadelphia since 1876, Providence Greys beat Philadelphia Quakers 4-3
  • 1883 Bob Rogers is acknowledged as the first American pro sports trainer when he is hired by the NY Athletic Club
  • 1884 Catcher Moses Walker is acknowledged as the first African-American to play major league baseball joining the Toledo Blue Stockings

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1891 Legendary pitcher Cy Young wins first game played at Cleveland's League Park; Cleveland Spiders 12, Cincinnati Redlegs 3

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1901 Chicago White Sox outfielder Herm McFarland hits the first grand slam in American League history in a 19-9 win at home against Detroit. The Tigers committed 12 errors
  • 1906 Philadelphia Phillies pitcher John Lush no-hits the Brooklyn Superbas, 6-0
  • 1920 Roermond Football Club (1936 KNVB Cup) is established in Netherlands

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1920 Legendary slugger Babe Ruth smashes his 50th MLB career home run, his first for the New York Yankees

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1920 Longest MLB game by innings - Brooklyn Robins tie the Boston Braves, 1-1, in 26 innings
  • 1925 Future Hall of Fame catcher Jimmie Foxx makes his MLB debut at 17 for Philadelphia A's; pinch-hits a single in 9-4 loss v Washington
  • 1926 Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige (19) debuts in the Negro Southern League for Chattanooga
  • 1928 Rotterdam soccer club Black White '28 is established (2000 Women's KNVB Cup), declared bankrupt 2004

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1930 Don Bradman scores 236 for Australia v Worcestershire, his first 1st class innings in England

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1940 Summer Olympics (scheduled for Helsinki) are cancelled by the Finnish OC because of WWII
  • 1943 69th Kentucky Derby: Johnny Longden wins aboard heavy favourite Count Fleet in the 'street car Derby'
  • 1947 Cleveland Indians abandon League Park (venue for weekday games) to play all MLB games at Municipal Stadium
  • 1948 74th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro wins aboard Citation to become first 4-time Derby winning jockey

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1951 Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Mickey Mantle hits his first career home run, on Mothers' Day

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1951 Cuban MLB outfielder Minnie Minoso, the first black player in Chicago White Sox franchise history - homers on debut
  • 1954 80th Kentucky Derby: Raymond York wins aboard Determine, his only Derby success
  • 1954 Preston North End defender Joe Marston becomes the first Australian to play in an FA Cup Final, a 3-2 loss to WBA
  • 1955 American golfer Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins the Peach Blossom LPGA Tournament in Spartanburg, South Carolina, her final victory before her death the following year.
  • 1955 Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller tosses his record 12th 1-hitter
  • 1957 Flevo Boys Football Club is established in Emmeloord, the Netherlands

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1959 Floyd Patterson KOs Englishman Brian London in 11, in his 4th World Heavyweight Boxing title defence

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1963 First one-day cricket competition is played (Gillette Cup), Lancashire beats Leicestershire by 101 at Old Trafford
  • 1965 91st Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker wins aboard Lucky Debonair, the third of his 4 Derby victories
  • 1965 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 in Game 7 to take title 4-3
  • 1969 Houston Astros hurler Don Wilson blanks Cincinnati Reds, 4-0 for second career no-hitter
  • 1969 Leonard Tose buys NFL Philadelphia Eagles for a professional sports record $16.15m
  • 1971 97th Kentucky Derby: Gustavo Ávila wins aboard Canonero II (wins Preakness May 15)
  • 1976 102nd Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr wins aboard Bold Forbes, the second of 3 Derby successes
  • 1977 French runner Chantal Langlacé sets female world marathon record (2:35:15.4) in Oyarzun, Spain
  • 1977 American golfer Debbie Austin wins the Birmingham Classic, the first of 5 LPGA Tour victories in a 4-month span
  • 1977 American golfer Gene Littler wins the Houston Open, his 29th and final PGA title

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1981 Tennis player Billie Jean King acknowledges a lesbian relationship with Marilyn Barnett - becoming first prominent sportswoman to come out

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 1982 108th Kentucky Derby: Ed Delahoussaye wins aboard Gato Del Sol, the first of consecutive Derby victories (1983 Sunny's Halo)
  • 1984 NFL Draft: Nebraska wide receiver Irving Fryar first pick by New England Patriots
  • 1989 American jockey Chris Antley ends record of 64 consecutive winning days

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1991 Oakland outfielder Rickey Henderson steals an all time record 939th base vs New York Yankees

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1991 West Indian batsman Gordon Greenidge plays his last Test innings, scoring 43 vs Australia in Antigua

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1991 Texas Rangers starter Nolan Ryan pitches record 7th no hitter (beats Toronto 3-0)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

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1992 Los Angeles Dodgers postpone 3 MLB games due to racial riots over the infamous Rodney King beating

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King
  • 1992 Oakland outfielder Rickey Henderson steals his 1,000th MLB career base in a 7-6 win at Detroit
  • 1993 119th Kentucky Derby: Jerry Bailey wins aboard Sea Hero, the first of 2 Derby victories (1996 on Grindstone)
  • 1995 Montreal Canadiens lose 2-0 at Buffalo to miss Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in 25 years
  • 1999 125th Kentucky Derby: Chris Antley wins aboard Charismatic for his second Derby victory (1991 on Strike The Gold)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

2000 Barry Bonds is first MLB player to hit a homer into San Francisco Bay (McCovey Cove). He would hit 35 there during his Giants career

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 2002 San Diego Padres closer Trevor Hoffman sets MLB record for saves for one team (321)
  • 2004 130th Kentucky Derby: Stewart Elliott wins aboard Smarty Jones. North American wagering records smashed ($142m on 12-race card)
  • 2004 SF Giants outfielder Barry Bonds sets MLB record for being intentionally walked 4 times in a 9-inning game (repeated 22 Sept 2004)
  • 2010 136th Kentucky Derby: Calvin Borel wins aboard Super Saver, his third Derby success in 4 years
  • 2012 Guggenheim Partners make the largest ever purchase of a sports franchise after buying the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2.1 billion
  • 2017 World Snooker Championship: Briton Mark Selby defends title beating John Higgins 18-15, at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
  • 2018 Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah becomes the first African to be named England Football Writers' Footballer of the Year.

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1884 Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe, British politician, naval officer and auto racer (1931 Le Mans), born in Mayfair, London (d. 1964)
  • 1898 David Tobey, Basketball Hall of Fame referee, born in New York, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1901 Slats Gill, Basketball Hall of Fame coach (36 seasons Oregon State), born in Salem, Oregon (d. 1966)
  • 1905 Chris 'Red' Cagle, College Football Hall of Fame halfback, born in DeRidder, Louisiana (d. 1942)
  • 1910 Cliff Battles, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame halfback (Boston Braves/Redskins, Washington Redskins), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1981)
  • 1913 Marvin 'Bud' Ward, American golfer (1939, 1941 US Amateur), born in Elma, Washington (d. 1968)
  • 1914 John Henry Lewis, American boxer (World Light-Heavyweight champion 1935-38), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 1974)
  • 1915 Archie Williams, American athlete (400m gold medal 1936 Olympics), born in Oakland, California (d. 1993)
  • 1917 Giovanni "John" Beradino, American MLB infielder and actor (General Hospital), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1996)
  • 1919 Al Zarilla, American MLB outfielder (All Star 1948), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1996)
  • 1923 Frank Brian, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1951, 1952), born in Zachary, Louisiana (d. 2017)
  • 1925 Chuck Bednarik, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame center/linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • 1927 Greta Andersen, Danish swimmer (gold medal, 100m freestyle 1948 Olympics), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1927 Israr Ali, Pakistan cricket all-rounder (4 Tests 1952-59), born in Jalandhar, Punjab, India (d. 2016)
  • 1929 Sonny Ramadhin, West Indian cricket leg spin bowler (43 Tests), born in St.Charles Village, Trinidad
  • 1930 Ollie Matson, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame halfback (NFL 1950s All Decade Team), born in Trinity, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1934 Nev MacEwan, New Zealand rugby union #8 (All Blacks 20 caps), born Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1937 Roger Brown, College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (6 Pro-Bowls), born in Surry County, Virginia
  • 1939 Frank Beard, American golfer (11 PGA Tour titles), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1942 Jean Saubert, American alpine ski racer (Giant Slalom silver, Slalom bronze medal 1964 Olympics), born in Roseburg, Oregon (d. 2007)
  • 1947 Jerry Heard, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), born in Visalia, California
  • 1950 Marina Stepanova, Russian 400m hurdler (3-time world record holder), born in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 1950 Danny McGrain, Scottish soccer right-back (Celtic, 62 Scotland caps), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1951 Gordon Greenidge, West Indies cricket opening batsman (19 Test centuries 1974-91), born in St. Peter, Barbados
  • 1953 Elquemedo Willett, West Indies cricket spin bowler (5 Tests 1973-74), born in Charlestown, Nevis
  • 1954 Taslim Arif, Pakistan cricket wicket keeper (210no v Aust 1980), born in Karachi, Sindh (d. 2008)
  • 1955 Julien Wiener, Australian cricket opening batsman (6 Tests 1979-80), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1957 Rick Darling, Australian cricket opening batsman (14 Tests 1978-79), born in Walkerie, South Australia
  • 1959 Eddie Johnson, American basketball guard/forward (NBA Sixth Man of the Year 1989), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1959 Roger Chapman, English golfer (PGA Seniors 2012, US Seniors Open 2012), born in Nakuru, Kenya
  • 1961 Charlie O'Brien, American MLB catcher (pioneered hockey style catcher's mask), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1961 Steven Cauthen, American Hall of Fame jockey (1978 Triple Crown-Affirmed, The Derby 1985, 1987), born in Covington, Kentucky
  • 1962 Gary Clark, NFL wide receiver (2-time Super Bowl champion with Washington Redskins), born in Radford, Virginia
  • 1962 Paula Weishoff, American volleyballer (Silver medal 1984, Bronze 1992 Olympics), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1963 Robert Seguso, American tennis player (4 x doubles major titles, gold medal doubles 1988 Olympics), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1964 Yvonne van Gennip, Dutch speed skater (3 gold medals 1988 Olympics), born in Haarlem, Netherlands
  • 1966 Armando Reynoso, Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico
  • 1966 Olaf Thon, German soccer central midfielder (Germany 52 caps), born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • 1967 Yael Arad, Israeli middleweight judoka (first Israeli to win an Olympic medal - silver 1996), born in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 1968 Oliver Bierhoff, German soccer striker (Germany 70 caps), born in Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 1970 Alex Van Pelt, NFL quarterback and coach (Buffalo Bills), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Damon Diletti, Australian field hockey goal keeper (silver medal 1992 Olympics, gold 1999 Champions Trophy), born in Perth, West Australia
  • 1971 Ethan Albright, NFL long snapper (Pro Bowl 2007), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1971 Stuart Appleby, Australian golfer (9 PGA Tour titles), born in Cohuna, Australia
  • 1972 Bobby Chouinard, baseball pitcher (first Filipino to play MLB), born in Manilla, Phillipines
  • 1973 Curtis Martin, Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (5 x Pro Bowls, NE Patriots, NY Jets), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1973 Oliver Neuville, German soccer striker (Germany 69 caps), born in Locarno, Switzerland
  • 1974 Jennifer Rizzotti, Basketball Hall of Fame point guard/coach, born in White Plains, New York
  • 1975 Austin Croshere, American basketball forward (Fox Sports Indiana Pacers analyst), born Los Angeles, California
  • 1975 Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroon soccer midfielder (collapsed during international match, died), born in Yaounde, Cameroon (d. 2003)
  • 1975 Alexei Smertin, Russian soccer midfielder/executive (Russia 55 caps), born in Barnaul, Russia
  • 1979 Jennifer Botterill, Canadian ice hockey forward (gold medal 2002, 2006, 2010 Olympics), born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1979 Mauro Bergamasco, Italian rugby union flanker (Italy 106 caps), born in Padova, Italy
  • 1980 Inês Henriques, Portuguese race walker (gold medal 50k walk World Champs 2017), born in Santarém, Portugal
  • 1981 Aliaksandr Hleb, Belarusian soccer winger (VfB Stuttgart, Arsenal), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • 1981 Wes Welker, American NFL wide receiver/coach (5 x Pro Bowls), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1982 Tommy Robredo, Spanish tennis player (12 ATP titles), born in Hostalric, Spain
  • 1982 Darijo Srna, Croatian soccer defender (Croatia 134 caps), born in Metković, Croatia
  • 1983 Alain Bernard, French swimmer (100m freestyle gold 2008 Olympics), born in Aubagne, France
  • 1984 Mišo Brečko, Slovenian soccer defender (Slovenia 77 caps), born in Trbovlje, Slovenia
  • 1984 David Backes, American NHL center (Boston Bruins), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1986 Christian Benítez, Ecuadorian soccer striker (Ecuador 58 caps), born in Quito, Ecuador (d. 2013)
  • 1987 Shahar Pe'er, Israeli tennis player (5 WTA singles titles), born in Jerusalem, Israel
  • 1987 Leonardo Bonucci, Italian soccer centre-back (Juventus / Italy), born in Viterbo, Italy
  • 1987 Ryan Matthews, American NFL running back (2011 Pro Bowl), born in Riverside, California
  • 1988 Teodor Peterson, Swedish cross-country skier (silver, bronze medals 2014 Olympics), born in Umeå, Sweden
  • 1991 Marcus Stroman, American MLB pitcher (Gold Glove 2017), born in Medford, New York
  • 1992 Matĕj Vydra, Czech Republic soccer striker (Derby County), born in Chotĕboř, Czech Republic

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1998 Cyclist Lance Armstrong weds Kristin Richard (divorced 2003)

Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong
  • 2009 American Olympic swimming gold medalist Amanda Beard (27) weds photographer Sacha Brown (34) in Wakatobia, Indonesia
  • 2016 Paralympic athlete Aimee Mullins (39) weds "Homeland" star Rupert Friend (34) in a magical hobbit-y compost shed

Deaths in Sport

  • 1903 Arthur Haygarth, English cricket batsman (Middlesex & Surrey, cricket historian), dies at 77
  • 1935 Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (1923 Tour de France), dies of a gunshot wound at 46
  • 1946 Bill Johnston, American tennis player (US Open 1915, 1919 Wimbledon 1923), dies of tuberculosis at 51
  • 1968 Jack Adams, Canadian NHL center, coach and general manager (Hockey Hall of Fame), dies at 73
  • 1984 Jüri Lossmann, Estonian marathon runner (silver medal 1920 Olympics), dies at 93
  • 1987 Bobo Holloman, American MLB pitcher (no-hitter on debut), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 1988 Ben Lexcen, Australian yacht designer (Australia II 1983 America's Cup), dies of heart disease at 52

Person of interestAyrton Senna

1994 Ayrton Senna, Brazilian Formula One driver (3-time world F1 champion), dies in a crash at San Marino GP at 34

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna
  • 2003 Miss Elizabeth [Hulette], pro wrestling valet (Randy Savage), dies of overdose at 42
  • 2003 Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (3 x stage winner Tour de France), dies at 80
  • 2006 George Haines, American swimming coach (7 x US Olympic teams), dies of a stroke at 82
  • 2008 Buzzie Bavasi, American MLB executive (Brooklyn & LA Dodgers, San Diego Padres, California Angels), dies at 93
  • 2011 Ted Lowe, English snooker commentator (Pot Black), dies at 90
  • 2011 Henry Cooper, English heavyweight boxer (famous defeat to Muhammad Ali 1966), dies of heart failure at 76
  • 2014 Juan de Dios Castillo, Mexican soccer coach (coach Honduras 2011 Copa Centroamericana), dies of skin cancer at 63
  • 2015 Pete Brown, American golfer (first African-American to win on PGA Tour, Waco 1964), dies at 80
  • 2015 Geoff Duke, English motorcycle racer (world 500cc champion 1951, 1953-55), dies at 92
  • 2017 Sam Mele, American MLB outfielder/manager (Twins record 102 wins 1965), dies at 95
  • 2018 Arthur Barnard, American sprinter, dies at 89
  • 2018 Dennis Claridge, American football player (Green Bay Packers, Atlantic Falcons), dies at 76 from bladder cancer
  • 2018 Pavel Pergl, Czech footballer (Sparta Prague), commits suicide at 40
  • 2018 Charlie Stone, English rugby league footballer (Hull, Featherstone Rovers), dies at 67