On This Day

On This Day in Sport for May 11

Events in Sport

  • 1887 13th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Lewis aboard Montrose wins in 2:39.25
  • 1888 16th Preakness: F Littlefield aboard Refund wins in 2:49
  • 1892 18th Kentucky Derby: Lonnie Clayton aboard Azra wins in 2:41½

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1893 Henri Desgrange establishes world's 1st bicycle world record, travelling 35.325 km (21.95 miles) an hour

Cyclist and Founder of the Tour-de-France Henri Desgrange
Cyclist and Founder of the Tour-de-France
Henri Desgrange
  • 1897 Washington Senator catcher Charlie Farrell throws out 8 attempted stealers

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1900 James J. Jeffries KOs James J Corbett in 23 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • 1912 38th Kentucky Derby: Carol H Shilling aboard Worth wins in 2:09.4
  • 1918 44th Kentucky Derby: William Knapp on Exterminator wins in 2:10.8
  • 1919 Cincinnati Reds Hod Eller no-hits St Louis Cards, 6-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1919 Washington Senators future Baseball Hall of Fame ace Walter Johnson pitches 12 scoreless innings in a famous 0-0 duel with Jack Quinn of the NY Yankees at the Polo Grounds

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1923 10 HRs hit in Phillies 20-14 victory over St Louis Cards
  • 1927 Belgium beats England 9-1 in soccer
  • 1928 53rd Preakness: Raymond Sonny Workman aboard Victorian wins in 2:00.2

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1928 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St George's GC: Walter Hagen wins 3rd of his 4 Open Championship titles, 2 strokes ahead of fellow American Gene Sarazen

Golfer Walter Hagen
Walter Hagen
  • 1935 60th Preakness: Willie Saunders aboard Omaha wins in 1:58.4
  • 1940 65th Preakness: Fred A Smith aboard Bimelech wins in 1:58.6

  • 1946 1st night game at Boston Braves Field (Giants 5, Braves 1)
  • 1946 71st Preakness: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:01.4

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1959 Yankee catcher Yogi Berra's errorless streak of 148 games ends

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 LA Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax throws his second career no-hitter; beats Juan Marichal and the SF Giants, 8-0

Baseball Pitcher Sandy Koufax
Baseball Pitcher
Sandy Koufax
  • 1965 West Indies becomes 1st holders of the Frank Worrell Cricket Trophy
  • 1966 European Cup Final, Heysel Stadium, Brussels: Fernando Serena scores the winner as Real Madrid beats Partizan Belgrade, 2-1; Madrid's 6th title
  • 1968 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Defenceman J. C. Tremblay fires home the winner as Montreal Canadiens edge St Louis Blues, 3-2 for a 4-0 series sweep
  • 1971 Cleveland's pitcher Steve Dunning hits a grand slam off Oakland Athletics pitcher Diego Seguí

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 Giants trade Willie Mays to Mets for pitcher Charlie Williams & cash

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1972 Stanley Cup Final, Madison Square Garden, NYC: Wayne Cashman scores twice as Boston Bruins beat NY Rangers, 3-0 to take title, 4-2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 Ted Turner manages an Atlanta Braves game

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1980 Pete Rose, 39, steals second, third, & home in one inning for Phillies

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1983 Aberdeen of Scotland win 23rd European Cup Winner's Cup against Real Madrid of Spain 2-1 in Gothenburg
  • 1984 Johan Cruijff quits soccer
  • 1985 56 die and at least 265 are injured at Bradford City football ground in the worst fire in English football history
  • 1985 Dave Concepcion becomes 4th Cincinnati Red teammate to get 2,000 hits, others include Pete Rose, Tony Perez & Cesar Cedeno
  • 1988 KV Mechelen of Belgium win 28th European Cup Winner's Cup against Ajax of Netherlands 1-0 in Strasbourg

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 Mario Andretti records fastest Indianapolis 500 lap (221.565 mph)

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • 1988 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1
  • 1989 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Montreal Canadians beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 2
  • 1990 NY Yankees trade Dave Winfield to Angels for Mike Witt
  • 1991 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
  • 1996 Florida Marlin Al Leiter no hits Colorado Rockies, 11-0
  • 1997 NY Mets C Everett & Butch Huskey are 9th to hit consecutive pinch HRs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov 3.5-2.5 in chess

Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist Garry Kasparov
Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist
Garry Kasparov
  • 2008 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Sergio García of Spain claims the biggest win of his career to date in a sudden-death playoff over American Paul Goydos
  • 2013 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (86,254): Wigan Athletic upsets Manchester City, 1-0; Ben Watson scores 90+1' winner
  • 2014 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: German Martin Kaymer leads after each round to win by 1 stroke ahead of Jim Furyk; first 8-figure purse in golf with winner's share $1.8 million

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1854 John Blackham, cricketer (Australia's 1st wicketkeeper)
  • 1881 Al Cabrera, Spanish-born Cuban baseball player (d. 1964)
  • 1894 Florimond Cornellie, Belgian sailor (Olympic gold 1920)
  • 1903 Charlie Gehringer, American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman (Detroit Tigers, 6-time MLB All Star), born in Fowlerville, Michigan (d. 1993)
  • 1907 Rip Sewell, American baseball player, born in Decatur, Alabama (d. 1989)
  • 1922 Nestor Chylak, American baseball umpire (d. 1992)
  • 1924 Jackie Milburn, English soccer star (Newcastle United)
  • 1924 Tim Flock, American auto racer (Winston Cup 1952, 55), born in Fort Payne, Alabama (d. 1998)
  • 1937 David Allan, cricketer (West Indian wicketkeeper 1962-66)
  • 1939 Milt Pappas, American baseball pitcher, (3-time MLB All Star), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • 1941 Ian Redpath, cricketer (dependable Australian opening batsman 1964-76)
  • 1941 Graham Miles, English snooker player, born in Birmingham, England (d. 2014)
  • 1943 Nancy Greene Raine OC OBC OD, Canadian alpine skier (Olympic gold giant slalom 1968; World C'ship gold giant slalom, combined 1968) and senator (BC), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1944 John Benaud, Australian cricketer (brother of Richie, Australian bat 1972-73), born in Auburn, New South Wales
  • 1948 Alfred Matt, Austrian slalom (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • 1950 Dane Lorg, American baseball player (Philles, Cardinels), born in Eureka, California
  • 1951 Mike Sleman, English rugby union winger (32 caps; British and Irish Lions 1980; Liverpool RUFC), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2020)
  • 1952 Mike Lupica, American sports journalist and newspaper columnist (New York Daily News, ESPN), born in Oneida, New York
  • 1954 John Gregory, English football manager
  • 1958 Peter Antonie, Australian rower (Olympic gold 1992), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1958 Walt Terrell, American baseball pitcher (NY Mets, Detroit Tigers), born in Jeffersonville, Indiana
  • 1960 Jorgen Schult, German FR, discus thrower (world record 1986)
  • 1962 Steve Bono, NFL quarterback (KC Chiefs, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1963 Mark Breland, American welterweight boxer (Olympic gold 1984), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1964 Bobby Witt, pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Arlington, Virginia
  • 1964 Floyd Youmans, baseball pitcher (Expos)
  • 1964 Jeff Sellers, baseball pitcher (Red Sox)
  • 1964 John Parrott, snooker player
  • 1966 Chris Mohr, NFL punter (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1966 Trenidad Hubbard, American MLB outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1967 Eric Young, infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • 1967 Jamie Brayshaw, cricketer (son of Ian WA & SA right-handed batsman)
  • 1967 Kenneth Gould, Welterweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1988), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969 Amy Legacki, Terrytown NY, 10k runner
  • 1970 Dean Capobianco, Australian 200m/400m (Olympics 1992, 96)
  • 1970 Michael Joubert, Australian 400m/800m (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Corey Fuller, NFL cornerback (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1972 Hicham El-Mashtoub, NFL center (Houston Oilers)
  • 1972 Stefen Reid, CFL linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1973 Dean Pullar, Cobram Victoria Australia, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Michelle Venturella, US softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1973 Patrick Sapp, American NFL offensive linebacker (San Diego Chargers), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1974 Roger Juffing, soccer player (Fortuna Sittard
  • 1974 Stanley Gene, Papua New Guinean rugby league footballer
  • 1974 Darren Ward, Welsh footballer
  • 1976 Lloyd Pierce, American basketball head coach (Atlanta Hawks 2019), born in San Jose, California
  • 1977 Janne Ahonen, Finnish ski jumper
  • 1977 Gonzalo Colsa, Spanish footballer
  • 1977 Pablo García, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1977 Victor Matfield, South African rugby union footballer
  • 1981 Lauren Jackson, Australian basketball player, born in Albury, Australia
  • 1981 Daniel Ortmeier, American baseball player, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1982 Andrew Walter, American football player
  • 1983 Frédéric Xhonneux, Belgian decathlete
  • 1983 Matt Leinart, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2004, USC; NFL: Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans) and broadcaster (Fox Sports), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1984 Andrés Iniesta Luján, Spanish football player (Barcelona, Spanish national team), born in Fuentealbilla, Spain
  • 1986 Abou Diaby, French footballer
  • 1986 Ronny, Brazilian footballer
  • 1987 Louis Murphy, American college football player
  • 1987 Monica Roşu, Romanian gymnast
  • 1987 Justin King, American football player
  • 1989 Giovani dos Santos, Mexican footballer
  • 1989 Cam Newton, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2010, Auburn; NFL MVP 2015; Pro Bowl 2011, 13, 15; Carolina Panthers), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Deaths in Sport

  • 1848 Tom Cribb, English boxer, dies at 66
  • 1924 Moses Walker, American baseball catcher (first African-American open about his heritage to play MLB; Toledo Blue Stockings), dies at 66
  • 1937 Ellen Hansell, American tennis player (US National champion 1887), dies at 67
  • 1955 Gilbert Jessop, English cricket batsman (18 Tests; Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1898), dies at 80
  • 1986 Fritz Pollard, American football player, dies at 92
  • 1996 Ademir de Menezes, Brazilian footballer (Brazil national team 1945-53), dies at 73
  • 2003 Ernie Toshack, Australian cricket fast bowler (12 Tests, 47 wickets), dies at 88
  • 2004 Mick Doyle, Irish rugby union footballer & coach, dies at 64

Person of interestFloyd Patterson

2006 Floyd Patterson, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1956-59, 1960-62, Olympic gold 1952), dies of prostate cancer at 71

Boxing Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxing Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 2008 Bruno Neves, Portuguese cyclist, dies in competition at 26
  • 2012 Dorothea Hochleitner, Austrian giant slalom (Olympic bronze 1956), dies at 86
  • 2013 Jack Butler, American football player, dies from complications from staph infection at 85
  • 2014 Reg Gasnier, Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame centre and captain (36 Tests; 3 World Cup; St. George), dies at 74
  • 2016 Jim Pothecary, South African cricket medium pace bowler (3 Tests, 9 wickets; Western Province), dies at 82
  • 2017 Yale Lary, American NFL safety Hall of Famer (Detroit Lions), dies at 86
  • 2019 Harold Lederman, American boxing judge & analyst (HBO), dies of cancer at 79
  • 2020 Francisco Aguilar, Spanish soccer forward (3 caps; Real Madrid), dies at 71