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
  • 1893 Henri Desgrange establishes world's 1st bicycle world record, travelling 35.325 km an hour
  • 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 Yanks' Jack Quinn & Senators' Walter Johnson, 12 inning 0-0 tie

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 awardGolf Major

1928 British Open 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
Golfer
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
  • 1963 LA Dodger Sandy Koufax 2nd no-hitter beats NY Giants, 8-0
  • 1965 West Indies becomes 1st holders of the Frank Worrell Cricket Trophy
  • 1966 11th European Cup: Real Madrid beats Partizan 2-1 at Brussels
  • 1968 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep St Louis Blues in 4 games
  • 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: Boston Bruins beat NY Rangers, 4 games to 2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 Ted Turner manages an Atlanta Braves game

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner
  • 1980 Pam Higgins wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament

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
  • 1986 Muffin Spencer-Devlin wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
  • 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
  • 1997 Scott McCarron wins Bellsouth Golf Classic
  • 1997 Terry-Jo Myers wins LPGA Sara Lee Classic

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

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)
  • 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
  • 1943 Nancy Greene, Canadian giant slalom (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 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, rugby player
  • 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 (Olympics 1996)
  • 1958 Walt Terrell, baseball player
  • 1960 Jorgen Schult, German FR, discus thrower (world record 1986)
  • 1962 Steve Bono, NFL quarterback (KC Chiefs, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1963 Blair Piercy, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Cordova Bay Open), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 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 Drew Story, San Clemente California, American canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996)
  • 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, MBA 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)
  • 1971 Yo Murphy, WLAF receiver (Scottish Claymores)
  • 1972 Andrew Bonhomme, Australian golfer, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 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
  • 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 football player
  • 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 Cameron Newton, American football player (Carolina Panthers), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Deaths in Sport

  • 1848 Tom Cribb, English boxer (b. 1781)
  • 1924 Moses Walker, American baseball catcher (first African-American to play MLB), dies at 66
  • 1937 Ellen Hansell, American tennis player (US National champion 1887), dies at 67
  • 1955 G L Jessop, cricketer (match-winning batsman, brilliant field), dies
  • 1985 Samuel Frith, English co-founder of soccer team (Bradford City), dies
  • 1986 Fritz Pollard, American football player (b. 1894)
  • 1996 Ademir Marques de Menezes, Brazilian footballer (b. 1922)
  • 2003 Ernie Toshack, Australian cricket fast bowler (12 Tests, 47 wickets), dies at 88
  • 2004 Mick Doyle, Irish rugby union footballer and coach

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

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 2008 Bruno Neves, portuguese cyclist that died in competition (b.1981)
  • 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 Hall of Fame rugby league player, dies at 74
  • 2017 Yale Lary, American NFL safety Hall of Famer (Detroit Lions), dies at 86