On This Day

On This Day in Sport for May 14

Events in Sport

  • 1885 11th Kentucky Derby: Babe Henderson aboard Joe Cotton wins in 2:37.25
  • 1886 12th Kentucky Derby: Paul Duffy aboard Ben Ali wins in 2:36.50
  • 1888 14th Kentucky Derby: George Covington aboard MacBeth II wins in 2:38.00
  • 1890 16th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Riley wins in 2:45
  • 1906 Flagpole at the White Sox ballpark breaks during pennant-raising

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1913 Washington Senator Walter Johnson ends MLB record scoreless streak at 56 innings

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1918 Sunday baseball is made legal in Washington, D.C.
  • 1919 44th Preakness: Johnny Loftus aboard Sir Barton wins in 1:53
  • 1920 Washington Senator Walter Johnson wins his 300th game vs Detroit
  • 1920 Giants inform Yankees that the lease allowing them to play in the Polo Grounds will not be renewed at end of 1920 season
  • 1927 53rd Kentucky Derby: Linus McAtee aboard Whiskery wins in 2:06
  • 1935 Northamptonshire County Cricket Club gains (over Somerset at Taunton by 48 runs) what proved to be their last victory for 99 matches, a record in the County Championship. Their next Championship win was not until May 29, 1939.
  • 1938 63rd Preakness: Maurice Peters aboard Dauber wins in 1:59.8
  • 1938 England soccer team beats Nazi-Germany, 6-3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1940 Boston's Jimmie Foxx HR goes over Comiskey Park's left field roof

MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Jimmie Foxx
MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Jimmie Foxx
  • 1949 74th Preakness: Ted Atkinson aboard Capot wins in 1:56

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961 Stirling Moss wins the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix

Auto Racer Stirling Moss
Auto Racer
Stirling Moss

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits career HR #500 off Baltimore Oriole's Stu Miller

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1972 In Willie Mays 1st game as a NY Met his homer beats SF Giants, 5-4

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1975 Dynamo Kyiv of the Soviet Union win 15th European Cup Winner's Cup over Ferencvár osi TC of Hungary 3-0
  • 1977 KC Royals Jim Colborn no-hits Texas Rangers, 6-0
  • 1977 Stanley Cup Final, Boston Garden, Boston, MA: Jacques Lemaire scores twice as Montreal Canadiens edge Boston Bruins, 2-1 in OT for a 4 game sweep and back-to-back titles
  • 1980 Valencia of Spain wins 20th European Cup Winner's Cup against Arsenal of England 5-4 on penalties in Brussels
  • 1980 Bucky Dent hits an inside park HR, Royals walk 14 Yanks including 5 with bases loaded, Yanks win 16-3
  • 1981 35th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics beat Houston Rockets, 4 games to 2
  • 1983 Rosa Mota runs female world record 20k (1:06:55.5)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Reggie Jackson hit his 537th HR passing Mickey Mantle into 6th place

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1986 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Calgary Flames beat St. Louis Blues, 4 games to 3
  • 1987 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Philadelphia Flyers beat Montreal Canadians, 4 games to 2
  • 1988 1st non-pitcher (Jose Oquendo) in 20 years to get a decision in a baseball game, he & St Louis Cards lose to Braves 7-5 in 19 inn
  • 1988 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Boston Bruins beat New Jersey Devils, 4 games to 3
  • 1989 1st Tour de Trump bicycle race run (Atlanta)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 1st time since 1948 a player hit 6 consecutive doubles (Kirby Puckett)

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 46th time opposing pitchers hit HR, Fernando Valenzuela (Dodgers)/Gross (Expos)

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Fernando Valenzuela
  • 1994 Dave Winfield passes Frank Robinson for 12th on RBI list with 1,617
  • 1994 FA Cup Final: Manchester United defeat Chelsea 4-0 at Wembley Stadium, London

Sport awardLPGA Championship

1995 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: Kelly Robbins wins her only major title by 1 stroke from defending champion Laura Davies of England

LPGA Golfer Kelly Robbins
LPGA Golfer
Kelly Robbins
LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1995 Eddie Murray of Indians hits his 463rd career home run (ties for 18th)

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • 1995 At 43 years, 162 days Manchester City goalkeeper John Burridge becomes the oldest player to appear in an EPL match, a 3-2 home defeat to Queens Park Rangers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 NY Yankee Dwight Gooden no-hits Seattle Mariners 2-0

Baseball Pitcher Dwight Gooden
Baseball Pitcher
Dwight Gooden

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Baseball's Executive Council suspends NY Yank owner George Steinbrenner

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • 1997 FC Barcelona of Spain win 37th European Cup Winner's Cup against Paris Saint-Germain of France 1-0 in Rotterdam

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2002 Laureus World Sports Awards, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco: Sportsman: Michael Schumacher; Sportswoman: Jennifer Capriati; Team: Australian Men's National Cricket team

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • 2011 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (88,643): Manchester City beats Stoke City, 1-0; Yaya Touré scores 74' winner; Citizens' 5th title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 Gabriel Medina becomes the first surfer ever to land the move "Backflip" in competition

  • 2017 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: 21 year old South Korean Kim Si-woo shoots final round 69 to win by 3 strokes ahead of Louis Oosthuizen and Ian Poulter
  • 2018 US Supreme Court strikes down federal law banning sports gambling in most states
  • 2018 Arsenal finish EPL season in 6th place on 63 points; fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 1997

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1878 James L. Wilkinson, American baseball executive (d. 1964)
  • 1881 Ed Walsh, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, manager (Chicago WS; MLB ERA record 1.82), born in Plains Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • 1890 Alex Pompez, American baseball executive (d. 1974)
  • 1899 Earle Combs, American baseball player (d. 1976)
  • 1909 Vladimir Alatortsev, USSR, International Chess Master (1950)
  • 1918 Arthur McIntyre, cricket wicket-keeper (England 3 times early 50's)
  • 1927 Shirley Spork, American golfer and administrator (co-founder LPGA; Women's PGA C'ship runner-up 1962), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1929 Vladimir Antoshin, USSR, International Chess Grandmaster (1964)
  • 1929 Gump Worsley, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2007)
  • 1933 John Mortimore, cricketer (England off-spinner 1959-64)
  • 1937 Dick Howser, shortstop (Kansas City A's), manager (KC Royals)
  • 1940 Tommy Lawrence, Scottish football player and goalkeeper (Liverpool, Tranmere Rovers), born in Dailly, Scotland (d. 2018)
  • 1941 Nasim-ul-Ghani, cricketer (Pakistani left-handed all-rounder 1958-73)
  • 1942 Tony Perez, baseball player
  • 1942 Valeriy Brumel, Soviet athlete (d. 2003)
  • 1945 Yochanan Vollach, Israeli footballer and president of Maccabi Haifa
  • 1947 Dick "Dirt" Tidrow, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1948 Dave LaRoche, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1948 Bob Woolmer, English cricket all-rounder, coach (19 Tests, coach Pakistan, South Africa), born in Kanpur, India (d. 2007)
  • 1949 Klaus-Peter Thaler, German cyclist, born in Eckmannshausen, West Germany
  • 1955 Peter Kirsten, South African cricket batsman and coach (12 Tests, top score 104; 40 ODIs), born in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa

Person of interestDennis Martínez

1955 [Jose] Dennis Martínez, Nicaraguan baseball pitcher (Orioles, Expos, Indians), born in Granada, Nicaragua

MLB Pitcher Dennis Martínez
MLB Pitcher
Dennis Martínez
  • 1958 Christine Brennan, American sports columnist
  • 1959 Mike Quick, NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1960 Carlyle Best, cricketer (WI batsman late 80's)
  • 1960 Frank Nobilo, New Zealand golfer, broadcaster (5 European Tour titles, CBS, Golf Channel), born in Auckland, NZ
  • 1960 Steve Williams, American wrestler
  • 1961 Alain Vigneault, Canadian ice hockey coach
  • 1963 Pat Borders, catcher (California Angels), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1964 Suzy Kolber, American sportscaster
  • 1965 Curt Harnett, sprint cyclist (Olympic bronze 1992/96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1965 Dave Widell, NFL center/guard (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1965 Joey Cora, Caguas Puerto Rico, infielder (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1965 Kelvin Martin, NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1966 Leroy Blugh, CFL defensive end (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1966 Pooh Richardson, NBA guard (LA Clippers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Natasha Elaine Kaiser-Brown, 400m runner, born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1967 Shaun Creighton, Australian distance runner (Olympics 1996)
  • 1967 Tony Siragusa, NFL defensive tackle (Indianapolis Colts, Balt Ravens)
  • 1967 Valeria Marini, Italian sports commentator (Italian Soccer), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1969 Sabine Schmitz, German professional motor racing driver, and television personality (Top Gear), born in n Adenau, West Germany (d. 2021)
  • 1972 Chad Cascadden, NFL linebacker (NY Jets)
  • 1973 Voshon Lenard, NBA guard (Miami Heat)
  • 1973 Julian White, English rugby union footballer
  • 1974 Ken Belanger, Sault-ste-marie Ca, NHL left wing (NY Islanders)
  • 1975 Carmen Klomp, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1975 Salim Iles, Algerian swimmer
  • 1976 Terrance Cauthen, lightweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1976 Brian Lawrence, American baseball player
  • 1977 Anca Barna, Cluj Romania, tennis star (semifinals 1995 ITF Poland)
  • 1977 Jayna Hefford, ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • 1977 Roy Halladay, American baseball player
  • 1978 Heather Brink, gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1978 André Macanga, Angolan footballer
  • 1978 Gustavo Varela, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1978 Eddie House, American basketball player
  • 1978 Brent Harvey, Australian footballer
  • 1979 Carlos Tenorio, Ecuadorian soccer forward (50 caps; LDU Quito, Al-Sadd), born in Esmeraldas, Ecuador
  • 1979 Clinton Morrison, English-born Irish footballer
  • 1980 Eugene Martineau, Dutch decathlete
  • 1980 Hugo Southwell, Scottish rugby union footballer
  • 1980 Zdeněk Grygera, Czech footballer
  • 1982 Ai Shibata, Japanese swimmer
  • 1982 BeardyMan, English beatboxer
  • 1984 Michael Rensing, German footballer
  • 1987 Franck Songo'o, Cameroonian footballer, born in Yaoundé, Cameron
  • 1987 Francois Steyn, South African rugby union footballer
  • 1990 Emily Samuelson, American ice dancer

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

2017 Retired soccer player Abby Wambach (37) weds best-selling author Glennon Doyle Melton

Soccer Player Abby Wambach
Soccer Player
Abby Wambach

Deaths in Sport

  • 1934 Lou Criger, American baseball player (b. 1872)
  • 1969 Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer (b. 1888)
  • 1984 Elmer Riddle, American baseball pitcher (NL wins leader 1943; Cincinnati Reds), dies at 69
  • 1989 Joe Primeau, Canadian NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs), dies at 83
  • 1991 Aladár Gerevich, Hungarian fencer (7 Olympic gold 1932, 36, 48, 52, 56, 60), dies at 81
  • 1992 Lyle Alzado, NFL defensive linesman (LA Raiders) and actor (Oceans of Fire, Hangfire), dies of cancer at 43
  • 1994 Dave Albritton, American high jumper (Olympic silver 1936), dies at 81
  • 1996 Sritharan Jeganathan, cricketer, 1st Sri Lankan Test player to die
  • 2001 Gil Langley, Australian cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper 1951-56), dies at 81
NBA Forward and MLB Player Dave DeBusschere
NBA Forward and MLB Player
Dave DeBusschere
  • 2006 James Botten, South African cricketer (all-rounder in 1965 South African series v England), dies at 67
  • 2007 Jean Saubert, American alpine ski racer (Olympic giant slalom silver, slalom bronze 1964), dies of breast cancer at 65
  • 2009 Bob Rosburg, American golfer, broadcaster (PGA Championship 1959), dies of head injuries from a fall at 82
  • 2017 Frank Brian, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1951, 52; Fort Wayne Pistons), dies at 94
  • 2018 Doug Ford, American golfer (PGA Championship 1955, US Masters 1957), dies at 95
  • 2020 Pepper Rodgers, American football coach (University of Kansas, UCLA, Georgia Tech; USFL: Memphis Showboats), dies at 88
  • 2020 Bob Watson, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1973, 75; Houston Astros) and sports executive (GM NY Yankees, World Series 1996), dies from kidney disease at 74