On This Day

On This Day in Sport for May 15

Events in Sport

  • 1862 First baseball enclosure opens at Union Grounds, Brooklyn
  • 1876 2nd Kentucky Derby: Bobby Swim aboard Vagrant wins in 2:38.25
  • 1894 20th Kentucky Derby: Frank Goodale aboard Chant wins in 2:41
  • 1906 NY Giants' Hooks Wiltse strikes out 4 batters in 1 inning
  • 1912 37th Preakness: Clarnence Turner on Colonel Holloway wins in 1:56.6

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1912 Ty Cobb rushes a heckler at a NY Highlander game & is suspended

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1918 43rd Preakness: Johnny Loftus aboard War Cloud wins in 1:53.6

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1918 Washington Senator Walter Johnson pitches 1-0, 18 inning game

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1919 Brooklyn Dodgers score 10 runs in 13th to beat Reds 10-0
  • 1920 Soccer team ADO '20 forms in Heemskerk
  • 1926 52nd Kentucky Derby: Albert Johnson on Bubbling Over wins in 2:03.8
  • 1935 Pirates beat Phillies 20-5
  • 1937 62nd Preakness: Charley Kurtsinger aboard War Admiral wins in 1:58.4

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1941 Joe DiMaggio starts 56-game hitting streak; Yanks lose 13-1

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1944 Cincinnati Red Clyde Shoun no-hits Boston Braves, 1-0

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1948 73rd Preakness: Eddie Arcaro wins aboard Citation, 2nd leg of successful Triple Crown

Racing Hall of Fame Jockey Eddie Arcaro
Racing Hall of Fame Jockey
Eddie Arcaro

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1953 In his first world heavyweight title defence, Rocky Marciano KOs former champion Jersey Joe Walcott in the 1st round at Chicago Stadium

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • 1959 100th anniversary of 1st college baseball game, between Amherst & Williams Teams reenact the original contest
  • 1963 Tottenham Hotspur of England win 3rd European Cup winner's Cup against Atlético Madrid of Spain 5-1 at Rotterdam
  • 1964 Sporting Portugal win 4th European Cup Winner's Cup against MTK Budapest of Hungry 1-0 at Antwerp (replay)
  • 1965 90th Preakness: Ron Turcotte aboard Tom Rolfe wins in 1:56.2
  • 1965 Canadian Football Players Association organizes
  • 1966 1st day of Sunday play in County Cricket, Essex v Somerset
  • 1970 International Olympic Committee votes to expel South Africa
  • 1971 96th Preakness: Gustavo Avila aboard Canonero II wins in 1:54

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1973 California Angel Nolan Ryan's 1st no-hitter beats KC Royals, 3-0

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1976 101st Preakness: John Lively aboard Elocutionist wins in 1:55
  • 1980 Flyers score 8 goals against Islanders in playoffs
  • 1981 "Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island" airs
  • 1982 107th Preakness: Jack Kaenel aboard Aloma's Ruler wins in 1:55.4
  • 1985 Everton of England wins 25th European Cup Winner's Cup against Rapid Wien of Austria 3-1 in Rotterdam
  • 1987 Record archery score for a pair over 24 hrs, is set
  • 1989 Blue Jays fire manager Jimy Williams & replace him with Cito Gaston
  • 1989 US Basketball League cancels its summer schedule
  • 1990 Edmonton Oiler Klima beats Boston Bruins in 6th period

  • 1991 Manchester United of England win 31th European Cup Winner's Cup against FC Barcelona 2-1 in Rotterdam

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1991 US President George H. W. Bush takes Queen Elizabeth to Oakland A's-Baltimore Oriole game

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 1991 Red Sox & White Sox play then slowest 9 inning game (4:11)
  • 1993 118th Preakness: Mike Smith aboard Prairie Bayou wins in 1:56.6

Sport awardLPGA Championship

1994 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: Laura Davies of England wins her second major title, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Alice Ritzman

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • 1999 124th Preakness: Chris Antley wins aboard Charismatic for the second leg of an unsuccessful Triple Crown campaign
  • 2002 10th UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 at Glasgow
  • 2004 129th Preakness: Stewart Elliott aboard Smarty Jones wins in 1:55.59

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2005 Laureus World Sports Awards, Casino Estoril, Portugal: Sportsman: Roger Federer; Sportswoman: Kelly Holmes; Team: Greece Men's National Football team

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • 2010 Jessica Watson at age 16 becomes the youngest person to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world
  • 2010 135th Preakness: Martin Garcia aboard Lookin At Lucky wins in 1:55.47
  • 2010 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (88,335): Chelsea beats Portsmouth,1-0; Didier Drogba scores 59' winner; Blues' 6th title
  • 2011 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: K. J. Choi of South Korea defeats David Toms on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win $1.71 million winner's cheque
  • 2016 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: World #1 and reigning PGA Champion Jason Day of Australia leads wire-to-wire to win by 4 strokes ahead of Kevin Chappell

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1851 Herbert Lawford, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1887; first exponent of topspin), born in Bayswater, England (d. 1925)
  • 1892 Jimmy Wilde, boxer (d. 1969)
  • 1901 Luis Monti, Argentine-Italian footballer (d. 1983)
  • 1904 Gustav-Adolf Boltenstein, Swedish equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1952, 56)
  • 1912 Alexis Nihon, Bahamas, wrestler (Olympics 1968)
  • 1914 Walter "Turk" Broda, Canadian ice hockey goaltender, 5x Stanley Cup, 2x Vezina Trophy (Toronto Maple Leafs, 1935-51), born in Brandon, Manitoba (d. 1972)
  • 1919 Charles Palmer, cricketer (one Test 1955, later MCC president)
  • 1924 Andrea Gyarmati, Hungary water polo player (Olympics, 1948-60), (d. 2013)
  • 1924 Don Kenyon, cricketer (England batsman in 8 Tests 1951-55)
  • 1929 Jack Flavell, cricketer (England pace bowler in 4 Tests 1961-64)
  • 1931 Ken Venturi, American golfer, broadcaster (US Open 1964), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2013)
  • 1935 Ted Dexter, cricketer (in Milan Superb England batsman of 60's)
  • 1935 Don Bragg, American pole vaulter (Olympic gold 1960), born in Penns Grove, New Jersey (d. 2019)
  • 1937 Joe Tait, American sports broadcaster (Cleveland Cavaliers [radio], Cleveland Indians [TV & radio]), born in Evanston, Illinois (d. 2021)
  • 1939 Dudley Wysong, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1966 runner-up), born in McKinney, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1940 Álvaro Mejía, Colombian athlete (Boston Marathon 1971 2:18:45), born in Medellín, Colombia (d. 2021)
  • 1941 Cyril Cooray, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test umpire on intl panel)
  • 1944 Miruts Yifter 'Yifter the Shifter', Ethiopian runner (Olympic golds 1980), born in Adigrat (d. 2016)
  • 1945 Jerry Quarry, American boxer (famous bouts v world champions Floyd Patterson, Jimmy Ellis, Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali, Ken Norton), born in Bakersfield, California (d. 1999)
  • 1949 Wendy Pritchard, Australian women's field hockey team manager (Olympics 1996)
  • 1952 Rick Waits, baseball pitcher (Rangers, Indians, Twins)

Person of interestGeorge Brett

1953 George Brett, American Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman (13 x MLB All Star; World Series 1985; AL MVP 1980; KC Royals), born in Glen Dale, West Virginia

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • 1956 Alice Miller, American golfer (Nabisco Dinah Shore 1985), born in Marysville, CA
  • 1956 Dan Patrick, American sportscaster
  • 1959 Kaokor Galaxy, Thai boxer
  • 1964 Pierre Trentin, French 1K time trials (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1965 Dan Stryzinski, NFL punter (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1965 Raí, Brazilian footballer
  • 1966 Paul Ysebaert, Sarnia, NHL left wing (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 1967 John Smoltz, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (8 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1995; NL Cy Young Award 1996; Atlanta Braves), born in Warren, Michigan
  • 1968 James "Jim" Neil, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1968 Leroy Hoard, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings)

Person of interestEmmitt Smith

1969 Emmitt Smith, American NFL Running Back (Dallas Cowboys, 3-time NFL rushing leader), born in Pensacola, Florida

American Football Player Emmitt Smith
American Football Player
Emmitt Smith
  • 1969 Holly McPeak, Manhattan Beach CA, beach volleyballer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Hideki Irabu, Japanese-American NPB and MLB baseball pitcher, 1988-2004 (New York Yankees, 1997-2002), born in Okinawa, Japan (d. 2011)
  • 1970 Artie Smith, NFL defensive end (Cin Bengals)
  • 1970 Cory Philpot, CFL running back (BC Lions)
  • 1970 Desmond Howard, College Football Hall of Fame wide receiver (Heisman Trophy 1991, U of Michigan; Super Bowl MVP 1996, Green Bay Packers), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1970 Frank de Boer, Dutch soccer star (Ajax)
  • 1970 Keith Tower, NBA center (LA Clippers)
  • 1970 Rod Smith, Texarkana, Arkansas, American NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1970 Ronald de Boer, Dutch soccer player (Ajax)
  • 1970 Tony Brown, NFL cornerback (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1971 Scott Shipley, Bremerton Wash, slalom single kayaker (Olympic 6th 1996)
  • 1971 Phil Pfister, American strength athlete
  • 1972 Patrick Pothuizen, soccer player (Vitesse)
  • 1972 Troy Drake, NFL tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1973 Suzannah Bianco, synchronized swimmer (Olympics-alt-96), born in San Jose, California
  • 1974 A J Hinch, Wavely IA, baseball catcher (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1974 Addilson dos Santos, soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1974 Jennifer Rizzotti, Basketball Hall of Fame point guard (Uni of Connecticut) and coach (George Washington), born in White Plains, New York

Person of interestRay Lewis

1975 Ray Lewis, American Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker (13 × Pro Bowl; Super Bowl MVP 2000; Baltimore Ravens), born in Bartow, Florida

NFL Legend Ray Lewis
NFL Legend
Ray Lewis
  • 1976 Adolfo Bautista, Mexican footballer
  • 1976 Jacek Krzynówek, Polish footballer
  • 1976 Ryan Leaf, American football player
  • 1978 Amy Chow, gymnast (Olympics-gold/silver-96), born in San Jose, California
  • 1978 Edu, Brazilian footballer
  • 1978 Dwayne DeRosario, Canadian footballer
  • 1980 Josh Beckett, American baseball player
  • 1981 Patrice Evra, French-Senegalese footballer
  • 1981 Justin Morneau, Canadian baseball player
  • 1982 Segundo Castillo, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1982 Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jamaican athlete
  • 1984 Sérgio Jimenez, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1985 Cristiane, Brazilian footballer
  • 1986 Matías Fernández, Chilean footballer
  • 1986 Adam Moffat, Scottish football player, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1986 Kyle Loza, Freestyle Motocross Rider, born in Orange County, California
  • 1987 Ersan İlyasova, Turkish basketball player

Person of interestAndy Murray

1987 Andy Murray, British tennis player (Olympic gold 2012, 16; Wimbledon 2013, 16), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
  • 1990 Joe Mattock, English football player

Deaths in Sport

Person of interestJoe Malone

1969 Joe Malone, Canadian ice hockey center (Quebec Bulldogs), dies at 79

Ice Hockey Player Joe Malone
Ice Hockey Player
Joe Malone
  • 1982 Gordon Smiley, American racecar driver, dies in a crash at 36
  • 1986 Elio de Angelis, Italian race car driver (b. 1958)
  • 1990 Doug Young, Canadian NHL defenceman (Stanley Cup 1936-37, Detroit Red Wings captain), dies at 81
  • 1992 Jovy Marcelo, Filipino race car driver (b. 1965)
  • 1998 Earl Manigault, American basketball player (b. 1944)
  • 2008 Tommy Burns, Scottish footballer (b. 1956)
  • 2008 Robert Dunlop, Northern Irish motorcycle racer, younger brother of Joey Dunlop, dies after a crash at 47
  • 2009 Wayman Tisdale, American basketball player (b. 1964)
  • 2010 Besian Idrizaj, Footballer (b. 1987)
  • 2015 Garo Yepremian, American NFL place kicker (Miami Dolphins), dies at 70
  • 2015 Bob Hopkins, American basketball forward and coach (Syracuse Nationals; Seattle SuperSonics), dies of heart and kidney failure at 80