On This Day

On This Day in Sport for May 16

Events in Sport

  • 1869 Cincinnati Reds play their 1st baseball game, win 41-7
  • 1882 8th Kentucky Derby: Babe Hurd aboard Apollo wins in 2:40.00
  • 1884 10th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Buchanan wins in 2:40.25
  • 1894 Fire in Boston destroys baseball stadium & 170 other buildings
  • 1914 American Horseshoe Pitchers Association organizes in Kansas City
  • 1914 Ewing Field baseball park opens near Masonic Street, San Francisco. Relocated a year later.
  • 1916 41st Preakness: Linus McAtee aboard Damrosch wins in 1:54.8
  • 1921 46th Preakness: F Coltiletti aboard Broomspun wins in 1:54.2
  • 1925 51st Kentucky Derby: Earl Sande aboard Flying Ebony wins in 2:07.6
  • 1927 NY Yankee Bob Meusel steals 2nd, 3rd & home
  • 1930 6th Walker Cup: US, 10-2
  • 1931 57th Kentucky Derby: Charley Kurtsinger on Twenty Grand wins 2:01.8
  • 1936 61st Preakness: George Woolf aboard Bold Venture wins in 1:59

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1938 In cricket Bradman scores 278 Aust v MCC, 349 mins, 35 fours 1 six

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1941 1st US radio performance of Bennett's "Symphony in D for the Dodgers"
  • 1948 First chess world championship since WWII; Russian player Mikhail Botvinnik wins a 5-player tournament to begin 20-year Russian domination

  • 1953 Phillies Curt Simmons gives up a single, then retires next 27 in a row

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1954 Ted Williams gets 8 hits in 1st game (DH) since breaking collarbone

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1955 Ray Lindwall scores his 2nd Test Cricket century 118 at Bridgetown

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1955 Rocky Marciano beats Don Cockell by TKO in the 9th round at Kezar Stadium, San Francisco to retain his world heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • 1956 England cricket spin bowler Jim Laker takes 10-88 for Surrey v Australia in tour match at The Oval, London
  • 1959 84th Preakness: William Harmatz aboard Royal Orbit wins in 1:57
  • 1964 89th Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Northern Dancer wins in 1:56.8
  • 1970 95th Preakness: Eddie Belmonte aboard Personality wins in 1:56.2
  • 1973 AC Milan of Italy win 13th European Cup Winner's Cup against Leeds of England 1-0 in Saloniki

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1975 Muhammad Ali TKOs Ron Lyle in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 Stanley Cup Final, The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA: Guy Lafleur and Pete Mahovlich each have a goal and 2 assists as Montreal Canadiens beat Philadelphia Flyers, 5-3 for a 4 games series sweep

NHL Legend Guy Lafleur
NHL Legend
Guy Lafleur
  • 1977 Muhammad Ali beats Alfredo Evangelist in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1979 FC Barcelona of Spain wins 19th European Cup Winner's Cup against Fortuna Düsseldorf of West Germany 4-3 in Basel
  • 1979 NL approves Astros sales from Ford Motors to John J McMullen for $19M
  • 1980 34th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Philadelphia 76ers, 4 games to 2
  • 1981 106th Preakness: Jorge Velásquez aboard Pleasant Colony wins in 1:54.6
  • 1981 Houston shortstop Craig Reynolds hits 3 triples as Astros beat Chicago Cubs, 6-1
  • 1982 Stanley Cup Final, Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC: 3-peat for NY Islanders; sweep Vancouver Canucks in 4 games with a 3-1 Game 4 win
  • 1984 Juventus of Italy win 24th European Cup Winner's Cup against Porto of Portugal 2-1 in Basel
  • 1984 Phillie pitcher Steve Carlton hits a grand slam homer

  • 1984 Mackay pays $218,718 for 44,166 tickets to keep Twins in Minnesota Twins sell 51,863 tickets but only 6,346 fans show up for the game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Michael Jordan named NBA Rookie of Year

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 1985 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Philadelphia Flyers beat Quebec Nordiques, 4 games to 2
  • 1985 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 2
  • 1987 112th Preakness: Chris McCarron aboard Alysheba wins in 1:55.8
  • 1992 117th Preakness: Chris McCarron aboard Pine Bluff wins in 1:55.6
  • 1992 America's Cup: America Team USA defeats Il Moro di Venezia 4-1 to win in San Diego
  • 1994 Tennis star Jennifer Capriati arrested on possession of marijuana

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1996 Sammy Sosa is 1st Chicago Cub to hit 2 HRs in 1 inning

MLB Outfielder Sammy Sosa
MLB Outfielder
Sammy Sosa
  • 1997 Atlanta Braves beat St Louis Cardinals, 1-0 in 13 innings
  • 1997 Expos trailing SF Giants by 9 runs comeback to win 14-13
  • 1998 123rd Preakness: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 1:54.80
  • 2003 NHL Western Conference Final: Anaheim Ducks beat Minnesota Wild, 4 games to 0
  • 2009 134th Preakness: Calvin Borel aboard Rachel Alexandra wins in 1:55.08
  • 2010 ICC Women's Cricket T20 World Cup, Bridgetown, Barbados: Elise Perry with 3 for 18 off 4 overs leads Australia (106/8) to 3 run victory over New Zealand 103/6
  • 2014 Paris Saint-Germain F.C. & Manchester City F.C. are each fined €60 million for breaching Fair Play Regulations
  • 2015 140th Preakness: Victor Espinoza aboard American Pharoah wins in 1:58.46
  • 2019 Brooks Koepka fires tournament record equalling, and course record 63 (-7) to lead the PGA Championship by 1 stroke after the 1st round at Bethpage Black, NY

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1904 Hugh Plaxton, Canadian ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1928)
  • 1906 Ernie McCormick, cricketer (Australian quickie of late 30's)
  • 1907 Robert Tisdall, Irish 400m hurdler (Olympic gold 1932)
  • 1918 Wilf Mannion, English former footballer (d. 2000)
  • 1920 Dave Philley, Texas, Major League Baseball switch-hitter (record 9 straight pinch hits), born in Paris, France (d. 2012)
  • 1927 Nílton Santos, Brazilian footballer, (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Billy Martin, American baseball 2nd baseman and manager (NY Yankees, Oakland A's), born in Berekeley, California (d. 1989)
  • 1930 Brian Davies, Rugby League player, born in Brisbane, Australia (d. 2012)
  • 1949 Rick Reuschel, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1953 Rick Rhoden, American MLB pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Boynton Beach, Florida
  • 1955 Jack Morris, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (4-time World Series 1984, 91-3 Tigers, Twins, Blue Jays), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota

Person of interestOlga Korbut

1955 Olga Korbut, Soviet gymnast (4 x Olympic gold 1972, 76), born in Grodno, Belarus

Gymnast Olga Korbut
Gymnast
Olga Korbut
  • 1957 Joan Benoit Samuelson, American marathoner (Olympic gold 1984), born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine
  • 1959 Bob Patterson, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1961 Kevin Guidry, NFL tackle (Denver Broncos)
  • 1962 Gary Crocker, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman)
  • 1964 John Salley, NBA star (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1965 Lori Sippel, Stratford Ontario, softball pitcher (Olympics 1996)
  • 1966 Sean Quilty, Australian marathoner (Olympics 1996)
  • 1966 Thurman Thomas, NFL running back (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1969 Steven Earl Lewis, 4X100/400m runner (Olympic gold 1988), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1969 Steve Lewis, American athlete
  • 1970 Eric Lynch, NFL running back (Detroit Lions)
  • 1970 Gabriela Sabatini, Argentine tennis player (US Open 1990), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1971 Khari Jones, Canadian American football player (BC Lions, Scottish Claymores) and coach (Montreal Alouettes), born in Hammond, Indiana
  • 1972 Keith Burns, American NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Greeleyville, South Carolina
  • 1972 Matthew Hart, cricketer (NZ lefty spinner 1994- )
  • 1974 Conal Groom, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Northford, Connecticut
  • 1974 Keith Thibodeaux, cornerback (Washington Redskins)
  • 1977 Jean-Sébastien Giguère, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1978 Vincent Larusso, Livingston, NJ, actor (Adam-Mighty Ducks, D2, D3)
  • 1978 Lionel Scaloni, Argentine retired footballer (World Cup 2006), born in Rosario, Argentina
  • 1980 Michael Ryan, American ice hockey player and coach (Springfield Thunderbirds), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1982 Łukasz Kubot, Polish tennis player
  • 1982 Hanna Mariën, Belgian athlete
  • 1983 Kyle Wellwood, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1985 Anja Mittag, German footballer
  • 1985 Corey Perry, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1986 Andy Keogh, Irish footballer (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1989 MLB player Moises Alou (22) weds Austria Melo

MLB Outfielder Moises Alou
MLB Outfielder
Moises Alou
  • 2009 Actress Jennifer Freeman (23) weds NBA guard Earl Watson (29) in Beverly Hills, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 1924 William "Candy" Cummings, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (credited with creating the curveball), dies at 75
  • 1952 Alec Hearne, cricketer (scored 9 in Test for Eng v South Africa 1892), dies
  • 1957 Dick Irvin, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (Chicago Black Hawks), dies at 64
  • 1959 Elisha Scott, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1894)
  • 1966 Randolph Turpin, boxer, shot dead in his home
  • 1971 Barney Stanley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame forward (Stanley Cup 1915, Vancouver Millionaires; coach Chicago Black Hawks 1927-28), dies at 77
  • 1997 Horace "Bones" McKinney, American basketball forward, coach and broadcaster (Washington Capitols, Wake Forest), dies at 78
  • 2013 Dick Trickle, American race car driver, commits suicide by gunshot at 71
  • 2015 Dean Potter, American free climber and BASE jumper, dies in a BASE jumping accident at Yosemite National Park, aged 43
  • 2018 Michael Slive, American college sports executive (Commissioner SEC), dies of prostate cancer at 77