On This Day in Sport for May 17

Events in Sport

  • 1875 1st Kentucky Derby: Oliver Lewis aboard Aristides wins in 2:37.75
  • 1881 7th Kentucky Derby: Jim McLaughlin aboard Hindoo wins in 2:40
  • 1894 19th Preakness: Fred Taral aboard Assignee wins in 1:49.25
  • 1903 Cleve Indians beat NY Highlanders 9-2 in Columbus Ohio
  • 1905 Waseda U of Tokyo defeats LA High School 5-3 in baseball
  • 1911 36th Preakness: Eddie Dugan aboard Watervale wins in 1:51
  • 1915 40th Preakness: Douglas Hoffman aboard Rhine Maiden wins in 1:58
  • 1915 Cubs George "Zip" Zabel relieves with 2 outs in 1st & winds up with 4-3 19-inning win over Brooklyn in longest relief job ever
  • 1924 50th Kentucky Derby: John Mooney aboard Black Gold wins in 2:05.2
  • 1927 Chicago Cubs beat Boston Braves, 4-3, in 22 innings
  • 1928 9th modern Olympic games opens in Amsterdam
  • 1930 56th Kentucky Derby: Earl Sande aboard Gallant Fox wins in 2:07.6
  • 1939 1st sports telecast-Columbia vs Princeton-college baseball
  • 1952 77th Preakness: Conn McCreary aboard Blue Man wins in 1:57.4
  • 1953 Patty Berg wins LPGA Reno Golf Open
  • 1958 83rd Preakness: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 1:57.2

Sports record brokenGolf Record

1959 Sam Snead sets PGA record for 36 holes at 122

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • 1963 Houston Colt .45's Don Notterbart no-hits Phillies, 4-1

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1964 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Muskogee Civitan Golf Open Invitational

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1964 Phillies triple play Houston Colt .45s

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1964 First Tim Horton's coffee and donut shop opens in Hamilton, Ontario by NHL player Tim Horton

NHL Star and Businessman Tim Horton
NHL Star and Businessman
Tim Horton
  • 1969 94th Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Majestic Prince wins in 1:55.6
  • 1969 Balt, Cleve & Pitts agree to go from NFC to AFC in NFL

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1970 Hank Aaron becomes 9th player to get 3,000 hits

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1970 Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA Johnny Londoff Chevrolet Golf Tournament
  • 1973 Angels outfielder Bobby Valentine breaks his leg trying to scale wall to prevent a Dick Green home run during a 5-4 loss to the A's
  • 1974 18th European Cup: Bayern Munich beats Atletico Madrid 4-0 at Brussels
  • 1975 100th Preakness: Darrel McHargue aboard Master Derby wins in 1:56.4
  • 1979 Phillies beat Cubs, 23-22, on 50 hits with 11 HRs
  • 1980 105th Preakness: Angel Cordero Jr aboard Codex wins in 1:54.2
  • 1981 Islanders score 5 power play goals against Flyers in a playoff

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1981 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1983 Stanley Cup: NY Islanders sweep Edmonton Oilers in 4 games
  • 1984 Cincinnati Reds Mario Soto throws 4 strikeouts in one inning
  • 1986 111th Preakness: Alex Solis aboard Snow Chief wins in 1:54.8
  • 1987 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic

Sport awardGolf Major

1992 38th Mazda LPGA Championship won by Betsy King

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • 1996 Habib & Whitaker make 320 for 5th Cricket wkt, Leics v Worcs
  • 1997 122nd Preakness: Gary Stevens aboard Silver Charm wins in 1:54

Sport awardGolf Major

1998 44th McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Se Ri Pak

LPGA Golfer Se Ri Pak
LPGA Golfer
Se Ri Pak
  • 1998 David Wells (New York Yankees) pitches a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins
  • 2003 128th Preakness: Jose Santos aboard Funny Cide wins in 1:55.61
  • 2006 14th UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona beats Arsenal 2-1 at Saint-Denis
  • 2008 133rd Preakness: Kent Desormeaux aboard Big Brown wins in 1:54.80
  • 2014 Arsenal defeats Hull City to win the 2014 FA Cup Final
  • 2014 139th Preakness: Victor Ezpinoza aboard California Chrome wins in 1:54.84

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1876 Alban Collignon, Belgian sport journalist
  • 1888 A P "Tich" Freeman, cricket leg-spinner (legend for Kent & England)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1903 James "Cool Papa" Bell, American baseball center fielder in Negro league baseball, considered by many to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game, born in Starkville, Mississippi (d. 1991)

Baseball player Cool Papa Bell
Baseball player
Cool Papa Bell
  • 1906 Zinka Milanov, Croatian soprano (Ljublama Opera 1927, NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1989)
  • 1907 Ilona Schacherer Elek, fencer (Olympic gold 1936, 48), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1912 Clarence "Ace" Parker, NFL QB (Brooklyn, Boston Yanks)
  • 1913 Hans Ruesch, Swiss racing driver (d. 2007)
  • 1920 Lydia Wideman, Finland, 10K cross country skier (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1932 Peter Burge, cricketer (dashing Australian batsman of 50's & 60's)
  • 1934 Earl Morrall, NFL QB (Lions, Giants, Colts), (d. 2014)
  • 1943 Johnny Warren, Australian Footballer (d. 2004)
  • 1944 Arif Butt, cricketer (pace bowler for Pakistan in three Tests 1964-65)
  • 1946 Sinaida Turchina, USSR, team handball (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1947 John Traicos, cricketer (in Egypt South Africa 1970, Zimbabwe 1992-93)
  • 1954 Michael Roberts, jockey
  • 1956 Sugar Ray [Charles] Leonard, Rocky Mount North Carolina, boxer (Olympics-gold-76)
  • 1957 Pascual Pérez, Dominican baseball player, (d. 2012)
  • 1960 Lou DiBella, American boxing promoter
  • 1962 Scott Case, NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1963 Jon Koncak, NBA center (Orlando Magic)
  • 1964 Menno Oosting, Dutch tennis player (d. 1999)
  • 1966 Danny Manning, NBA forward/center (Phoenix Suns)
  • 1966 Mark Kratzmann, Australia, tennis star
  • 1966 Mark Schmocker, US team handball goalie (Oly-96)
  • 1968 Tim Grunhard, NFL center (KC Chiefs)
  • 1969 Aaron Ruffin, CFL defensive back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1969 Craig Erickson, NFL quarterback (Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins)
  • 1969 Ujesh Ranchod, cricketer (Zimbabwe off-spinner 1993)
  • 1970 Alan Wetmore, CFL fullback (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1970 Derrick Deese, NFL guard (SF 49ers)
  • 1970 Hubert Davis, NBA guard (Dallas Mavericks, NY Knicks)
  • 1970 Jim Cummins, Dearborn, NHL right wing (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 1970 Jodie Rogers, Australian diver (Olympics-96), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1970 John Karelse, soccer player (NAC)
  • 1970 Renzo Furlan, Italian tennis star
  • 1970 Stefania Croce, Bergamo Italy, golfer (95 State Farm Rail Classic-11)
  • 1970 Todd Mundt, NBA center (Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1971 Bill Lindsay, Big Fork, NHL left wing (Florida Panthers)
  • 1971 Mark Williams, NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1971 Shaun Hart, Australian footballer
  • 1972 Elena Wagner, Sofia Bulgaria, tennis star (1996 ITF/Redbridge-GBR)
  • 1972 John Burrough, NFL defensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1973 Jay Riemersma, tight end (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1974 Wiki González, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1976 Anna Windsor, Australian swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1976 Daniel Komen, Nyaru Kenya, 5k runner
  • 1976 Peter Devine, American fencer-foil (Olympics-96), born in NYC, New York
  • 1976 José Guillén, Dominican baseball player
  • 1977 Jere Michael, Aspen Colo, figure skater (1994 National Jr champ)
  • 1978 John Foster, American baseball player
  • 1978 Carlos Pena, Dominican baseball player
  • 1979 Wayne Thomas, English footballer
  • 1981 Beñat Albizuri, Spanish cyclist
  • 1981 Giannis Taralidis, Greek footballer
  • 1981 Leon Osman, English footballer
  • 1982 Tony Parker, French-American basketball player
  • 1983 Nicky Hofs, Dutch footballer
  • 1983 Channing Frye, American basketball player
  • 1983 Jeremy Sowers, American baseball player
  • 1984 Christian Bolaños, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1985 Matt Ryan, American football player

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1947 NBA center George Mikan (22) weds college sweetheart Patricia Lu Daveny

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan

Deaths in Sport

  • 1920 Maitland Hathorn, cricketer (325 runs in 12 Tests South African 1901-11), dies
  • 1955 Alan Fairfax, cricketer (10 Tests for Australia 1928-31), dies
  • 1955 Leslie Hylton, cricketer (West Indies quickie 1939), hung for murder
  • 1992 Warren Neal Boxer, dies of AIDS at 34
  • 1996 Rusi Modi, cricketer (736 runs 10 post-war Tests for India), dies
  • 1996 Scott Evans Brayton, racing car driver, dies at 37
  • 1996 Willi Daume, olympic organiser, dies at 82
  • 2002 Ladislao Kubala, Hungarian-Spanish footballer (b. 1927)
  • 2011 Harmon Killebrew, American baseball player (b. 1936)
  • 2013 Ken Venturi, American golfer and sports broadcaster, dies from multiple infections at 82