On This Day

On This Day in Sport for May 17

Events in Sport

  • 1860 German football club TSV 1860 München is founded
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1895 W. G. Grace completes his 100th 100 v Somerset at Bristol

Cricketer W. G. Grace
Cricketer
W. G. Grace
  • 1903 Cleveland 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
  • 1930 56th Kentucky Derby: Earl Sande aboard Gallant Fox wins in 2:07.6
  • 1939 1st televised baseball game is broadcast on NBC, with Princeton defeating Columbia 2-1
  • 1952 77th Preakness: Conn McCreary aboard Blue Man wins in 1:57.4
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1983 Stanley Cup Final, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY: 4 consecutive titles for NY Islanders; sweep Edmonton Oilers in 4 games with a 4-2 Game 4 win
  • 1984 Cincinnati Reds Mario Soto throws 4 strikeouts in one inning
  • 1986 111th Preakness: Alex Solis aboard Snow Chief wins in 1:54.8

Sport awardLPGA Championship

1992 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Bethesda CC: Betsy King wins her 5th major title, 11 strokes ahead of runners-up JoAnne Carner, Liselotte Neumann and Karen Noble

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 awardLPGA Championship

1998 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: 20-year-old rookie Se Ri Pak leads wire-to-wire to win the first of her 5 majors, 3 strokes ahead of runners-up Donna Andrews and Lisa Hackney

LPGA Golfer Se Ri Pak
LPGA Golfer
Se Ri Pak
  • 1998 New York Yankees pitcher David Wells tosses a perfect game in a 4-0 win against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium, NY
  • 2003 128th Preakness: Jose Santos aboard Funny Cide wins in 1:55.61
  • 2003 English FA Cup Final, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (73,726): Arsenal beats Southampton, 1-0; Robert Pires scores 38' winner for Gunners' 9th title
  • 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
  • 2008 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (82,752): Portsmouth beats Cardiff City, 1-0; Nwankwo Kanu scores 37' winner
  • 2014 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (89,345): Arsenal beats Hull City, 3–2 (a.e.t.); Aaron Ramsey scores 109' winner
  • 2014 139th Preakness: Victor Ezpinoza aboard California Chrome wins in 1:54.84
  • 2015 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Shoal Creek G&CC: Jeff Maggert wins first of 2 consecutive Champions Tour majors with par on 1st playoff hole against Kevin Sutherland
  • 2018 Michigan State University will pay $500 million in claims to 300 survivors of sexual abuse involving Larry Nassar. Largest sexual abuse case in sports history.
  • 2019 Brooks Koepka fires a 65 (-5) to set new record for lowest 36-hole score in a golf major at the PGA Championship at Bethpage State Park; 7 stroke lead is a 36-hole tournament record

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1836 Wilhelm Steinitz, Austrian world chess champion (1866-94), born in Prague, Bohemia, Austrian Empire (d. 1900)
  • 1876 Alban Collignon, Belgian sport journalist, born in Mechelen, Belgium (d. 1955)
  • 1888 Tich Freeman, English cricket leg-spinner (legend for Kent & England), born in Lewisham, Kent (d. 1965)

Person of interestCool Papa Bell

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 Elek, Hungarian fencer (Olympic gold 1936, 48), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1988)
  • 1909 Karl Schäfer, Austrian figure skater (Olympic gold 1932, 36), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1976)
  • 1912 Clarence "Ace" Parker, American NFL quarterback (Brooklyn, Boston Yanks), born in Portsmouth, Virginia (d. 2013)
  • 1913 Hans Ruesch, Swiss racing driver (d. 2007)
  • 1919 Antonio Aguilar [Barraza], Mexican singer, producer and actor (Emiliano Zapata) who popularized the Mexican equestrian sport la charrería, born in Villanueva, Zacatecas, Mexico (d. 2007)
  • 1920 Lydia Wideman, Finnish cross country skier (first female cross-country Olympic gold 1952), born in Vippula, Finland
  • 1929 John Davies, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1952; WR 200m breaststroke 2:34.4 1952), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 1932 Peter Burge, cricketer (dashing Australian batsman of 50's & 60's)
  • 1934 Earl Morrall, NFL quarterback (Lions, Giants, Colts), (d. 2014)
  • 1942 Myles Brand, American sports administrator (4th NCAA President), born in Brooklyn, NY (d. 2009)
  • 1943 Johnny Warren, Australian Footballer (d. 2004)
  • 1944 Arif Butt, Pakistani cricketer (pace bowler for Pakistan in three Tests 1964-65), born in Lahore, Punjab, British India (d. 2007)
  • 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, American boxer (Olympic gold 1976), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina
  • 1957 Pascual Pérez, Dominican baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1983; Atlanta Braves), born in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic (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, American basketball forward (NBA All-Star 1993, 94; NBA Sixth Man of the Year 1998; Phoenix Suns), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • 1966 Mark Kratzmann, Australia, tennis star
  • 1966 Mark Schmocker, US team handball goalie (Olympics 1996)
  • 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 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1970 John Karelse, soccer player (NAC)
  • 1970 Renzo Furlan, Italian tennis star
  • 1970 Stefania Croce, Italian golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 2000 runner-up), born in Bergamo, Italy
  • 1970 Todd Mundt, NBA center (Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1970 Matt Lindland, American mixed martial arts fighter
  • 1970 Giovanna Trillini, Italian fencer (2 x Olympic gold foil 1992), born in Iesi, Italy
  • 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 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1976 Daniel Komen, Nyaru Kenya, 5k runner
  • 1976 Peter Devine, American fencer-foil (Olympics 1996), born in NYC, New York
  • 1977 Jere Michael, Aspen Colo, figure skater (1994 National Jr champ)
  • 1978 John Foster, American baseball player
  • 1978 Paddy Kenny, Irish goalkeeper
  • 1978 Carlos Pena, Dominican baseball player
  • 1979 Wayne Thomas, English footballer, born in Gloucester, England
  • 1981 Beñat Albizuri, Spanish cyclist
  • 1981 Giannis Taralidis, Greek footballer
  • 1981 Leon Osman, English footballer
  • 1982 Tony Parker, French-American basketball player
  • 1982 Hunter Mahan, American golfer (World Matchplay 2012; Ryder Cup 2014), born in Orange, California
  • 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


LoveWedding 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, South African cricketer (325 runs in 12 Tests South African 1901-11), dies at 42
  • 1955 Alan Fairfax, cricketer (10 Tests for Australia 1928-31), dies
  • 1955 Leslie Hylton, Jamaican cricketer and West Indies fast bowler, executed and hanged for murder at 50
  • 1960 Ioannis Georgiadis, Greek fencer (Olympic 1896 gold), dies at 84
  • 1964 Steve Owen, American NFL tackle and coach (NY Giants), dies at 66
  • 1972 Sir Gordon Lowe, British tennis player, Member of Parliament (Australasian C'ship 1915), dies at 87
  • 1992 Warren Neal Boxer, dies of AIDS at 34
  • 1996 Rusi Modi, Indian cricketer (736 runs 10 post-war Tests for India), dies at 71
  • 1996 Scott Evans Brayton, racing car driver, dies at 37
  • 1996 Willi Daume, German olympic organiser, dies at 82
  • 2002 Ladislao Kubala, Hungarian-Spanish footballer (b. 1927)
  • 2011 Harmon Killebrew, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), dies at 74
  • 2013 Ken Venturi, American golfer, broadcaster (US Open 1964), dies from multiple infections at 82