On This Day

On This Day in Sport for May 18

Events in Sport

  • 1880 6th Kentucky Derby: George Lewis aboard Fonso wins in 2:37.5
  • 1897 American baseball NY Giant William (Bill) Joyce sets record of 4 triples in 1 game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1912 A's beat Tigers 24-2, who use amateurs protesting Ty Cobbs suspension

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1920 45th Preakness: Clarence Kummer aboard Man o' War wins in 1:51.6
  • 1929 55th Kentucky Derby: Linus McAtee on Clyde Van Dusen wins in 2:10.8
  • 1929 Dodgers beat Phillies 20-16 & lost 8-6 in 2nd game (record 50 runs)
  • 1933 1st major league All-Star Game announced for July 6 at Comiskey Park It will be played as part of the Chicago World's Fair

Sports record brokenBaseball Event

1934 Jimmie Foxx hits 1st HR in Comiskey Park center field bleachers

MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Jimmie Foxx
MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Jimmie Foxx
  • 1942 NYC ends night baseball games for rest of WW II
  • 1947 A's catcher Warren Rosar catches his 147th game without an error

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1956 Mickey Mantle hits HR from both sides of plate for record 3rd time

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957 82nd Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Bold Ruler wins in 1:56.2

Racing Hall of Fame Jockey Eddie Arcaro
Racing Hall of Fame Jockey
Eddie Arcaro
  • 1960 European Cup Final, Glasgow: Ferenc Puskás scores 4, Alfredo Di Stéfano 3 as Real Madrid routs Eintracht Frankfurt, 7-3; 5th consecutive title for Los Blancos
  • 1963 88th Preakness: Bill Shoemaker aboard Candy Spots wins in 1:56.2
  • 1968 93rd Preakness: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Forward Pass wins in 1:56.8

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 AL Kaline hits his 307th HR, surpassing Hank Greenberg as a Tiger

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg

  • 1971 4th ABA Championship: Utah Stars beat Kentucky Colonels, 4 games to 3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1971 Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Henri Richard scores twice as Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Black Hawks for a 4-3 series victory

Ice Hockey Great Henri Richard
Ice Hockey Great
Henri Richard
NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • 1972 American basketball player John Sebastian makes 63 consecutive free throws while blindfolded
  • 1974 99th Preakness: Miguel Rivera aboard Current Little wins in 1:54.6
  • 1982 Tigers outfielder Larry Herndon is 14th to hit 4 consecutive HRs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 110th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Tank's Prospect wins in 1:53.4

Jockey Pat Day
Pat Day
  • 1986 David Goch finishes swimming 55,682 miles in a 25-yd pool
  • 1988 In just Oakland's 39th of the season, pitcher Dave Stewart breaks record with his 12th balk en route to 16
  • 1990 Cubs Ryne Sandberg ends 2nd baseman record 123 errorless game streak

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Edmonton right wing Jari Kurri sets record for scoring in a Stanley Cup Finals game with 3 goals and 2 assists in 7-2 win at Boston Garden

NHL Star Jari Kurri
NHL Star
Jari Kurri
  • 1991 116th Preakness: Jerry Bailey aboard Hansel wins in 1:54
  • 1994 2nd UEFA Champions League Final: Milan beats Barcelona 4-0 at Athens
  • 1996 121st Preakness: Pat Day aboard Louis Quatorze wins in 1:53.2

Sport awardLPGA Championship

1997 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: Christa Johnson wins her only major title on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff over Leta Lindley

LPGA Golfer Christa Johnson
LPGA Golfer
Christa Johnson
  • 2001 101-year-old Harold Stilson becomes oldest golfer to record a hole-in-one when he aces the 108-yard, par-3, 16th hole at Deerfield CC, FL
  • 2002 127th Preakness: Victor Espinoza aboard War Emblem wins in 1:56.36
  • 2002 Micky Ward beats Arturo Gatti by majority decision in a junior welterweight boxing bout in Uncasville, Connecticut; 'The Ring' Fight of the Year; first fight in their legendary trilogy
  • 2004 Arizona Diamondbacks' Randy Johnson becomes 16th pitcher to throw a perfect game (2-0 vs Atlanta)
  • 2008 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 1
  • 2013 RC Toulonnais defeat ASM Clermont Auvergne to win the rugby Heineken Cup final
  • 2013 138th Preakness: Gary Stevens aboard Oxbow wins in 1:57.54
  • 2014 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Shoal Creek G&CC: Kenny Perry wins his third of 4 Champions Tour majors by 1 stroke from Mark Calcavecchia
  • 2019 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (85,854): Gabriel Jesus & Raheem Sterling each score twice as Manchester City thrash Watford, 6-0, completing an unprecedented domestic treble
  • 2019 144th Preakness: War of Will with Tyler Gaffalione aboard wins for trainer Mark E. Casse by a nose from Everfast

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1882 Babe Adams, American baseball player (d. 1968)
  • 1905 Hedley Verity, English cricket spin bowler (40 Tests, 144 wickets @ 24.37), born in Leeds, Yorkshire (d. 1943)
  • 1909 Fred Perry, English tennis player/broadcaster (8-time Grand Slam singles winner), born in Stockport, England (d. 1995)
  • 1924 Jack Whitaker, American sportscaster (ABC, CBS), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2019)
  • 1925 Nigel Howard, English cricket batsman and captain (4 Tests; Lancashire, MCC), born in Gee Cross, Hyde, Cheshire (d. 1979)
  • 1937 Brooks Robinson, American Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman (18 x MLB All Star; World Series 1966, 70 [MVP]; 16 × Gold Glove Award; Baltimore Orioles), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1940 Pat Trimborn, South African cricket fast bowler (4 Tests, 11 wickets), born in Durban, Natal, South Africa
  • 1942 Nobby Stiles MBE, English soccer midfielder (28 caps; World Cup 1966; Manchester United 311 games) and manager (Preston NE, WBA), born in Manchester, England (d. 2020)
  • 1945 Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, cricketer (brilliant Indian leggie 1964-79)

Person of interestReggie Jackson

1946 Reggie Jackson, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (14-time All Star)), born in Wyncote, Pennsylvania

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 1950 Rodney Milburn Jr, USA, hurdler (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1951 Angela Voigt, German DR, long jumper (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1951 Rodger Davis, Australian golfer (British Open runner-up 1997), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1951 Jim Sundberg, American baseball player
  • 1956 Naomichi 'Joe' Ozaki, Japanese golfer (32 Japan Tour titles), born in Tekushima, Japan
  • 1958 Ray Donaldson, NFL center (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1959 Graham Dilley, cricketer (England wicket-taker of 80's)

Person of interestJari Kurri

1960 Jari Kurri, Finnish NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in Helsinki, Finland

NHL Star Jari Kurri
NHL Star
Jari Kurri

Person of interestYannick Noah

1960 Yannick Noah, French tennis player (French Open 1983), born in Sedan, France

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Yannick Noah
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Yannick Noah
  • 1962 Mike Whitmarsh, beach volleyballer (Olympic silver 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • 1963 Marty McSorley, Hamilton, NHL defenseman (LA Kings, NY Rangers)
  • 1964 Will Wolford, NFL tackle (Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1965 Erik Hanson, MLB pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Kinnelon, New Jersey
  • 1965 Rufus Porter, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1988-89; Seattle Seahawks), born in Amite, Louisiana
  • 1967 Karl Dunbar, NFL defensive tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1967 Heinz-Harald Frentzen, German F1 driver
  • 1968 Ernie Logan, NFL defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars, NY Jets)
  • 1970 Clemens Zwijnenberg, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1970 Vicky Sunohara, ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • 1971 Ben Coleman, guard/offensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1971 Clifton Sunada, extra-lightweight judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1971 Craig Hentrich, NFL punter (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1971 Karyn Bye-Dietz, American ice hockey forward (Olympic Gold-1998 & Silver-2002), born in River Falls, Wisconsin
  • 1971 Lael Perlstrom, Laguna Beach Cal, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-25-1995)
  • 1971 Rich Garces, Maracay Aragua Venezuela, pitcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1971 Nobuteru Taniguchi, Japanese racing driver
  • 1972 Turner Stevenson, Canadian NHL right wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in Prince George, British Columbia
  • 1973 Darren Van Impe, Saskatoon, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • 1973 Donyell Marshall, NBA forward (Golden State Warriors)
  • 1973 Tory James, NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1973 Dario Franchitti, Scottish racecar driver
  • 1974 Nelson Figueroa, American baseball player
  • 1975 John Higgins, Scottish snooker player (4-time world champion), born in Wishaw, Scotland
  • 1977 Lee Hendrie, English footballer
  • 1977 Danny Mills, English footballer
  • 1978 Ricardo Carvalho, Portuguese footballer
  • 1978 Marcus Giles, American baseball player
  • 1979 Mariusz Lewandowski, Polish footballer
  • 1979 Julián Speroni, Argentine footballer
  • 1979 Milivoje Novakovič, Slovenian footballer
  • 1980 Jeff Roehl, American football player
  • 1981 Mahamadou Diarra, Malian footballer
  • 1982 Jason Brown, English-born footballer
  • 1983 Gary O'Neil, English footballer
  • 1983 Luis Terrero, Dominican baseball player
  • 1983 Vince Young, American football player
  • 1984 Niki Terpstra, Dutch cyclist
  • 1984 Joakim Soria, Mexican baseball player
  • 1984 Simon Pagenaud, French auto racer (IndyCar champion 2016; Indianapolis 500 2019), born in Poitiers, France
  • 1986 Ryan Lamb, English rugby union player
  • 1992 Josh Phelps, Soccer Player

Weddings in Sport

  • 1996 NFL Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly (36) weds former marketing director Jill Waggoner (27) at St. Christopher's Catholic Church in suburban Buffalo

LoveWedding of Interest

1996 Heavyweight boxer Tommy Morrison (27) weds Dawn Freeman

Heavyweight Boxer Tommy Morrison
Heavyweight Boxer
Tommy Morrison

Deaths in Sport

  • 1953 Tom Killick, English cricketer (at the crease 2 Tests for Eng 1929), dies at 69
  • 1956 Maurice Tate, English cricket all-rounder (39 Tests, 155 wickets, 1 x 100, 5 x 50), dies at 60
  • 1963 Ernie Davis, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (1st African-American to win Heisman Trophy 1961, Syracuse), dies of leukemia at 23
  • 1974 Dan Topping, American baseball team owner (NY Yankees), dies at 61
  • 1985 Harald Andersson, Swedish discus thrower (world record 52.42m 1934), dies at 78
  • 1996 Simon Weinstock, English businessman & racehorse owner, dies at 44
  • 1999 Betty Robinson, American runner, dies at 87
  • 2020 Marko Elsner, Slovenian soccer defender (14 caps Yugoslavia, 2 Slovenia; Red Star Belgrade), dies at 60