On This Day

On This Day in Sport for May 19

Events in Sport

  • 1905 Tom Jenkins beats Frank Gotcha for heavyweight wrestling champ
  • 1909 In his first title defence Jack Johnson fights "Philadelphia" Jack O'Brien to a no decision in 6 rounds in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to retain his world heavyweight crown
  • 1911 Philadelphia Athletics are 12½ games back in AL, & will win World Series

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1912 AL President Ban Johnson tells Tigers if they continue protest of Ty Cobb's suspension, they will be banned from baseball

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1923 49th Kentucky Derby: Earl Sande wins aboard Zev for his first Derby success
  • 1928 54th Kentucky Derby: Chick Lang aboard Reigh Count wins in 2:10.4
  • 1929 Cloudburst causes stampede in Yankee Stadium, crushes 2 people to death
  • 1935 NFL adopts an annual college draft to begin in 1936
  • 1941 Germany occupiers in Holland forbid bicycle taxis
  • 1942 Braves Paul Waner is 3rd NLer to get 3,000 hits (Anson & Wagner)
  • 1945 Start of the 1st Victory Test Cricket between England & Aust Services

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1951 76th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Bold wins in 1:56.4

Racing Hall of Fame Jockey Eddie Arcaro
Racing Hall of Fame Jockey
Eddie Arcaro
  • 1956 81st Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Fabius wins in 1:58.4
  • 1960 SF Giants rookie Juan Marichal beats Philadelphia Phillies, 2-0 on debut at Candlestick Park; first National League hurler since 1900 to debut with a one-hitter
  • 1962 87th Preakness: John Rotz aboard Greek Money wins in 1:56.2

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1962 Stan Musial breaks Honus Wagner's NL hit record with 3,431

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner

  • 1965 West Ham United of England win 5th European Cup Winner's Cup against 1860 München of West Germany 2-0 in London
  • 1973 98th Preakness: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 1:54 - fastest Preakness race ever (recognized 2012)
  • 1974 Stanley Cup Final, The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA: In their first Finals appearance the Philadelphia Flyers beat Boston Bruins, 1-0 to take the title, 4 games to 2
  • 1979 104th Preakness: Ron Franklin aboard Spectacular Bid wins in 1:54.2

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1984 109th Preakness: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr., aboard Gate Dancer wins his second Pimlico classic

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1984 Stanley Cup Final, Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, AL: Wayne Gretzky scores twice as Edmonton Oilers beat NY Islanders, 5-2 for a 4-1 series win; Oilers first SC title

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

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1984 Pat LaFontaine scores 2 goals within 22 sec in an NHL playoff game

NHL Star Pat LaFontaine
NHL Star
Pat LaFontaine
  • 1988 Red Sox retire Bobby Doerr's #1

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1990 115th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Summer Squall wins in 1:53.6

Jockey Pat Day
Pat Day
  • 1991 Willy T. Ribbs becomes 1st African American driver to make Indianapolis 500
  • 1994 Tennis star Jennifer Capriati (18), checks into a drug rehab center
  • 1999 Lazio of Italy win 39th European Cup Winner's Cup against Mallorca of Spain 2-1 in Birmingham
  • 2001 126th Preakness: Gary Stevens aboard Point Given wins in 1:55.40
  • 2001 Manchester United lose 3-1 to Tottenham at White Hart Lane but win English Premier League title for the 3rd consecutive season
  • 2004 NHL Western Conference Final: Calgary Flames beat San Jose Sharks, 4 games to 2
  • 2007 132nd Preakness: Robby Albarado aboard Curlin wins in 1:53.46
  • 2007 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Ottawa Senators beat Buffalo Sabres, 4 games to 1
  • 2007 In an all South African final the Bulls (Pretoria) edge the home team Sharks, 20-19 in Durban for their first Super 14 Rugby title; Bulls flyhalf Derick Hougaard boots 2 penalties & 2 conversions
  • 2007 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (89,826): Chelsea beats Manchester United, 1 – 0 (a.e.t.); Didier Drogba scores 116' winner for Blues' 4th title
  • 2008 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Dallas Stars, 4 games to 2
  • 2012 137th Preakness: Mario Gutierrez aboard Ill Have Another wins in 1:55.94
  • 2012 UEFA Champions League Final, Munich: Chelsea beats Bayern Munich, 4-3 on penalties after a 1–1 draw at the end of extra time; Blues' first title
  • 2013 Sweden defeats Switzerland to win the 2013 World Ice Hockey Championship
  • 2014 Decorated Dutch coach Louis van Gaal confirmed as manager of Manchester United; Ryan Giggs named assistant, confirms retirement as a player at age 40 after 963 games and English record 22 major trophies
  • 2018 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London: Chelsea beats Manchester United, 1-0; Belgian international Eden Hazard scores 22' penalty
  • 2018 142nd Preakness Stakes: Mike Smith wins aboard Justify in fog for second-leg of the Triple Crown
  • 2019 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Bethpage State Park: Defending champion Brooks Koepka leads wire-to-wire; wins despite 5 bogeys on last 8 holes by 2 strokes from world #1 Dustin Johnson
  • 2019 Sprinter Dutee Chand comes out as India's first openly gay professional athlete

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1874 Gilbert Jessop, English cricket batsman (18 Tests; Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1898), born in Cheltenham, England (d. 1955)
  • 1897 Jerome Travers, American golfer (US Open 1915), born in NYC, NY (d. 1951)
  • 1904 Sven Thofelt, Swedish pentathlete (Olympic gold 1928)
  • 1906 Bruce Bennett, American athlete and actor (Before I Hang, Sahara), born in Tacoma, Washington (d. 2007)
  • 1908 Percy Williams, Canadian athlete (Olympic gold 100m / 200m 1928), born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 1982)
  • 1910 Alan Melville, cricketer (graceful South African batsman 1938-49)
  • 1914 Alex Shibicky, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2005)

Person of interestFlorence Chadwick

1918 Florence Chadwick, swimmer (1st to swim English Channel both ways), born in San Diego, California (d. 1995)

Person of interestDolph Schayes

1928 Dolph Schayes, American basketball Hall of Famer (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers, 1948-63) and coach (76ers, 1963-66; Buffalo Braves, 1970-72)) and coach, born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes
  • 1931 Bob Anderson, British racing driver (d. 1967)
  • 1936 Elisabeth Schwartz, Austrian pairs figure skater (Olympic gold 1956)
  • 1937 Pat Roach, English actor and wrestler (d. 2004)
  • 1939 Livio Berruti, Italian athlete
  • 1939 Jānis Lūsis, Latvian athlete (Olympic gold men's javelin 1968, silver 1972, bronze 1968), born in Jelgava, Latvia (d. 2020)
  • 1940 Jan Janssen, Dutch cyclist
  • 1942 Frank Froehling, American tennis player (US C'ships 1963 runner-up; doubles, mixed doubles 1965 runner-up), born in Islamorada, Florida (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Curly Neal, American basketball guard (Harlem Globetrotters 1963-85), born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 2020)
  • 1952 Bert van Marwijk, Dutch football manager
  • 1953 Shavarsh Karapetyan, Soviet Armenian finswimmer
  • 1954 Rick Cerone, catcher (Yankees/Red Sox/Mets/Expos), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1955 Ed Whitson, pitcher (NY Yankees, San Diego Padres)
  • 1957 Bill Laimbeer, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons)
  • 1963 Filippo Galli, Italian footballer
  • 1966 Keith Jennings, NFL tight end (Chicago Bears)
  • 1966 Marc Bureau, Trois Rivieres, NHL center (Montreal Canadiens)
  • 1967 John Friesz, NFL quarterback (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1967 Turk Wendell, Pittsfield MA, pitcher (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1968 James Parrish, NFL outside linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968 Jeanne Basone, Brubank California, wrestler (Hollywood-GLOW)
  • 1968 Mark Janssens, Surrey, NHL center (Hartford Whalers)
  • 1968 Paul Justin, NFL quarterback (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1969 Cecile Ulbrich Tucker, Warren Maine, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 David Wharton, Warminster PA, US Olympic swimmer (Olympic silver 1988)
  • 1969 Richard Dumas, NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1970 K. J. Choi, South Korean golfer (Players C'ship 2011; 8 PGA Tour titles), born in Wando, South Korea
  • 1971 Darryl Morrison, NFL safety (Washington Redskins)
  • 1972 Ronald Williams, CFL running back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1973 Andreas Johansson, Hofors SWE, NHL forward (Pitts, NY Islanders)
  • 1974 Andrew Johns, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1975 London Fletcher, American football player
  • 1975 Pretinha, Brazilian footballer
  • 1976 Kevin Garnett, American basketball forward (15-time NBA All Star), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1977 Manuel Almúnia, Spanish footballer
  • 1977 Brandon Inge, American baseball player
  • 1978 Marcus Bent, English footballer
  • 1979 Diego Forlán, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1979 Andrea Pirlo, Italian footballer
  • 1980 Tony Hackworth, English footballer
  • 1981 Georges St. Pierre, Mixed Martial Arts Fighter
  • 1981 Luciano Figueroa, Argentine footballer
  • 1981 Klaas-Erik Zwering, Dutch swimmer
  • 1982 Pål Steffen Andresen, Norwegian footballer
  • 1982 Kevin Amankwaah, English footballer
  • 1984 Marcedes Lewis, American NFL tight end (Pro Bowl 2010; Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers), born in Los Alamitos, California
  • 1986 Mario Chalmers, NCAA basketball player
  • 1987 David Edgar, Canadian football (soccer) player
  • 1987 Mariano Torres, Argentine footballer

Weddings in Sport

  • 2006 "Liverpool" goalkeeper Pepe Reina (23) weds Yolanda Ruiz in Cordoba, Spain
  • 2017 Roller derby skater Bonnie Thunders weds NFL player Larry English (31) at The Montage in Laguna Beach, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 1890 Gus Kempis, South African cricketer (South Africa's 1st Test), dies of fever at 24
  • 1903 Arthur Shrewsbury, English cricket batsman (23 Tests [7 captain]; 1277 runs @ 35 47; Nottinghamshire), dies at 47
  • 1915 Bob Ferguson, Scottish golfer (British Open 1880-82), dies at 69
  • 1924 Billy Zulch, cricketer (South African batsman scored 2 Test centuries), dies
  • 1958 Archie Scott-Brown, English race car driver (b. 1927)
  • 1970 Ray Schalk, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (World Series 1917; Chicago White Sox) and manager (Chicago WS), dies from cancer at 78
  • 1978 George Gladstone, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1930), dies
  • 1993 S W Sohoni, cricketer (4 Tests for India), dies
  • 1993 Ranga Sohoni, Indian cricket all-rounder (4 Tests, top score 29 no, 2 wickets), dies from a heart attack at 75
  • 1994 Luis Ocana, Spanish cyclist (Tour de France 1973), commits suicide at 48
  • 1996 Giovanni "John" Beradino, American MLB infielder (St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians) and actor (General Hospital), dies from pancreatic cancer at 79
  • 2007 Bernard Blaut, Polish soccer midfielder (36 caps; KP Legia Warsaw, FC Metz) and manager (UAE), dies at 67
  • 2012 Bob Boozer, College/Basketball Hall of Fame forward (Olympic gold 1960), dies of a brain aneurysm at 75
  • 2014 Jack Brabham AO, OBE, Australian auto racer and team owner (World F1 champion 1959-60, 66), dies of liver disease at 88