On This Day in Sport for May 2

Events in Sport

  • 1876 Ross Barnes hit 1st home run in National League
  • 1903 29th Kentucky Derby: Hal Booker riding Judge Himes wins in 2:09
  • 1904 30th Kentucky Derby: Shorty Prior riding Elwood wins in 2:08.50
  • 1906 32nd Kentucky Derby: Roscoe Troxler aboard Sir Huon wins in 2:08.8

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1909 Honus Wagner steals his way around bases in 1st inning against Cubs

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • 1920 1st game of National Negro Baseball League played in Indianapolis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1923 Senator Walter Johnson pitches his 100th shutout, beats Yanks 3-0

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1936 62nd Kentucky Derby: Ira Hanford aboard Bold Venture wins in 2:03.6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1939 Lou Gehrig ends 2,130 consecutive game streak, Yanks beat Tigers 22-2

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1941 MLB player Ted Williams' lowest average (.308) in year he hit over .400

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1942 68th Kentucky Derby: Wayne D Wright aboard Shut Out wins in 2:04.4
  • 1953 79th Kentucky Derby: Hank Moreno aboard Dark Star wins in 2:02

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1954 Stan Musial hits 5 HRs in a doubleheader

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 1959 85th Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Tomy Lee wins in 2:02.2
  • 1962 7th European Cup: Benfica beats Real Madrid 5-3 at Amsterdam
  • 1964 90th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Northern Dancer wins in 2:00

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1965 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1965 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
  • 1967 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 2
  • 1968 22nd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 2
  • 1970 1st woman jockey at Kentucky Derby (Diane Crump)
  • 1970 96th Kentucky Derby: Mike Manganello on Dust Commander wins 2:03.4
  • 1971 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • 1978 NBA championship: Portland Trailblazers win in 4 games
  • 1978 1978 NFL Draft: Earl Campbell from University of Texas first pick by Houston Oilers
  • 1979 -May 10] Vivekananda (Sri Lanka) begins nonstop ride, cycling 187 hrs, 28 min, around Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1981 107th Kentucky Derby: Jorge Velásquez on Pleasant Colony wins in 2:02

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1982 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • 1987 113th Kentucky Derby: Chris McCarron aboard Alysheba wins in 2:03.4
  • 1988 Baltimore Orioles sign a 15 year lease to remain in Baltimore and get a new park

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 Reds manager Pete Rose is suspended for 30 days for pushing an ump

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1992 118th Kentucky Derby: Pat Day aboard Lil E Tee wins in 2:03
  • 1993 Kristi Albers wins Sprint Golf Classic
  • 1993 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Sprint Senior Challenge Golf Tournament
  • 1998 124th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 2:02.20

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1999 John Elway announces his retirement from the NFL

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 2009 135th Kentucky Derby: Calvin Borel wins aboard 50-1 long shot Mine That Bird

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012 Barcelona football player Lionel Messi breaks the European goal-scoring record with 68 goals

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • 2015 141st Kentucky Derby: American Pharoah ridden by Victor Espinoza wins
  • 2015 Toulon win the 2015 European Rugby Champions Cup final at Twickenham

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

2015 Floyd Mayweather Jr. beats Manny Pacquiao on points in 12 rounds in world welterweight unification fight, shatters all financial records for a boxing match

  • 2016 Leicester City win the English Premier League title after starting the season at 5,000-1 odds
  • 2016 World Snooker Championship: Briton Mark Selby beats Ding Junhui of China 18-14, at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestEddie Collins

1887 Eddie Collins, Hall of Fame baseball infielder (White Sox, A's) and manager, born in Millerton, New York (d. 1951)

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • 1901 Bob Wyatt, English cricket player (1927-37), born in Surrey (d. 1995)
  • 1906 Aileen Riggin, American springboard diver (Olympic gold 1920, 24), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 2002)
  • 1910 Laurie Nash, Australian cricketer (Tasmanian fast-bowler, 2 Tests for Australia), born in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia (d. 1986)
  • 1914 Dennis Dyer, South African cricketer (opened batting for South Africa v England 1947), born in Durban, Natal (d. 1990)
  • 1917 Albert Castelyns, Belgian water polo player and bobsledder
  • 1925 David Ironside, South African cricketer (South African swing bowler in 3 Tests v NZ 1953-54), born in Lourenco Marques, Mozambique (d. 2005)
  • 1929 Graham Gedye, New Zealand cricketer (opening batsman in four Tests for NZ 1964), born in Otahuhu, Auckland (d. 2014)
  • 1932 Maury Allen, American sportswriter and columnist (New York Post), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1939 Gates Brown, American MLB player (Detroit Tigers: 1963-75), born in Crestline, Ohio (d. 2013)
  • 1940 Bryan Davis, West Indian cricketer (bro of Charlie WI batsman v Australia 1965), born in Belmont, Port of Spain, Trinidad
  • 1941 Clay Carroll, American baseball player, born in Clanton, Alabama
  • 1942 Jacques Rogge, Belgian International Olympic Committee president, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • 1953 Jamaal Wilkes, American NBA forward (Golden State-Rookie of Yr 1975), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1955 Ian Callen, Australian cricketer (one Test Australia v India 1978, six wickets), born in Alexandra, Victoria, Australia
  • 1958 Kim Jones, American road runner, born in Sonoma, California
  • 1960 Ravi Ratnayeke, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan pace bowler & opening batsman), born in Colombo, Ceylon
  • 1961 Peter Doohan, Australian professional tennis player, born in Newcastle, NSW (d. 2017)
  • 1962 Nancy Harvey, Canadian LPGA golfer (1995 Youngstown-11th), born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 1962 Jimmy White, English professional snooker player, born in Tooting, England
  • 1963 Jos van Eck, Dutch soccer player (Sparta), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1963 Kenton Leonard, CFL cornerback (Calgary Stampeders), born in Point Coupee, Louisiana
  • 1964 Kelly Michael Gibson, PGA golfer (1995 Bob Hope-7th), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1967 Kerryn McCann, Australian marathoner, born in Bulli, New South Wales (d. 2008)
  • 1968 Reggie Slack, American CFL quarterback (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Milton, Florida
  • 1968 Jeff Agoos, Swiss-American soccer player, born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1969 Brian Lara, cricketer (WI left-hand bat Smashed world records in 1994), born in Santa Cruz, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1969 Glen Young, American NFL linebacker (San Diego Chargers), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • 1971 Greg Bishop, American NFL guard (NY Giants), born in Stockton, California
  • 1972 Erik Maes, Dutch soccer player (MVV)
  • 1972 Jill Savery, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1972 Peter Ogilvie, Canadian 100m sprinter (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1972 Paul Adcock, English footballer, born in Ilminster, England
  • 1973 Rich Yurkiewicz, NFL/WLAF linebacker (Atlanta Falcons, Amst Admirals)
  • 1974 Miles Joseph, American soccer forward (Olympic gold 1996), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1974 Andy Johnson, Welsh footballer, born in Bristol, England
  • 1975 Mark Johnson, baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1975 Murray William Burdan, swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1975 David Beckham, English soccer midfielder (England 115 caps, Man U, Real Madrid), born in London, England
  • 1977 Amy D'Entremont, American figure skater (1995 NE Jr champ), born in Stoneham, Massachusetts
  • 1977 Luke Hudson, American baseball player, born in Fountain Valley, California
  • 1979 Jason Chimera, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 1979 Roman Lyashenko, Russian ice hockey player, born in Murmansk, Russia (d. 2003)
  • 1980 Tim Borowski, German footballer, born in Neubrandenburg, East Germany
  • 1980 Miloš Glogovac, Serbian football player, born in Serbia
  • 1980 Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Canadian skateboarder, born in Boucherville, Quebec, Canada
  • 1980 Zat Knight, English footballer, born in Solihull, England
  • 1980 Troy Murphy, American basketball player, born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1980 Brad Richards, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • 1981 Matt Murray, English football goalkeeper, born in Solihull, England
  • 1981 Chris Kirkland, English football goalkeeper, born in Barwell, England
  • 1984 Saulius Mikoliūnas, Lithuanian footballer, born in Vilnius, Lithuanian SSR
  • 1984 Thabo Sefolosha, Swiss basketball player, born in Vevey, Switzerland
  • 1985 Kyle Busch, American race car driver, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1985 Sarah Hughes, American figure skater, born in Great Neck, New York
  • 1985 David Nugent, English footballer, born in Huyton, England
  • 1985 Jarrod Saltalamacchia, American baseball player, born in West Palm Beach, Florida

Deaths in Sport

  • 1945 Joe Corbett, baseball player (b. 1875)
  • 1961 J C White, cricketer (49 wickets in 15 Tests for England 1921-31), dies
  • 1963 Jack Crawford, cricketer (469 runs & 39 wickets in 12 Tests), dies
  • 1980 Clarrie Grimmett, cricket (36 Tests for Australia, 216 wickets), dies
  • 1983 Norm Van Brocklin, American football star (b. 1926)
  • 1985 Attilio Bettega, Italian rallydriver (b.1951)
  • 1986 Henri Toivonen, Finnish rally driver, dies in an accident at 29
  • 1998 Justin Fashanu, English footballer (b. 1961)
  • 2012 Junior Seau, NFL inside linebacker, commits suicide at 43
  • 2018 Bill Torrey, Canadian ice hockey executive (New York Islanders, Florida Panthers), dies at 83
  • 2018 Cliff Watson, English rugby league footballer (St Helens, Cronulla-Sutherland, national team), dies of cancer at 78