On This Day

On This Day in Sport for May 21

Events in Sport

  • 1819 1st bicycles (swift walkers) in US introduced in NYC
  • 1878 4th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Carter aboard Day Star wins in 2:37.25
  • 1881 US National Lawn Tennis Association is established in NYC, New York
  • 1886 14th Preakness: S Fisher aboard Bard wins in 2:45
  • 1891 Australian boxer Peter Jackson and future world heavyweight champion Jim Corbett fight a No Contest in 61 rounds at California Athletic Club, San Francisco
  • 1904 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) forms in Paris
  • 1907 32nd Preakness: G Mountain aboard Don Enrique wins in 1:45.4
  • 1914 39th Preakness: Andy Schuttinger aboard Holiday wins in 1:53.8
  • 1922 Col Ruppert buys out Col Huston interest in NY Yankees for $1,500,000
  • 1922 Ruppert buys out Huston interest in Yankees for $15 million
  • 1926 White Sox Earl Sheely hits a record 6th consecutive double
  • 1932 1st Curtis Cup: US wins, 5½-3½ at Wentworth Club (Wentworth, England)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1938 Don Bradman scores 143 Austalia v Surrey, 198 mins, 11 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1943 Fastest 9 inning AL baseball game (89 mins), White Sox beat Senators
  • 1945 Australian Services win 1st Victory Test Cricket at Lord's by 6 wickets

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1948 NY Yank Joe DiMaggio hits for cycle (single, double, triple, HR)

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio

  • 1952 Booklyn Dodgers score 15 runs in their 1st inning to beat Cincinnati Reds 19-1
  • 1960 85th Preakness: Bobby Ussery aboard Bally Ache wins in 1:57.6
  • 1966 91st Preakness: Don Brumfield aboard Kauai King wins in 1:55.4

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1966 Muhammad Ali TKOs Henry Cooper in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1968 Cubs Billy Williams sets outfielder record of 695 straight game
  • 1969 Slovan Bratislava of Czechoslovakia win 9th European Cup Winner's Cup against FC Barcelona of Spain 3-2 in Basel
  • 1971 Chelsea win 11th European Cup Winner's Cup against Real Madrid 2-1 in Athens (replay)
  • 1977 102nd Preakness: Jean Cruguet aboard Seattle Slew wins in 1:54.4
  • 1977 San Diego Padres beat Mont Expos, 11-8, in 21 innings
  • 1979 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: 4 consecutive titles for Montreal Canadiens; beat NY Rangers, 4-1 for a 4 games to 1 series win
  • 1981 Stanley Cup Final, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY: NY Islanders win back-to-back titles; beat Minnesota North Stars, 5-1 for 4 games to 1 series win
  • 1983 108th Preakness: Donald Miller Jr on Deputed Testamony wins in 1:55.4
  • 1988 113th Preakness: Eddie Delahoussaye aboard Risen Star wins in 1:56.2

Sport awardLPGA Championship

1989 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Nancy Lopez wins her 3rd LPGA C'ship by 3 strokes from Ayako Okamoto of Japan

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 119th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Tabasco Cat wins in 1:56.4

Jockey Pat Day
Pat Day
  • 1994 Reds bat out of order against Dodgers in 2nd inning

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1996 Ken Griffey Jr, 26, is 8th youngest to hits 200 home runs

Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder Ken Griffey Jr.
Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder
Ken Griffey Jr.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Blue Jays pitcher Roger Clemens beats the Yankees for his 200th win

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • 2001 NHL Western Conference Final: Colorado Avalanche beat St. Louis Blues, 4 games to 1
  • 2005 130th Preakness: Jeremy Rose aboard Afleet Alex wins in 1:55.04
  • 2005 English FA Cup Final, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (71,876): Arsenal beats Manchester United, 5-4 on penalties after 0 – 0 (a.e.t.); Gunners' 10th title
  • 2006 The Swedish ice hockey team Tre Kronor takes gold in the World Championship, becoming the first nation to hold both the World and Olympic titles separately in the same year.
  • 2008 UEFA Champions League Final, Moscow: Manchester United beats Chelsea, 6-5 on penalties after scores tied at 1-1 after extra time; first all-English final in the competition's history
  • 2011 136th Preakness: Jesús Castañón aboard Shackleford wins in 1:56.47
  • 2016 141st Preakness Stakes: Kent Desormeaux aboard Exaggerator wins in 1 minute 58 seconds
  • 2016 On same card, American boxer Jermell Charlo KOs John Jackson in 8th to claim vacant WBC super welterweight title, and Jermall Charlo beats Austin Trout on points to retain IBF version; first twins to hold world championships in same weight division
  • 2016 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London: Manchester United beats Crystal Palace, 2-1 (a.e.t.); Jesse Lingard scores 110' winner
  • 2017 IPL Cricket Final, Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Hyderabad: Mumbai Indians beat Rising Pune Supergiant by 1 run; Krunal Pandya 47 (38)
  • 2017 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Greystone G&CC: Defending champion Berhard Langer wins by 5 strokes from Scott Parel & Scott McCarron

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1867 John James Ferris, cricketer (mighty Australian bowler of late 1880's)
  • 1893 Arthur Carr, cricket captain (England v Australia 1926)
  • 1902 Earl Averill, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), born in Snohomish, Washington (d. 1983)
  • 1906 Keith Rigg, cricketer (Australian Test batsman in the thirties)
  • 1912 Monty Stratton, baseball player (d. 1982)
  • 1916 Tinus Osendarp, Dutch runner (d. 2002)
  • 1923 Ara Parseghian, American football player and coach (Northwestern, Notre Dame), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1923 Bettye Danoff, American golfer (co- founder LPGA Tour), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1924 Jack Twyman, basketball player (Rochester/Cincinnati Royals), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Paul Winslow, cricketer (big-hitter for South Africa, 108 v England 1955)
  • 1935 Johnny Majors, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (All American 1956; U of Tennessee) and coach (Iowa State; National C'ship 1976, Pittsburgh; Tennessee), born in Lynchburg, Tennessee (d. 2020)
  • 1946 David Hill, Australian TV-reporter/owner (Fox Sports)
  • 1947 Dorothy Germain Porter, American golfer (US Curtis Cup winning captain 1966), born in Philadelphia, PA (d. 2012)
  • 1954 Bill Abbott, sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 1955 Liaqat Ali, cricket pace bowler (Pakistani in six Tests 1975-79)
  • 1955 Paul Barber, British field hockey player
  • 1957 Sue Woodstra, Colton Ca, volleyball player (Olympic silver 1984)
  • 1957 Bruce Buffer, American Mixed Martial Arts Announcer
  • 1958 Monte Lynch, cricketer (Surrey batsman, WI Rebel, England ODI player)
  • 1958 Sabine Bischoff, German fencer (Olympic gold 1984), born in Tauberbischofsheim, Germany (d. 2013)
  • 1960 Kent Hrbek, American baseball player
  • 1963 Yelena Vodorezova, USSR, figure skater (Olympic-1976)
  • 1964 Tommy Albelin, NHL defenseman (Calgary Flames), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1964 Danny Bailey, English footballer
  • 1967 Rogel Nachum, Israel, Men's triple jump (Olympics 1996)
  • 1967 Tracy Simien, NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • 1969 Reid Simpson, Canadian NHL left wing (NJ Devils), born in Flin Flon, Canada
  • 1969 Pierluigi Brivio, Italian footballer, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1970 Dorsey Levens, NFL running back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1970 Roman Turek, Strakonice CZE, hockey goalie (Team Czech Rep, Olympics 1998)
  • 1970 Scott "Munnster" Munn, Larkspur California, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970 Veronica Sanchez, Michoan Mexico, WPVA volleyballer (Hermosa-17-1994)
  • 1970 Carl Veart, Australian former footballer
  • 1972 Liliko Ogasawara, middleweight judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1977 Quinton Fortune, South African footballer
  • 1977 Ricky Williams, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1998, U of Texas; Pro Bowl 2002, Miami Dolphins), born in San Diego, California
  • 1978 Jamaal Magloire, Canadian professional basketballer
  • 1979 Damián Ariel Álvarez, Argentinian footballer
  • 1979 Scott Smith, mixed martial arts fighter
  • 1981 Beth Botsford, 100m/200m backstroke (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1981 Josh Hamilton, Major League Baseball player
  • 1982 Ma'a Nonu, New Zealand rugby union player and All Black (2003-), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1984 Gary Woodland, American golfer (US Open 2019), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1985 Andrew Miller, Major League Baseball player
  • 1988 Jonathan Howson, English footballer
  • 1994 Tom Daley, English diver

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1999 NFL legend Deion Sanders (31) weds model Pilar Biggers in Paradise Island, Bahamas

NFL Legend Deion Sanders
NFL Legend
Deion Sanders

Deaths in Sport

  • 1924 Charley Barrett, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Cornell undefeated National C'ship 1915), dies from effects of war injuries at 30
  • 1929 V P F A Royle, cricketer (one Test England v Australia 1879), dies
  • 1957 Edwin St Hill, cricketer (two Tests for West Indies 1930-31), dies
  • 1994 Cliff Wilson, snooker player, dies at 60
  • 2003 Alejandro de Tomaso, Argentine-Italian racing driver and car manufacturer, dies at 74
  • 2010 Trevor Meale, New Zealand cricketer (batted in 2 Tests NZ v England 1958), dies at 81
  • 2016 Jim Ray Hart, American baseball player (Giants), dies at 74
  • 2020 Gerhard Strack, German soccer defender (10 caps; 1. FC Köln, FC Basel, Fortuna Düsseldorf), dies of a heart attack at 64