On This Day in Sport for May 22

Events in Sport

  • 1877 3rd Kentucky Derby: Billy Walker aboard Baden-Baden wins in 2:38
  • 1883 Cubs' Billy Sunday's 1st at bat, begins 14 consecutive strikes out
  • 1884 1-armed pitcher Hugh Daily fanned 13 hitters
  • 1885 13th Preakness: Jim McLaughlin aboard Tecumseh wins in 2:49
  • 1902 36th Belmont: John Bullman aboard Mastermam wins in 2:22.6
  • 1906 10th anniversary Olympic games close at Athens, Greece
  • 1906 31st Preakness: Walter Miller aboard Whimsical wins in 1:45
  • 1911 Braves pitcher, Cliff Curtis, loses his 23rd game in a row
  • 1927 Dodgers beat Phillies, 20-4
  • 1938 Dodgers announce contracts to install lights at Ebbets Field
  • 1954 79th Preakness: Johnny Adams aboard Hasty Road wins in 1:57.4
  • 1957 Red Sox set AL record by smashing 4 HRs in 6th inning in 11-0 win

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1962 Roger Maris walks 5 times (record 4 intentionally) in a 9 inn game

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 Mickey Mantle hits a ball off Yankee Stadium's facade

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1963 8th European Cup: Milan beats Benfica 2-1 at London
  • 1966 Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • 1968 Pitts Pirate Willie Stargell hits 3 HRs, a double & a single
  • 1974 Soccer team Veendam forms
  • 1975 8th ABA Championship: Kentucky Colonels beat Ind Pacers, 4 games to 1
  • 1976 St Louis Cardinal Reggie Smith hits 3 HR

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1977 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1977 Red Sox (6) & Brewers (5) tie single game HR record of 11

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1983 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Charity Golf Tournament

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • 1983 Toronto Blue Jay Cliff Johnson hits record 18th pinch hit HR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Pete Rose 2,108th run passes Hank Aaron as NL run scoring leader

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

Sport awardGolf Major

1988 34th LPGA Championship won by Sherri Turner

LPGA Golfer Sherri Turner
LPGA Golfer
Sherri Turner

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1990 Andre Dawson receives a record 5 intentional walks in a game

MLB Star Andre Dawson
MLB Star
Andre Dawson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Deion Sanders becomes involved in a dispute with Chicago White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk, one of the most infamous incidents of Sanders' baseball career

NFL Legend Deion Sanders
NFL Legend
Deion Sanders
  • 1991 NFL Owners agree to add 2 teams in 1994
  • 1992 California Angels, are involved in a bus crash, in NJ
  • 1992 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Chicago Blackhawks beat Edmonton Oilers, 4 games to 0

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1993 Riddick Bowe TKOs Jesse Ferguson in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

  • 1994 Elaine Crosby wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
  • 1994 Toronto NBA franchise unveils name "Raptors" & logo
  • 1996 4th UEFA Champions League Final: Juventus beats Ajax (1-1, 4-2 on penalties) at Rome
  • 2001 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New Jersey Devils beat Pittsburgh Penguins, 4 games to 1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2002 Mike Babcock is named head coach of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks

NHL Coach Mike Babcock
NHL Coach
Mike Babcock
  • 2003 In Fort Worth, Texas, Annika Sörenstam becomes the first woman to play the PGA Tour in 58 years.
  • 2004 NHL Eastern Conference Finals: Tampa Bay Lightning beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 3
  • 2007 NHL Western Conference Final: Anaheim Ducks beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2
  • 2010 18th UEFA Champions League Final: Internazionale beats Bayern Munich 2-0 at Madrid
  • 2012 NHL Western Conference Finals: Los Angeles Kings beat Phoenix Coyotes, 4 games to 1
  • 2015 Pakistan begin the first test-playing nation cricket tour of Zimbabwe since 2009

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1826 George Parr, cricketer (legendary Notts batsman, 1st Eng touring capt)
  • 1879 Warwick Armstrong, cricketer (Big Ship Great Aussie skipper 1920-21)
  • 1902 Al Simmons, American baseball outfielder (A's), lifetime batting avg of .334 (d. 1956), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1908 Horton Smith. American golfer (d. 1963)
  • 1927 Eric Petrie, cricketer (NZ wicketkeeper of the late 1950's)
  • 1934 Arne Harris, American television sports director (d. 2001)
  • 1935 Ron Piché, Quebec baseball player
  • 1940 Erapalli Prasanna, cricketer (one of India's big four spinners)
  • 1941 Martha Langbein, German athlete
  • 1943 Tommy John, pitcher (Yankee/Dodger)
  • 1946 George Best, Northern Irish footballer (Manchester United, Northern Ireland), born in Belfast
  • 1946 Howard Kendall, English footballer and football manager (Everton), born in Ryton, County Durham (d. 2015)
  • 1952 R W Eaks, American professional golfer, born in Colorado Springs, Clorado
  • 1953 Cha Bum-Kun, Korean footballer
  • 1962 Andrew Donald Magee, PGA golfer (1988 Pensacola Open), born in Paris, France
  • 1966 Donald Royal, NBA forward (Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic)
  • 1966 Jose Mesa, Azua Dom Rep, pitcher (Cleveland Indians)
  • 1968 Alan Levine, Park Ridge IL, pitcher (Chicago White Sox)
  • 1968 Carmie Vairo, softball infielder (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1968 Mike Harbold, sprint kayaker (Olympics-96), born in Oakland, California
  • 1968 Randy Brown, NBA guard (Chicago Bulls)
  • 1969 Tim Wiley, kayak (alt-Olympics-96), born in Lexington, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Vaughn Eshelman, pitcher (Boston Red Sox), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Clyde Johnson, cornerback (KC Chiefs)
  • 1970 Eric Wunderlich, American 200m breaststroke (Olympics-7th-96)
  • 1970 Marcus Dowdell, NFL wide receiver/kick returner (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1970 Pedro Diniz, Brazilian Formula One driver
  • 1971 Corey Croom, NFL running back (NE Patriots)
  • 1971 Troy Barnhart, Hanford CA, water polo 2m offense (Olympics-96)
  • 1972 Mike Hollis, NFL kicker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1972 Rich Owens, NFL defensive end (Washington Redskins)
  • 1973 Aaron Graham, professional American football player (Arizona Cardinals), born in Las Vegas, New Mexico
  • 1973 Daniel Tiatto, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics-96)
  • 1973 Julian Tavarez, Santiago Dom Rep, pitcher (Cleveland Indians)
  • 1973 Leslie Ratliffe, WLAF offensive tackle (Rhein Fire)
  • 1974 Greg Jones, linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • 1975 Jaane Niinimaa, Raahe FIN, NHL defenseman (Finland Oly-br-98, Flyers)
  • 1975 Salvador Ballesta, Spanish Footballer.
  • 1976 Christian Vande Velde, cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1977 Dre Bly, American Football Player
  • 1980 Chad Tracy, American baseball player
  • 1981 Jürgen Melzer, Austrian tennis player
  • 1982 Apolo Anton Ohno, American short track speed skater
  • 1983 John Hopkins, Anglo-American motorcycling racer
  • 1985 Tranquillo Barnetta, Swiss footballer
  • 1985 Marc-Antoine Pouliot, Canadian ice hockey player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1987 Novak Đoković [Novak Djokovic], Serbian tennis player (12 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković

Weddings in Sport

  • 2011 R&B singer Keyshia Cole (28) weds NBA Cleveland Cavaliers Daniel Gibson (25) in Cleveland, Ohio

Deaths in Sport

  • 1966 Tom Goddard, cricketer (22 wkts in 8 Tests for England 1930-39), dies
  • 1975 Lefty Grove, American Baseball Player (b. 1900)
  • 1990 Rocky Graziano, boxer/writer/actor (Mr Rock & Roll), dies at 71 of heart failure
  • 2004 Mikhail Voronin, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 7 medals including 2 gold, 1972 Olympics: 2 silver medals), dies at 59
  • 2017 Nicky Hayden, American motorcycle racer (MotoGP Champion 2006), dies after being hit by a car at 35