On This Day

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 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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1930 Yankees' future Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman Lou Gehrig becomes first to hit 3 HRs three times as NY outscores Philadelphia A's, 20-13; teams combine for then-record 10 homers

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1938 Dodgers announce contracts to install lights at Ebbets Field
  • 1946 Yankees turn triple-play & defeat Tigers 5-3
  • 1953 Yankee Irv Noren hits into a triple-play, Yanks beat Wash 12-4
  • 1954 79th Preakness: Johnny Adams aboard Hasty Road wins in 1:57.4
  • 1955 Oldest man to drive in the Grand Prix (aged 55) finishes 6th
  • 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 inning game

Baseball Player Roger Maris
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 European Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London: José Altafini scores twice as AC Milan edge Benfica, 2-1 for first title to an Italian club

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1968 Pitts Pirate Willie Stargell hits 3 HRs, a double & a single

Hall of Fame Baseball Player Willie Stargell
Hall of Fame Baseball Player
Willie Stargell
  • 1970 Mel Stottlemyre sets record by walking 11, but wins 2-0
  • 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
  • 1977 Red Sox (6) & Brewers (5) tie single game HR record of 11
  • 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 awardLPGA Championship

1988 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Sherri Turner birdies final 2 holes to win her only major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Amy Alcott

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 New Jersey
  • 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 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

2001 Laureus World Sports Awards, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco: Sportsman: Tiger Woods; Sportswoman: Cathy Freeman; Team: French Men's National Football team

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods

AppointmentAppointment 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 Final: Tampa Bay Lightning beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 3
  • 2004 Super Rugby Final, Canberra: ACT Brumbies claim their 2nd title with a 47-38 win over Canterbury Crusaders; Brumbies wingers Mark Gerrard (3) and Joe Roff (2) combine for 5 tries

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2004 English FA Cup Final, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (71,350): Manchester United beats Millwall, 3-0; Ruud van Nistelrooy scores 2 and Cristiano Ronaldo 1 in Red Devils' 11th title win

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2006 Laureus World Sports Awards, Parque del Fórum, Barcelona, Spain: Sportsman: Roger Federer; Sportswoman: Janica Kostelić; Team: Renault F1 team

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • 2007 NHL Western Conference Final: Anaheim Ducks beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2
  • 2010 UEFA Champions League Final, Madrid: Internazionale beats Bayern Munich, 2-0; Inter's 3rd title and first treble (Italian Serie A & Cup)
  • 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
  • 2016 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Greystone G&CC: Germany's Berhard Langer wins sixth of 13 Champions Tour majors by 6 strokes from Olin Browne

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1826 George Parr, English cricketer (legendary Notts batsman, 1st Eng touring capt), born in Radcliffe on Trent, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1891)
  • 1879 Warwick Armstrong, Australian cricketer (Big Ship Great Aussie skipper 1920-21), born in Kyneton, Australia (d. 1947)
  • 1902 Al Simmons, American baseball outfielder (A's), lifetime batting avg of .334, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1956)
  • 1908 Horton Smith, American golfer (US Masters 1934, 36), born in Springfield, Missouri (d. 1963)
  • 1924 Wayne Mack, American sportscaster (New Orleans Saints, Tulane University) and actor (Storyville), born in Pekin, Illinois (d. 1993)
  • 1927 Eric Petrie, New Zealand cricketer (NZ wicketkeeper of the late 1950's), born in Ngaruawahia, Waikato, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • 1927 Glenn Bassett, American tennis coach (UCLA 1967-93; 7 x NCAA C'ships), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2020)
  • 1934 Arne Harris, American television sports director, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • 1935 Ron Piché, Quebec baseball player (Milwaukee Braves), born in Verdun, Quebec, Canada (d. 2011)
  • 1937 Viktor Ponedelnik, Russian soccer striker (29 caps Soviet Union; FC SKA Rostov-on-Don), born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia (d. 2020)
  • 1940 E. A. S. Prasanna, Indian cricketer (one of India's big four spinners), born in Bangalore, Kingdom of Mysore, British India
  • 1941 Martha Langbein, German athlete (Olympic silver 1960), born in Heidelberg, Germany
  • 1943 Tommy John, American baseball pitcher (Yankee/Dodger), born in Terre Haute, Indiana
  • 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)
  • 1953 Cha Bum-Kun, South Korean footballer and manager, born in Hwaseong, South Korea
  • 1959 Olin Browne, American golfer (US Senior Open 2011), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1966 Donald Royal, American NBA forward (Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1966 José Mesa, Dominican MBL pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Pueblo Viejo, Dominican Republic
  • 1968 Alan Levine, Baseball pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Park Ridge, Illinois
  • 1968 Carmie Vairo, softball infielder (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1968 Mike Harbold, sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Oakland, California
  • 1968 Randy Brown, American NBA point guard and executive (NBA C'ship 1996-98, Chicago Bulls), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1970 Clyde Johnson, cornerback (KC Chiefs)
  • 1970 Eric Wunderlich, American 200m breaststroke (Olympic 7th 1996)
  • 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, water polo 2m offense (Olympics 1996), born in Hanford, California
  • 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 1996)
  • 1973 Julian Tavarez, Santiago Dom Rep, pitcher (Cleveland Indians)
  • 1974 Greg Jones, linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • 1975 Jaane Niinimaa, Finnish NHL defenseman (Finland Olympic bronze 1998, Flyers), born in Raahe, Finland
  • 1975 Salvador Ballesta, Spanish footballer (Atlético Madrid, Valencia), born in Zaragoza, Spain
  • 1976 Christian Vande Velde, cyclist (Olympics 1996), 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 interestNovak Đoković

1987 Novak Đoković [Djokovic], Serbian tennis player (18 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Belgrade, Serbia

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

  • 1954 Charles "Chief" Bender, American MLB pitcher and only American Indian in baseball's Hall of Fame (Philadelphia Athletics), dies at 70
  • 1966 Tom Goddard, English cricket off-spin bowler (8 Tests; 22 wickets @ 26.72; Gloucestershire), dies at 65
  • 1975 Lefty Grove, American Baseball Player (b. 1900)
  • 1990 Rocky Graziano, American boxer (World Middleweight title 1947-48; famous Tony Zale trilogy) and entertainer (Pantomime Quiz, Miami Undercover), dies of heart failure at 71
  • 1994 Norman Read, New Zealand 50k race walker (Olympic gold 1956), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • 2004 Mikhail Voronin, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 7 medals including 2 gold, 1972 Olympics: 2 silver medals), dies at 59
  • 2015 Marques Haynes, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame guard (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 88
  • 2017 Nicky Hayden, American motorcycle racer (MotoGP Champion 2006), dies after being hit by a car at 35
  • 2018 Dave Garcia, MLB manager (California Angels, Cleveland Indians), dies at 97
  • 2020 Jerry Sloan, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Utah Jazz 1988-2011) and shooting guard (NBA All-Star 1967, 69; Chicago Bulls), dies from Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia at 78

Person of interestAshley Cooper

2020 Ashley Cooper, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ships 1957-58, Wimbledon, US C'ships 1958), dies at 83

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Ashley Cooper
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Ashley Cooper
  • 2020 Luigi Simoni, Italian soccer midfielder (Napoli, Torino, Juventus, Brescia, Genoa) and manager (UEFA Cup 1998, Inter; Genoa, Torino, Napoli), dies from effects of a stroke at 81