On This Day

On This Day in Sport for May 25

Events in Sport

  • 1868 Australian Aboriginal Cricket tour of England begins v Surrey Gentlemen
  • 1876 4th Preakness: G Barbee aboard Shirley wins in 2:44.75
  • 1895 20th Preakness: Fred Taral aboard Belmar wins in 1:50.5
  • 1899 33rd Belmont: R Clawson aboard Jean Beraud wins in 2:23
  • 1900 Retired London fire master Eyre Massey Shaw aged 70 reputedly becomes oldest gold medalist in Olympics for sailing (disputed)
  • 1904 38th Belmont: George Odom aboard Delhi wins in 2:06.6
  • 1906 After 20 straight wins, Boston Pilgrims lose to Chicago White Sox 3-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1919 Casey Stengel releases a sparrow from under his baseball cap

Baseball Hall of Fame Manager Casey Stengel
Baseball Hall of Fame Manager
Casey Stengel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1922 Babe Ruth suspended 1 day and fined $200 for throwing dirt on an umpire

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1935 Legendary American athlete Jesse Owens equals or breaks 4 world records in 45 minutes at a Big Ten meet at Ferry Field in Ann Arbor, Michigan; remembered as "the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport"

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • 1935 Babe Ruth hits his last 3 home runs in Pittsburgh, Boston Braves still lose the game 11–7 to the Pirates
  • 1939 Carl Storck becomes 2nd NFL president

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1941 Ted Williams raises his batting average over .400 for 1st time in 1941

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

Sport awardPGA Championship

1948 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Norwood Hills CC: Ben Hogan scores a convincing 7 & 6 win over Mike Turnesa in the Tuesday final for his 2nd PGA crown

Golfer Ben Hogan
Ben Hogan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1951 NY Giant Willie Mays 1st major league game (goes 0 for 5)

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1953 Braves Max Surkont strikes out record 8 Reds in a row

  • 1959 US Supreme Courtt rules Louisiana prohibiting black-white boxing unconstitutional
  • 1963 Great Britain ends its amateur-professional classes in cricket

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1965 Muhammad Ali KOs Sonny Liston at 2:12 of round 1 at Central Maine Civic Center, Lewiston to retain his WBC/WBA heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
  • 1966 Peru & Argentina soccer fans fight in Lima; 248 die
  • 1967 European Cup Final, Estádio Nacional, Lisbon: Glasgow Celtic beats Internazionale, 2-1; first British team to win the Cup
  • 1970 3rd ABA Championship: Indiana Pacers beat LA Stars, 4 games to 2

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1972 Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Ron Stander

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 1975 29th NBA Championship: Golden Warriors sweep Wash Bullets in 4 games
  • 1975 Cleveland's Dennis Eckersley, debuts shutting out the A's 6-0
  • 1975 Indianapolis 500: Bobby Unser wins rain-shortened race ahead of defending champion Johnny Rutherford and pole-sitter A. J. Foyt for his second Indy title
  • 1977 21st European Cup: Liverpool beats Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 at Rome
  • 1978 Stanley Cup Final, Boston Garden, Boston, MA: 3-peat for Montreal Canadiens; beat Boston Bruins, 4-1 as Mario Tremblay scores twice; 4-2 series victory
  • 1980 Jacek Wszoka of Poland sets high jump record (7'8")
  • 1980 Indianapolis 500: Johnny Rutherford wins in 3:29:59.572 (229.914 km/h)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1981 Carl Yastrzemski is 4th to play 3,000 baseball games (Cobb, Musial & Aaron)

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • 1982 Ferguson Jenkins becomes 7th pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters
  • 1983 Kirk Gibson (Tigers) & Jorge Orta (Blue Jays) hit inside park HRs
  • 1983 27th European Cup: Hamburg beats Juventus 1-0 at Athens
  • 1984 Det Tigers lose to Seattle 7-3 ends record tying 17 consecutive wins
  • 1984 Red Sox trade pitcher Dennis Eckersley to Cubs for Bill Buckner

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Allan Border scores 4th successive 1st class 100 (v Derbyshire)

Cricketer Allan Border
Allan Border

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1986 KC Royal George Brett gets his 2,000th hit

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • 1988 32nd European Cup: PSV Eindhoven beats Benfica (0-0, 6-5 on penalties) at Stuttgart
  • 1989 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Calgary Flames beat Montreal Canadiens, 4-2 to win series 4 games to 2; Flames' first SC title
  • 1991 Stanley Cup Final, Metropolitan Sports Center, Bloomington, MN: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Minnesota North Stars, 8-0 for a 4-2 series win; Penguins' first Final series appearance
  • 1992 NY Yankees score 9 runs before 1st out in 8th inn, beat Brewers 13-7

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Mark Messier scores a natural hat trick for the New York Rangers in game 6 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • 1996 1st Super Rugby Final, Eden Park, Auckland: Blues win inaugural title with a 45-21 victory over the Natal Sharks; fullback Adrian Cashmore lands 3 penalties & 3 conversions for the home team

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Minnesota Twins retire Kirby Puckett's uniform #

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • 1997 Todd and Mel Stottlemyre become 1st father and son to win 100 games
  • 1997 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Philadelphia Flyers beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2000 Laureus World Sports Awards, Monte-Carlo Sporting, Monaco: Sportsman: Tiger Woods; Sportswoman: Marion Jones (rescinded); Team: Manchester United FC

Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat Marion Jones
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat
Marion Jones
Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • 2002 Super Rugby Final, Jade Stadium, Christchurch: Crusaders win 4th title with a 31-13 thumping of the ACT Brumbies; flyhalf Andrew Mehrtens boots 3 penalties, 2 conversions and a dropped goal for the winners
  • 2003 Indianapolis 500: Gil de Ferran wins in 3:11:56.989 (251.526 km/h)
  • 2005 13th UEFA Champions League Final: Liverpool beats Milan (3-3, 3-2 on penalties)
  • 2008 Indianapolis 500: Scott Dixon wins in 3:28:57.6792 (231.049 km/h)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2008 Senior PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Oak Hill CC: Jay Haas wins his second title in the event by 1 stroke from Germany’s Bernhard Langer

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer
  • 2012 NHL Eastern Conference Finals: New Jersey Devils beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 2
  • 2013 UEFA Champions League Final, London: Arjen Robben scores twice as Bayern Munich beats Borussia Dortmund, 2-1 in first all-German final
  • 2014 Indianapolis 500: Ryan Hunter-Reay wins in 2:40:48.2305 (300.244 km/h)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2014 Senior PGA Championship Men's Golf, GC at Shore Harbor: Colin Montgomerie of Scotland wins first of 3 Champions Tour majors by 4 strokes from Tom Watson

Golfer Tom Watson
Tom Watson

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1845 Lip Pike, American baseball player, born in NYC, New York (d. 1893)
  • 1852 William Muldoon, American wrestler and owner of NY health institute "The Olympia", born in Caneadea, Allegany County, New York (d. 1933)
  • 1897 Alan Kippax, Australian cricketer (22 Tests for Australia 1924-34, brilliant batsman), born in Paddington, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1972)
  • 1898 Gene Tunney, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1926-30), born in NYC, New York (d. 1978)
  • 1918 Peder Lunde Sr., Norwegian yachtsman (Olympic silver 1952), born in Nordstrand, Norway (d. 2009)
  • 1919 Lindsey Nelson, American sportscaster (NY Mets), born in Pulaski, Tennessee (d. 1995)
  • 1924 István Nyers, Hungarian footballer, born in Freyming-Merlebach, Moselle, France (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Don Liddle, American baseball player, born in Mount Carmel, Illinois (d. 2000)

Person of interestBill Sharman

1926 Bill Sharman, American Hall of Fame basketball player (Boston Celtics), born in Abilene, Texas (d. 2013)

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • 1932 K. C. Jones, American Basketball Hall of Fame point guard (Olympic gold 1956; NBA C'ship 1959–66, Boston Celtics) and coach (NBA C'ship 1984, 86; Boston Celtics), born in Taylor, Texas (d. 2020)
  • 1933 Ray Spencer, English footballer, born in Kings Norton, Birmingham (d. 2016)
  • 1935 Cookie Gilchrist, American football fullback (AFL All Star 1962-65; AFL MVP 1962; CFL All Star 1956-60), born in Brackenridge, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)
  • 1936 Rusi Surti, Indian cricketer (Indian slow lefty, hat-trick for Qld 1969), born in Surat, Gujarat, India (d. 2013)
  • 1938 Lyudmila Buldakova, Russian volleyball player (Olympic gold 1972), born in Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (d. 2006)
  • 1939 Gene A. Budig, American baseball executive (last American League [AL] president 1994-99), born in McCook, Nebraska (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Ron Davies, Welsh footballer (29 Welsh caps), born in Holywell, Flintshire, Wales (d. 2013)
  • 1946 Irena Szewińska, Polish 200m runner (Olympic Gold 1964, 68, 76), born in Leningrad, Russian SSR, Soviet Union
  • 1949 Lalith Kaluperuma, Sri Lankan cricketer (two Tests for Sri Lanka 1982), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1953 D. A. Weibring Jr, American golfer (Senior Players C'ship 2008), born in Quincy Illinois
  • 1953 Daniel Passarella, Argentine footballer, born in Chacabuco, Argentina
  • 1962 Zulqarnain, Pakistani cricketer (last person in alphabetical order to play Test), born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
  • 1964 David Shaw, Canadian NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
  • 1965 Stefka Kostadinova, Bulgaria high jumper (world record 1987), born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • 1966 Bill Haselman, American MLB catcher (Boston Red Sox), born in Long Branch, New Jersey
  • 1966 Dave Hollins, American MLB infielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1967 Luc Nilis, Belgian soccer player (RSC Anderlecht/PSV), born in Hasselt, Belgium
  • 1967 Ruthie Bolton, American basketball guard (Olympic gold 1996), born in Lucedale, Mississippi
  • 1968 Kendall Gill, American NBA guard & forward (NJ Nets), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968 Nathalie Schneyder, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968 Shawn Bouwens, American NFL guard (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 1970 Danni Roche, Australian field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1970 Heather Simmons-Carrasco, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic alt-96), born in Mountain View, California
  • 1970 Joey Eischen, American MLB pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in West Covina, California
  • 1970 Robert Croft, Welsh cricket spin bowler, broadcaster (England 21 Tests, 49 wickets; Sky Sports), born in Morriston, Swansea
  • 1971 Alan Kline, American NFL tackle (New Orleans Saints), born in Tiffin, Ohio
  • 1971 Keith Hamilton, American NFL defensive tackle (NY Giants), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1971 Larry Thompson, CFL/NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks, BC Lions), born in Snyder, Texas
  • 1971 Tim Kroeker, Canadian 110m hurdler (Olympics 1996), born in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1972 Antonio Lang, American NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1972 Tony Ronaldson, Australian basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1973 Duncan Free, Australian rower (Olympics gold 2006), born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
  • 1973 Earl Mackey, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1973 Jeff Smith, American football cornerback (Scotland Claymores, KC Chiefs), born in Decatur, Tennessee
  • 1973 Josée Corbeil, Canadian volleyball player (Olympics 1996), born in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec
  • 1973 María José Gaidano, Argentine tennis star (1993 Belgium doubles), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1973 Racquel Spurlock, WNBA center (Houston Comets)
  • 1974 Dennis Stallings, American football linebacker (Tennessee Oilers), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • 1975 Adam Saathoff, American running target (Olympics 1996), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1976 Tarik Glenn, American football offensive tackle (Indianapolis Colts), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1977 Giel Beelen, Dutch radio DJ (a Guinness World Record for the longest radio DJ marathon ever, lasting 198 hours of non-stop broadcasting), born in Haarlem, Netherlands
  • 1978 Brian Urlacher, American football player (Chicago Bears), born in Pasco, Washington
  • 1979 Sam Sodje, Nigerian footballer, born in Greenwich, London
  • 1979 Jonny Wilkinson, English international and Newcastle Falcons rugby player, born in Frimley, England
  • 1979 Caroline Ouellette, French Canadian ice hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1980 David Navarro, Spanish footballer, born in Sagunto, Spain
  • 1982 Adam Boyd, English footballer, born in Hartlepool, England
  • 1982 Daniel Braaten, Norwegian footballer, born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1982 Ryan Gallant, American professional skateboarder, born in Southboro, Massachusetts
  • 1984 Kyle Brodziak, Canadian ice hockey player, born in St. Paul, Alberta, Canada
  • 1984 Shawne Merriman, American football player, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1986 Yoan Gouffran, French footballer, born in Villeneuve-Saint-Georges, France
  • 1987 Timothy Derijck, Belgian footballer, born in Liedekerke, Belgium
  • 1987 Yves De Winter, Belgian football goalkeeper, born in Lier, Belgium
  • 1992 Kendall Coyne Schofield, American ice hockey forward (Olympic gold 2018; World C'ship gold 2011, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19), born in Palos Heights, Illinois
  • 1994 Alexandra Rose "Aly" Raisman, American gymnast (two-time Olympic medalist, Fierce Five, Final Five), born in Needham, Massachusetts

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1940 MLB outfielder Stan Musial (19) weds his high school sweetheart Lillian Labash in Daytona Beach

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial

LoveWedding of Interest

1957 NFL coach Chuck Noll (25) weds first wife Marianne Noll

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll

LoveWedding of Interest

1965 Boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson (44) weds Millie Bruce in Los Angeles

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson

Deaths in Sport

  • 1916 Jack Marsh, cricketer (Aboriginal bowler played for NSW 1900-03), dies
  • 1958 Rolland Beaumont, cricketer (5 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • 1974 Frank Ward, cricketer (4 Tests for Australia 1936-38), dies
  • 1981 Roy Brown, American boxer/rocker, dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 1983 Black Jack Stewart, Canadian NHL hockey player (b. 1917)
  • 1992 Danny Biasone, persuaded NBA to use 24 second clock, dies at 83
  • 1995 Krešimir Ćosić, Croatian basketball player, dies at 46
  • 1997 Jay Hebert, American golfer (PGA Championship 1960), dies at 74
  • 2007 Bill Johnston, Australian cricket fast/spin bowler (40 Tests, 160 wickets @ 23.91; Victoria), dies at 85
  • 2010 Alexander Belostenny, Ukrainian basketball player (b. 1959)
  • 2010 Alan Hickinbotham, Australian businessman, football player, & football coach (b. 1925)
  • 2011 Paul Splittorff, American MLB pitcher and broadcaster (KC Royals), dies of oral cancer at 64
  • 2011 Terry Jenner, Australian cricketer (b. 1944)
  • 2018 Bill Mallory, College Football coach (Miami, Colorado, Northern Illinois, Indiana), dies after brain surgery from a fall at 82
  • 2020 Marcelino Campanal, Spanish soccer defender (11 caps; Real Avilés CF, Sevilla FC, Deportivo de La Coruña), dies at 88
  • 2020 Marvin Luster, American CFL Hall of Fame defensive back (6 x CFL All Star; Toronto Argonauts, Montreal Alouettes), dies at 82
  • 2020 Balbir Singh Snr., Indian field hockey centre forward (Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56) and coach (World Cup gold 1975), dies at 96