On This Day

On This Day in Sport for May 26

Events in Sport

  • 1874 2nd Preakness: William Donohue aboard Culpepper wins in 2:56.5
  • 1883 11th Preakness: G Barbee aboard Jacobus wins in 2:42.5

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1884 Fred Spofforth takes 7-34 & 7-3 v England XI in 4 hours

Cricketer Fred Spofforth
Cricketer
Fred Spofforth
  • 1894 German Emanuel Lasker becomes undisputed World Chess Champion by beating Austrian-American defending titleholder Wilhelm Steinitz, 10-5 (4 draws) in Montreal, Canada
  • 1898 32nd Belmont: F Littlefield aboard Bowling Brook wins in 2:32
  • 1907 Chicago White Sox pitcher Ed Walsh no-hits NY Highlanders, 8-1 in 5 inning game
  • 1917 Walt Cruise hit 1st HR out of Braves Field
  • 1923 Inaugural 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race for cars starts through public roads around Le Mans, France; inaugural winners: André Lagache and René Léonard (France) for Chenard & Walcker

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1925 Babe Ruth is finally out of bed, 5 weeks after ulcer surgery

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1925 Future Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder Ty Cobb is first to collect 1,000 extra-base hits when he doubles in Detroit Tigers' 8-1 win against the Chicago WS at Comiskey Park

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1933 Phillies Chuck Klein hits for cycle vs St Louis Cards
  • 1946 2-for-42 & hitting .048 for 1946, Mel Ott stops playing baseball
  • 1956 Reds' John Klippstein, Hershel Freemman & Joe Blacks no-hitter, broken up with 2 outs in 10th & lose to Braves in 11th, 2-1

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

1956 French Championships Men's Tennis: Australian Lew Hoad wins his first and only French title; beats Sven Davidson of Sweden 6-4, 8-6, 6-3

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Lew Hoad
  • 1956 French Championships Women's Tennis: American Althea Gibson wins her only French singles title; beats Angela Mortimer of England 6-0, 12-10

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

1963 French Championships Men's Tennis: Australian Roy Emerson beats home favourite Pierre Darmon 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson

  • 1963 French Championships Women's Tennis: Australian Lesley Turner wins the first of 2 French titles; beats England's Ann Jones 2-6, 6-3, 7-5

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1972 Joe Frazier TKOs Ron Stander in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 1974 Indianapolis 500: Johnny Rutherford wins in 3:09:10.094 (255.224 km/h)
  • 1975 Tennis game in Surrey championships lasts 31 minutes
  • 1980 Dietmar Mogenburg of West Germany ties high jump record at 7'8"
  • 1980 Phillie Steve Carlton is 1st NLer to record 6, 1-hitters
  • 1982 26th European Cup: Aston Villa beats Bayern Munich 1-0 at Rotterdam
  • 1983 29th Walker Cup: US, 13½ - 10½
  • 1983 LA Lakers set NBA playoff game record of fewest free throws
  • 1985 Indianapolis 500: Danny Sullivan wins by 24 seconds following a spin
  • 1988 Stanley Cup Final, Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, AL: Edmonton Oilers beat Boston Bruins, 6-3 for 4 game series sweep

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Philadelphia Phillies retire future Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt's uniform #20

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • 1993 In Major League Baseball, Carlos Martinez famously hits a ball off Jose Canseco's head for a home run
  • 1993 1st UEFA Champions League Final: Marseille beats Milan 1-0 at Munich
  • 1996 Indianapolis 500: Buddy Lazier wins in 3:22:45.753 (238.112 km/h)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1997 Sammy Sosa (Cubs) & Tony Womack (Pirates) hit inside the park HRs

MLB Outfielder Sammy Sosa
MLB Outfielder
Sammy Sosa
  • 1997 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Colorado Avalanche, 4 games to 2
  • 1999 7th UEFA Champions League Final: Manchester United beats Bayern Munich 2-1 at Barcelona
  • 2000 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New Jersey Devils beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 3
  • 2001 Super Rugby Final, Canberra: Fullback Andrew Walker kicks 5 penalties & 3 conversions as the ACT Brumbies win their first title; beat Coastal Sharks (Durban), 36-6
  • 2002 Indianapolis 500: Hélio Castroneves wins in 3:00:10.871 (267.954 km/h)
  • 2004 12th UEFA Champions League Final: Porto beats AS Monaco 3-0 at Gelsenkirchen
  • 2009 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Carolina Hurricanes, 4 games to 0
  • 2013 Indianapolis 500: Tony Kanaan wins in 2:40:03.4181 (301.644 km/h)
  • 2013 IPL Cricket Final, Eden Gardens, Kolkata: Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs; Kieron Pollard 60 no (32)
  • 2015 Cleveland Cavaliers win the NBA Eastern Conference
  • 2018 UEFA Champions League Final, Kiev: Real Madrid beats Liverpool, 3-1 for third straight title. Zinédine Zidane first manager to win 3 consecutive titles
  • 2019 Indianapolis 500: 2016 IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud of France finishes just two-tenths of a second ahead of Alexander Rossi

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1863 Bob Fitzsimmons, English boxer (sport's first 3-division world champion; Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, Heavyweight), born in Helston, England (d. 1917)
  • 1876 Jack Root, Austrian-American boxing's 1st light heavyweight champion, born in Frahelž, Bohemia, Czech Republic (d. 1963)
  • 1906 Mauri Rose, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1941, 47-48), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1981)
  • 1909 Matt Busby, Scottish soccer forward (Manchester City, Liverpool) and manager (Manchester United 1945-69, 70–71; Scotland 1958), born in Orbiston, Bellshill, Scotland (d. 1994)
  • 1918 Anton Christoforidis, Greek boxer (NBA light heavyweight title 1941), born in Mersin, Turkey (d. 1985)
  • 1920 Jack Cheetham, South African cricket batsman and captain (24 Tests; Western Province), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1980)
  • 1921 Frank Mooney, New Zealand cricket wicketkeeper (13 Tests, 30 dismissals; Wellington), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • 1933 Ted Rogers OC, Canadian entrepreneur and MLB team owner (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2008)
  • 1939 Brent Musburger, American sportscaster (CBS Sports, The NFL Today; ESPN, ABC; VSiN; radio play-by-play Las Vegas Raiders), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1943 Erica Terpstra, Dutch swimmer (Olympic silver 4×100m medley relay, bronze 4×100m freestyle relay 1964) and politician (VVD), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1944 Sam Posey, American auto racer (12 Hours of Sebring 1975; 24 Hours of Le Mans 1971 3rd) and TV commentator (ABC Sports), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947 Glenn Turner, New Zealand cricket batsman (41 Tests, 2,991 runs @ 44.64; top score 259; chairman national selection panel), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1948 Geoff Greenidge, West Indian cricket batsman (5 Tests; last white player to play for WI), born in St Michael, Barbados
  • 1949 Dan Pastorini, NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Raiders) [or Dec 25]
  • 1953 Dan Roundfield, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • 1955 Wesley Walker, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowl 1978, 82; First-team All-Pro 1978; New York Jets 1977–89), born in San Bernardino, California
  • 1959 Brian Peaker, rower (Olympics 1996), born in London, Ontario
  • 1960 Rob Murphy, American baseball player
  • 1961 Stephen Pate, American golfer (6 PGA Tour titles, US Open 1988, US Masters 1990 3rd), born in Ventura, California
  • 1963 Eddie Martin Jr, jockey
  • 1964 Kevin Kennedy, baseball manager (Texas Rangers)
  • 1965 Greg Lloyd, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1965 Jacqueline Mary Nelson, New Zealand points race cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1966 Anthony Edwards, NFL wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1966 Grant Bradburn, cricketer (son of Wynne NZ off-spinner 1990- )
  • 1966 Zola Budd Pieterse, Bloemfontein South Africa, track star (Olympics 1988)
  • 1968 Rachael Sporn, Australian basketball forward (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1968 Steve Sedgley, English footballer
  • 1970 Sam Mack, NBA forward/guard (Houston Rockets, Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1970 Sebastian Barrie, NFL defensive tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1971 Darwin Ireland, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971 Steven Rice, Canadian NHL right wing (World Junior C'ship gold 1991, captain), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1974 Lars Frölander, Swedish swimmer, born in Boden, Sweden
  • 1975 Christopher Lindsey Donaldson, 100m/200m runner (Olympics 1996), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1975 Travis Lee, baseball 1st baseman (Olympic bronze 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • 1976 Scott Humphries, Greely Colo, tennis star (1995 doubles Binghampton)
  • 1977 Luca Toni, Italian footballer, born in Pavullo nel Frignano, Italy
  • 1979 Mehmet Okur (Memo), Turkish basketball player
  • 1988 Joel Selwood, Australian footballer

Weddings in Sport

  • 2006 Soccer star player Joshua Kennedy (23) weds Australian Opals player Jacinta Hamilton at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Port Melbourne

Deaths in Sport

  • 1944 Cyril Francois, South African cricket all-rounder (5 Tests, 252 runs, 6 wickets), dies in a motor accident at 46
  • 1954 Lionel Conacher "The Big Train", Canadian athlete and politician, dies from a heart attack at 54
  • 1955 Alberto Ascari, Italian auto racer (World F1 champion 1952, 53), dies in a testing accident at 36
  • 1956 Al Simmons, American baseball outfielder (A's), lifetime batting avg of .334, dies at 54
  • 1959 Ed Walsh, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, manager (Chicago WS; MLB ERA record 1.82), dies at 78
  • 1969 Paul Hawkins, Australian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • 1974 Silvio Moser, Swiss racing driver (b. 1941)
  • 1976 Edgar Moon, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ships 1930), dies at 71
  • 1989 Don Revie, English footballer and soccer manager (Leeds and England), dies at 61
  • 1996 Mike Sharperson, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1992; World Series 1988, 95), dies in a car crash at 34
  • 2001 Vittorio Brambilla, Italian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • 2002 Mamo Wolde, Ethiopian marathoner (Olympic gold 1968), dies at 69
  • 2005 Chico Carrasquel, Venezuelan baseball player (b. 1928)
  • 2006 Kevin O'Flanagan, Irish athlete and physician (b. 1919)
  • 2006 Ted Schroeder, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1942, Wimbledon 1949), dies of cancer at 84
  • 2009 Peter Zezel, Canadian professional hockey player (b. 1965)
  • 2010 Jarvis Williams, American football player (b. 1965)
  • 2017 Jim Bunning, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, politician (perfect game vs Mets 1965, Rep. Senator-Ky), dies of a stroke at 85
  • 2017 John Severson, founder of 'Surfer' magazine and artist (known for his depictions of surf culture), dies of cancer at 83
  • 2019 Bart Starr, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, coach (Green Bay Packers), dies of effects of stroke at 85