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
  • 1884 Australian cricket fast bowler Fred Spofforth takes 7-34 & 7-3 against an England XI in a tour match in Birmingham; match over in just 4 hours
  • 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
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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, Czech-American boxer (First world light heavyweight champion 1903), born in Frahelž, Bohemia, Czech Republic (d. 1963)
  • 1906 Mauri Rose, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500, 1941, 1947-48), 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)
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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

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