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 Emanuel Lasker (26) becomes World Champion chess player
  • 1896 1st American intercollegiate bicycle race, Manhattan Beach, NY
  • 1898 32nd Belmont: F Littlefield aboard Bowling Brook wins in 2:32
  • 1907 Chicago White Sox Ed Walsh no-hits NY Highlanders, 8-1 in 5 inning game
  • 1917 Walt Cruise hit 1st HR out of Braves Field
  • 1923 1st Le Mans Grand Prix d'Endurance is run

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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 Tigers' Ty Cobb is 1st to collect 1,000 extra-base hits (ends 1,139)

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
  • 1956 55th Men's French Championships: Lewis Hoad beats Sven Davidson (6-4, 8-6, 6-3)
  • 1956 55th Women's French Championships: Althea Gibson beats Angela Mortimer (6-0, 12-10)

  • 1957 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Land of Sky Golf Open

Sport awardTennis Open

1963 62nd Men's French Championships: Roy Emerson beats Pierre Darmon (3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
  • 1963 62nd Women's French Championships: Lesley Turner beats 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: Edmonton Oilers sweep Boston Bruins in 4 games

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1990 Philadelphia Phillies retire 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

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1996 Laura Davies wins J C Penney/LPGA Skins Golf Game

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • 1996 Rosie Jones wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • 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
  • 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 Golfer Matteo Manassero wins the BMW PGA Championship
  • 2013 Indianapolis 500: Tony Kanaan wins in 2:40:03.4181 (301.644 km/h)
  • 2015 Cleveland Cavaliers win the NBA Eastern Conference
  • 2018 UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Liverpool 3-1 in Kiev, Ukraine for third straight title. Zinédine Zidane first manager to win 3 consecutive titles

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1863 Robert Fitzsimmons, English boxing champion, 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)
  • 1909 Matt Busby, Scottish soccer coach (Manchester United)
  • 1918 Anton Christoforidis, Greek boxer (d. 1985)
  • 1920 Jack Cheetham, cricketer (South African batsman, Test capt early 50's)
  • 1921 Frank Mooney, cricketer (dependable wicket-keeper for NZ in 13 Tests)
  • 1939 Brent Musburger, sportscaster (CBS-TV)
  • 1943 Erica G Terpstra, Dutch swimmer and politician (VVD)
  • 1944 Sam Posey, American race car driver, TV commentator and author
  • 1947 Glenn Turner, cricketer (masterful NZ opening batsman)
  • 1948 Geoff Greenidge, cricketer (no relation to Gordon, WI opener 1972-74)
  • 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 football player
  • 1959 Brian Peaker, rower (Olympics 1996), born in London, Ontario
  • 1959 Nancy White-Brophy, Montague PEI, LPGA golfer (1994 McCall's-25th)
  • 1960 Rob Murphy, American baseball player
  • 1961 Stephen Robert Pate, Ventura CA, PGA golfer (1987 Southwest Classic)
  • 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)
  • 1967 Jean Bartholomew, LPGA golfer (1989 Duke U Champ), born in Queens, New York
  • 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 Lewis Capes, WLAF defensive tackle (London Monarchs)
  • 1971 Steven Rice, NHL right wing (Hartford Whalers), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1974 Lars Frölander, Swedish swimmer
  • 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 Markus Wieland, hockey defenseman (Team Germany 1998)
  • 1976 Scott Humphries, Greely Colo, tennis star (1995 doubles Binghampton)
  • 1977 Luca Toni, Italian footballer
  • 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 C M Francois, cricketer (WWII, 252 runs in 5 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • 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, outfielder (A's)/lifetime batting avg of .334, dies at 54
  • 1959 Ed Walsh, baseball pitcher (1.82 ERA), dies at 78
  • 1969 Paul Hawkins, Australian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • 1974 Silvio Moser, Swiss racing driver (b. 1941)
  • 1989 Don Revie, English footballer and soccer manager (Leeds and England), dies at 61
  • 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 Open 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