On This Day in Sport for May 31

Events in Sport

  • 1859 Philadelphia A's organize to play "town ball" became baseball 20 years later
  • 1868 Dr James Moore (UK) wins 1st recorded bicycle race, (2k) velocipede race at Parc fde St Cloud, Paris
  • 1880 League of American Wheelmen (1st US bicycle association), forms in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1900 Tom Hayward scores 1,000th cricket run of season (sets record 1074)
  • 1902 Australia Cricket all out 36 v England, Edgbaston, their lowest ever
  • 1914 Chicago White Sox Joe Benz no-hits Cleve Indians, 6-1
  • 1915 Indianapolis 500: Ralph DePalma wins in 5:33:55.619 (144.583 km/h)
  • 1919 Indianapolis 500: Howdy Wilcox wins in 5:40:42.930 (141.703 km/h)
  • 1920 Indianapolis 500: Gaston Chevrolet wins in 5:38:31.901 (142.617 km/h)
  • 1926 Indianapolis 500: Frank Lockhart wins in 5:12:48.768 (154.343 km/h)
  • 1927 Tiger 1st baseman Johnny Neun makes an unassisted triple play
  • 1928 Charlie Hallows scores his 1,000th run of Cricket season

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1930 Bradman gets his 1,000th run of the English Cricket season

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1931 36th Men's French Championships: Jean Borotra beats Christian Boussus (2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4)

Sport awardTennis Open

1931 36th Women's French Championships: Cilly Aussem beats Betty Nuthall (8-6, 6-1)

Tennis Player Betty Nuthall
Tennis Player
Betty Nuthall

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1935 Babe Ruth grounds out in his final at bat

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1937 Brooklyn Dodgers snap NY Giant Carl Hubbell's 24-game winning streak
  • 1937 Indianapolis 500: Wilbur Shaw wins in 4:24:07.861 (182.789 km/h)
  • 1938 Bill Edrich scores his 1,000th run of cricket season, all at Lord's
  • 1941 German occupiers forbids Jews access to beach & swimming pools

Sport awardGolf Major

1942 25th PGA Championship: Sam Snead at Seaview CC Atlantic City NJ

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • 1947 79th Belmont: Ruperto Donoso aboard Phalanx wins in 2:29.6
  • 1948 Indianapolis 500: Mauri Rose wins in 4:10:23.286 (192.822 km/h)
  • 1949 31st PGA Championship: Sam Snead at Hermitage CC Richmond VA
  • 1950 Indianapolis 500: Due to rain, race shortened to 345 miles, Johnny Parson wins
  • 1950 Laker takes 14-12-2-8 in Test Cricket trial
  • 1954 Indianapolis 500: Bill Vukovich wins in 3:49:17.261 (210.567 km/h)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1956 Mickey Mantle HR just misses clearing Yankee Stadium's roof

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1958 57th Men's French Championships: Mervyn Rose beats Luis Ayala (6-3, 6-4, 6-4)
  • 1958 57th Women's French Championships: Zsuzsi Kormoczy beats Shirley Bloomer (6-4, 1-6, 6-2)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1959 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Cavalier Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1961 6th European Cup: Benfica beats Barcelona 3-2 at Bern
  • 1964 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • 1964 SF Giants beat NY Mets, 8-6, in 23 innings (2nd game) (7 hrs 32 mins)
  • 1965 Jim Clark becomes 1st foreigner in 49 years to win Indianapolis 500 - 3:19:05.370 (242.506 km/h)
  • 1967 Bayern Munchen of West Germany wins 7th European Cup Winner's Cup against Rangers of Scotland 1-0 in Nuremberg

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 Indianapolis 500: A. J. Foyt wins in 3:18:24.211 (243.344 km/h)

Racing Car Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Car Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • 1970 Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA O'Sullivan Ladies' Golf Open
  • 1972 16th European Cup: Ajax beats Internazionale 2-0 at Rotterdam
  • 1973 Glenn Turner scores his 1,000th run of English cricket season
  • 1981 Cathy Reynolds wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championship
  • 1983 37th NBA Championship: Philadelphia 76ers sweep LA Lakers in 4 games
  • 1984 Viv Richards hits 189* (170 balls) v England, ODI cricket record
  • 1985 New Orleans Saints are sold for $70,204,000
  • 1987 Cindy Rarick wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • 1987 Saul Ballesteros drives 3 golf balls off Mt McKinley, Alaska
  • 1987 Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 3
  • 1992 Barb Mucha wins LPGA Oldsmobile Golf Classic
  • 1994 Padres scores 13 in 2nd vs Pirates
  • 1999 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Buffalo Sabres beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1
  • 2002 The New Jersey Nets defeat the Boston Celtics 96-88 in Game 6 of the NBA's Eastern Conference Championship, winning the series 4 games to 2 to advance to their first NBA Finals appearance.
  • 2002 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Colorado Avalanche, 4 games to 3
  • 2015 Harriette Thompson aged 92 and 65 days becomes the oldest woman to complete a marathon (Suja Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1905 Roy Peaches Davis, baseball pitcher
  • 1909 Thor Thorvaldsen, Norwegian yachtsman (Olympic gold 1948, 52)
  • 1920 Edward Bennett Williams, lawyer/team owner (Redskins, Balt Orioles)
  • 1924 Russell Endean, cricketer (28 Tests for South Africa, handled the ball 1956)
  • 1926 Probir Sen, cricket wicketkeeper (India in late 40's/early 50's)
  • 1928 Pankaj Roy, cricketer (Indian opener, 413 partnership w/Vinoo Mankad)
  • 1934 Bent Peter Rasch, Danish canoeist (Olympic gold 1952), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1935 Bruce Bolton, cricketer (two Tests NZ v England 1959)
  • 1941 Gil [Walter] Morgan, Haddock GA, PGA golfer (1990 Kemper Open)
  • 1942 Happy Hairston, NBA star (Cin, Detroit, LA)
  • 1943 Joe Namath, PA, NFL QB (NY Jets), $400,000 man (1969 Superbowl)
  • 1946 Steve Bucknor, cricketer (West Indian Test umpire, FIFA referee)
  • 1954 Thomas Mavros, Greek footballer
  • 1955 Laura Baugh, LPGA golfer (1994 Youngstown Classic-9th), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1957 Jim Craig, North Easton Mass, hockey goalie (oly-gold-1980)
  • 1958 Angel Franco, Asuncion Paraguay, golfer (1993 Nike Dominion)
  • 1958 Gary George Hallberg, Berwyn IL, PGA golfer (1983 Andy Williams)
  • 1960 Norm Johnson, NFL place kicker (Seattle Seahawk, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1960 Peter Winterbottom, British rugby player
  • 1962 Henry Williams, CFL receiver (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1962 Joe Orsulak, Glen Ridge NJ, outfielder (Florida Marlins)
  • 1965 Annette Renee Peters, [nee Hand], Reno Nevada, 1500/3000 runner
  • 1966 Jessica Monroe, Canadian rower (Olympics-96), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1966 Roshan Mahanama, cricketer (Sri Lankan opening batsman)
  • 1967 Kenny Lofton, E Chicago Indiana, outfielder (Cleveland Indians)
  • 1968 Duane Causwell, NBA center (Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings)
  • 1969 Juliet Haslam, Australian hockey midfielder (Olympics-96), born in Adelaide
  • 1970 Cory Mantyka, CFL guard (BC Lions)
  • 1971 Brad Elberg, CFL running back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1971 Lenny McGill, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1971 Murray Hocking, Victoria Australia, badminton player (Olympics-96)
  • 1971 Troy Malave, Cumana Venezuela, outfielder (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1972 Bryan Walker, safety (Washington Redskins)
  • 1972 Eileen Richetelli, Milford Conn, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1972 Dave Roberts, American baseball player
  • 1973 Dominique van Roost, Verviers Belg, tennis star (1995 Futures-GBR)
  • 1973 Marty Janzen, American pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1973 Tyrone Williams, NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1974 Bindi Mansfield, Mooerbank NSW Australia, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1974 Jim Carey, Dorchester MA, NHL goalie (Washington Capitals)
  • 1974 Steve Martin, defensive tackle (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1974 Chad Campbell, American golfer
  • 1976 Matt Harpring, American basketball player
  • 1977 Joachim Olsen, Danish athlete
  • 1977 Moses Sichone, Zambian footballer
  • 1977 Theodoros Baev, Bulgarian-born Greek volleyball player
  • 1977 Phil Devey, Canadian baseball player
  • 1977 Domenico Fioravanti, Italian swimmer
  • 1977 Greg Leeb, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1981 Jake Peavy, American baseball player
  • 1983 Dustin Wells, New Zealand footballer
  • 1984 Nate Robinson, American basketball player
  • 1985 Ian Vouyoukas, Greek basketball player
  • 1986 Robert Gesink, Dutch cyclist
  • 1989 Marco Reus, German football player (Borussia Dortmund, German national team), born in Dortmund, West Germany

Deaths in Sport

  • 1908 C L "Boy" Johnson, cricketer (Test for South Africa 1895-96), dies
  • 1955 "Wild Bill" Vukovich, killed in Indy 500

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1970 Terry Sawchuk, NHL goaltender, dies from injuries suffered during an off-ice scuffle with a teammate at 40

NHL Legend Terry Sawchuk
NHL Legend
Terry Sawchuk
  • 1971 Dainty Ironmonger, cricketer (74 wkts in 14 Tests after age 46), dies
  • 1978 József Bozsik, Hungarian footballer (b. 1925)
  • 1979 Nigel Howard, cricketer (England captain 1951-52 tour of India), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1983 Jack Dempsey, former heavyweight boxing champ/actor, dies at 86

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • 1989 C L R James, cricket writer (distinguished Trinidadian), dies
  • 1994 Doug Freeman, cricketer (2 Tests of leg-spin for NZ 1933), dies
  • 1995 Tim Mara, owner (NY Giants), dies at 59
  • 1998 Charles Van Acker, Belgian racing driver (b. 1912)