On This Day in Sport for May 5

  • May

Events in Sport

  • 1863 Joe Coburn KOs Mike McCoole for US boxing title in 63rd round

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1904 Cy Young pitches the first perfect game in "modern" baseball for Boston Americans against Philadelphia Athletics's (3-0)

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1908 34th Kentucky Derby: Arthur Pickens on Stone Street wins in 2:15.2
  • 1912 5th Olympic games open at Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1917 St Louis Brown Ernie Koob no-hits Chicago White Sox, 1-0

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1925 Ty Cobb goes 6 for 6 (16 total bases)

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1926 Geldrop soccer team forms

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1930 Bradman scores 185* Aust v Leicestershire, 317 mins, 16 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1934 60th Kentucky Derby: Mack Garner aboard Cavalcade wins in 2:04

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1935 Jesse Owens of US sets long jump record at 26' 8½"

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • 1938 Phillies Harold Kelleher faces 16 batters in 6th, as Cubs score 12 runs, both marks are NL records off one hurler in a single inning
  • 1949 Detroit Tigers second baseman Charlie Gehringer is elected in the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1951 77th Kentucky Derby: Conn McCreary aboard Count Turf wins in 2:02.6
  • 1952 Ron Necciai of Pitts Pirate's Bristol Twins Class D farm team, strikes out 27, as he no-hits Welch Minors, 4 Minors do reach base
  • 1956 82nd Kentucky Derby: David Erb aboard Needles wins in 2:03.4
  • 1956 Broekster Boys soccer team forms in Damwoude

  • 1956 World championships of judo are 1st held in Tokyo
  • 1962 88th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Decidedly wins in 2:00.4
  • 1966 Borussia Dortmund of West Germany win 6th European Cup Winner's Cup against Liverpool of England 2-1 in Glasgow
  • 1966 Stanley Cup Final, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI: Montreal Canadiens earn back-to-back titles; beat Detroit Red Wings, 3-2 in OT for a 4-2 series victory

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1966 Willie Mays hit his 512th HR

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1969 23rd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • 1973 99th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 1:59.4 - fastest Kentucky Derby ever

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1978 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose becomes 14th player to get 3,000 hits

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1979 105th Kentucky Derby: Ron Franklin on Spectacular Bid wins in 2:02.4
  • 1984 110th Kentucky Derby: Laffit Pincay Jr aboard Swale wins in 2:02.4
  • 1984 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Montreal Canadians, 4 games to 2
  • 1987 Detroit Tigers are 11 games back in AL, but go on to win AL East

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1989 Mike Tyson gets 2nd speeding ticket for drag racing in Albany, New York

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1990 116th Kentucky Derby: Craig Perret aboard Unbridled wins in 2:02
  • 1995 Last basketball game at Boston Gardens (Magic beats Celtics)
  • 2001 127th Kentucky Derby: Jorge Chavez aboard Monarchos wins in 1:59.97
  • 2007 133rd Kentucky Derby: Calvin Borel aboard Street Sense wins in 2:02.17
  • 2012 138th Kentucky Derby: Mario Gutierrez aboard Ill Have Another wins in 2:01.83
  • 2012 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (89,102): Chelsea beats Liverpool, 2–1; Didier Drogba scores winner for Blues' 7th title

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2014 World Snooker Championship: Briton Mark Selby beats countryman Ronnie O'Sullivan 18-14, the first of 3 world titles

Snooker Player Ronnie O'Sullivan
Snooker Player
Ronnie O'Sullivan
  • 2018 144th Kentucky Derby: 52 year old Mike Smith wins his second Derby aboard Justify
  • 2018 Former Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson suffers a brain haemorrhage and is hospitalised; recovers

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1883 Charles "Chief" Bender, American MLB pitcher and only American Indian in baseball's Hall of Fame (Philadelphia Athletics), born in Crow Wing County, Minnesota (d. 1954)
  • 1889 Herbie Taylor, South African cricketer (prolific South African pre- & post-WWI), born in Durban, Colony of Natal (d. 1973)
  • 1900 Charles Jewtraw, American 500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1924), born in Clinton County, New York (d. 1996)
  • 1904 Gordon Richards, British jockey (winner of 4,870 races), born in Donnington Wood, Telford (d. 1986)
  • 1911 Norman Oldfield, English cricketer (Engl batsman one Test v WI 1939, 80 & 19), born in Dukinfield, Cheshire, England (d. 1996)
  • 1917 Ron Saggers, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (effective NSW & Aussie late 40's), born in Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1987)
  • 1919 Tony Canadeo, American NFL hall of fame halfback (Green Bay Packers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Bob Cerv, American baseball player (Yankees), born in Weston, Nebraska (d. 2017)
  • 1927 Sid O'Linn, South African cricketer (soccer for South Africa 1947, cricket 1960), born in Oudtshoorn, Cape Province (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Collie Smith, West Indies cricket all-rounder (26 Tests, HS 168), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1959)
  • 1939 Cesare Fiorio, Italian sporting director of various Formula One teams, born in Turin, Italy
  • 1941 Alexander Ragulin, Russian ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72), born in Moscow (d. 2004)
  • 1943 Andy Roxburgh, Scottish football player, coach and manager, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1944 Bo Larsson, Swedish football striker, born in Malmö, Sweden
  • 1964 Heike Henkel, German world record indoor high jumper (Olympic gold 1992), born in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein
  • 1964 Ulrich Wilson, Dutch soccer player (FC Volendam), born in Nieuw Nickerie, Suriname
  • 1965 Glenn Seton, Australian racing driver
  • 1966 Mike Stapleton, Canadian NHL center (Winnipeg Jets), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 1967 Brad Baxter, American NFL fullback (NY Jets), born in Dothan, Alabama
  • 1967 Charles Nagy, American baseball pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Fairfield, Connecticut
  • 1968 Craig Hendrickson, CFL tackle (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1968 Tim Neilsen, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (South Australian 1991), born in Forest Gate, London, England
  • 1969 Bryan Ivie, American volleyball middle blocker (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Torrance, California
  • 1970 Harold Nash, American CFL halfback (Montreal Alouettes), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1970 LaPhonso Ellis, American NBA forward (Denver Nuggets), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • 1970 Juan Acevedo, Mexican baseball player (Colorado Rockies), born in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
  • 1971 Harold Miner, American NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1971 Ken Brown, American NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos), born in Wiesbaden, Germany
  • 1972 Barrett Brooks, American NFL tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1972 Mikael Renberg, Swedish NHL right wing (Philadelphia Flyers, TB Lightning), born in Piteå, Sweden
  • 1972 Ronald Snook, Australian rower (Olympics bronze 1996), born in Dalwallinu, Western Australia
  • 1972 Rushia Brown, American WNBA forward & center (Cleveland Rockers), born in New York
  • 1972 Travis Jervey, American NFL running back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1972 Žigmund Pálffy, Slovak NHL right wing (NY Islanders), born in Skalica, Czechoslovakia
  • 1972 James Cracknell, British rowing champion (Olympic gold 2000, 04), born in Sutton, London
  • 1973 Johan Hedberg, Swedish ice hockey coach and goalie (Team Sweden, Olympics 1998), born in Nacka, Sweden
  • 1973 Matt Dubuc, CFL running back (Toronto Argonauts), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1973 Muhsin Muhammad, American football wide receiver (Carolina Panthers), born in Lansing, Michigan
  • 1974 Seiji Ara, Japanese racing driver (winner of the 24-hour Le Mans race 2004), born in Chiba, Japan
  • 1976 Anastasios Pantos, Greek footballer, born in Korydallos, Greece
  • 1976 Juan Pablo Sorín, Argentine footballer (Argentine national team FIFA World Cups), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1977 Tiffany Roberts, American soccer midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Petaluma, California
  • 1978 Bruno Cheyrou, French footballer, born in Suresnes, France
  • 1980 Yossi Benayoun, Israeli footballer (Israel national team captain), born in Dimona, Israel
  • 1980 DerMarr Johnson, American basketball player, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1981 Chris Duncan, American baseball player, born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1982 Wouter D'Haene, Belgian flatwater canoer, born in Kortrijk, Belgium
  • 1982 Randall Gay, American NFL player (New Orleans Saints), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1982 Jay Bothroyd, English footballer (striker for J1 League club Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo), born in London
  • 1983 Scott Ware, American footballer (Indianapolis Colts), born in Santa Rosa, California
  • 1985 Terrence Wheatley, American football player (New England Patriots), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • 1985 P. J. Tucker, American basketball player (Houston Rockets), born in Raleigh, North Carolina

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1964 Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella (41) weds long-time friend Roxie Joynes

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella

Deaths in Sport

  • 1931 Glen Kidston, British aviator and racing driver (b. 1899)
  • 1947 Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player, dies at 30

Person of interestLeo Diegel

1951 Leo Diegel, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1928-29), dies of throat and lung cancer at 52

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel
  • 1962 Ernest Tyldesley, English cricketer (990 runs in 14 Tests for England), dies at 73
  • 1978 Alfred (Harold] Gilligan, English cricketer (4 Tests for England), dies at 81
  • 1989 Frank Easton, cricket wicketkeeper (NSW 1933-39), dies
  • 1995 Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian influential world chess champion, dies at 83
  • 1996 Beryl Burton, cyclist, dies at 58
  • 2000 Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist (Tour de France 1938), dies at 85
  • 2011 Yosef Merimovich, Israeli football player and manager (b. 1924)
  • 2017 Adolph Kiefer, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m backstroke 1936), dies at 98