On This Day

On This Day in Sport for May 6

Events in Sport

  • 1733 1st international boxing match: Bob Whittaker beats Tito di Carni
  • 1895 21st Kentucky Derby: Soup Perkins aboard Halma wins in 2:37.50
  • 1896 22nd Kentucky Derby: Willie Simms aboard Ben Brush wins in 2:07.75
  • 1903 Chicago White Sox commit 12 errors against Detroit Tigers
  • 1907 33rd Kentucky Derby: Andy Minder aboard Pink Star wins in 2:12.6

Sports record brokenBaseball Event

1915 Red Sox Babe Ruth pitching debut & 1st HR, loses to Yanks 4-3 in 15

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1917 St Louis Brown Bob Groom no-hits Chicago White Sox, 3-0
  • 1921 American Soccer League forms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1925 Ty Cobb hits his 5th HR in 2 games tying Cap Ansons record of 1884

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1933 59th Kentucky Derby: Don Meade aboard Brokers Tip wins in 2:06.8
  • 1934 Red Sox score 12 runs in 4th inning including record 4 consecutive triples hit by Carl Reynolds, Moose Solters, Rick Ferrell, & B Walters
  • 1939 65th Kentucky Derby: James Stout aboard Johnstown wins in 2:03.4
  • 1944 70th Kentucky Derby: Conn McCreary aboard Pensive wins in 2:04.2
  • 1950 76th Kentucky Derby: William Boland on Middleground wins in 2:01.6
  • 1951 Pitts Pirate Cliff Chambers no-hits Boston Brave, 3-0
  • 1953 St. Louis Browns pitcher Bobo Holloman MLB debut; no-hits Philadelphia A's, 6-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1954 Roger Bannister of the UK becomes the 1st person to run a 4 minute mile, recording 3:59:4 at Iffley Road, Oxford

Middle-Distance Runner Roger Bannister
Middle-Distance Runner
Roger Bannister
  • 1961 87th Kentucky Derby: John Sellers aboard Carry Back wins in 2:04
  • 1967 93rd Kentucky Derby: Bobby Ussery on Proud Clarion wins in 2:00.6
  • 1967 Maureen Wilton runs female world record marathon (3:15:22)
  • 1970 European Cup Final, San Siro, Milan: Feyenoord beats Celtic, 2-1; first time title won by a Dutch club
  • 1972 98th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:01.8
  • 1974 A's pitcher Paul Lindblad makes an errant throw in 1st inning of 6-3 loss to Balt ends his record streak of 385 consecutive errorless games
  • 1978 104th Kentucky Derby: Steve Cauthen wins aboard Affirmed - first and only Derby victory and 1st-leg of Triple Crown
  • 1979 Fred Markham set a bicycle speed record of 818 kph over 200 m
  • 1982 Seattle Mariner Gaylord Perry becomes 15th pitcher to win 300 games
  • 1982 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Vancouver Canucks beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken Jr hits for cycle

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 Mario Andretti sets one-lap speed record at Indy at 218.204 MPH

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • 1988 Doughnutgate incident: NJ Devils' coach Jim Schoenfeld tells referee Don Koharski to 'eat another doughnut you fat pig!,' he is suspended
  • 1989 115th Kentucky Derby: Pat Valenzuela on Sunday Silence wins in 2:05
  • 1991 Phillie Lenny Dykstra slams his sports car into 2 trees
  • 1991 Seppo Raty of Finland sets javelin record to 301' 9"
  • 1992 NY Met Anthony Young begins losing streak of at least 26 games
  • 1992 Werder Bremen of Germany win 32nd European Cup winner's Cup against AS Monaco of France 2-0 in Lisbon

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1994 Lennox Lewis TKOs Phil Jackson in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis
  • 1995 121st Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens on Thunder Gulch wins in 2:01.2
  • 1995 Classic Sports Network begins on cable TV
  • 1997 NHL Hartford Whalers become Carolina Hurricanes
  • 1997 Rick Pitino becomes coach of Boston Celtics

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1998 Kerry Wood strikes out 20 Houston Astros to tie the major league record held by Roger Clemens. He threw a one-hitter and did not walk a batter in his 5th career start.

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • 2000 126th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Fusaichi Pegasus wins in 2:01.12
  • 2006 132nd Kentucky Derby: Edgar Prado aboard Barbaro wins in 2:01.36
  • 2017 143rd Kentucky Derby: Always Dreaming ridden by John Velasquez wins
  • 2019 Pablo Sandoval becomes second MLB player since 1900 to throw a scoreless outing, hit a home run and steal a base in the same game in SF Giants' 12-4 loss in Cincinnati; joins Christy Mathewson 1905

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1907 Weeb Ewbank, American NFL coach (Baltimore Colts, NY Jets), born in Richmond, Indiana (d. 1998)
  • 1915 Freddie Cochrane, American boxer (World Welterweight champion 1941-1946), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey (d. 1993)
  • 1922 Pat Harder, American NFL fullback (Cardinals, Lions), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1992)
  • 1927 Michael Frederick, Barbadian cricketer (one Test WI v England 1954, scored 0 & 30), born in St Peter, Barbados (d. 2014)

Person of interestWillie Mays

1931 Willie Mays, American baseball centerfielder (Giants, NY Mets), "Say Hey Kid" (660 HRs, MVP 1954), born in Westfield, Alabama

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1932 John Bond, English cricketer (Lancashire), born in Kearsley, Lancashire, England
  • 1936 Pat Walsh, New Zealand rugby union utility back and selector (14 caps), born in Kaitaia, Far North District (d. 2007)
  • 1937 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, American boxer whose murder convictions were overturned after 19 years in prison, born in Clifton, New Jersey
  • 1944 Tommie Smith, American 200m dash (Olympic gold 1968), born in Clarksville, Texas
  • 1944 Masanori Murakami, Japanese baseball player in major leagues, born in Ōtsuki, Yamanashi, Japan
  • 1947 Andy Roberts, New Zealand cricketer (NZ batsman 1976), born in Te Aroha, New Zealand (d. 1989)
  • 1953 Graeme Souness, Scottish footballer/manager
  • 1956 Tim Simpson, American golfer (4 PGA Tour titles, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1962 Neil Foster, cricketer (England right-fast medium)
  • 1964 Kim Oden, US Olympic volleyball player (NCAA Play of Decade-80s), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1964 Mike McGruder, American NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1965 Bob Bassen, NHL center (Dallas Stars), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1965 Ken Harvey, American NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1965 Norman Whiteside, Northern Ireland football player, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1965 Paul Frase, American NFL defensive end (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Elmira, New York
  • 1965 Zahid Sadiq, Kenyan cricketer, born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1968 Andy Kelly, American football quarterback (Nashville Kats, Rhein Fire), born in Dayton, Tennessee
  • 1969 Mark Thomas, NFL defensive end (Carolina Panthers, Packers, Bears)
  • 1969 Jim Magilton, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1970 Emerson Martin, NFL guard (Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers, Packers)
  • 1971 Rob Holmberg, NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders)

Person of interestMartin Brodeur

1972 Martin Brodeur, NHL goalie (NJ Devils, Team Canada), born in Montreal, Quebec

NHL Goalie Martin Brodeur
NHL Goalie
Martin Brodeur
  • 1973 Clay Williams, OL (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1973 Joe Spiteri, Australian soccer striker (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Wendy Ward, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 2000-01 3rd), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1976 Lindsay Page, figure skater (1997 E Great Lakes Sr-3rd), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1977 Shannon Shakespeare, Canadian 100m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Mission, British Columbia
  • 1977 Trent Steed, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1977 Christophe Brandt, Belgian cyclist
  • 1978 John Abraham, American football player, born in Timmonsville, South Carolina
  • 1980 Brooke Bennett, American swimmer (3 Olympic golds), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1980 Kasumi Takahashi, Australian rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1980 Ricardo Oliveira, Brazilian footballer (Clube Atlético Mineiro), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1980 Mario Stojić, Croatian basketball player
  • 1983 Dani Alves da Silva, Brazilian football player (Paris Saint-Germain, Brazil national team), born in Juazeiro, Brazil
  • 1985 Chris Paul, American basketball point guard (9-time NBA All Star), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1989 Dominika Cibulková, Slovakian tennis player (WTA Finals champion 2016), born in Bratislava, Slovakia

Person of interestJosé Altuve

1990 José Altuve, Venezuelan professional baseball second baseman (Houston Astros), born in Maracay, Venezuela

Baseball Star José Altuve
Baseball Star
José Altuve

Weddings in Sport

  • 2006 Race car driver "Champ Car World Series" two time winner Sebastien Bourdais (27) weds Claire Bagot at Cathedral Saint-Julien in Le Mans, France
  • 2017 Olympic diver Tom Daley (23) weds Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black at Bovey Castle in Devon, England

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2016 Actress Kaley Cuoco and professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting divorce after 2 years of marriage

Actress Kaley Cuoco
Actress
Kaley Cuoco

Deaths in Sport

  • 1949 Arthur Ochse, South African cricketer (10 wickets in 3 Tests for South Africa 1927-29), dies at 49
  • 1978 Ethelda Bleibtrey, US swimmer (Olympics 3 gold-1920), dies at 76
  • 1985 Pete Desjardins, American platform and springboard diver (Olympic gold 1928), dies at 78
  • 1991 Chucky Mullins, US soccer player, dies
  • 1992 Gaston Reiff, Belgian athlete (Olympic gold 1948), dies at 71
  • 1995 Noel Brotherston, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1956)
  • 2002 Saleh Selim, Egyptian football player and 10th president of the Egyptian Al-Ahly Sporting Club, dies at 71
  • 2003 Art Houtteman, baseball player (b. 1927)
  • 2009 Kevin Grubb, former NASCAR driver (b. 1978)
  • 2010 Robin Roberts, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (won 28 consecutive complete games 1952-53), dies at 83
  • 2014 Jimmy Ellis, American boxer & WBA heavyweight champion, dies from dementia at 74
  • 2017 Steven Holcomb, American Bobsledder (Olympic gold 2010), dies at 37
  • 2018 Eric Geboers, Belgian motocross racer and five-time world champion, drowns at 55
  • 2019 Seymour Nurse, Barbadian cricketer (prolific WI batsman, 258 v NZ 1969), dies at 85