On This Day in Sport for May 7

Events in Sport

  • 1910 35th Preakness: R Estep aboard Layminster wins in 1:40.6

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1917 Red Sox Babe Ruth beats Washington Senator Walter Johnson, 1-0

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1921 47th Kentucky Derby: Charles Thompson on Behave Yourself wins 2:04.2
  • 1922 Belgian soccer team defeats Netherlands: 1-2
  • 1922 NY Giant Jesse Barnes no-hits Phillies, 2-0
  • 1925 Phillies have their 8th game postponed in a row
  • 1925 Pirate shortstop Glenn Wright makes an unassisted triple play
  • 1932 58th Kentucky Derby: Eugene James aboard Burgoo King wins in 2:05.2
  • 1938 64th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Lawrin scores first of record 5 Derby wins
  • 1945 Branch Rickey announces formation of the US Negro Baseball League
  • 1949 75th Kentucky Derby: Steve Brooks aboard Ponder wins in 2:04.2
  • 1951 International Olympic committee allows Russia to participate in 1952 Olympics
  • 1955 81st Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Swaps wins in 2:01.8
  • 1957 Indians' pitcher Herb Score is hit by a line drive off Gil McDougald

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1959 "Roy Campanella Night" Largest baseball crowd (93,103 in LA Coliseum) sees Dodgers' Sandy Koufax beat Yankees 6-2 in exhibition

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • 1960 86th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack on Venetian Way wins in 2:02.4

  • 1960 Dodgers Larry & Norm Sherry are baseball's 10th brother battery
  • 1960 Michael Tal beats Mikhail Botvinnik 12½-8½ for world chess championship
  • 1966 92nd Kentucky Derby: Donald Brumfield aboard Kauai King wins in 2:02
  • 1969 2nd ABA championship: Oakland Oaks beat Indiana Pacers, 4 games to 1
  • 1972 26th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 1
  • 1977 103rd Kentucky Derby: Jean Cruguet on Seattle Slew wins in 2:02.2
  • 1979 Gary Roenicke hits into Orioles 13th triple play (Oakland)
  • 1982 Californian federal jury rules NFL violates antitrust laws in preventing Oakland Raiders move to Los Angeles Coliseum
  • 1983 109th Kentucky Derby: Ed Delahoussaye wins aboard Sunny's Halo for consecutive Derby victories (1982 Gato Del Sol)
  • 1983 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
  • 1986 Phillies outfielder Garry Maddox, retires
  • 1986 30th European Cup: Steaua Bucuresti beats Barcelona (0-0, 2-0 on penalties) at Seville
  • 1988 114th Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens on Winning Colors wins in 2:02.2
  • 1991 Haryana beat Bombay in the Ranji Cricket Trophy final by 2 runs
  • 1992 Jockey Angel Cordero retires after winning over 7,000 horse races
  • 1994 120th Kentucky Derby: Chris McCarron on Go For Gin wins in 2:03.6
  • 1994 Denver Nuggets become NBA's 1st #8 seed to beat a #1 seed (Seattle)
  • 2003 Arsenal thrash Southampton, 6-1 at Highbury to start Gunners' amazing English Premier League record 49-game unbeaten streak; ends 24 October, 2004 with 2-0 defeat at Manchester United
  • 2005 131st Kentucky Derby: Mike Smith aboard Giacomo wins in 2:02.75
  • 2011 137th Kentucky Derby: John Velazquez aboard Animal Kingdom wins in 2:02.04
  • 2016 142nd Kentucky Derby: Nyquist ridden by Mario Gutierrez wins in 2:01.31
  • 2018 World Snooker Championship: Welshman Mark Williams wins beating John Higgins 18-16 in Sheffield and, as promised, does his press conference in the nude

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1855 Willie Fernie, Scottish golfer (British Open 1883), born in St. Andrews, Fife (d. 1924)
  • 1893 Frank J. Selke, Canadian ice hockey manager, born in Berlin, Ontario, Canada (d. 1985)
  • 1897 Kitty McKane (Godfree), English tennis player (Olympic gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze-1920, 24), born in Bayswater, England (d. 1992)
  • 1902 Sal Gliatto, American baseball player, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Dick Williams, American baseball player and manager (including Seattle 1986-87), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2011)
  • 1929 Babe Parilli, American football player, born in Rochester, Pennsylvania (d. 2017)

Person of interestJohnny Unitas

1933 Johnny Unitas, NFL quarterback (Balt Colts, San Diego); one of the greats, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas
  • 1937 Claude Raymond, Quebec baseball player, born in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
  • 1938 Johnny Caldwell, Irish flyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1956), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 2009)
  • 1941 Grahame Bilby, New Zealand cricketer (two Tests NZ v England 1966), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1949 Kathy Ahern, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1972), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • 1950 Randall 'Tex' Cobb, American boxer and actor, born in Bridge City, Texas
  • 1957 [Christopher St John] "Sinjin" Smith, volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1957 Hercules [Raymond Fernandez], American professional wrestler, born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2004)
  • 1964 Leslie O'Neal, NFL defensive end (San Diego Chargers, St Louis Rams), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1964 Ronnie Harmon, NFL running back (San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Oilers), born in Queens, New York
  • 1965 Reuben Davis, American NFL defensive tackle (San Diego Chargers), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1966 Anderson Cummins, cricketer (in Packer's Valley Barbados & WI quickie)
  • 1968 Joe King, NFL safety (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1969 Katerina Maleeva, Bulgaria, tennis player (US Open Junior 1984)
  • 1969 Melanie Valerio, 400m freestyle swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970 Edwin Zoetebier, Dutch soccer player (FC Volendam)
  • 1970 Mark Smith, American outfielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1970 Sebastien Britten, Brossard Que, figure skater (1995 Canadian Champ)
  • 1971 Cameron McFadzean, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1971 Dave Karpa, Regina, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • 1971 Rondell Jones, NFL safety (Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1972 Chris Hayes, safety (NY Jets)
  • 1972 John Holecek, NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1973 Dameian Jeffries, NFL defensive end (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1973 Paolo Savoldelli, Italian cyclist
  • 1974 Scott Whittaker, center/tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1974 Ian Pearce, English footballer
  • 1975 Jason Tunks, discus thrower (Olympics 1996), born in London, Ontario
  • 1976 Nicholas Butcher, field hockey midfielder/forward (Olympics 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1977 Marko Milic, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns)
  • 1978 Shawn Marion, American basketball player
  • 1979 Katie Douglas, American basketball player
  • 1980 Johan Kenkhuis, Dutch swimmer
  • 1982 Akos Buzsaky, Hungarian Football player
  • 1984 Alex Smith, American football player
  • 1984 Drew Stanton, American football player
  • 1984 James Loney, American baseball player
  • 1985 Drew Neitzel, American college basketball player
  • 1987 Michael Maidens, English footballer (d. 2007)

Deaths in Sport

  • 1915 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Sr., American businessman and sportsman (New York Central Railway), dies aboard the RMS Lusitania during World War I at 37
  • 1946 Joe Humphries, cricket wicket-keeper (3 Tests for England 1907-08), dies
  • 1953 Ormy Pearse, South African cricketer (55 runs & 3 wkts in 3 Tests for S Af), dies at 68
  • 1967 Lorenzo Bandini, Italian Formula One driver (b. 1935)
  • 1968 Craig Wood, American golfer (US Masters, US Open 1941), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 2001 Simon Slåttvik, Norwegian cross country ski jumper (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 83
  • 2002 Seattle Slew, American racehorse (b. 1974)
  • 2005 Tristan Egolf, American writer (b. 1971)
  • 2005 Otilino Tenorio, Ecuadorian footballer (b. 1980)
  • 2007 Diego Corrales, American boxer (b. 1977)

Person of interestSeve Ballesteros

2011 Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer (British Open 1979, 84, 88, US Masters 1980, 83), dies of brain cancer at 54

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • 2013 George Sauer, Jr., American football player, dies from heart failure at 69