On This Day

On This Day in Sport for May 8

Events in Sport

  • 1878 1st unassisted triple play in organized baseball, by Paul Hines
  • 1896 Yorkshire Cricket all out for 887 against Warwickshire
  • 1897 22nd Preakness: T Thorpe aboard Paul Kauvar wins in 1:51¼
  • 1906 Philadelphia A's pitcher Chief Benders plays outfield & hits 2 HRs
  • 1907 Boston's Big Jeff Pfeffer no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 6-0

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1907 Canadian Tommy Burns retains his world heavyweight boxing title after beating "Philadelphia" Jack O'Brien on points in 20 rounds in Los Angeles, California

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1909 American Albert Raines runs world record marathon (2:46:04.6) in NYC
  • 1909 British runner Henry Barrett runs world record marathon (2:42:31) in the Polytechnic Marathon in London
  • 1915 41st Kentucky Derby: Joe Notter aboard Regret wins in 2:05.4
  • 1919 Appingedam soccer team forms
  • 1920 46th Kentucky Derby: Ted Rice aboard Paul Jones wins by a head from Upset in 2:09
  • 1925 50th Preakness: Clarence Kummer aboard Coventry wins in 1:59
  • 1926 Fire breaks out in Fenway Park, home of Boston Red Sox baseball team

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1929 NY Giant Carl Hubbell no-hits Pittsburgh Pirates, 11-0

Baseball Pitcher Carl Hubbell
Baseball Pitcher
Carl Hubbell
  • 1935 Cincinnati Red Ernie Lombardi doubles in 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th beat Phils 15-4
  • 1936 Jockey Ralph Neves unexpectedly revived after being declared dead after a fall. His wife faints when he returned to track

  • 1937 63rd Kentucky Derby: Charley Kurtsinger on War Admiral wins 2:03.2
  • 1942 1st twilight game in 24 years, the Dodgers top Giants 7-6 raising $60,000 for Navy Relief Fund
  • 1943 68th Preakness: Johnny Longden aboard Count Fleet wins in 1:57.4
  • 1946 Red Sox Johnny Pesky scores 6 runs in 1 game

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1947 A movement among Card players to protest its 1st meeting with Jackie Robinson & the Dodgers is aborted by a talk from owner Sam Breadon

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1954 1st shot-put over 60' (18.29 m)-Parry O'Brien, Los Angeles, CA

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1966 Only HR ever hit out of Baltimore's Memorial Park, by Oriole OF Frank Robinson

MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager Frank Robinson
MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager
Frank Robinson

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1967 Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction in US Army

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1970 NBA championship: Knicks beat Lakers, 113-99

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1973 Ernie Banks fills in for Cubs managerr Whitey Lockman who is ejected during the game, technically becoming baseball's 1st African American manager

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 1974 FC Magdenburg of East Germany win 14th European Cup Winner's Cup against AC Milan of Italy 2-0 in Rotterdam
  • 1980 Sabres take only 15 shots, Islanders 22, in a playoff game

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1984 Minnesota Twins Kirby Puckett debuts with 4 singles

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • 1984 The Soviet Union announces it will not participate in Los Angeles Summer Olympics in retaliation for the American boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics

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1988 Mike Tyson crashes his $183,000 Bently on Varick St in New York City

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1988 Amateur referees work NJ Devil-Boston Bruin playoff games, as NHL referees walk-off, due to a restraining order brought by Devils

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1989 Paul McCartney releases remake of "Ferry Cross the Mersey" in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool football fans

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1993 Lennox Lewis beats Tony Tucker in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis
  • 1994 Colorado Silver Bullets (all-female pro baseball team) 1st game

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1996 NY Yankee Dwight Gooden wins his 1st AL game beating Tigers 10-3

Baseball Pitcher Dwight Gooden
Baseball Pitcher
Dwight Gooden
  • 1996 Paris Saint-Germain of France win 36th European Cup Winner's Cup against Rapid Wien of Austria 1-0 in Brussels
  • 2010 Last piece of Yankee Stadium falls in the Bronx, New York, marking the end of the two year demolition process
  • 2011 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Shoal Creek G&CC: Tom Lehman wins second of 3 Champions Tour majors with par on 2nd playoff hole against Australian Peter Senior
  • 2013 Sir Alex Ferguson announces his retirement as Manchester United's manager at the end of the season
  • 2014 NFL Draft: South Carolina outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney first pick by Houston Texans
  • 2018 Seattle Mariners MLB left-hander James Paxton hurls a no-hitter in a 5-0 win over the Blue Jays in Toronto
  • 2020 11-year old Brazilian skateboarder Gui Khury creates world record by performing 1st 1080 degree turn on a vertical ramp

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1850 Ross Barnes, American baseball player, born in Mount Morris, New York (d. 1915)
  • 1853 Dan Brouthers, American MLB baseball player known as the first great slugger in baseball history, born in Sylvan Lake, New York (d. 1932)
  • 1873 Henry Leveson-Gower, cricketer (England capt 1909-10 later official)
  • 1891 Chet "Red" Hoff, pitcher (NY Yankees 1911-15), lived to 103+
  • 1893 Francis Ouimet, American golfer (US Open 1913, US Amateur 1914, 31), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1967)
  • 1893 Edd Roush, baseball player (d. 1988)
  • 1893 Teddy Wakelam, English sports broadcaster and rugby union player (d. 1963)
  • 1901 Turkey Stearnes, baseball player (d. 1979)
  • 1902 Milford "Curly" Page, cricketer (NZ bat early 1930's, All Black half)
  • 1930 Doug Atkins, NFL hall of famer (Browns, Bears, Saints), born in Humbolt Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • 1935 Jack Charlton, English soccer defender (35 caps; World Cup 1966; Leeds United) and manager (Middlesborough, Sheffield Wed, Newcastle, Rep of Ireland), born in Ashington, England (d. 2020)
  • 1937 Mike Cuellar, Cuban baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1967, 70, 71, 74); World Series 1964, 70; AL Cy Young Award 1969; Baltimore Orioles), born in Santa Clara, Cuba (d. 2010)
  • 1938 Javed Burki, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in 25 Tests 1960-69)
  • 1939 Otis Paul Drayton, Glen Cove NY, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1939 János Göröcs, Hungarian soccer midfielder (62 caps; Újpesti Dózsa, Tatabányai Bányász), born in Gánt, Hungary (d. 2020)
  • 1942 Robin Hobbs, cricketer (England leg-spinner 1967-71)
  • 1942 Terry Neill, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1951 Mike D'Antoni, American-Italian basketball guard and head coach (NBA Coach of the Year 2005, 17; Houston Rockets 2016-19; LA Lakers, NY Knicks, Phoenix), born in Mullens, West Virginia
  • 1956 Jeff Madrigali, soling sailor (Olymp-bronze-96), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • 1957 Deana Deardruff, American 4 X 100m swimmer (Olympic gold 1972)

Person of interestBill Cowher

1957 Bill Cowher, American football coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Crafton, Pennsylvania

NFL Head Coach Bill Cowher
NFL Head Coach
Bill Cowher
  • 1958 Lovie Smith, American football coach
  • 1959 Ronnie Lott, College and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back (10-time NFL Pro Bowl; Super Bowl 1981, 84, 88-89; SF 49ers), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1960 Franco Baresi, Italian footballer
  • 1961 Riaz Poonawalla, cricketer (Indian 12th man/UAE bat 1994 ICC Trophy)
  • 1962 Terry Baker, CFL kicker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1966 Claudio Taffarel, Brazilian footballer and coach, born in Santa Rosa, Brazil
  • 1968 John Johnson, NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints)

Person of interestOmar Camporese

1968 Omar Camporese, Italian Tennis Star, born in Bologna, Italy

Tennis Player Omar Camporese
Tennis Player
Omar Camporese
  • 1969 Brad Culpepper, NFL defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1969 Duane Forde, CFL fullback (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1969 Swift Burch, CFL defensive end (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1969 Akebono Taro, sumo wrestler
  • 1970 Christine Stark, volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1970 Marco Heering, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • 1970 Michael Bevan, cricketer (dashing NSW & Australian lefty batsman)
  • 1971 Reggie Jones, American NFL football wide receiver, 1995-2001 (KC Chiefs, and two other teams), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1971 Stephen Ingram, American NFL tackle/guard (Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 1995; Jacksonville Jaguars, 1999), born in Cheverly, Maryland
  • 1972 Chris Sanders, NFL wide receiver (Tennessee/Houston Oilers)
  • 1973 Wolf Wigo, Abington Penn, water polo driver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 Calvin Branch, cornerback (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1974 Colin Daynes, 68 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Olympic-96), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • 1974 Korey Stringer, American NFL football tackle, 1995-2000 (Minnesota Vikings), born in Warren, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • 1975 Jussi Markkanen, Finnish ice hockey player
  • 1975 Gastón Mazzacane, Argentine racing driver
  • 1976 Oleg Tverdovsky, Donetsk Ukr, NHL defenseman (Winnipeg Jets)
  • 1978 Cindy Parlow, soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1978 Sandra Kleinova, tennis star (1995 Futures-Turku-FIN), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1978 Lúcio, Brazilian footballer
  • 1981 Andrea Barzagli, Italian footballer
  • 1981 Yasuko Tajima, Japanese swimmer
  • 1981 John Maine, American baseball player
  • 1982 Adrian Gonzalez, American baseball player
  • 1986 Marvell Wynne, American soccer player
  • 1987 Felix Jones, American football player

Deaths in Sport

  • 1965 H T W Hardinge, cricketer (scored 25 & 5 in only Test for England), dies
  • 1975 Avery Brundage, CEO (Intl Olympic Committee, 1952-72), dies at 87
  • 1976 Fred McLeod, Scottish golfer (US Open 1908), dies at 94
  • 1981 Maurice Fernandes, cricket captain (WI in 1st Test win, 1930 v Eng), dies
  • 1982 Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian auto racer (World F1 runner-up 1979; Ferrari), dies in a practice accident prior to Belgian GP, at 32
  • 1984 Gino Bianco, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1916)
  • 1992 Gul Mahomed, Pakistani cricketer (8 Tests for India & one for Pakistan), dies at 70
  • 2005 Nicolás Vuyovich, Argentine racing driver, dies at 23
  • 2008 François Sterchele, Belgian football player (b. 1982)
  • 2009 Dom DiMaggio, American baseball outfielder, 1940-53 (Boston Red Sox), co-founder of New England Patriots, dies at 92
  • 2011 Lionel Rose, Australian boxer (1st Indigenous Australian to win a world title), dies at 62
  • 2018 James Scott, American boxer and felon, dies at 71