Events in Sport on May 1

  • 1751 The New York Gazette carries the first public report of a cricket match played in America (New York)
  • 1883 First National League baseball game in Philadelphia since 1876, Providence Greys beat Philadelphia Quakers 4-3
  • 1883 Bob Rogers is acknowledged as the first American pro sports trainer when he is hired by the NY Athletic Club
  • 1884 Catcher Moses Walker is acknowledged as the first African-American to play major league baseball joining the Toledo Blue Stockings

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1891 Legendary pitcher Cy Young wins first game played at Cleveland's League Park; Cleveland Spiders 12, Cincinnati Redlegs 3

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1901 Chicago White Sox outfielder Herm McFarland hits the first grand slam in American League history in a 19-9 win at home against Detroit. The Tigers committed 12 errors
  • 1906 Philadelphia Phillies pitcher John Lush no-hits the Brooklyn Superbas, 6-0
  • 1920 Roermond Football Club (1936 KNVB Cup) is established in Netherlands

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1920 Legendary slugger Babe Ruth smashes his 50th MLB career home run, his first for the New York Yankees

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1920 Longest MLB game by innings - Brooklyn Robins tie the Boston Braves, 1-1, in 26 innings
  • 1925 Future Hall of Fame catcher Jimmie Foxx makes his MLB debut at 17 for Philadelphia A's; pinch-hits a single in 9-4 loss v Washington
  • 1926 Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige (19) debuts in the Negro Southern League for Chattanooga
  • 1928 Rotterdam soccer club Black White '28 is established (2000 Women's KNVB Cup), declared bankrupt 2004

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1930 Don Bradman scores 236 for Australia v Worcestershire, his first 1st class innings in England

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1940 Summer Olympics (scheduled for Helsinki) are cancelled by the Finnish OC because of WWII
  • 1943 69th Kentucky Derby: Johnny Longden wins aboard heavy favourite Count Fleet in the 'street car Derby'
  • 1947 Cleveland Indians abandon League Park (venue for weekday games) to play all MLB games at Municipal Stadium
  • 1948 74th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro wins aboard Citation to become first 4-time Derby winning jockey

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1951 Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Mickey Mantle hits his first career home run, on Mothers' Day

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1951 Cuban MLB outfielder Minnie Minoso, the first black player in Chicago White Sox franchise history - homers on debut
  • 1954 80th Kentucky Derby: Raymond York wins aboard Determine, his only Derby success
  • 1954 Preston North End defender Joe Marston becomes the first Australian to play in an FA Cup Final, a 3-2 loss to WBA
  • 1955 American golfer Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins the Peach Blossom LPGA Tournament in Spartanburg, South Carolina, her final victory before her death the following year.
  • 1955 Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller tosses his record 12th 1-hitter
  • 1957 Flevo Boys Football Club is established in Emmeloord, the Netherlands

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1959 Floyd Patterson KOs Englishman Brian London in 11, in his 4th World Heavyweight Boxing title defence

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1963 First one-day cricket competition is played (Gillette Cup), Lancashire beats Leicestershire by 101 at Old Trafford
  • 1965 91st Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker wins aboard Lucky Debonair, the third of his 4 Derby victories
  • 1965 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 in Game 7 to take title 4-3
  • 1969 Houston Astros hurler Don Wilson blanks Cincinnati Reds, 4-0 for second career no-hitter
  • 1969 Leonard Tose buys NFL Philadelphia Eagles for a professional sports record $16.15m
  • 1971 97th Kentucky Derby: Gustavo Ávila wins aboard Canonero II (wins Preakness May 15)
  • 1976 102nd Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr wins aboard Bold Forbes, the second of 3 Derby successes
  • 1977 French runner Chantal Langlacé sets female world marathon record (2:35:15.4) in Oyarzun, Spain
  • 1977 American golfer Debbie Austin wins the Birmingham Classic, the first of 5 LPGA Tour victories in a 4-month span
  • 1977 American golfer Gene Littler wins the Houston Open, his 29th and final PGA title

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1981 Tennis player Billie Jean King acknowledges a lesbian relationship with Marilyn Barnett - becoming first prominent sportswoman to come out

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 1982 108th Kentucky Derby: Ed Delahoussaye wins aboard Gato Del Sol, the first of consecutive Derby victories (1983 Sunny's Halo)
  • 1984 NFL Draft: Nebraska wide receiver Irving Fryar first pick by New England Patriots
  • 1989 American jockey Chris Antley ends record of 64 consecutive winning days

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1991 Oakland outfielder Rickey Henderson steals an all time record 939th base vs New York Yankees

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1991 West Indian batsman Gordon Greenidge plays his last Test innings, scoring 43 vs Australia in Antigua

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1991 Texas Rangers starter Nolan Ryan pitches record 7th no hitter (beats Toronto 3-0)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

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1992 Los Angeles Dodgers postpone 3 MLB games due to racial riots over the infamous Rodney King beating

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King
  • 1992 Oakland outfielder Rickey Henderson steals his 1,000th MLB career base in a 7-6 win at Detroit
  • 1993 119th Kentucky Derby: Jerry Bailey wins aboard Sea Hero, the first of 2 Derby victories (1996 on Grindstone)
  • 1995 Montreal Canadiens lose 2-0 at Buffalo to miss Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in 25 years
  • 1999 125th Kentucky Derby: Chris Antley wins aboard Charismatic for his second Derby victory (1991 on Strike The Gold)

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2000 Barry Bonds is first MLB player to hit a homer into San Francisco Bay (McCovey Cove). He would hit 35 there during his Giants career

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 2002 San Diego Padres closer Trevor Hoffman sets MLB record for saves for one team (321)
  • 2004 130th Kentucky Derby: Stewart Elliott wins aboard Smarty Jones. North American wagering records smashed ($142m on 12-race card)
  • 2004 SF Giants outfielder Barry Bonds sets MLB record for being intentionally walked 4 times in a 9-inning game (repeated 22 Sept 2004)
  • 2010 136th Kentucky Derby: Calvin Borel wins aboard Super Saver, his third Derby success in 4 years
  • 2012 Guggenheim Partners make the largest ever purchase of a sports franchise after buying the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2.1 billion
  • 2017 World Snooker Championship: Briton Mark Selby defends title beating John Higgins 18-15, at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
  • 2018 Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah becomes the first African to be named England Football Writers' Footballer of the Year.