On This Day

Events in Sport on May 16

  • 1882 8th Kentucky Derby: Babe Hurd aboard Apollo wins in 2:40.00
  • 1884 10th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Buchanan wins in 2:40.25
  • 1894 Fire in Boston destroys the South End Grounds baseball stadium and 200 other buildings
  • 1914 American Horseshoe Pitchers Association organizes in Kansas City
  • 1914 Ewing Field baseball park opens near Masonic Street, San Francisco. Relocated a year later.
  • 1916 41st Preakness Stakes: Hall of Fame jockey Linus McAtee aboard the J.K.L. Ross owned Damrosch wins in 1:54.80
  • 1921 46th Preakness: F Coltiletti aboard Broomspun wins in 1:54.2

Sports History

1925 51st Kentucky Derby: Earl Sande aboard Flying Ebony wins in 2:07.6

  • 1927 NY Yankee Bob Meusel steals 2nd, 3rd & home
  • 1930 6th Walker Cup: US, 10-2
  • 1931 57th Kentucky Derby: Charley Kurtsinger on Twenty Grand wins 2:01.8
  • 1932 Yanks 4th straight shutout to equal record set by Cleveland & Boston
  • 1936 61st Preakness: George Woolf aboard Bold Venture wins in 1:59

Sports History

1938 In cricket Bradman scores 278 Aust v MCC, 349 mins, 35 fours 1 six

  • 1941 1st US radio performance of Robert Russell Bennett''s "Symphony in D for the Dodgers"
  • 1948 First chess world championship since WWII; Russian player Mikhail Botvinnik wins a 5-player tournament to begin 20-year Russian domination
  • 1953 Phillies Curt Simmons gives up a single, then retires next 27 in a row

Sports History

1954 Ted Williams gets 8 hits in 1st game (DH) since breaking collarbone

  • 1955 Ray Lindwall scores his 2nd Test Cricket century 118 at Bridgetown

Boxing Title Fight

1955 Rocky Marciano beats Don Cockell by TKO in the 9th round at Kezar Stadium, San Francisco to retain his world heavyweight boxing title

  • 1956 England cricket spin bowler Jim Laker takes 10-88 for Surrey v Australia in tour match at The Oval, London

Sports History

1957 Yanks involved in Copacabana Incident, leads to Billy Martin trade

  • 1959 84th Preakness: William Harmatz aboard Royal Orbit wins in 1:57
  • 1964 89th Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Northern Dancer wins in 1:56.8

Sports History

1965 Baltimore Oriole Jim Palmer's pitching debut, beats Yankees 7-5 & homers

  • 1970 95th Preakness: Eddie Belmonte aboard Personality wins in 1:56.2
  • 1973 AC Milan of Italy win 13th European Cup Winner's Cup against Leeds of England 1-0 in Saloniki

Boxing Title Fight

1975 Muhammad Ali TKOs Ron Lyle in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Sports History

1976 Stanley Cup Final, The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA: Guy Lafleur and Pete Mahovlich each have a goal and 2 assists as Montreal Canadiens beat Philadelphia Flyers, 5-3 for a 4 games series sweep

  • 1977 Muhammad Ali beats Alfredo Evangelist in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1979 FC Barcelona of Spain wins 19th European Cup Winner's Cup against Fortuna Düsseldorf of West Germany 4-3 in Basel
  • 1979 NL approves Astros sales from Ford Motors to John J McMullen for $19M
  • 1980 34th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Philadelphia 76ers, 4 games to 2
  • 1981 106th Preakness: Jorge Velásquez aboard Pleasant Colony wins in 1:54.6
  • 1981 Houston shortstop Craig Reynolds hits 3 triples as Astros beat Chicago Cubs, 6-1
  • 1982 Stanley Cup Final, Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC: 3-peat for NY Islanders; sweep Vancouver Canucks in 4 games with a 3-1 Game 4 win
  • 1984 Juventus of Italy win 24th European Cup Winner's Cup against Porto of Portugal 2-1 in Basel

Sports History

1984 MLB Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton hits a grand slam homer off Fernando Valenzuela, in 7-2 win against Dodgers, in Los Angeles

  • 1984 Mackay pays $218,718 for 44,166 tickets to keep Twins in Minnesota Twins sell 51,863 tickets but only 6,346 fans show up for the game

Sports History

1985 Michael Jordan named NBA Rookie of Year

  • 1985 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Philadelphia Flyers beat Quebec Nordiques, 4 games to 2
  • 1985 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 2
  • 1987 112th Preakness: Chris McCarron aboard Alysheba wins in 1:55.8
  • 1992 117th Preakness: Chris McCarron aboard Pine Bluff wins in 1:55.6
  • 1992 America's Cup: America Team USA defeats Il Moro di Venezia 4-1 to win in San Diego
  • 1994 Tennis star Jennifer Capriati arrested on possession of marijuana

Baseball Record

1996 Sammy Sosa is 1st Chicago Cub to hit 2 HRs in 1 inning

  • 1997 Atlanta Braves beat St Louis Cardinals, 1-0 in 13 innings
  • 1997 MLB Montreal Expos trailing San Francisco Giants by 9 runs comeback to win 14-13
  • 1997 MLB St Louis Cardinal Gary Gaetti records his 2,000th hit
  • 1998 123rd Preakness: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 1:54.80
  • 2003 NHL Western Conference Final: Anaheim Ducks beat Minnesota Wild, 4 games to 0
  • 2009 134th Preakness: Calvin Borel aboard Rachel Alexandra wins in 1:55.08
  • 2010 ICC Women's Cricket T20 World Cup, Bridgetown, Barbados: Elise Perry with 3 for 18 off 4 overs leads Australia (106/8) to 3 run victory over New Zealand 103/6
  • 2014 Paris Saint-Germain F.C. & Manchester City F.C. are each fined €60 million for breaching Fair Play Regulations
  • 2015 140th Preakness: Victor Espinoza aboard American Pharoah wins in 1:58.46
  • 2019 Brooks Koepka fires tournament record equalling, and course record 63 (-7) to lead the PGA Championship by 1 stroke after the 1st round at Bethpage Black, NY