On This Day

Events in Sport on May 17

  • 1860 German football club TSV 1860 München is founded
  • 1875 1st Kentucky Derby: Oliver Lewis aboard Aristides wins in 2:37.75
  • 1881 7th Kentucky Derby: Jim McLaughlin aboard Hindoo wins in 2:40
  • 1894 19th Preakness: Fred Taral aboard Assignee wins in 1:49.25

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1895 W. G. Grace completes his 100th 100 v Somerset at Bristol

Cricketer W. G. Grace
W. G. Grace
  • 1903 Cleveland Indians beat NY Highlanders 9-2 in Columbus Ohio
  • 1905 Waseda U of Tokyo defeats LA High School 5-3 in baseball
  • 1911 36th Preakness: Eddie Dugan aboard Watervale wins in 1:51
  • 1915 40th Preakness: Douglas Hoffman aboard Rhine Maiden wins in 1:58
  • 1915 Cubs George "Zip" Zabel relieves with 2 outs in 1st & winds up with 4-3 19-inning win over Brooklyn in longest relief job ever
  • 1924 50th Kentucky Derby: John Mooney aboard Black Gold wins in 2:05.2

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1925 Cleveland Indian Tris Speaker gets his 3,000th hit

Baseball Player Tris Speaker
Baseball Player
Tris Speaker
  • 1927 Chicago Cubs beat Boston Braves, 4-3, in 22 innings
  • 1930 56th Kentucky Derby: Earl Sande aboard Gallant Fox wins in 2:07.6
  • 1939 1st televised baseball game is broadcast on NBC, with Princeton defeating Columbia 2-1
  • 1952 77th Preakness: Conn McCreary aboard Blue Man wins in 1:57.4

  • 1953 Yanks & Browns use record 41 players in a game
  • 1958 83rd Preakness: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 1:57.2

Sports record brokenGolf Record

1959 Sam Snead sets PGA record for 36 holes at 122

Golfer Sam Snead
Sam Snead
  • 1963 Houston Colt .45's Don Notterbart no-hits Phillies, 4-1
  • 1964 Phillies triple play Houston Colt .45s

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1964 First Tim Horton's coffee and donut shop opens in Hamilton, Ontario by NHL player Tim Horton

NHL Star and Businessman Tim Horton
NHL Star and Businessman
Tim Horton
  • 1969 94th Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Majestic Prince wins in 1:55.6
  • 1969 Balt, Cleve & Pitts agree to go from NFC to AFC in NFL

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1970 Hank Aaron becomes 9th player to get 3,000 hits

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1973 Joe Ferguson, hits the 6,000th Dodger home run
  • 1973 Angels outfielder Bobby Valentine breaks his leg trying to scale wall to prevent a Dick Green home run during a 5-4 loss to the A's
  • 1974 18th European Cup: Bayern Munich beats Atletico Madrid 4-0 at Brussels
  • 1975 100th Preakness: Darrel McHargue aboard Master Derby wins in 1:56.4
  • 1979 Phillies beat Cubs, 23-22, on 50 hits with 11 HRs

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1980 105th Preakness: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr., aboard Codex wins his first of 2 Pimlico classics

  • 1981 Islanders score 5 power play goals against Flyers in a playoff
  • 1983 Stanley Cup Final, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY: 4 consecutive titles for NY Islanders; sweep Edmonton Oilers in 4 games with a 4-2 Game 4 win
  • 1984 Cincinnati Reds Mario Soto throws 4 strikeouts in one inning
  • 1986 111th Preakness: Alex Solis aboard Snow Chief wins in 1:54.8

Sport awardLPGA Championship

1992 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Bethesda CC: Betsy King wins her 5th major title, 11 strokes ahead of runners-up JoAnne Carner, Liselotte Neumann and Karen Noble

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King

  • 1992 Expos Gary Carter is 3rd to catch 2,000 games (joins Boone & Fisk)
  • 1996 Habib & Whitaker make 320 for 5th Cricket wkt, Leics v Worcs
  • 1997 122nd Preakness: Gary Stevens aboard Silver Charm wins in 1:54

Sport awardLPGA Championship

1998 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: 20-year-old rookie Se Ri Pak leads wire-to-wire to win the first of her 5 majors, 3 strokes ahead of runners-up Donna Andrews and Lisa Hackney

LPGA Golfer Se Ri Pak
LPGA Golfer
Se Ri Pak
  • 1998 New York Yankees pitcher David Wells tosses a perfect game in a 4-0 win against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium, NY
  • 2003 128th Preakness: Jose Santos aboard Funny Cide wins in 1:55.61
  • 2003 English FA Cup Final, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (73,726): Arsenal beats Southampton, 1-0; Robert Pires scores 38' winner for Gunners' 9th title
  • 2006 14th UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona beats Arsenal 2-1 at Saint-Denis
  • 2008 133rd Preakness: Kent Desormeaux aboard Big Brown wins in 1:54.80
  • 2008 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (82,752): Portsmouth beats Cardiff City, 1-0; Nwankwo Kanu scores 37' winner
  • 2014 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (89,345): Arsenal beats Hull City, 3–2 (a.e.t.); Aaron Ramsey scores 109' winner
  • 2014 139th Preakness: Victor Ezpinoza aboard California Chrome wins in 1:54.84
  • 2015 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Shoal Creek G&CC: Jeff Maggert wins first of 2 consecutive Champions Tour majors with par on 1st playoff hole against Kevin Sutherland
  • 2018 Michigan State University will pay $500 million in claims to 300 survivors of sexual abuse involving Larry Nassar. Largest sexual abuse case in sports history.
  • 2019 Brooks Koepka fires a 65 (-5) to set new record for lowest 36-hole score in a golf major at the PGA Championship at Bethpage State Park; 7 stroke lead is a 36-hole tournament record

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2020 Michael Jordan's autographed Air Nike 1s trainers from 1985 sell for a record $560,000 in an online auction

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan