On This Day

Events in Sport on May 18

  • 1880 6th Kentucky Derby: George Garrett Lewis aboard Fonso wins in 2:37.5; race run in estimated 5 inch deep dust
  • 1897 New York Giants third baseman Bill Joyce becomes last player in baseball history to hit 4 triples in a game as Giants beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 11-5 at Exposition Park

Sports History

1912 Philadelphia Athletics rout Detroit Tigers, 24-2 at Shibe Park; Tigers use amateurs in protest at Ty Cobbs suspension from the game

Sports History

1920 45th Preakness: Clarence Kummer aboard Man o' War (regarded as greatest racehorse of all time) defeats Upset by 1+1⁄2 lengths in 1:51.6

  • 1929 55th Kentucky Derby: Hall of Fame jockey Linus McAtee on 3-1 chance Clyde Van Dusen wins in 2:10.8 on a muddy track
  • 1929 Brooklyn Robins beat Philadelphia Phillies, 20-16; lose 8-6 in game 2 at the Baker Bowl; MLB record 50 runs for a doubleheader
  • 1933 First MLB All-Star Game announced for July 6 at Comiskey Park; to be played as part of the Chicago World's Fair; fans to pick players
  • 1935 English batsman Harold Gimblett scores 123 in 80 minutes on his County Cricket debut for Somerset CCC vs Essex at Frome
  • 1942 NYC ends night baseball games for rest of WW II
  • 1945 MLB Detroit Tigers & Philadelphia A's both have 7 straight games postponed due to rain
  • 1947 MLB Philadelphia A's catcher Warren Rosar catches his 147th game without an error
  • 1950 MLB St. Louis Cardinals baseman Tommy Glaviano makes 3 consecutive errors on grounders

Baseball Record

1956 Mickey Mantle hits HR from both sides of plate for record 3rd time

Sports History

1957 82nd Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Bold Ruler wins in 1:56.2

Sports History

1960 European Cup Final, Glasgow: Ferenc Puskás scores 4, Alfredo Di Stéfano 3 as Real Madrid routs Eintracht Frankfurt, 7-3; 5th consecutive title for Los Blancos

Sports History

1963 88th Preakness: Bill Shoemaker aboard Candy Spots wins in 1:56.2

  • 1968 93rd Preakness: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Forward Pass wins in 1:56.8
  • 1971 4th ABA Championship: Utah Stars beat Kentucky Colonels, 4 games to 3

Sports History

1971 Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Henri Richard scores twice as Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Black Hawks for a 4-3 series victory

  • 1972 American basketball player John Sebastian makes 63 consecutive free throws while blindfolded
  • 1974 99th Preakness: Miguel Rivera aboard Current Little wins in 1:54.6
  • 1982 Tigers outfielder Larry Herndon is 14th to hit 4 consecutive HRs

Sports History

1985 110th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Tank's Prospect wins in 1:53.4

  • 1986 David Goch finishes swimming 55,682 miles in a 25-yd pool
  • 1988 In just Oakland's 39th of the season, pitcher Dave Stewart breaks record with his 12th balk en route to 16

Sports History

1990 Cubs Ryne Sandberg ends 2nd baseman record 123 errorless game streak

Sports History

1990 Edmonton right wing Jari Kurri sets record for scoring in a Stanley Cup Finals game with 3 goals and 2 assists in 7-2 win at Boston Garden

  • 1991 116th Preakness: Jerry Bailey aboard Hansel wins in 1:54
  • 1994 2nd UEFA Champions League Final: Milan beats Barcelona 4-0 at Athens
  • 1996 121st Preakness: Pat Day aboard Louis Quatorze wins in 1:53.2

LPGA Championship

1997 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: Christa Johnson wins her only major title on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff over Leta Lindley

  • 2001 101-year-old Harold Stilson becomes oldest golfer to record a hole-in-one when he aces the 108-yard, par-3, 16th hole at Deerfield CC, FL
  • 2002 127th Preakness: Victor Espinoza aboard War Emblem wins in 1:56.36
  • 2002 Micky Ward beats Arturo Gatti by majority decision in a junior welterweight boxing bout in Uncasville, Connecticut; 'The Ring' Fight of the Year; first fight in their legendary trilogy
  • 2004 Arizona Diamondbacks' Randy Johnson becomes 16th pitcher to throw a perfect game (2-0 vs Atlanta)
  • 2008 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 1
  • 2013 RC Toulonnais defeat ASM Clermont Auvergne to win the rugby Heineken Cup final
  • 2013 138th Preakness: Gary Stevens aboard Oxbow wins in 1:57.54
  • 2014 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Shoal Creek G&CC: Kenny Perry wins his third of 4 Champions Tour majors by 1 stroke from Mark Calcavecchia
  • 2019 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (85,854): Gabriel Jesus & Raheem Sterling each score twice as Manchester City thrash Watford, 6-0, completing an unprecedented domestic treble
  • 2019 144th Preakness: War of Will with Tyler Gaffalione aboard wins for trainer Mark E. Casse by a nose from Everfast
  • 2021 Detroit Tigers pitcher Spencer Turnbull no-hits Seattle Mariners, 5-0 at Comerica Park, Detroit