On This Day

Events in Sport on May 2

  • 1876 Ross Barnes hit 1st home run in National League
  • 1903 29th Kentucky Derby: Hal Booker riding Judge Himes wins in 2:09
  • 1904 30th Kentucky Derby: Shorty Prior riding Elwood wins in 2:08.50
  • 1906 32nd Kentucky Derby: Roscoe Troxler aboard Sir Huon wins in 2:08.8

Baseball Record

1909 Honus Wagner steals his way around bases in 1st inning against Cubs

  • 1920 1st game of National Negro Baseball League played in Indianapolis

Sports History

1923 MLB Washington Senator Walter Johnson pitches his 100th shutout, beats Yanks 3-0

  • 1936 62nd Kentucky Derby: Ira Hanford aboard Bold Venture wins in 2:03.6

Sports History

1939 New York Yankee Lou Gehrig ends 2,130 consecutive game streak, Yanks beat Detroit Tigers 22-2

Sports History

1941 MLB player Ted Williams' lowest average (.308) in year he hit over .400

  • 1942 68th Kentucky Derby: Wayne D Wright aboard Shut Out wins in 2:04.4
  • 1949 Don Newcombe, 1st start, shuts out Cincinnati on 5 hits to win 3-0
  • 1953 79th Kentucky Derby: Hank Moreno aboard Dark Star wins in 2:02

Baseball Record

1954 MLB St. Louis Cardinal Stan Musial hits 5 HRs in a doubleheader against the New York Giants at Busch Stadium

  • 1958 Yanks threaten to broadcast games nationwide if NL goes ahead with plans to broadcast, games into NYC

Sports History

1959 85th Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Tomy Lee wins in 2:02.2

  • 1962 European Cup Final, Amsterdam: Eusébio scores twice as defending champions Benfica beat Real Madrid, 5-3; Puskás, hits all 3 for Madrid
  • 1964 90th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Northern Dancer wins in 2:00

Sports History

1967 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Terry Sawchuk makes 40 saves as Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 3-1 in Game 6 to take title, 4-2

  • 1968 22nd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 2
  • 1970 1st woman jockey at Kentucky Derby (Diane Crump)
  • 1970 96th Kentucky Derby: Mike Manganello on Dust Commander wins 2:03.4
  • 1978 1978 NFL Draft: Earl Campbell from University of Texas first pick by Houston Oilers
  • 1979 -May 10] Vivekananda (Sri Lanka) begins nonstop ride, cycling 187 hrs, 28 min, around Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1981 107th Kentucky Derby: Jorge Velásquez on Pleasant Colony wins in 2:02
  • 1984 MLB Cleveland Indians' infielder Andre Thornton ties record for most walks (6 in 16 innings)

Baseball Record

1984 New York Yankee Don Mattingly's single breaks up Chicago White Sox pitcher Lamarr Hoyt's perfect game bid, at Comiskey Park

  • 1987 113th Kentucky Derby: Chris McCarron aboard Alysheba wins in 2:03.4
  • 1988 Baltimore Orioles sign a 15 year lease to remain in Baltimore and get a new park

Sports History

1988 Reds manager Pete Rose is suspended for 30 days for pushing an umpire

Sports History

1992 118th Kentucky Derby: Pat Day aboard Lil E Tee wins in 2:03

Sports History

1999 John Elway announces his retirement from the NFL

  • 2009 135th Kentucky Derby: Calvin Borel wins aboard 50-1 long shot Mine That Bird after running dead last until the final turn

Sports History

2012 Barcelona football player Lionel Messi breaks the European goal-scoring record with 68 goals

  • 2015 141st Kentucky Derby: American Pharoah ridden by Victor Espinoza wins
  • 2015 Toulon win the 2015 European Rugby Champions Cup final at Twickenham

Boxing Title Fight

2015 Floyd Mayweather Jr. beats Manny Pacquiao on points in 12 rounds in world welterweight unification fight, shatters all financial records for a boxing match

  • 2016 Leicester City win the English Premier League title after starting the season at 5,000-1 odds
  • 2016 World Snooker Championship, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield: Mark Selby of England beats China's Ding Junhui, 18-14 for his second world crown

Sports History

2022 World Snooker Championship, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield: Englishman Ronnie O'Sullivan wins his record equalling 7th world title with an 18-13 win over countryman Judd Trump