On This Day

Events in Sport on May 20

  • 1734 1st Jockey Club forms in South Carolina
  • 1879 5th Kentucky Derby: Charlie Shauer aboard Lord Murphy wins in 2:37

Sports History

1897 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: English amateur Harold Hilton wins 2nd Open title by 1 stroke from Scot James Braid

  • 1900 Second modern Summer Olympics (Games of the II Olympiad) opens in Paris and continues for 5 months
  • 1913 38th Preakness: James Butwell aboard Buskin wins in 1:53.4
  • 1920 Policemen raid the Cubs' bleachers & arrest 24 fans for gambling

Sports History

1922 Babe Ruth and Bob Meusel, previously suspended by Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, return to the NY lineup and go hitless

  • 1930 University of California dedicates $1,500 to research on prevention & cure of athlete's foot
  • 1940 Soccer team HZVV forms in Hoogeveen
  • 1941 White Sox Taft Wright sets AL record of RBIs in 13 consecutive games
  • 1945 Keith Miller scores 105 in the 1st Victory Test Cricket at Lord's
  • 1946 Cubs Claude Passeau makes his 1st error since September 21, 1941, ending pitcher's fielding record of 273 consecutive errorless chances
  • 1948 Cleveland Indians tie AL record of 18 walks (beat Red Sox 13-4)

Sports History

1950 75th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Hill Prince wins in 1:59.2

  • 1959 Yanks sink to last place, 1st time since May 25, 1940
  • 1960 Baseball game in Milwaukee postponed due to dense fog
  • 1961 86th Preakness: Johnny Sellers aboard Carry Back wins in 1:57.6
  • 1964 Buster Mathis beats future world heavyweight champion Joe Frazer on points at trials in Flushing, NY to qualify for US Olympic boxing team; Mathis injures thumb, replaced by Frazier who wins gold medal

Sports History

1967 92nd Preakness: Bill Shoemaker aboard Damascus wins in 1:55.2

  • 1972 5th ABA Championship: Indiana Pacers beat NY Nets, 4 games to 2
  • 1972 97th Preakness: Eldon Nelson aboard Bee Bee Bee wins in 1:55.6
  • 1978 103rd Preakness: Steve Cauthen wins aboard Affirmed for the 2nd-leg of the Triple Crown

Boxing Title Fight

1983 American heavyweight boxer Larry Holmes beats countryman Tim Witherspoon by split decision to retain his WBC title at the Dunes Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

Boxing Title Fight

1983 Michael Dokes & Mike Weaver fight to a draw in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Sports History

1983 MLB Philadelphia Phillies Steve Carlton passes W Johnson with 2nd most strike outs

Sports History

1984 Boston's Roger Clemens beats Twins, 5-4, for his 1st victory

  • 1985 Indians-Brewers game at Cleveland Stadium is 1st rain-out of 1985, ends record string of 458 ML games since Opening Day without a rain-out
  • 1985 Larry Holmes beats Carl Williams in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Sports History

1988 Philadelphia Phillies Mike Schmidt hits his 535th HR, moving into 8th place

  • 1989 114th Preakness: Pat Valenzuela aboard Sunday Silence wins in 1:53.8

Sports History

1991 Chicago Bull Michael Jordan, named NBA's MVP

  • 1991 Jeff Reardon gains his 300th career save
  • 1992 36th European Cup: Barcelona beats Sampdoria 1-0 at London

Sports History

1995 120th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Timber Coutry wins in 1:54.4

  • 1997 White Sox Frank Thomas reaches base safely for 15th straight time
  • 1998 6th UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Juventus 1-0 at Amsterdam
  • 2000 125th Preakness: Jerry Bailey aboard Red Bullet wins in 1:56.00
  • 2000 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (78,217): Chelsea beats Aston Villa, 1-0; Roberto Di Matteo scores 73' winner

Laureus Awards

2003 Laureus World Sports Awards, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco: Sportsman: Lance Armstrong (rescinded); Sportswoman: Serena Williams; Team: Brazil Men's National Football team

  • 2006 131st Preakness: Javier Castellano aboard Bernardini wins in 1:54.65
  • 2015 NASCAR 2016 Hall of Fame inductees: Bobby Isaac, Terry Labonte and Jerry Cook
  • 2017 142nd Preakness Stakes: Javier Castellano aboard Cloud Computing wins in 1 minute 55.98 seconds
  • 2018 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Greystone G &CC: Spaniard Miguel Ángel Jiménez wins by 3 from American trio Joe Durant, Steve Stricker & Gene Sauers