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
  • 1897 British Open Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: English amateur Harold Hilton wins 2nd Open title by 1 stroke from Scot James Braid
  • 1900 2nd modern Olympic games opens in Paris (lasted 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

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1922 Babe Ruth & Bob Meusel, suspended on October 16, 1921, by Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis, return to the NY lineup & go hitless

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 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)
  • 1950 75th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Hill Prince wins in 1:59.2
  • 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 defeats Joe Fraizer to qualify for US Olympic team
  • 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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1983 Larry Holmes beats Tim Witherspoon in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • 1983 Phillies Steve Carlton passes W Johnson with 2nd most strike outs
  • 1984 Barb Bunkowsky wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Charity Golf Classic

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

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • 1985 Indians-Brewers game at Cleve 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

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

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • 1989 114th Preakness: Pat Valenzuela aboard Sunday Silence wins in 1:53.8

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1991 Chicago Bull Michael Jordan, named NBA's MVP

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 1992 36th European Cup: Barcelona beats Sampdoria 1-0 at London
  • 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
  • 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