On This Day

Events in Sport on May 25

  • 1868 Australian Aboriginal Cricket tour of England begins v Surrey Gentlemen
  • 1876 4th Preakness: G Barbee aboard Shirley wins in 2:44.75
  • 1895 20th Preakness: Fred Taral aboard Belmar wins in 1:50.5
  • 1899 33rd Belmont: R Clawson aboard Jean Beraud wins in 2:23
  • 1900 Retired London fire master Eyre Massey Shaw aged 70 reputedly becomes oldest gold medalist in Olympics for sailing (disputed)
  • 1904 38th Belmont: George Odom aboard Delhi wins in 2:06.6
  • 1906 After 20 straight wins, Boston Pilgrims lose to Chicago White Sox 3-0
  • 1919 Casey Stengel releases a sparrow from under his baseball cap

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1922 Babe Ruth suspended 1 day and fined $200 for throwing dirt on an umpire

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1935 Track and field athlete Jesse Owens equals or breaks 4 world records in 45 minutes at a Big Ten meet at Ferry Field in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Remembered as "the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport".

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • 1935 Babe Ruth hits his last 3 home runs in Pittsburgh, Boston Braves still lose the game 11–7 to the Pirates
  • 1939 Carl Storck becomes 2nd NFL president

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1941 Ted Williams raises his batting average over .400 for 1st time in 1941

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

Sport awardPGA Championship

1948 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Norwood Hills CC: Ben Hogan scores a convincing 7 & 6 win over Mike Turnesa in the Tuesday final for his 2nd PGA crown

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan

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1951 NY Giant Willie Mays 1st major league game (goes 0 for 5)

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1953 Braves Max Surkont strikes out record 8 Reds in a row

  • 1959 US Supreme Courtt rules Louisiana prohibiting black-white boxing unconstitutional
  • 1963 Great Britain ends its amateur-professional classes in cricket

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1965 Muhammad Ali KOs Sonny Liston in 1 for heavyweight boxing title rematch

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
  • 1966 Peru & Argentina soccer fans fight in Lima; 248 die
  • 1967 European Cup Final, Estádio Nacional, Lisbon: Glasgow Celtic beats Internazionale, 2-1; first British team to win the Cup
  • 1970 3rd ABA Championship: Indiana Pacers beat LA Stars, 4 games to 2

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1972 Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Ron Stander

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 1975 29th NBA Championship: Golden Warriors sweep Wash Bullets in 4 games
  • 1975 Indianapolis 500: Bobby Unser wins in 2:54:55.064 (240.135 km/h)
  • 1977 21st European Cup: Liverpool beats Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 at Rome
  • 1978 Stanley Cup Final, Boston Garden, Boston, MA: 3-peat for Montreal Canadiens; beat Boston Bruins, 4-1 as Mario Tremblay scores twice; 4-2 series victory
  • 1980 Jacek Wszoka of Poland sets high jump record (7'8")
  • 1980 Indianapolis 500: Johnny Rutherford wins in 3:29:59.572 (229.914 km/h)
  • 1981 Bobby Unser becomes 1st Indy 500 winner to be disqualified

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1981 Carl Yastrzemski is 4th to play 3,000 baseball games (Cobb, Musial & Aaron)

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • 1982 Ferguson Jenkins becomes 7th pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters
  • 1983 Kirk Gibson (Tigers) & Jorge Orta (Blue Jays) hit inside park HRs
  • 1983 27th European Cup: Hamburg beats Juventus 1-0 at Athens
  • 1984 Det Tigers lose to Seattle 7-3 ends record tying 17 consecutive wins
  • 1984 Red Sox trade pitcher Dennis Eckersley to Cubs for Bill Buckner

  • 1985 Allan Border scores 4th successive 1st class 100 (v Derbyshire)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1986 KC Royal George Brett gets his 2,000th hit

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • 1988 32nd European Cup: PSV Eindhoven beats Benfica (0-0, 6-5 on penalties) at Stuttgart
  • 1989 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Calgary Flames beat Montreal Canadiens, 4-2 to win series 4 games to 2; Flames' first SC title
  • 1991 Stanley Cup Final, Metropolitan Sports Center, Bloomington, MN: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Minnesota North Stars, 8-0 for a 4-2 series win; Penguins' first Final series appearance
  • 1992 NY Yankees score 9 runs before 1st out in 8th inn, beat Brewers 13-7

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1994 Mark Messier scores a natural hat trick for the New York Rangers in game 6 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • 1996 1st Super Rugby Final, Eden Park, Auckland: Blues win inaugural title with a 45-21 victory over the Natal Sharks; fullback Adrian Cashmore lands 3 penalties & 3 conversions for the home team

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1997 Minnesota Twins retire Kirby Puckett's uniform #

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • 1997 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Philadelphia Flyers beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 1

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2000 Laureus World Sports Awards, Monte-Carlo Sporting, Monaco: Sportsman: Tiger Woods; Sportswoman: Marion Jones (rescinded); Team: Manchester United FC

Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat Marion Jones
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat
Marion Jones
Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • 2002 Super Rugby Final, Jade Stadium, Christchurch: Crusaders win 4th title with a 31-13 thumping of the ACT Brumbies; flyhalf Andrew Mehrtens boots 3 penalties, 2 conversions and a dropped goal for the winners
  • 2003 Indianapolis 500: Gil de Ferran wins in 3:11:56.989 (251.526 km/h)
  • 2005 13th UEFA Champions League Final: Liverpool beats Milan (3-3, 3-2 on penalties)
  • 2008 Indianapolis 500: Scott Dixon wins in 3:28:57.6792 (231.049 km/h)

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2008 Senior PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Oak Hill CC: Jay Haas wins his second title in the event by 1 stroke from Germany’s Bernhard Langer

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer
  • 2012 NHL Eastern Conference Finals: New Jersey Devils beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 2
  • 2013 UEFA Champions League Final, London: Arjen Robben scores twice as Bayern Munich beats Borussia Dortmund, 2-1 in first all-German final
  • 2014 Indianapolis 500: Ryan Hunter-Reay wins in 2:40:48.2305 (300.244 km/h)

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2014 Senior PGA Championship Men's Golf, GC at Shore Harbor: Colin Montgomerie of Scotland wins first of 3 Champions Tour majors by 4 strokes from Tom Watson

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson