On This Day

Events in Sport on May 27

  • 1878 6th Preakness: C Holloway aboard Duke of Magenta wins in 2:41.75

Sports History

1878 Australian cricket fast bowler Fred Spofforth takes 10-20 (6-4 and 4-16) in quick-fire 9 wicket tour match win over the MCC in London

  • 1881 9th Preakness: T Costello aboard Saunterer wins in 2:40.5
  • 1882 10th Preakness: T Costello aboard Vanguard wins in 2:44.5
  • 1902 27th Preakness: L Jackson aboard Old England wins in 1:45.8
  • 1903 37th Belmont: John Bullman aboard Africander wins in 2:21.75
  • 1904 NY Giants first baseman Dan McGann collects MLB record 5 stolen bases in 3-1 win over the Brooklyn Superbas at the Polo Grounds in NYC; record broken in 1991 by Otis Nixon
  • 1905 30th Preakness: W Davis aboard Cairngore wins in 1:45.8
  • 1933 Trailing 11-3, Yanks score 12 runs in 8th & beat White Sox 15-11

Baseball Record

1937 New York Giants pitcher Carl Hubbell wins his MLB record 24th consecutive game in a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field; streak starts July 17, 1936

Sports History

1938 Cricket batting genius Don Bradman scores 145 not out for Australia v Hampshire at Southampton, completing 1,000 runs before the end of May for the second time, the only touring batsman to England ever to perform the feat

Sports History

1948 Hank Greenberg buys an interest in the Cleveland Indians

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1949 Indians start 12-17, owner Bill Veeck arranges a "Second Opening Day"

  • 1955 Boston Red Sox Norm Zauchin gets 10 RBIs, beating Senators 16-0
  • 1960 Baltimore manager Paul Richards devises oversized catcher's mitt, used by Baltimore Oriole Clint Courtney
  • 1961 Fiorentina of Italy win 1st European Cup Winner's Cup against Glasgow Rangers 4-2 in Florence (2nd leg)
  • 1961 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' ½"
  • 1961 French Championships Men's Tennis : Manuel Santana beats Nicola Pietrangeli (4-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2)
  • 1961 60th Women's French Championships: Ann Haydon beats Yola Ramirez (6-2, 6-1)
  • 1964 European Cup Final, Praterstadion, Vienna: Internazionale beats Real Madrid, 3-1 for their first title
  • 1965 10th European Cup Final, San Siro, Milan: Jair da Costa scores winner as defending champions Internazionale beat Benfica, 1-0
  • 1968 NL awards Montreal & SD major league franchises

Sports History

1968 George Halas retires from coaching, finishing with 318 regular-season wins and 6 NFL titles

  • 1971 23rd Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland, 13-11
  • 1972 Indianapolis 500: Mark Donohue wins after leading only the final 13 laps; owner Roger Penske's first of eighteen Indy 500 victories
  • 1973 American athlete Rick Wohlhuter runs world record 880 yards in 1:44.6
  • 1974 Pirates Ken Brett no-hits Padres until 9th inning
  • 1975 Stanley Cup Final, The Aud, Buffalo, NY: Philadelphia Flyers win back-to-back titles; shutting out Buffalo Sabres, 2-0 for a 4-2 series win; goaltender Bernie Parent wins 2nd consecutive Conn Smyth trophy as playoff MVP
  • 1979 Indianapolis 500: Polesitter Rick Mears takes lead for the final time with 18 laps to go, to win his first of four Indy 500 races
  • 1981 Lenny Randle tries to blow a slow roller foul but umpire says no
  • 1981 25th European Cup: Liverpool beats Real Madrid 1-0 at Paris
  • 1982 New owners headed by John McMullen buy NHL's Colorado Rockies and move the team to the New Jersey Meadowlands under the new name NJ Devils

Sports History

1984 Manuela Maleeva of Bulgaria wins 3 singles tennis matches in one day; Italian Open 1984, beats Virginie Ruzici, Carling Basset and Chris Evert in the final 6-3 6-3; only 7th player to beat Evert on clay

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1984 Indianapolis 500: 1979 champion Rick Mears wins second Indy 500 two laps ahead of the field after contenders Tom Sneva and Mario Andretti drop out in second half of the race

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1987 New York Yankees knuckleballer Phil Niekro is 3rd pitcher to make 700th start, joining Cy Young and Don Sutton

  • 1987 31st European Cup: Porto beats Bayern Munich 2-1 at Vienna
  • 1990 Indianapolis 500: Dutchman Arie Luyendyk takes lead with 32 laps to go to earn first-ever victory in championship-level competition; average speed 185.981 mph is a record that stands until 2013
  • 1993 Baseball player Dale Murphy ends his career after 398 HRs
  • 1994 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New York Rangers beat New Jersey Devils, 4 games to 3
  • 1997 Indianapolis 500: Dutchman Arie Luyendyk wins from pole position for his second Indy victory; Treadway Racing finishes 1-2 with Luyendyk's teammate Scott Goodyear runner-up
  • 1997 Major league revenue sharing begins, NY Yanks pay out most $28M
  • 1997 Marv Albert pleads innocent to charges of sexual assault
  • 2000 NHL Western Conference Final: Dallas Stars beat Colorado Avalanche, 4 games to 3
  • 2000 Super Rugby Final, Canberra: Crusaders claim their 3rd consecutive title with a 20-19 win over the ACT Brumbies; flyhalf Andrew Mehrtens kicks 5 penalties for the winners
  • 2001 Indianapolis 500: race rookie Hélio Castroneves of Brazil leads for the final 52 laps to win first of 4 Indy 500s; Penske Racing sweeps 1st-2nd with Gil de Ferran the runner-up

Sports History

2001 Senior PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Ridgewood CC, NJ: 5-time British Open champion Tom Watson wins first of 6 Champions Tour major titles with a 1 stroke win over Jim Thorpe

  • 2006 NHL Western Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Anaheim Ducks, 4 games to 1
  • 2006 Super Rugby Final, Christchurch: Canterbury Crusaders retain title with a 19-12 win over the Wellington Hurricanes; Dan Carter kicks 4 penalties & a conversion for the winners
  • 2006 WLAF World Bowl 14, LTU arena, Düsseldorf: Frankfurt Galaxy beats Amsterdam Admirals, 22-7
  • 2007 Indianapolis 500: Scotsman Dario Franchitti declared the winner with 34 laps remaining when race halted by torrential rain

Sports History

2007 Senior PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Ocean Course: Denis Watson of Zimbabwe wins his lone major title by a 2 stroke margin from Eduardo Romero of Argentina

  • 2009 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 1
  • 2009 UEFA Champions League Final, Rome: Barcelona beats Manchester United, 2-0; first Spanish treble of La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League
  • 2011 NHL Eastern Conference Finals: Boston Bruins beat Tampa Bay Lightning, 4 games to 3
  • 2012 Indianapolis 500: Dual champion (2007, 10) Dario Franchitti of Scotland wins his record tying 3rd title; teammate Scott Dixon finishes second, sweeping a 1-2 finish for Chip Ganassi Racing
  • 2012 IPL Cricket Final, M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets; Manvinder Bisla top scores, 89 (48)
  • 2015 Golden State Warriors win the NBA Western Conference
  • 2017 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London: Arsenal beats Chelsea, 2-1; Aaron Ramsey scores 79' winner as Arsène Wenger becomes most successful manager in FA Cup history, winning his 7th title
  • 2018 Indianapolis 500: Will Power becomes first Australian race winner; Roger Penske's 17th Indy 500 victory as a car owner; average speed: 166.935 mph
  • 2018 IPL Cricket Final, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai: Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8 wickets; Shane Watson top scores, 117 no (57); SK's 3rd IPL title