Events in Sport on May 31

  • 1859 Philadelphia A's organize to play "town ball" became baseball 20 years later
  • 1868 Dr James Moore (UK) wins 1st recorded bicycle race, (2k) velocipede race at Parc fde St Cloud, Paris
  • 1880 League of American Wheelmen (1st US bicycle association), forms in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1900 Tom Hayward scores 1,000th cricket run of season (sets record 1074)
  • 1902 Australia Cricket all out 36 v England, Edgbaston, their lowest ever
  • 1914 Chicago White Sox Joe Benz no-hits Cleveland Indians, 6-1
  • 1915 Indianapolis 500: Ralph DePalma wins in 5:33:55.619 (144.583 km/h)
  • 1919 Indianapolis 500: Howdy Wilcox wins in 5:40:42.930 (141.703 km/h)
  • 1920 Indianapolis 500: Gaston Chevrolet wins in 5:38:31.901 (142.617 km/h)
  • 1926 Indianapolis 500: Frank Lockhart wins in 5:12:48.768 (154.343 km/h)
  • 1927 Tiger 1st baseman Johnny Neun makes an unassisted triple play
  • 1928 Charlie Hallows scores his 1,000th run of Cricket season

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1930 Don Bradman scores his 1,000th run of the English cricket season

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1931 36th Men's French Championships: Jean Borotra beats Christian Boussus (2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4)

Sport awardTennis Open

1931 36th Women's French Championships: Cilly Aussem beats Betty Nuthall (8-6, 6-1)

Tennis Player Betty Nuthall
Tennis Player
Betty Nuthall
  • 1937 Brooklyn Dodgers snap NY Giant Carl Hubbell's 24-game winning streak

  • 1937 Indianapolis 500: Wilbur Shaw wins in 4:24:07.861 (182.789 km/h)
  • 1938 Bill Edrich scores his 1,000th run of cricket season, all at Lord's
  • 1941 German occupiers forbids Jews access to beach & swimming pools

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1942 PGA Championship, Seaview CC: Sam Snead beats Jim Turnesa 2 & 1 for his first PGA Tour major title

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • 1947 79th Belmont: Ruperto Donoso aboard Phalanx wins in 2:29.6
  • 1948 Indianapolis 500: Mauri Rose wins in 4:10:23.286 (192.822 km/h)
  • 1949 PGA Championship, Hermitage CC: Sam Snead beats fellow American Johnny Palmer 3 & 2
  • 1950 Indianapolis 500: Due to rain, race shortened to 345 miles, Johnny Parson wins
  • 1950 Laker takes 14-12-2-8 in Test Cricket trial
  • 1954 Indianapolis 500: Bill Vukovich wins in 3:49:17.261 (210.567 km/h)

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1956 Mickey Mantle HR just misses clearing Yankee Stadium's roof

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1958 57th Men's French Championships: Mervyn Rose beats Luis Ayala (6-3, 6-4, 6-4)
  • 1958 57th Women's French Championships: Zsuzsi Kormoczy beats Shirley Bloomer (6-4, 1-6, 6-2)
  • 1961 6th European Cup: Benfica beats Barcelona 3-2 at Bern
  • 1964 SF Giants beat NY Mets, 8-6, in 23 innings (2nd game) (7 hrs 32 mins)
  • 1965 Jim Clark becomes 1st foreigner in 49 years to win Indianapolis 500 - 3:19:05.370 (242.506 km/h)
  • 1967 Bayern Munchen of West Germany wins 7th European Cup Winner's Cup against Rangers of Scotland 1-0 in Nuremberg

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1967 Indianapolis 500: A. J. Foyt wins in 3:18:24.211 (243.344 km/h)

Racing Car Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Car Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • 1972 16th European Cup: Ajax beats Internazionale 2-0 at Rotterdam
  • 1973 Glenn Turner scores his 1,000th run of English cricket season
  • 1981 Cathy Reynolds wins LPGA Golden Lights Golf Championship
  • 1983 37th NBA Championship: Philadelphia 76ers sweep LA Lakers in 4 games
  • 1984 Viv Richards hits 189* (170 balls) v England, ODI cricket record
  • 1985 New Orleans Saints are sold for $70,204,000
  • 1987 Saul Ballesteros drives 3 golf balls off Mt McKinley, Alaska
  • 1987 Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 3
  • 1994 Padres scores 13 in 2nd vs Pirates
  • 1997 Blues win their second straight Super 12 Rugby title with a 23-7 victory over the ACT Brumbies at Eden Park, Auckland; fullback Adrian Cashmore lands 3 penalties and 2 conversions for the home team
  • 1999 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Buffalo Sabres beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1
  • 2002 The New Jersey Nets defeat the Boston Celtics 96-88 in Game 6 of the NBA's Eastern Conference Championship, winning the series 4 games to 2 to advance to their first NBA Finals appearance.
  • 2002 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Colorado Avalanche, 4 games to 3
  • 2008 Canterbury Crusaders claim their 7th Super 14 Rugby title with a 20-12 win over NSW Waratahs at AMI Stadium, Christchurch; Dan Carter kicks 4 penalties and a dropped goal for the home team
  • 2015 Harriette Thompson aged 92 and 65 days becomes the oldest woman to complete a marathon (Suja Rock ā€™nā€™ Roll Marathon in San Diego)