On This Day

Events in Sport on May 4

  • 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings play their first official game as the sport's first professional side against the Great Western Base Ball Club winning 45-9
  • 1871 1st baseball league game (National Association of Baseball Players), (Ft Wayne 2, Cleveland 0) Deacon Jim White gets 1st hit, a double
  • 1893 Cowboy Bill Pickett invents bulldogging, the skill of grabbing cattle by the horns and wrestling them to the ground
  • 1897 23rd Kentucky Derby: Buttons Garner aboard Typhoon II wins in 2:12.5
  • 1898 24th Kentucky Derby: Willie Simms aboard Plaudit wins in 2:09
  • 1899 25th Kentucky Derby: Fred Taral aboard Manuel wins in 2:12
  • 1918 Yankees set record with 8 sacrifices, beat Red Sox's Babe Ruth 5-4
  • 1919 1st legal Sunday baseball game in NYC, 35,000 watch the Phillies beat the NY Giants 4-3
  • 1924 VIII Summer Olympic Games open at Olympic Stadium of Colombes, Paris, France

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1929 Lou Gehrig hits 3 consecutive HRs, Yankees 11, Tigers 9

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1935 61st Kentucky Derby: Willie Saunders aboard Omaha wins in 2:05
  • 1940 66th Kentucky Derby: Carroll Bierman aboard Gallahadion wins in 2:05
  • 1946 72nd Kentucky Derby: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:06.6
  • 1949 Plane carrying the entire Torino Serie A soccer squad crashes on the outskirts of Turin, Italy; 31 killed; Torino awarded League title at the request of their rivals
  • 1957 83rd Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Iron Liege wins in 2:02.2
  • 1963 89th Kentucky Derby: Braulio Baeza aboard Chateaugay wins in 2:01.8

  • 1963 Pitcher Bob Shaw sets record of 5 balks in a game

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1965 Willie Mays 512th HR breaks Mel Ott's 511th NL record

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1968 1st ABA championship: Pitts Pipers beat NO Buccaneers, 4 games to 3
  • 1968 94th Kentucky Derby: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Forward Pass wins
  • 1969 Stanley Cup Final, St. Louis Arena, St. Louis, MO: John Ferguson scores the winner as Montreal Canadiens edge St Louis Blues, 2-1 for a 4 game series sweep
  • 1973 Longest baseball game in Veterans' Stadium, Phillies beat Braves 5-4 in 20 innings
  • 1974 100th Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr. aboard Cannonade wins in 2:04
  • 1975 Houston's Bob Watson scores baseball's one-millionth run of all time
  • 1980 Dodgers bat out of order against Phillies in 1st inning
  • 1980 White Sox 1st baseman Mike Squires catches final inning of 11-1 loss to Brewers, becoming 1st lefty to catch since Dale Long in 1958
  • 1982 Twins rookie outfielder Jim Eisenreich, who suffers from Tourette's Syndrome, removes himself, due to taunts from Red Sox bleacher fans
  • 1982 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Quebec Nordiques, 4 games to 0
  • 1985 111th Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr on Spend A Buck wins 2:00.2
  • 1990 Oriole Gregg Olson sets relief pitcher rec of 41 cons scoreless inns
  • 1991 117th Kentucky Derby: Chris Antley wins aboard Strike the Gold, the first of 2 Derby victories
  • 1991 NY Mets M Sasser & Mark Carreon are 8th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • 1994 Arsenal of England win 34th European Cup Winner's Cup against Parma of Italy 1-0 in Copenhagen
  • 1996 122nd Kentucky Derby: Jerry Bailey wins aboard Grindstone, his second Derby victory (1993 Sea Hero)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

2002 Barry Bonds hits his 400th home run as an SF Giant, in a 3-0 win over Cincinnati. Bonds is first player with 400 homers for one team and 100 with another (Pirates)

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 2002 128th Kentucky Derby: Victor Espinoza aboard War Emblem wins in 2:01.13
  • 2002 English FA Cup Final, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (73,963): Arsenal beats Chelsea, 2-0 for 8th title

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2013 Floyd Mayweather defeats Robert Guerrero to retain his WBC Welterweight title

  • 2013 139th Kentucky Derby: Joel Rosario aboard Orb wins in 2:02.89

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2015 Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry is named MVP for the 2014-15 NBA season

Basketball Superstar Stephen Curry
Basketball Superstar
Stephen Curry
  • 2015 Stuart Bingham wins the 2015 World Snooker Championship
  • 2018 LA Angels 1st baseman Albert Pujols collects his 3,000th MLB hit in a 5-0 win v Mariners in Seattle
  • 2019 Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez unifies a trio of middleweight world titles in a close, unanimous decision over Daniel Jacobs at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
  • 2019 145th Kentucky Derby: stewards disqualify first-across-the-line Maximum Security for interference; longshot Country House declared winner; first DQ in race history for race infraction