On This Day

Events in Sport on May 5

  • 1863 Irish boxer Joe Coburn KOs American Mike McCoole in the 67th round in his first defence of Heavyweight C'ship of America in Charlestown, Maryland

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1904 Cy Young pitches the first perfect game in "modern" baseball as the Boston Americans beat Philadelphia Athletics, 3-0

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1908 34th Kentucky Derby: Arthur Pickens aboard 66-1 chance Stone Street wins in muddy track conditions; 2:15.20 slowest Derby in history
  • 1917 St Louis Browns pitcher Ernie Koob no-hits Chicago White Sox, 1-0 at Sportsman's Park III
  • 1922 After sharing the Polo Grounds with the New York Giants for 10 years construction begins on Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, NYC

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1925 Detroit center fielder Ty Cobb goes 6 for 6 with 4 runs, 5 RBI and 16 TBs in Tigers' 14-8 win over the Browns at Sportsman's Park III, St. Louis

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1925 Yankee Everett Scott is benched, ending his 1,307-game playing streak

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1930 Australian cricket batting prodigy Don Bradman scores an unbeaten 185 in a tour match for Australia v Leicestershire at Aylestone Road, Leicester

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1934 60th Kentucky Derby: Mack Garner aboard Cavalcade wins in 2:04
  • 1938 Phillies Harold Kelleher faces 16 batters in 6th, as Cubs score 12 runs, both marks are NL records off one hurler in a single inning
  • 1949 Detroit Tigers second baseman Charlie Gehringer is elected in the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1951 77th Kentucky Derby: Conn McCreary aboard Count Turf wins in 2:02.6
  • 1952 Ron Necciai of Pitts Pirate's Bristol Twins Class D farm team, strikes out 27, as he no-hits Welch Minors, 4 Minors do reach base
  • 1956 82nd Kentucky Derby: David Erb aboard Needles wins in 2:03.4
  • 1956 Broekster Boys soccer team forms in Damwoude
  • 1956 World championships of judo are 1st held in Tokyo

  • 1962 88th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Decidedly wins in 2:00.4
  • 1966 Borussia Dortmund of West Germany win 6th European Cup Winner's Cup against Liverpool of England 2-1 in Glasgow
  • 1966 Stanley Cup Final, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI: Montreal Canadiens earn back-to-back titles; beat Detroit Red Wings, 3-2 in OT for a 4-2 series victory

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1966 Willie Mays hit his 512th HR

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

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1969 Milwaukee Bucks sign #1 NBA Draft pick, star UCLA center Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)

  • 1969 23rd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • 1973 99th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 1:59.4 - fastest Kentucky Derby ever

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1978 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose becomes 14th player to get 3,000 hits

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1979 105th Kentucky Derby: Ron Franklin on Spectacular Bid wins in 2:02.4
  • 1981 16th and final MLB pre-season Mayor's Trophy Game prior to inter-league play; NY Mets beat NY Yankees, 4-1 to hold 8-7-1 edge
  • 1984 110th Kentucky Derby: Laffit Pincay Jr.aboard Swale wins in 2:02.4
  • 1984 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Montreal Canadians, 4 games to 2
  • 1987 Detroit Tigers are 11 games back in AL, but go on to win AL East

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1989 Mike Tyson gets 2nd speeding ticket for drag racing in Albany, New York

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1990 116th Kentucky Derby: Craig Perret aboard Unbridled wins in 2:02
  • 1995 Last basketball game at Boston Garden; Celtics eliminated from playoffs by Orlando Magic, 95-92
  • 2001 127th Kentucky Derby: Jorge Chavez aboard Monarchos wins in 1:59.97
  • 2007 133rd Kentucky Derby: Calvin Borel aboard Street Sense wins in 2:02.17
  • 2012 138th Kentucky Derby: Mario Gutierrez aboard Ill Have Another wins in 2:01.83
  • 2012 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (89,102): Chelsea beats Liverpool, 2–1; Didier Drogba scores winner for Blues' 7th title

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2014 World Snooker Championship, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield: Briton Mark Selby beats countryman Ronnie O'Sullivan 18-14, the first of 3 world titles

Snooker Player Ronnie O'Sullivan
Snooker Player
Ronnie O'Sullivan
  • 2018 144th Kentucky Derby: 52 year old Mike Smith wins his second Derby aboard Justify
  • 2018 Former Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson suffers a brain haemorrhage and is hospitalised; recovers