Events in Sport on May 6

  • 1733 First international boxing match: Local fighter Bob Whittaker beats “The Venetian Gondolier”, Tito di Carni at James Figg's academy amphitheatre in Marylebone, London
  • 1895 21st Kentucky Derby: James "Soup" Perkins aboard Halma wins last KD run over a distance of 1.5 miles (2.4km)
  • 1896 22nd Kentucky Derby: Willie Simms aboard Ben Brush wins first Derby held at the current distance of 1.25 miles (2.0km)
  • 1903 Chicago White Sox commit 11 errors against Detroit Tigers but win 10-9 at South Side Park. Chicago
  • 1907 33rd Kentucky Derby: In muddy conditions and against a reduced field Andy Minder aboard Pink Star wins in a slow 2:12.6

Baseball Event

1915 Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth hits his first MLB home run; pitches 12 frames in Boston Red Sox 4-3 extra innings loss to New York Yankees

  • 1917 St Louis Browns pitcher Bob Groom no-hits Chicago White Sox, 3-0 at Sportsman's Park, St. Louis
  • 1921 Teams from the National Association Football League and the Southern New England Soccer League merge to form the American Soccer League (ASL); collapses 1933

Sports History

1925 Ty Cobb hits his 5th HR in 2 games tying Cap Ansons record of 1884

  • 1933 59th Kentucky Derby: Don Meade aboard Brokers Tip wins in 2:06.8
  • 1934 Red Sox score 12 runs in 4th inning including record 4 consecutive triples hit by Carl Reynolds, Moose Solters, Rick Ferrell, & B Walters
  • 1939 65th Kentucky Derby: James Stout aboard Johnstown wins in 2:03.4
  • 1944 70th Kentucky Derby: Conn McCreary aboard Pensive wins in 2:04.2
  • 1950 76th Kentucky Derby: William Boland on Middleground wins in 2:01.6
  • 1951 Pitts Pirate Cliff Chambers no-hits Boston Brave, 3-0
  • 1953 MLB St. Louis Browns Alva "Bobo" Holloman, in his first start game as starting pitcher, no-hits visiting Philadelphia A's, 6-0

Sports History

1954 English athlete Roger Bannister becomes first to run a sub-4 minute mile, recording 3:59:4 at Iffley Road Track, Oxford

  • 1961 87th Kentucky Derby: John Sellers aboard Carry Back wins in 2:04
  • 1965 Bill Lawry (210) & Bob Simpson (201) complete record opening stand of 382 in Australia's 1st innings, drawn 4th Test v West Indies in Bridgetown
  • 1967 93rd Kentucky Derby: Bobby Ussery on Proud Clarion wins in 2:00.6
  • 1967 Maureen Wilton runs female world record marathon (3:15:22)
  • 1970 European Cup Final, San Siro, Milan: Feyenoord beats Celtic, 2-1; first time title won by a Dutch club
  • 1972 98th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:01.8
  • 1974 Oakland A's pitcher Paul Lindblad makes an errant throw in 1st inning of 6-3 loss to Baltimore, ending his record streak of 385 consecutive errorless games
  • 1978 104th Kentucky Derby: Steve Cauthen wins aboard Affirmed - first and only Derby victory and 1st-leg of Triple Crown
  • 1979 Fred Markham set a bicycle speed record of 818 kph over 200 m
  • 1982 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Vancouver Canucks beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 1
  • 1982 Seattle Mariner Gaylord Perry becomes 15th pitcher to win 300 games

Sports History

1984 Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken Jr hits for cycle

Sports History

1987 Mario Andretti sets one-lap speed record at Indy at 218.204 MPH

  • 1988 Doughnutgate incident: NJ Devils' coach Jim Schoenfeld tells referee Don Koharski to 'eat another doughnut you fat pig!,' he is suspended
  • 1989 115th Kentucky Derby: Pat Valenzuela on Sunday Silence wins in 2:05
  • 1991 Phillie Lenny Dykstra slams his sports car into 2 trees
  • 1991 Seppo Raty of Finland sets javelin record to 301' 9"
  • 1992 NY Met Anthony Young begins losing streak of at least 26 games
  • 1992 Werder Bremen of Germany win 32nd European Cup winner's Cup against AS Monaco of France 2-0 in Lisbon

Boxing Title Fight

1994 Lennox Lewis TKOs Phil Jackson in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

  • 1995 121st Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens on Thunder Gulch wins in 2:01.2
  • 1995 Classic Sports Network begins on cable TV
  • 1997 NHL Hartford Whalers become Carolina Hurricanes
  • 1997 Rick Pitino becomes coach of Boston Celtics

Baseball Record

1998 Kerry Wood strikes out 20 Houston Astros to tie the major league record held by Roger Clemens. He threw a one-hitter and did not walk a batter in his 5th career start.

  • 2000 126th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Fusaichi Pegasus wins in 2:01.12
  • 2006 132nd Kentucky Derby: Edgar Prado aboard Barbaro wins in front of 157,532 fans
  • 2017 143rd Kentucky Derby: Puerto Rican jockey John Velasquez wins his second Derby aboard 5-1 shot Always Dreaming
  • 2019 Pablo Sandoval becomes second MLB player since 1900 to throw a scoreless outing, hit a home run and steal a base in the same game in SF Giants' 12-4 loss in Cincinnati; joins Christy Mathewson 1905
  • 2019 World Snooker Championship, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield: Englishman Judd Trump wins his first world crown beating John Higgins of Scotland, 18-9