On This Day

Events in Sport on May 7

  • 1910 35th Preakness: R Estep aboard Layminster wins in 1:40.6

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1917 In a testament to his pitching ability, future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth leads Boston Red Sox to a 1-0 victory against Washington Senators legend Walter Johnson

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1921 47th Kentucky Derby: Charles Thompson on Behave Yourself wins 2:04.2
  • 1922 Belgian soccer team defeats Netherlands: 1-2
  • 1922 NY Giant Jesse Barnes no-hits Phillies, 2-0
  • 1925 Phillies have their 8th game postponed in a row
  • 1925 MBA Pittsburgh Pirate shortstop Glenn Wright makes an unassisted triple play
  • 1932 58th Kentucky Derby: Eugene James aboard Burgoo King wins in 2:05.2

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1938 64th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Lawrin scores first of record 5 Derby wins

Racing Hall of Fame Jockey Eddie Arcaro
Racing Hall of Fame Jockey
Eddie Arcaro

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1945 Branch Rickey announces formation of the US Negro Baseball League

Baseball Player and Sports Executive Branch Rickey
Baseball Player and Sports Executive
Branch Rickey
  • 1949 75th Kentucky Derby: Steve Brooks aboard Ponder wins in 2:04.2
  • 1951 International Olympic committee allows Russia to participate in 1952 Olympics
  • 1955 81st Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Swaps wins in 2:01.8
  • 1957 Indians' pitcher Herb Score is hit by a line drive off Gil McDougald

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1959 "Roy Campanella Night" Largest baseball crowd at 93,103 at the LA Coliseum see Yankees beat Dodgers 6-2 in exhibition game

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • 1960 86th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack on Venetian Way wins in 2:02.4

  • 1960 Dodgers Larry & Norm Sherry are baseball's 10th brother battery
  • 1960 LA Dodger Norm Sherry's 11th HR wins the game for brother Larry
  • 1960 Michael Tal beats Mikhail Botvinnik 12½-8½ for world chess championship
  • 1966 92nd Kentucky Derby: Donald Brumfield aboard Kauai King wins in 2:02
  • 1966 NY Yankees fire manager Johnny Keane
  • 1969 2nd ABA championship: Oakland Oaks beat Indiana Pacers, 4 games to 1
  • 1972 26th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 1
  • 1977 103rd Kentucky Derby: Jean Cruguet on Seattle Slew wins in 2:02.2
  • 1979 Gary Roenicke hits into Orioles 13th triple play (Oakland)
  • 1982 Californian federal jury rules NFL violates antitrust laws in preventing Oakland Raiders move to Los Angeles Coliseum
  • 1983 109th Kentucky Derby: Ed Delahoussaye wins aboard Sunny's Halo for consecutive Derby victories (1982 Gato Del Sol)
  • 1983 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
  • 1986 Phillies outfielder Garry Maddox, retires
  • 1986 30th European Cup: Steaua Bucuresti beats Barcelona (0-0, 2-0 on penalties) at Seville
  • 1988 114th Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens on Winning Colors wins in 2:02.2
  • 1991 Haryana beat Bombay in the Ranji Cricket Trophy final by 2 runs

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1992 Champion Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr. retires after winning 7,057 thoroughbred horse races

  • 1994 120th Kentucky Derby: Chris McCarron on Go For Gin wins in 2:03.6
  • 1994 Denver Nuggets become NBA's 1st #8 seed to beat a #1 seed (Seattle)
  • 2003 Arsenal thrash Southampton, 6-1 at Highbury to start Gunners' amazing English Premier League record 49-game unbeaten streak; ends 24 October, 2004 with 2-0 defeat at Manchester United
  • 2005 131st Kentucky Derby: Mike Smith aboard Giacomo wins in 2:02.75
  • 2011 137th Kentucky Derby: John Velazquez aboard Animal Kingdom wins in 2:02.04
  • 2016 142nd Kentucky Derby: Nyquist ridden by Mario Gutierrez wins in 2:01.31
  • 2018 World Snooker Championship, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield: Welshman Mark Williams beats John Higgins of Scotland, 18-16; as promised, does his press conference in the nude