On This Day

Events in Sport on May 8

  • 1896 Bobby Peel scores 210 not out as Yorkshire is dismissed for 887 in drawn County Cricket match against Warwickshire in Birmingham
  • 1897 22nd Preakness: T. Thorpe aboard Paul Kauvar wins in 1:51¼
  • 1906 Philadelphia A's pitcher Albert Bender is deployed to left field in 6th inning and responds with 2 HRs in A's 11-4 win over Boston Americans at Huntington Avenue Grounds, Boston
  • 1907 Boston Doves pitcher "Big Jeff" Pfeffer no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 6-0 at South End Grounds, Boston

Boxing Title Fight

1907 Canadian Tommy Burns retains his world heavyweight boxing title after beating 'Philadelphia' Jack O'Brien on points in 20 rounds in Los Angeles, California

  • 1909 American Albert Raines runs world record marathon (2:46:04.6) in NYC
  • 1909 British runner Henry Barrett runs world record marathon (2:42:31) in the Polytechnic Marathon in London
  • 1915 41st Kentucky Derby: Joe Notter aboard Regret wins in 2:05.4
  • 1919 Appingedam soccer team forms
  • 1920 46th Kentucky Derby: Ted Rice aboard Paul Jones wins by a head from Upset in 2:09

Sports History

1923 England Test opening batsman Jack Hobbs scores his 100th 1st-class cricket 100 with 116 not out for Surry v Somerset at Bath

Sports History

1925 50th Preakness: Clarence Kummer aboard Coventry wins in 1:59

  • 1926 Fire breaks out in Fenway Park, home of Boston Red Sox baseball team

Sports History

1929 NY Giants pitcher Carl Hubbell no-hits Pittsburgh Pirates, 11-0 at the Polo Grounds, NYC

  • 1935 Cincinnati Red Ernie Lombardi doubles in 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th beat Phils 15-4
  • 1936 Jockey Ralph Neves unexpectedly revived after being declared dead after a fall. His wife faints when he returned to track
  • 1937 63rd Kentucky Derby: Charley Kurtsinger on War Admiral wins 2:03.2
  • 1942 1st twilight game in 24 years, the Dodgers top Giants 7-6 raising $60,000 for Navy Relief Fund
  • 1943 68th Preakness: Johnny Longden aboard Count Fleet wins in 1:57.4
  • 1946 Red Sox Johnny Pesky scores 6 runs in 1 game

Sports History

1947 A movement among Card players to protest its 1st meeting with Jackie Robinson & the Dodgers is aborted by a talk from owner Sam Breadon

  • 1954 1st shot-put throw over 60' (18.29 m) by American Parry O'Brien, Los Angeles, California

Sports History

1967 Muhammad Ali is indicted for refusing induction in US Army

  • 1970 24th NBA Championship: NY Knicks beat LA Lakers 113 to 91 at Madison Square Garden, NYC; winning final series 4 games to 3
  • 1970 NBA championship: Knicks beat Lakers, 113-99

Sports History

1973 Ernie Banks fills in for Cubs managerr Whitey Lockman who is ejected during the game, technically becoming baseball's 1st African American manager

  • 1974 FC Magdenburg of East Germany win 14th European Cup Winner's Cup against AC Milan of Italy 2-0 in Rotterdam
  • 1980 Sabres take only 15 shots, Islanders 22, in a playoff game

Sports History

1984 Minnesota Twins Kirby Puckett debuts with 4 singles

  • 1984 The Soviet Union announces it will not participate in Los Angeles Summer Olympics in retaliation for the American boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics

Sports History

1988 Mike Tyson crashes his $183,000 Bently on Varick St in New York City

  • 1988 Amateur referees work NJ Devil-Boston Bruin playoff games, as NHL referees walk-off, due to a restraining order brought by Devils

Sports History

1989 Paul McCartney releases remake of "Ferry Cross the Mersey" in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool football fans

Boxing Title Fight

1993 Lennox Lewis beats Tony Tucker in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

  • 1994 Colorado Silver Bullets (all-female pro baseball team) 1st game

Sports History

1996 NY Yankee Dwight Gooden wins his 1st AL game beating Tigers 10-3

  • 1996 Paris Saint-Germain of France win 36th European Cup Winner's Cup against Rapid Wien of Austria 1-0 in Brussels
  • 2010 Last piece of Yankee Stadium falls in the Bronx, New York, marking the end of the two year demolition process
  • 2011 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Shoal Creek G&CC: Tom Lehman wins second of 3 Champions Tour majors with par on 2nd playoff hole against Australian Peter Senior
  • 2013 Sir Alex Ferguson announces his retirement as Manchester United's manager at the end of the season
  • 2014 NFL Draft: South Carolina outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney first pick by Houston Texans
  • 2018 Seattle Mariners MLB left-hander James Paxton hurls a no-hitter in a 5-0 win over the Blue Jays in Toronto
  • 2020 11-year old Brazilian skateboarder Gui Khury creates world record by performing 1st 1080 degree turn on a vertical ramp
  • 2022 148th Kentucky Derby: Venezuelan jockey Sonny Leon rides 80-1 outsider Rich Strike to victory to become second biggest longshot to win in the history of the event