This Day in Sports History 2017-08-07T11:37:47+00:00

June 2018

This Day in Sports History: 6/7

  • 1892 – John J. Doyle of the Cleveland Spiders becomes the first player to come in to pinch hit in baseball history.

  • 1906 – The Cubs score 11 runs in the first inning on their way to a 19-0 rout of the Giants.

  • 1966 – The Mets draft Steve Chilcott with the #1 overall pick in the MLB draft. He’s one of two #1 overall picks to never reach the majors. The A’s take Reggie Jackson at #2.

  • 1977 – The White Sox select Harold Baines with the #1 overall pick in the MLB draft. He’d go on to hit 382 homers over a 22 year career. His number was retired by the White Sox in 1989 after they traded him to Texas. The un-retired it when he returned in 1997….and again in 2000.

  • 1978 – The Washington Bullets defeat the Seattle Supersonics in game #7 to win the NBA title.

  • 1989 – The Blue Jays and Brewers play in the first baseball game that starts outdoors but ends indoors. Playing in Toronto, the roof of the stadium was open to begin the game, but closed about halfway through when it started to rain.

  • 1995 – Hakeem Olajuwon tips in a shot with 0.3 seconds left in overtime to give the Rockets a 120-118 win over the Magic in game #1 of the NBA Finals.

  • 1997 – The Detroit Red Wings complete a sweep of the Flyers to win the Stanley Cup. It’s the first title for the Red Wings in 42 years.

  • 1998 – The Baltimore Orioles retire Eddie Murray’s #33.

  • 1998 – The Bulls beat the Jazz 96-54 in Game #3 of the NBA Finals. It’s the most lopsided game in Finals history and Utah’s 54 points is the fewest points in a game since the advent of the shot clock.

  • 2004 – The Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the Calgary Flames in game #7 to win the Stanley Cup.

  • 2009 – Roger Federer becomes the sixth male tennis player in history to complete the career Grand Slam after he wins the French Open. He also ties Pete Sampras’ record of 14 major singles titles.

May 2018

This Day in Sports History: 5/22

  • 1884 – Hugh Daily of the Washington Nationals strikes out 13 batters in a game. Daily’s nickname was “One Arm” as he was missing most of his left arm.

  • 1962 – Roger Maris is intentionally walked a then record four times in one game.

  • 1970 – NHL franchises are granted to the cities of Buffalo & Vancouver, to begin play in the 1970-71 season.

  • 1985 – Pete Rose scores his 2,108th career run, passing Hank Aaron for the most in NL history.

  • 1990 – Andre Dawson breaks Roger Maris’ record listed above as he’s intentionally walked five times in one game.

  • 1991 – NFL owners agree to add two new franchises in 1994 – they would be Carolina & Jacksonville.

  • 2002 – Barry Bonds hits career home run #583, tying Mark McGwire for fifth on the all-time list.

  • 2003 – Annika Sorenstam becomes the first woman to play on the PGA tour in 58 years when she participates at the Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas.

 

This Day in Sports History: 5/19

  • 1910 – Cy Young of the Cleveland Indians gets his 500th career pitching win.

  • 1912 – A day after the Tigers used amateur players as the regular roster was protesting Ty Cobb’s suspension, AL President Ban Johnson tells the team they will be banned from baseball if they continue to sit out.

  • 1935 – The NFL adopts an annual college football draft, set to begin in 1936.

  • 1962 – Stan Musial breaks Honus Wagner’s NL hit record, picking up his 3,431st career hit.

  • 1973 – Secretariat wins the 99th Preakness – would go on to win the Triple Crown.

  • 1974 – The Philadelphia Flyers become the first post-’67 NHL expansion franchise to win the Stanley Cup, defeating the New York Islanders in five games.

  • 1991 – Willy T. Ribbs becomes the first African-American driver to qualify for the Indy 500.

  • 1999 – Cincinnati Reds first baseman Sean Casey reaches base in all seven plate appearances, tying an MLB record, in a 24-12 win over the Rockies.

  • 2000 – Patrick Roy, goalie for the Colorado Avalanche ties an NHL record with his 15th career playoff shutout, matching the mark set by Clint Benedict of the Montreal Maroons back in the 1920s.

  • 2008 – Jon Lester, then with the Red Sox, throws a no-hitter against the Kansas City Royals.

This Day in Sports History: 5/18

  • 1912 – The A’s beat the Tigers 24-2 as Detroit fielded a team of amateur players – the regular roster was protesting a suspension handed to Ty Cobb.

  • 1933 – MLB announces that the first All-Star game will take place on July 6 at Comiskey Park as part of the World’s Fair in Chicago.

  • 1942 – New York City announces the end of night baseball games until World War II is over.

  • 1971 – The Montreal Canadiens defeat the Blackhawks 3-2 to win Game #7 and the Stanley Cup.

  • 1988 – Oakland pitcher Dave Stewart sets an MLB record with his 12th balk of the season.

  • 1990 – Ryne Sanderg’s 123 game errorless streak, a record for second basemen, comes to an end.

  • 1990 – Edmonton’s Jari Kurri becomes the leading goal scorer in Stanley Cup playoff history, scoring his 90th post-season goal.

  • 1998 – Michael Jordan is named NBA MVP after averaging 28.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.

  • 2004 – Randy Johnson throws the 17th perfect game in MLB history as the Diamondbacks beat the Braves 2-0.

This Day in Sports History: 5/17

  • 1915 – Cubs pitcher George “Zip” Zabel has the longest relief appearance in baseball history. Zabel came into the game with two outs in the first inning and pitched the rest of the way of a 19 inning win.

  • 1924 – “Black Gold” wins the 50th Kentucky Derby.

  • 1925 – Hall of Famer Tris Speaker of the Cleveland Indians gets his 3,000th career hit.

  • 1970 – Hank Aaron becomes the ninth player in MLB history to record 3,000 career hits. He’s also the first player in MLB history to have 500 homers and 3,000 hits.

  • 1979 – The Phillies beat the Cubs 23-22 in 10 innings. The two teams combine for 50 hits and 11 homers. (Watch video highlights below!)

  • 1987 – The San Antonio Spurs win the NBA Draft lottery. They’ll go on to select David Robinson with the #1 overall pick.

  • 1992 – Gary Carter of the Montreal Expos becomes the third catcher in MLB history to play in 2,000 games.

  • 1995 – Jason Kidd (Dallas) & Grant Hill (Detroit) are named NBA Co-Rookies of the Year.

  • 1998 – Yankees pitcher David Wells throws a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins. It’s the 13th perfect game in MLB history.

  • 2009 – New York Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey balks three times in one game.

This Day in Sports History: 5/16

  • 1869 – The Cincinnati Reds play in their first baseball game. They win 41-7.

  • 1933 – Cecil Travis becomes the first player in MLB history to get five hits in one game.

  • 1976 – The Montreal Canadiens sweep the Philadelphia Flyers to win the Stanley Cup.

  • 1980 – With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar injured, Magic Johnson plays center for the Lakers, scoring 42 points, grabbing 15 rebounds and dishing out seven assists as LA defeats Boston to win the NBA championship.

  • 1985 – Michael Jordan is named NBA Rookie of the Year after averaging 28.2 points, 6.5 rebounds. 5.9 assists & 2.4 steals.

  • 1996 – Sammy Sosa is the first player in Cub history to hit two home runs in one inning.

  • 2001 – Sammy Sosa hits career homer #400.

706, 2018

This Day in Sports History: 6/7

  • 1892 – John J. Doyle of the Cleveland Spiders becomes the first player to come in to pinch hit in baseball history.

  • 1906 – The Cubs score 11 runs in the first inning on their way to a 19-0 rout of the Giants.

  • 1966 – The Mets draft Steve Chilcott with the #1 overall pick in the MLB draft. He’s one of two #1 overall picks to never reach the majors. The A’s take Reggie Jackson at #2.

  • 1977 – The White Sox select Harold Baines with the #1 overall pick in the MLB draft. He’d go on to hit 382 homers over a 22 year career. His number was retired by the White Sox in 1989 after they traded him to Texas. The un-retired it when he returned in 1997….and again in 2000.

  • 1978 – The Washington Bullets defeat the Seattle Supersonics in game #7 to win the NBA title.

  • 1989 – The Blue Jays and Brewers play in the first baseball game that starts outdoors but ends indoors. Playing in Toronto, the roof of the stadium was open to begin the game, but closed about halfway through when it started to rain.

  • 1995 – Hakeem Olajuwon tips in a shot with 0.3 seconds left in overtime to give the Rockets a 120-118 win over the Magic in game #1 of the NBA Finals.

  • 1997 – The Detroit Red Wings complete a sweep of the Flyers to win the Stanley Cup. It’s the first title for the Red Wings in 42 years.

  • 1998 – The Baltimore Orioles retire Eddie Murray’s #33.

  • 1998 – The Bulls beat the Jazz 96-54 in Game #3 of the NBA Finals. It’s the most lopsided game in Finals history and Utah’s 54 points is the fewest points in a game since the advent of the shot clock.

  • 2004 – The Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the Calgary Flames in game #7 to win the Stanley Cup.

  • 2009 – Roger Federer becomes the sixth male tennis player in history to complete the career Grand Slam after he wins the French Open. He also ties Pete Sampras’ record of 14 major singles titles.

2205, 2018

This Day in Sports History: 5/22

  • 1884 – Hugh Daily of the Washington Nationals strikes out 13 batters in a game. Daily’s nickname was “One Arm” as he was missing most of his left arm.

  • 1962 – Roger Maris is intentionally walked a then record four times in one game.

  • 1970 – NHL franchises are granted to the cities of Buffalo & Vancouver, to begin play in the 1970-71 season.

  • 1985 – Pete Rose scores his 2,108th career run, passing Hank Aaron for the most in NL history.

  • 1990 – Andre Dawson breaks Roger Maris’ record listed above as he’s intentionally walked five times in one game.

  • 1991 – NFL owners agree to add two new franchises in 1994 – they would be Carolina & Jacksonville.

  • 2002 – Barry Bonds hits career home run #583, tying Mark McGwire for fifth on the all-time list.

  • 2003 – Annika Sorenstam becomes the first woman to play on the PGA tour in 58 years when she participates at the Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas.

 

1905, 2018

This Day in Sports History: 5/19

  • 1910 – Cy Young of the Cleveland Indians gets his 500th career pitching win.

  • 1912 – A day after the Tigers used amateur players as the regular roster was protesting Ty Cobb’s suspension, AL President Ban Johnson tells the team they will be banned from baseball if they continue to sit out.

  • 1935 – The NFL adopts an annual college football draft, set to begin in 1936.

  • 1962 – Stan Musial breaks Honus Wagner’s NL hit record, picking up his 3,431st career hit.

  • 1973 – Secretariat wins the 99th Preakness – would go on to win the Triple Crown.

  • 1974 – The Philadelphia Flyers become the first post-’67 NHL expansion franchise to win the Stanley Cup, defeating the New York Islanders in five games.

  • 1991 – Willy T. Ribbs becomes the first African-American driver to qualify for the Indy 500.

  • 1999 – Cincinnati Reds first baseman Sean Casey reaches base in all seven plate appearances, tying an MLB record, in a 24-12 win over the Rockies.

  • 2000 – Patrick Roy, goalie for the Colorado Avalanche ties an NHL record with his 15th career playoff shutout, matching the mark set by Clint Benedict of the Montreal Maroons back in the 1920s.

  • 2008 – Jon Lester, then with the Red Sox, throws a no-hitter against the Kansas City Royals.

1805, 2018

This Day in Sports History: 5/18

  • 1912 – The A’s beat the Tigers 24-2 as Detroit fielded a team of amateur players – the regular roster was protesting a suspension handed to Ty Cobb.

  • 1933 – MLB announces that the first All-Star game will take place on July 6 at Comiskey Park as part of the World’s Fair in Chicago.

  • 1942 – New York City announces the end of night baseball games until World War II is over.

  • 1971 – The Montreal Canadiens defeat the Blackhawks 3-2 to win Game #7 and the Stanley Cup.

  • 1988 – Oakland pitcher Dave Stewart sets an MLB record with his 12th balk of the season.

  • 1990 – Ryne Sanderg’s 123 game errorless streak, a record for second basemen, comes to an end.

  • 1990 – Edmonton’s Jari Kurri becomes the leading goal scorer in Stanley Cup playoff history, scoring his 90th post-season goal.

  • 1998 – Michael Jordan is named NBA MVP after averaging 28.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.

  • 2004 – Randy Johnson throws the 17th perfect game in MLB history as the Diamondbacks beat the Braves 2-0.

1705, 2018

This Day in Sports History: 5/17

  • 1915 – Cubs pitcher George “Zip” Zabel has the longest relief appearance in baseball history. Zabel came into the game with two outs in the first inning and pitched the rest of the way of a 19 inning win.

  • 1924 – “Black Gold” wins the 50th Kentucky Derby.

  • 1925 – Hall of Famer Tris Speaker of the Cleveland Indians gets his 3,000th career hit.

  • 1970 – Hank Aaron becomes the ninth player in MLB history to record 3,000 career hits. He’s also the first player in MLB history to have 500 homers and 3,000 hits.

  • 1979 – The Phillies beat the Cubs 23-22 in 10 innings. The two teams combine for 50 hits and 11 homers. (Watch video highlights below!)

  • 1987 – The San Antonio Spurs win the NBA Draft lottery. They’ll go on to select David Robinson with the #1 overall pick.

  • 1992 – Gary Carter of the Montreal Expos becomes the third catcher in MLB history to play in 2,000 games.

  • 1995 – Jason Kidd (Dallas) & Grant Hill (Detroit) are named NBA Co-Rookies of the Year.

  • 1998 – Yankees pitcher David Wells throws a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins. It’s the 13th perfect game in MLB history.

  • 2009 – New York Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey balks three times in one game.

1605, 2018

This Day in Sports History: 5/16

  • 1869 – The Cincinnati Reds play in their first baseball game. They win 41-7.

  • 1933 – Cecil Travis becomes the first player in MLB history to get five hits in one game.

  • 1976 – The Montreal Canadiens sweep the Philadelphia Flyers to win the Stanley Cup.

  • 1980 – With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar injured, Magic Johnson plays center for the Lakers, scoring 42 points, grabbing 15 rebounds and dishing out seven assists as LA defeats Boston to win the NBA championship.

  • 1985 – Michael Jordan is named NBA Rookie of the Year after averaging 28.2 points, 6.5 rebounds. 5.9 assists & 2.4 steals.

  • 1996 – Sammy Sosa is the first player in Cub history to hit two home runs in one inning.

  • 2001 – Sammy Sosa hits career homer #400.