Today in Sports History
May 1st is has a rich history when it comes to sports. A plethora of events occurred, so I will dive into all the history in this article:
- 1891- Legendary pitcher Cy Young wins first game played at Cleveland’s League Park; Cleveland Spiders 12, Cincinnati Redlegs 3.
- 1751- The New York Gazette carries the first public report of a cricket match played in America (New York)
- 1883- First National League baseball game in Philadelphia since 1876, Providence Greys beat Philadelphia Quakers, 4-3.
- 1883- Bob Rogers is acknowledged as the first American pro sports trainer when he is hired by the NY Athletic Club.
- 1884- Catcher Moses Walker is acknowledged as the first African-American to play major league baseball joining the Toledo Blue Stockings.
- 1901- Chicago White Sox outfielder Herm McFarland hits first grand slam in American League history in 19-9 win at home against Detroit; Tigers commit 12 errors.
- 1920- Legendary slugger Babe Ruth smashes his 50th MLB career home run, his first for the NY Yankees in 6-0 win over the Boston Red Sox.
- 1920- Longest MLB game by innings – Brooklyn Robins tie the Boston Braves, 1-1, in 26 innings.
- 1940- Summer Olympics (scheduled for Helsinki) are cancelled by the Finnish OC because of WWII.
- 1951- Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Mickey Mantle hits first career home run in 8-3 win v White Sox in Chicago; Minnie Minoso homers in Sox debut.
- 1965- Stanley Cup, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Dick Duff has a goal and 2 assists as Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4-0 in Game 7 to take title 4-3.
- 1969- Houston Astros hurler Don Wilson blanks Cincinnati Reds, 4-0 for second career no-hitter.
- 1969- Leonard Tose buys NFL Philadelphia Eagles for a professional sports record $16.15m.
- 1981- Tennis player Billie Jean King acknowledges a lesbian relationship with Marilyn Barnett – becoming first prominent sportswoman to come out.
- 1988- After scoring 50 points in Game 1, NBA Eastern Conference playoff series, Michael Jordan has 55 in Chicago Bulls 106-101 win vs Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2; first to score 50+ points in consecutive playoff games.
- 1991- A’s outfielder Rickey Henderson steals all time MLB record 939th base in 7-4 win vs New York Yankees in Oakland.
- 1991- Texas Rangers starter Nolan Ryan pitches MLB record 7th no hitter; beats Toronto, 3-0; at 44, Ryan is oldest to throw no-hitter.
- 1992- Los Angeles Dodgers postpone 3 MLB games due to racial riots over the infamous Rodney King beating.
- 1992- Oakland outfielder Rickey Henderson steals his 1,000th MLB career base in A’s 7-6 win at Detroit.
- 1995- Montreal Canadiens lose 2-0 at Buffalo to miss Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in 25 years.
- 1996- Miami Heat beaten, 112-91 to Chicago Bulls to be swept 3-0 in round 1 of NBA Eastern Division playoffs; first time in his 14 years as head coach Pat Riley ousted in the opening round.
- 2000- Barry Bonds is first MLB player to hit a homer into San Francisco Bay as Giants beat Mets, 10-3; hits 35 there during his SF career.
- 2002- Padres closer Trevor Hoffman sets MLB record for saves for one team (321) in 4-3 win v Chicago Cubs in San Diego.
- 2004 -Giants outfielder Barry Bonds sets MLB record for being intentionally walked 4 times in a 9-inning game during 6-3 defeat of Florida in SF.
- 2018- Liverpool’s Egyptian soccer forward Mohamed Salah becomes the first African to be named England Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year.
- 2019 Argentine forward Lionel Messi scores twice for his 600th goal for FC Barcelona in a 3-0 home win over Liverpool in a Champions League semi final.