TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1900 26th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Boland aboard Lieut Gibson wins in 2:06.25. 1902 28th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Winkfield on Alan-a-Dale wins in 2:08.75. 1909 35th Kentucky Derby: Vincent Powers on Wintergreen wins in 2:08.2. 1936 New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio makes his major-league debut, gets 3 hits. 1941 67th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway wins in 2:01.4. 1947 73rd Kentucky Derby: Eric Guerin aboard Jet Pilot wins in 2:06.8. 1951 New York Yankee Gil McDougald is fifth player to get 6 RBIs in an inning (9th). 1952 78th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Hill Gail wins in 2:01.6. 1958 84th Kentucky Derby: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 2:05. 1969 95th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack on Majestic Prince wins in 2:01.8. 1970 24th NBA Championship: New York Knicks beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 3. 1975 101st Kentucky Derby: Jacinto Vasquez on Foolish Pleasure wins 2:02. 1977 1977 NFL Draft: Ricky Bell from USC first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 1980 106th Kentucky Derby: Jacinto Vasquez on Genuine Risk wins in 2:02. 1980 Giants first baseman Willie McCovey hits his 521st & final HR. 1980 Texas Ranger, and Chatham native, Ferguson Jenkins becomes fourth pitcher to win 100 games in AL and NL. 1986 112th Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Ferdinand wins in 2:02.8. 1991 Cam Neely is injured on a cheap shot by Ulf Samuelsson, an injury that would limit him to only 162 games for the remainder of his NHL career and force him to retire at 31. 1992 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Centel Senior Golf Challenge. 1997 123rd Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens aboard Silver Charm wins in 2:02.3. 2003 129th Kentucky Derby: Jose Santos aboard Funny Cide wins in 2:01.19. 2008 134th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Big Brown wins in 2:01.82. 2014 140th Kentucky Derby: Victor Espinoza aboad California Chrome wins in 2:03.66.
Legendary jockey Bill Shoemaker, who won 8,833 races, including 12 Triple Crown races, won his fourth and last Kentucky Derby aboard Ferdinand, 31 years ago today.