TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1889 15th Kentucky Derby: Thomas Kiley aboard Spokane wins in 2:34.50. 1914 40th Kentucky Derby: John McCabe aboard Old Rosebud wins in 2:03.4. 1927 52nd Preakness: Whitey Abel aboard Bostonian wins in 2:01.6. 1930 55th Preakness: Earl Sande aboard Gallant Fox wins in 2:00.6. 1931 56th Preakness: George Ellis aboard Mate wins in 1:59. 1932 57th Preakness: Eugene James aboard Burgoo King wins in 1:59.8. 1937 Ernie Lombardi goes 6 for 6 as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 21-10. 1942 67th Preakness: Basil James aboard Alsab wins in 1:57. 1945 New balata ball, which is 50 per cent livelier, is used in Major League Baseball games. 1959 Dorothy Rigney, husband John, and Hank Greenberg resign from the Chicago White Sox. 1961 Baltimore Oriole Jim Gentile hits 2 grand slams and records 9 RBI against the Minnesota Twins. 1971 Elizabeth Bonner runs women’s world record marathon in 3:01:42. 1973 For 2nd time, Cincinnati Red Johnny Bench hits 3 home runs in a game. 1975 Brian Oldfield launches a shot put a word record 22.86m. 1976 Sally Little wins LPGA Ladies Masters at Moss Creek Golf Tournament. 1984 Chicago White Sox beat Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6, in 25 innings. 1990 Sampdoria of Italy wins 30th European Cup Winner’s Cup against Anderlecht of Belgium 2-0 in Gothenburg. 1995 Cleveland Indians tie record of scoring 8 runs before an out was recorded, beating the Minnesota Twins 10-0. 2001 Accra Sports Stadium Disaster: 129 Ghanian football fans die in a stampede caused by the firing of tear gas by police following a decision by the referee in a crucial match between archrivals Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko.
Sally Little, who became the first woman golfer inducted in the South African Hall of Fame by virtue of her 15 LPGA wins and two major championships, won the LPGA Ladies Masters, 41 years ago today.