TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1877 5th Preakness: C Holloway aboard Cloverbrook wins in 2:45.5. 1879 7th Preakness: L Hughes aboard Harold wins in 2:40.5. 1900 34th Belmont: Nash Turner aboard Ildrim wins in 2:21¼. 1905 39th Belmont: Eugene Hildebrand aboard Tanya wins in 2:08. 1935 1st major league night baseball game, in Cincinnati (Reds 2, Philadelphia Phillies 1). 1940 1st night game at N.Y.’s Polo Grounds (Giants 8, Braves 1). 1940 New York Giants rip Boston Bees, 8-1, in first night game at Polo Grounds. 1964 Lima, Peru soccer stadium panic kills 300.
1967 AFL grants a franchise to Cincinnati Bengals.
1968 American boxer Bob Foster defeats holder Dick Tiger for the world lightheavyweight championship in New York and goes on to defend title 14 times.
1972 Glasgow Rangers of Scotland win 12th European Cup Winner’s Cup against Dynamo Moscow 3-2 of the Soviet Union 3-2 in Barcelona.
1976 Muhammad Ali TKOs Richard Dunn in 5 for heavyweight boxing title.
1980 Stanley Cup: N.Y. Islanders beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 2.
1981 Bobby Unser wins, loses, and wins a controversial Indy 500.
1984 Detroit Tigers win AL record 17th straight road game.
1986 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Calgary Flames, 4 games to 1.
1987 33rd LPGA Championship won by Jane Geddes.
1987 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser Sr., 47, wins his 4th Indy 500.
1989 NHL’s New York Rangers fire GM and coach Phil Esposito.
1989 New York Yankee hurler Lee Gutterman sets record of pitching 30 2/3 innings before giving up his first run of the season.
1989 33rd European Cup: Milan beats Steaua Bucuresti 4-0 at Barcelona.
1990 Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1. 1992 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser Jr. wins. 1995 3rd UEFA Champions League Final: Ajax beats Milan 1-0 at Vienna.
1998 Indianapolis 500: Eddie Cheever Jr. wins.
2000 8th UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Valencia, 3-0, at Saint-Denis.
2009 Indianapolis 500: Hélio Castroneves wins.
2014 22nd UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Atletico Madrid, 4-1, at Lisbon.
2015 Indianapolis 500: Juan Pablo Montoya wins.
Bobby Unser celebrates after winning the 65th running of the Indy 500. Unser was issued a one-position penalty after the race and Mario Andretti was declared the winner. Then, after a lengthy protest and appeals process, the penalty was rescinded and Unser was reinstated as winner, 36 years ago today.