This Day in Sports History: May 1

Recapping events that took place in the sports world on this day

The history of sports is both vast and rich, thanks to the existence of so many different ones and the longevity associated with them. With so much history to cull through, Athlon Sports wanted to offer the opportunity to look back and see what memorable things happened or milestones were reached on a specific date.

 

With that in mind, May 1 is a day in which two players made baseball history and a basketball cult classic was released in movie theaters.

 

1975: Joe Namath's contract with the New York Jets expired. After exploring signing with a number of World Football League teams, he ultimately re-signed with the Jets.

 

1991: Nolan Ryan threw his seventh no-hitter — the most in Major League history — as the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-0. Ryan threw 122 pitches and 83 of them were strikes. Oakland Athletics outfielder Rickey Henderson broke Lou Brock's record of 938 stolen bases. Henderson ultimately finished with 1,406 stolen bases.

 

1994: Three-time Formula One champion Ayrton Senna was killed in a car crash at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix in Bologna, Italy.

 

1998: The movie He Got Game was released in theaters. Spike Lee wrote and directed the basketball drama, which starred Denzel Washington and Ray Allen and grossed $25 million.

 

1999: The body of mountain climber George Mallory was found by an expedition team on Mount Everest. Mallory disappeared while trying to be the first person to summit the mountain in June 1924. Whether he actually did is still a mystery.

 

2006: Cuttino Mobley and Corey Maggette each scored 23 points as the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Denver Nuggets 101-83 at the Staples Center to win the First Round of the NBA Playoffs in five games.

 

— Compiled by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports’ Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.

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