This Day in Sports History: May 10

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 10 is a day in which the most iconic photograph in NHL history was taken and one of the most influential sports books ever written was published.

 

1919: Sir Barton led the Kentucky Derby from start to finish and won by five lengths. He went on to become the first winner of the Triple Crown.

 

1941: Whirlaway won the Preakness Stakes after winning the Kentucky Derby the week before. A month later, he won the Belmont Stakes to complete the Triple Crown.

 

1970: Boston Bruins defenceman Bobby Orr hit the winning goal, tripped, and went flying through the air as Boston defeated the St. Louis Blues 4-3 in overtime to win the Stanley Cup Finals. The image of Orr flying through the air is the most iconic photo in NHL history.

 

 

1974: Milwaukee Bucks center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar hit his "sky-hook" shot to beat the Boston Celtics 102-101 in double overtime at the Boston Garden in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. However, Boston won Game 7 to win its first NBA title of the post-Bill Russell era.

 

 

1979: Leading the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in the third period of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals, the Boston Bruins were penalized for having too many men on the ice. Montreal's Guy Lafleur scored on the power play, which sent the game to overtime where Canadiens left wing Yvon Lambert hit the winning goal to clinch the series.

 

2003: Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis was published. The story of how Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane used sabermetrics to build a competitive team with a small budget influenced numerous MLB teams, along with other professional sports leagues.

 

— 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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