This Day in Sports History: May 12

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 12 is a day in which an MLB pitcher set a record that has stood for nearly 100 years and racing's first family suffered a tragedy.

 

1925: Lorenzo Pietro "Yogi" Berra was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He went on to win 10 World Series playing catcher for the New York Yankees, which is more than any player in MLB history.

 

1926: Washington Senators pitcher Walter Johnson won his 400th game with a 7-4 win over the St. Louis Browns at Griffith Stadium. Johnson is the only pitcher to ever win 400 games and strike out 3,500 batters.

 

1970: Chicago Cubs first baseman Ernie Banks hit his 500th home run off of Atlanta Braves pitcher Pat Jarvis in a 4-3 win at Wrigley Field.

 

1979: Steve Smith Sr. was born in Los Angeles. He caught 1,031 passes for 14,731 yards in 16 seasons with the Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens.

 

1987: A.C. Green, James Worthy, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Byron Scott, and Michael Cooper all scored double digits in a 118-106 win over the Golden State Warriors. The victory clinched the Western Conference Semifinals for Los Angeles.

 

2000: Adam Petty was killed in a wreck during a practice session for the Busch 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. The grandson of Richard Petty and son of Kyle Petty was 19 years old.

 

2013: Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes scored 26 points in a 97-87 overtime win over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Oakland's Oracle Arena. The win tied the series at 2-2, but San Antonio won in six 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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