This Day in Sports History: May 14

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 14 is a day in which two surefire NFL Hall of Famers were born and David Ortiz reached a milestone in home runs and doubles that only two other MLB players have achieved.

 

1967: Dwight Smith died in a car accident in a Hopkins County, Kentucky. He and Clem Haskins integrated the Western Kentucky basketball team in 1963 and Smith was picked by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1967 NBA Draft. Smith and his sister, Kay, drowned when their car hydroplaned and flipped over into a water-filled ditch.

 

1976: The Cleveland Cavaliers scored 33 points in the fourth quarter to beat the Boston Celtics 106-87 at the Richfield Coliseum in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The win tied the series but Boston won in six games.

 

1983: Frank Gore was born in Miami. He is third all-time on the NFL's career rushing yards list behind Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton, having amassed more than 15,000 yards in 15 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, and Buffalo Bills. He signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets in early May.

 

1989: Rob Gronkowski was born in Amherst, New York. One of the greatest tight ends in NFL history won three Super Bowls in his nine-season career with the New England Patriots. After a one-year hiatus, he announced his return to football in late April and was traded to Tampa Bay where he will reunite with Tom Brady.

 

1996: New York Yankees pitcher Dwight Gooden threw a no-hitter in a 2-0 win over the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium.

 

2016: David Ortiz hit walk-off double to give the Boston Red Sox a 6-5 win over the Houston Astros at Fenway Park. With that hit, he joined Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds as the only players in MLB history with at least 500 career home runs and 600 doubles.

 

— 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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