This Day in Sports History: May 2

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 2 is a day in which one player blasted four home runs and one of the most-hyped prizefights in history took place.

 

1920: The Indianapolis ABCs beat the Chicago American Giants 4-2 at Washington Park in Indianapolis in the first game of the Negro National League.

 

1967: Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Jim Pappin scored his seventh goal of the Stanley Cup Finals and goalie Terry Sawchuk stopped 41 shots as Toronto beat the Montreal Canadiens to win the series in six games. This was the last Stanley Cup Finals of the Original Six era, a 25-year period when the NHL was comprised of only six teams.

 

1995: Pitcher Hideo Nomo debuted with the Los Angeles Dodgers, striking out five and giving up one hit in five scoreless innings against the San Francisco Giants. Nomo became the first player to permanently transfer from Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball to MLB.

 

2002: Seattle Mariners outfielder Mike Cameron hit four home runs in a 15-4 win over the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park. Cameron’s missed out on the single-game record when his fifth at-bat ended with a shot to the warning track.

 

2003: The Vancouver Canucks beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 in overtime to take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Semifinals. It was the second time the Wild were down 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and they became the second to come back from that deficit twice.

 

2015: Floyd Mayweather Jr. won a 12-round unanimous decision over Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The HD pay-per-view price for the fight was an unprecedented $99.95 and Mayweather made an estimated $180 million, while Pacquiao took home $120 million.

 

— 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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