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This Day in Sports History: May 3

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 3 is a day in which the greatest boxer of all time was born and the NBA awarded the youngest MVP in its history.

 

1921: Walker Smith Jr. was born in Alley, Georgia. He debuted in boxing under the name Sugar Ray Robinson in 1940 and started his career with a record of 128-1-2. During his career, he held the World Welterweight title from 1946 to '51 and won the Middleweight championship an unprecedented five times.

 

1952: The Kentucky Derby aired on CBS, marking the first time the event was broadcast on network television. Hill Gail finished first.

 

1957: Brooklyn Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley announced that he would move the team to Los Angeles after the 1957 season.

 

1979: The 1979 NFL Draft began at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. The Chicago Bears drafted Arkansas defensive tackle Dan Hampton with the fourth pick, the San Diego Chargers took Missouri tight end Kellen Winslow with the 13th, and the San Francisco 49ers snagged Notre Dame quarterback Joe Montana with the 82nd.

 

1987: At the 1987 Winston 500 in Talladega, Alabama, Bobby Allison's Buick LeSabre blew a tire while making a turn going 200 miles an hour, sending his car airborne into the catch fence. Several spectators were injured by flying debris and the crash prompted NASCAR to require restrictor plates, which limit engine power.

 

 

1998: Jay Leno threw out the first pitch before the Chicago Cubs played the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field. He was in Chicago taping The Tonight Show on the road that week. Sammy Sosa blasted one of his 66 home runs that season off of Cliff Politte in an 8-5 loss.

 

2011: At 22 years and 6 months of age, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose became the youngest player in NBA history to win its MVP award.

 

— 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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