This Day in Sports History: May 4

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 4 is a day in which one of golf's best was born and one of baseball's all-time greats reached a milestone in hitting.

 

1938: Lloyd Waner hit a home run, two triples, and a single, accounting for seven Pittsburgh Pirates runs in a 9-5 win over the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field.

 

1946: Assault won the Kentucky Derby by eight lengths, which was the largest margin of victory in the Derby at that time. He went on to win the Triple Crown.

 

1949: Italy's Grande Torino football team was killed when its plane crashed into the back wall of the Basilica of Superga in Turin while attempting to land. The disaster killed all 31 passengers on board. The Grande Torino comprised much of Italy’s national soccer team.

 

1977: Bill Russell resigned as head coach and general manager of the Seattle Supersonics. In his four seasons with the franchise, the Supersonics went 162-166 and made the playoffs twice.

 

1989: Rory McIlroy was born in County Down in Northern Ireland. Since joining the PGA Tour in 2007, he has won two PGA Championships (2012, 2014), one U.S. Open (2011), and one British Open (2014).

 

1996: The Seattle Supersonics held Houston Rockets center Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon to six points in a 108-75 beating at Seattle's KeyArena to win Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Semifinals. The Sonics swept the Rockets en route to making the finals.

 

2018: Albert Pujols recorded his 3,000th hit against Seattle Mariners pitcher Mike Leake in a 5-0 Los Angeles Angels win at Safeco Field.

 

— 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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