This Day in Sports History: May 7

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 7 is a day in which Michael Jordan made arguably his most memorable play and Reggie Miller led a comeback for the ages.

 

1933: Johnny Unitas was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After being cut by his hometown Steelers, "Johnny U" signed with the Baltimore Colts, where he won three NFL titles and a then-record 118 games during his Hall of Fame career.

 

1957: Cleveland Indians pitcher Herb Score was hit in the face by a line drive from New York Yankees batter Gil McDougald. The hit fractured Score's facial bones and injured his right eye. He missed the rest of the season but returned in 1958. However, he was not the same pitcher. Before the injury, Score's career record was 38-20 with 547 strikeouts. In the five seasons after it, his record was 17-26 with 290 strikeouts.

 

1977: Seattle Slew held on to win the Kentucky Derby by 1 3/4 lengths over Run Dusty Run. The horse went on to have much better performances at the Preakness and Belmont Stakes en route to winning the Triple Crown.

 

1986: Canadian photographer Patrick Morrow reached the top of Indonesia's Puncak Jaya (Carstensz Pyramid), making him the first person to climb all of Reinhold Messner's list of the Seven Summits. Messner's list of the highest mountains on each continent differs from that of Dick Bass (who climbed Seven Summits in April 1985) in that it replaces Australia's Mount Kosciuszko with Puncak Jaya, which is more than twice as high. The other summits are Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mount Vinson (Antarctica), Mount Everest (Asia), Mount Elbrus (Europe), Denali (North America), and Aconcagua (South America).

 

1989: Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan hit a buzzer-beating jump shot to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 101-100 at the Richfield Coliseum in Game 5 to win the First Round of the NBA playoffs. Today, "The Shot" remains one of the most iconic plays in NBA history.

 

 

1995: Trailing the New York Knicks with 105-99 with 18.7 seconds left in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Reggie Miller scored eight points in 8.9 seconds to give the Indiana Pacers the win at Madison Square Garden.

 

 

2005: After being knocked down twice by Jose Luis Castillo in the 10th round, Diego Corrales came off the canvas to knock out his opponent and unify his lightweight title at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay Events Center. The Ring named it "The Fight of the Year.”

 

 

2007: Boxer Diego Corrales was killed when he attempted to pass a car on his motorcycle near his Las Vegas home. Corrales' motorcycle struck the back of the car sending him flying 100 feet where he was hit by another vehicle. He was 29 years old. Toxicology reports showed that his blood alcohol content was 0.25, which was three times the legal limit.

 

— 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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