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May 6
1885 African American jockey James 'Soup' Perkins guided the favorite Halma to a wire-to-wire victory in the 21st running of the Kentucky Derby.
1886 African American jockey Willie Simms rode Ben Brush to victory in the 22nd Kentucky Derby.
1925 Ty Cobb hit his fifth home run in two games tying 1884 Cap Anson's record.
1933 Brokers Tip won the Kentucky Derby.
1934 At Fenway, the Boston Red Sox hit four consecutive triples (Carl Reynolds, Moose Solters, Rick Ferrell and Bucky Walters) en route to a 14-4 win over the Detroit Tigers.
1951 Pittsburgh's Cliff Chambers walked eight but no-hit the Boston Braves, 3-0.
1968 San Francisco's Lindy McDaniel set a National League record playing his 225th consecutive game without committing an error.
1978 After going deep on deep as a pinch hitter on May 2, Lee Lacy became the first major leaguer to pinch-hit home runs in consecutive at-bats.
1982 Gaylord Perry became the 15th major league player to win 300 games. The Seattle Mariners defeated the New York Yankees, 7-3.
1994 The Chicago Cubs' 10-1 victory over the Pirates ended Anthony Young's 29-game losing streak as a starter and snapped Chicago?s record 14-game drought at home.
1998 Cubs rookie Kerry Wood tied a major league record with 20 strikeouts in a nine-inning game as he one-hit the Houston Astros, 2-0.
2005 In a 6-5 win over the Cardinals, San Diego's Trevor Hoffman became the third closer in major league history to save 400 games.
2007 The New York Yankees signed pitcher Roger Clemens to a one-year contract.
2008 Kobe Bryant of the Lakers was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player.
2009 The Los Angeles Dodgers pounded the Washington Nationals, 10-3, to set a modern-day Major League record for consecutive home wins to begin a season with 13.
2010 The Oakland Raiders released QB JaMarcus Russell. He was the first player selected in the 2007 NFL Draft.
2010 Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts passed away at the age of 83.
2012 The Miami Dolphins re-signed LB Cameron Wake to a four-year contract extension.
2013 The Hamilton Tiger-Cats selected University of Calgary defensive lineman Linden Gaydosh with the first overall pick of the CFL Draft.
2014 Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant was named the NBA Most Valuable Player.
2014 The Golden State Warriors fired head coach Mark Jackson.
2014 The Nashville Predators named Peter Laviolette head coach.
Birthdays Weeb Ewbank (1907) - NFL head coach; Willie Mays (1931) - MLB player; Mike McGrude (1964) - NFL player; Ken Harvey (1965) - NFL player.
As of May 6, 2015, at 09:24 AM ET

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