On this Day: May 6

Roger Bannister and Babe Ruth feature in our look back at the big sporting moments in history on May 6.

1954 – Roger Bannister makes history

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On this day in 1954, English medical student Roger Bannister made history by becoming the first person to run a four-minute mile.

He achieved this at the Iffley Road track in Oxford by using two other athletes, Chris Chataway and Chris Brasher, as pacesetters before going past them to finish the race with a time of 3 min 59.4 sec and make history.

Bannister made history with minimal training while he was practicing as a junior doctor.

In his medical career, he went on to become a distinguished neurologist and Master of Pembroke College in Oxford. He retired in 1993.

1915 – Babe Ruth gets started

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American baseball legend Babe Ruth is one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time.

On this day in 1915, Ruth hit the first of his 714 home runs while playing for the Boston Red Sox. His first homer took place in his 18th time to bat in the major leagues at the Polo Grounds in the third inning against New York Yankees pitcher Jack Warhop. The 20-year-old Ruth hit Warhop’s first pitch into the second tier of the right field grandstand for a home run.

The Yankees ended up winning the game 4-3 in 13 innings over the Red Sox on that day.

Ruth left the Red Sox in 1919 before joining the Yankees in 1920, where he stayed until 1934. He retired on May 30, 1935, while playing for the Boston Braves.

At one stage Ruth held many baseball records, including 714 career home runs, runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the latter two still stand today.

He died on August 16, 1948 at the age of 53.

Sporting birthdays
1907 Weeb Ewbank, NFL coach (Baltimore Colts, NY Jets)
1922 Pat Harder, NFL fullback (Cardinals, Lions)
1927 Michael Frederick, West Indies cricketer