Eric Keith Davis was born May 29, 1962.

A three-time All-Star, Davis helped the Reds win the 1990 World Series with a sweep of the A's.

In Game 1, Davis hit a home run off Oakland ace Dave Stewart.

Then in Game 4, Davis sustained a lacerated kidney while diving for a ball in the outfield.

Davis' best season came in 1987 when he hit .293 with 37 home runs, 100 RBI and 50 stolen bases.

He also played with the Dodgers, Tigers, Cardinals, Orioles, Cardinals and Giants.

May 29, 1993: Wayne Gretzky registers a hat trick to help the Kings win Game 7 of the Campbell Conference Final 5-4 against Toronto at Maple Leaf Gardens. The victory sends Los Angeles to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise history.

After goals from Gretzky and Tomas Sandstrom gave the Kings a 2-0 lead, Toronto pulled even in the second period. Gretzky's second goal came midway through the second to make it 3-2.

Gretzky completed the hat trick with a shot that banked off defenseman Dave Ellett's skate to give the Kings a 5-3 lead late in the third period.

Toronto fans are still upset that there was no call in overtime of Game 6 when Gretzky clipped Doug Gilmour with a high stick. Gretzky then scored the winner in overtime to send the series back to Toronto for Game 7.

May 28, 1951: After an 0-for-12 start to his MLB career, Willie Mays gets his first hit, and it's a home run off Warren Spahn.

Mays' shot goes an estimated 450 feet.

It is also the first of Mays' 18 homers against Spahn, the most hit off any one pitcher.

Mays mentions his slow start to his career in his interview with the Baseball Hall of Fame:

Jerry Alan West was born May 28, 1938.

West was an All-Star in each of his 14 NBA seasons, all with the Lakers. He posted career averages of 27 points, 6.7 assists and 5.8 rebounds. His lone NBA title as a player came in 1972, a season in which the Lakers set the NBA record with a 33-game winning streak.

As Lakers general manager, West built championship teams with the Showtime era, featuring Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy, and then the Shaq-Kobe tandem that three-peated.

In college at West Virginia, West was Most Outstanding Player in the 1959 NCAA Final Four even though his team lost to Cal by one point in the championship game. West was also a part of the 1960 U.S. Olympic team that posted an average margin of victory of nearly 32 points.

Now an executive with the Warriors, West still has the deadly shooting touch as he demonstrated to these youngsters in 2013:

Jackie Ray Slater was born May 27, 1954.

A third-round pick out of Jackson State in 1976, Slater played all 20 of his NFL seasons with the Rams. That is a league record for most seasons with one franchise.

Slater, who blocked for Walter Payton in college and Eric Dickerson in the pros, was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection as offensive tackle.

He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

More recently, Slater has been the offensive line coach at Azusa Pacific.

Slater's son Matthew, has been a four-time Pro Bowl pick as a special teams player and helped the Patriots win Super Bowl XLIX.

May 27, 1994: Stephane Matteau scores in the second overtime of Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Final to give the Rangers a 2-1 win against the Devils. The Rangers advance to the Stanley Cup Final against Vancouver.

The Rangers nearly win in regulation but Valeri Zelepukin ties it 1-1 with 7.7 seconds left in the third period.

Matteau's goal immortalized by Rangers broadcaster Howie Rose's call -- "Matteau! Matteau! Matteau!" -- comes on a wraparound at 4:24 of double overtime against goalie Martin Brodeur, the NHL's rookie of the year that season.

Matteau also scored in double overtime of Game 3 against the Devils. New Jersey, though, rallied to a take a 3-2 series lead. That led to Mark Messier's guaranteed victory at the Meadowlands in Game 6, and then Matteau's clincher in Game 7 at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers win their first Stanley Cup since 1940 by defeating the Canucks in seven games.

May 26, 1987: The Celtics are on the verge of losing Game 5 of the Eastern Conference at home to the Detroit Pistons when Larry Bird steals an inbounds pass from Isiah Thomas and whips the ball to Dennis Johnson for a driving layup. It gives the Celtics a last-second, 108-107 win to take a 3-2 series lead.

The Celtics are down 107-106 when Bird drives to the hoop but has his shot blocked by Pistons rookie Dennis Rodman. On the chase for the loose ball, Boston guard Jerry Sichting is the last to touch it before it goes out of bounds. This gives the ball back to Detroit with just five seconds left.

The call by iconic Celtics broadcaster Johnny Most becomes instant classic: "Now there's a steal by Bird!"

Johnson scores with one second left on the clock.

The home team wins every game in the series as Boston prevails in seven to reach to the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive season.

Legendary Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was born on May 25, 1978.

Urlacher flourished at football while playing for the University of New Mexico, playing defense and contributing six touchdown catches on offense. That stellar two-way performance earned him a shot at the NFL, where he became one of his generation's best linebackers.

Urlacher played his entire career for the Chicago Bears, leading them to a Super Bowl appearance in 2006. He earned eight Pro Bowl selections and is the Bears franchise leader for both single-season tackles and career tackles.

Urlacher also played with a mean streak, and as concerns about the connection between football concussions and brain injuries gained greater steam, he was a prominent voice in declaring that he felt the rewards were more than worth the health risks.

After a 13-year NFL career, Urlacher retired in 2012.

Former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady was born on May 24, 1979.

McGrady was a promising young basketball player who made the jump from high school straight into the NBA. He quickly found success starring alongside his cousin Vince Carter on the Toronto Raptors, helping set single-season win records for the young franchise.

McGrady went on to become one of the most prolific scorers in the NBA and one of its biggest stars. He made seven All-Star Games, won two scoring titles and was named to seven All-NBA teams while playing for the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets.

The one shortcoming of McGrady's NBA resume is his lack of playoff success. As a player, he never made it out of the first round of the playoffs until his last season, in 2013 with the San Antonio Spurs. By then, he was a reserve who almost never played.

Many experts believe that his inability to lead a team out of the first round of the playoffs will be the main obstacle in his entry into the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame.

On May 25, 1965, Muhammad Ali triumphed in one of the fastest and most controversial heavyweight fights in boxing history.

In a rematch with Sonny Liston, Ali danced around the ring for most of the fight before landing a punch to Liston's jaw that dropped him stunned to the ground. Liston eventually did get up as Ali celebrated his victory prematurely, and the fight then resumed.

Ali went in to finish Liston off, unleashing a torrent of punches. In the middle of that barrage, the referee intervened and said the fight was over, awarding Ali a KO victory even though Liston was still fighting. Apparently, the scorekeeper had already counted Liston out for being down on the mat for too long, but the message was delayed in reaching the referee.

As a result, the crowd booed, and many theories have arisen as to whether the match was fixed beforehand.

You can see the entire fight here:

On May 24, 1988, one of the spookiest Stanley Cup Finals games took place.

Hosting the Edmonton Oilers in Boston, the Bruins had their home ice plagued with eerie influences that provided a unique hockey experience. First, fog settled onto the ice as a result of the arena's indoor temperature hitting 80 degrees. Despite efforts to keep the ice cool, the fog was an inevitable product.

But things got even stranger: Amid the dense fog, Boston Garden's power went out.

After about 15 minutes of relative darkness, fans were ushered out of the stadium due to stadium reasons. Although power was restored through an emergency generator after 35 minutes, almost all of the fans had left by then. According to NHL bylaws, the game was suspended with the score 3-3 late in the second period.

This was Game 4 of the series. The Oilers had won the first three. The series continued back in Edmonton for Game 5, which the Oilers won to complete what is technically a sweep. Officially, the Oilers took the series 4-0, even though five games got underway.

On May 23, 2000, Rickey Henderson reached base by walking for the 2,000th time in his MLB career.

Henderson's achievement had only been matched in history by two other players: Babe Ruth and Ted Williams. The marker was a testament to his longevity as well as his performance on the baseball field. Henderson went on to tally 2,190 walks before retiring from the game after 24 seasons.

As impressive as he was drawing walks at the plate, Henderson was also a master base-runner. He was nicknamed "The Man of Steal" for his ability to advance on steals, and he holds the MLB record for steals by a wide margin.

Even though Henderson was a 10-time All-Star and won the AL MVP in 1990, some statisticians actually consider him underrated: According to sabermetrics that came to rise in the decade after his retirement, Henderson was one of the greatest baseball players of his time.

Here's him making his last steal ever in MLB:

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