May 28th, 2022 was highlighted by Ke’Bryan Hayes hitting a GW-HR for the Pirates off of SD’s Taylor Rogers, who previously had a 0.44 ERA. Nathan Eovaldi finally threw his first career Complete Game after 211 starts as the Red Sox beat Baltimore, 2021 MVP candidate Marcus Semien finally broke out with a Grand Slam marking his first HR in Texas’ win vs Oakland, and Sandy Alcantara (8 IP, 14 K’s) dazzled against defending champion Atlanta again to lead Miami’s victory. Plus, Adam Engel and Ben Gamel spectacularly robbed homers on Saturday. 

See what happened in sports on May 28th last year, headlined by Jayson Tatum‘s 50-point performance propelling the Celtics’ upset win over Brooklyn in Kyrie Irving‘s return to Boston, PG and Kawhi leading the Clippers’ comeback dub despite Luka‘s 44 points, and Albert Pujols‘ walk-off HR being robbed in the Giants extra-inning victory as well as what happened in sports on May 28th, 2020 ft. Texas allowing fans at sporting events and the NFL’s rule change. 

WHAT HAPPENED IN SPORTS OVERVIEW: This daily sports post includes real headlines only (no clickbait rumors), all of the best highlights, interesting facts & records from around the NFL, NBA, & MLB, the main games to watch, notable birthdays, and a quick recap of significant events on this day in sports history.

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NBA: PG De’Anthony Melton, Memphis Grizzlies (turns 24)

MLB: SP Huascar Ynoa, Atlanta Braves (24)

NFL: TE Antony Auclair, Houston Texans (29) 

NFL: LB Damien Wilson, Carolina Panthers (29)

MLB: RP Craig Kimbrel, Los Angeles Dodgers (34)

NFL: WR Percy Harvin, Retired after 2016 (34)

NFL: LB NaVorro Bowman, Retired after 2017 (34)

NBA: PG Jerry West, Hall of Fame (84)

2016: After falling into a 3-1 deficit, Golden State Warriors SG Klay Thompson set a NBA Playoff record with 11 3PM in Game 6 to even the series with the Thunder at 3-3 and saved the 73-9 Warriors season from elimination en route to a 2nd straight NBA Finals

2014: Indiana Pacers SG Lance Stephenson infamously blew in LeBron James‘ ear during ECF Game 5 as the Pacers managed to avoid elimination with a 93-90 win to force a Game 6 

2006: San Francisco Giants OF Barry Bonds hit his 715th career home run, passing Babe Ruth for the 2nd most career HR of all-time, behind only Hank Aaron

2004: After spending the morning at the hospital to witness the birth of his first child, Pittsburgh Pirates OF Rob Mackowiak hit a GW grand slam in the 1st leg of a doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs, then hit a game-tying 2-run HR in the 9th inning of the 2nd game

1998: Holding a 8-6 lead over the San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks MGR Buck Showalter made a gutsy call to walk OF Barry Bonds with the bases loaded, allowing a run to score with only one out to go in the bottom of the 9th. The strategy worked, as the next batter lined out to RF, handing Arizona the 8-7 victory

1986: Boston Celtics PF Larry Bird was named NBA MVP for the 3rd consecutive season, joining Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players in history to win the award 3 years in a row, still the only non-Center to ever do so

1957: NL approved the Brooklyn Dodgers’ and New York Giants’ requests to relocate out West (Los Angeles and San Francisco, California)

1952: Playing his last game before reporting to the U.S. Army, New York Giants OF Willie Mays received an ovation from the New York faithful and fans of the arch-rival Brooklyn Dodgers. The reigning Rookie of the Year would miss 266 games, returning to play in 1954 to win his 1st MVP Award

1951: After starting his MLB career 0-12, New York Giants OF Willie Mays finally recorded his 1st career hit — a home run off of Hall-of-Fame SP Warren Spahn

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