May 1920 in Sport

Events in Sport


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1st Babe Ruth's 1st Yankee HR & 50th of career, out of Polo Grounds

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1st Longest major league baseball game by inninngs - Brooklyn Dodgers tie Boston Braves, 1-1, in 26 innings
  • 2nd 1st game of National Negro Baseball League played in Indianapolis
  • 8th 46th Kentucky Derby: Ted Rice aboard Paul Jones wins in 2:09

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14th Wash Senator Walter Johnson wins his 300th game vs Detroit

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 15th Soccer team ADO '20 forms in Heemskerk
  • 18th 45th Preakness: Clarence Kummer aboard Man o' War wins in 1:51.6
  • 20th Policemen raid the Cubs' bleachers & arrest 24 fans for gambling
  • 31st Indianapolis 500: Gaston Chevrolet wins in 5:38:31.901 (142.617 km/h)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 16th Dave Philley, Texas, Major League Baseball switch-hitter (record 9 straight pinch hits), born in Paris, France (d. 2012)
  • 17th Lydia Wideman, Finland, 10K cross country skier (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 20th Betty Driver, actress (Penny Paradise)
  • 26th Jack Cheetham, cricketer (South African batsman, Test capt early 50's)
  • 31st Edward Bennett Williams, lawyer/team owner (Redskins, Balt Orioles)

Deaths in Sport

  • 17th Maitland Hathorn, cricketer (325 runs in 12 Tests S Afr 1901-11), dies