May 1959 in Sport

Events in Sport

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1st Floyd Patterson KOs Brian London in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1st White Sox Early Wynn beats Red Sox 1-0 on his own HR
  • 2nd 85th Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Tomy Lee wins in 2:02.2

Sport awardGolf Tournament

3rd Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Land of the Sky Golf Tournament

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls

Event of interestEvent of Interest

7th "Roy Campanella Night" Largest baseball crowd (93,103 in LA Coliseum) sees Dodgers' Sandy Koufax beat Yankees 6-2 in exhibition

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella

Event of interestEvent of Interest

9th Dorothy Rigney, husband John, & Hank Greenberg resign from White Sox

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 10th Joyce Ziske wins LPGA Howard Johnson Golf Invitational

Event of interestEvent of Interest

11th Yankee catcher Yogi Berra's errorless streak of 148 games ends

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • 15th 100th anniversary of 1st college baseball game, between Amherst & Williams Teams reenact the original contest
  • 16th 84th Preakness: William Harmatz aboard Royal Orbit wins in 1:57

Sports record brokenGolf Record

17th Sam Snead sets PGA record for 36 holes at 122

Golfer Sam Snead
Sam Snead
  • 25th US Supreme Courtt rules Louisiana prohibiting black-white boxing unconstitutional
  • 30th Indianapolis 500: Rodger Ward wins in 3:40:47.470 (218.641 km/h)
  • 30th 58th Men's French Championships: Nicola Pietrangeli beats Ian Vermaak (3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1)
  • 30th 58th Women's French Championships: Christine Truman beats Zsuzsi Kormoczy (6-4, 7-5)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

31st Mickey Wright wins LPGA Cavalier Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1st Eddie Johnson, NBA guard/forward (Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers)
  • 4th Robert Raymond Tway, PGA golfer (1986 Shearson), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 4th Rohn Stark, NFL punter (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 6th Scott Hood, Canadian Tour golfer (1989 Montana Open-2nd), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 7th Robin L Freeman, PGA golfer (1993 Northern Telecom-3rd), born in Saint Charles, Missouri
  • 8th Ronnie Lott, Albuquerque, NM, NFL defensive back (SF 49er)
  • 9th Andrew Jones, cricketer (highly consistent for NZ at 1st drop)
  • 9th Asantha De Mel, cricketer (pioneering Sri Lankan Test opening bowler)
  • 10th Dan Schayes, NBA center/forward (Miami Heat, Orlando Magic)
  • 12th Dave Christian, Minn, NHL right wing (Wash Caps, Olympic-gold-1980)
  • 13th Robert Earnshaw, racehorse trainer
  • 14th Mike Quick, NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 15th Kaokor Galaxy, Thai boxer
  • 16th Bob Patterson, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 16th Ty Armstrong, Waxahachie TX, Nike golfer (1993 Anheuser-Busch-19th)
  • 18th Graham Dilley, cricketer (England wicket-taker of 80's)
  • 23rd Marcella Mesker, Netherlands, tennis star
  • 24th George Glanos, horse trainer
  • 26th Brian Peaker, rower (Olympics-96), born in London, Ontario
  • 26th Nancy White-Brophy, Montague PEI, LPGA golfer (1994 McCall's-25th)

Deaths in Sport

  • 16th Elisha Scott, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1894)
  • 26th Ed Walsh, baseball pitcher (1.82 ERA), dies at 78
  • 28th Bert Collins, cricketer (19 Tests for Aust 1920-26), dies