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

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

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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, St Charles MO, PGA golfer (1993 Northern Telecom-3rd)
  • 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, Jacksonville FL, pitcher (Chicago Cubs)
  • 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, London Ontario, rower (Olympics-96)
  • 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