May 1959 in Sport

Events in Sport


Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 1 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
  • May 1 White Sox Early Wynn beats Red Sox 1-0 on his own HR
  • May 2 85th Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Tomy Lee wins in 2:02.2

Sport awardGolf Tournament

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

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 7 "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

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Sports record brokenGolf Record

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

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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

May 31 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Cavalier Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright

Birthdays in Sport

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

Deaths in Sport

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