Events in Sport in May 1979

  • 2nd -May 10] Vivekananda (Sri Lanka) begins nonstop ride, cycling 187 hrs, 28 min, around Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 3rd 1979 NFL Draft: Tom Cousineau from Ohio State first pick by Buffalo Bills
  • 4th Jackie Mercer wins her 4th golf title 31 years after her 1st
  • 5th 105th Kentucky Derby: Ron Franklin on Spectacular Bid wins in 2:02.4
  • 6th Fred Markham set a bicycle speed record of 818 kph over 200 m

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6th Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 7th Gary Roenicke hits into Orioles 13th triple play (Oakland)
  • 10th John McMullen becomes CEO of Houston Astros

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12th Chris Evert's 125-match winning streak on clay comes to an end

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 13th Sandra Post wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament
  • 16th FC Barcelona of Spain wins 19th European Cup Winner's Cup against Fortuna Düsseldorf of West Germany 4-3 in Basel
  • 16th NL approves Astros sales from Ford Motors to John J McMullen for $19M
  • 17th Phillies beat Cubs, 23-22, on 50 hits with 11 HRs
  • 19th 104th Preakness: Ron Franklin aboard Spectacular Bid wins in 1:54.2
  • 20th Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic
  • 21st Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat NY Rangers, 4 games to 1
  • 23rd 1st edition of "Wisden Cricket Monthly"
  • 24th Billy Martin issues a public apology to Reno sportswriter Ray Hagar
  • 27th Penny Pulz wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • 27th Indianapolis 500: Rick Mears wins in 3:08:47.950 (255.723 km/h)
  • 30th 23rd European Cup: Nottingham Forest beats Malmo FF 1-0 at Munich