May 1881 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 17 7th Kentucky Derby: HOF jockey Jim McLaughlin aboard heavy favourite Hindoo wins in 2:40.00
  • May 21 US National Lawn Tennis Association is established in NYC, New York
  • May 27 9th Preakness: T Costello aboard Saunterer wins in 2:40.5

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 11 Al Cabrera, Spanish-born Cuban baseball player (d. 1964)
  • May 14 Ed Walsh, American Baseball HOF pitcher (World Series 1906; no-hitter 1911; MLB record 1.82 career ERA; Chicago White Sox) and manager (Chicago WS 1924), born in Plains Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1959)
  • May 29 Frederik Septimus Kelly, Australian-British composer and rower (Summer Olympic gold, 1908), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1916)