On This Day

May 1897 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 4 23rd Kentucky Derby: Buttons Garner aboard Typhoon II wins in 2:12.5
  • May 8 22nd Preakness: T. Thorpe aboard Paul Kauvar wins in 1:51¼
  • May 11 Washington Senator catcher Charlie Farrell throws out 8 attempted stealers
  • May 18 MLB American baseball New York Giants' Bill Joyce sets record of 4 triples in 1 game

Sports History

May 20 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: English amateur Harold Hilton wins 2nd Open title by 1 stroke from Scot James Braid

  • May 29 31st Belmont: Joe Scherrer aboard Scottish Chieftain wins in 2:23.25

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 7 Kitty McKane (Godfree), English tennis player (Olympic gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze-1920, 24), born in Bayswater, England (d. 1992)
  • May 10 Dalton Parry Conyngham, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1923)
  • May 13 Babe Dye, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (Stanley Cup 1922; NHL scoring champion 1922–23, 24-25; Toronto St. Patricks/Maple Leafs), born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 1962)
  • May 19 Jerome Travers, American golfer (US Open 1915), born in NYC, NY (d. 1951)
  • May 25 Alan Kippax, Australian cricket batsman (22 Tests, 2 x 100, 8 x 50, HS 145; NSW CA), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1972)