On This Day

May 1903 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 2 29th Kentucky Derby: Hal Booker riding Judge Himes wins in 2:09
  • May 3 AVC Heracles (SC Heracles '74) soccer team forms in Almelo
  • May 6 Chicago White Sox commit 12 errors against Detroit Tigers
  • May 17 Cleveland Indians beat NY Highlanders 9-2 in Columbus Ohio
  • May 27 37th Belmont: John Bullman aboard Africander wins in 2:21.75
  • May 30 28th Preakness: W Gannon aboard Flocarline wins in 1:44.8

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 4 Elmer Layden, College Football Hall of Fame fullback (Notre Dame legendary 4-horsemen, 1st NFL Commissioner), born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1973)
  • May 10 Kay Petre, early racing driver
  • May 11 Charlie Gehringer, American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman (Detroit Tigers, 6-time MLB All Star), born in Fowlerville, Michigan (d. 1993)
  • May 13 Jim Sims, English cricket spin bowler (4 Tests, 11 wickets; Middlesex), born in Leyton, England (d. 1973)

Person of interestCool Papa Bell

May 17 James "Cool Papa" Bell, American baseball center fielder in Negro league baseball, considered by many to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game, born in Starkville, Mississippi (d. 1991)

Baseball player Cool Papa Bell
Baseball player
Cool Papa Bell
  • May 27 Walt Kiesling, American Pro Football Hall of Fame guard (NFL 1920s All-Decade Team; First-team All-Pro 1929, 30, 32; Chicago Cardinals, Chicago Bears) and coach (Pittsburgh Pirates/Steelers), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1962)

Deaths in Sport

  • May 1 Arthur Haygarth, English cricket batsman (Middlesex & Surrey, cricket historian), dies at 77
  • May 19 Arthur Shrewsbury, English cricketer (1277 runs at 35 47 in 23 Tests), dies at 47