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May 1909 in Sports History

Events in Sport


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May 2 Honus Wagner steals his way around bases in 1st inning against Cubs

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  • May 3 35th Kentucky Derby: Vincent Powers on Wintergreen wins in 2:08.2
  • May 8 American Albert Raines runs world record marathon (2:46:04.6) in NYC
  • May 8 British runner Henry Barrett runs world record marathon (2:42:31) in the Polytechnic Marathon in London
  • May 12 34th Preakness: Willie Doyle aboard Effendi wins in 1:39.8
  • May 13 First Giro d'Italia takes place in Milan - Italian cyclist Luigi Ganna is the winner
  • May 19 In his first title defence Jack Johnson fights "Philadelphia" Jack O'Brien to a no decision in 6 rounds in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to retain his world heavyweight crown

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 14 Vladimir Alatortsev, USSR, International Chess Master (1950)
  • May 17 Karl Schäfer, Austrian figure skater (Olympic gold 1932, 36), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1976)
  • May 18 Fred Perry, English tennis player/broadcaster (8-time Grand Slam singles winner), born in Stockport, England (d. 1995)
  • May 26 Matt Busby, Scottish soccer forward (Manchester City, Liverpool) and manager (Manchester United 1945-69, 70–71; Scotland 1958), born in Orbiston, Bellshill, Scotland (d. 1994)
  • May 28 Red Horner, Canadian hockey player (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Lynden, Ontario, Canada (d. 2005)
  • May 30 George Headley OD MBE, West Indies cricket batsman (22 Tests; 2,190 runs @ 60.83; 10 x 100), born in Colón, Panama (d. 1983)
  • May 31 Thor Thorvaldsen, Norwegian yachtsman (Olympic gold 1948, 52)

Deaths in Sport

  • May 12 Bertha Townsend, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1888-89), dies at 40