On This Day

May 1920 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 1 Roermond Football Club (1936 KNVB Cup) is established in Netherlands

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May 1 Legendary slugger Babe Ruth records his first HR for the New York Yankees in 6-0 win over his former club, the Boston Red Sox

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • May 1 Longest MLB game by innings - Brooklyn Robins tie the Boston Braves, 1-1, in 26 innings
  • May 2 1st game of National Negro Baseball League played in Indianapolis
  • May 8 46th Kentucky Derby: Ted Rice aboard Paul Jones wins by a head from Upset in 2:09

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May 14 Washington Senator Walter Johnson wins his 300th game vs Detroit

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • May 14 Giants inform Yankees that the lease allowing them to play in the Polo Grounds will not be renewed at end of 1920 season
  • May 15 Soccer team ADO '20 forms in Heemskerk
  • May 18 45th Preakness: Clarence Kummer aboard Man o' War wins in 1:51.6
  • May 20 Policemen raid the Cubs' bleachers & arrest 24 fans for gambling
  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: Gaston Chevrolet wins in 5:38:31.901 (142.617 km/h)

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 16 Dave Philley, Texas, Major League Baseball switch-hitter (record 9 straight pinch hits), born in Paris, France (d. 2012)
  • May 17 Lydia Wideman, Finnish cross country skier (first female cross-country Olympic gold 1952), born in Vippula, Finland
  • May 20 Elizabeth "Betty" Driver, British singer and actress (Coronation Street, Pardon the Expression), born in Leicester, England (d. 2011)
  • May 26 Jack Cheetham, South African cricket batsman and captain (24 Tests; Western Province), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1980)
  • May 31 Edward Bennett Williams, American lawyer/team owner (Washington Redskins, Baltimore Orioles), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1988)

Deaths in Sport

  • May 17 Maitland Hathorn, South African cricketer (325 runs in 12 Tests South African 1901-11), dies at 42