May 1921 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 6 Teams from the National Association Football League and the Southern New England Soccer League merge to form the American Soccer League (ASL); collapses 1933
  • May 7 47th Kentucky Derby: Charles Thompson on Behave Yourself wins 2:04.2
  • May 16 46th Preakness: F Coltiletti aboard Broomspun wins in 1:54.2
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Tommy Milton accompanied by riding mechanic Harry Franck wins the first of two 500 victories after Ralph DePalma had led for 109 laps
  • May 31 Boston Red Sox 1st baseman John "Stuffy" McInnis begins an errorless string of 1,700 chances

Birthdays in Sport

Sugar Ray RobinsonSugar Ray Robinson (1921-1989)

May 3 American boxer (world welterweight champion 1946-51; middleweight champion 1951-52, 55, 58), born in Ailey, Georgia

  • May 20 Hal Newhouser, American Baseball HOF pitcher (7 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1945; AL MVP 1944, 45; Triple Crown 1945; Detroit Tigers), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1998)
  • May 26 Frank Mooney, New Zealand cricket wicketkeeper (13 Tests, 30 dismissals; Wellington), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2004)

Deaths in Sport

  • May 3 Teddy Pilette, Belgian auto racer (first Belgian Indy 500), dies in a road accident at 36