On This Day

May 1922 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 3 Mayor Hylan closes streets for building of Yankee Stadium
  • May 5 Construction begins on Yankee Stadium (Bronx)
  • May 7 Belgian soccer team defeats Netherlands: 1-2
  • May 7 NY Giant Jesse Barnes no-hits Phillies, 2-0
  • May 13 48th Kentucky Derby: Albert Johnson aboard Morvich wins in 2:04.6
  • May 13 47th Preakness: L Morris aboard Pillory wins in 1:51.6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 20 Babe Ruth and Bob Meusel, previously suspended by Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, return to the NY lineup and go hitless

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
1st MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis
1st MLB Commissioner
Kenesaw Mountain Landis
  • May 21 Col Ruppert buys out Col Huston interest in NY Yankees for $1,500,000
  • May 21 Ruppert buys out Huston interest in Yankees for $15 million
  • May 23 Future World Heavyweight boxing champion Gene Tunney suffers his only professional defeat in 15-round unanimous points decision against Harry Greb at Madison Square Garden, NY
  • May 25 Babe Ruth suspended 1 day and fined $200 for throwing dirt on an umpire
  • May 29 US Supreme Court rules organized baseball is a sport and not a business and thus not subject to antitrust laws
  • May 30 Cubs swap Max Flack for Cards Cliff Heathcote during middle of doubleheader. Both play for both teams that day
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Jimmy Murphy wins in 5:17:30.845 (152.057 km/h)

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 3 Len Shackleton, English former footballer, born in Bradford, England (d. 2000)
  • May 6 Pat Harder, American NFL fullback (Cardinals, Lions), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1992)
  • May 11 Nestor Chylak, American baseball umpire (d. 1992)
  • May 13 Michael Ainsworth, British cricketer (d. 1978)
  • May 28 Lou Duva, American boxing trainer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • May 29 Joe Weatherly, American auto racer (NASCAR Sprint Cup champion 1962-63), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1964)