On This Day

May 1926 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Hall of fameHall of Fame

May 1 Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige (19) debuts in the Negro Southern League for Chattanooga

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Satchel Paige
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Satchel Paige
  • May 8 Fire breaks out in Fenway Park, home of Boston Red Sox baseball team
  • May 10 51st Preakness: John Maiben aboard Display wins in 1:59.8
  • May 15 52nd Kentucky Derby: Albert Johnson on Bubbling Over wins in 2:03.8
  • May 21 White Sox Earl Sheely hits a record 6th consecutive double
  • May 23 Hack Wilson is 1st to hit a home run off Wrigley Field scoreboard

Sports record brokenWorld Record

May 24 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3000 m (8:25.4)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: First rain-shortened race in "500" history; Frank Lockhart wins after 20 lap duel with Dave Lewis; race called after 400 miles (160 laps)

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 20 Bob Sweikert, American race car driver (d. 1956)
  • May 24 Len Maddocks, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (7 Tests, 19 dismissals; Victoria, Tasmania), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2016)

Person of interestBill Sharman

May 25 Bill Sharman, American Hall of Fame basketball player (Boston Celtics), born in Abilene, Texas (d. 2013)

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • May 27 [John] Gordon Leggat, New Zealand cricketer (open batsman in 9 Tests 1953-56), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 1973)
  • May 31 Probir Sen, cricket wicket-keeper (India in late 40's/early 50's)

Deaths in Sport

  • May 20 Dick Pougher, cricketer (17 & 3-26 in only Test for England 1892), dies