On This Day

May 1927 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 9 52nd Preakness: Whitey Abel aboard Bostonian wins in 2:01.6
  • May 11 Belgium beats England 9-1 in soccer
  • May 13 VVOG soccer team forms in Harderwijk
  • May 14 53rd Kentucky Derby: HOF jockey Linus McAtee aboard Whiskery defeats Osmand by a nose in the stretch in 2:06
  • May 16 NY Yankee Bob Meusel steals 2nd, 3rd & home
  • May 17 Chicago Cubs beat Boston Braves, 4-3, in 22 innings
  • May 22 Dodgers beat Phillies, 20-4
  • May 28 Hammond scores his 1,000th cricket run of the season after 22 days

Sports History

May 30 Walter Johnson records 110th and final shutout of his Baseball HOF career, the most in MLB history; Washington Senators score 3-0 win over Boston Red Sox

  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: First-time starter George Souders wins by 8 laps, largest margin since 1913; first driver to win full-500 mile race with no help from relief driver or riding mechanic
  • May 31 Tiger 1st baseman Johnny Neun makes an unassisted triple play

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 1 Greta Andersen, Danish swimmer (gold medal, 100m freestyle 1948 Olympics), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • May 1 Israr Ali, Pakistan cricket all-rounder (4 Tests; member of Pakistan's first Test team that played against India 1952–53), born in Jalandhar, Punjab, India (d. 2016)
  • May 1 Bernard Vukas, Croatian soccer forward (59 caps, Yugoslavia; Hajduk Split; Olympic silver 1948, 52), born in Zagreb, Croatia (d. 1983)
  • May 5 Sid O'Linn, South African cricketer (soccer for South Africa 1947, cricket 1960), born in Oudtshoorn, Cape Province (d. 2016)
  • May 6 Michael Frederick, Barbadian cricketer (one Test WI v England 1954, scored 0 & 30), born in St Peter, Barbados (d. 2014)
  • May 9 Ray Katt, baseball player
  • May 9 Juan José Pizzuti, Argentine soccer striker and manager (12 caps; Racing Club de Avellaneda), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2020)
  • May 10 Mike Souchak, American golfer (15 PGA Tour titles; Ryder Cup 1959, 61), born in Berwick, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • May 13 Archie Scott-Brown, English race car driver (d. 1958)
  • May 14 Shirley Spork, American golfer and administrator (co-founder LPGA; Women's PGA C'ship runner-up 1962), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2022)
  • May 16 Nílton Santos, Brazilian footballer, (d. 2013)
  • May 19 John Thompson, American football executive (GM Seattle Seahawks 1976-82; NFL Executive of the Year 1978), born in South Bend, Washington (d. 2022)
  • May 20 [Harold] Bud Grant, Wisc, CFL/NFL player and coach (Winnipeg, Minnesota)
  • May 22 Eric Petrie, New Zealand cricket wicketkeeper (14 Tests, 25 dismissals, 1 x 50; Auckland, Northern Districts), born in Ngāruawāhia, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • May 22 Glenn Bassett, American tennis coach (UCLA 1967-93; 7 x NCAA C'ships), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2020)
  • May 24 John Kelly Jr, American rower (Olympic bronze single sculls 1956; president US Olympic Committee) and brother of Grace Kelly, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)

Deaths in Sport

  • May 9 Tommy Routledge, South African cricketer (4 Tests for South Africa 1892-96), dies at 60