On This Day

May 1928 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 1 Rotterdam soccer club Black White '28 is established (2000 Women's KNVB Cup); declared bankrupt 2004
  • May 11 53rd Preakness: Raymond Sonny Workman aboard Victorian wins in 2:00.2

British Golf Open

May 11 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St George's GC: Walter Hagen wins 3rd of his 4 Open Championship titles, 2 strokes ahead of fellow American Gene Sarazen

  • May 19 54th Kentucky Derby: Chick Lang aboard Reigh Count wins in 2:10.4
  • May 24 Record 12 future Hall of Famers take the field, as Yanks beat A's 9-7
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Rookie driver Louis Meyer takes first of 3 career Indy victories after 20 lap duel with Tony Gulotta and Jimmy Gleason
  • May 31 Charlie Hallows scores his 1,000th run of Cricket season

Birthdays in Sport

Betsy Rawls

May 4 Betsy Rawls, American golfer (US Women's Open: 1951, 53, 57, 60), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina

  • May 4 Wolfgang von Trips, German racing driver, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1961)
  • May 9 Barbara Ann Scott, Canadian figure skater (Olympic gold 1948, World champion 1947-48), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 2012)
  • May 9 (Richard) "Pancho" González, American tennis player (US Open, 1948-49; Wimbledon & French Open Doubles, 1949), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1995)

Billy Martin

May 16 Billy Martin, American baseball 2nd baseman (MLB All Star 1956; World Series 1951, 52, 53, 56; NY Yankees) and manager (World Series 1977 NY Yankees), born in Berekeley, California (d. 1989)

Dolph Schayes

May 19 Dolph Schayes, American basketball Hall of Famer (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers, 1948-63) and coach (76ers, 1963-66; Buffalo Braves, 1970-72)) and coach, born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)

  • May 23 Nina Otkalenko, USSR, 800m runner (9 world records)
  • May 30 Glyn Moses, Welsh rugby league fullback (2 caps Wales. 9 Great Britain; Salford, St. Helens), born in Nant-y-Moel, Wales (d. 2021)
  • May 31 Pankaj Roy, cricketer (Indian opener, 413 partnership w/Vinoo Mankad)
  • May 31 Derek Ufton, English soccer defender (1 cap; Charlton Athletic), manager (Plymouth Argyle) and cricket wicketkeeper (Kent), born in Crayford, England (d. 2021)