May 1931 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 9 56th Preakness: George Ellis aboard Mate wins in 1:59
  • May 10 Golf ball size hail falls in Burlington, New Jersey
  • May 16 57th Kentucky Derby: Charley Kurtsinger on Twenty Grand wins 2:01.8
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Defending champion Billy Arnold leads for 155 laps before axle trouble; Louis Schneider leads final 34 laps accompanied by riding mechanic Jigger Johnson

Baseball Record

May 30 Phillies Chuck Klein homers off Ben Cantwell (Braves) in both ends DH

French Open Women's Tennis

May 31 French Championship Women's Tennis: Cilly Aussem of Germany beats England's Betty Nuthall 8-6, 6-1 for the first of 2 major titles in 1931

  • May 31 French Championships Men's Tennis: Jean Borotra wins his only home title; beats fellow Frenchman Christian Boussus 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4

Birthdays in Sport

Willie Mays

May 6 Willie Mays, American Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder (24 x MLB All Star; 12 x Gold Glove Award; 660 career HRs, NL MVP 1954, 65; SF Giants, NY Mets), born in Westfield, Alabama

  • May 15 Ken Venturi, American golfer, broadcaster (US Open 1964), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2013)
  • May 17 Stan Albeck, American basketball coach (Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, New Jersey Nets, Chicago Bulls), born in Chenoa, Illinois (d. 2021)
  • May 19 Bob Anderson, British racing driver (d. 1967)
  • May 20 Chiharu Igaya, Japan, slalom (Olympic silver 1956)
  • May 20 Ken Boyer, American baseball player (d. 1982)
  • May 26 Jim Frey, American MLB manager (Kansas City Royals, American League C'ship 1980; Chicago Cubs), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • May 28 Raymond Miquel, chairman (Scottish Sports Council)

Deaths in Sport

  • May 5 Glen Kidston, British aviator and racing driver (b. 1899)