On This Day

May 1934 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 5 60th Kentucky Derby: Mack Garner aboard Cavalcade wins in 2:04
  • May 6 Red Sox score 12 runs in 4th inning including record 4 consecutive triples hit by Carl Reynolds, Moose Solters, Rick Ferrell, & B Walters
  • May 12 59th Preakness: Robert Jones aboard High Quest wins in 1:58.2
  • May 28 Jack Hobbs scores his 197th (or 199th) and last 1st class cricket century at 51 years and 163 days of age [1]
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Indianapolis native Bill Cummings accompanied by riding mechanic Earl Unversaw wins race where only 12 of 33 entrants finish

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 1 Nev MacEwan, New Zealand rugby union #8 (20 caps; Wellington 133 games), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • May 3 Henry Cooper, English boxer (British, European, C'wealth heavyweight champion; famous defeats to Muhammad Ali 1963, 66), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • May 5 Campbell Forsyth, Scottish soccer goalkeeper (4 caps; St Mirren, Kilmarnock, Southampton), born in Plean, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • May 10 Cliff Wilson, snooker player
  • May 13 Leon Wagner, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 1962, 63; LA Angels), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • May 15 Frank McAtamney, New Zealand rugby union prop (1 Test; Otago 38 games), born in Middlemarch, New Zealand (d. 2022)
  • May 17 Earl Morrall, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 1970, 72, 73; Pro Bowl 1957, 68; First-team All-Pro 1968, 72; NFL MVP 1968; Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins), born in Muskegon, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • May 22 Arne Harris, American television sports director, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • May 23 Mason Rudolph, American golfer (Ryder Cup 1971; PGA C'ship 1973 3rd), born in Clarksville, Tennessee (d. 2011)
  • May 30 Alketas Panagoulias, Greek footballer and coach (d. 2012)
  • May 31 Bent Peter Rasch, Danish canoeist (Olympic gold 1952), born in Copenhagen, Denmark

Divorces in Sport

Curly Lambeau

May 23 First wife Marguerite Van Kessel divorces NFL player Curly Lambeau (36) after 14 years of marriage

Deaths in Sport

  • May 14 Lou Criger, American baseball player (b. 1872)