On This Day

May 1935 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 4 61st Kentucky Derby: Willie Saunders aboard Omaha wins in 2:05

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 5 Jesse Owens of US sets long jump record at 26' 8½"

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • May 8 Cincinnati Red Ernie Lombardi doubles in 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th beat Phils 15-4
  • May 11 60th Preakness: Willie Saunders aboard Omaha wins in 1:58.4
  • May 14 Northamptonshire County Cricket Club gains (over Somerset at Taunton by 48 runs) what proved to be their last victory for 99 matches, a record in the County Championship. Their next Championship win was not until May 29, 1939.
  • May 15 Pirates beat Phillies 20-5
  • May 19 NFL adopts an annual college draft to begin in 1936
  • May 24 1st major league night baseball game, in Cincinnati (Reds 2, Philadelphia 1)
  • May 25 Track and field athlete Jesse Owens equals or breaks 4 world records in 45 minutes at a Big Ten meet at Ferry Field in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Remembered as "the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport".

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 25 Babe Ruth hits his last 3 home runs in Pittsburgh, Boston Braves still lose the game 11–7 to the Pirates

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • May 30 Babe Ruth's final game, goes hitless for Braves against Phillies
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Kelly Petillo wins in 4:42:22.771 (170.977 km/h)

Birthdays in Sport

Person of interestLuis Suárez

May 2 Luis Suárez Miramontes, Spanish footballer and manager regarded as one of Spain's greatest players, born in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain

Football Player Luis Suárez
Football Player
Luis Suárez
  • May 8 Jack Charlton, English soccer defender (35 caps; World Cup 1966; Leeds United) and manager (Middlesborough, Sheffield Wed, Newcastle, Rep of Ireland), born in Ashington, England (d. 2020)
  • May 12 Johnny Bucyk, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 15 Ted Dexter, cricketer (in Milan Superb England batsman of 60's)
  • May 15 Don Bragg, American pole vaulter (Olympic gold 1960), born in Penns Grove, New Jersey (d. 2019)
  • May 16 Yvon Douis, French soccer striker (20 caps; Lille, Le Havre, Monaco, Cannes), born in Les Andelys, France (d. 2021)
  • May 21 Johnny Majors, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (All American 1956; U of Tennessee) and coach (Iowa State; National C'ship 1976, Pittsburgh; Tennessee), born in Lynchburg, Tennessee (d. 2020)
  • May 22 Ron Piché, Quebec baseball player (Milwaukee Braves), born in Verdun, Quebec, Canada (d. 2011)
  • May 25 Cookie Gilchrist, American football fullback (AFL All Star 1962-65; AFL MVP 1962; CFL All Star 1956-60), born in Brackenridge, Pennsylvania (d. 2011)
  • May 30 Bill Mallory, College Football coach (Miami, Colorado, Northern Illinois, Indiana), born in Sandusky, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • May 31 Bruce Bolton, cricketer (two Tests NZ v England 1959)

Deaths in Sport

  • May 1 Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (Tour de France 1923), dies of a gunshot wound at 46