May 1935 in Sport

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, Phil 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 plays his last major league appearance and hits his last 3 home run in Pittsburgh, Boston Braves vs 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

  • May 8 Jack Charlton, soccer manager (Rep of Ireland)
  • May 12 Johnny Bucyk, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 15 Ted Dexter, cricketer (in Milan Superb England batsman of 60's)
  • May 22 Ron Piché, Quebec baseball player
  • May 25 Cookie Gilchrist, American football player, 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 (1923 Tour de France), dies of a gunshot wound at 46