May 1939 in Sport

Events in Sport


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May 2 Lou Gehrig ends 2,130 consecutive game streak, Yanks beat Tigers 22-2

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • May 6 65th Kentucky Derby: James Stout aboard Johnstown wins in 2:03.4
  • May 13 64th Preakness: George Seabo aboard Challedon wins in 1:59.8
  • May 17 1st televised baseball game is broadcast on NBC, with Princeton defeating Columbia 2-1
  • May 25 Carl Storck becomes 2nd NFL president
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Wilbur Shaw wins in 4:20:47.412 (185.131 km/h)

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 1 Frank Beard, American golfer (11 PGA Tour titles), born in Dallas, Texas
  • May 2 Gates Brown, American MLB player (Detroit Tigers: 1963-75), born in Crestline, Ohio (d. 2013)
  • May 5 Cesare Fiorio, Italian sporting director of various Formula One teams
  • May 8 Otis Paul Drayton, Glen Cove NY, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1964)
  • May 9 Herbert Hippauf, baseball player
  • May 9 Jim Dent, PGA golfer (1989 MONY Syracuse Senior), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • May 9 Ralph Boston, Laurel Miss, long jumper (Olympic gold/sil/brz-60, 64, 68)
  • May 9 Ion Ţiriac, Romanian tennis manager
  • May 11 Milt Pappas, American baseball pitcher, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • May 12 Reg Gasnier, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Mortdale, New South Wales, (d. 2014)
  • May 13 Anthony Hide, racehorse trainer
  • May 13 Terry Dill, Forth Worth TX, PGA golfer (1992 Bank One Senior Classic)
  • May 13 Hildrun Claus, German athlete
  • May 15 Dorothy Shirley, British athlete
  • May 19 Livio Berruti, Italian athlete
  • May 23 Ron Stevens, horse trainer
  • May 26 Brent Musburger, sportscaster (CBS-TV)
  • May 29 Al Unser, auto racer (Indianapolis 500-1970, 71)
  • May 30 Dieter Quester, Austrian racing driver

Deaths in Sport

  • May 20 Joe Carr, NFL hall of famer/NFL president (1921-39), dies at 59
  • May 30 Floyd Roberts, Auto racer, killed during 1939 Indianapolis 500 (b. 1904)