On This Day

May 1939 in Sports History

Events in Sport

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May 2 New York Yankee Lou Gehrig ends 2,130 consecutive game streak, Yanks beat Detroit 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: Reigning champion Floyd Roberts is killed in crash on lap 109; Wilbur Shaw wins his second of 3 Indy 500 titles

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 1 Frank Beard, American golfer (11 PGA Tour titles; US Open 1965, 75 3rd), born in Dallas, Texas
  • May 2 Gates Brown, American MLB outfielder (Detroit Tigers: 1963-75), born in Crestline, Ohio (d. 2013)
  • May 5 Cesare Fiorio, Italian sporting director of various Formula One teams, born in Turin, Italy
  • May 8 Otis Paul Drayton, Glen Cove NY, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1964)
  • May 8 János Göröcs, Hungarian soccer midfielder (62 caps; Újpesti Dózsa, Tatabányai Bányász), born in Gánt, Hungary (d. 2020)
  • May 9 Herbert Hippauf, baseball player
  • May 9 Ralph Boston, American long jumper (Olympic gold 1960; first to break 27 feet [8.2m] barrier), born in Laurel, Mississippi
  • May 9 Ion Ţiriac, Romanian tennis manager
  • May 11 Milt Pappas, American baseball pitcher, (3-time MLB All Star), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • May 12 Reg Gasnier, Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame centre and captain (36 Tests; 3 World Cup; St. George), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2014)
  • May 13 Hildrun Claus, German athlete
  • May 15 Dudley Wysong, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1966 runner-up), born in McKinney, Texas (d. 1998)
  • May 19 Livio Berruti, Italian athlete
  • May 19 Jānis Lūsis, Latvian athlete (Olympic gold men's javelin 1968, silver 1972, bronze 1968), born in Jelgava, Latvia (d. 2020)
  • May 25 Gene A. Budig, American baseball executive (last American League [AL] president 1994-99), born in McCook, Nebraska (d. 2020)
  • May 26 Brent Musburger, American sportscaster (CBS Sports, The NFL Today; ESPN, ABC; VSiN; radio play-by-play Las Vegas Raiders), born in Portland, Oregon
  • May 29 Al Unser, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1970-71, 78, 87), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • May 30 Dieter Quester, Austrian racing driver, born in Vienna, Austria

Deaths in Sport

  • May 20 Joe Carr, NFL hall of famer/NFL president (1921-39), dies at 59
  • May 30 Floyd Roberts,, American auto racer, killed in a 100 mph crash during 1939 Indianapolis 500 at 39