May 1940 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • May 1 The 1940 Olympics are cancelled
  • May 4 66th Kentucky Derby: Carroll Bierman aboard Gallahadion wins in 2:05
  • May 11 65th Preakness: Fred A Smith aboard Bimelech wins in 1:58.6
  • May 20 Soccer team HZVV forms in Hoogeveen
  • May 24 1st night game at NY's Polo Grounds (Giants 8, Braves 1)
  • May 24 1st night game at St Louis Sportsman Park (Indians 3, Browns 2)
  • May 24 NY Giants rip Boston Bees 8-1 in 1st night game at Polo Grounds
  • May 29 Adolf Kiefer swims world record 100 yards backstroke (58.8 sec)
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Wilbur Shaw wins in 4:22:31.201 (183.911 km/h)

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 2 Bryan Davis, cricketer (bro of Charlie WI batsman v Australia 1965)
  • May 3 Clemens Westerhof, Dutch football manager
  • May 15 Beth Stone, LPGA golfer
  • May 18 Pat Trimborn, cricket pace bowler (South African in 4 Tests 1966-70)
  • May 19 Jan Janssen, Dutch cyclist
  • May 20 Stan Mikita, NHL center (led NHL in scoring 4 times)
  • May 22 Erapalli Prasanna, cricketer (one of India's big four spinners)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

May 25 MLB outfielder Stan Musial (19) weds his high school sweetheart Lillian Labash in Daytona Beach

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial

Deaths in Sport

  • May 20 Amar Singh, cricketer (of pneumonia Indian pace bowler 1932-36), dies