On This Day

May 1941 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

May 2 MLB player Ted Williams' lowest average (.308) in year he hit over .400

Sports History

May 3 67th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway, 1st leg of successful Triple Crown

  • May 10 66th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro wins aboard Whirlaway, 2nd leg of successful Triple Crown

Baseball Record

May 15 Joe DiMaggio starts 56-game hitting streak; Yanks lose 13-1

  • May 16 1st US radio performance of Robert Russell Bennett''s "Symphony in D for the Dodgers"
  • May 19 Germany occupiers in Holland forbid bicycle taxis
  • May 20 White Sox Taft Wright sets AL record of RBIs in 13 consecutive games

Boxing Title Fight

May 23 In his 20th World Heavyweight Boxing title defence Joe Louis knocks out Buddy Baer in round 1 at New York's Madison Square Garden

  • May 24 German athlete Rudolf Harbig runs world record 1,000m in 2:21.5 at Dresden, Germany
  • May 25 Ted Williams raises his batting average over .400 for 1st time in 1941
  • May 28 1st night game at Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C. (NY Yankees pip the Senators 6-5)
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Floyd Davis/Mauri Rose win final 500 prior to United States involvement in WWII; final time one car would carry 2 drivers to victory at Indy
  • May 31 German occupiers forbids Jews access to beach & swimming pools

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 2 Clay Carroll, American baseball player, born in Clanton, Alabama
  • May 3 Nona Gaprindashvili, Georgian world women's chess champ (1962-78), born in Zugdidi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
  • May 5 Alexander Ragulin, Russian ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72), born in Moscow (d. 2004)
  • May 5 Terry Baker, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1962, Oregon State), born in Pine River, Minnesota
  • May 7 Grahame Bilby, New Zealand cricketer (two Tests NZ v England 1966), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • May 9 Howard Komives, American NBA star (NY Knicks, Buffalo Braves), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • May 9 Dorothy Hyman, England, sprinter (Olympic silver 1960)
  • May 10 Ken Berry [Allen Kent Berry], American baseball player (White Sox, Angels, Brewers, Indians), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • May 11 Ian Redpath, cricketer (dependable Australian opening batsman 1964-76)
  • May 11 Graham Miles, English snooker player, born in Birmingham, England (d. 2014)
  • May 14 Nasim-ul-Ghani, cricketer (Pakistani left-handed all-rounder 1958-73)
  • May 15 Cyril Cooray, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test umpire on intl panel)
  • May 22 Martha Langbein, German athlete (Olympic silver 1960), born in Heidelberg, Germany
  • May 31 Gil Morgan, American golfer (Senior Players C'ship 1998, The Tradition 1997, 98), born in Wewoka, Oklahoma