May 1941 in Sport

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • May 16 1st US radio performance of 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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 23 Joe Louis beats Buddy Baer on DQ in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • May 25 Ted Williams raises his batting average over .400 for 1st time in 1941
  • May 28 NY Yankees nip Washington Senators 6-5 in 1st night game at Griffith Stadium
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Floyd Davis/Mauri Rose wins in 4:20:36.266 (185.263 km/h)
  • 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 Aleksandr Ragulin, USSR, ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72)
  • May 5 Howie Komives, NBA star (NY Knicks, Buffalo Braves)
  • May 7 Grahame Bilby, New Zealand cricketer (two Tests NZ v England 1966), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 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
  • 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
  • May 31 Gil [Walter] Morgan, Haddock GA, PGA golfer (1990 Kemper Open)