On This Day

May 1942 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 2 68th Kentucky Derby: Wayne D Wright aboard Shut Out wins in 2:04.4
  • May 8 1st twilight game in 24 years, the Dodgers top Giants 7-6 raising $60,000 for Navy Relief Fund
  • May 9 67th Preakness: Basil James aboard Alsab wins in 1:57
  • May 13 Helicopter makes its 1st cross-country flight
  • May 13 Pitcher Jim Tobin belts 3 HRs in a game
  • May 18 NYC ends night baseball games for rest of WW II
  • May 19 Braves Paul Waner is 3rd NLer to get 3,000 hits (Anson & Wagner)
  • May 30 Satchel Paige pitches 5 innings to defeat Dizzy Dean All-Stars 8-1

Sport awardPGA Championship

May 31 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Seaview CC: Sam Snead beats Jim Turnesa, 2 & 1 for his first PGA Tour major title

Golfer Sam Snead
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Sam Snead

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 1 Jean Saubert, American alpine ski racer (Olympic giant slalom silver, slalom bronze 1964), born in Roseburg, Oregon (d. 2007)
  • May 2 Jacques Rogge, Belgian International Olympic Committee president, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • May 3 Věra Čáslavská, Czech gymnast (7 Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2016)
  • May 8 Robin Hobbs, cricketer (England leg-spinner 1967-71)
  • May 8 Terry Neill, Northern Irish footballer
  • May 10 Jim Calhoun, American College Basketball & Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Men's NCAA National C'ship 1999, 2004, 11; UConn; University of Saint Joseph), born in Braintree, Massachusetts
  • May 14 Tony Perez, baseball player
  • May 14 Valeriy Brumel, Soviet athlete (d. 2003)
  • May 17 Myles Brand, American sports administrator (4th NCAA President), born in Brooklyn, NY (d. 2009)
  • May 18 Nobby Stiles MBE, English soccer midfielder (28 caps; World Cup 1966; Manchester United 311 games) and manager (Preston NE, WBA), born in Manchester, England (d. 2020)
  • May 19 Frank Froehling, American tennis player (US C'ships 1963 runner-up; doubles, mixed doubles 1965 runner-up), born in Islamorada, Florida (d. 2020)
  • May 19 Curly Neal, American basketball guard (Harlem Globetrotters 1963-85), born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 2020)
  • May 20 Lynn Davies, long jumper
  • May 24 Ali Bacher, South African cricketer (South African batsman and captain in 60's), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • May 25 Ron Davies, Welsh footballer (29 Welsh caps), born in Holywell, Flintshire, Wales (d. 2013)
  • May 27 Kent Bede Bernard, Trinidad, 4X400 runner (Olympic bronze 1964)
  • May 31 Happy Hairston, NBA star (Cin, Detroit, LA)

Deaths in Sport

  • May 9 Graham McNamee, American early sportscaster (1st Rose Bowl), dies at 53