May 1944 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • May 6 70th Kentucky Derby: Conn McCreary aboard Pensive wins in 2:04.2
  • May 13 69th Preakness: Conn McCreary aboard Pensive wins in 1:59.2
  • May 15 Cincinnati Red Clyde Shoun no-hits Boston Braves, 1-0

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 5 Bo Larsson, Swedish footballer
  • May 6 Tommie Smith, American 200m dash (Olympic gold 1968), born in Clarksville, Texas
  • May 6 Masanori Murakami, First Japanese baseball player in major leagues
  • May 10 Abdul Kadir, cricketer (Pakistani batsman-keeper in 4 Tests 1964-65)
  • May 10 Kathy Farrer, LPGA golfer
  • May 11 John Benaud, Australian cricketer (brother of Richie, Australian bat 1972-73), born in Auburn, New South Wales
  • May 13 Clive Radley, cricketer (England batsman in 8 Tests 1978)
  • May 15 Miruts Yifter 'Yifter the Shifter', Ethiopian runner (Olympic golds 1980), born in Adigrat (d. 2016)
  • May 17 Arif Butt, Pakistani cricketer (pace bowler for Pakistan in three Tests 1964-65), born in Lahore, Punjab, British India (d. 2007)
  • May 20 Keith Fletcher, cricket captain (Essex & England)
  • May 21 Mike Degett, horse trainer
  • May 23 John Newcombe, Australian tennis player (7 singles, 17 Grand Slam doubles), born in Sydney, Australia
  • May 26 Sam Posey, American race car driver, TV commentator and author

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding of Interest

May 4 Baseball player Ted Williams marries Doris Soule (divorced 1954)

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

HeartWedding of Interest

May 29 Boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson (23) weds Edna Mae Holly

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson

Deaths in Sport

  • May 26 C M Francois, cricketer (WWII, 252 runs in 5 Tests for South Africa), dies