On This Day

May 1945 in Sports History

Events in Sport


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May 7 Branch Rickey announces formation of the US Negro Baseball League

Baseball Player and Sports Executive Branch Rickey
Baseball Player and Sports Executive
Branch Rickey
  • May 9 New balata ball used in baseball, 50% livilier
  • May 19 Start of the 1st Victory Test Cricket between England & Aust Services
  • May 20 Keith Miller scores 105 in the 1st Victory Test Cricket at Lord's
  • May 21 Australian Services win 1st Victory Test Cricket at Lord's by 6 wickets

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 2 Loyd Phillips, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive lineman (University of Arkansas; Chicago Bears), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2020)
  • May 3 Sadiq Mohammad, Pakistani cricketer (attacking Pakistan opening batsman 1969-81), born in Junagadh, Gujarat, British India
  • May 14 Yochanan Vollach, Israeli footballer and president of Maccabi Haifa
  • May 15 Jerry Quarry, American boxer (famous bouts v world champions Floyd Patterson, Jimmy Ellis, Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali, Ken Norton), born in Bakersfield, California (d. 1999)
  • May 18 Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, cricketer (brilliant Indian leggie 1964-79)
  • May 29 Martin Pipe, English racehorse trainer (15-time Champion Hunt Trainer), born in Taunton, Somerset

Deaths in Sport

  • May 2 Joe Corbett, American baseball player, dies at 69
  • May 9 Clem Hill, Australian cricketer (49 Tests for Australia 1896-1912), dies