On This Day

May 1947 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 1 Cleveland Indians abandon League Park (venue for weekday games) to play all MLB games at Municipal Stadium
  • May 3 73rd Kentucky Derby: Eric Guerin aboard Jet Pilot wins in 2:06.8

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May 8 A movement among Card players to protest its 1st meeting with Jackie Robinson & the Dodgers is aborted by a talk from owner Sam Breadon

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • May 10 72nd Preakness: Doug Dodson aboard Faultless wins in 1:59
  • May 18 MLB Philadelphia A's catcher Warren Rosar catches his 147th game without an error
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Mauri Rose leads for final 8 laps after confused pit messages with teammate Bill Holland to take the controversial victory; race marred by a 41st lap crash that claims life of Shorty Cantlon
  • May 31 79th Belmont: Ruperto Donoso aboard Phalanx wins in 2:29.6

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 1 Jerry Heard, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), born in Visalia, California
  • May 6 Andy Roberts, New Zealand cricketer (NZ batsman 1976), born in Te Aroha, New Zealand (d. 1989)
  • May 13 David Hughes, cricketer
  • May 14 Dick "Dirt" Tidrow, American MLB pitcher, 1972-84 (Cleveland Indians; New York Yankees and 3 other teams), and executive (Asst GM, San Francisco Giants), born in San Francisco, California
  • May 17 John Traicos, cricketer (in Egypt South Africa 1970, Zimbabwe 1992-93)
  • May 21 Dorothy Germain Porter, American golfer (US Curtis Cup winning captain 1966), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • May 26 Darrell Evans, American baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1973, 83; World Series 1984; AL HR leader 1985; Atlanta Braves, SF Giants, Detroit Tigers), born in Pasadena, California
  • May 26 Glenn Turner, New Zealand cricket batsman (41 Tests, 2,991 runs @ 44.64; top score 259; chairman national selection panel), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • May 27 Branko Oblak, Slovenian footballer and coach, born in Ljubljan, FPR Yugoslavia
  • May 30 Jocelyne Bourassa, Canadian golfer (LPGA Rookie of the Year 1972; Canadian Open 1973), born in Shawinigan, Quebec (d. 2021)

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

May 17 NBA center George Mikan (22) weds college sweetheart Patricia Lu Daveny

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan

Deaths in Sport

  • May 5 Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player, dies at 30
  • May 27 Ed Konetchy, American MLB player, dies at 61