May 1949 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • May 4 Air crash at Turin, 31 killed including Torino soccer team
  • May 5 Detroit Tigers second baseman Charlie Gehringer is elected in the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • May 7 75th Kentucky Derby: Steve Brooks aboard Ponder wins in 2:04.2
  • May 14 74th Preakness: Ted Atkinson aboard Capot wins in 1:56
  • May 28 48th Men's French Championships: Frank Parker beats Budge Patty (6-3, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4)
  • May 28 48th Women's French Championships: Margaret Osborne duPont beats Nelly Adamson (7-5, 6-2)
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Bill Holland wins in 4:07:15.939 (195.257 km/h)

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May 31 PGA Championship, Hermitage CC: Sam Snead beats fellow American Johnny Palmer 3 & 2

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Birthdays in Sport

  • May 4 John Force, American race car driver, born in Bell Gardens, California
  • May 14 Klaus-Peter Thaler, German cyclist, born in Eckmannshausen, West Germany
  • May 15 Wendy Pritchard, Australian women's field hockey team manager (Olympics 1996)
  • May 16 Rick Reuschel, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • May 25 Lalith Kaluperuma, cricketer (two Tests for Sri Lanka 1982)
  • May 26 Dan Pastorini, NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Raiders) [or Dec 25]
  • May 28 Shelley Hamlin, San Mateo CA, LPGA golfer (1978 Patty Berg Classic)
  • May 29 Brian Kidd, English footballer
  • May 30 Bob Willis, cricketer (superb England fast bowler 1971-84)
  • May 30 P.J. Carlesimo, American basketball coach

Deaths in Sport

  • May 6 Arthur Ochse, South African cricketer (10 wickets in 3 Tests for South Africa 1927-29), dies at 49