May 1951 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Baseball Record

May 1 Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Mickey Mantle hits first career home run in 8-3 win v White Sox in Chicago; Minnie Miñoso homers in Sox debut

  • May 3 Gil McDougald ties major league record with 6 RBIs in 1 inning
  • May 3 NY Yankee Gil McDougald is 5th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (9th)
  • May 5 77th Kentucky Derby: Conn McCreary aboard Count Turf wins in 2:02.6
  • May 6 Pitts Pirate Cliff Chambers no-hits Boston Brave, 3-0
  • May 7 International Olympic committee allows Russia to participate in 1952 Olympics

Sports History

May 19 76th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Bold wins in 1:56.4

Sports History

May 25 NY Giant Willie Mays 1st major league game (goes 0 for 5)

  • May 28 After going 0-for-12, Willie Mays connects for his 1st major league home run

Boxing Title Fight

May 30 Ezzard Charles beats Joey Maxim in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Lee Wallard wins in a Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser that loses its brakes, suffers damaged exhaust pipe and broken shock absorber mounting

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 1 Gordon Greenidge, West Indies Cricket Batsman (108 Tests, 7,558 runs @ 44.72; 19 x 100s), born in St. Peter, Barbados
  • May 6 Zhaksylyk Ushkempirov, Kazakh Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold, light-flyweight 1980; World C'ship gold 1981), born in Tegistik, Kazakhstan (d. 2020)
  • May 8 Mike D'Antoni, American basketball coach (NBA Coach of the Year 2005, 17; Houston Rockets; LA Lakers, NY Knicks, Phoenix Suns), born in Mullens, West Virginia
  • May 11 Mike Sleman, English rugby union winger (32 caps; British and Irish Lions 1980; Liverpool RUFC), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2020)
  • May 12 Gunnar Larrson, Swedish 200m/400m swimmer (Olympic gold 1972)
  • May 13 Guy Morriss, American football coach (Kentucky, Baylor, Texas A&M–Commerce) and guard (Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots), born in Colorado City, Texas (d. 2022)
  • May 18 Angela Voigt, East German long jumper (Olympic gold 1976), born in Weferlingen, East Germany (d. 2013)
  • May 18 Jim Sundberg, American baseball player (Kansas City Royals), born in Galesburg, Illinois
  • May 18 Rodger Davis, Australian golfer (British Open runner-up 1997), born in Sydney, New South Wales

Anatoly KarpovAnatoly Karpov (71 years old)

May 23 Russian chess player (world champion 1975-85, 93-99), born in Zlatoust, Russia

  • May 27 John Conteh, British boxer (WBC Light Heavyweight title 1974-77), born in Liverpool, England

Deaths in Sport

Leo DiegelLeo Diegel (1899-1951)

May 5 American golfer (PGA C'ship 1928-29), dies of throat and lung cancer at 52