On This Day

May 1951 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Sports record brokenBaseball 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 Minoso homers in Sox debut

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Racing Hall of Fame Jockey Eddie Arcaro
Racing Hall of Fame Jockey
Eddie Arcaro

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Lee Wallard wins in 3:57:38.103 (203.170 km/h)

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-Italian basketball guard and head coach (NBA Coach of the Year 2005, 17; Houston Rockets 2016-19; LA Lakers, NY Knicks, Phoenix), 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 18 Angela Voigt, German DR, long jumper (Olympic gold 1976)
  • May 18 Rodger Davis, Australian golfer (British Open runner-up 1997), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • May 18 Jim Sundberg, American baseball player
  • May 23 Anatoly Karpov, Russian chess player (world champion 1975-85, 93-99), born in Zlatoust, Russia
  • May 27 John Conteh, British boxer, WBC Light Heavyweight crown (1974-77), born in Liverpool

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestLeo Diegel

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

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel