May 1953 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • May 2 79th Kentucky Derby: Hank Moreno aboard Dark Star wins in 2:02
  • May 6 Brown's Bobo Holloman 1st major league start, no-hits Philadelphia A's, 6-0

Sport awardGolf Tournament

May 10 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sacramento Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 13 NY Giants Willie Mays & Darryl Spencer each hit 2 HRs & a triple

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 15 Heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in Chicago

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • May 16 Phillies Curt Simmons gives up a single, then retires next 27 in a row
  • May 17 Patty Berg wins LPGA Reno Golf Open
  • May 23 78th Preakness: Eric Guerin aboard Native Dancer wins in 1:57.8
  • May 25 Braves Max Surkont strikes out record 8 Reds in a row
  • May 30 1st major league network baseball game-Cleveland 7, Chicago 2
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Bill Vukovich wins in 3:53:01.668 (207.187 km/h)

Sport awardTennis Open

May 30 52nd Men's French Championships: Ken Rosewall beats Victor Elias Seixas (6-3, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
  • May 30 52nd Women's French Championships: Maureen Connolly beats Doris Hart (6-2, 6-4)

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 1 Elquemedo Willett, cricketer (WI lefty spinner early 70's)
  • May 1 Mindy Moore, LPGA golfer
  • May 2 "Keith" Jamaal Wilkes, NBA forward (Golden State-Rookie of Yr 1975)
  • May 6 Graeme Souness, Scottish footballer/manager
  • May 9 Daniel Talbot, golfer (Quebec Open-1979, 81, 84), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • May 9 Ron Jackson, baseball player
  • May 10 Barbara Moxness, LPGA golfer
  • May 14 Bill Meek, Upland PA, prone rifle (Olympics-8th-1996)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 15 George Brett, American baseball third baseman (KC Royals, 1980 AL MVP), born in Glen Dale, West Virginia

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • May 16 Rick Rhoden, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • May 19 Shavarsh Karapetyan, Soviet Armenian finswimmer
  • May 22 Cha Bum-Kun, Korean footballer
  • May 25 Donald Albert Weibring Jr, Quincy IL, PGA golfer (1979 Quad Cities)
  • May 25 Daniel Passarella, Argentine footballer
  • May 29 Ranji Nanan, cricketer (Trinidad off-spinner, 1 Test v Pakistan 1981)

Deaths in Sport

  • May 7 Ormerod Pearse, cricketer (55 runs & 3 wkts in 3 Tests for S Af), dies
  • May 18 Tom Killick, cricketer (at the crease 2 Tests for Eng 1929), dies
  • May 27 Jesse Burkett, American baseball player (b. 1868)