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

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 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 French Men's Tennis Championships: Ken Rosewall of Australia beats American Vic 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
Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
  • May 30 52nd Women's French Championships: Maureen Connolly beats Doris Hart (6-2, 6-4)

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 1 Elquemedo Willett, West Indies cricket spin bowler (5 Tests 1973-74), born in Charlestown, Nevis
  • May 2 Jamaal Wilkes, American NBA forward (Golden State-Rookie of Yr 1975), born in Berkeley, California
  • 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

Person of interestGeorge Brett

May 15 George Brett, American Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman (13-time All Star), born in Glen Dale, West Virginia

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • May 16 Rick Rhoden, American MLB pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Boynton Beach, Florida
  • 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 26 Dan Roundfield, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • May 29 Ranji Nanan, cricketer (Trinidad off-spinner, 1 Test v Pakistan 1981)

Deaths in Sport

  • May 7 Ormy Pearse, South African cricketer (55 runs & 3 wkts in 3 Tests for S Af), dies at 68
  • May 18 Tom Killick, cricketer (at the crease 2 Tests for Eng 1929), dies
  • May 27 Jesse Burkett, American baseball player (b. 1868)