May 1955 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • May 1 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Tournament
  • May 7 81st Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Swaps wins in 2:01.8

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 13 Mickey Mantle hits 3 consecutive HRs of at least 463'

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • May 16 Ray Lindwall scores his 2nd Test Cricket century 118 at Bridgetown

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 16 Rocky Marciano TKOs Don Cockell in 9 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • May 27 Boston Red Sox Norm Zauchin gets 10 RBIs, beating Senators 16-0
  • May 28 80th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Nashua wins in 1:54.6
  • May 28 Indianapolis 500: Bob Sweikert wins
  • May 28 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Wolverine Golf Open

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 1 Julien Wiener, cricketer (Australian opening batsman 1979-80)
  • May 2 Ian Callen, cricketer (one Test Australia v India 1978, six wickets)
  • May 3 David Hookes, cricketer (dashing Australian LHB, S Aussie stalwart)
  • May 9 Myra Blackwelder, LPGA golfer
  • May 10 Bruce Hartzler, American canoeist (alt-Olympics-96), born in Washington, D.C.
  • May 10 Chris Berman, sportscaster (ESPN)
  • May 14 Peter Kirsten, cricketer (South African middle-order batsman)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 14 [Jose] Dennis Martínez, Nicaraguan baseball pitcher (Orioles, Expos, Indians), born in Granada, Nicaragua

MLB Pitcher Dennis Martínez
MLB Pitcher
Dennis Martínez
  • May 16 Jack Morris, pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • May 16 Olga Korbut, Grodno Belorussia, gymnist (Olympic-2 golds-1972)
  • May 19 Ed Whitson, pitcher (NY Yankees, SD Padres)
  • May 21 Liaqat Ali, cricket pace bowler (Pakistani in six Tests 1975-79)
  • May 21 Paul Barber, British field hockey player
  • May 24 Thad Ackel, horse trainer
  • May 26 Wesley Walker, American football player
  • May 27 Graeme "Jock" Edwards, cricketer (beefy NZ lefty batsman late 70's)
  • May 28 Mark Howe, American ice hockey player
  • May 30 Jake "The Snake" Roberts, American wrestler, born in Gainesville, Texas
  • May 31 Laura Baugh, LPGA golfer (1994 Youngstown Classic-9th), born in Gainesville, Florida

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 10 Tommy Burns, Canadian boxer, dies of a heart attack at 73

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • May 11 G L Jessop, cricketer (match-winning batsman, brilliant field), dies
  • May 17 Alan Fairfax, cricketer (10 Tests for Australia 1928-31), dies
  • May 17 Leslie Hylton, cricketer (West Indies quickie 1939), hung for murder
  • May 31 "Wild Bill" Vukovich, killed in Indy 500