May 1955 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • May 1 American golfer Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins the Peach Blossom LPGA Tournament in Spartanburg, South Carolina, her final victory before her death the following year.
  • May 1 Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller tosses his record 12th 1-hitter
  • 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 22 Oldest man to drive in the Grand Prix (aged 55) finishes 6th
  • 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

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 1 Julien Wiener, Australian cricket opening batsman (6 Tests 1979-80), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • May 2 Ian Callen, Australian cricketer (one Test Australia v India 1978, six wickets), born in Alexandra, Victoria, Australia
  • May 3 David Hookes, Australian cricketer and coach, born in Mile End, Adelaide, Australia (d. 2004)
  • May 9 Myra Blackwelder, LPGA golfer
  • May 10 Bruce Hartzler, American canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • May 10 Chris Berman, sportscaster (ESPN)
  • May 14 Peter Kirsten, cricketer (South African middle-order batsman)

Person of interestDennis Martínez

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, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (4-time World Series 1984, 91-3 Tigers, Twins, Blue Jays), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • May 16 Olga Korbut, Soviet gymnast (4 x Olympic gold 1972, 76), born in Grodno, Belarus
  • May 19 Ed Whitson, pitcher (NY Yankees, San Diego 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 interestTommy Burns

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 26 Alberto Ascari, Italian auto racer (World F1 champion 1952, 53), dies in a testing accident at 36
  • May 31 Bill Vukovich, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1953-4), dies in crash in Indianapolis 500 at 36