On This Day

May 1955 in Sports History

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 Future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller tosses his record 12th 1-hitter in Indians' 2-0 win v Boston Red Sox at Cleveland Stadium
  • 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 beats Don Cockell by TKO in the 9th round at Kezar Stadium, San Francisco to retain his world 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 batsman (6 Tests, top score 93; 7 ODIs), 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, American golfer (LPGA Rookie of the Year 1980), born in Lexington, Kemtucky
  • May 10 Chris Berman, sportscaster (ESPN)
  • May 14 Peter Kirsten, South African cricket batsman and coach (12 Tests, top score 104; 40 ODIs), born in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa

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

Person of interestOlga Korbut

May 16 Olga Korbut, Soviet gymnast (4 x Olympic gold 1972, 76), born in Grodno, Belarus

Gymnast Olga Korbut
Gymnast
Olga Korbut
  • 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, American racehorse trainer
  • May 26 Wesley Walker, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowl 1978, 82; First-team All-Pro 1978; New York Jets 1977–89), born in San Bernardino, California
  • May 27 Graham "Jock" Edwards, New Zealand cricket batsman (8 Tests; 6 ODIs), born in Nelson, New Zealand (d. 2020)
  • May 28 Mark Howe, American ice hockey player
  • May 29 Ken Schrader, American auto racer, promoter (Daytona 500 1988, 89, 90), born in Fenton, Missouri
  • May 30 Jake "The Snake" Roberts, American wrestler, born in Gainesville, Texas
  • May 31 Laura Baugh, American golfer, writer, broadcaster (LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year 1973), 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 Gilbert Jessop, English cricket batsman (18 Tests; Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1898), dies at 80
  • May 17 Alan Fairfax, cricketer (10 Tests for Australia 1928-31), dies
  • May 17 Leslie Hylton, Jamaican cricketer and West Indies fast bowler, executed and hanged for murder at 50
  • 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