On This Day

May 1956 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 5 82nd Kentucky Derby: David Erb aboard Needles wins in 2:03.4
  • May 5 Broekster Boys soccer team forms in Damwoude
  • May 5 World championships of judo are 1st held in Tokyo
  • May 12 Brooklyn Dodger Carl Erskine's 2nd no-hitter, beats NY Giants, 3-0
  • May 16 England cricket spin bowler Jim Laker takes 10-88 for Surrey v Australia in tour match at The Oval, London

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 18 Mickey Mantle hits HR from both sides of plate for record 3rd time

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • May 19 81st Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Fabius wins in 1:58.4
  • May 26 Reds' John Klippstein, Hershel Freemman & Joe Blacks no-hitter, broken up with 2 outs in 10th & lose to Braves in 11th, 2-1

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

May 26 French Championships Men's Tennis: Australian Lew Hoad wins his first and only French title; beats Sven Davidson of Sweden 6-4, 8-6, 6-3

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Lew Hoad

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

May 26 French Championships Women's Tennis: American Althea Gibson wins her only French singles title; beats Angela Mortimer of England 6-0, 12-10

Tennis Player Althea Gibson
Tennis Player
Althea Gibson
  • May 30 Mickey Mantle misses by 18 inches hitting 1st home run out of Yankee Stadium in the first game of a doubleheader against the Washington Senators
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Pat Flaherty wins in 3:53:28.872 (206.785 km/h)

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 3 Gillian Rolton, Australian equestrian (Summer Olympics 1992, 1996- gold), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 2017)
  • May 4 Ulrike Meyfarth, German high jumper (Olympic gold 1972), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • May 4 Ken Oberkfell, American baseball player, born in Highland, Illinois
  • May 6 Tim Simpson, American golfer (4 PGA Tour titles, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 8 Jeff Madrigali, soling sailor (Olymp-bronze-96), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • May 12 Bernie Federko, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Foam Lake, Saskatchewan
  • May 15 Alice Miller, American golfer (Nabisco Dinah Shore 1985), born in Marysville, CA
  • May 15 Dan Patrick, American sportscaster

Person of interestSugar Ray Leonard

May 17 Sugar Ray Leonard, American boxer (Olympic gold 1976), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina

  • May 18 Naomichi 'Joe' Ozaki, Japanese golfer (32 Japan Tour titles), born in Tekushima, Japan
  • May 20 Andrew Hilditch, cricketer (Australian opening bat 1979-85)
  • May 20 Tomas Smid, Czech, tennis star
  • May 23 Mark Shaw, New Zealand rugby union flanker (30 caps; Manawatu, Hawke's Bay), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • May 23 Buck Showalter, American baseball manager (AL Manager of the Year 1994, 2004, 14; NY Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles) and analyst (ESPN, YES network), born in DeFuniak Springs, Florida
  • May 27 Nick Lowery, NFL kicker (NY Jets)
  • May 28 Jeff Dujon, cricket wicket-keeper (WI 1981-91, their most successful)
  • May 28 Markus Höttinger, Austrian racing driver (d. 1980)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

May 12 NY Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner (25) weds Elizabeth Joan Zieg

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner

Deaths in Sport

  • May 18 Maurice Tate, English cricket all-rounder (39 Tests, 155 wickets, 1 x 100, 5 x 50), dies at 60
  • May 26 Al Simmons, American baseball outfielder (A's), lifetime batting avg of .334, dies at 54