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

Baseball Record

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

  • 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

French 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

French 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

  • 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 a Watson-Offenhauser; first 500 to be governed by the United States Automobile Club

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 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

Sugar 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

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 HOF outfielder (career BA .334; 3 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1929, 30; AL batting champion 1930, 31; Philadelphia A's), dies of a heart attack at 54