On This Day

May 1959 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 1 Floyd Patterson scores 11th round KO of Englishman Brian London in Indianapolis; his 4th World Heavyweight Boxing title defence

Boxing Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxing Champion
Floyd Patterson

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May 7 "Roy Campanella Night" Largest baseball crowd at 93,103 at the LA Coliseum see Yankees beat Dodgers 6-2 in exhibition game

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella

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May 9 Dorothy Rigney, husband John, and Hank Greenberg resign from White Sox

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg

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May 11 Yankee catcher Yogi Berra's errorless streak of 148 games ends

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • May 15 100th anniversary of 1st college baseball game, between Amherst & Williams Teams reenact the original contest
  • May 16 84th Preakness: William Harmatz aboard Royal Orbit wins in 1:57

Sports record brokenGolf Record

May 17 Sam Snead sets PGA record for 36 holes at 122

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • May 20 Yanks sink to last place, 1st time since May 25, 1940
  • May 25 US Supreme Courtt rules Louisiana prohibiting black-white boxing unconstitutional
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Rodger Ward wins in 3:40:47.470 (218.641 km/h)
  • May 30 58th Men's French Championships: Nicola Pietrangeli beats Ian Vermaak (3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1)
  • May 30 58th Women's French Championships: Christine Truman beats Zsuzsi Kormoczy (6-4, 7-5)

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 1 Eddie Johnson, American basketball guard/forward (NBA Sixth Man of the Year 1989; Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 1 Roger Chapman, English golfer (Senior PGA 2012, US Seniors Open 2012), born in Nakuru, Kenya
  • May 3 Carlos De León, Puerto Rican boxer (WBC cruiserweight champion (1980–82, 83–85, 86–88, 89–90), born in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico (d. 2020)
  • May 4 Bob Tway, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1986), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • May 4 Rohn Stark, American football NFL punter (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • May 8 Ronnie Lott, College and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back (10-time NFL Pro Bowl; Super Bowl 1981, 84, 88-89; SF 49ers), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • May 9 Andrew Jones, New Zealand cricket batsman (39 Tests @ 44.27, 87 ODIs), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • May 9 Asantha De Mel, cricketer (pioneering Sri Lankan Test opening bowler)
  • May 10 Dan Schayes, NBA center/forward (Miami Heat, Orlando Magic)
  • May 12 Dave Christian, American NHL right wing (Wash Caps, Olympic gold 1980), born in Warroad, Minnesota
  • May 14 Mike Quick, NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • May 15 Kaokor Galaxy, Thai boxer
  • May 16 Bob Patterson, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • May 18 Graham Dilley, cricketer (England wicket-taker of 80's)
  • May 22 Olin Browne, American golfer (US Senior Open 2011), born in Washington, D.C.
  • May 23 Marcella Mesker, Netherlands, tennis star
  • May 26 Brian Peaker, rower (Olympics 1996), born in London, Ontario

Deaths in Sport

  • May 16 Elisha Scott, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1894)
  • May 26 Ed Walsh, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, manager (Chicago WS; MLB ERA record 1.82), dies at 78
  • May 28 Herbie Collins, Australian cricket all-rounder and captain (19 Tests, 1,352 runs @ 45.06, 4 x 100s), dies at 71