On This Day

May 1960 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 7 86th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack on Venetian Way wins in 2:02.4
  • May 7 Dodgers Larry & Norm Sherry are baseball's 10th brother battery
  • May 7 LA Dodger Norm Sherry's 11th HR wins the game for brother Larry
  • May 7 Michael Tal beats Mikhail Botvinnik 12½-8½ for world chess championship
  • May 13 Phillies lose 3rd consecutive 1-0 game

Sports History

May 18 European Cup Final, Glasgow: Ferenc Puskás scores 4, Alfredo Di Stéfano 3 as Real Madrid routs Eintracht Frankfurt, 7-3; 5th consecutive title for Los Blancos

  • May 19 SF Giants rookie Juan Marichal beats Philadelphia Phillies, 2-0 on debut at Candlestick Park; first National League hurler since 1900 to debut with a one-hitter
  • May 20 Baseball game in Milwaukee postponed due to dense fog
  • May 21 85th Preakness: Bobby Ussery aboard Bally Ache wins in 1:57.6
  • May 27 Baltimore manager Paul Richards devises oversized catcher's mitt, used by Baltimore Oriole Clint Courtney
  • May 28 59th Men's French Championships: Nicola Pietrangeli beats Luis Ayala (3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3)

Sports History

May 28 59th Women's French Championships: Darlene Hard beats Yola Ramirez (6-3, 6-4)

  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Greatest two-man duel in race history; winner Jim Rathmann and Rodger Ward battle out then-record 29 lead changes until Ward slows with tire trouble

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 2 Ravi Ratnayeke, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan pace bowler & opening batsman), born in Colombo, Ceylon
  • May 4 Martyn Moxon, English cricketer (England batsman in ten Tests 1986-89), born in Stairfoot, Barnsley, Yorkshire
  • May 8 Franco Baresi, Italian footballer
  • May 9 Iain Butchart, cricket all-rounder (Zimbabwe, Test v Pak 1995)
  • May 9 Tony Gwynn, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (8-time NL batting champion), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2014)
  • May 10 Merlene Ottey, Jamaican/Italian running star (Olympics)
  • May 10 Tauseef Ahmed, cricketer (leading Pakistani off-spinner of 80's)
  • May 11 Jorgen Schult, German FR, discus thrower (world record 1986)
  • May 12 Lisa Martin, Australian marathoner (Olympic-silver 1988), born in Gawler, South Australia
  • May 14 Carlyle Best, cricketer (WI batsman late 80's)
  • May 14 Frank Nobilo, New Zealand golfer, broadcaster (5 European Tour titles, CBS, Golf Channel), born in Auckland, NZ
  • May 14 Steve Williams, American professional wrestler, known as "Dr. Death", and USFL football player, born in Lakewood, Colorado (d. 2009)
  • May 17 Lou DiBella, American boxing promoter

Jari Kurri

May 18 Jari Kurri, Finnish NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in Helsinki, Finland

  • May 21 Kent Hrbek, American baseball player ( Minnesota Twins), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • May 24 Pete Metzelaars, NFL tight end (Carolina Panthers, GB Packers, Lions)
  • May 26 Rob Murphy, American baseball player
  • May 27 Ray Armsetad, 4X400 runner (Olympic gold 1984), born in Kirksville, Missouri
  • May 27 Vinodhan John, cricket pace bowler (Sri Lankan in 6 Tests 1983-84)
  • May 28 Allan Green, cricketeer
  • May 31 Norm Johnson, NFL place kicker (Seattle Seahawk, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • May 31 Peter Winterbottom, British rugby player

Deaths in Sport

  • May 6 Vern Bickford, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1949; no-hitter 1950; Boston / Milwaukee Braves), dies from cancer at 39
  • May 12 Prince Aly Khan [Ali Salman Aga Khan], Pakistani socialite, jockey, political ambassador and husband to Rita Hayworth, dies from injuries sustained in a car accident at 48
  • May 17 Ioannis Georgiadis, Greek fencer (Olympic 1896 gold), dies at 84