On This Day

May 1963 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 1 First one-day cricket competition is played (Gillette Cup); Lancashire beats Leicestershire by 101 at Old Trafford
  • May 4 89th Kentucky Derby: Braulio Baeza aboard Chateaugay wins in 2:01.8
  • May 4 Pitcher Bob Shaw sets record of 5 balks in a game

Sports History

May 11 LA Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax throws his second career no-hitter; beats Juan Marichal and the SF Giants, 8-0

  • May 15 Tottenham Hotspur of England win 3rd European Cup winner's Cup against Atlético Madrid of Spain 5-1 at Rotterdam
  • May 17 Houston Colt .45's Don Notterbart no-hits Phillies, 4-1

Sports History

May 18 88th Preakness: Bill Shoemaker aboard Candy Spots wins in 1:56.2

Sports History

May 22 Mickey Mantle hits a ball off Yankee Stadium's facade

  • May 22 European Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London: José Altafini scores twice as AC Milan edge Benfica, 2-1 for first title to an Italian club
  • May 25 Great Britain ends its amateur-professional classes in cricket

French Open Men's Tennis

May 26 French Championships Men's Tennis: Australian Roy Emerson beats home favourite Pierre Darmon 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4

  • May 26 French Championships Women's Tennis: Australian Lesley Turner wins the first of 2 French titles; beats England's Ann Jones 2-6, 6-3, 7-5
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Parnelli Jones takes his only Indy 500 win despite his car spewing oil from a cracked overflow tank for many laps

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 1 Robert Seguso, American tennis player (4 x men's doubles major titles; Olympic gold men's doubles 1988), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • May 3 Jeff Hornacek, American basketball player and coach, born in Elmhurst, Illinois
  • May 11 Mark Breland, American welterweight boxer (Olympic gold 1984), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 12 Stefano Modena, Italian racing driver, born in Modena, Italy
  • May 13 Wally Masur, English-born Australian tennis player, born in Southampton, England
  • May 14 Pat Borders, catcher (California Angels), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • May 17 Jon Koncak, NBA center (Orlando Magic)
  • May 18 Marty McSorley, Canadian NHL defenseman (LA Kings, NY Rangers), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • May 19 Filippo Galli, Italian footballer
  • May 20 David Wells, American baseball pitcher (perfect game 1998; World Series 1992, 98; MLB All Star 1995, 98, 2000), born in Torrance, California
  • May 21 Elena Vodorezova, Russian figure skater (Olympic-1976) and coach, born in Moscow, USSR
  • May 24 Horace Holden Jr., American slalom double canoe (Olympic 11th 1996), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 24 Joe Dumars, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard (Detroit Pistons; 6-time NBA All-Star), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • May 24 Ivan Capelli, Italian racing driver, born in Milan, Italy
  • May 24 Rich Rodriguez, American football coach, born in Grant Town, West Virginia
  • May 24 Ken Flach, American professional tennis player (4 Grand Slam titles, 2 mixed doubles), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • May 26 Eddie Martin Jr, jockey
  • May 28 Eugene Robinson, NFL safety (Seattle Seahawk, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • May 29 Ukyo Katayama, Japanese auto racer, team manager (F1 95 starts), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • May 29 Claude Loiselle, Canadian hockey center, executive (NHL 1994-2002), born in Ottawa, Ontario

Deaths in Sport

  • May 2 Jack Crawford, English cricket all-rounder (12 Tests; Surrey, South Australia, Otago), dies at 76
  • May 10 Gene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb, American NFL football defensive lineman, 1953-62 (Baltimore Colts, and two other teams), and professional wrestler, dies of a heroin overdose at 31
  • May 12 Robert Kerr, Canadian runner (1908 Olympics), dies at 80
  • May 18 Ernie Davis, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (1st African-American to win Heisman Trophy 1961, Syracuse), dies of leukemia at 23