On This Day

May 1965 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 1 91st Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker wins aboard Lucky Debonair, the third of his 4 Derby victories
  • May 1 Stanley Cup, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Dick Duff has a goal and 2 assists as Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4-0 in Game 7 to take title 4-3
  • May 3 3rd Mayor's Trophy Game, Mets beat Yanks 2-1 in 10

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 4 Willie Mays 512th HR breaks Mel Ott's 511th NL record

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • May 11 West Indies becomes 1st holders of the Frank Worrell Cricket Trophy
  • May 15 90th Preakness: Ron Turcotte aboard Tom Rolfe wins in 1:56.2
  • May 15 Canadian Football Players Association organizes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 16 Baltimore Oriole Jim Palmer's pitching debut, beats Yankees 7-5 & homers

Baseball Player Jim Palmer
Baseball Player
Jim Palmer
  • May 19 West Ham United of England win 5th European Cup Winner's Cup against 1860 München of West Germany 2-0 in London

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 25 Muhammad Ali KOs Sonny Liston at 2:12 of round 1 at Central Maine Civic Center, Lewiston to retain his WBC/WBA heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
  • May 27 10th European Cup Final, San Siro, Milan: Jair da Costa scores winner as defending champions Internazionale beat Benfica, 1-0
  • May 29 Phillies Dick Allen hits 529' HR out of Connie Mack Stadium

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

May 29 French Championships Men's Tennis: Fred Stolle beats fellow Australian Tony Roche 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 for his first Grand Slam singles title

Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche
  • May 29 French Championships Women's Tennis: Australian Lesley Turner Bowrey wins her 2nd French singles crown; upsets doubles partner Margaret Smith 6-3, 6-4
  • May 31 Jim Clark becomes 1st foreigner in 49 years to win Indianapolis 500 - 3:19:05.370 (242.506 km/h)

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 3 John Jensen, Danish football player and manager, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • May 4 Adrie Bogers, Dutch soccer player (Willem II), born in Breda, Netherlands
  • May 5 Glenn Seton, Australian racing driver
  • May 6 Bob Bassen, NHL center (Dallas Stars), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • May 6 Ken Harvey, American NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins), born in Austin, Texas
  • May 6 Norman Whiteside, Northern Ireland football player, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • May 6 Paul Frase, American NFL defensive end (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Elmira, New York
  • May 6 Zahid Sadiq, Kenyan cricketer, born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • May 9 Marc Logan, NFL running back (Washington Redskins), born in Lexington, Kentucky

Person of interestSteve Yzerman

May 9 Steve Yzerman, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame forward (Olympic gold 2002, Detroit Red Wings), born in Cranbrook, British Columbia

NHL Legend Steve Yzerman
NHL Legend
Steve Yzerman
  • May 10 Mike Butcher, baseball player
  • May 10 Rony Seikaly, NBA center (Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors)
  • May 10 Todd Kalis, NFL guard (Cin Bengals)
  • May 12 Stacy Wilson, ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • May 13 Chris Washburn, American NBA player, born in Hickory, North Carolina
  • May 14 Curt Harnett, sprint cyclist (Olympic bronze 1992/96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • May 14 Dave Widell, NFL center/guard (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • May 14 Joey Cora, Caguas Puerto Rico, infielder (Seattle Mariners)
  • May 14 Kelvin Martin, NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • May 15 Dan Stryzinski, NFL punter (Atlanta Falcons)
  • May 15 Raí, Brazilian footballer
  • May 16 Lori Sippel, Stratford Ontario, softball pitcher (Olympics 1996)
  • May 18 Erik Hanson, MLB pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Kinnelon, New Jersey
  • May 18 Rufus Porter, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1988-89; Seattle Seahawks), born in Amite, Louisiana
  • May 20 Bruno Marie-Rose, French runner (world record 200 m indoor)
  • May 20 Todd Stottlemyre, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals, Blue Jays), born in Yakima, Washington
  • May 23 James Hasty, NFL cornerback (KC Chiefs)
  • May 23 Woorkeri Venkat Raman, cricketer (Indian slow left-arm all-rounder)
  • May 23 Manuel Sanchís Hontiyuelo, Real Madrid footballer
  • May 24 Chris Jorgis, American badminton player (Olympic-92), born in Palo Alto, California
  • May 25 Stefka Kostadinova, Bulgaria high jumper (world record 1987), born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • May 26 Greg Lloyd, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • May 26 Jacqueline Mary Nelson, New Zealand points race cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • May 27 Jacob Brumfield, Bogalusa LA, outfielder (Toronto Blue Jays)

Person of interestPat Cash

May 27 Pat Cash, Australian tennis player (Wimbledon 1987), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash
Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion
Pat Cash
  • May 28 Chantal Bailey, Champaign Ill, speed skater (Olympics 1994)
  • May 29 Emilio Sánchez, Spanish tennis player (1988 Olympic bronze, Hopman Cup 1990), born in Madrid, Spain
  • May 29 Jammo Myllys, hockey goaltender (Finland World C'ship gold 1995), born in Savonlinna, Finland
  • May 30 Tyronne Stowe, NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks)
  • May 30 Billy Donovan Jr., American basketball head coach (Oklahoma City Thunder 2015-19; University of Florida, NCAA Cship 2006-07), born in Rockville Centre, New York
  • May 31 Annette Renee Peters [nee Hand], 1500/3000 runner, born in Reno, Nevada

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

May 25 Boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson (44) weds Millie Bruce in Los Angeles

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson

Deaths in Sport

  • May 8 H T W Hardinge, cricketer (scored 25 & 5 in only Test for England), dies
  • May 23 Earl Webb, American baseball outfielder (MLB Record: 67 doubles, single season 1931; Boston Red Sox), dies at 67