On This Day

May 1966 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 5 Borussia Dortmund of West Germany win 6th European Cup Winner's Cup against Liverpool of England 2-1 in Glasgow
  • May 5 Stanley Cup Final, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI: Montreal Canadiens earn back-to-back titles; beat Detroit Red Wings, 3-2 in OT for a 4-2 series victory

Sports History

May 5 Willie Mays hit his 512th HR

  • May 7 92nd Kentucky Derby: Donald Brumfield aboard Kauai King wins in 2:02
  • May 7 NY Yankees fire manager Johnny Keane
  • May 11 European Cup Final, Heysel Stadium, Brussels: Fernando Serena scores the winner as Real Madrid beats Partizan Belgrade, 2-1; Madrid's 6th title
  • May 12 St Louis' Busch Memorial Stadium opens, Braves lose to Cards 4-3 in 12 innings
  • May 15 1st day of Sunday play in County Cricket, Essex v Somerset
  • May 21 91st Preakness: Don Brumfield aboard Kauai King wins in 1:55.4

Boxing Title Fight

May 21 Muhammad Ali TKOs Henry Cooper in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

  • May 25 Peru & Argentina soccer fans fight in Lima; 248 die

Sports History

May 30 Indianapolis 500: English 1962 F1 World Champion Graham Hill wins after leading for a total of only 10 laps; first rookie winner since 1927


Birthdays in Sport

  • May 1 Armando Reynoso, Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies, New York Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks), born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico
  • May 1 Olaf Thon, German soccer midfielder (52 caps; Bayern Munich, Schalke 04), born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • May 3 Paul Stevenson, Australian badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in Bendigo, Australia
  • May 3 Darren Morgan, Welsh snooker player, born in Newport, Wales
  • May 3 M-16 [Ernest Mateen], American cruiserweight boxing champion, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • May 4 Monica Tranel [Michini], American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Big Horn, Montana
  • May 5 Mike Stapleton, Canadian NHL center (Winnipeg Jets), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • May 7 Anderson Cummins, Barbados Canadian cricketer (in Packer's Valley Barbados & WI quickie), born in Christ Church, Barbados
  • May 8 Cláudio Taffarel, Brazilian soccer goalkeeper (101 caps; World Cup 1994; Internacional, Parma, Atlético Mineiro, Galatasaray), born in Santa Rosa, Brazil
  • May 9 Mark Tinordi, Canadian NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals), born in Red Deer, Alberta
  • May 10 Jonathan Edwards, Britain, triple jumper (Olympics-gold/silver-92, 96)
  • May 10 Mikael Andersson, Swedish NHL left wing (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Malmö, Sweden
  • May 11 Chris Mohr, NFL punter (Buffalo Bills)
  • May 11 Trenidad Hubbard, American MLB outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 12 Rafael Bournigal, Dominican infielder (Oakland A's), born in Azua, Dominican Republic
  • May 14 Leroy Blugh, CFL defensive end (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • May 14 Pooh Richardson, NBA guard (LA Clippers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 15 Paul Ysebaert, Sarnia, NHL left wing (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • May 16 Sean Quilty, Australian marathoner (Olympics 1996)
  • May 16 Thurman Thomas, American College/Pro Football HOF running back (Oklahoma State Uni; NFL MVP, NFL Offensive Player of the Year 1991; First-team All-Pro 1990, 91; 5 x Pro Bowl; Buffalo Bills), born in Houston, Texas
  • May 17 Danny Manning, American basketball forward (NBA All-Star 1993, 94; NBA Sixth Man of the Year 1998; Phoenix Suns), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • May 17 Mark Kratzmann, Australia, tennis star
  • May 17 Mark Schmocker, US team handball goalie (Olympics 1996)
  • May 19 Keith Jennings, NFL tight end (Chicago Bears)
  • May 19 Marc Bureau, Trois Rivieres, NHL center (Montreal Canadiens)
  • May 20 Lawyer Tillman, NFL tight end (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers)
  • May 20 Liselotte Neumann, Swedish golfer (US Open 1988; 13 LPGA Tour titles), born in Finspang, Sweden
  • May 22 Donald Royal, American NBA forward (Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • May 22 José Mesa, Dominican MLB baseball pitcher, 1987-2007, 2X All-Star (Cleveland Indians; Philadelphia Phillies, and 6 other teams), born in Pueblo Viejo, Dominican Republic
  • May 23 Gary Roberts, Canadian ice hockey left wing (NHL All-Star 1992, 93, 2004; Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs), born in North York, Ontario
  • May 23 Graeme Hick, English cricket batsman (65 Tests, 6 x 100s; 120 ODIs; Worcestershire), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • May 24 Tony Jones, American NFL tackle (Super Bowl 1997, 98; Second-team All-Pro 1994; Pro Bowl 1998; Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos), born in Royston, Georgia (d. 2021)
  • May 24 Eric Cantona, French footballer and actor (Looking for Eric), born in Marseille, France
  • May 24 Ricky Craven, American NASCAR driver, born in Newburgh, Maine
  • May 25 Bill Haselman, American MLB catcher (Boston Red Sox), born in Long Branch, New Jersey
  • May 25 Dave Hollins, American MLB infielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Buffalo, New York
  • May 26 Anthony Edwards, NFL wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals)
  • May 26 Grant Bradburn, cricketer (son of Wynne NZ off-spinner 1990- )
  • May 26 Zola Budd Pieterse, Bloemfontein South Africa, track star (Olympics 1988)
  • May 27 Eric Leckner, NBA center (Detroit Pistons)
  • May 27 John Jaha, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Portland, Oregon
  • May 27 Ray Sheppard, Pembroke, NHL right wing (Florida Panthers)
  • May 28 Gavin Robertson, NSW cricket off-spin all-rounder (Aust ODI-Pak 1994)
  • May 30 Gary Martin, cricket pace bowler (Zimbabwe ODI)
  • May 31 Jessica Monroe, Canadian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Palo Alto, California
  • May 31 Roshan Mahanama, Sri Lankan cricket batsman (52 Tests, 4 x 100, HS 225; 213 ODIs; Colombo CC, Bloomfield CC), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Deaths in Sport

  • May 16 Randy Turpin, British middleweight boxer, shot dead in his home at 37
  • May 22 Tom Goddard, English cricket off-spin bowler (8 Tests; 22 wickets @ 26.72; Gloucestershire), dies at 65

Jim Barnes

May 24 Jim Barnes, English golfing pioneer (4 major wins), dies at 80