May 1968 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • May 1 Phillies J Boozer is ejected for throwing spitballs during his warmup
  • May 2 22nd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 2
  • May 4 94th Kentucky Derby: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Forward Pass wins
  • May 5 Carol Mann wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Club Golf Invitational
  • May 11 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep St Louis Blues in 4 games

Sport awardGolf Tournament

May 12 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Tall City Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • May 18 93rd Preakness: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Forward Pass wins in 1:56.8

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 18 AL Kaline hits his 307th HR, surpassing Hank Greenberg as a Tiger

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • May 21 Cubs Billy Williams sets outfielder record of 695 straight game
  • May 22 Pitts Pirate Willie Stargell hits 3 HRs, a double & a single
  • May 23 AC Milan of Italy win 8th European Cup Winner's Cup against Hamburger SV of West Germany 2-0 in Rotterdam
  • May 24 American boxer Bob Foster defeats holder Dick Tiger for the world light-heavyweight Championship at Madison Square Gardens, New York (goes on to defend title 14x)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

May 26 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • May 27 NL awards Montreal & SD major league franchises

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 27 George Halas retires from coaching, finishing with 318 regular-season wins and 6 NFL titles

American Football Coach and Team Owner George Halas
American Football Coach and Team Owner
George Halas
  • May 28 NL grants San Diego Padres a franchise
  • May 29 12th European Cup: Manchester United beats Benfica 4-1 at London
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Bobby Unser wins in 3:16:13.786 (246.040 km/h)

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 1 Oliver Bierhoff, German soccer striker (Germany 70 caps), born in Karlsruhe, Germany
  • May 2 Reggie Slack, American CFL quarterback (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Milton, Florida
  • May 2 Jeff Agoos, Swiss-American soccer player, born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • May 4 Andre Collins, American football NFL linebacker (Cin Bengals), born in Riverside, New Jersey
  • May 4 Eddie PĂ©rez, Venezuelan-American baseball catcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Ciudad Ojeda, Venezuela
  • May 4 Kevin Todd, Canadian ice hockey NHL center (LA Kings), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • May 5 Craig Hendrickson, CFL tackle (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • May 5 Michael Titley, WLAF TE (London Monarchs)
  • May 5 Robert "Bob" Burns, American PGA golfer (1994 Buick-5th), born in Mission Hills, California
  • May 5 Tim Neilsen, cricket wicket-keeper (South Australian 1991)
  • May 6 Andy Kelly, WLAF quarterback (Rhein Fire)
  • May 7 Joe King, NFL safety (Oakland Raiders)
  • May 8 Franklin Langham, American professional golfer, born in Augusta, Georgia
  • May 8 John Johnson, NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints)

Person of interestOmar Camporese

May 8 Omar Camporese, Italian tennis star, born in Bologna, Italy

Tennis Player Omar Camporese
Tennis Player
Omar Camporese
  • May 9 Bruce Pickens, NFL cornerback (Oakland Raiders)
  • May 9 David Benoit, NBA forward (Utah Jazz, NJ Nets)
  • May 9 Marie-Jose Perec, Guadeloupe, French 200m/400m runner (Olympic 2 gold-96)
  • May 9 Vince Workman, NFL running back (Packers, Panthers, Colts)
  • May 10 Julie Smith, Glendora California, softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996)
  • May 12 Mark Clark, Bath Ill, pitcher (NY Mets)

Person of interestTony Hawk

May 12 Tony Hawk, American skateboarder, born in Carlsbad, California

Skateboarder Tony Hawk
Skateboarder
Tony Hawk
  • May 13 Annette DeLuca, North Bergen NJ, LPGA golfer
  • May 13 James Harris, NFL defensive end (Minnesota Vikings)
  • May 14 Hiroshi Matsuura, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)
  • May 15 James "Jim" Neil, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Buffalo, New York
  • May 15 Leroy Hoard, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings)
  • May 17 Tim Grunhard, NFL center (KC Chiefs)
  • May 18 Ernie Logan, NFL defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars, NY Jets)
  • May 19 James Parrish, NFL outside linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • May 19 Jeanne Basone, Brubank California, wrestler (Hollywood-GLOW)
  • May 19 Mark Janssens, Surrey, NHL center (Hartford Whalers)
  • May 19 Paul Justin, NFL quarterback (Indianapolis Colts)
  • May 20 Damon Mays, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • May 20 Phil Hansen, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • May 20 Waisale Serevi, Fijian rugby union and rugby sevens footballer, born in Suva, Fiji
  • May 22 Alan Levine, Baseball pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Park Ridge, Illinois
  • May 22 Carmie Vairo, softball infielder (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • May 22 Mike Harbold, sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Oakland, California
  • May 22 Randy Brown, NBA guard (Chicago Bulls)
  • May 23 Daryl Hobbs, NFL wide receiver (Oakland Raiders)
  • May 24 Jerry Dipoto, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • May 25 Debbi Miho Koyama, LPGA golfer (1995 US Women's Open-28th)
  • May 25 Kendall Gill, NBA guard/forward (NJ Nets)
  • May 25 Nathalie Schneyder, synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • May 25 Shawn Bouwens, NFL guard (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • May 26 Rachael Sporn, Australian basketball forward (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • May 26 Steve Sedgley, English footballer
  • May 27 Cedric Smith, NFL running back (Wash Redskins, Arizona Cardinals)
  • May 27 Frank Thomas, "Big Hurt", 1st baseman (Chicago White Sox, 1993 MVP)
  • May 27 Jeff Bagwell, infielder (Houston Astros), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 28 Char Thompson, WLAF running back (Barcelona Dragons)
  • May 28 Sandra Bacher, half-heavyweight judoka (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Long Island, New York
  • May 28 Tomas P Pukstys, javelin thrower (Olympic 8th 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 29 Brian Roche, NFL tight end (San Diego Chargers)
  • May 29 Duane Young, NFL tight end (San Diego Chargers)
  • May 30 Amy Fuller, Westlake California, rower (Olympic 4th 1992, 96)
  • May 30 Jerry Springer, Canadian Tour golfer, born in White Plains, New York
  • May 31 Duane Causwell, NBA center (Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings)

Deaths in Sport

  • May 1 Jack Adams, Canadian NHL center, coach and general manager (Hockey Hall of Fame), dies at 73
  • May 10 Maurie Sievers, cricket medium-pacer (Austral v England 1936-37), dies
  • May 20 Albert Hartkopf, cricketer (one Test for Australia), dies