On This Day

May 1968 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 2 22nd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 2
  • May 4 1st ABA championship: Pitts Pipers beat NO Buccaneers, 4 games to 3
  • May 4 94th Kentucky Derby: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Forward Pass wins
  • May 11 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Defenceman J. C. Tremblay fires home the winner as Montreal Canadiens edge St Louis Blues, 3-2 for a 4-0 series sweep
  • 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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 22 Pitts Pirate Willie Stargell hits 3 HRs, a double & a single

Hall of Fame Baseball Player Willie Stargell
Hall of Fame Baseball Player
Willie Stargell
  • 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)
  • 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 MLB: AL announces it is splitting into 2 divisions
  • May 28 MLB: NL grants San Diego Padres a franchise
  • May 29 European Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London: Bobby Charlton scores twice as Manchester United beats Benfica, 4-1; first English club to win the trophy
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Bobby Unser driving a piston-powered Offenhauser beats Dan Gurney to win his first of 3 Indy 500 triumphs

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 1 Oliver Bierhoff, German soccer striker (Germany 70 caps; Ascoli, Udinese, AC Milan), 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 Eddie Pérez, 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
  • May 5 Craig Hendrickson, CFL tackle (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • May 5 Tim Neilsen, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (South Australian 1991), born in Forest Gate, London, England
  • May 6 Andy Kelly, American football quarterback (Nashville Kats, Rhein Fire), born in Dayton, Tennessee
  • May 7 Joe King, American NFL safety (Oakland Raiders), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 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-José Pérec, French athlete (Olympic gold 200m, 400m 1996), born in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe
  • May 9 Vince Workman, NFL running back (Packers, Panthers, Colts)
  • May 10 Julie Smith, softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Glendora, California
  • May 12 Mark Clark, American pitcher (NY Mets), born in Bath, Illinois

Person of interestTony Hawk

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

Skateboarder Tony Hawk
Skateboarder
Tony Hawk
  • May 13 James Harris, NFL defensive end (Minnesota Vikings), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • 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 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 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, American NBA point guard and executive (NBA C'ship 1996-98, Chicago Bulls), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 24 Jerry Dipoto, American baseball pitcher (NY Mets), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • May 25 Kendall Gill, American NBA guard & forward (NJ Nets), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 25 Nathalie Schneyder, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • May 25 Shawn Bouwens, American NFL guard (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • 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, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (MLB All-Star 1994, 96, 97, 99; NL MVP 1994; Gold Glove Award 1994; Houston Astros), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 28 Sandra Bacher, half-heavyweight judoka (Olympics, 1992, 1996), born in Long Island, New York
  • May 28 Tomas P Pukstys, javelin thrower (Olympics 8th 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 30 Amy Fuller, Westlake California, rower (Olympic 4th 1992, 96)
  • May 31 Duane Causwell, NBA center (Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings)

Deaths in Sport

  • May 1 Jack Adams, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Vancouver Millionaires, Toronto St. Patricks; Ottawa Senators) and coach / general manager (Detroit Red Wings), dies at 73
  • May 7 Craig Wood, American golfer (US Masters, US Open 1941), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • May 10 Maurie Sievers, cricket medium-pacer (Austral v England 1936-37), dies
  • May 20 Albert Hartkopf, cricketer (one Test for Australia), dies
  • May 28 Corbett Davis, American NFL football fullback, 1938-42 ( Cleveland Rams), dies of a ruptured spleen in a boating accident at 53