On This Day

May 1971 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 1 97th Kentucky Derby: Gustavo Ávila wins aboard Canonero II (wins Preakness May 15)
  • May 9 Elizabeth Bonner runs female world record marathon (3:01:42)
  • May 11 Cleveland's pitcher Steve Dunning hits a grand slam off Oakland Athletics pitcher Diego Seguí
  • May 15 96th Preakness: Gustavo Avila aboard Canonero II wins in 1:54
  • May 18 4th ABA Championship: Utah Stars beat Kentucky Colonels, 4 games to 3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 18 Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Henri Richard scores twice as Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Black Hawks for a 4-3 series victory

Ice Hockey Great Henri Richard
Ice Hockey Great
Henri Richard
NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • May 21 Chelsea win 11th European Cup Winner's Cup against Real Madrid 2-1 in Athens (replay)
  • May 27 23rd Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland, 13-11
  • May 29 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser wins in 3:10:11.545 (253.850 km/h)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 30 Willie Mays hits his 638th HR, sets NL record of 1,950 runs scored

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 1 Ethan Albright, American NFL long-snapper (Pro Bowl 2007; Washington Redskins), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • May 1 Stuart Appleby, Australian golfer (British Open 2002 runner-up; 9 PGA Tour titles, Presidents Cup x 5; 11-under-59 Greenbrier Classic 2010), born in Cohuna, Australia
  • May 2 Greg Bishop, American NFL guard (NY Giants), born in Stockton, California
  • May 4 Derrick Clark, American football fullback (Broncos, Rhein Fire), born in Apopka, Florida
  • May 4 Steve Glenn, Canadian football linebacker (BC Lions), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • May 4 Joe Borowski, American baseball player, born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • May 4 Luiz Garcia Jr., Brazilian racing driver, born in Brasilia, Brazil
  • May 5 Harold Miner, American NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Inglewood, California
  • May 5 Ken Brown, American NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos), born in Wiesbaden, Germany
  • May 6 Rob Holmberg, NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders)
  • May 7 Cameron McFadzean, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • May 7 Dave Karpa, Canadian NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Regina, Saskatchewan
  • May 7 Rondell Jones, NFL safety (Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens)
  • May 8 Reggie Jones, American football wide receiver (KC Chiefs), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • May 8 Stephen Ingram, NFL tackle/guard (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • May 10 Andrei Kravtsov, Queensland Australia, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • May 10 Eric Stock, soccer player (NEC)
  • May 10 Ronnie Dixon, NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles, NY Jets)
  • May 11 Corey Fuller, NFL cornerback (Minnesota Vikings)
  • May 12 Craig Novitsky, NFL tackle (New Orleans Saints)
  • May 13 Hamish Pepper, laser single handed sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • May 13 Michael Sirotka, pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 13 Rob Fredrickson, NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders)
  • May 13 Tom Nalen, NFL center (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • May 15 Scott Shipley, Bremerton Wash, slalom single kayaker (Olympic 6th 1996)
  • May 15 Phil Pfister, American strength athlete
  • May 16 Khari Jones, Canadian American football player (BC Lions, Scottish Claymores) and coach (Montreal Alouettes), born in Hammond, Indiana
  • May 17 Bill Lindsay, Big Fork, NHL left wing (Florida Panthers)
  • May 17 Mark Williams, NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • May 17 Shaun Hart, Australian footballer
  • May 18 Ben Coleman, guard/offensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • May 18 Clifton Sunada, extra-lightweight judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • May 18 Craig Hentrich, NFL punter (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • May 18 Karyn Bye-Dietz, American ice hockey forward (Olympic Gold-1998 & Silver-2002), born in River Falls, Wisconsin
  • May 18 Lael Perlstrom, Laguna Beach Cal, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-25-1995)
  • May 18 Rich Garces, Maracay Aragua Venezuela, pitcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • May 18 Nobuteru Taniguchi, Japanese racing driver
  • May 19 Darryl Morrison, NFL safety (Washington Redskins)
  • May 20 Jonas Berqvist, Angelhorn SWE, hockey forward (Team Sweden, Olympics 1998)
  • May 20 Niklas Andersson, Kungalv Swe, NHL left wing (NY Islanders)
  • May 20 Sandy Schreur, Dutch soccer player (NEC)
  • May 20 Šárka Kašpárková, Czech athlete
  • May 20 Tony Stewart, American race car driver
  • May 22 Corey Croom, NFL running back (NE Patriots)
  • May 22 Troy Barnhart, water polo 2m offense (Olympics 1996), born in Hanford, California
  • May 23 Issac Booth, NFL cornerback/safety (Cleveland Browns)
  • May 23 Joseph Rogers, CFL receiver (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • May 23 Marshall Boze, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in San Manual, Arizona
  • May 24 Paul Ragusa, Canadian 48 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Bülach, Switzerland
  • May 24 Troy Barnett, American NFL defensive end (NE Patriots), born in Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • May 25 Alan Kline, American NFL tackle (New Orleans Saints), born in Tiffin, Ohio
  • May 25 Keith Hamilton, American NFL defensive tackle (NY Giants), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • May 25 Larry Thompson, CFL/NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks, BC Lions), born in Snyder, Texas
  • May 25 Tim Kroeker, Canadian 110m hurdler (Olympics 1996), born in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada
  • May 26 Darwin Ireland, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • May 26 Steven Rice, Canadian NHL right wing (World Junior C'ship gold 1991, captain), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • May 27 Ferdino Hernandez, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • May 28 Nick Bravin, American fencer-foil (Olympics 1996), born in NYC, New York
  • May 29 Éric Lucas, Canadian boxer (WBC Super Middleweight title 2001-02), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • May 30 Drahomir Kadlec, Pribham CZE, hockey defenseman (Team Czech Rep)
  • May 30 Jiri Slegr, Jihlava Cze, NHL defenseman (Edmonton Oilers, Olympic gold 1998)
  • May 30 Kyle Vander Kuyp, Australian 110m hurdler (Olympics 1996)
  • May 31 Brad Elberg, CFL running back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • May 31 Lenny McGill, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • May 31 Murray Hocking, Victoria Australia, badminton player (Olympics 1996)
  • May 31 Troy Malave, Cumana Venezuela, outfielder (Boston Red Sox)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

May 28 NBA center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (24) weds school teacher Janice Brown


Deaths in Sport

  • May 4 Seamus Elliott, Irish road bicycle racer (first English speaker to win stages in all the Grand Tours), dies at 36
  • May 12 Johnny Taylor, Australian cricket batsman (20 Tests; 1 x 100, 8 x 50) and rugby union fly-half (2 caps), dies at 75
  • May 12 Heinie Manush, American baseball player (b. 1901)
  • May 12 Tor Johnson [Tore Johansson], Swedish wrestler and actor (Bride of the Monster), dies at 67
  • May 16 Barney Stanley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame forward (Stanley Cup 1915, Vancouver Millionaires; coach Chicago Black Hawks 1927-28), dies at 77
  • May 27 Jack Doscher, American baseball pitcher (1st son of a major leaguer to play MLB), dies at 90
  • May 31 Bert Ironmonger, Australian cricket spin bowler (14 Tests; 74 wickets @ 17.97; Queensland, Victoria), dies at 89