On This Day

May 1973 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 4 Longest baseball game in Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium, Phillies beat Braves 5-4 in 20 innings
  • May 5 99th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 1:59.4 - fastest Kentucky Derby ever

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May 8 Ernie Banks fills in for Cubs managerr Whitey Lockman who is ejected during the game, technically becoming baseball's 1st African American manager

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks

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May 9 For 2nd time, Johnny Bench hits 3 HRs in a game

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
  • May 10 27th NBA Championship: NY Knicks beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 1
  • May 10 Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Yvan Cournoyer has a goal and 2 assists as Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 6-4 to take title, 4 games to 2
  • May 12 6th ABA championship: Indiana Pacers beat Ky Colonels, 4 games to 3

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May 13 Bobby Riggs beats Margaret Smith Court in Mother's Day match in California

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs
Tennis Legend Margaret Smith Court
Tennis Legend
Margaret Smith Court

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May 15 California Angel Nolan Ryan's 1st no-hitter beats KC Royals, 3-0

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • May 16 AC Milan of Italy win 13th European Cup Winner's Cup against Leeds of England 1-0 in Saloniki
  • May 17 Joe Ferguson, hits the 6,000th Dodger home run
  • May 17 Angels outfielder Bobby Valentine breaks his leg trying to scale wall to prevent a Dick Green home run during a 5-4 loss to the A's
  • May 19 98th Preakness: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 1:54 - fastest Preakness race ever (recognized 2012)
  • May 28 Chicago White Sox beat Cleveland Indians, 6-3, in 21 innings (game started 5/26)
  • May 28 Indianapolis 500: Gordon Johncock wins in 2:05:25.320 (255.944 km/h)
  • May 30 17th European Cup: Ajax beats Juventus 1-0 at Belgrade
  • May 31 Glenn Turner scores his 1,000th run of English cricket season

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 1 Curtis Martin, Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (Pro Bowl 1995, 96, 98, 2001, 04; First-team All-Pro 2001, 04; NE Patriots, NY Jets), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • May 1 Oliver Neuville, German soccer striker (69 caps; Servette, Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia M'gladbach), born in Locarno, Switzerland
  • May 3 Dominique Monami, Belgian tennis star, born in Verviers, Liège, Belgium
  • May 4 Edward Hervey, Canadian NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys), born in Houston, Texas
  • May 4 Matthew Barnaby, Canadian NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • May 4 Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Argentine football forward, born in La Plata, Argentina
  • May 5 Johan Hedberg, Swedish ice hockey coach and goalie (Team Sweden, Olympics 1998), born in Nacka, Sweden
  • May 5 Matt Dubuc, CFL running back (Toronto Argonauts), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • May 5 Muhsin Muhammad, American football wide receiver (Carolina Panthers), born in Lansing, Michigan
  • May 6 Clay Williams, OL (Indianapolis Colts)
  • May 6 Joe Spiteri, Australian soccer striker (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • May 6 Wendy Ward, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 2000-01 3rd), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • May 7 Dameian Jeffries, NFL defensive end (New Orleans Saints)
  • May 7 Paolo Savoldelli, Italian cyclist, born in Clusone, Italy
  • May 8 Wolf Wigo, Abington Penn, water polo driver (Olympics 1996)
  • May 10 Jerome Williams, American NBA forward (Detroit Pistons), born in Washington D.C.
  • May 10 Joshua Eagle, Australian tennis player
  • May 10 Rüştü Reçber, Turkish soccer goalkeeper (120 caps, record appearance holder, FIFA World Cup All Star Team: 2002; Fenerbahçe, Barcelona, Beşiktaş), born in Korkuteli, Turkey
  • May 11 Dean Pullar, Cobram Victoria Australia, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • May 11 Michelle Venturella, US softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996)
  • May 11 Patrick Sapp, American NFL offensive linebacker (San Diego Chargers), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • May 12 Travis Lutter, Mixed Martial Arts Fighter (The Ultimate Fighter 4), born in Chamberlain, Dakota
  • May 14 Voshon Lenard, NBA guard (Miami Heat)
  • May 14 Julian White, English rugby union footballer
  • May 15 Suzannah Bianco, synchronized swimmer (Olympics-alt-96), born in San Jose, California
  • May 17 Jay Riemersma, tight end (Buffalo Bills)
  • May 18 Darren Van Impe, Saskatoon, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • May 18 Donyell Marshall, NBA forward (Golden State Warriors)
  • May 18 Tory James, NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • May 18 Dario Franchitti, Scottish racecar driver
  • May 19 Andreas Johansson, Hofors SWE, NHL forward (Pitts, NY Islanders)
  • May 22 Aaron Graham, professional American football player (Arizona Cardinals), born in Las Vegas, New Mexico
  • May 22 Daniel Tiatto, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • May 22 Julian Tavarez, Santiago Dom Rep, pitcher (Cleveland Indians)
  • May 24 Ville Peltonen, Finnish hockey forward (Team Finland Olympic bronze 1998), born in Vantaa, Finland
  • May 24 Karim Alami, Moroccan tennis star, born in Casablanca, Morocco
  • May 24 Dannes Coronel, Ecuadorian soccer defender (27 caps; El Nacional), born in Naranjal, Ecuador (d. 2020)
  • May 25 Duncan Free, Australian rower (Olympics gold 2006), born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
  • May 25 Earl Mackey, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • May 25 Jeff Smith, American football cornerback (Scotland Claymores, KC Chiefs), born in Decatur, Tennessee
  • May 25 Josée Corbeil, Canadian volleyball player (Olympics 1996), born in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec
  • May 25 María José Gaidano, Argentine tennis star (1993 Belgium doubles), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • May 25 Racquel Spurlock, WNBA center (Houston Comets)
  • May 28 Pat Peake, NHL center (Washington Capitals), born in Rochester, New York
  • May 28 Todd Sweeris, table tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • May 29 Malcolm Allen, Australian swimmer (1995 World C'ships gold 4x200m freestyle relay), born in Wauchope, NSW
  • May 29 Alpay Özalan, Turkish soccer centre back, manager, politician (Turkey 90 caps), born in Izmir, Turkey
  • May 30 Je'Rod Cherry, safety (New Orleans Saints)
  • May 30 Steve Charbonneau, CFL defensive linebacker (Montreal Alouettes)
  • May 31 Dominique van Roost, Verviers Belg, tennis star (1995 Futures-GBR)
  • May 31 Marty Janzen, American pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Miami, Florida
  • May 31 Tyrone Williams, NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)

Deaths in Sport

  • May 12 Art Pollard, American racecar driver (b. 1927)
  • May 20 Jarno Saarinen, Finnish motorcycle racer (b. 1945)