May 1975 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • May 3 101st Kentucky Derby: Jacinto Vasquez on Foolish Pleasure wins 2:02
  • May 3 Christa Vahlensieck runs female world record marathon (2:40:15.8)
  • May 4 Houston's Bob Watson scores baseball's one-millionth run of all time
  • May 9 Brian Oldfield shot puts 22.86 m (world record)
  • May 14 Dynamo Kyiv of the Soviet Union win 15th European Cup Winner's Cup over Ferencvár osi TC of Hungary 3-0

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 16 Muhammad Ali TKOs Ron Lyle in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • May 17 100th Preakness: Darrel McHargue aboard Master Derby wins in 1:56.4
  • May 22 8th ABA Championship: Kentucky Colonels beat Ind Pacers, 4 games to 1
  • May 25 29th NBA Championship: Golden Warriors sweep Wash Bullets in 4 games
  • May 25 Indianapolis 500: Bobby Unser wins in 2:54:55.064 (240.135 km/h)
  • May 26 Tennis game in Surrey championships lasts 31 minutes
  • May 27 Stanley Cup: Philadelphia Flyers beat Buffalo Sabres, 4 games to 2
  • May 28 19th European Cup: Bayern Munich beats Leeds United 2-0 at Paris

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 1 Austin Croshere, American basketball forward (Fox Sports Indiana Pacers analyst), born Los Angeles, California
  • May 1 Marc-Vivien Foé, Cameroon soccer midfielder (collapsed during international match, died), born in Yaounde, Cameroon (d. 2003)
  • May 1 Alexei Smertin, Russian soccer midfielder/executive (Russia 55 caps), born in Barnaul, Russia
  • May 2 Mark Johnson, baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • May 2 Murray William Burdan, swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • May 2 David Beckham, English soccer midfielder (England 115 caps, Man U, Real Madrid), born in London, England
  • May 7 Jason Tunks, discus thrower (Olympics 1996), born in London, Ontario
  • May 8 Jussi Markkanen, Finnish ice hockey player
  • May 8 Gastón Mazzacane, Argentine racing driver
  • May 9 Brian Deegan, Freestyle Motocross innovator
  • May 10 Adam Deadmarsh, Trail BC, NHL center (Colorado Avalanche, Olympics 1998)
  • May 10 Hélio Castroneves, Brazilian race car driver
  • May 12 Lawrence Phillips, running back (St Louis Rams)

Person of interestJonah Lomu

May 12 Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby union winger (youngest ever All Black, 63 internationals), born in Auckland (d. 2015)

Rugby Union Superstar Jonah Lomu
Rugby Union Superstar
Jonah Lomu
  • May 13 Chris Crawford, NBA forward (Atlanta Hawks)
  • May 14 Carmen Klomp, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • May 14 Salim Iles, Algerian swimmer

Person of interestRay Lewis

May 15 Ray Lewis, American football linebacker (Baltimore Ravens), born in Bartow, Florida

NFL Legend Ray Lewis
NFL Legend
Ray Lewis
  • May 18 John Higgins, Scottish snooker player (4-time world champion), born in Wishaw, Scotland
  • May 19 London Fletcher, American football player
  • May 19 Pretinha, Brazilian footballer
  • May 20 Isaac Gálvez, Spanish cyclist (d. 2006)
  • May 20 Mark Zupan, American quadriplegic rugby player
  • May 22 Jaane Niinimaa, Raahe FIN, NHL defenseman (Finland Olympic bronze 1998, Flyers)
  • May 22 Salvador Ballesta, Spanish Footballer.
  • May 23 Vincent Goossens, soccer player (Dordrecht '90)
  • May 24 Katie King, ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998)
  • May 24 Yannis Goumas, Greek footballer
  • May 24 Marc Gagnon, Canadian short track speed skater
  • May 25 Adam Saathoff, running target (Olympics 1996), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • May 26 Christopher Lindsey Donaldson, 100m/200m runner (Olympics 1996), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • May 26 Travis Lee, baseball 1st baseman (Olympic bronze 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • May 27 Michael Hussey, Australian cricketer
  • May 28 Mike Fisher, Naperville Ill, soccer midfielder (Olympic gold 1996)
  • May 29 Alexander Zhurik, hockey defenseman (Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • May 29 Bianca Langham, Australian field hockey fullback/halfback (Olympic-96)
  • May 29 Anthony Wall, English golfer
  • May 30 Andrew Farrell, English rugby league and union footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • May 8 Avery Brundage, CEO (Intl Olympic Committee, 1952-72), dies at 87
  • May 22 Lefty Grove, American Baseball Player (b. 1900)

Person of interestEzzard Charles

May 27 Ezzard Charles, heavyweight boxing champion (1949-51), dies of ALS at 53

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • May 30 Steve Prefontaine, American runner (5K 1972 Olympic 4th), dies in a car accident at 24