May 1976 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

May 1 102nd Kentucky Derby: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr.wins aboard Bold Forbes, the second of 3 Derby successes

  • May 12 20th European Cup: Bayern Munich beats Saint-Etienne 1-0 at Glasgow
  • May 13 9th & final ABA championship: NY Nets beat Denver Nuggets, 4 games to 2
  • May 15 101st Preakness: John Lively aboard Elocutionist wins in 1:55

Sports History

May 16 Stanley Cup Final, The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA: Guy Lafleur and Pete Mahovlich each have a goal and 2 assists as Montreal Canadiens beat Philadelphia Flyers, 5-3 for a 4 games series sweep

  • May 22 St Louis Cardinal Reggie Smith hits 3 HR

Boxing Title Fight

May 24 Muhammad Ali TKOs Richard Dunn in 5 for heavyweight boxing title in Munich

  • May 29 Only HR of Joe Niekro's 22-year career, comes off brother Phil
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Polesitter Johnny Rutherford awarded race after taking the lead on lap 80, and leading when rain halted the race on lap 103; shortest Indy 500 in history
  • May 30 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Pine Ridge GC: Betty Burfeindt wins her only major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Judy Rankin

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 3 Jeff Halpern, American ice hockey player, born in Potomac, Maryland
  • May 4 Ben Grieve, American baseball player, born in Arlington, Texas
  • May 4 Jason Michaels, American baseball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • May 5 Anastasios Pantos, Greek footballer, born in Korydallos, Greece
  • May 5 Juan Pablo Sorín, Argentine footballer (Argentine national team FIFA World Cups), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • May 6 Lindsay Page, figure skater (1997 E Great Lakes Sr-3rd), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • May 7 Nicholas Butcher, field hockey midfielder/forward (Olympics 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 8 Oleg Tverdovsky, Russian-American NHL defenseman (Winnipeg Jets), born in Donetsk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
  • May 11 Lloyd Pierce, American basketball head coach (Atlanta Hawks 2019), born in San Jose, California
  • May 13 Mark Delaney, Welsh footballer (Aston Villa), born in Haverfordwest, Wales
  • May 14 Brian Lawrence, American baseball player
  • May 14 Terrance Cauthen, lightweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • May 15 Jacek Krzynówek, Polish footballer
  • May 15 Ryan Leaf, American football player
  • May 17 Anna Windsor, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • May 17 Daniel Komen, Nyaru Kenya, 5k runner
  • May 17 Peter Devine, American fencer-foil (Olympics 1996), born in NYC, New York
  • May 19 Kevin Garnett, American basketball forward (15-time NBA All Star), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • May 20 Ramón Hernández, Venezuelan baseball player
  • May 20 Tomoya Satozaki, Japanese baseball player
  • May 22 Christian Vande Velde, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 23 Ricardinho, Brazilian footballer
  • May 24 Catherine Cox, Australian netballer, born in Whangarei, New Zealand
  • May 25 Tarik Glenn, American football offensive tackle (Pro Bowl 2004-06; Super Bowl 2006; Indianapolis Colts), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 26 Scott Humphries, Greely Colo, tennis star (1995 doubles Binghampton)
  • May 27 Darrell Russell, American football defensive tackle (Pro Bowl 1998, 99; First-Team All-Pro 1998; Oakland Raiders), born in Pensacola, Florida (d. 2005)
  • May 27 Richard Park, Seoul Kor, NHL center (Pitts Penguins)
  • May 28 Alexei Nemov, Russian gymnast
  • May 28 Glenn Morrison, Rugby League Player
  • May 29 Caçapa, Brazilian soccer defender (Brazil 3 caps, Lyon), born in Lavras, Brazil
  • May 29 Jerry Hairston Jr., American baseball infielder/outfielder, broadcaster (Baltimore Orioles), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • May 29 Yegor Titov, Russian soccer midfielder, coach (Russia 41 caps), born in Moscow, Russia
  • May 30 Magnus Norman, Swedish tennis player
  • May 31 Matt Harpring, American basketball player (Utah Jazz) and analyst, born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Deaths in Sport

  • May 8 Fred McLeod, Scottish golfer (US Open 1908), dies at 94
  • May 20 Syd Howe, Canadian Hockey HOF left wing (Stanley Cup 1936, 37, 43 Detroit Red Wings), dies from throat cancer at 64
  • May 26 Edgar Moon, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ships 1930), dies at 71
  • May 30 Max Carey, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (World Series 1925; 10 × NL stolen base leader; Pittsburgh Pirates, Brooklyn Robins) and manager (Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 86
  • May 30 Vic Ghezzi, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1941), dies of cancer at 65