On This Day

May 1979 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 2 -May 10] Vivekananda (Sri Lanka) begins nonstop ride, cycling 187 hrs, 28 min, around Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • May 3 1979 NFL Draft: Tom Cousineau from Ohio State first pick by Buffalo Bills
  • May 5 105th Kentucky Derby: Ron Franklin on Spectacular Bid wins in 2:02.4
  • May 6 Fred Markham set a bicycle speed record of 818 kph over 200 m
  • May 7 Gary Roenicke hits into Orioles 13th triple play (Oakland)
  • May 10 John McMullen becomes CEO of Houston Astros

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May 12 Chris Evert's 125-match winning streak on clay comes to an end

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  • May 16 FC Barcelona of Spain wins 19th European Cup Winner's Cup against Fortuna Düsseldorf of West Germany 4-3 in Basel
  • May 16 NL approves Astros sales from Ford Motors to John J McMullen for $19M
  • May 17 Phillies beat Cubs, 23-22, on 50 hits with 11 HRs
  • May 19 104th Preakness: Ron Franklin aboard Spectacular Bid wins in 1:54.2
  • May 21 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: 4 consecutive titles for Montreal Canadiens; beat NY Rangers, 4-1 for a 4 games to 1 series win
  • May 23 1st edition of "Wisden Cricket Monthly"
  • May 24 Billy Martin issues a public apology to Reno sportswriter Ray Hagar
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Rick Mears wins in 3:08:47.950 (255.723 km/h)
  • May 30 23rd European Cup: Nottingham Forest beats Malmo FF 1-0 at Munich

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 1 Jennifer Botterill, Canadian ice hockey forward (Olympic gold 2002, 06, 10; Toronto Aeros, Harvard), born in Ottawa, Canada
  • May 1 Mauro Bergamasco, Italian rugby union flanker (Italy 106 caps; Benetton Treviso, Stade Français), born in Padova, Italy
  • May 2 Jason Chimera, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • May 2 Roman Lyashenko, Russian ice hockey player, born in Murmansk, Russia (d. 2003)
  • May 4 Lesley Vainikolo, Tongan born rugby union and rugby league player, born in Nukuʻalofa, Tonga
  • May 7 Katie Douglas, American basketball player
  • May 9 Brandon Webb, American baseball player
  • May 12 Andre Carter, American football player
  • May 12 Steve Smith, American football player
  • May 14 Carlos Tenorio, Ecuadorian soccer forward (50 caps; LDU Quito, Al-Sadd), born in Esmeraldas, Ecuador
  • May 14 Clinton Morrison, English-born Irish footballer
  • May 17 Wayne Thomas, English footballer, born in Gloucester, England
  • May 18 Mariusz Lewandowski, Polish footballer
  • May 18 Julián Speroni, Argentine footballer
  • May 18 Milivoje Novakovič, Slovenian footballer
  • May 19 Diego Forlán, Uruguayan footballer
  • May 19 Andrea Pirlo, Italian footballer
  • May 21 Damián Ariel Álvarez, Argentinian footballer
  • May 21 Scott Smith, mixed martial arts fighter
  • May 23 Brian Campbell, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 23 Kirk Saarloos, American baseball player
  • May 23 Rasual Butler, American basketball player
  • May 24 Tracy McGrady, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (NBA All-Star 2001–07; NBA scoring champion 2003, 04; Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets), born in Bartow, Florida
  • May 24 Frank Mir, American UFC fighter and professional wrestler, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • May 25 Sam Sodje, Nigerian footballer, born in Greenwich, London
  • May 25 Jonny Wilkinson, English international and Newcastle Falcons rugby player, born in Frimley, England
  • May 25 Caroline Ouellette, French Canadian ice hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • May 26 Mehmet Okur (Memo), Turkish basketball player
  • May 27 Mile Sterjovski, Australian footballer
  • May 28 Joeri Jansen, Belgian athlete
  • May 29 Arne Friedrich, German soccer defender, coach (Germany 82 caps, Hertha BSC), born in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany
  • May 30 Mike Bishai, Canadian ice hockey player

Deaths in Sport

  • May 1 Taisto Mäki, Finnish athlete (WR 2 miles, 5,000m and 10,000m simultaneously 1939-42), dies at 68
  • May 31 Nigel Howard, English cricket batsman and captain (4 Tests; Lancashire, MCC), dies at 54