On This Day

May 1980 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 3 106th Kentucky Derby: Jacinto Vasquez on Genuine Risk wins in 2:02

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May 3 Giants 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits his 521st & final HR

Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Willie McCovey
Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Willie McCovey
  • May 3 Texas Ranger Ferguson Jenkins becomes 4th to win 100 games in AL & NL
  • May 4 Dodgers bat out of order against Phillies in 1st inning
  • May 4 White Sox 1st baseman Mike Squires catches final inning of 11-1 loss to Brewers, becoming 1st lefty to catch since Dale Long in 1958
  • May 8 Sabres take only 15 shots, Islanders 22, in a playoff game

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May 11 Pete Rose, 39, steals second, third, & home in one inning for Phillies

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • May 12 West Ham United wins the FA Cup, beating Arsenal 1-0 at Wembley Stadium; midfield playmaker Trevor Brooking scores winner with a rare header
  • May 13 Cincinnati Red Ray Knight hits 2 HRs in 5th inning vs NY Mets
  • May 14 Valencia of Spain wins 20th European Cup Winner's Cup against Arsenal of England 5-4 on penalties in Brussels
  • May 14 Bucky Dent hits an inside park HR, Royals walk 14 Yanks including 5 with bases loaded, Yanks win 16-3
  • May 15 Flyers score 8 goals against Islanders in playoffs
  • May 16 34th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Philadelphia 76ers, 4 games to 2

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May 17 105th Preakness: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr., aboard Codex wins his first of 2 Pimlico classics

  • May 24 Stanley Cup Final, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY: In first Finals appearance, NY Islanders beat Philadelphia Flyers, 5-4 in OT for a 4 games to 2 series win
  • May 25 Jacek Wszoka of Poland sets high jump record (7'8")
  • May 25 Indianapolis 500: Johnny Rutherford wins in 3:29:59.572 (229.914 km/h)
  • May 26 Dietmar Mogenburg of West Germany ties high jump record at 7'8"

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May 26 Phillie Steve Carlton is 1st NLer to record 6, 1-hitters

Baseball Pitcher Steve Carlton
Baseball Pitcher
Steve Carlton
  • May 28 2 Oakland A's steal home in 1st inning
  • May 28 Joe Darby does a standing long jump of 12'5"
  • May 28 24th European Cup: Nottingham Forest beats Hamburg 1-0 at Madrid

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May 29 Larry Bird beats out Magic Johnson for NBA rookie of year

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 1 Inês Henriques, Portuguese race walker (World C'ships gold 50k walk 2017), born in Santarém, Portugal
  • May 2 Tim Borowski, German footballer, born in Neubrandenburg, East Germany
  • May 2 Miloš Glogovac, Serbian football player, born in Serbia
  • May 2 Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Canadian skateboarder, born in Boucherville, Quebec, Canada
  • May 2 Zat Knight, English footballer, born in Solihull, England
  • May 2 Troy Murphy, American basketball player, born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • May 2 Brad Richards, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • May 4 Andrew Raycroft, Canadian ice hockey goalie, born in Belleville, Ontario
  • May 5 Yossi Benayoun, Israeli footballer (Israel national team captain), born in Dimona, Israel
  • May 5 DerMarr Johnson, American basketball player, born in Washington, D.C.
  • May 6 Brooke Bennett, American swimmer (3 Olympic golds), born in Tampa, Florida
  • May 6 Kasumi Takahashi, Australian rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • May 6 Ricardo Oliveira, Brazilian footballer (Clube Atlético Mineiro), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • May 6 Mario Stojić, Croatian basketball player
  • May 7 Johan Kenkhuis, Dutch swimmer
  • May 9 Angela Nikodinov, Spartanburg SC, figure skater (1997 Pacif Sr champ)
  • May 9 Tony Schmidt, German racing driver
  • May 9 Grant Hackett, Australian swimmer
  • May 14 Eugene Martineau, Dutch decathlete
  • May 14 Hugo Southwell, Scottish rugby union footballer
  • May 14 Zdeněk Grygera, Czech footballer
  • May 15 Josh Beckett, American baseball player
  • May 16 Michael Ryan, American ice hockey player and coach (Springfield Thunderbirds), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 18 Jeff Roehl, American football player
  • May 19 Tony Hackworth, English footballer
  • May 20 Austin Kearns, American Baseball player
  • May 22 Chad Tracy, American baseball player
  • May 23 Sarah Louise Catherwood, 4x200m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • May 23 Theofanis Gekas, Greek footballer
  • May 25 David Navarro, Spanish footballer, born in Sagunto, Spain
  • May 27 Jessica Deglau, 200m butterfly (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • May 28 Miguel Pérez, Spanish footballer
  • May 30 Steven Gerrard, English footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • May 2 Clarrie Grimmett, Australian cricket spin bowler (37 Tests; 216 wickets @ 24.21; ICC Cricket Hall of Fame), dies at 88