May 1980 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • May 1 Sabres & Islanders play to 1:20 of 5th period in a playoff
  • May 3 106th Kentucky Derby: Jacinto Vasquez on Genuine Risk wins in 2:02
  • May 3 Giants 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits his 521st & final HR
  • 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 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA CPC Women's Internationalional Golf Tournament
  • 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
  • May 11 Pam Higgins wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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 the 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 15 Flyers score 8 goals against Islanders in playoffs
  • May 16 34th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Philadelphia 76ers, 4 games to 2
  • May 17 105th Preakness: Angel Cordero Jr aboard Codex wins in 1:54.2
  • May 18 Donna White wins LPGA Coca-Cola Golf Classic
  • May 24 Stanley Cup: NY Islanders beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 2

Sport awardGolf Tournament

May 25 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • 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"
  • May 26 Phillie Steve Carlton is 1st NLer to record 6, 1-hitters
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 Jan Heylen, Belgian racing driver
  • May 2 Tim Borowski, German footballer
  • May 2 Miloš Glogovac, Serbian footballer
  • May 2 Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Canadian skateboarder
  • May 2 Zat Knight, English footballer
  • May 2 Troy Murphy, American basketball player
  • May 2 Brad Richards, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 4 Andrew Raycroft, NHL goalie
  • May 5 Yossi Benayoun, Israeli Footballer
  • May 5 DerMarr Johnson, American basketball player
  • May 6 Brooke Bennett, 800m freestyle (Olympics-gold-96)
  • May 6 Kasumi Takahashi, Australian rhythmic gymnast (Oly-96), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • May 6 Ricardo Oliveira, Brazilian footballer
  • 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 Mikel Alonso, Spanish footballer
  • May 16 Michael Ryan, American ice hockey player
  • 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 (Oly-96), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • May 23 Theofanis Gekas, Greek footballer
  • May 25 David Navarro, Spanish footballer
  • May 27 Jessica Deglau, 200m butterfly (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • May 28 Miguel Pérez, Spanish footballer
  • May 30 Steven Gerrard, English footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • May 2 Clarrie Grimmett, cricket (36 Tests for Australia, 216 wickets), dies
  • May 20 Jack Walsh, cricketer (at Wallsend)/commentator (NBN), dies