On This Day

May 1982 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 1 108th Kentucky Derby: Ed Delahoussaye wins aboard Gato Del Sol, the first of consecutive Derby victories (1983 Sunny's Halo)
  • May 4 Twins rookie outfielder Jim Eisenreich, who suffers from Tourette's Syndrome, removes himself, due to taunts from Red Sox bleacher fans
  • May 4 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Quebec Nordiques, 4 games to 0
  • May 6 Seattle Mariner Gaylord Perry becomes 15th pitcher to win 300 games
  • May 6 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Vancouver Canucks beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 1
  • May 7 Californian federal jury rules NFL violates antitrust laws in preventing Oakland Raiders move to Los Angeles Coliseum
  • May 12 FC Barcelona of Spain win 22nd European Cup Winner's Cup against Standard Liège of Belgium 2-1 in Barcelona
  • May 13 Chicago Cubs win their 8,000th (beat Astros)
  • May 15 107th Preakness: Jack Kaenel aboard Aloma's Ruler wins in 1:55.4
  • May 16 Stanley Cup Final, Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC: 3-peat for NY Islanders; sweep Vancouver Canucks in 4 games with a 3-1 Game 4 win
  • May 18 Tigers outfielder Larry Herndon is 14th to hit 4 consecutive HRs
  • May 25 Ferguson Jenkins becomes 7th pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters
  • May 26 26th European Cup: Aston Villa beats Bayern Munich 1-0 at Rotterdam
  • May 27 New owners headed by John McMullen buy NHL's Colorado Rockies and move the team to the New Jersey Meadowlands under the new name NJ Devils
  • May 30 Closest Indy 500, Gordon Johncock beats Rick Mears by 0.16 seconds

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 1 Tommy Robredo, Spanish tennis player (12 ATP titles), born in Hostalric, Spain
  • May 1 Darijo Srna, Croatian soccer defender (134 caps; Shakhtar Donetsk 339 games), born in Metković, Croatia
  • May 1 Beto, Portuguese soccer goalkeeper (16 caps; Sevilla, Göztepe S.K.), born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • May 3 Igor Olshansky, Ukrainian-American football player, born in Dnipro, Ukraine
  • May 4 Kleopas Giannou, Greek footballer, born in Peristeri, Athens
  • May 4 Markus Rogan, Austrian swimmer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • May 5 Wouter D'Haene, Belgian flatwater canoer, born in Kortrijk, Belgium
  • May 5 Randall Gay, American NFL player (New Orleans Saints), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • May 5 Jay Bothroyd, English footballer (striker for J1 League club Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo), born in London
  • May 7 Akos Buzsaky, Hungarian Football player
  • May 8 Adrian Gonzalez, American baseball player
  • May 11 Andrew Walter, American football player
  • May 14 Ai Shibata, Japanese swimmer
  • May 14 BeardyMan, English beatboxer
  • May 15 Segundo Castillo, Ecuadorian footballer
  • May 15 Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jamaican athlete
  • May 16 Łukasz Kubot, Polish tennis player
  • May 16 Hanna Mariën, Belgian athlete
  • May 17 Tony Parker, French-American basketball player
  • May 17 Hunter Mahan, American golfer (World Matchplay 2012; Ryder Cup 2014), born in Orange, California
  • May 18 Jason Brown, English-born footballer
  • May 19 Pål Steffen Andresen, Norwegian footballer
  • May 19 Kevin Amankwaah, English footballer
  • May 20 Petr Čech, Czech footballer
  • May 20 Imran Farhat, Pakistani cricketer
  • May 21 Ma'a Nonu, New Zealand rugby union player and All Black (2003-), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • May 22 Apolo Anton Ohno, American short track speed skater
  • May 23 Cyrill Gloor, Swiss footballer
  • May 24 Bill Haas, American golfer (6 PGA Tour titles), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • May 24 Issah Ahmed, Ghanaian football player, born in Dawu, Ghana
  • May 25 Adam Boyd, English footballer, born in Hartlepool, England
  • May 25 Daniel Braaten, Norwegian footballer, born in Oslo, Norway
  • May 25 Ryan Gallant, American professional skateboarder, born in Southboro, Massachusetts
  • May 28 Jhonny Peralta, Dominican baseball player
  • May 29 Nataliya Dobrynska, Ukrainian heptathlete (Olympic gold 2008), born in Yakushyntsi, Vinnytsia Oblast, Ukraine
  • May 29 Kim Tae-kyun, South Korean baseball 1st baseman (KBO Triple Crown 2005, 08), born in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province
  • May 30 Eddie Griffin, American basketball player (d. 2007)

Deaths in Sport

  • May 8 Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian auto racer (World F1 runner-up 1979; Ferrari), dies in a practice accident prior to Belgian GP, at 32
  • May 15 Gordon Smiley, American racecar driver, dies in a crash at 36