On This Day

May 1984 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 1 NFL Draft: Nebraska wide receiver Irving Fryar first pick by New England Patriots
  • May 4 Dave Kingman's fly ball never comes down (stuck in Metrodome ceiling)
  • May 5 110th Kentucky Derby: Laffit Pincay Jr.aboard Swale wins in 2:02.4
  • May 5 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Montreal Canadians, 4 games to 2

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May 6 Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken Jr hits for cycle

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr

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May 8 Minnesota Twins Kirby Puckett debuts with 4 singles

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • May 8 The Soviet Union announces it will not participate in Los Angeles Summer Olympics in retaliation for the American boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics
  • May 9 Chicago White Sox beat Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6, in 25 innings (started 5/8)
  • May 11 Johan Cruijff quits soccer
  • May 13 Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff''s last competitive match
  • May 16 Juventus of Italy win 24th European Cup Winner's Cup against Porto of Portugal 2-1 in Basel

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May 16 Phillie pitcher Steve Carlton hits a grand slam homer

Baseball Pitcher Steve Carlton
Baseball Pitcher
Steve Carlton
  • May 16 Mackay pays $218,718 for 44,166 tickets to keep Twins in Minnesota Twins sell 51,863 tickets but only 6,346 fans show up for the game
  • May 17 Cincinnati Reds Mario Soto throws 4 strikeouts in one inning

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May 19 109th Preakness: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr., aboard Gate Dancer wins his second Pimlico classic

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May 19 Stanley Cup Final, Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, AL: Wayne Gretzky scores twice as Edmonton Oilers beat NY Islanders, 5-2 for a 4-1 series win; Oilers first SC title

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

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May 19 Pat LaFontaine scores 2 goals within 22 sec in an NHL playoff game

NHL Star Pat LaFontaine
NHL Star
Pat LaFontaine

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May 20 Boston's Roger Clemens beats Twins, 5-4, for his 1st victory

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • May 23 Detroit Tigers win AL record tying 16th straight road game
  • May 24 Det Tigers win AL record 17th straight road game
  • May 25 Det Tigers lose to Seattle 7-3 ends record tying 17 consecutive wins
  • May 25 Red Sox trade pitcher Dennis Eckersley to Cubs for Bill Buckner

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May 27 Manuela Maleeva of Bulgaria wins 3 singles tennis matches in one day; Italian Open 1984, beats Virginie Ruzici, Carling Basset and Chris Evert in the final 6-3 6-3; only 7th player to beat Evert on clay

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Rick Mears wins in 3:03:21.638 (263.308 km/h)

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May 29 Boston Red Sox retires #9 (Ted Williams) & #4 (Joe Cronin)

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
Baseball Player and Manager Joe Cronin
Baseball Player and Manager
Joe Cronin
  • May 30 NL suspends Mario Soto 5 days for Reds-Cubs fight on May 27th
  • May 30 28th European Cup: Liverpool beats Roma (1-1, 4-2 on penalties) at Rome
  • May 31 Viv Richards hits 189* (170 balls) v England, ODI cricket record

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 1 Mišo Brečko, Slovenian soccer defender (77 caps; FC Köln, FC Nürnberg), born in Trbovlje, Slovenia
  • May 1 David Backes, American ice hockey center (NHL All Star 2011; Olympic silver 2010; St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • May 1 Alexander Farnerud, Swedish soccer midfielder (8 caps; Strasbourg, Young Boys), born in Landskrona, Sweden
  • May 2 Saulius Mikoliūnas, Lithuanian footballer, born in Vilnius, Lithuanian SSR
  • May 2 Thabo Sefolosha, Swiss basketball player, born in Vevey, Switzerland
  • May 4 Manjural Islam, Bangladeshi test cricket player, born in Khulna, Bangladesh (d. 2007)
  • May 4 Kevin Slowey, American baseball player, born in Conroe, Texas
  • May 4 Montell Owens, American football player, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • May 7 Alex Smith, American football player
  • May 7 Drew Stanton, American football player
  • May 7 James Loney, American baseball player
  • May 9 Prince Fielder, American MLB player (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Ontario, California
  • May 10 Edward Mujica. Venezuelan baseball player
  • May 11 Andrés Iniesta Luján, Spanish football player (Barcelona, Spanish national team), born in Fuentealbilla, Spain
  • May 14 Michael Rensing, German footballer
  • May 15 Sérgio Jimenez, Brazilian racing driver
  • May 17 Christian Bolaños, Costa Rican footballer, born in Hatillo, Costa Rica
  • May 18 Niki Terpstra, Dutch cyclist
  • May 18 Joakim Soria, Mexican baseball player
  • May 18 Simon Pagenaud, French auto racer (IndyCar champion 2016; Indianapolis 500 2019), born in Poitiers, France
  • May 19 Marcedes Lewis, American NFL tight end (Pro Bowl 2010; Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers), born in Los Alamitos, California
  • May 21 Gary Woodland, American golfer (US Open 2019), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • May 24 Brodney Pool, American football player (Cleveland Browns), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • May 25 Kyle Brodziak, Canadian ice hockey player, born in St. Paul, Alberta, Canada
  • May 25 Shawne Merriman, American football player, born in Washington, D.C.
  • May 29 Carmelo Anthony, American basketball forward (10-time NBA All Star), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 30 Jordan Palmer, American football player
  • May 31 Nate Robinson, American basketball player

Deaths in Sport

  • May 1 Jüri Lossmann, Estonian athlete (Olympic silver marathon 1920), dies at 93
  • May 8 Gino Bianco, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1916)
  • May 10 Joaquin Agostinho, Portuguese cyclist, dies at 41
  • May 14 Elmer Riddle, American baseball pitcher (NL wins leader 1943; Cincinnati Reds), dies at 69