On This Day

May 1985 in Sports History

Events in Sport

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May 4 111th Kentucky Derby: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr.wins aboard Spend A Buck for his third Derby triumph

  • May 11 56 die and at least 265 are injured at Bradford City football ground in the worst fire in English football history

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May 11 Dave Concepcion becomes 4th Cincinnati Red teammate to get 2,000 hits, others include Pete Rose, Tony Perez & Cesar Cedeno

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • May 13 Carlton Fisk becomes 5th catcher to steal 100 bases
  • May 15 Everton of England wins 25th European Cup Winner's Cup against Rapid Wien of Austria 3-1 in Rotterdam

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May 16 Michael Jordan named NBA Rookie of Year

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • May 16 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Philadelphia Flyers beat Quebec Nordiques, 4 games to 2
  • May 16 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 2

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May 18 110th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Tank's Prospect wins in 1:53.4

Jockey Pat Day
Jockey
Pat Day
  • May 20 Indians-Brewers game at Cleve Stadium is 1st rain-out of 1985, ends record string of 458 ML games since Opening Day without a rain-out

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 20 Larry Holmes beats Carl Williams in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

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May 25 Allan Border scores 4th successive 1st class 100 (v Derbyshire)

Test Cricketer Allan Border
Test Cricketer
Allan Border

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May 26 Indianapolis 500: Danny Sullivan wins by 24 seconds from Mario Andretti after surviving famous 360° spin on lap 120

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • May 29 Amputee Steve Fonyo completes cross-Canada marathon at Victoria, British Columbia, after 14 months
  • May 29 29th European Cup: Juventus beats Liverpool 1-0 at Brussels

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May 30 Stanley Cup Final, Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, AL: Edmonton Oilers take back-to-back titles; beat Philadelphia Flyers, 8-3 for a 4-1 series victory; Wayne Gretzky and Jari Kurri each post a goal and 3 assists

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
NHL Star Jari Kurri
NHL Star
Jari Kurri
  • May 31 New Orleans Saints are sold for $70,204,000

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 2 Kyle Busch, American auto racer, (NASCAR Cup Series Champion 2015), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • May 2 Sarah Hughes, American figure skater, born in Great Neck, New York
  • May 2 David Nugent, English footballer, born in Huyton, England
  • May 2 Jarrod Saltalamacchia, American baseball player, born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • May 4 Ravi Bopara, English cricketer, born in Forest Gate, London
  • May 5 Terrence Wheatley, American football player (New England Patriots), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • May 5 P. J. Tucker, American basketball player (Houston Rockets), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • May 6 Chris Paul, American basketball point guard (9-time NBA All Star), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • May 7 Drew Neitzel, American college basketball player, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • May 9 Jake Long, American football player
  • May 10 Ryan Getzlaf, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 12 Tally Hall, American soccer player, born in SeaTac, Washington
  • May 12 Jeroen Simaeys, Belgian footballer, born in Mechelen, Belgium
  • May 13 Travis Zajac, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 15 Cristiane, Brazilian footballer
  • May 16 Anja Mittag, German footballer
  • May 16 Corey Perry, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 17 Matt Ryan, American football player
  • May 21 Andrew Miller, American MLB baseball pitcher, 2006-present (Detroit Tigers, Florida Marlins, and 5 other teams), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • May 21 Mark Cavendish MBE, British road cyclist (UCI Road World C'ships 2011; Points classification winner Tour de France 2011, 21; Giro d'Italia 2013; Vuelta a España 2010), born in Douglas, Isle of Man
  • May 22 Tranquillo Barnetta, Swiss footballer
  • May 22 Marc-Antoine Pouliot, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 23 Ross Wallace, Scottish footballer
  • May 24 Tim Bridgman, British racing driver, born in Harlow, England
  • May 27 Chien-Ming Chiang, Taiwanese baseball player
  • May 31 Ian Vouyoukas, Greek basketball player

Deaths in Sport

  • May 6 Pete Desjardins, American platform and springboard diver (Olympic gold 1928), dies at 78
  • May 18 Harald Andersson, Swedish discus thrower (world record 52.42m 1934), dies at 78
  • May 29 39 people die in a confrontation at Heysel Stadium in Brussels, Belgium when Juventus and Italian fans are crushed against a wall escaping a breach by Liverpool fans