May 1985 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • May 4 111th Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr on Spend A Buck wins 2:00.2
  • May 5 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Moss Creek Women's Golf Invitational
  • May 11 56 die and at least 265 are injured at Bradford City football ground in the worst fire in English football history

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

May 12 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • May 18 110th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Tank's Prospect wins in 1:53.4
  • 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
  • May 22 Pete Rose 2,108th run passes Hank Aaron as NL run scoring leader
  • May 25 Allan Border scores 4th successive 1st class 100 (v Derbyshire)
  • May 26 Indianapolis 500: Danny Sullivan wins by 24 seconds following a spin
  • 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
  • May 30 Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 1
  • May 31 New Orleans Saints are sold for $70,204,000

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 2 Kyle Busch, American race car driver, 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
  • May 5 P. J. Tucker, American basketball player
  • 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
  • May 9 Jake Long, American football player
  • May 10 Ryan Getzlaf, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 12 Tally Hall, American soccer player
  • May 12 Jeroen Simaeys, Belgian footballer
  • 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, Major League Baseball player
  • 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
  • May 27 Chien-Ming Chiang, Taiwanese baseball player
  • May 31 Ian Vouyoukas, Greek basketball player

Deaths in Sport

  • May 2 Attilio Bettega, Italian rallydriver (b.1951)
  • May 6 Pete Desjardins, American platform and springboard diver (Olympic gold 1928), dies at 78
  • May 11 Samuel Frith, English co-founder of soccer team (Bradford City), dies
  • May 29 39, die at Heysel Stadium in Liverpool in a riot prior to soccer match