On This Day

May 1991 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Baseball Record

May 1 A's outfielder Rickey Henderson steals all time MLB record 939th base in 7-4 win vs New York Yankees in Oakland

  • May 1 West Indian batsman Gordon Greenidge plays his last Test cricket innings, scoring 43 vs Australia in Antigua; 7,558 runs @ 44.72; 19 x 100s

Baseball Record

May 1 Texas Rangers starter Nolan Ryan pitches MLB record 7th no hitter; beats Toronto, 3-0; at 44, Ryan is oldest to throw no-hitter

Sports History

May 3 Future Hockey HOF right wing Cam Neely injures knee on a cheap shot by Ulf Samuelsson in Wales Conference Finals; injury limits him to only 162 games for remainder of NHL career; retires at 31

  • May 4 117th Kentucky Derby: Chris Antley wins aboard Strike the Gold, the first of 2 Derby victories
  • May 4 NY Mets M Sasser & Mark Carreon are 8th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • May 6 Phillie Lenny Dykstra slams his sports car into 2 trees
  • May 6 Seppo Raty of Finland sets javelin record to 301' 9"
  • May 7 Haryana beat Bombay in the Ranji Cricket Trophy final by 2 runs

Sports History

May 10 Oakland A's Jose Canseco is seen leaving singer Madonna's apartment

  • May 10 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Minnesota North Stars beat Edmonton Oilers, 4 games to 1
  • May 11 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
  • May 13 Yankee Stadium fans sing "Like a Virgin" to Jose Canseco
  • May 15 Manchester United of England win 31th European Cup Winner's Cup against FC Barcelona 2-1 in Rotterdam

Sports History

May 15 US President George H. W. Bush takes Queen Elizabeth to Oakland A's-Baltimore Oriole game

  • May 15 Red Sox & White Sox play then slowest 9 inning game (4:11)
  • May 18 116th Preakness: Jerry Bailey aboard Hansel wins in 1:54
  • May 19 Willy T. Ribbs overcomes numerous mechanical problems in qualifying to become first African-American driver to make Indianapolis 500 starting grid

Sports History

May 20 Chicago Bull Michael Jordan, named NBA's MVP

  • May 20 Jeff Reardon gains his 300th career save
  • May 22 NFL Owners agree to add 2 teams in 1994
  • May 23 Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Tommy Greene no-hits Montreal Expos, 2-0
  • May 23 San Diego Sockers win 4th consecutive Major Soccer League championship
  • May 25 Stanley Cup Final, Metropolitan Sports Center, Bloomington, MN: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Minnesota North Stars, 8-0 for a 4-2 series win; Penguins' first Final series appearance
  • May 26 Indianapolis 500: Rick Mears wins from pole, becoming the third 4-time winner (joins A. J. Foyt and Al Unser); record 6th career pole position for Mears
  • May 29 35th European Cup: Red Star Belgrade beats Marseille (0-0, 5-3 on penalties) at Bari

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 1 Marcus Stroman, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2019; Gold Glove 2017; Toronto Blue Jays, NY Mets), born in Medford, New York
  • May 9 Majlinda Kelmendi, Kosovar-Albanian judoka (Olympic gold 2016), born in Peć, SFR Yugoslavia
  • May 23 Aaron Donald, American NFL football defensive end, Defensive Rookie of the Year, 7x Pro Bowls, 3x Defensive Player of the Year (St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • May 27 Beauden Barrett, New Zealand rugby union utility back (83 caps; World Male Rugby Player of the Year 2016, 17; Hurricanes 125 games), born in New Plymouth, New Zealand
  • May 28 Alexandre Lacazette, French soccer player, born in Lyon, France

Deaths in Sport

  • May 3 Don Whitmire, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Alabama, Navy - All American at both), dies at 68
  • May 6 Chucky Mullins, US soccer player, dies
  • May 14 Aladár Gerevich, Hungarian fencer (7 Olympic gold 1932, 36, 48, 52, 56, 60), dies at 81