On This Day

May 1994 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 Three-time World Formula 1 Drivers champion Ayrton Senna of Brazil is killed in a 309 kmh crash whilst leading the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola in Italy

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna
  • May 4 Arsenal of England win 34th European Cup Winner's Cup against Parma of Italy 1-0 in Copenhagen

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 6 Lennox Lewis TKOs Phil Jackson in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis
  • May 7 120th Kentucky Derby: Chris McCarron on Go For Gin wins in 2:03.6
  • May 7 Denver Nuggets become NBA's 1st #8 seed to beat a #1 seed (Seattle)
  • May 8 Colorado Silver Bullets (all-female pro baseball team) 1st game
  • May 13 MLB Cleveland Indians begin a 18 home game win streak at newly opened Jacobs Field

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 14 Dave Winfield passes Frank Robinson for 12th on RBI list with 1,617

Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder Dave Winfield
Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder
Dave Winfield
  • May 14 FA Cup Final: Manchester United defeat Chelsea 4-0 at Wembley Stadium, London

Sport awardLPGA Championship

May 15 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: Laura Davies of England wins her second major title, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Alice Ritzman

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • May 16 Tennis star Jennifer Capriati arrested on possession of marijuana
  • May 18 2nd UEFA Champions League Final: Milan beats Barcelona 4-0 at Athens
  • May 19 Tennis star Jennifer Capriati (18), checks into a drug rehab center

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 21 119th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Tabasco Cat wins in 1:56.4

Jockey Pat Day
Jockey
Pat Day
  • May 21 Reds bat out of order against Dodgers in 2nd inning
  • May 22 Toronto NBA franchise unveils name "Raptors" & logo
  • May 24 NHL Western Conference Final: Vancouver Canucks beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 25 Mark Messier scores a natural hat trick for the New York Rangers in game 6 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • May 27 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New York Rangers beat New Jersey Devils, 4 games to 3

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 28 Twin's Dave Winfield passes Rod Carew into 15th hit list (3,054)

Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder Rod Carew
Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder
Rod Carew
Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder Dave Winfield
Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder
Dave Winfield

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 29 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser Jr.wins from pole position for his second Indy 500 victory for Marlboro Team Penske

Indy Car Driver Al Unser Jr.
Indy Car Driver
Al Unser Jr.
  • May 31 Padres scores 13 in 2nd vs Pirates

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 21 Tom Daley, English diver (2021 Olympic Gold), born in Plymouth, England
  • May 24 Emma McKeon, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 50/100m freestyle, 4x100 medley relay 2020; 4x100m free relay 2016, 20), born in Wollongong, Australia
  • May 25 Alexandra Rose "Aly" Raisman, American gymnast (two-time Olympic medalist, Fierce Five, Final Five), born in Needham, Massachusetts

Deaths in Sport

Person of interestAyrton Senna

May 1 Ayrton Senna, Brazilian auto racer (World F1 champion 1988, 90, 91), dies in a crash at San Marino GP at 34

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna
  • May 12 Xenophon Balaskas, South Africa cricketer (9 Tests for South Africa, 22 wkts), dies at 83
  • May 13 Duncan Hamilton, Irish racing driver, dies at 74
  • May 14 Dave Albritton, American high jumper (Olympic silver 1936), dies at 81
  • May 19 Luis Ocana, Spanish cyclist (Tour de France 1973), commits suicide at 48
  • May 21 Cliff Wilson, snooker player, dies at 60
  • May 22 Norman Read, New Zealand 50k race walker (Olympic gold 1956), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • May 28 Julius Boros, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1968, US Open 1952, 63), dies of heart attack at 74
  • May 30 Agostino Di Bartolomei, Italian footballer (b. 1955)
  • May 31 Doug Freeman, New Zealand cricket spin bowler (2 Tests, 1 wicket; Wellington), dies at 79