May 1997 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 3 123rd Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens aboard Silver Charm wins in 2:02.3

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May 3 Garry Kasparov begins chess match with IBM supercomputer Deep Blue

  • May 6 NHL Hartford Whalers become Carolina Hurricanes
  • May 6 Rick Pitino becomes coach of Boston Celtics
  • May 9 San Diego Padres retire #35 worn by pitcher Randy Jones
  • May 10 Chicago Cubs turn baseballs 68th triple play (vs SF Giants)
  • May 11 Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov 3.5-2.5 in chess
  • May 11 NY Mets C Everett & Butch Huskey are 9th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • May 12 Angels scores 13 in 7th vs White Sox

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May 13 Eddie Murray is 6th baseball player to play in 3,000 games

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May 14 Baseball's Executive Council suspends NY Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for his suing other team owners

  • May 14 FC Barcelona of Spain win 37th European Cup Winner's Cup against Paris Saint-Germain of France 1-0 in Rotterdam
  • May 16 Atlanta Braves beat St Louis Cardinals, 1-0 in 13 innings
  • May 16 MLB Montreal Expos trailing San Francisco Giants by 9 runs comeback to win 14-13
  • May 16 MLB St Louis Cardinal Gary Gaetti records his 2,000th hit
  • May 17 122nd Preakness: Gary Stevens aboard Silver Charm wins in 1:54

LPGA Championship

May 18 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, DuPont CC: Christa Johnson wins her only major title on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff over Leta Lindley

  • May 20 White Sox Frank Thomas reaches base safely for 15th straight time

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May 21 Blue Jays pitcher Roger Clemens beats the Yankees for his 200th win

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May 25 Minnesota Twins retire Kirby Puckett's uniform #

  • May 25 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Philadelphia Flyers beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 1
  • May 25 Todd and Mel Stottlemyre become 1st father and son to win 100 games in Major League Baseball
  • May 26 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Colorado Avalanche, 4 games to 2

Baseball Record

May 26 Sammy Sosa (Cubs) & Tony Womack (Pirates) hit inside the park HRs

  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Dutchman Arie Luyendyk wins from pole position for his second Indy victory; Treadway Racing finishes 1-2 with Luyendyk's teammate Scott Goodyear runner-up
  • May 27 Major league revenue sharing begins, NY Yanks pay out most $28M
  • May 27 Marv Albert pleads innocent to charges of sexual assault
  • May 28 5th UEFA Champions League Final: Borussia Dortmund beats Juventus 3-1 at Munich

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May 30 Ken Dryden becomes president of NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs

  • May 31 Super Rugby Final, Eden Park, Auckland: Blues win second straight title with a 23-7 victory over ACT Brumbies; fullback Adrian Cashmore lands 3 penalties & 2 conversions for the winners

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 7 Cameron Young, American golfer (British Open 2022 runner-up), born in Scarborough, New York
  • May 12 Frenkie de Jong, Dutch football player (Barcelona), born in Gorinchem, Netherlands

Deaths in Sport

  • May 3 Sébastien Enjolras, French racing driver, killed in a practice crash at 21
  • May 9 Bob Devaney, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (National C'ship, University of Nebraska 1970, 71; University of Wyoming; career record 136–30–7), dies at 82
  • May 16 Horace "Bones" McKinney, American basketball forward, coach and broadcaster (Washington Capitols, Wake Forest), dies at 78
  • May 25 Jay Hebert, American golfer (PGA Championship 1960), dies at 74