On This Day

May 2011 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 7 137th Kentucky Derby: John Velazquez aboard Animal Kingdom wins in 2:02.04
  • May 8 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Shoal Creek G&CC: Tom Lehman wins second of 3 Champions Tour majors with par on 2nd playoff hole against Australian Peter Senior
  • May 14 English FA Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London (88,643): Manchester City beats Stoke City, 1-0; Yaya Touré scores 74' winner; Citizens' 5th title
  • May 15 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: K. J. Choi of South Korea defeats David Toms on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win $1.71 million winner's cheque
  • May 21 136th Preakness: Jesús Castañón aboard Shackleford wins in 1:56.47
  • May 24 NHL Western Conference Finals: Vancouver Canucks beat San Jose Sharks, 4 games to 1
  • May 27 NHL Eastern Conference Finals: Boston Bruins beat Tampa Bay Lightning, 4 games to 3
  • May 28 UEFA Champions League Final, London: FC Barcelona beats Manchester United, 3-1; 4th title for Barça
  • May 28 IPL Cricket Final, M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai: Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 58 runs; Murali Vijay 95 (52), Ravichandran Ashwin 3/16
  • May 29 Indianapolis 500: Dan Wheldon wins in 2:56:11.7267 (274.015 km/h)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 29 Senior PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Valhalla GC: Tom Watson wins his 6th and final Champions Tour major title with a birdie on the first playoff hole against David Eger

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson

Weddings in Sport

  • May 22 R&B singer Keyshia Cole (28) weds NBA Cleveland Cavaliers Daniel Gibson (25) in Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 28 Former American beauty queen Candice Crawford (24) weds Dallas Cowboys football quarterback Tony Romo (31) at Arlington Hall in Dallas, Texas

Deaths in Sport

  • May 1 Ted Lowe, English snooker commentator (Pot Black, BBC), dies at 90
  • May 1 Henry Cooper, English boxer (British, European, C'wealth heavyweight champion; famous defeats to Muhammad Ali 1963, 66), dies of heart failure at 76
  • May 3 Sergo Kotrikadze, Georgian footballer (b. 1936)
  • May 5 Yosef Merimovich, Israeli football player and manager (b. 1924)

Person of interestSeve Ballesteros

May 7 Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer (British Open 1979, 84, 88, US Masters 1980, 83), dies of brain cancer at 54

Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • May 8 Lionel Rose, Australian boxer (1st Indigenous Australian to win a world title), dies at 62
  • May 9 Wouter Weylandt, Belgian cyclist, dies at 26
  • May 10 Michael Baze, American horse racing jockey (b. 1987)
  • May 13 Derek Boogaard, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1982)

Person of interestHarmon Killebrew

May 17 Harmon Killebrew, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), dies at 74

Baseball Player Harmon Killebrew
Baseball Player
Harmon Killebrew
  • May 25 Paul Splittorff, American MLB pitcher and broadcaster (KC Royals), dies of oral cancer at 64
  • May 25 Terry Jenner, Australian cricketer (b. 1944)
  • May 27 Margo Dydek, Polish basketball player (b. 1974)
  • May 29 William "Bill" Roycroft, Australian equestrian 3 day (Olympic bronze 1976), dies at 96
  • May 31 Andy Robustelli, American NFL defensive end (LA Rams, NY Giants), dies at 85