On This Day

Events in Sport in May 1949

  • May 4 Plane carrying the entire Torino Serie A soccer squad crashes on the outskirts of Turin, Italy; 31 killed; Torino awarded League title at the request of their rivals
  • May 5 Detroit Tigers second baseman Charlie Gehringer is elected in the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • May 7 75th Kentucky Derby: Steve Brooks aboard Ponder wins in 2:04.2
  • May 14 74th Preakness: Ted Atkinson aboard Capot wins in 1:56
  • May 28 French Championships Men's Tennis: Frank Parker retains title; beats fellow American Budge Patty 6-3, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
  • May 28 French Championships: Margaret Osborne duPont wins her second French singles crown; beats Nelly Adamson of France 7-5, 6-2
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Bill Holland wins in 4:07:15.939 (195.257 km/h)

Sport awardPGA Championship

May 31 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Hermitage CC: Sam Snead beats fellow American Johnny Palmer, 3 & 2; first time reigning Masters champion wins PGA Championship in the same calendar year.

Golfer Sam Snead
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