1929 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 15th Rose Bowl: Georgia Tech beats California, 8-7 (Roy Riegels runs 60 yds the wrong way with fumble recovery)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 3 Bradman scores 112 v England at MCG - his 1st Test century

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Jan 25 Bradman scores 340* for NSW v Victoria, 488 mins, 38 fours
  • Jan 28 22nd Women's Australian Championships: Daphne Akhurst beats Louise Bickerton (6-1, 5-7, 6-2)
  • Jan 28 22nd Men's Australian Championships: Colin Gregory beats Richard Schlesinger (6-2, 6-2, 5-7, 7-5)
  • Feb 4 Archie Jackson scores 164 in Test Cricket debut v England at Adelaide
  • Feb 20 Red Sox announce they will play Sunday games at Braves Field
  • Feb 28 Chic Black Hawks lose record NHL 15th straight game at home
  • Mar 2 Chicago Black Hawks shut-out for NHL record 8th straight game
  • Mar 13 Bradman scores 123 Aust v England at MCG, his 2nd Test Cricket century
  • Mar 22 88th Grand National: Robert W. H. Everett aboard Gregalach wins
  • Mar 29 Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins sweep NY Rangers in 2 games
  • Apr 16 NY Yankees become 1st team to wear uniform numbers
  • Apr 19 33rd Boston Marathon won by Johnny Miles of Canada in 2:33:08.6

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 4 Lou Gehrig hits 3 consecutive HRs, Yankees 11, Tigers 9

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • May 8 NY Giant Carl Hubbell no-hits Pittsburgh Pirates, 11-0
  • May 10 54th Preakness: Louis Schaefer aboard Dr Freeland wins in 2:01.6

Sport awardGolf Major

May 10 64th British Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 292 at Muirfield Gullane

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • May 18 55th Kentucky Derby: Linus McAtee on Clyde Van Dusen wins in 2:10.8
  • May 18 Dodgers beat Phillies 20-16 & lost 8-6 in 2nd game (record 50 runs)
  • May 24 Detroit Tigers beats Chicago White Sox, 6-5, in 21 innings
  • May 27 2nd Ryder Cup: Britain-Ireland, 7-5 at Moortown, England
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Ray Keech wins in 5:07:25.458 (157.048 km/h)
  • Jun 3 34th Men's French Championships: Rene Lacoste beats Jean Borotra (6-3, 2-6, 6-0, 2-6, 8-6)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 3 34th Women's French Championships: Helen Wills Moody beats Simonne Mathieu (6-3, 6-4)

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • Jun 8 61st Belmont: Mack Garner aboard Blue Larkspur wins in 2:32.8
  • Jun 16 Otto E Funk, 62, ends marathon walk (NY to SF, 4165 miles in 183 days)
  • Jun 22 Mel Ott (Giants) homers off Leo Sweetland (Phillies) in doubleheader

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 30 33rd US Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 294 at Winged Foot CC NY

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones
  • Jul 5 42nd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Helen Moody beats Helen Jacobs (6-1 6-2)
  • Jul 6 St Louis has 2, 10 run innings & beats Phillies 28-6
  • Jul 6 49th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Henri Cochet beats Jean Borotra (6-4 6-3 6-4)
  • Jul 10 In game between Pirates & Phillies 9 HRs hit 1 in each inning
  • Jul 28 Chicago Cardinals become 1st NFL team to train out of state (Mich)
  • Jul 28 24th Davis Cup: France beats USA in Paris (3-2)
  • Jul 28 23rd Tour de France won by Maurice De Waele of Belgium
  • Aug 2 Phillies Don Hurst sets NL record of 6 consecutive games with a HR

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 11 Babe Ruth becomes 1st professional baseball player to hit 500 homers (off Willis Hudlin of Cleveland Indians)

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Aug 24 43rd U.S. Women's National Championship: Helen Wills Moody beats Phoebe Holcroft Watson (6-4, 6-2)
  • Sep 14 A's clinch AL pennant with a 5-0 win over White Sox
  • Sep 14 49th U.S. Men's National Championship: Bill Tilden beats Francis Hunter (3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4)
  • Sep 18 Pirates loss to Braves & clinch NL pennant for the Cubs

Sport awardGolf Major

Oct 6 12th PGA Championship: Leo Diegel at Hillcrest CC Los Angeles

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel
  • Oct 8 A's Howard Ehmke (7-2) sets World Series record striking out 13 Cubs
  • Oct 12 Cubs blow 8-0 World Series lead, A's score 10 in 1 inning
  • Oct 14 Philadelphia A's beat Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 1 in 26th World Series
  • Oct 14 Philadelphia A's set World Series record of 10 runs in an inning
  • Nov 28 Ernie Nevers scores all 40 pts for Chic Cards vs Bears (NFL record)
  • Nov 30 17th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tigers defeats Regina Roughriders, 14-3
  • Dec 3 Boston Bruins begins then NHL record 14 game winning streak
  • Dec 7 Leo Diegel wins PGA golf tournament
  • Dec 16 Chic Blackhawks 1st game at Chicago Stadium, beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-1
  • Dec 20 Heinie Wagner replaces Bill Carrigan as Red Sox manager

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 106

  • Jan 7 Kenneth Henry, American 500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Jan 17 Jacques "Jake the Snake" Plante, Canadian NHL goaltender (#1), born in Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, Quebec (d. 1986)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 17 Jacques Plante, Canadian Ice Hockey goalie who was the first to wear a goaltender mask, born in Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, Quebec (d. 1986)

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante
  • Jan 23 Ian Thomson, cricketer (England seam bowler v South Africa 1964-65)
  • Jan 28 Richard Clement Charles Thomas, rugby international/journalist
  • Jan 29 William McMillan, American rapid pistol (Olympic gold 1960) [or Jul 3]
  • Jan 30 Hugh Tayfield, cricketer (celebrated South African off-spinner 1949-60)
  • Feb 3 Ken Shipp, American football coach
  • Feb 5 Al Worthington, baseball player
  • Feb 6 Sixten Jernberg, Swedish skier (Olympic gold 1956/60/64), (d. 2012)
  • Feb 9 Lennox Butler, cricketer (1 Test WI v Aust 1955, 16 & 2-151)
  • Feb 10 Hallgeir Brenden, Norwegian 15K/18K cross country (Oly-gold-1952, 56)
  • Feb 15 Graham Hill, auto racer (1962, 68 international racing champ), born in London, England
  • Feb 16 Gerhard Hanappi, Austrian footballer (d. 1980)
  • Feb 17 Paul Meger, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Feb 22 Ryne Duren, near-sighted pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • Feb 23 Elston Howard, Yankee catcher (1st African American NY Yankee/1963 AL MVP)
  • Feb 27 Djalma Santos, Brazilian footballer, (d. 2013)
  • Feb 27 Jack Gibson, Australian rugby league footballer and coach (d. 2008)
  • Feb 28 Hayden Fry, American football coach
  • Mar 5 Erik Carlsson, Swedish rally driver
  • Mar 6 David Sheppard, bishop (Liverpool)/cricketer (England batsman)
  • Mar 11 Jackie McGlew, cricketer (dour South African opening bat of the 50')
  • Mar 12 Bernard Costello, American double sculls (Olympic silver 1956)
  • Mar 13 Walter Medio, race horse trainer
  • Mar 14 Thomas Bell Jr, race horse trainer
  • Mar 21 Maurice Catarcio, wrestler

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 23 Roger Bannister, English middle distance athlete who was the 1st to run a 4 minute mile in 1954, born in Harrow, England

Middle-Distance Runner Roger Bannister
Middle-Distance Runner
Roger Bannister
  • Mar 24 Cuan McCarthy, cricketer (36 Test wkts for South Africa, 1 career no-ball)
  • Mar 25 Wim van Est, Dutch cyclist (d. 2003)
  • Mar 28 Paul England, Australian racing driver
  • Apr 1 Bo Schembechler, American football coach (d. 2006)
  • Apr 13 Marilynn Smith, LPGA golfer (1972 Pabst Open), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • Apr 19 Edward Crook, American middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1960), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Apr 25 Yvette Corlett, athlete
  • Apr 25 Yvette Williams, New Zealand long jumper (Oly-gold-52)
  • Apr 27 Nina Ponomareva Romaschkova, Soviet discus thrower (Olympic gold 1952, 60), involved shoplift scandal, born in Smychka (d. 2016)
  • Apr 29 Mickey McDermott, American baseball player (d. 2003)
  • May 1 Sonny Ramadhin, cricket spin bowler (great WI)
  • May 2 Sydney Gedye, cricketer (opening batsman in four Tests for NZ 1964)
  • May 7 Dick Williams, baseball player, manager (including Seattle 1986-87)
  • May 7 Babe Parilli, American football player
  • May 12 Dollard St. Laurent, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 14 Gump Worsley, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2007)
  • May 15 Jack Flavell, cricketer (England pace bowler in 4 Tests 1961-64)
  • May 21 Paul Winslow, cricketer (big-hitter for South Africa, 108 v England 1955)
  • May 28 Leslie Wight, cricketer (one Test WI v India 1953, scored 21)
  • Jun 2 Ken McGregor, Australian tennis player
  • Jun 8 Ventappa Muddiah, cricketer (Indian off-spinner in 2 Tests 1959-61)
  • Jun 9 Keith A St H Gardner, Jamaica, 4x400m runner (Olympic bronze 1960)
  • Jun 14 Alan Davidson, cricketer (mighty Australian lefty quick all-rounder)
  • Jun 21 Agha Saadat Ali, cricketer (Paki bat in Test v NZ 1956, scored 8*)
  • Jun 27 William Afflis, American wrestler (d. 1991)
  • Jun 29 Peter George, weightlifter (Oly-gold/2 silver-48, 52), born in Akron, Ohio

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 4 Al Davis, American businessman and NFL team owner (Oakland Raiders), born in Brockton, Massachusetts (d. 2011)

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis
  • Jul 4 Bill Tuttle, baseball player
  • Jul 4 Chuck Tanner, baseball player
  • Jul 5 Tony Lock, English cricketer and left-arm spinner who took 174 wickets for England, born in Limpsfield, Surrey (d. 1995)
  • Jul 10 Moe Norman, Canadian Tour golfer (1966 Quebec Open), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • Jul 13 Red Terrill Jr, horse trainer
  • Jul 18 Dick Totten Button, figure skater (Olympic gold 48, 52), born in Englewood, New Jersey

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 19 Sofia Muratova, Russian gymnast (1952-60 Olympics: 6 gold, 3 silver & 4 bronze), born in Leningrad, Russia (d. 2006)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 20 Mike Ilitch, American businessman (founded Little Caesars Pizza, owner Detroit Red Wings, Tigers), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2017)

Entrepreneur and Founder of Little Caesar's Pizza Mike Ilitch
Entrepreneur and Founder of Little Caesar's Pizza
Mike Ilitch
  • Jul 21 Bob Orton, American wrestler (d. 2006)
  • Jul 22 John Barber, British racing driver
  • Jul 24 Alfred Binns, West Indian cricket wicketkeeper (1953-56)
  • Jul 25 Eddie Mazur, Canadian hockey player (d. 1995)
  • Jul 31 José Santamaria, Uruguayan footballer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Aug 6 Anneliese Kuppers, German FR, equestrian dressage (Oly-silver-1956)
  • Aug 7 Don Larsen, American MLB pitcher (NY Yankees), born on what must have been a perfect day in Michigan City, Indiana
  • Aug 12 Charles Moore, Coatsville Pa, 400m hurdler (Oly-gold/silver-52)
  • Aug 14 Dick Tiger, Nigerian boxer (d. 1971)
  • Aug 16 Helmut Rahn, German footballer (d. 2003)
  • Aug 23 Peter Thompson, golfer
  • Aug 27 Elizabeta Bagrintseve, USSR, discus thrower (Olympic silver 1952)
  • Sep 3 Carlo Clerici, Swiss cyclist (d. 2007)
  • Sep 8 Roger Byrne, English footballer (d. 1958

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 10 Arnold Palmer, American golfing great (4x Masters), born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)

  • Sep 17 Stirling Moss, race car driver, born in London, England
  • Sep 21 Sándor Kocsis, Hungarian footballer (d. 1979)
  • Sep 25 John Rutherford, cricketer (one Test for Australia 1956)
  • Sep 26 Meredith C Gourdine, long jumper (Olympic silver 1952), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Oct 1 Ken Arthurson, Australian rugby league identity
  • Oct 6 Les Favell, cricketer (stoic Australian batsman late 50's)
  • Oct 8 Valdir Pereira, Brazilian footballer (d. 2001)
  • Oct 14 Yvon Durelle, Canadian boxer (d. 2007)
  • Oct 19 Balbir Singh, India, field hockey player (Olympic gold 1948-56)
  • Oct 24 James Brosnan, baseball player/writer (Long Season)
  • Oct 25 Peter Loader, English cricketer (England quick in 13 Tests 1954-59, later WA), born in Wallington, London
  • Oct 28 Narotam Puna, cricketer (Bombay NZ off-spinner v England 1966)
  • Nov 4 Jimmy Piersall, baseball player (Red Sox, Senators, Indians)
  • Nov 8 Trevor McMahon, NZ cricket wicketkeeper (v India & Pak 1955-56)
  • Nov 8 Bobby Bowden, American football coach
  • Nov 17 Edgar White, American yachtsman (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Nov 17 Sumner White, US yachtsman (Olympic gold 1952), born in New York City (d. 1988)
  • Nov 17 Norm Zauchin, baseball player (d. 1999)
  • Nov 20 Donald Ray January, Plainview TX, PGA golfer (1960 Tucson Open)
  • Nov 29 Don January, pro golfer (1976 Vardon Trophy)
  • Dec 2 Lowell North, yachtsman (Olympic-Gold-1968), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Dec 11 S P "Fergie" Gupte, cricketer (brilliant Indian leg-spinner)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 17 Baseball great Babe Ruth (34) marries 2nd wife Claire Merritt Hodgson (31)

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 14 Tom Burke, American runner (b. 1875)
  • Feb 17 John Read, cricketer (batted in 17 Tests for Eng for 463 runs), dies
  • May 21 V P F A Royle, cricketer (one Test England v Australia 1879), dies
  • Jun 2 Charles Coventry, cricketer (13 runs in 2 Tests Eng v S Af 1889), dies
  • Jun 4 Harry Frazee, Boston Red Sox owner from 1916-1923 (b. 1881)
  • Jun 7 J E P McMaster, cricketer (Eng v S Af Test 1889 (out for 0), dies
  • Jul 11 Billy Mosforth, English footballer (b. 1857)
  • Aug 1 Syd Gregory, cricketer (Australian captain pre-WWI), dies
  • Aug 25 Frederick Burton, Australian cricketer (Australian wicketkeeper 1886-87), dies at 63
  • Sep 25 Miller Huggins, manager (NY Yankees), dies from blood poisoning at 49
  • Oct 21 Owen Dunell, cricketer (two Tests for South Africa in 1889), dies
  • Oct 25 James Lillywhite Jr, cricketer (two Tests for England 1877), dies
  • Nov 9 Nicolaas Theunissen, South African cricket break bowler (2nd Test 1889), dies
  • Nov 14 Joseph McGinnity, baseball pitcher (NY Giants), dies at 58
  • Nov 17 A F A Lilley, cricketer (92 dismissals in 35 Tests 1896-1909), dies
  • Dec 9 Willis Cuttell, cricketer (two Tests England v South Africa 1899), dies