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Year 1929 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 3 Australian cricket icon Don Bradman follows up a 1st innings of 79 to score 112 in 3rd Test v England in Melbourne; his 1st of 29 Test centuries
  • Apr 16 New York Yankees become first MLB team to permanently feature numbers on backs of uniforms; numbers correspond to position in batting order
  • Aug 7 New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth ties MLB record by hitting grand slams in consecutive games for the second time in 13-1 win v Philadelphia A's
  • Aug 11 New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth becomes first MLB player to hit 500 home runs (off Willis Hudlin) in 6-5 loss to Indians at League Park, Cleveland
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Sports Stars Married in 1929

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

Sports Stars Who Died in 1929

  • Jan 6 Tex Rickard, American boxing promoter and entrepreneur (founder NHL New York Rangers; builder third incarnation of Madison Square Garden, NYC), dies of complications from an appendectomy at 59
  • Jan 24 Wilfred Baddeley, English tennis player (Wimbledon 1891-2, 95), dies at 57
  • Feb 14 Tom Burke, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m, 400m 1896), dies at 53
  • Feb 17 John Read, English 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

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