On This Day

April 1929 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 15 33rd Boston Marathon won by Canadian Johnny Miles in 2:33:08.6; his second win in the event
  • Apr 16 New York Yankees become first MLB team to permanently feature numbers on backs of uniforms; numbers correspond to position in batting order
  • Apr 27 Ryder Cup Golf, Moortown GC: Great Britain beats US, 7-5 in bitterly cold and snowy conditions

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Bo Schembechler Jr., American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Miami U), coach (Miami U 1963-68, University of Michigan 1969-89; career record 234–65–8), and administrator (Michigan), born in Barberton, Ohio (d. 2006)
  • Apr 10 Mike Hawthorn, English auto racer (F1 world champion 1958), born in Mexborough, England (d. 1959)
  • Apr 10 Duje Bonačić, Croatian rower (Olympic gold coxless four 1952), born in Split, Croatia (d. 2020)
  • Apr 13 Marilynn Smith, American golfer (Titleholders Championship 1963-64), born in Topeka, Kansas (d. 2019)
  • Apr 19 Edward Crook Jr., American middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1960), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)
  • Apr 25 Yvette Williams, New Zealand long jumper (Olympic gold 1952), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 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)

Weddings in Sport

Babe Ruth

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