On This Day

August 1929 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 2 Philadelphia 1st baseman Don Hurst sets NL record of 6 consecutive games with a HR in Phillies' 2-0 win v Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Aug 4 Cleveland Indians, trailing 6-5 in 9th with 2 outs score AL record tying 9 runs, beat NY Yankees 14-6

Baseball Record

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

US Open Women's Tennis

Aug 24 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Helen Wills Moody beats England's Phoebe Holcroft Watson 6-4, 6-2 for her 3rd straight and 6th overall US singles title

  • Aug 28 English cricketer Frank Woolley scores his 100th first-class hundred

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 6 Anneliese Kuppers, German FR, equestrian dressage (Olympic silver 1956)
  • Aug 7 Don Larsen, American MLB pitcher (only perfect game in World Series history, Game 5 1956; World Series MVP 1956; NY Yankees), born in Michigan City, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • Aug 12 Charles Moore, Coatsville Pa, 400m hurdler (Olympic gold/silver-52)
  • Aug 14 Dick Tiger, Nigerian professional boxer, born in Amaigbo, Nigeria (d. 1971)
  • Aug 15 Jerry Groom, American College Football HOF center (Notre Dame; NFL Pro Bowl 1954; Chicago Cardinals), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 2008)
  • Aug 16 Helmut Rahn, German footballer (d. 2003)
  • Aug 23 Peter Thomson, Australian golfer (British Open 1954-56, 58, 65), born in Brunswick, Victoria (d. 2018)
  • Aug 27 Elizabeta Bagrintseve, USSR, discus thrower (Olympic silver 1952)

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 1 Syd Gregory, Australian cricket batsman & captain (58 Tests, 4 x 100, 8 x 50, HS 201; NSW CA), dies at 59
  • Aug 25 Frederick Burton, Australian cricketer (Australian wicketkeeper 1886-87), dies at 63