On This Day

On This Day in Sport for April 29

Events in Sport

  • 1892 Charlie Reilly is baseball's 1st pinch hitter
  • 1901 27th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Winkfield on His Eminence wins in 2:07.75

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1918 Tris Speaker ties career outfield record of 4 unassisted double plays

Baseball Player Tris Speaker
Baseball Player
Tris Speaker
  • 1922 1st official International Weightlifting Federation Champ in Tallinn, Estonia
  • 1930 123 runs are scored in 7 major league games
  • 1931 Cleveland Indians pitcher Wes Ferrell no-hits St Louis Browns, 9-0
  • 1934 Pittsburgh is last major league city to play a home game on a Sunday
  • 1936 1st pro baseball game in Japan is played Nagoya defeats Daitokyo, 8-5
  • 1953 Milwaukee Braves' Joe Adcock is 1st to homer into Polo Grounds center field bleachers
  • 1961 ABC's "Wide World of Sports" debuts

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1963 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Marilynn Smith beats Mickey Wright by 1 shot in 18-hole playoff

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1980 NFL Draft: Oklahoma running back Billy Sims first pick by Detroit Lions

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1981 Phillie Steve Carlton is 1st lefty to strike out 3,000 batters

Baseball Pitcher Steve Carlton
Baseball Pitcher
Steve Carlton
  • 1981 NFL Draft: South Carolina running back George Rogers first pick by New Orleans Saints
  • 1985 Tony Tubbs beats defending champion Greg Page by unanimous decision in 15 rounds at Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo for WBA heavyweight boxing title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 New York Yankees fire manager Yogi Berra 16 games into season, despite assurance from owner George Steinbrenner that he would be kept for the whole season. Billy Martin named as replacement.

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1986 Boston Red Sox Roger Clemens strikes out 20 Seattle Mariners

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • 1986 NFL Draft: Auburn running back Bo Jackson first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 Chicago Cub Andre Dawson hits for cycle

MLB Star Andre Dawson
MLB Star
Andre Dawson
  • 1988 Orioles beat White Sox 9-0 for 1st 1988 win after 21 loses
  • 1988 Baltimore Orioles end their record 21-game losing streak by beating the White Sox 9-0
  • 1990 Dan Quisenberry (all-time AL save king, 238) announces his retirement
  • 1995 KC Royal John Nonely is 70th to HR on his 1st at bat
  • 1997 KC Royal Chili Davis is 75th to hit 300 HRs
  • 2006 NFL Draft: North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams first pick from Houston Texans

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal equals his Open-era record for most wins at the same event (11 Monte Carlo) with his 11th Barcelona ATP title

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1872 Harry Payne Whitney, American businessman and thoroughbred horse breeder, born in NYC, New York (d. 1930)
  • 1918 Merv Harvey, Australian cricketer (brother of Neil, Test for Australia), born in Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1995)
  • 1922 George Allen, American NFL football coach (LA Rams, Washington Redskins), born in Nelson County, Virginia (d. 1990)
  • 1922 Helmut Krackowizer, Austrian motorcyclist (d. 2001)
  • 1924 Al Balding, Canadian golfer (first Canadian to win PGA Tour event in US, 4-time winner), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2006)
  • 1927 Dorothy Manley, English 100m sprinter (Olympic silver 1948), born in London, England
  • 1929 Mickey McDermott, American baseball player (d. 2003)
  • 1930 Alf Valentine, Jamaican cricketer (great West Indian lefty spinner)
  • 1933 Edwin "Ed" Charles, American MLB third baseman (Miracle Mets-1969), born in Daytona Beach, Florida (d. 2018)
  • 1934 Luis Aparicio, Venezuelan baseball player (Chicago White Sox, MLB Hall of Fame), born in Maracaibo, Venezuela
  • 1936 Bernie Parrish, American NFL cornerback (Pro Bowl 1960, 63; Cleveland Browns; best-selling book, 'They Call It A Game'), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2019)
  • 1940 Brian Taber, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (Australian between Grout & Marsh), born in Wagga Wagga, Australia
  • 1942 Galina Kulakova, Soviet nordic skier (Olympic-3 golds-1972), born in Logachi, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • 1944 Jim Hart, American NFL quarterback (St Louis Cardinals), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1947 Jim Ryun, American 1500m runner/broke 4 minute mile (Olympic silver 1968)
  • 1947 Johnny Miller, American golfer (US Open 1973, British Open 1976), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1949 Eddie Hart, American 100m runner (Olympics, 1972)

Person of interestDale Earnhardt

1951 Dale Earnhardt, American auto racer (7 NASCAR Winston Cup Series championships), born in Kannapolis, North Carolina (d. 2001)

Auto Racer Dale Earnhardt
Auto Racer
Dale Earnhardt
  • 1952 Bob McClure, American baseball player and coach (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Oakland, California
  • 1954 Jake Burton Carpenter, American snowboarder
  • 1958 Gary Cohen, American baseball broadcaster, born in Queens, New York
  • 1960 Bill Glasson, American golfer (7 PGA Tour titles), born in Fresno, California
  • 1962 Bruce Driver, Canadian NHL defenseman (NY Rangers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1962 Robert Druppers, Dutch runner (world record 1 km indoor), born in Utrecht, Netherlands

Person of interestMike Babcock

1963 Mike Babcock, Canadian NHL Coach (Anaheim, Detroit, Team Canada), born in Manitouwadge, Ontario

NHL Coach Mike Babcock
NHL Coach
Mike Babcock
  • 1966 John Vander Wal, American NLB outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Grand Rapids Michigan
  • 1966 Phil Tufnell, English cricketer (England slow lefty & slower fieldsman), born in London, England
  • 1967 Curtis Joseph, Canadian NHL goalie (Team Canada, Edmonton Oilers), born in Keswick, Ontario
  • 1967 Elizabeth "Betsy" McCagg, American rower (Olympic 4th 1992, 96), born in Kirkland, Washington
  • 1967 Mary McCagg, American rower (Olympic 4th 1992, 96), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1968 Browning Nagle, American NFL quarterback (NY Jets, Atlanta Falcons), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1969 Arthur Marshall, American NFL wide receiver (NY Giants), born in Fort Gordon, Georgia

Person of interestAndre Agassi

1970 Andre Agassi, American tennis player (Olympic gold 1996, 8 Grand Slam titles), born in Las Vegas, Nevada

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • 1970 J R Phillips, American baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in West Covina, California, born in East Covina, California
  • 1970 Mark McMillian, American NFL cornerback (Philadelphia Eagles, KC Chiefs), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 William Martin III, American finn sailor (Olympics 23rd-1996), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1971 Sterling Hitchcock, American baseball pitcher (NY Yanks, Sea Mariners), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • 1972 Gwendolyn Wentland, American high jumper, born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1974 Alana Blahoski, American ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1974 Pascal Cygan, French footballer (Arsenal), born in Lens, France
  • 1974 Julian Knowle, Austrian tennis player, born in Lauterach, Austria
  • 1975 John Macready, American gymnast (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1975 Rafael Betancourt, Venezuelan MLB player, born in Cumaná, Venezuela
  • 1976 God Shammgod, American NBA guard (Wash Wizards), born in New York City
  • 1977 Claus Jensen, Danish footballer and manager, born in Nykøbing Falster, Denmark
  • 1978 Mike Bryan, American professional tennis player, 1998-2020 (18 Grand Slam Men's Double titles), born in Oxnard, California
  • 1978 Tony Armas, Jr., Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1978 Bob Bryan, American professional tennis player, 1998-2020 (16 Grand Slam Men's Double titles), born in Oxnard, California
  • 1979 Ryan Sharp, Scottish racing driver, born in Newtonhill, Scotland
  • 1979 Lee Dong-Gook, Korean footballer, born in Pohang, South Korea
  • 1980 Mathieu Biron, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1980 Kelly Shoppach, American baseball player
  • 1981 Émilie Mondor, Canadian athlete (d. 2006)
  • 1981 George McCartney, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1983 Jay Cutler, American football player
  • 1983 David Lee, American basketball player
  • 1984 Phạm Văn Quyến, Vietnamese footballer
  • 1993 Justin Thomas, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2017; Players C'ship 2021), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 2003 Barbaro, American thoroughbred racehorse (d. 2007)

Deaths in Sport

  • 1921 Arthur Mold, English cricket fast bowler (England 3 Tests; 1,673 1st class wickets), dies at 57
  • 1925 Edward J. McKeever, American baseball executive (co-owner Brooklyn Dodgers), dies of influenza at 66
  • 1998 Hal Laycoe, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1922)
  • 2002 Bob Akin, American industrialist and race car driver (b. 1936)
  • 2004 Sid Smith, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1925)
  • 2007 Milt Bocek, American baseball player (Chicago White Sox), dies at 94
  • 2007 Josh Hancock, American baseball player, dies at 29
  • 2007 Dick Motz, New Zealand cricket player (b. 1940)
  • 2015 Calvin Peete, American golfer (12 PGA Tour titles), dies of lung cancer at 71
  • 2019 Gino Marchetti, Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Pro Bowl x 11), dies of pneumonia at 93
  • 2020 Trevor Cherry, English soccer defender (27 caps; Leeds United, Huddersfield Town, Bradford City) and manager (Bradford City), dies at 72
  • 2020 Jānis Lūsis, Latvian athlete (Olympic gold men's javelin 1968, silver 1972, bronze 1968), dies at 80
  • 2021 Zhang Enhua, Chinese soccer defender (65 caps; Dalian Wanda FC, Grimsby Town), dies from cardiac arrest at 48