On This Day

On This Day in Sport for August 29

Events in Sport

  • 1882 Australia beat England by 7 runs - "Death of English cricket"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1882 Fred Spofforth completes 14-90 for match v England (7-46 & 7-44)

Cricketer Fred Spofforth
Cricketer
Fred Spofforth
  • 1885 Phillies Charlie Ferguson no-hits Providence 1-0
  • 1885 Boxing's 1st heavyweight title fight with 3-oz gloves & 3-minute rounds fought between John L Sullivan & Dominick McCaffrey
  • 1889 1st American International professional lawn tennis contest (Newport, Rhode Island)
  • 1895 The formation of the Northern Rugby Union at the George Hotel, Huddersfield, England.
  • 1906 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: William Clothier beats defending champion Beals Wright 6-3, 6-0, 6-4
  • 1908 US Open Men's Golf, Myopia Hunt GC: Fred McLeod defeats fellow Scot Willie Smith by 6 strokes in an 18-hole playoff to win his only major title
  • 1908 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: Defending champion William Larned beats Beals Wright 6-1, 6-2, 8-6 for his 4th of 7 US singles titles
  • 1920 An American sweep of the medals in the men's 100m freestyle at the Antwerp Olympics; Duke Kahanamoku sets world record 1:00.4 in defending his 1912 gold medal
  • 1920 Swedish swimmer Håkan Malmrot completes the breaststroke double at the Antwerp Olympics beating team mate Thor Henning in the 200m; also beats Henning for gold in the 400m
  • 1920 Ethelda Bleibtrey wins her 3rd gold medal of the Antwerp Olympics; teams with Irene Guest, Frances Schroth & Margaret Woodbridge in American 4 x 100m freestyle relay team; swims world record 5:11.6
  • 1920 An American sweep of the medals in the women's 3m springboard diving event at the Antwerp Olympics; Aileen Riggin wins gold ahead of team mates Helen Wainwright & Thelma Payne

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1925 After a night on the town, Babe Ruth shows up late for batting practice Miller Huggins suspends Ruth & slaps a $5,000 fine on him

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1935 2nd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 5, All-Stars 0 (77,450)
  • 1940 7th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 45, All-Stars 28 (84,567)

  • 1950 International Olympic Committee votes to admit West Germany & Japan in 1952
  • 1960 Swedish canoeists Gert Fredriksson and Sven-Olov Sjödelius win the K2-1,000m in 3:34.73 at the Rome Olympics; Fredriksson's 6th gold medal in 4 Olympic Games
  • 1960 Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser wins blue ribband 100m freestyle gold medal at the Rome Olympics; retains title won in Melbourne 1956; will win unprecedented 3rd consecutive 100m gold in Tokyo 1964
  • 1960 Italy wins cycling team pursuit and Sante Gaiardoni takes the sprint gold medal at the Rome Olympics; Italy wins all 4 track events and road team time trial to thoroughly dominate sport

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1964 On Elston Howard Night, Mickey Mantle ties Babe Ruth's career strikeout record (1,330)

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1965 Willie Mays sets NL record for HRs in a month with his 17th of August

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1967 Yanks longest day, Red Sox take 1st game 2-1 in 9, Yanks win 2nd game in 20, 4-3 a total of 8 hours & 19 minutes

Sport awardTennis Open

1968 First match in the US Open tennis era; on her way to the final, Billie Jean King beats fellow American Dr Vija Vuskains 6-1, 6-0

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 Joe Pepitone quits Yanks after being fined $500 for leaving the bench

MLB First Baseman and Outfielder Joe Pepitone
MLB First Baseman and Outfielder
Joe Pepitone
  • 1972 SF Giant Jim Barr retires 1st 20 batters he faces added to last 21 he retired 6 days earlier for record 41 in a row
  • 1972 Sandy Neilson wins the blue ribband women's 100m freestyle gold medal in 58.59 at the Munich Olympics beating fellow American Shirley Babashoff and Shane Gould of Australia

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1977 St Louis Cardinal Lou Brock eclipses Ty Cobb's 49-year-old career stolen bases record at 893 as Padres win 4-3

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1978 USTA National Tennis Center opens in Flushing NY
  • 1981 28th Walker Cup: US wins 15-9
  • 1981 Phillies minor leaguer Jeff Stone steals pro baseball record 121st base en route to 122 (Spartanburg (South Atlantic League))

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1982 George Brett gets his 1,500th hit

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1987 Nolan Ryan passes the 200-strikeout barrier for record 11th time

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1987 Portuguese athlete Rosa Mota wins Women's Marathon at World Chapionships in Rome in 2hr 25:17mins

Sport awardGolf Major

1993 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), London Hunt GC: Brandie Burton wins in a playoff from Betsy King

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • 1993 93rd US Golf Amateur Championship won by John Harris
  • 2004 28th Olympic Games closes at Athens, Greece
  • 2004 Athens Olympic marathon is run on same route as 1896 Games, start at site of the Battle of Marathon to the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens: Stefano Baldini of Italy wins men's gold in 2:10:55
  • 2004 Future undisputed world light heavyweight boxing champion Andre Ward of the US wins the light heavyweight gold medal at the Athens Olympics beating Magomed Aripgadjiev of Belarus on points
  • 2004 Brazil takes out the men's volleyball gold medal with a 3-1 victory over Italy at the Athens Olympics

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2004 German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher clinches his 5th straight F1 World Drivers Championship with a 2nd place in the Belgian F1 Grand Prix at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • 2004 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Reserve Vineyards & GC: Craig Stadler wins his final major event by 1 stroke from Allen Doyle and Jerry Pate

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2009 Cristiano Ronaldo makes his debut for Real Madrid, scoring a penalty in their 3-2 win over Deportivo La Coruña

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 2010 Canadian Open Women's Golf, St. Charles CC: Michelle Wie wins by 3 from Suzann Pettersen, Jiyai Shin, Jee Young Lee & Kristy McPherson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012 The USADA claims to have stripped Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles

Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong

AgreementContract of Interest

2018 Star quarterback Aaron Rodgers signs NFL record contract extension with the Green Bay Packers; 4 years worth $134m rising to a possible $180m with a record $103m in guarantees

NFL Quarterback Aaron Rodgers
NFL Quarterback
Aaron Rodgers

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1842 Alfred Shaw, English cricketer (seven Tests for England 1877-82), born in Burton Joyce, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1907)
  • 1857 Sandford Schultz, English cricketer, born in Birkenhead, Cheshire (d. 1937)
  • 1901 Aurel Joliat, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Ottawa, Canada (d. 1986)
  • 1901 Sherwin Badger, American Figure Skating Champion (1920-24), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1972)
  • 1905 Dhyan Chand, Indian field hockey player (Olympic gold 1928, 1932, 1936; birthday 29/8 celebrated as India's National Sports Day), born in Allahabad, India (d. 1979)
  • 1912 Sohn Kee-chung, Korean athlete and long-distance runner, born in Sinuiju, North Korea (d. 2002)
  • 1913 Len Butterfield, New Zealand cricketer (NZ all-rounder, Test), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1999)
  • 1916 Leo Horn, Dutch soccer referee, columnist and businessman, born in Sittard, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • 1925 Loyd Gentry, American thoroughbred trainer (Kentucky Derby 1967 Proud Clarion), born Covington, Kentucky (d. 2012)
  • 1934 John Guy, New Zealand cricketer (solid left-handed batsman for NZ in late 1950's), born in Nelson, New Zealand
  • 1940 Wim Ruska, Dutch judoka champion (Olympic gold 1972), born in Amsterdam
  • 1940 Earl Gros, American NFL running back (Green Bay), born in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana (d. 2013)
  • 1945 Wyomia Tyus, American 100m runner (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Griffin, Georgia
  • 1946 Bob Beamon, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1968, 29' 2½" 8.9m), born in Queens, New York
  • 1947 James Hunt, English auto racer (Formula 1 World Drivers Champion 1976), born in Belmont, Surrey (d. 1993)
  • 1955 Frank Hoste, Belgian cyclist, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • 1957 Jerry D. Bailey, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey/broadcaster (Kentucky Derby 1993, 1996), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1959 Tony Johnson, New Zealand rugby commentator and presenter (Newstalk ZB; TV3; SKY Television), born in Picton, New Zealand
  • 1959 Timothy Perry Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics and member of the Kennedy Family, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1962 Carl Banks, American NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns, NY Giants), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1963 Greg Holmes, American tennis player, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1964 Jordi Arrese, Spanish tennis player, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1965 Will Perdue, American NBA center (San Antonio Spurs), born in Melbourne, Florida
  • 1967 Shaun Van Allen, Canadian NHL center (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Calgary, Canada
  • 1968 Darren Joseph, Canadian football fullback (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1969 Joe Swail, Northern Irish snooker player, born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • 1970 Jacco Eltingh, Dutch tennis player (1993 ATP World Doubles), born in Heerde, Netherlands
  • 1971 Henry Blanco, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1972 Michael Roan, American football tight end (Houston/Tennessee Oilers), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1973 Devin Wyman, American football defensive tackle (New England Patriots), born in East Palo Alto, California
  • 1973 Jermane Mayberry, American football offensive lineman (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Floresville, Texas
  • 1973 Olivier Jacque, French motorcyclist, born in Villerupt, France

Person of interestJay Onrait

1974 Jay Onrait, Canadian sports broadcaster (TSN, Fox Sports 1), born in Athabasca, Alberta

Sports Anchor Jay Onrait
Sports Anchor
Jay Onrait
  • 1976 Chris Renaud, Canadian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Fredericton, Canada
  • 1976 Kasia Kulesza, Canadian synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1976 Jon Dahl Tomasson, Danish footballer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1976 Kevin Kaesviharn, American football player, born in Paramount, California
  • 1976 Pablo Mastroeni, American soccer player, born in Mendoza, Argentina
  • 1977 Aaron Rowand, American baseball player, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1977 Devean George, American basketball player, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1977 Roy Oswalt, American baseball player, born in Weir, Mississippi
  • 1978 Celestine Babayaro, Nigerian footballer, born in Kaduna, Nigeria
  • 1979 Ryan Shealy, American baseball player, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1980 Chris Simms, American NFL quarterback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos), born in Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • 1980 David West, American basketball player, born in Teaneck, New Jersey
  • 1980 Mohammad Sheikh, Kenyan cricketer, born in Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1981 Geneviève Jeanson, French Canadian cyclist, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1982 Carlos Delfino, Argentinean basketball player, born in Santa Fe, Argentina
  • 1987 Tony Kane, Irish footballer, born in Belfast, United Kingdom

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

2009 Retired Denver Bronco's quarterback John Elway (49) weds former Oakland Raiders cheerleader Paige Green

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway

Deaths in Sport

  • 1891 Pierre Lallement, inventor of the bicycle (b. 1843 or 1844)
  • 1910 Allen Hill, cricket bowler (England, 2 Tests), dies
  • 1933 Frank Cavanagh, American football player and coach, dies at 57
  • 1977 Brian McGuire, Australian racing driver, killed while practicing at Brands Hatch at 31
  • 1986 Ellis Achong, cricketer (West Indies 1933-35, "chinaman"), dies
  • 1994 Gladys Marea Hartman, athletics Administrator, dies at 74
  • 1999 Jaime Fields, American NFL and WLAF linebacker (KC Chiefs, Scotland Claymores), dies in a hit-and-run automobile accident at 29
  • 2000 Willie Maddren, English footballer (b. 1951)
  • 2007 Richard Jewell, central figure in the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing (b. 1962)
  • 2009 Jackie Collum, American baseball player, dies at 82
  • 2009 Frank Gardner, Australian auto racer (European F5000 1971; British Touring Car Championship 1967-68, 73), dies at 77
  • 2014 Bjorn Waldegard, Swedish rally driver, dies from cancer at 70
  • 2019 Randy Romero, American jockey (Breeder's Cup 1987-89; Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame 2010), dies from kidney and liver cancer at 61