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
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.
  • 1904 3rd modern Olympic Games opens in St Louis, the 1st held in the U.S.
  • 1906 26th U.S. Men's National Championship: William Clothier beats Beals Wright (6-3, 6-0, 6-4)
  • 1908 28th U.S. Men's National Championship: William Larned beats Beals Wright (6-1, 6-2, 8-6)

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

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 1st US Open tennis match (Billie Jean King beats Dr Vija Vuskains)

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
  • 1976 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open

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
  • 1982 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Henredon Golf Classic

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
  • 1993 21st du Maurier Golf Classic: Brandie Burton
  • 1993 93rd US Golf Amateur Championship won by John Harris
  • 1999 7th World Championships in Athletics close at Seville, Spain
  • 2004 28th Olympic Games closes at Athens, Greece

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

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

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1842 Alfred Shaw, 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)
  • 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)
  • 1923 Hirulal Gaekwad, cricket all-rounder (Test for India 1952-53)
  • 1934 John Guy, cricketer (solid left-handed batsman for NZ in late 1950's)
  • 1940 Wilhelm Ruska, Holland, judo champ (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1940 Earl Gros, American NFL running back (Green Bay), (d. 2013)
  • 1945 Wyomia Tyus, Griffin Ga, 100m runner (Olympic gold 1964, 68)
  • 1946 Bob Beamon, high jumper (Olympics-gold-68, 29' 2½" 8.9m), born in Queens, New York
  • 1947 James Hunt, English race car driver (d. 1993)
  • 1950 Mark McHale, WLAF offensive line coach (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1955 Frank Hoste, Belgian cyclist
  • 1956 Edddie Murray, NFL kicker (Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1956 Kelly Murray, Canadian Tour golfer (985 Alberta Open), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • 1957 Therese Hession, LPGA golfer
  • 1957 Jerry D. Bailey, American racing jockey
  • 1962 Carl Banks, NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns, NY Giants)
  • 1963 Greg Holmes, Covina Cal, tennis star
  • 1964 Jordi Arrese, Spanish tennis star
  • 1965 Alphons Arts, Dutch soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • 1965 Will Perdue, NBA center (San Antonio Spurs)
  • 1967 Shaun Van Allen, Shaunavon, NHL center (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • 1968 Darren Joseph, CFL fullback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1969 Brady Katytman, Greece NY, kayak (alt-Olympics-96)
  • 1969 Jerry Simons, soccer player (Dordrecht '90, Vitesse)
  • 1970 Jacco Elringh, Netherlands, tennis star
  • 1971 Dennis de Brown, soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1971 Henry Blanco, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1972 Michael Roan, NFL tight end/halfback (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1973 Devin Wyman, defensive tackle (New England Patriots)
  • 1973 Jermane Mayberry, guard/tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1973 Joe Carollo, WLAF G (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1973 Olivier Jacque, motorcyclist
  • 1974 Brad Boston, soling sailor (Olympics-96), born in Sarnia, Ontario

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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, Fredericton New Brunswick, swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • 1976 Kasia Kulesza, Canadian synchronized swimmer (Oly-silver-96), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1976 Jon Dahl Tomasson, Danish footballer
  • 1976 Kevin Kaesviharn, American football player
  • 1976 Pablo Mastroeni, American soccer player
  • 1977 Aaron Rowand, American baseball player
  • 1977 Devean George, American basketball player
  • 1977 Roy Oswalt, American baseball player
  • 1978 Celestine Babayaro, Nigerian footballer
  • 1979 Ryan Shealy, American baseball player
  • 1980 Chris Simms, American football player
  • 1980 David West, American basketball player
  • 1980 Mohammad Sheikh, Kenyan cricketer
  • 1981 Geneviève Jeanson, French Canadian cyclist
  • 1982 Carlos Delfino, Argentinean basketball player
  • 1987 Tony Kane, Irish footballer

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding 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
  • 1977 Brian McGuire, Australian racing driver, killing practising at Brands Hatch at 31
  • 1986 Ellis Achong, cricketer (West Indies 1933-35, "chinaman"), dies
  • 1994 Gladys Marea Hartman, athletics Administrator, dies at 74
  • 2000 Willie Maddren, English footballer (b. 1951)
  • 2007 Richard Jewell, central figure in the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing (b. 1962)
  • 2014 Bjorn Waldegard, Swedish rally driver, dies from cancer at 70