On This Day

On This Day in Sport for December 29

Events in Sport

  • 1906 Stanley Cup, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Montreal Wanderers beat New Glasgow (NS), 7-2 for 17-5 aggregate challenge series victory

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1933 New York Yankees refuses to release Babe Ruth to manage the Cincinnati Reds

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1934 1st collegiate basketball doubleheader at Madison Square Garden
  • 1940 3rd NFL All Star Game: Chicago Bears beats NFL All-Stars, 28-14

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1945 Montreal right wing Maurice Richard scores twice in Canadiens' 5-4 loss to Chicago Black Hawks to record his 100th NHL career goal; reaches mark in just 145 games, then fastest in history; since broken by Mike Bossy, 100 goals in 129 games

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • 1955 NHL officials wear new vertically striped black-and-white sweaters for the first time in Montreal Canadiens' 5-2 win over Toronto Maple Leafs
  • 1957 National Football League Championship, Briggs Stadium, Detroit: Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns, 50-14; Lions score 2 touchdowns in each quarter
  • 1962 British driver Graham Hill wins the South African Grand Prix at Prince George Circuit in a BRM; takes out his first F1 World Drivers Championship by 12 points from Scotsman Jim Clark
  • 1963 52nd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Adelaide (3-2)
  • 1963 National Football League Championship, Wrigley Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat New York Giants, 14-10; Giants 3rd consecutive championship defeat; played in temperatures under 10 °F (−12 °C)
  • 1965 CBS purchases NFL TV rights for 1966-68 at $18.8 million per year
  • 1965 54th Davis Cup: Australia beats Spain in Sydney (4-1)
  • 1968 NFL Championship, Cleveland Municipal Stadium: Baltimore Colts shutout Cleveland Browns, 34-0

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1968 AFL Championship, Shea Stadium, NYC: New York Jets beat Oakland Raiders 27-23; Joe Namath 3 TD passes sparks Jets to win

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 1969 NY Times reports Curt Flood will sue baseball and challenge the reserve clause
  • 1970 Ballon d'Or: Bayern Munich striker Gerd Müller wins award for best European football player ahead of West Ham United defender Bobby Moore and Cagliari forward Luigi Riva

  • 1972 Test Cricket debut of Jeff Thomson and Max Walker v Pakistan at MCG
  • 1974 AFC Championship, Oakland Coliseum: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Oakland Raiders, 24-13
  • 1974 NFC Championship, Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington: Minnesota Vikings beat Los Angeles Rams, 14-10
  • 1978 Test Cricket debut of Allan Robert Border, v England at the MCG
  • 1979 Red Army beats NY Islanders 3-2 at Nassau Coliseum
  • 1981 Ballon d'Or: German 1-2-3 with Bayern Munich forward Karl-Heinz Rummenigge taking title of Europe's best football player for the 2nd straight year; beats team mate Paul Breitner and Barcelona midfielder Bernd Schuster
  • 1983 Gavaskar makes the highest Test Cricket score by an Indian, 236* v WI
  • 1983 Graeme Yallop completes 268 v Pakistan at cricket MCG
  • 1983 2nd College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 19-18 in Memphis
  • 1984 Blues took 27 shots against Islanders in 1 period

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Wayne Gretzky scores his NHL career 32nd hat trick & adds 3 assists in Edmonton's 6-3 win over Detroit Red Wings for his 100th point in just 35 games; 2nd fastest in history - recorded 100 points in 34 games in 1983

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1987 Ballon d'Or: Milan's Dutch midfielder Ruud Gullit wins best football player in Europe award ahead of Paulo Futre (Porto/Atlético Madrid) and Real Madrid striker Emilio Butragueño
  • 1988 Soviet Red Army Team edges NY Islanders, 3-2 at Nassau Coliseum
  • 1988 Toronto’s Ed Olczyk and Gary Leeman score goals just 4 seconds apart in the 3rd period, tying the NHL record for fastest 2 goals by one team; Leafs beat the Quebec Nordiques, 6-5.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Wayne Gretzky and Martina Navratilova, named athletes of decade by AP

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1994 Shane Warne takes a hat-trick v England at cricket MCG
  • 1997 Cricket Women's World Cup: Australia defeats New Zealand by 5 wickets

Sports record brokenNFL Record

2007 Tom Brady sets a then-NFL record, throwing his 50th TD pass, and the New England Patriots become the first team in NFL history to finish the regular season 16-0

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • 2007 American boxer Steve Cunningham defends his IBF cruiserweight title for the first time with a 12th-round TKO of local favourite Marco Huck in Bielefeld, Germany

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 7-time world F1 motor racing champion Michael Schumacher suffers a serious head injury in a ski accident in the French Alps; his condition still remains unclear

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • 2018 85th Orange Bowl: #1 Alabama beats #4 Oklahoma, 45-34

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1859 Jack Simpson, Scottish golfer (British Open 1884), born in Earlsferry, Fife (d. 1895)
  • 1869 Bill Howell, Australian cricketer (Australian bowler at turn of century), born in Penrith, New South Wales (d. 1940)
  • 1881 Jess Willard, American boxer, born in Pottawatomie County, Kansas (d. 1968)
  • 1902 Nels Stewart, Canadian hockey player, born in Montreal, Canada (d. 1957)
  • 1915 Bill Osmanski, American football player & coach, born in Providence, Rhode Island (d. 1996)
  • 1924 Dub Jones, American NFL halfback, coach (Cleveland Browns, 2 x Pro Bowl), born in Arcadia, Louisiana
  • 1925 Pete Dye, American golf course designer, born in Urbana, Ohio
  • 1927 Andy Stanfield, American sprinter & Olympic medalist, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1985)

Person of interestRay Nitschke

1936 Ray Nitschke, American NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers), born in Elmwood Park, Illinois (d. 1998)

NFL Legend Ray Nitschke
NFL Legend
Ray Nitschke
  • 1938 Wayne Huizenga, American businessman, CEO (Waste Management, Blockbuster), and sports team owner (Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers, Florida Marlins), born in Evergreen Park, Illinois (d. 2018)
  • 1944 Rodney Redmond, NZ cricketer (opener scored century in Test v Pak 1973), born in Whangarei, New Zealand
  • 1946 Laffit Pincay Jr., Panamanian jockey (Ky Derby 1984, Belmont 1982-84, Swale), born in Panama City, Panama
  • 1949 Syed Kirmani, Indian cricketer (Indian keeper after Engineer), born in Chennai, India
  • 1952 Nikolai Andrianov, Soviet/Russian gymnast (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80), born in Vladimir, Russia (d. 2011)
  • 1953 Kate Schmidt, American javelin thrower (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1954 Glenn Myernick, American soccer player & coach (Olympic gold 1996), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1960 Dave Gilbert, Australian cricketer (Aussie pace bowler in 9 Tests 1985-86), born in Darlinghurst, Australia
  • 1960 David Boon, Australian cricketer (short backward square from Tasmania), born in Launceston, Australia
  • 1962 Devon White, Jamaican-born American baseball outfielder (Florida Marlins), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1963 Sean Payton, American football coach, born in San Mateo, California
  • 1964 Craig Grebeck, American baseball infielder (Florida Marlins), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • 1966 Stefano Eranio, Italian footballer, born in Genoa, Italy
  • 1967 Henry Jones, American football Safety (Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1967 Kevin Toth, American shot put athlete, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1967 Tony Tolbert, American NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • 1968 Darren Perry, American NFL free safety (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Chesapeake, Virginia
  • 1968 James Mouton, American baseball outfielder (Houston Astros), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1969 Allan McNish, Scottish race car driver, born in Dumfries, United Kingdom
  • 1970 Hidetoshi Mitsusada, Japanese racing driver, born in Osaka, Japan
  • 1971 Jay Fiedler, American NFL quarterback (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Long Island, New York
  • 1971 Margot Thien, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • 1971 Mark Montreuil, Canadian NFL cornerback (San Diego Chargers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1972 Malcolm Seabron, NFL wide receiver (Houston Oilers)
  • 1972 Randy Neal, NFL linebacker (Cin Bengals), born in Hackensack , New Jersey
  • 1973 Tomas Perez, Barquisimeto Venezuela, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Lara, Venezuela
  • 1973 Theo Epstein, American baseball executive and President of Baseball Operations, born in NYC, New York
  • 1974 Brad Hodge, Australian cricketer (promising Victorian middle-order batsman), born in Sandringham, Australia
  • 1974 James Darling, American football linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1974 Tom Knight, American football cornerback (Arizona Cardinals), born in Summit, New Jersey
  • 1974 Richmond "Richie" Sexson, American baseball player, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1975 Jaret Wright, American baseball player, born in Anaheim, California
  • 1977 Jimmy Journell, American baseball player, born in Springfield, Ohio
  • 1978 Kieron Dyer, English football player, born in Ipswich, United Kingdom
  • 1988 Agnes Szavay, Hungarian tennis player, born in Kiskunhalas, Hungary
  • 1989 Nathan Forbes, English football player, born in Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • 1989 Kei Nishikori, Japanese tennis player (11 singles titles, only Japanese player ranked in top 10), born in Matsue, Japan

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1984 MLB player Paul O'Neill (21) weds his childhood sweetheart Nevalee Davis in Columbus, Ohio

MLB Right Fielder Paul O'Neill
MLB Right Fielder
Paul O'Neill

LoveWedding of Interest

1984 MLB player Mark McGwire (21) weds Kathlene Hughes

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • 1990 Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton weds Shannon Kelley
  • 2005 "One Life To Live" actress Bree Williamson (26) weds surfer Josh Evans near the Flor Blanca Resort in Mal Pais, Costa Rica

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2003 Retired NFL quarterback John Elway (43) divorces first wife Janet Buchan after 18 years of marriage

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2006 NBA basketball star Michael Jordan (43) divorces Juanita Vanoy (47) due to irreconcilable differences after 17 years of marriage

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

Deaths in Sport

  • 1910 Reginald "R.F." Doherty, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1897-1900), dies of neurasthenia at 38
  • 1915 Thomas Shelvin, College Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Yale), dies of pneumonia at 32
  • 1957 Tom Richmond, cricketer (Notts leg-spinner took 2-86 in Eng Test), dies at 67
  • 1976 Ivo van Damme, Belgian 800/1500 m sprinter (Olympic silver 1976), dies at 22
  • 1988 Mike Beuttler, British racing driver, dies at 48
  • 1997 Pat Clarke, British cyclist, dies at 82
  • 2004 Ken Burkhart, American baseball player (b. 1915)
  • 2007 Phil O'Donnell, Scottish footballer (b. 1972)
  • 2009 "Dr. Death" Steve Williams, American former professional wrestler and football player (b. 1960)

Person of interestTony Greig

2012 Tony Greig, English cricket captain, all-rounder (1972-77) and commentator, dies from a heart attack at 66

Cricketer and Commentator Tony Greig
Cricketer and Commentator
Tony Greig
  • 2015 Frank Malzone, American MLB player (Boston Red Sox), dies at 85
  • 2016 Ferdi Kübler, Swiss cyclist (Tour de France 1950), dies at 97
  • 2016 Chris Cannizzaro, American baseball player, dies at 78
  • 2017 Alfred Binns, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (1953-56), dies at 88