On This Day in Sport for December 29

Events in Sport

  • 1906 Montreal Wanderers beat New Glasgow (NS) for Stanley Cup (2nd of 1906)

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 NFL Pro Bowl: Chicago Bears beats NFL All-Stars 28-14
  • 1957 Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 50-14 in NFL championship game
  • 1958 Balt Colts beat NY Giants 23-17 in NFL championship game
  • 1962 British driver Graham Hill wins the South African Grand Prix at Prince George Circuit in a BRM; takes out his first World Championship of Drivers title by 12 points from Scotsman Jim Clark
  • 1963 52nd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Adelaide (3-2)
  • 1963 Chicago Bears win NFL championship, defeating New York Giants 14-10 in Chicago
  • 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 Baltimore Colts beat Cleveland Browns 34-0 in NFL championship game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 NY Jets beat Oakland Raiders 27-23 in AFL championship game

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
  • 1972 Test Cricket debut of Jeff Thomson and Max Walker v Pakistan at MCG
  • 1974 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Oakland Raiders 24-13
  • 1974 NFC Championship Game: 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
  • 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
  • 1988 Soviet Red Army Team edges NY Islanders, 3-2 at Nassau Coliseum

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

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

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1869 Bill Howell, cricketer (Australian bowler at turn of century)
  • 1881 Jess Willard, American boxer (d. 1968)
  • 1915 Bill Osmanski, American football player (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 architect
  • 1927 Jim Simpson, sportscaster (Monday Night Baseball), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1927 Andy Stanfield, American athlete (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 cricket (opener scored century in Test v Pak 1973)
  • 1946 Laffit Pincay Jr, jockey (Ky Derby 1984, Belmont 1982-84, Swale)
  • 1949 Syed Kirmani, cricketer (Indian keeper after Engineer)
  • 1952 Nikolai Andrianov, USSR, gymnast (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80)
  • 1953 Kate Schmidt, US javelin thrower (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • 1954 Glenn Myernick, US soccer coach (Olympic gold 1996), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1958 Curt Allen Byrum, PGA golfer (1989 Hardee's Golf Classic), born in Onida, South Dakota
  • 1960 Dave Gilbert, cricketer (Aussie pace bowler in 9 Tests 1985-86)
  • 1960 David Boon, cricketer (short backward square from Tasmania)
  • 1962 Devon White, outfielder (Florida Marlins), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1963 Sean Payton, American football coach
  • 1964 Craig Grebeck, infielder (Florida Marlins), born in Cerritos, California
  • 1965 David Delfino, hockey goaltender (Team Italy 1998)
  • 1966 Bruce Bulina, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 Alberta Open), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1966 Drew Hartt, Canadian Tour golfer (1995 Desert Tour), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1966 Stefano Eranio, Italian footballer
  • 1967 Henry Jones, American football Safety (Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1967 Kevin Toth, shot putter, born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1967 Tony Tolbert, NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1968 Darren Perry, NFL free safety (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968 James Mouton, outfielder (Houston Astros), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1969 Allan McNish, Scottish race car driver
  • 1970 Hidetoshi Mitsusada, Japanese racing driver
  • 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, NFL cornerback (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1971 Toby Mills, WLAF corner (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1972 Malcolm Seabron, NFL wide receiver (Houston Oilers)
  • 1972 Randy Neal, NFL linebacker (Cin Bengals)
  • 1973 Tomas Perez, Barquisimeto Venezuela, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • 1973 Theo Epstein, American baseball executive and President of Baseball Operations, born in NYC, New York
  • 1974 Brad Hodge, cricketer (promising Victorian middle-order batsman)
  • 1974 James Darling, linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1974 Tom Knight, cornerback (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1974 Richmond "Richie" Sexson, American baseball player, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1975 Jaret Wright, American baseball player
  • 1977 Jimmy Journell, American baseball player
  • 1978 Kieron Dyer, English footballer
  • 1988 Agnes Szavay, Hungary tennis player
  • 1989 Nathan Forbes, British footballer
  • 1989 Kei Nishikori, Japanese tennis player (11 singles titles, only Japanese player ranked in top 10), born in Matsue, Japan

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding 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 (4-time Wimbledon champion), dies of neurasthenia at 38
  • 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 (b. 1940)
  • 1997 Pat Clarke, British cyclist, dies at 82
  • 1998 Donald "Don" Taylor, American director and actor (Father's Little Dividend, Escape from the Planet of the Apes), dies of hear failure at 78
  • 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 K├╝bler, Swiss cyclist (Tour de France 1950), dies at 97
  • 2016 Chris Cannizzaro, American baseball player, dies at 78
  • 2017 Alfred Binns, West Indian cricket wicketkeeper (1953-56), dies at 88