On This Day

On This Day in Sport for July 28

Events in Sport

  • 1906 Yankees turn triple-play, beat Cleveland 6-4
  • 1912 10th Tour de France won by Odile Defraye of Belgium
  • 1928 IX Summer Olympic Games open in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1929 Chicago Cardinals become 1st NFL team to train out of state (Michigan)
  • 1929 24th Davis Cup: France beats USA in Paris (3-2)
  • 1929 23rd Tour de France won by Maurice De Waele of Belgium
  • 1929 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Paris, France: Home team wins 3 straight titles as Henri Cochet beats American George Lott 6-1, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 for a 3-2 victory
  • 1931 White Sox score 11 in 8th to beat Yankees 14-12
  • 1933 NFL divides into (2) 5 team divisions
  • 1935 29th Tour de France won by Romain Maes of Belgium
  • 1936 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: 4 straight titles for GB as Fred Perry beats Australian Jack Crawford 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 for a 3-2 victory

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1938 Don Bradman scores 202 Australia v Somerset, 225 mins, 32 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1940 Yankee Charlie Keller hits 3 HRs to beat White Sox 10-9
  • 1956 43rd Tour de France won by Roger Walkowiak of France
  • 1957 White Sox' James Landis struck out 5 times in a game
  • 1972 39th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Dallas 20, All Stars 7 (54,162)

  • 1976 White Sox John Odom (5 inn) & Francisco Barrios (4 inn) no-hits A's

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 Legendary England cricket all-rounder Ian Botham on debut takes 5 for 74 in the Australian 1st innings in a 7 wicket 3rd Test win at Trent Bridge

Cricketer Ian Botham
Ian Botham
  • 1978 At Old Timer's Game it's announced Martin will again manage Yankees
  • 1979 Dave Kingman becomes 6th to have a 2nd 3 HR game
  • 1984 23rd modern Olympic Games open in Los Angeles

Sport awardGolf Major

1985 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Beaconsfield GC: Pat Bradley wins by 1 from Jane Geddes

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer Jane Geddes
LPGA Golfer
Jane Geddes
  • 1985 L Brock, Enos Slaughter, A Vaughan, & H Wilhelm inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

1987 US Open Women's Golf, Plainfield CC: England's Laura Davies won the first of her 4 major titles in an 18-hole Tuesday playoff over runners-up Ayako Okamoto and JoAnne Carner

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 Ángel Cordero Jr.becomes 4th jockey to win 6,000 races

  • 1989 Braves Dale Murphy, hits 2 3-run HRs in an inning, 14th man to hit 2 HRs in an inning. Also ties record of 6 RBIs in an inning
  • 1989 Cards' Vince Coleman is caught stealing ends record streak at 50

Sport awardUS Senior Golf Open

1991 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Oakland Hills CC: Jack Nicklaus matches course record of 65 to beat Chi Chi Rodriguez by 4 strokes in an 18-hole Monday playoff

  • 1991 29th Tennis Fed Cup: Spain beats USA in Nottingham England (2-1)
  • 1991 Buffalo Bills beat Philadelphia Eagles, 17-13 in American Bowl in Wembley

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1991 Dennis Martínez pitches the 13th perfect game in baseball history

MLB Pitcher Dennis Martínez
MLB Pitcher
Dennis Martínez
  • 1991 Tour de France: Spanish rider Miguel Induráin beats Gianni Bugno of Italy by 3' 36" for 1st of 5 consecutive Tour wins; Djamolidine Abdoujaparov points winner

Sport awardFederation Cup

1991 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Nottingham, England: Spain wins first title with 2-1 victory over US; Conchita Martínez & Arantxa Sánchez Vicario clinch final 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 against Gigi Fernández & Zina Garrison-Jackson

Tennis Player Zina Garrison
Tennis Player
Zina Garrison
Tennis Player Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Tennis Player
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  • 1992 Groundbreaking of Fla Marlins 7,500 seat spring training stadium

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1993 Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. is 3rd to hit HRs in 8 straight games

Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder Ken Griffey Jr.
Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder
Ken Griffey Jr.
  • 1994 Baseball players decide to strike on Aug 12, 1994
  • 1994 Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers throws the only perfect game in franchise history, against the California Angels

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 NY Yankee Darryl Strawberry hits his 300th HR

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • 1996 Americans Karch Kiraly & Kent Steffes win inaugural beach volleyball gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics; Kiraly first to win gold in both indoor and beach events
  • 1996 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Royal Portrush GC: Defending champion Brian Barnes of Scotland wins by 3 strokes from Bob Charles and David Oakley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 NY Ranger center Mark Messier signs with Vancouver for $20M for 3 yrs

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2002 89th Tour de France: no winner (Lance Armstrong disqualified)

Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong
  • 2012 Ye Shiwen of China sets world record in the women's 400m individual medley (4:28.43) to take the gold medal at the London Olympics
  • 2019 Evian Championship Women's Golf, Evian Resort GC: South Korean Ko Jin-young wins her second major title of the season by 2 strokes from Shanshan Feng, Jennifer Kupcho and Kim Hyo-joo
  • 2019 106th Tour de France: 22 year old Egan Bernal becomes first ever Colombian and Latin American winner; Points champion: Peter Sagan of Slovakia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: Germany's Bernhard Langer wins his 4th Senior Open by 2 strokes from Paul Broadhurst

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1888 Sidney Pegler, South African cricket leg spinner (16 Tests), (d. 1972)
  • 1891 Ron Oxenham, Australian cricketer (Australian all-rounder 1928-32), born in Nundah, Queensland (d. 1939)
  • 1901 Freddie Fitzsimmons, American baseball pitcher (MLB record career double plays [79] 1938-64) and manager (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Mishawaka, Indiana (d. 1979)
  • 1902 Vibart Wight, West Indian cricket batsman (2 Tests; v/c WI first touring team v England 1928), born in Georgetown, British Guiana (d. 1969)
  • 1903 Colin Gregory, English tennis player (Australian C'ship 1929, chairman All-England Club, Wimbledon), born in Beverley, England (d. 1959)
  • 1911 Gerhard Stoeck, German javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1931 Johnny Martin, Australian cricket left-arm chinaman bowler (60's)
  • 1933 Charlie Hodge, French Canadian ice hockey goaltender
  • 1936 Russ Jackson, Canadian football player, born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1936 Sir Garfield (Gary) Sobers, West Indian cricket all-rounder, captain (93 Tests, 57.78 batting average), born in Bridgetown, Barbados
  • 1938 Luis Aragonés, Spanish soccer forward (11 caps; Atlético Madrid) and manager (Spain 2004-08; Atlético Madrid, Barcelona), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2014)
  • 1942 Marty Brennaman, American sportscaster, born in Portsmouth, Virginia

Person of interestBill Bradley

1943 Bill Bradley, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (2-time NBA champion NY Knicks), Democratic US Senator (1979-97), born in Crystal City, Missouri

Basketball Player and US Senator Bill Bradley
Basketball Player and US Senator
Bill Bradley
  • 1943 Larry Elkins, football player (Houston Oilers)
  • 1944 Daniel Morelon, French speed skater (Olympic gold 1968, 72), born in Bourg-en-Bresse, France
  • 1947 Barbara Ferrell, American runnerr (Olympic gold 1968), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • 1947 Elena Belova, Russian foils fencer (Olympic gold 1968), born in Sovetskaya Gavan, Soviet Union
  • 1947 Miguelina Cobian, Cuban 4x100m runner (Olympic silver 1968), born in Santiago de Cuba
  • 1949 Vida Blue, American MLB pitcher (Cy Young & AL MVP 1971), born in Mansfield, Louisiana
  • 1951 Doug Collins, American basketball shooting guard (NBA All-Star 1976–79; Philadelphia 76ers), coach (Chicago, Detroit, Washington, Philadelphia) and broadcaster (CBS, NBC, TNT, TBS, ABC/ESPN), born in Christopher, Illinois
  • 1954 Mikey Sheehy, Gaelic footballer (Kerry), born in Tralee, Ireland
  • 1958 Terry Fox, Canadian one-legged distance runner (Marathon of Hope 1980), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1981)
  • 1961 Alexander Kurlovitch, Soviet weightlifter, born in Grodno, Soviet Union
  • 1964 Dave Alexander, American NFL center (NY Jets), born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • 1967 Alex Galtcheniouk, American hockey forward (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1969 Garth Snow, American hockey goalie (Olympics 1994, Flyers), born in Wrentham Massachusetts
  • 1969 Jaimie Dawson, Canadian badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1969 Jarrod Hanks, American gymnast (Olympic-92, 96), born in Lafayette Louisiana
  • 1969 Wendi Simmons, American heptathlete, born in Santa Rosa, California
  • 1969 Dana White, American Ultimate Fighting Championship President, born in Manchester, Connecticut
  • 1970 Paul Strang, Zimbabwean cricketer (Zimbabwe's 1st Test match leg-spinner), born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia
  • 1972 Ed Templeton, American skateboarder (Toy Machine), born in Garden Grove, California
  • 1973 Nixon A. McNamara McClean, West Indies cricket fast bowler (ODI 1996)
  • 1977 Aki Berg, Finnish NHL defenseman (LA Kings), born in Raisio, Finland
  • 1977 Manu Ginóbili, Argentine basketball player, born in Bahía Blanca, Argentina
  • 1981 Michael Carrick, English footballer, born in Wallsend, England
  • 1984 DeMeco Ryans, American football player, born in Bessemer, Alabama
  • 1984 Zach Parise, American ice hockey player, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1984 John David Washington, American football player and actor (BlacKkKlansman), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1988 Casper Johansen, Danish footballer
  • 1989 Amy Yang, South Korean golfer (US Open 2012, 15 runner-up), born in Seoul, South Korea

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1962 NBA player Lenny Wilkens (24) weds Marilyn Reed

NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Lenny Wilkens

LoveWedding of Interest

2001 Six-time golf winner Nick Faldo (44) weds third wife Valerie Bercher on a lavish ceremony in Windsor, England

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo

Deaths in Sport

  • 1934 Louis Tancred, South African cricketer (fourteen Tests batting for South Africa 1905-14), dies at 57
  • 1971 Myril Hoag, American baseball player, dies at 63
  • 1974 Jack Ellis, Australian cricketer (Victorian WK, Ashes tourist 1926), dies
  • 1983 Alec Marks, cricketer (good NSW batsman 1928-37), dies
  • 1986 Syd Curnow, South African cricketer (168 runs in 7 Tests), dies
  • 1986 Cliff Melton, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1942; NL saves leader 1937; NY Giants), dies at 74
  • 2009 Jim Johnson, NFL Assistant Coach, Eagles Defensive Coordinator from 1999-2009 (b.1941)
  • 2013 George Scott, American MLB player, dies at 69
  • 2013 Frank Castillo, American MLB player, drowns at 44
  • 2014 Jon Erikson, American swimmer 1st to triple cross English Channel (1981), dies at 58
  • 2015 Clive Rice, South African cricket all-rounder (WSC 1978-79, ODI 1991; Nottinghamshire), dies from a brain tumour at 66
  • 2018 Ian Stanley, Australian golfer (British Senior Open 2001), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2018 Bruce Lietzke, American golfer (13 PGA Tour wins; US Senior Open 2003), dies of brain cancer at 67
  • 2020 John McNamara, American MLB manager (American League Manager of the Year 1986; Boston Red Sox), dies at 88
  • 2020 Aleksandr Aksinin, Russian athlete (Olympic gold, 4×100m relay 1980; bronze 1976), dies at 65