On This Day in Sport for July 29

Events in Sport

  • 1751 1st international world title prize fight: Jack Stack of England, beats challenger M. Petit of France in 29 mins in England
  • 1874 Major Walter Copton Wingfield patents a portable tennis court
  • 1899 Southern California Golf Association forms
  • 1906 4th Tour de France won by Rene Pottier of France
  • 1911 Boston Red Sox Joe Wood no-hits St Louis Browns, 5-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1915 Pirate Honus Wagner at 41, hits a grand slam HR

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1921 Cleveland's 125th anniversary celebration: Cy Young, 54, pitches 2 inn

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 1924 Paul Runyan wins PGA golf championship
  • 1928 Cleveland Indians score 17 in 1st 2 inns to beat Yanks 24-6 at Dunn Field they also set a record with 24 singles in 1 game
  • 1928 23rd Davis Cup: France beats USA in Paris (4-1)
  • 1934 17th PGA Championship: Paul Runyan at Park CC Williamsville, NY
  • 1934 28th Tour de France won by Antonin Magne of France
  • 1938 Olympic National Park forms
  • 1940 SV. Urk Dutch soccer team forms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1948 King George VI opens 14th modern Olympic Games in London

King of Great Britain George VI
King of Great Britain
George VI
  • 1948 XIV Summer Olympic Games open at Wembley Stadium in London

  • 1951 38th Tour de France won by Hugo Koblet of Switzerland
  • 1956 11th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Kathy Cornelius

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1957 Floyd Patterson TKOs Tommy Jackson in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1961 Phillies lose 1st of 23 straight games
  • 1965 Major league record 26 strikeouts, Phillies (16), Pirates (10)
  • 1968 Cincinnati Red George Culver no hits Phillies, 6-1
  • 1978 On Old Timer's Day, NY Yankees announce that Billy Martin will return as NY Yankee manager in 1980 and Bob Lemon will become GM

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 Canadian Open Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), St. George's CC: Amy Alcott wins by 3 from Nancy Lopez for her first major title

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 1981 Anti-apartheid protesters against the Springbok rugby tour are confronted by police who use batons to stop them marching to South Africa’s Consul in New Zealand
  • 1984 Canadian Open Golf (du Maurier Classic), St. George's CC: Juli Inkster wins by 1 from Ayako Okamoto of Japan
  • 1984 American cyclists Alexi Grewal and Connie Carpenter take out the road race double around the streets of Mission Viejo at the LA Olympics
  • 1986 NY jury rules NFL violated antitrust laws, awards USFL $1 in damages
  • 1988 Baltimore trades Mike Boddicker to the Red Sox for Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling
  • 1988 Rick Sutcliffe swipes home, 1st pitcher since Pascual Perez in 1984 to steal home
  • 1989 Javier Sotomayor of Cuba sets high jump record (8'0") in San Juan
  • 1989 Phillies retire Steve Carlton's # 32
  • 1989 White Sox trade Harold Baines to Rangers for Scott Fletcher & Sam Sosa
  • 1990 26th Curtis Cup: US wins 14-4
  • 1990 28th Tennis Fed Cup: USA beats USSR in Atlanta Georgia (2-1)

Sport awardGolf Major

1990 LPGA Championship, Bethesda CC: Beth Daniel wins by 1 stroke from fellow American Rosie Jones

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • 1990 Boston Red Sox set major league record with 12 doubles in a game
  • 1991 1st Sunday Night game at Shea Stadium (Mets beat Cubs 6-0)
  • 1992 Yevgeni Sadovyi of the Unified Team swims world 400m record (3:45.00) to wrap up 200-400m freestyle double at the Barcelona Olympics
  • 1992 Arkadiusz Skrzypaszek of Poland (5,559 points) beats Hungarian Attila Mizsér by 113 points to win the Pentathlon gold at the Barcelona Olympics; Poland also wins teams gold
  • 1993 Cincinnati Reds pitcher Thomas Browning arrested for marijuana possession

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995 Monica Seles beats Martina Navratilova in her return to tennis

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1995 Carolina Panthers beat Jacksonville Jaguars in their 1st NFL exhibition game 20-14

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2001 88th Tour de France: no winner (Lance Armstrong disqualified)

Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong
  • 2001 British Open Seniors Golf, Royal County Down: Australian Ian Stanley wins in a playoff with Bob Charles of New Zealand
  • 2007 94th Tour de France won by Alberto Contador of Spain

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2007 British Open Seniors Golf, Muirfield: Tom Watson wins his 3rd Open Seniors title by 1 shot from Mark O'Meara and Stewart Ginn

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012 British Open Seniors Golf, Turnberry: Fred Couples wins by 2 strokes from fellow American Gary Hallberg

Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples
Golfer and Masters Champion
Fred Couples

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 British Open Seniors Golf, Royal Birkdale: American Mark Wiebe wins in a playoff with Bernhard Langer of Germany

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer
  • 2014 Chicago Cubs player John Baker scores the win against the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field in the longest game in Cubs history
  • 2018 Tour de France: Geraint Thomas becomes the first Welshman and only 3rd Briton to win the Tour; beats Dutchman Tom Dumoulin by 1' 51"; Peter Sagan wins green points jersey
  • 2018 British Open Senior Golf, St. Andrews: Spaniard Miguel Ángel Jiménez wins by 1 shot from defending champion Bernhard Langer of Germany
  • 2018 Chipper Jones, Alan Trammell, Trevor Hoffman, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Jack Morris are inducted in Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1887 Tim Mara, American founder and administrator (NFL NY Giants), born in New York (d. 1959)
  • 1899 Walter Beall, American baseball player (d. 1959)

Person of interestTed Lindsay

1925 Ted Lindsay, Canadian hockey player (Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks), born in Renfrew, Ontario

NHL Star Ted Lindsay
NHL Star
Ted Lindsay
  • 1933 Cammie Smith, West Indian cricket opening batsman (1960-62)
  • 1934 Alfred Scott, West Indian cricket leg-spinner (son of O C, Test 0-140)
  • 1943 Ingrid Krämer, German diver (Olympic gold medalist), born in Dresden Germany
  • 1943 David Taylor, English snooker player
  • 1944 Terry Jarvis, NZ cricket opener (387 partnership w/Turner v WI 1972)
  • 1947 Janet LePera, LPGA golfer
  • 1947 Dick Harmon, American golf instructor (d. 2006)
  • 1948 Neal Walk, American basketball player (Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Jazz, NY Knicks), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2015)
  • 1950 Maricica Puica, Romania, 2K runner (world record)
  • 1950 Radu Voina, Romania, team handball (Olympic silver/2 bronze-1972, 76, 80)
  • 1951 Dan Driessen, American baseball player
  • 1953 Ken Burns [Kenneth Lauren], American director and documentary film producer (The Civil War, Baseball), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1954 Flo Hyman, volleyball player (Olympic silver 1984), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1956 Brenda Hocott, LPGA golfer
  • 1956 Teddy Atlas, American boxing trainer and commentator
  • 1957 Nellie Kim, Shurab, Tajik SSR, Soviet gymnast (Olympic-3 golds-1976)
  • 1959 Brian James Claar, PGA golfer (1991 AT&T-2nd), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1962 Corinne Dibnah, Brisbane Australia, LPGA golfer (1988 British Open)
  • 1962 Steve Pelluer, WLAF quarterback (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1962 Vincent Rousseau, Belgian athlete
  • 1963 Azeem Hafeez, cricketer (fingerless Pakistani lefty quick)
  • 1963 Damon Allen, CFL quarterback (BC Lions)
  • 1963 Michel Boerebach, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1963 Patty Dodd, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-2nd-1988), born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • 1963 Steve Frey, Meadowbrook PA, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • 1965 Doug Burden, rower (Olympic 5th 1988, 92, 96), born in Rutland, Vermont
  • 1965 Henry James, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1965 Karen Doell, Winkler Manitoba, softball 2nd baseman (Olympics 1996)
  • 1965 Luis Alicea, Santurce Puerto Rico, infielder (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1966 Jeff Herrod, NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1966 Sally Gunnell, 400m hurdler, (Olympic gold 1992)
  • 1968 Kristen Babb-Sprague, California, US synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1992)
  • 1968 Mike Williams, Radford VA, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • 1969 Alison Dunlap, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1970 John Rennie, cricketer (Zimbabwe pace bowler 1993)
  • 1970 Sean LaChapelle, NFL/WLAF receiver (KC Chiefs, Scottish Claymores)
  • 1970 Steve Wojciechowski, Blue Island IL, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • 1971 Jayne Fenner, Four Marks England, US sailing (Olympic-92)
  • 1971 Johnny Ruffin, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Butler, Alabama
  • 1972 Steven Branscombe, WLAF WR (Scotland Claymores)
  • 1974 Derek Wilkinson, Lasalle, NHL goalie (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 1975 Seth Greisinger, American baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1975 Corrado Grabbi, Italian footballer
  • 1977 Greg Burgess, American 200m individual medley (Olympic silver 1992, 96)
  • 1979 Karim Essediri, Tunisian footballer
  • 1979 Ronald Murray, American basketball player
  • 1980 Ryan Braun, Canadian baseball player (Los Angeles Angels), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1980 Fernando González, Chilean tennis player
  • 1981 Jennie Thompson, gymnast (Jr Natl-champ-93, Olympics 1996), born in Wichita Falls, Texas
  • 1981 Fernando Alonso, Spanish Formula 1 Driver (World Championship 2005, 2006), born in Oviedo
  • 1981 Andrés Madrid, Argentine footballer
  • 1981 Troy Perkins, American soccer player
  • 1982 Janez Aljančič, Slovenian footballer
  • 1982 Jônatas Domingos, Brazilian footballer
  • 1983 Alexei Kaigorodov, Russian hockey player
  • 1984 Chad Billingsley, American baseball player

Deaths in Sport

  • 1934 Didier Pitre, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1883)
  • 1950 Joe Fry, British racing driver, dies at 34
  • 1954 Coen de Koning, Dutch speed skater (b. 1879)
  • 1963 Dave Smith, cricketer (2 Tests in 1912 Australian side), dies
  • 1964 Vean Gregg, American baseball player (b. 1885)
  • 1973 Roger Williamson, English racing driver (b. 1948)
  • 1977 Austin Matthews, cricketer (Test Eng v NZ 1937), dies
  • 1987 Arthur Chipperfield, cricketer (14 Tests for Australia), dies
  • 2013 Christian Benítez, Ecuadorian soccer striker (Ecuador 58 caps), dies from heart failure at 27
  • 2015 Peter O'Sullevan, British horse racing commentator 'the voice of racing', dies at 97
  • 2017 Lee May "The Big Bopper", American Major League Baseball 1st baseman, dies from pneumonia at 74