On This Day

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 René Pottier of France
  • 1908 St Louis Browns' future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Rube Waddell strikes out 16 Philadelphia A's in 5-4 win against his previous team at Sportsman's Park II, St. Louis
  • 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

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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)
  • 1928 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Paris, France: Home team retains title as Henri Cochet beats American Bill Tilden 9-7, 8-6, 6-4 for 3-1 lead; ends 4-1
  • 1934 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Park CC: Paul Runyan wins first of his 2 PGA crowns, defeating Craig Wood in 38 holes
  • 1934 28th Tour de France won by Antonin Magne of France
  • 1935 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: 3rd straight GB title as Pat Hughes & Raymond Tuckey beat Americans Wilmer Allison & John Van Ryn 6-2, 1-6, 6-8, 6-3, 6-3 for unassailable 3-0 lead; ends 5-0
  • 1938 Olympic National Park forms

  • 1940 SV. Urk Dutch soccer team forms

OlympicsOlympic Games

1948 King George VI opens the XIV Summer Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium in London

King of the United Kingdom George VI
King of the United Kingdom
George VI
  • 1950 Pee Wee Reese, hits the 3,000th Dodger home run
  • 1951 38th Tour de France won by Hugo Koblet of Switzerland
  • 1956 US Open Women's Golf, Northland CC: Kathy Cornelius wins her only major title in an 18-hole playoff by 7 strokes over amateur Barbara McIntire

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

Boxing Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxing Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1961 Philadelphia Phillies lose, 4-3 to SF Giants at Connie Mack Stadium; 1st of MLB record 23 straight defeats
  • 1965 Major league record 26 strikeouts, Phillies (16), Pirates (10)
  • 1968 Cincinnati Red George Culver no hits Phillies, 6-1
  • 1974 St Louis Card Lou Brock steals his 700th base

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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

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1979 Canadian Open Women's 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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1983 Steve Garvey ends his NL record 1,207 consecutive game streak

Baseball Player Steve Garvey
Baseball Player
Steve Garvey
  • 1984 Canadian Open Women's 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Phillies retire Steve Carlton's # 32

Baseball Pitcher Steve Carlton
Baseball Pitcher
Steve Carlton
  • 1989 Vince Coleman, record streak stopped at 50 straight stolen bases
  • 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 awardLPGA Championship

1990 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Bethesda CC: Beth Daniel wins her only major title 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

Sport awardFederation Cup

1990 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Norcross, Georgia: US retains title with 2-1 victory over Soviet Union; Gigi Fernández & Zina Garrison-Jackson clinch final with 6-4, 6-3 win against Larisa Neiland & Natasha Zvereva

Tennis Player Zina Garrison
Tennis Player
Zina Garrison
  • 1991 1st Sunday Night game at Shea Stadium (Mets beat Cubs 6-0)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Yankee Stadium fans throw cups and blowup dolls at Jose Canseco

MLB Player José Canseco
MLB Player
José Canseco
  • 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

1996 MLB Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda retires, with a record of 1599-1439, 4 National League Pennants, and 2 World Series championships.

Baseball Pitcher and Manager Tommy Lasorda
Baseball Pitcher and Manager
Tommy Lasorda

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong
  • 2001 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Royal County Down: Australian Ian Stanley wins in a playoff with Bob Charles of New Zealand
  • 2001 Copa América Final, Estadio El Campín, Bogotá: Defender Iván Córdoba scores winner as home team Columbia edge Mexico, 1-0
  • 2007 94th Tour de France won by Alberto Contador of Spain

Sport awardGolf Tournament

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

Golfer Tom Watson
Tom Watson

Sport awardGolf Tournament

2012 British Senior Open Men's 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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

2013 British Senior Open Men's 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 Senior Open Men's 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

  • 1870 George Dixon, Canadian boxer (World Bantamweight title 1892; World Featherweight champion 1891-97, 98-1901; first black athlete to win a World C'ship in any sport), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia (d. 1908)
  • 1887 Tim Mara, American founder and administrator (NFL NY Giants), born in New York (d. 1959)
  • 1889 Lajos Asztalos, Hungarian chess player (International Chess Master 1950), born in Pécs, Hungary (d. 1956)
  • 1899 Walter Beall, American baseball player (d. 1959)

Person of interestTed Lindsay

1925 Ted Lindsay, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing (Art Ross Trophy 1950, NHL Players Association pioneer), born in Renfrew, Ontario (d. 2019)

NHL Star Ted Lindsay
NHL Star
Ted Lindsay
  • 1926 Don Carter, American pro bowler (6 x Bowler of the Year; first athlete to earn $1m in single endorsement deal [Ebonite International]), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2012)
  • 1933 Cammie Smith, West Indian cricket batsman (5 Tests), born in Saint Michael, Barbados
  • 1934 Alfred Scott, West Indian cricket leg-spinner (son of O C, Test 0-140)
  • 1938 Don Wert, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Strasburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1942 Les Josephson, American football running back (NFL Pro Bowl 1967; Los Angeles Rams), born in Minneota, Minnesota (d. 2020)
  • 1943 Ingrid Krämer, German diver (Olympic gold medalist), born in Dresden Germany
  • 1944 Terry Jarvis, NZ cricket opener (387 partnership w/Turner v WI 1972)
  • 1947 Dick Harmon, American golf instructor (Fred Couples, Jay Haas, Craig Stadler, Lanny Wadkins, Steve Elkington), born in New Rochelle, NY (d. 2006)
  • 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
  • 1956 Teddy Atlas, American boxing trainer and commentator
  • 1957 Nellie Kim, Shurab, Tajik SSR, Soviet gymnast (Olympic-3 golds-1976)
  • 1962 Corinne Dibnah, Australian golfer (British Open 1988; LET Order of Merit 1991), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • 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, American softball 2nd baseman (Olympics 1996), born in Winkler, Manitoba
  • 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 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
  • 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 auto racer (World Formula 1 Drivers Champion 2005-06; 24 Hours of Le Mans 2018-19; FIA World Endurance C'ship 2018-19), born in Oviedo, Asturias, Spain
  • 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
  • 1993 Rayne Dakota "Dak" Prescott, American NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys), born in Sulphur, Louisiana

Deaths in Sport

  • 1934 Didier Pitre, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (Montreal Canadiens), dies of acute indigestion at 50
  • 1950 Joe Fry, British racing driver, dies at 34
  • 1954 Coen de Koning, Dutch speed skater (World Alllround Speed Skating champion 1905), dies at 75
  • 1963 Dave Smith, cricketer (2 Tests in 1912 Australian side), dies
  • 1964 Vean Gregg, American baseball player, dies at 79
  • 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
  • 2007 Jim David, American NFL defensive back (Pro Bowl 1954-59; NFL Champion 1952-53, 57; Detroit Lions), dies at 79
  • 2013 Christian Benítez, Ecuadorian soccer striker (58 caps; El Nacional, Santos Laguna, América), 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
  • 2020 Andy Haden, New Zealand rugby union lock (41 Tests; 117 All Black games, 8 as captain; Auckland), dies from chronic lymphocytic leukaemia at 69
  • 2020 Mike Gillespie, American college baseball coach (College World Series 1998, Collegiate Coach of the Year 1998, USC), dies from a stroke at 80