On This Day

On This Day in Sport for June 29

Events in Sport

  • 1895 US National Championship Women's Tennis: Juliette Atkinson beats defending champion Helen Hellwig 6-4, 6-2, 6-1
  • 1897 Chicago Colts establish MLB record for most runs scored in a game by one team as they maul Louisville Colonels, 36 - 7 at the West Side Grounds, Chicago
  • 1901 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Elisabeth Moore beats defending champion Myrtle McAteer 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 for her second of 4 US singles titles
  • 1903 US Open Men's Golf, Baltusrol GC: Willie Anderson of Scotland first to win the Open twice; beats countryman David Brown by 2 strokes in an 18-hole playoff
  • 1906 US Open Men's Golf, Onwentsia GC: Scotsman Alex Smith wins first of his 2 Open titles, 7 strokes ahead of runner-up and younger brother Willie Smith
  • 1910 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: In an all-British final, Dorothea Chambers beats Dora Boothby 6-2, 6-2 for her 4th of 7 Wimbledon singles titles

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1933 Italian boxer Primo Carnera KOs American defending champion Jack Sharkey in round 6 at Madison Square Garden, NYC to become third European to win the lineal world heavyweight title

  • 1934 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St. George's GC: Henry Cotton of England wins wire-to-wire by 5 shots from South African Sid Brews
  • 1935 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Sunset Ridge CC: Opal Hill scores an easy, 9 & 7 win over Mrs. S.L. Reinhart to claim her first of 2 consecutive major titles
  • 1947 US Open Women's Golf, Starmount Forest CC: American Betty Jameson wins her only US crown, 6 strokes ahead of runners-up Polly Riley and Sally Sessions, both amateurs
  • 1947 Yanks beat Senators 3-1 starting a 19 game winning streak
  • 1950 Striker Joe Gaetjens heads US to an upset, 1-0 win over England in a FIFA World Cup group match in Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Americans next win over England: 1994

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

1952 US Open Women's Golf, Bala GC: 1949 champion Louise Suggs wins, 7 strokes ahead of runners-up Marlene Bauer and Betty Jameson

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 1956 American Charles Dumas records first high jump over 7' (2.13m) during US Olympic Trials at Los Angeles, California

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

1957 US Open Women's Golf, Winged Foot GC: Betsy Rawls wins when apparent champion, Jackie Pung at 298 (+6) is disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard kept by playing partner Betty Jameson

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls

Sport awardFIFA World Cup

1958 FIFA World Cup Final, Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden: Vavá & Pelé each score 2 goals as Brazil beats Sweden, 5-2

Brazilian Football Legend Pele
Brazilian Football Legend
Pele

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1961 SF outfielder Willie Mays becomes the 4th player in MLB history with 3 or more home runs twice in one season with a 10th inning blast in Giants 8-7 win over the Phillies in Philadelphia

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1962 Frank Howard hits the 5,000th Dodger home run

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

1969 US Open Women's Golf, Scenic Hills CC: Donna Caponi wins first of 4 major titles; beat Peggy Wilson by 1 stroke

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1969 On 'Billy Williams Day' at Wrigley Field, Chicago, the Cubs outfielder passes Stan Musial's NL record for consecutive MLB games played (896) as Chicago sweeps St. Louis Cardinals, 3-1 and 12-1

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 1975 Canadian Open Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), St. George's CC: JoAnne Carner wins in a playoff with Carol Mann

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 Willie Stargell hits his 400th career HR

Hall of Fame Baseball Player Willie Stargell
Hall of Fame Baseball Player
Willie Stargell
  • 1980 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Winged Foot GC: Roberto De Vicenzo of Argentina wins inaugural event by 4 strokes ahead of amateur William C. Campbell; his Champions Tour debut

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 40 year old Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr. wins his 5,000th race with a victory in the last race at Belmont; 4th jockey to achieve milestone

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Orel Hershiser begins string of making every sched start until 1990

Baseball Pitcher Orel Hershiser
Baseball Pitcher
Orel Hershiser

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Pete Rose plays in record 3,309th game, surpassing Carl Yastrzemski

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • 1986 FIFA World Cup Final, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City: Argentina beats West Germany, 3-2 in front of 114,600

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Boston Red Sox trade for Tom Seaver

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Sparky Anderson is 1st to win 600 games as manager in both leagues

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Scioto CC: Dale Douglass wins by 1 stroke ahead of Gary Player for his lone Champions Tour major title

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • 1987 Yanks blow 11-4 lead but trailing 14-11 Dave Winfield's 8th inning grand slammer beats Toronto 15-14; Mattingly also grand slams
  • 1990 NY Mets tie their team career high 11 game winning streak

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 A's Dave Stewart no-hits Blue Jays & Dodger's Fernando Valenzuela no-hits St Louis 6-0, 1st time no-hitters in both leagues

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Fernando Valenzuela
  • 1991 With a world ranking of 591, Englishman Nick Brown upsets 10th-seeded (and 2001 champion) Goran Ivanišević 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 in the 2nd round at Wimbledon
  • 1992 A's Dennis Eckersley sets record of 26th straight save of season

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 NHL decides Eric Lindross goes to Flyers instead of Rangers

NHL Star Eric Lindros
NHL Star
Eric Lindros
  • 1994 NBA Draft: Purdue small forward Glenn Robinson first pick by Milwaukee Bucks

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1995 George Foreman loses IBF boxing title for refusing to re-fight Axel Schulz

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • 1995 Memphis Mad Dogs 1st CFL game (vs Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1997 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Olympia Fields CC: Graham Marsh of Australia wins by 1 stroke ahead of South African John Bland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Inverness Club: Bruce Lietzke wins by 2 strokes from Tom Watson

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • 2008 UEFA European Championship Final, Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria: Fernando Torres scores as Spain beats Germany, 1-0
  • 2008 US Open Women's Golf, Interlachen CC: 19-year-old South Korean Inbee Park wins the first of her 7 major titles by 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Helen Alfredsson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2014 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, Fox Chapel GC: Bernhard Langer of Germany beats Jeff Sluman with birdie on 2nd playoff hole; first of Langer's 3 straight Players' titles

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

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1880 Harry Frazee, American MLB team owner (Boston Red Sox), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1929)
  • 1889 Willie Macfarlane, Scottish golfer (US Open 1925), born in Aberdeen, Scotland (d. 1961)
  • 1896 Alfred [Harold] Gilligan, English cricketer (English Captain 1929-30), born in Shamley Green, England (d. 1978)
  • 1910 Burgess Whitehead, American baseball player (New York Giants), born in Tarboro, North Carolina (d. 1993)
  • 1929 Pete George, American weightlifter (Olympic gold/2 silver-48, 52), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1933 Bob Shaw, American baseball player (Chicago White Sox), born in Bronx, New York (d. 2010)
  • 1935 Katsuya Nomura, Japanese baseball catcher and manager (first NPB batter to win Triple Crown 1965; Nankai Hawks), born in Kyōtango Kyoto, Japan (d. 2020)
  • 1936 David Jenkins, American figure skater (Olympic gold singles 1960; World C'ship gold singles 1957-59), born in Akron, Ohio

Person of interestHarmon Killebrew

1936 Harmon Killebrew, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), born in Payette, Idaho (d. 2011)

Baseball Player Harmon Killebrew
Baseball Player
Harmon Killebrew
  • 1939 Alan Connolly, Australian cricket fast bowler (29 Tests, 102 wickets; Victoria), born in Skipton, Australia
  • 1939 Ron Headley, West Indian cricket batsman (2 Tests; son of WI great George Headley; Worcestershire), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1940 John Dawes OBE, Welsh rugby union centre (22 caps Wales, 4 caps British & Irish Lions; London Welsh; Barbarians), born in Abercarn, Wales (d. 2021)
  • 1940 Nancy Ramey, American swimmer (WR 100m butterfly 1:09.1 1959; 200m butterfly 2:40.5 1958; Olympic silver 100m butterfly 1956), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1941 Margitta Gummel-Helmbold, German track & field athlete (Olympic gold GDR women's shot put 1968), born in Magdeburg, Germany (d. 2021)
  • 1941 John Boccabella, American baseball player (Chicago Cubs), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1942 Larry Snyder, American jockey, born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1943 Pedro Pablo León, Peruvian soccer forward (49 caps; Alianza Lima), born in Lima, Peru (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Jeff Moss, Australian cricketer (one Test Australia v Pakistan 1979), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1949 Dan Dierdorf, American football offensive lineman and sportscaster (Monday Night Football), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1952 Joe Johnson, English snooker player, born in Bradford, West Yorkshire
  • 1954 Rick Honeycutt, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1956 Pedro Guerrero, Dominican MLB player (LA Dodgers), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • 1958 Rosa Mota, Portuguese long distance runner (Olympic gold marathon 1988; World C'ship gold marathon 1987), born in Porto, Portugal
  • 1960 Sergei Kopylov, Soviet cyclist (Olympic gold 1980), born in Tula, Soviet Union
  • 1964 Pepper Johnson, American NFL linebacker (NY Giants, Cleveland Browns), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1965 Paul Jarvis, English cricketer (England pace bowler 1988-93), born in Redcar, Yorkshire, England
  • 1966 John Part, Canadian darts player and commentator (PDC World C'ship 2003, 08; BDO World C'ship 1994), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1967 John Wehner, American MLB infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Theoren Fleury, Canadian NHL right wing (Calgary Flames, Canada), born in Oxbow, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 1969 Erik Tammer, American soccer player (SC Heerenveen, Go Ahead Eagles), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1969 Simon Brown, English cricket fast bowler (1 Test, 2 wickets; Durham, Northamptonshire), born in Cleadon, England
  • 1970 Troy Drayton, American NFL tight end (Miami Dolphins), born in Steelton, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Mike Vallely, American skateboarder and singer (Black Flag), born in Edison, New Jersey
  • 1971 Dennis Gerritsen, Dutch soccer player (NAC), born in Amsterdam
  • 1971 Mike Sillinger, Canadian NHL right wing (Vanc Canucks, Anaheim Ducks), born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 1971 Wendee Espinosa, female outfielder (Silver Bullets), born in Stockton, California
  • 1973 George Hincapie, American road cyclist (Olympics-76th-92, 96), born in Queens, New York
  • 1975 Mathew Gates, British-American dance skater (with partner Chalom-1995 Nat Jr champ), born in Hitchin, England
  • 1977 Sharon Cripps, Australian 100m/200m (Olympics 1996)
  • 1979 Andy O'Brien, Irish soccer defender (26 caps, Republic of Ireland; Newcastle United), born in Harrogate, England
  • 1979 Marleen Veldhuis, Dutch swimmer (Olympic gold 2008, silver 2012, bronze 2004, 12), born in Borne, Netherlands
  • 1979 Matthew Bode, Australian rules football player (Adelaide Football Club)
  • 1980 Martin Truex Jr, American auto racer (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion 2017), born in Mayetta, New Jersey
  • 1981 Nicolás Vuyovich, Argentine racing driver, born in Orán, Province of Salta, Argentina (d. 2005)
  • 1981 Joe Johnson, American basketball player, born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1985 Quintin Demps, American football player (Philadelphia Eagles), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1988 Éver Banega, Argentine footballer (Sevilla FC), born in Rosario, Argentina
  • 1990 Ryu So-yeon, South Korean golfer (US Open 2011, ANA Inspiration 2017), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1991 Kawhi Leonard, American basketball forward (NBA champion, Finals MVP 2014), born in Los Angeles, CA

Weddings in Sport

  • 2015 Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones (33) weds model Dani Lawrence (28) at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire

Deaths in Sport

  • 1904 Tom Emmett, England cricket fast bowler (7 Tests, famous roundarm action), dies at 62
  • 1935 Jack O'Neill, American baseball player (b. 1873)
  • 1946 Frank Hadow, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1878; first exponent of the lob), dies at 91
  • 1949 Walter Giffen, cricketer (brother of George, 3 Tests), dies
  • 1956 Max Emmerich, American athlete and gymnast (Olympic gold, triathlon 1904), dies at 77
  • 1957 Johan Hin, Dutch yachtsman (Olympic gold 12' dinghy 1920), dies at 58

Person of interestPrimo Carnera

1967 Primo Carnera, Italian boxer (World Heavyweight Champion 1933-34), dies of alcohol-related liver disease at 60

  • 1979 Ben Barnett, Australian cricketer (4 Tests for Australia 1938), dies at 71
  • 1996 Bobby Keetch, English footballer and entrepreneur, dies at 54
  • 1998 Louis Hostin, French weightlifter (Olympic gold 1932, 36), dies at 90
  • 2000 Arnie Weinmeister, Canadian Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (Pro Bowl 1950–53; First-team All-Pro 1950–53; NY Yankees, NY Giants; BC Lions), dies at 77
  • 2006 Randy Walker, American football fullback (Miami University) and coach (Miami University 1990-98, Northwestern University 1999-2005), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • 2006 Jim McNab, Scottish footballer, dies at 66
  • 2018 Irina Szewińska, Polish athlete, administrator (Olympic various sprint gold 1964, 68, 76), dies of cancer at 72
  • 2020 Ernesto Marcel, Panamanian boxer (WBA featherweight title 1972-74), dies at 72