On This Day

On This Day in Sport for May 29

Events in Sport

  • 1897 31st Belmont: Joe Scherrer aboard Scottish Chieftain wins in 2:23.25
  • 1900 25th Preakness: H Spencer aboard Hindus wins in 1:48.4
  • 1916 NY Giants win 17th consecutive road game
  • 1922 US Supreme Court rules organized baseball is a sport and not a business and thus not subject to antitrust laws
  • 1940 Adolf Kiefer swims world record 100 yards backstroke (58.8 sec)
  • 1948 French Championships Men's Tennis: Frank Parker wins 1st of 2 straight French titles; beats Jaroslav Drobný 6-4, 7-5, 5-7, 8-6
  • 1948 French Championships Women's Tennis: Belgium-born but representing France, Nelly Landry beats American Shirley Fry 6-2, 0-6, 6-0 for her lone major title
  • 1954 French Championships Men's Tennis: Tony Trabert beats Art Larsen 6-4, 7-5, 6-1 for first of 2 straight French singles titles
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Birthdays in Sport

  • 1839 Nat Thomson, Australian cricket all-rounder (2 Tests, 1 wicket, HS 41; NSW CA), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1896)
  • 1839 Ned Gregory, Australian cricket batsman (1 Test; first recognised Test in 1877), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1899)
  • 1881 Frederik Septimus Kelly, Australian-British composer and rower (Summer Olympic gold, 1908), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1916)
  • 1904 Hubert Opperman, Australian road cyclist, politician (multi-distance world records), born in Rochester, Victoria (d. 1996)
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Deaths in Sport

  • 1933 Frank Sugg, English cricketer (batted in 2 Tests for England 1888) and footballer, dies at 71
  • 1972 Moe Berg, American baseball player and spy (b. 1902)
  • 1978 Carl Reynolds, American baseball outfielder (2nd player in MLB history to hit home runs in 3 consecutive innings 1930; Chicago White Sox), dies at 75
  • 1985 39 people die in a confrontation at Heysel Stadium in Brussels, Belgium when Juventus and Italian fans are crushed against a wall escaping a breach by Liverpool fans
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