On This Day

On This Day in Sport for May 29

Events in Sport

  • 1897 31st Belmont: J Scherrer aboard Scottish Cheiftain 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 47th Women's French Championships: Nelly Landry beats Shirley Fry (6-2, 0-6, 6-0)

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

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

Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion
Tony Trabert
  • 1954 French Championships Women's Tennis: Maureen Connolly retains her title; beats Ginette Bucaille of France 6-4, 6-1
  • 1954 British runner Diane Leather becomes first woman to run the mile in under 5 minutes; 4:59.6 at Alexander Sports Ground in Birmingham, England
  • 1957 NYC Mayor Robert Wagner says he plans to confer with the Giants & Dodgers about the proposed move to the west coast
  • 1965 Phillies Dick Allen hits 529' HR out of Connie Mack Stadium

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

1965 French Championships Men's Tennis: Fred Stolle beats fellow Australian Tony Roche 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 for his first Grand Slam singles title

Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche
  • 1965 French Championships Women's Tennis: Australian Lesley Turner Bowrey wins her 2nd French singles crown; upsets doubles partner Margaret Smith 6-3, 6-4
  • 1968 European Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London: Bobby Charlton scores twice as Manchester United beats Benfica, 4-1; first English club to win the trophy
  • 1971 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser wins in 3:10:11.545 (253.850 km/h)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1972 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Southern Pines CC: Sandra Palmer wins first of 2 majors by a massive 10 strokes from Judy Rankin and Mickey Wright

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 Indianapolis 500: A. J. Foyt wins for a record 4th time

Racing Car Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Car Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • 1977 Janet Guthrie becomes 1st woman to drive in Indianapolis 500
  • 1977 Australian Sue Prell first female golfer to hit consecutive holes-in one; 13th and 14th holes at Chatswood Golf Club, Sydney

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Larry Bird beats out Magic Johnson for NBA rookie of year

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • 1983 Yuri Dumchev of USSR throws discus a record 71.86 m
  • 1983 Indianapolis 500: Tom Sneva wins in 3:05:03.092 (260.902 km/h)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Boston Red Sox retires #9 (Ted Williams) & #4 (Joe Cronin)

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1985 Amputee Steve Fonyo completes cross-Canada marathon at Victoria, British Columbia, after 14 months
  • 1985 29th European Cup: Juventus beats Liverpool 1-0 at Brussels
  • 1987 Robin Ventura set a college baseball record with hits in 57 games
  • 1988 Graeme Hick scores his 1,000th run of 1st-class cricket season

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Philadelphia Phillies 12-time All Star 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt retires from MLB at 39

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • 1990 NY Mets fire manager Davey Johnson & hire Bud Harrelson

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1990 Rickey Henderson steals record 893rd base, breaking Ty Cobb's record

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1991 35th European Cup: Red Star Belgrade beats Marseille (0-0, 5-3 on penalties) at Bari
  • 1992 NY Mets score in 9th to end home shut-out streak at 3 games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 White Sox Tim Raines swipes his 700th career base

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
  • 1993 Texas Ranger Jose Canseco pitches 8th inning in 15-1 loss to Red Sox, he gives up 3 runs on 2 hits & 3 walks, he damages his arm
  • 1993 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Los Angeles Kings beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser Jr.wins in 3:06:29.006 (255.89 kph)

Indy Car Driver Al Unser Jr.
Indy Car Driver
Al Unser Jr.
  • 1996 NHL Western Conference Final: Colorado Avalanche beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2
  • 2001 U.S. Supreme Court rules that disabled golfer Casey Martin can use a cart to ride in tournaments
  • 2005 Indianapolis 500: Dan Wheldon wins in 3:10:21.0769 (253.637 km/h)
  • 2010 Philadelphia Phillies' Roy Halladay becomes 20th pitcher to throw a perfect game (1-0 vs Florida)
  • 2010 Super Rugby Final, Orlando Stadium, Soweto: Bulls (Pretoria) successfully defend their title with a 25-17 win over the Stormers (Cape Town) in an all-South African final
  • 2010 In an all South African Super 14 Rugby final, the Bulls (Pretoria) retain title, 25-17 over the Stormers (Cape Town) at the Orlando Stadium, Soweto; Morné Steyn kicks 6 penalties and a conversion for the Bulls
  • 2011 Indianapolis 500: Dan Wheldon wins in 2:56:11.7267 (274.015 km/h)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2011 Senior PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Valhalla GC: Tom Watson wins his 6th and final Champions Tour major title with a birdie on the first playoff hole against David Eger

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New York Rangers beat Montreal Canadians, 4 games to 2
  • 2015 NHL Eastern Conference Finals: Tampa Bay Lightning beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 3
  • 2016 IPL Cricket Final, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore: Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 8 runs; David Warner 69 (38)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 Tiger Woods is arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Jupiter, Florida

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1838 Nat Thompson, Australian cricket batsman (2 Tests, 1st batsman dismissed in first Test match 1877), born in Sydney, New South Wales (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)
  • 1907 Hartland Molson, Canadian businessman (Molson family), senator and sports executive (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2002)
  • 1908 Dick Metz, American golfer (US Open 1938 runner-up; 10 PGA Tour titles), born in Arkansas City, Kansas (d. 1993)
  • 1910 Ralph Metcalfe, American athlete, politician (Rep-D-Ill; joint world record 100m, Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1936), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1978)
  • 1913 Tony Zale, American boxer (World Middleweight Champion 1940-47, 48), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 1997)
  • 1922 Joe Weatherly, American auto racer (NASCAR Sprint Cup champion 1962-63), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1964)
  • 1924 Miloslav Kříž, Czech basketball coach (Czech Women's team, German Men's team), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2013)
  • 1924 Pepper Paire, American National Women's Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (1948 AAGPBL All-Star Team), born in Los Angeles, CA (d. 2013)
  • 1930 Eddy Choong, Malaysian badminton player (Thomas Cup 1955), born in Penang, British Malaya (d. 2013)
  • 1932 Richie Guerin, American basketball Hall of Fame guard (6-time NBA All Star), born in NYC, New York
  • 1933 Tarquinio Provini, Italian motorcycle road racer (2-time world champion 1957-58), born in Roveleto di Cadeo, Emilia-Romagna (d. 2005)
  • 1937 Alwin Schockemöhle, German equestrian rider (Olympic gold team jumping 1960, individual jumping 1976), born in Meppen, Province of Hanover, Germany
  • 1937 Harry Statham, American basketball coach (McKendree Uni; 1,122 wins in 52 seasons), born in Brookport, Illinois
  • 1938 Fay Vincent, American lawyer and sports executive (MLB Commissioner 1989-92), born in Waterbury, Connecticut
  • 1939 Al Unser, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1970-71, 78, 87), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1945 Martin Pipe, English racehorse trainer (15-time Champion Hunt Trainer), born in Taunton, Somerset
  • 1949 Brian Kidd, English soccer forward, coach, manager (England 2 caps, Manchester City), born in Manchester, England
  • 1950 Talat Ali, Pakistani cricket batsman (Pakistan 10 Tests), born in Lahore, Punjab
  • 1953 Ranjy Nanan, West Indian cricket spin bowler (WI 1 Test; Trinidad & Tobago), born in Preysal, Trinidad
  • 1954 Randy Walker, American football fullback (Miami University) and coach (Miami University 1990-98, Northwestern University 1999-2005), born in Troy, Ohio (d. 2006)
  • 1955 Ken Schrader, American auto racer, promoter (Daytona 500 1988, 89, 90), born in Fenton, Missouri
  • 1958 Ivar Sisniega, Mexican pentathlete, politician (Sports Minister 1994-2000), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
  • 1958 Uwe Rapolder, German soccer midfielder, coach (1. FC Köln), born in Hausen an der Zaber, Germany
  • 1962 Eric Davis, American MLB outfielder (3-time Gold Glove 1987-99), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 Fandi Ahmad, Singaporean soccer striker, manager (Singapore 101 caps), born in Singapore
  • 1963 Ukyo Katayama, Japanese auto racer, team manager (F1 95 starts), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1963 Claude Loiselle, Canadian hockey center, executive (NHL 1994-2002), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1965 Emilio Sánchez, Spanish tennis player (1988 Olympic bronze, Hopman Cup 1990), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1965 Jammo Myllys, hockey goaltender (Finland World C'ship gold 1995), born in Savonlinna, Finland
  • 1967 Mike Keane, Canadian NHL right wing (3-time Stanley Cup winner), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1970 Roberto Di Matteo, Italian soccer midfielder, manager (Italy 34 caps, Lazio, Chelsea), born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland
  • 1971 Éric Lucas, Canadian boxer (WBC Super Middleweight title 2001-02), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1973 Malcolm Allen, Australian swimmer (1995 World C'ships gold 4x200m freestyle relay), born in Wauchope, NSW
  • 1973 Alpay Özalan, Turkish soccer centre back, manager, politician (Turkey 90 caps), born in Izmir, Turkey
  • 1974 Marc Gené, Spanish auto racer (Ferrari, Williams F1, Le Mans 2009), born in Sabadell, Catalonia
  • 1974 Stephen Larkham, Australian Rugby Union fly-half, coach (Australia 102 caps), born in Canberra, ACT
  • 1975 Alexander Zhurik, hockey defenseman (Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1975 Bianca Langham, Australian field hockey fullback/halfback (Olympic-96)
  • 1976 Caçapa, Brazilian soccer defender (Brazil 3 caps, Lyon), born in Lavras, Brazil
  • 1976 Jerry Hairston Jr., American baseball infielder/outfielder, broadcaster (Baltimore Orioles), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1976 Yegor Titov, Russian soccer midfielder, coach (Russia 41 caps), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1977 Massimo Ambrosini, Italian soccer midfielder (Italy 35 caps, AC Milan), born in Pesaro, Italy
  • 1977 António Lebo-Lebo, Angolan soccer defender (Angola 15 caps), born in Malanje, Angola
  • 1977 Marco Cassetti, Italian soccer defender (Italy 5 caps, Roma, Watford), born in Brescia, Italy
  • 1978 Sébastien Grosjean, French tennis player (Davis Cup 2001; world #4 2002), born in Marseille, France
  • 1979 Arne Friedrich, German soccer defender, coach (Germany 82 caps, Hertha BSC), born in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany
  • 1981 Andrei Arshavin, Russian soccer midfielder (Russia 75 caps, Zenit SP, Arsenal), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 1982 Nataliya Dobrynska, Ukrainian heptathlete (Olympic gold 2008), born in Yakushyntsi, Vinnytsia Oblast, Ukraine
  • 1982 Kim Tae-kyun, South Korean baseball 1st baseman (KBO Triple Crown 2005, 08), born in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province
  • 1984 Carmelo Anthony, American basketball forward (10-time NBA All Star), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1987 Issac Luke, New Zealand Rugby League hooker (NZ 37 caps), born in Hawera, NZ
  • 1988 Cheng Fei, Chinese gymnast (Olympic gold female team 2008), born in Huangshi, Hubei
  • 1988 Steve Mason, Canadian NHL goaltender (Calder Memorial Trophy rookie of the year 2008-09), born in Oakville, Ontario
  • 1989 Ezekiel Ansah, Ghanaian NFL defensive end (Pro Bowl 2015, Seattle Seahawks), born in Accra, Ghana
  • 1998 Markelle Fultz, American basketball guard (2017 NBA Draft: #1 pick Philadelphia 76ers), born in Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1944 Boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson (23) weds Edna Mae Holly

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson

Deaths in Sport

  • 1933 Frank Sugg, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests for England 1888), dies
  • 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 WS), 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
  • 1993 Billy Conn, American boxer, dies of pneumonia at 75
  • 1998 Eric St Eval Atkinson, West Indian cricketer (bro of Denis WI pace bowler 1958-59), dies at 70
  • 2003 David Jefferies, British motorcycle racer, dies at 30
  • 2007 Dave Balon, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • 2009 Karine Ruby, French snowboarder and Olympic champion (b. 1978)
  • 2011 William "Bill" Roycroft, Australian equestrian 3 day (Olympic bronze 1976), dies at 96
  • 2015 Doris Hart, American tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles), dies at 89
  • 2015 Henry Carr, American athlete (2 Olympic gold 200m, 4x400m relay 1964), dies at 72