On This Day

On This Day in Sport for October 29

Events in Sport

  • 1889 "World Championship" Baseball Series, Polo Grounds, NYC: defending champion NY Giants (NL) beat Brooklyn Bridegrooms (AA), 3-2 in Game 9 to claim series, 6-3
  • 1910 Hamilton running back / kicker Ben Simpson lands CFL record 11 singles in Tigers 14-7 win over Montreal at Montreal AAA Grounds
  • 1920 Ed Barrow appointed GM of NY Yankees
  • 1931 Lefty Grove, A's pitcher who won 31 games, is named the AL's MVP
  • 1939 NHL Babe Seibert Memorial Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 5-3

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

1942 Branch Rickey named president and General Manager of Brooklyn Dodgers

Baseball Player and Sports Executive Branch Rickey
Baseball Player and Sports Executive
Branch Rickey
  • 1945 Happy Chandler resigns as US Senator, remains as baseball commissioner
  • 1949 White Sox trade Joe Tipton to A's for Nellie Fox
  • 1950 Detroit Lions Wally Triplett achieves a kickoff return yardage of 294 yards against the LA Rams, the second highest in a single-game in NFL history
  • 1950 Cleveland Browns' Marion Motley sets record for highest avg gain in a game with 17.1 (10 attempts), Cleveland 45, Pittsburgh 7
  • 1950 2nd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Bill Rexford wins
  • 1959 10 nation soccer league to play all games on NY Randalls Is, announced

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1960 Cassius Clay's [Muhammad Ali] 1st professional fight; beats Tunney Hunsaker on points in 6 rounds in Louisville, Kentucky

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1961 13th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Ned Jarrett wins
  • 1964 Bobby Simpson completes cricket century in each innings v Pakistan
  • 1967 Danny Abramowicz begins NFL streak of 105 consecutive game receptions

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1969 Tom Seaver voted NL Cy Young Award

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver
  • 1972 Don Cockroft of Cleveland Browns kicks 57-yard field goal

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1979 Billy Martin fired as Yankee manager (2nd time)

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • 1981 Bill Giles becomes CEO of Philadelphia Phillies
  • 1984 Orlando Pizzolato (2:14:53) & Greta Weitz (2:29:30) win NY Marathon
  • 1986 Kirk Muller scores NJ Devil record 6 point, beat Penguins, 8-6
  • 1986 Padres pitcher LaMarr Hoyt is arrested at US-Mexico border for drugs
  • 1986 Pakistan cricket leg-spin bowler Abdul Qadir takes 6-16 as the West Indies dismissed for 53 in 186 run defeat in 1st Test at Faisalabad

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1987 Thomas Hearns wins unprecedented 4th different weight boxing title

  • 1989 Ozzie Newsome ends NFL streak of 150 consecutive game receptions
  • 1991 Buck Showalter replaces Stump Merrill as NY Yankee manager
  • 2005 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Belmont Park; winners: Saint Liam, Stevie Wonderboy, Pleasant Home, Shirocco, Intercontinental, Folklore, Artie Schiller, Silver Train
  • 2008 World Series Baseball: Philadelphia beats Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3 in Game 5 at Citizens Bank Park for Phillies second title in their 126-year history; MVP: Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels
  • 2014 World Series Baseball: San Francisco beats Kansas City Royals, 3-2 in Game 7 at Kauffman Field, KC to win Giants' 3rd title in 5 years; MVP: SF starter Madison Bumgarner

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2017 British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton finishes a distant 9th in Mexican Grand Prix at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez; good enough to clinch his 4th F1 World Drivers Championship

Formula 1 Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver
Lewis Hamilton

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2017 Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki beats American Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 to win the WTA Finals title decider in Kallang, Singapore

Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • 2018 Golden State shooting guard Klay Thompson breaks NBA record previously held by teammate Stephen Curry for most 3-pointers in a game with 14 in Warriors' 149-124 win over the Bulls in Chicago

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1859 Charles Ebbets, American sports executive (co-owner of Brooklyn Dodgers 1897-1902), born in NYC, New York (d. 1925)
  • 1877 Wilfred Rhodes, English cricketer (Yorks & Eng SLA, played Tests 1899-1930), born in Kirkheaton, Yorkshire, England (d. 1973)
  • 1908 Jimmy Thomson, Scottish golfer (US Open 1935, PGA C'ship 1936 runner-up), born in North Berwick, Scotland (d. 1985)
  • 1909 Frank Wykoff, athlete (Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1928, 32, 36), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1980)
  • 1915 Dennis Brookes, English cricketer (one Test England v WI 1948, scored 10 & 7), born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England (d. 2006)
  • 1917 Henry Carlsson, Swedish soccer (Olympic gold 1948), born in Falköping, Västra Götalands län, Sweden (d. 1999)
  • 1925 Betty Evans Grayson, American softball pitcher (National Softball Hall of Fame 1959; Chicago Queens), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1979)
  • 1927 Frank Sedgman, Australian tennis player (5 Grand Slam singles titles, doubles Grand Slam 1951), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1932 Dick Garmaker, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1957-60; Minneapolis Lakers), born in Hibbing, Minnesota (d. 2020)
  • 1935 David Allen, English cricketer (England off-spinner of 60's), born in Horfield, Bristol, England (d. 2014)
  • 1938 Wilbert McClure, American boxer (Olympic gold light middleweight 1960), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • 1941 Brian Yuile, New Zealand cricketer (NZ slow left-armer took 34 wkts in 17 Tests), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • 1943 Norman Hunter, English soccer defender (28 caps; Leeds United, Bristol City, Barnsley; FIFA World Cup 1966), born in Gateshead, England (d. 2020)
  • 1944 Claude Brochu, Canadian Major League Baseball executive (Montreal Expos), born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • 1946 Anura Tennekoon, Sri Lankan cricketer (World Cup captain 1975-79), born in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Person of interestDenis Potvin

1953 Denis Potvin, Canadian born NHL defenseman (NY Islanders - Norris trophy), born in Vanier, Ontario

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • 1954 Herman Ronald Frazier, 400m/4x400m runner (Olympic gold 1976), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1956 Wilfredo Gómez, Puerto Rican boxer
  • 1959 Jesse Barfield, Ill, outfielder (Blue Jays, Yankees, 1986 HR leader)

Person of interestMike Gartner

1959 Mike Gartner, NHL right wing (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Ottawa, Ontario

NHL Star Mike Gartner
NHL Star
Mike Gartner
  • 1960 Michael Carter, American NFL nose tackle (Super Bowl 1984, 88, 89; Pro Bowl 1985, 87, 88; First-team All-Pro 1986, 87, 88; SF 49ers) and athlete (Olympic silver shot put 1984), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1961 Cornelia Oschkenat, German DR, hurdler (50m indoor)
  • 1961 Joel Otto, Elk River MN, NHL center (Philadelphia Flyers, Team USA Olympics 1998)
  • 1964 Greg Montgomery, punter (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1964 Jackie Pereira, field hockey center/forward (Olympics 1996), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1964 May Allison, marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1967 Greg Gohr, pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Santa Clara, California
  • 1968 Johann Olav Koss, speed skater (Olympics 3 gold-1994)
  • 1969 Peter Breen, American dance skater, born in Brockton, Massachusetts
  • 1969 Giorgos Donis, Greek footballer
  • 1970 Chris Thorpe, doubles luger (Olympics 1994), born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • 1970 Dan Ratushny, Nepean, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers)
  • 1970 Edwin van der Sar, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (Ajax)
  • 1970 Marquez Pope, NFL cornerback (SF 49ers)
  • 1970 Phillip Cocu, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse, PSV)
  • 1971 Greg Blewett, cricketer (Aust batsman, century on Test debut 1995)
  • 1971 Matthew Hayden, cricketer (heavy scorer for Queensland, Aust 1994-96)
  • 1972 Rhonda Blades, WNBA guard (NY Liberty)
  • 1973 Adam Bacher, South African cricket batsman (19 Tests; 13 ODIs), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1973 Robert Pirès, French footballer
  • 1974 Mike Crawford, linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1974 R A Dickey, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star, NL Cy Young Award, NL strikeout leader 2012; Gold Glove Award 2013; NY Mets, Toronto Blue Jays), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1974 Michael Vaughan, English cricketer
  • 1978 Travis Henry, American football player
  • 1980 B.J. Sams, American football player
  • 1981 Amanda Beard, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m medley 1996, 200m breaststroke 2004), born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1983 Maurice Clarett, American football player
  • 1983 Dana Eveland, American baseball player
  • 1983 Jason Tahincioglu, Turkish racing driver
  • 1984 Eric Staal, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1985 Severino Jefferson, Brazilian football player

Weddings in Sport

  • 2011 Actress Eva Amurri (26) weds former Major League Soccer player Kyle Martino (31) in Charleston, South Carolina

Deaths in Sport

  • 1905 Etienne Desmarteau, Canadian athlete (b. 1873)
  • 1941 Harvey Hendrick, American baseball player (b. 1897)
  • 1969 Vic Richardson, cricketer (Aussie capt 1935-36), dies
  • 1993 Roger Turner, American figure skater (7x US National Champion), dies at 92
  • 2007 Christian d'Oriola, French fencer (4-time Olympic gold foils 1948, 52, 56), dies at 79
  • 2020 J. J. Williams, Welsh rugby union winger (30 caps Wales, 7 British & Irish Lions; Grand Slam 1976, 78), dies at 72
  • 2020 Slaven Zambata, Croatian soccer forward (31 caps Yugoslavia; Dinamo Zagreb), dies at 80