On This Day in Sport for September 29

Events in Sport

  • 1793 Tennis is 1st mentioned in an English sporting magazine
  • 1879 19th British Golf Open: Jamie Anderson shoots a 169 at St Andrews
  • 1880 1st pro baseball game at Polo Grounds, NY Metropolitans beat Washington Nationals 4-2 in 5 innings
  • 1908 Calgary Rugby Football Union forms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1913 Wash Senator Walter Johnson wins his 36th game

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1914 Boston Braves, who were in last place in mid-July, clinch NL pennant
  • 1915 Philadelphia Phillies clinch their 1st pennant

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1920 Babe Ruth sets then home run season record at 54

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1923 6th PGA Championship: Gene Sarazen at Pelham CC Pelham NY
  • 1927 Babe Ruth ties record by hitting grand slams in consecutive games
  • 1935 5th Ryder Cup: US wins, 9-3 at Ridgewood Country Club (Ridgewood, New Jersey, US)
  • 1937 Frans Slaats bicycles world record time (45,563 km)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1941 Joe Louis TKOs Lou Nova in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1941 Million jam downtown Brooklyn to cheer NL champ Dodgers in a parade
  • 1945 Chicago Cubs clinch NL pennant with record of 98–56
  • 1946 1st time NL pennant ends in a tie (Cards & Dodgers)
  • 1946 Los Angeles (previously Cleveland) Rams play 1st NFL game in LA
  • 1947 Former Yank manager Joe McCarthy signs to manage Red Sox
  • 1947 Record World Series crowd of 73,365 at Yankee Stadium ($325,828)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1952 Stan Musial makes his only major league pitching appearance

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 1954 Bennekom soccer team forms in Bennekom

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1954 Willie Mays famous over-the-shoulder catch of Vic Wertz' 460' drive

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1956 "I Love Mickey" by Mickey Mantle & Teresa Brewer peaks at #87

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1956 Yanks Mickey Mantle hits his 52nd HR of season
  • 1957 NY Giants play & lose their last game at Polo Grounds (9-1 to Pitts)
  • 1959 Dodgers win game 2 of playoff, 6-5, & take NL pennant
  • 1963 Cardinal's celebrate Stan Musial Day in St Louis, for Stan Musial's final game, where he hits his 3,629th & 3,630th total hits (475 HRs)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1963 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Mickey Wright Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1965 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' 4 3/4"
  • 1965 Phillies catcher Pat Corrales sets record by reaching base twice on catcher's interference in one game & 6 times in one season

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1968 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Mickey Wright Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 Carl Yastrzemski .3005 avg wins his 2nd straight batting crown

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • 1968 Chuck Latourette, sets NFL record 47.7 yd punt return avg (3 punts)
  • 1969 Red Sox Rico Petrocelli hits shortstop record 40th HR of season
  • 1969 Steve O'Neal of NY Jets, kicks longest NFL punt; 98 yards vs Denver
  • 1973 Balt Orioles pull their 5th triple play (5-4-3 vs Detroit)
  • 1973 Insurance ind announces auto racers get into more highway accidents
  • 1974 4th NYC Women's Marathon won by Katherine Switzer in 3:07:29
  • 1974 5th NYC Marathon won by Norbert Sander in 2:26:30
  • 1974 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Portland Ladies Golf Classic
  • 1976 SF Giant John Montefusco no-hits Atlanta Braves, 9-0
  • 1976 Tommy Lasorda replaces Walter Alston as Dodger manager
  • 1977 Eva Shain is 1st woman to referee a heavyweight championship

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1977 Muhammad Ali beats Earnie Shavers in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1979 Astros' J R Richard strikes out NL season righty record of 313
  • 1983 Oakland A's Mike Warren no-hits Chicago White Sox, 3-0
  • 1985 Houston QB Warren Moon sacked NFL tying record 12 times (by Cowboys)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Cubs Greg Maddux defeats Phillies Mike Maddux (1st rookie brothers)

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • 1986 Indians Jay Bell is 10th to hit a HR on 1st major league pitch he sees
  • 1986 Mary Lou Retton retires as a gymnast
  • 1987 NY Yankee Don Mattingly hits record 6th grand slam of year
  • 1991 29th Ryder Cup: US beats Europe, 14½-13½ at Ocean Course (South Carolina, US)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1991 Pat Bradley wins MBS LPGA Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • 1992 Atlanta Braves wins 2nd straight NL West title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Magic Johnson announces return to play basketball (he doesn't)

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson

MurderMurder of Interest

1994 1st phase of O.J. Simpson murder trial jury selection ends (304 chosen)

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1995 O.J. Simpson trial sent to the jury
  • 1996 34th Tennis Fed Cup: USA beats Spain in Atlantic City USA (5-0)
  • 1996 Balt Orioles end season with record 257 HRs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Houston Astro's retire Nolan Ryan's #34

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1996 Orioles Brady Anderson is 14th to hit 50 HRs
  • 1996 SD Padres sweep LA Dodgers in race for NL West title
  • 1996 Trish Johnson wins LPGA Fieldcrest Cannon Golf Classic
  • 2002 34th Ryder Cup: Europe wins 15.5-12.5 at The Belfry, England
  • 2005 Chicago White Sox clinch their first division title since 2000 and become just the 10th team in the history of baseball to be in first place on every day of the season

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1907 Gene Autry, Tioga Tx, cowpoke/singer/actor/owner (California Angels)
  • 1908 Eddie Tolan, American athlete (d. 1967)
  • 1913 Silvio Piola, soccer star
  • 1919 Masao Takemoto, Japan, gymnist (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1927 Adhemar Ferreira da Silva, Brazil, triple jumper (Olympic gold 52, 56)
  • 1930 Ramnath Kenny, cricketer (batted in 5 Tests for India in 1950's)
  • 1934 Lance Gibbs, cricketer (prolific West Indian off-spinner, 309 wickets)
  • 1934 Lindsay Kline, cricketer (Australian chinaman bowler Hat-trick 1957)
  • 1938 Mike McCormick, MLB Pitcher (SF Giants, Cy Young 1967)
  • 1939 Jim Baxter, Scottish footballer (d. 2001)
  • 1940 John Dawes, rugby coach
  • 1940 Mike Eischeid, NFL punter (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1941 David Steele, British cricketer (England batsman, courageous v Lillee 1975), born in Bradeley, Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • 1941 Kermit Zarley, PGA golfer (1970 Canadian Open), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1942 Rajinder Goel, cricketer (slow lefty who didn't play for India)
  • 1942 Felice Gimondi, Italian cyclist
  • 1945 Nadezhda Chizova, USSR, shot putter (Oly-gold/silv/bronze-68/72/76)
  • 1947 Altie Taylor, soccer star
  • 1948 Bryant Gumbel, sportscaster/TV host (Today Show), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1948 Viktor Krovopouskov, USSR, sabres/fencer (Olympic gold, individual and team, 1976, 1980)
  • 1949 Steve Busby, footballer
  • 1951 David Murray, cricketer (WI wicket-keeper)
  • 1951 Maureen Caird, Australian hurdler
  • 1952 Monika Zehrt, German DR, 400m runner (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1953 Warren Cromartie, baseball player
  • 1955 Vicki Fergon, LPGA golfer (1979 Lady Stroh's), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1956 Sebastian Coe, British 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1980, 84), born in London, England
  • 1957 Chris Broad, cricketer (prolific England opening batsman 1984-89)
  • 1957 Craig Lefferts, MLB Pitcher
  • 1957 Tim Flannery, DJ/MLB player (SD Padres)
  • 1960 John MacBeth Paxson, NBA Guard (Chicago Bulls)
  • 1960 Rob Deer, MLB Outfielder (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • 1960 Wendy White, tennis player, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1964 Brad Lohaus, NBA forward/center (NY Knicks)
  • 1964 John Tucker, Windsor, NHL right wing (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 1965 Trent Yawney, Hudson Bay, NHL defenseman (Calgary Flames)
  • 1966 Hersey Hawkins, NBA guard (Seattle Supersonics, Olympic bronze 1988)
  • 1966 Ken Norton Jr, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys, SF 49ers)
  • 1966 Rudy Poeschek, Kamloops, NHL right wing (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 1967 Dave Silvestri, infielder (NY Yankees, Montreal Expos), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1968 Mika Hakkinen, racing driver

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1969 Kelly Robbins, LPGA golfer (1995 McDonald's LPGA), born in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

LPGA Golfer Kelly Robbins
LPGA Golfer
Kelly Robbins
  • 1969 Angelo Barretto, Filipino racecar driver
  • 1970 Chris Mims, NFL defensive end (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1970 Danny de Supervise, soccer player (FC Volendam)
  • 1970 Derrick Oden, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1970 Joseph Hudson, pitcher (Boston Red Sox), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Luke Bodensteiner, cross country skier (Olympics-1994), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1970 Nicolas Pereira, Salto Uruguay, tennis pro
  • 1970 Tina Fischer, German golfer (European Amat champ 1994), born in Bad Nauheim, Germany
  • 1971 Adrion Smith, CFL cornerback (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1971 Derrick Davis, WLAF cornerback (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1971 Donald Smith, CFL cornerback (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1971 Jay Kearney, WLAF receiver (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1971 Ray Buchanan, American NFL center (Indianapolis Colts), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1972 Butler By'not'e, NFL running back (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1972 Jorgen Jonsson, hockey forward (Team Sweden 1998)
  • 1972 Trent Zenkewicz, NFL defensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1972 Oliver Gavin, British racing car driver
  • 1973 Joe Hulbig, American ice hockey player
  • 1973 Athanasios Michalopoulos, Greek volleyball player
  • 1975 Heather Pease, Monterey California, synchronized swimmer (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1975 Albert Celades, Spanish football player
  • 1976 Andriy Shevchenko, Ukrainian football player
  • 1976 Darren Byfield, English football player
  • 1976 Oscar Sevilla, Spanish cyclist
  • 1977 Wade Brookbank, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1977 Jake Westbrook, American baseball player
  • 1978 Mohini Bhardwaj, gymnast (alt-Olympics-96), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1979 Takumi Beppu, Japanese cyclist
  • 1979 Shelley Duncan, American Baseball Player
  • 1980 Patrick Agyemang, English footballer
  • 1984 Per Mertesacker, German football player
  • 1985 Calvin Johnson, American football player
  • 1986 Benoît Pouliot, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1986 Mark Fraser, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1988 Kevin Durant, American basketball player (Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors), born in Washington, D.C.

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1933 NY Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig (30) weds Eleanor Twitchell in New Rochelle, New York

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 2007 Olympic downhill skier Lindsey Kildow (23) weds former Olympic skier Thomas Vonn (31) at the Silver Lake Lodge in Deer Valley, Utah

Deaths in Sport

  • 1914 Jean Bouin, French marathoner (Olympic silver 1912), dies in battle
  • 1937 Ray Ewry, jumper (Olympics-10 gold-1900, 04, 06, 08), dies at 63
  • 1951 Thomas Cahill, American soccer coach (b. 1864)
  • 1952 John Cobb, British racing driver (b. 1899)
  • 1975 Casey Stengel, NY Yankee manager (1949-60), dies in Glendale at 85
  • 1981 Bill Shankly, Scottish football manager (b. 1913)
  • 1982 H C Slinger Nitschke, cricketer (2 Tests for Australia 1931-32), dies
  • 1982 Monty Stratton, baseball player (b. 1912)
  • 1989 A A Busch Jr, brewer/baseball owner (St Louis Cards), dies at 90
  • 1994 Don Watson, race car driver, dies in an accident at 46
  • 2004 Richard Sainct, French motorcycle rally rider, dies in a crash at 44
  • 2006 Walter Hadlee, New Zealand cricketer (b. 1915)
  • 2013 L. C. Greenwood, American football player, dies from kidney failure at 67