On This Day in Sport for September 29

Events in Sport

  • 1793 Tennis is 1st mentioned in an English sporting magazine
  • 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 Ryder Cup Golf, Ridgewood CC: US wins, 9-3; first of 7 consecutive wins by the Americans
  • 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 during Game One of the World Series

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)
  • 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
  • 1967 American boxer Emile Griffith regains his world middleweight crown on points in a brawling re-match with Italian Nino Benvenuti at Shea Stadium, NY; second of famous trilogy of fights

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 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
  • 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
  • 1988 American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner sets women's 200m world record 21.34; completes sprint double at the Seoul Olympics
  • 1988 American athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee wins her second gold medal of the Seoul Olympics by taking the long jump with an Olympic record leap of 7.40m; previously won the heptathlon
  • 1988 East German athlete Christian Schenk beats countryman Torsten Voss by 89 points to win the decathlon gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; Canadian Dave Steen is another 71 points back in third place
  • 1988 US men's basketball team beats Australia 78-49 to take the bronze medal at the Seoul Olympics; last time US represented by a team that doesn't feature NBA players
  • 1988 US retain women's basketball title at he Seoul Olympics with a 77-70 win over Yugoslavia; star guard Teresa Edwards top scores for the Americans with 18 points

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Ryder Cup Golf, Kiahwa Island GR: US beats Europe, 14½-13½; Bernhard Langer misses 6-foot par putt which would have clinched 14-all tie and retained Cup for Europe

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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1991 Pat Bradley wins MBS LPGA Golf Classic at the Los Coyotes CC; her third LPGA title of the month

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 San Diego Padres sweep LA Dodgers in race for NL West title
  • 1996 Trish Johnson wins LPGA Fieldcrest Cannon Golf Classic
  • 1996 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Atlantic City, NJ: Monica Seles beats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario of Spain 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 to give US an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends, 5-0) and 15th title
  • 2002 Ryder Cup Golf, The Belfry: Europe wins 15½-12½ after teams tied at 8 points going into Sunday singles matches
  • 2002 Seattle running back Shaun Alexander sets NFL record for most touchdowns in a half with 5 in 1st half of 48-23 win v Minnesota Vikings at Seahawks Stadium; runs for 4 plus 80-yard reception
  • 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
  • 2018 NY Yankees Venezuelan 2nd baseman Gleyber Torres smashes a 2-run homer in 8-5 win v Boston at Fenway Park; Yankees MLB record 265th homer of the season; Giancarlo Stanton adds #266 in 7th

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1907 Orvon Grover "Gene" Autry, American cowpoke, singer, actor (The Gene Autry Show), and business tycoon (California Angels), born in Near Tioga, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1908 Eddie Tolan, American athlete (d. 1967)
  • 1913 Silvio Piola, soccer star
  • 1919 Masao Takemoto, Japan, gymnast (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1927 Adhemar Ferreira da Silva, Brazil, triple jumper (Olympic gold 1952, 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, American MLB baseball pitcher (SF Giants, Cy Young 1967), born in Pasadena, California
  • 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 (Olympic 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, American golfer (3 LPGA titles), 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 (San Diego 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 Häkkinen, Finnish auto racer (World F1 Champion 1998, 99), born in Vantaa, Finland

Person of interestKelly Robbins

1969 Kelly Robbins, American golfer (LPGA C'ship 1995), 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, American NFL running back (Carolina Panthers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1972 Jörgen Jönsson, Swedish retired ice hockey forward (Team Sweden 1998), born in Ängelholm, Sweden
  • 1972 Oliver Gavin, British racing car driver (Corvette Racing 2002-present), born in Huntingdon, England
  • 1973 Joe Hulbig, American ice hockey player
  • 1973 Athanasios Michalopoulos, Greek volleyball player
  • 1975 Heather Pease, Monterey California, synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 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 1996), 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 forward (2-time NBA Finals MVP 2017-18 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, American track and field athlete (8 Olympic golds 1900, 04, 08), dies at 63
  • 1951 Thomas Cahill, American soccer coach (b. 1864)
  • 1952 John Cobb, British racing driver (b. 1899)
  • 1975 Casey Stengel, American Baseball Hall of Fame manager (Yankees (1949-60), NY Met's 1st), dies of cancer 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 August A. "Gussie" Busch, American brewing magnate and 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
  • 2017 Ludmila Belousova, Russian pairs skater (Olympic gold 1964, 68), dies at 81