On This Day

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 MLB Washington 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 Yankees slugger Babe Ruth sets then-MLB home run season record at 54 with a 9th inning shot off Dave Keefe in New York's 7-3 win at the Philadelphia A's

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1923 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Pelham CC: Defending champion Gene Sarazen beats Walter Hagan in 38 holes for 3rd of his 7 major titles
  • 1924 Senators clinch pennant, finishing 2 games in front of Yankees
  • 1927 Yankees slugger Babe Ruth ties MLB record by hitting grand slams in consecutive games; New York's 7-4 win v Philadelphia A's and 15-4 rout of Washington Senators
  • 1928 Yanks (17) Tigers (28) set 9 inning hit record (45)-Tigers win 19-10
  • 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
  • 1944 Browns last in AL attendance, only 6,172 watch them sweep Yanks in DH

  • 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

1950 Yanks clinch 2nd consecutive pennant under Casey Stengel

Baseball Hall of Fame Manager Casey Stengel
Baseball Hall of Fame Manager
Casey Stengel
  • 1954 Bennekom (Netherlands) soccer team forms

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 NFL NY Giants play their last game at Polo Grounds, 9-1 loss to Pittsburgh
  • 1959 Dodgers win game 2 of playoff, 6-5, & take NL pennant

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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)

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1966 Sandy Koufax pitches 3rd 300-strikeout season

Baseball Pitcher Sandy Koufax
Baseball Pitcher
Sandy Koufax
  • 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 New York City Marathon: Norbert Sander wins men's race in 2:26:30; Katherine Switzer takes out women's event in 3:07:29
  • 1976 SF Giant John Montefusco no-hits Atlanta Braves, 9-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 Tommy Lasorda replaces Walter Alston as Los Angeles Dodgers manager

Baseball Pitcher and Manager Tommy Lasorda
Baseball Pitcher and Manager
Tommy Lasorda
  • 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
  • 1979 LA Dodger Manny Mota hits record 146th pinch hit
  • 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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1987 NY Yankee Don Mattingly hits record 6th grand slam of year

MLB 1st Baseman Don Mattingly
MLB 1st Baseman
Don Mattingly
  • 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

Sport awardRyder Cup

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 Trial for former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson sent to the jury
  • 1996 34th Tennis Fed Cup: USA beats Spain in Atlantic City USA (5-0)
  • 1996 Baltimore 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

Sport awardFederation Cup

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

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
Tennis Player Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Tennis Player
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  • 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

  • 1905 Fidel LaBarba, American boxer (Olympic gold flyweight 1924; world flyweight title 1927), born in NYC, NY (d. 1981)
  • 1907 Gene Autry, American cowboy singer, songwriter, actor, musician, ("Back In The Saddle Again"; "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer") and business tycoon (owner MLB Angels team, 1961-97), born near Tioga, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1908 Eddie Tolan, American athlete (d. 1967)
  • 1913 Silvio Piola, Italian soccer striker (34 caps, 30 goals; Lazio), born in Robbio Lomellina, Pavia
  • 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 baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1960–1961²; NL Cy Young Award 1967; NL wins leader 1967; NL ERA leader 1960; SF Giants), born in Pasadena, California (d. 2020)
  • 1939 Jim Baxter, Scottish footballer (d. 2001)
  • 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, American golfer, author (Canadian Open 1970), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1942 Rajinder Goel, cricketer (slow lefty who didn't play for India)
  • 1942 Felice Gimondi, Italian road cyclist (Tour de France 1965; Giro d'Italia 1967, 69, 76; Vuelta a España 1968), born in Sedrina, Italy (d. 2019)
  • 1945 Nadezhda Chizova, USSR, shot putter (Olympic gold/silv/bronze-68/72/76)
  • 1946 Barry Hulshoff, Dutch soccer defender (14 caps; European Cup 1971, 72, 73; Ajax Amsterdam), born in Deventer, Netherlands (d. 2020)
  • 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 (first woman to win on all 3 LPGA-affiliated tours), born in Palo Alto, California

Person of interestSebastian Coe

1956 Sebastian Coe, British 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1980, 84), born in London, England

1500m Runner Sebastian Coe
1500m Runner
Sebastian Coe
  • 1957 Chris Broad, cricketer (prolific England opening batsman 1984-89)
  • 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, American 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 (Olympic gold 1988; 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 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
  • 1971 Adrion Smith, CFL cornerback (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1971 Donald Smith, CFL cornerback (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 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
  • 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 College Football Hall of Fame wide receiver (Detroit Lions, 6-time Pro Bowl), born in Newnan, Georgia
  • 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

LoveWedding 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 and administrator (first coach US men's national team), dies at 86
  • 1952 John Cobb, British speed record holder (World Land Speed Record 1938-39, 47), dies attempting to break world Water Speed Record at Loch Ness, Scotland, at 52

Person of interestCasey Stengel

1975 Casey Stengel, American Baseball Hall of Fame manager (Yankees (1949-60), NY Met's 1st), dies of cancer at 85

Baseball Hall of Fame Manager Casey Stengel
Baseball Hall of Fame Manager
Casey Stengel
  • 1981 Bill Shankly, Scottish football manager (Liverpool, 1959-74) dies of a heart attack at 68
  • 1982 Slinger Nitschke, Australian cricketer (2 Tests for Australia 1931-32), dies at 77
  • 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 cricket batsman (11 Tests; father of Richard & Dayle), dies from a stroke at 91
  • 2013 L. C. Greenwood, American football player, dies from kidney failure at 67
  • 2014 Dan Goossen, American boxing promoter (Michael Nunn, Terry Norris, James Toney), dies of liver cancer at 64
  • 2017 Ludmila Belousova, Russian pairs skater (Olympic gold 1964, 68), dies at 81
  • 2020 Doyle Royal, American collegiate soccer coach (NCAA C'ship 1968; University of Maryland 1946-73) and tennis coach (U of Maryland 1954-80), dies at 101
  • 2020 John Whittaker, New Zealand rugby league utility back (26 Tests; Wellington; Warrington), dies from cancer at 70