On This Day

Events in Sport on April 29

  • 1751 The New York Gazette and Post Boy carries first public report of a cricket match played in America; New York XI v London XI on the site of what is today the Fulton Fish Market in Manhattan, NYC
  • 1892 Charlie Reilly is baseball's 1st pinch hitter
  • 1901 27th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Winkfield on His Eminence wins in 2:07.75

Sports History

1918 Tris Speaker ties career outfield record of 4 unassisted double plays

  • 1922 1st official International Weightlifting Federation Champ in Tallinn, Estonia
  • 1930 123 runs are scored in 7 major league games
  • 1931 Cleveland Indians pitcher Wes Ferrell no-hits St Louis Browns, 9-0
  • 1934 Pittsburgh is last major league city to play a home game on a Sunday
  • 1936 1st pro baseball game in Japan is played Nagoya defeats Daitokyo, 8-5
  • 1953 Milwaukee Braves' Joe Adcock is 1st to homer into Polo Grounds center field bleachers
  • 1961 ABC's "Wide World of Sports" debuts

Golf Tournament

1963 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Marilynn Smith beats Mickey Wright by 1 shot in 18-hole playoff

  • 1980 NFL Draft: Oklahoma running back Billy Sims first pick by Detroit Lions

Baseball Record

1981 MLB Philadelphia Phillies Steve Carlton is 1st lefty to strike out 3,000 batters

  • 1981 NFL Draft: South Carolina running back George Rogers first pick by New Orleans Saints
  • 1985 Tony Tubbs beats defending champion Greg Page by unanimous decision in 15 rounds at Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo for WBA heavyweight boxing title

Sports History

1985 New York Yankees fire manager Yogi Berra 16 games into season, despite assurance from owner George Steinbrenner that he would be kept for the whole season. Billy Martin named as replacement.

Baseball Record

1986 Boston Red Sox Roger Clemens strikes out 20 Seattle Mariners

Sports History

1986 NFL Draft: Auburn running back Bo Jackson first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sports History

1987 Chicago Cub Andre Dawson hits for cycle

  • 1988 Orioles beat White Sox 9-0 for 1st 1988 win after 21 loses
  • 1988 Baltimore Orioles end their record 21-game losing streak by beating the White Sox 9-0

Sports History

1990 Dan Quisenberry (all-time AL save king, 238) announces his retirement

  • 1995 KC Royal John Nonely is 70th to HR on his 1st at bat
  • 1997 KC Royal Chili Davis is 75th to hit 300 HRs
  • 2006 NFL Draft: North Carolina State defensive end Mario Williams first pick from Houston Texans

Sports History

2018 Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal equals his Open-era record for most wins at the same event (11 Monte Carlo) with his 11th Barcelona ATP title

The Rise and Fall of Boris Becker

2022 London court sentences retired tennis star Boris Becker to 2-1/2 years in prison for hiding assets during bankruptcy proceedings