On This Day

Events in Sport on August 29

  • 1882 Australia beat England by 7 runs - "Death of English cricket"

Sports History

1882 Australian cricket fast bowler Fred Spofforth completes 14-90 (7-46 & 7-44) in one-off Test v England in London

  • 1885 Phillies Charlie Ferguson no-hits Providence 1-0

Boxing Title Fight

1885 Boxing's 1st heavyweight title fight with 3-oz gloves & 3-minute rounds fought between John L. Sullivan & Dominick McCaffrey

  • 1889 1st American International professional lawn tennis contest (Newport, Rhode Island)
  • 1895 The formation of the Northern Rugby Union at the George Hotel, Huddersfield, England.
  • 1906 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: William Clothier beats defending champion Beals Wright 6-3, 6-0, 6-4
  • 1908 US Open Men's Golf, Myopia Hunt GC: Fred McLeod defeats fellow Scot Willie Smith by 6 strokes in an 18-hole playoff to win his only major title
  • 1908 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: Defending champion William Larned beats Beals Wright 6-1, 6-2, 8-6 for his 4th of 7 US singles titles
  • 1920 An American sweep of the medals in the men's 100m freestyle at the Antwerp Olympics; Duke Kahanamoku sets world record 1:00.4 in defending his 1912 gold medal
  • 1920 Swedish swimmer Håkan Malmrot completes the breaststroke double at the Antwerp Olympics beating teammate Thor Henning in the 200m; also beats Henning for gold in the 400m
  • 1920 Ethelda Bleibtrey wins her 3rd gold medal of the Antwerp Olympics; teams with Irene Guest, Frances Schroth & Margaret Woodbridge in American 4 x 100m freestyle relay team; world record 5:11.6
  • 1920 An American sweep of the medals in the women's 3m springboard diving event at the Antwerp Olympics; Aileen Riggin wins gold ahead of teammates Helen Wainwright & Thelma Payne

Sports History

1925 After a night on the town, Babe Ruth shows up late for batting practice Miller Huggins suspends Ruth & slaps a $5,000 fine on him

  • 1935 2nd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 5, All-Stars 0 (77,450)
  • 1937 MLB Philadelphia A's Bob Johnson is 2nd to get 6 RBIs in an inning (1st)
  • 1940 7th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 45, All-Stars 28 (84,567)
  • 1950 International Olympic Committee votes to admit West Germany & Japan in 1952
  • 1960 Swedish canoeists Gert Fredriksson and Sven-Olov Sjödelius win the K2-1,000m in 3:34.73 at the Rome Olympics; Fredriksson's 6th gold medal in 4 Olympic Games
  • 1960 Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser wins blue ribband 100m freestyle gold medal at the Rome Olympics; retains title won in Melbourne 1956; will win unprecedented 3rd consecutive 100m gold in Tokyo 1964
  • 1960 Italy wins cycling team pursuit and Sante Gaiardoni takes the sprint gold medal at the Rome Olympics; Italy wins all 4 track events and road team time trial to thoroughly dominate sport

Baseball Record

1963 Harmon Killebrew (Twins) HRs off Pete Burnside (Senators) in DH

Baseball Record

1964 On Elston Howard Night, Mickey Mantle ties Babe Ruth's career strikeout record (1,330)

Baseball Record

1965 Willie Mays sets NL record for HRs in a month with his 17th of August

  • 1967 Yanks longest day, Red Sox take 1st game 2-1 in 9, Yanks win 2nd game in 20, 4-3 a total of 8 hours & 19 minutes

Tennis Open

1968 First match in the US Open tennis era; on her way to the final, Billie Jean King beats fellow American Dr Vija Vuskains 6-1, 6-0

Sports History

1969 Joe Pepitone quits Yanks after being fined $500 for leaving the bench

  • 1972 SF Giant Jim Barr retires 1st 20 batters he faces added to last 21 he retired 6 days earlier for record 41 in a row
  • 1972 Sandy Neilson wins the blue ribband women's 100m freestyle gold medal in 58.59 at the Munich Olympics beating fellow American Shirley Babashoff and Shane Gould of Australia

Baseball Record

1977 MLB St Louis Cardinals Lou Brock eclipses Ty Cobb's 49-year-old career stolen bases record at 893 as Padres win 4-3

  • 1978 USTA National Tennis Center opens in Flushing NY
  • 1981 28th Walker Cup: US wins 15-9
  • 1981 Phillies minor leaguer Jeff Stone steals pro baseball record 121st base en route to 122 (Spartanburg (South Atlantic League))

Baseball Record

1982 George Brett gets his 1,500th hit

  • 1985 NY Yank Don Baylor is hit by a pitch for a record 190th time

Baseball Record

1987 Nolan Ryan passes the 200-strikeout barrier for record 11th time

  • 1987 Portuguese athlete Rosa Mota wins Women's Marathon at World Chapionships in Rome in 2hr 25:17mins

Golf Major

1993 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), London Hunt GC: Brandie Burton wins in a playoff from Betsy King

  • 1993 93rd US Golf Amateur Championship won by John Harris
  • 2004 28th Olympic Games closes at Athens, Greece
  • 2004 Athens Olympic marathon is run on same route as 1896 Games, start at site of the Battle of Marathon to the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens: Stefano Baldini of Italy wins men's gold in 2:10:55
  • 2004 Future undisputed world light heavyweight boxing champion Andre Ward of the US wins the light heavyweight gold medal at the Athens Olympics beating Magomed Aripgadjiev of Belarus on points
  • 2004 Brazil takes out the men's volleyball gold medal with a 3-1 victory over Italy at the Athens Olympics

Sports History

2004 German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher clinches his 5th straight F1 World Drivers Championship with a 2nd place in the Belgian F1 Grand Prix at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

  • 2004 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Reserve Vineyards & GC: Craig Stadler wins his final major event by 1 stroke from Allen Doyle and Jerry Pate

Sports History

2009 Cristiano Ronaldo makes his debut for Real Madrid, scoring a penalty in their 3-2 win over Deportivo La Coruña

  • 2010 Canadian Open Women's Golf, St. Charles CC: Michelle Wie wins by 3 from Suzann Pettersen, Jiyai Shin, Jee Young Lee & Kristy McPherson

Sports History

2012 The USADA claims to have stripped Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles

Contract of Interest

2018 Star quarterback Aaron Rodgers signs NFL record contract extension with the Green Bay Packers; 4 years worth $134m rising to a possible $180m with a record $103m in guarantees