On This Day

Events in Sport on July 29

  • 1751 1st international world title prize fight: Jack Stack of England, beats challenger M. Petit of France in 29 mins in England
  • 1874 Major Walter Copton Wingfield patents a portable tennis court
  • 1899 Southern California Golf Association forms
  • 1906 4th Tour de France won by René Pottier of France
  • 1908 St Louis Browns' future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Rube Waddell strikes out 16 Philadelphia A's in 5-4 win against his previous team at Sportsman's Park II, St. Louis
  • 1911 Boston Red Sox Joe Wood no-hits St Louis Browns, 5-0

Sports History

1915 Pirate Honus Wagner at 41, hits a grand slam HR

Sports History

1921 Cleveland's 125th anniversary celebration: Cy Young, 54, pitches 2 inn

  • 1924 Paul Runyan wins PGA golf championship
  • 1928 Cleveland Indians score 17 in 1st 2 inns to beat Yanks 24-6 at Dunn Field they also set a record with 24 singles in 1 game
  • 1928 23rd Davis Cup: France beats USA in Paris (4-1)
  • 1928 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Paris, France: Home team retains title as Henri Cochet beats American Bill Tilden 9-7, 8-6, 6-4 for 3-1 lead; ends 4-1

PGA Championship

1934 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Park CC: Paul Runyan wins first of his 2 PGA crowns, defeating Craig Wood in 38 holes

  • 1934 28th Tour de France won by Antonin Magne of France
  • 1935 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: 3rd straight GB title as Pat Hughes & Raymond Tuckey beat Americans Wilmer Allison & John Van Ryn 6-2, 1-6, 6-8, 6-3, 6-3 for unassailable 3-0 lead; ends 5-0
  • 1938 Olympic National Park established in Washington state, longest undeveloped coastline in America
  • 1940 SV. Urk Dutch soccer team forms

Olympic Games

1948 King George VI opens the XIV Summer Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium in London

  • 1950 Pee Wee Reese, hits the 3,000th Dodger home run
  • 1951 38th Tour de France won by Hugo Koblet of Switzerland
  • 1956 US Open Women's Golf, Northland CC: Kathy Cornelius wins her only major title in an 18-hole playoff by 7 strokes over amateur Barbara McIntire

Boxing Title Fight

1957 Floyd Patterson TKOs Tommy Jackson in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

  • 1961 Philadelphia Phillies lose, 4-3 to SF Giants at Connie Mack Stadium; 1st of MLB record 23 straight defeats
  • 1965 Major league record 26 strikeouts, Phillies (16), Pirates (10)
  • 1968 Cincinnati Red George Culver no hits Phillies, 6-1
  • 1974 MLB St Louis Cardinals Lou Brock steals his 700th base

Sports History

1978 On Old Timer's Day, NY Yankees announce that Billy Martin will return as NY Yankee manager in 1980 and Bob Lemon will become GM

Golf Tournament

1979 Canadian Open Women's Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), St. George's CC: Amy Alcott wins by 3 from Nancy Lopez for her first major title

  • 1981 Anti-apartheid protesters against the Springbok rugby tour are confronted by police who use batons to stop them marching to South Africa’s Consul in New Zealand

Baseball Record

1983 Steve Garvey ends his NL record 1,207 consecutive game streak

  • 1984 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), St. George's CC: Juli Inkster wins by 1 from Ayako Okamoto of Japan
  • 1984 American cyclists Alexi Grewal and Connie Carpenter take out the road race double around the streets of Mission Viejo at the LA Olympics
  • 1986 NY jury rules NFL violated antitrust laws, awards USFL $1 in damages
  • 1988 Baltimore trades Mike Boddicker to the Red Sox for Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling
  • 1988 Rick Sutcliffe swipes home, 1st pitcher since Pascual Perez in 1984 to steal home
  • 1989 Javier Sotomayor of Cuba sets high jump record (8'0") in San Juan

Sports History

1989 MLB Philadelphia Phillies retire Steve Carlton's # 32

  • 1989 Vince Coleman, record streak stopped at 50 straight stolen bases
  • 1989 White Sox trade Harold Baines to Rangers for Scott Fletcher & Sam Sosa
  • 1990 26th Curtis Cup: US wins 14-4
  • 1990 28th Tennis Fed Cup: USA beats USSR in Atlanta Georgia (2-1)

LPGA Championship

1990 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Bethesda CC: Beth Daniel wins her only major title by 1 stroke from fellow American Rosie Jones

  • 1990 Boston Red Sox set major league record with 12 doubles in a game

Federation Cup

1990 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Norcross, Georgia: US retains title with 2-1 victory over Soviet Union; Gigi Fernández & Zina Garrison-Jackson clinch final with 6-4, 6-3 win against Larisa Neiland & Natasha Zvereva

  • 1991 1st Sunday Night game at Shea Stadium (Mets beat Cubs 6-0)

Sports History

1991 Yankee Stadium fans throw cups and blowup dolls at Jose Canseco

  • 1992 Yevgeni Sadovyi of the Unified Team swims world 400m record (3:45.00) to wrap up 200-400m freestyle double at the Barcelona Olympics
  • 1992 Arkadiusz Skrzypaszek of Poland (5,559 points) beats Hungarian Attila Mizsér by 113 points to win the Pentathlon gold at the Barcelona Olympics; Poland also wins teams gold
  • 1993 Cincinnati Reds pitcher Thomas Browning arrested for marijuana possession
  • 1995 Carolina Panthers beat Jacksonville Jaguars in their 1st NFL exhibition game 20-14

Sports History

1996 MLB Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda retires, with a record of 1599-1439, 4 National League Pennants, and 2 World Series championships.

Sports History

2001 88th Tour de France: no winner (Lance Armstrong disqualified)

  • 2001 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Royal County Down: Australian Ian Stanley wins in a playoff with Bob Charles of New Zealand
  • 2001 Copa América Final, Estadio El Campín, Bogotá: Defender Iván Córdoba scores winner as home team Columbia edge Mexico, 1-0
  • 2007 94th Tour de France won by Alberto Contador of Spain

Golf Tournament

2007 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Tom Watson wins his 3rd Open Senior title by 1 shot from Mark O'Meara and Stewart Ginn

Golf Tournament

2012 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Turnberry: Fred Couples wins by 2 strokes from fellow American Gary Hallberg

Golf Tournament

2013 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Royal Birkdale: American Mark Wiebe wins in a playoff with Bernhard Langer of Germany

  • 2014 Chicago Cubs player John Baker scores the win against the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field in the longest game in Cubs history
  • 2018 Tour de France: Geraint Thomas becomes the first Welshman and only 3rd Briton to win the Tour; beats Dutchman Tom Dumoulin by 1' 51"; Peter Sagan wins green points jersey
  • 2018 British Senior Open Men's Golf, St. Andrews: Spaniard Miguel Ángel Jiménez wins by 1 shot from defending champion Bernhard Langer of Germany
  • 2018 Chipper Jones, Alan Trammell, Trevor Hoffman, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Jack Morris are inducted in Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
  • 2021 South African swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker sets new women's 200m breaststroke WR 2:18.95 at the Tokyo Olympics beating the American pair of Lilly King and Annie Lazor
  • 2021 Australian swimmer Emma McKeon wins the blue riband 100m freestyle gold medal in OR 51.96 at the Tokyo Olympics; her 8th career Olympic medal
  • 2021 Russian backstroke swimmer Evgeny Rylov wraps up the 100/200m double with OR 1:53.27 in the longer event at the Tokyo Olympic Games
  • 2021 Australian canoeist Jessicas Fox with 109.96s wins inaugural women's C-1 slalom gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games

Olympic Gold

2021 Following Simone Biles' withdrawal, teammate Sunisa Lee becomes first Hmong-American Olympic champion in any sport when she wins women's artistic individual all-around gymnastics gold in Tokyo

  • 2021 Croatian rowing brothers Martin and Valent Sinković team to win coxless pair gold at the Tokyo Olympics; pair's second Olympic gold after winning double sculls in 2016