On This Day

Events in Sport on May 29

  • 1897 31st Belmont: Joe Scherrer aboard Scottish Chieftain wins in 2:23.25
  • 1900 25th Preakness: H Spencer aboard Hindus wins in 1:48.4
  • 1916 NY Giants win 17th consecutive road game
  • 1922 US Supreme Court rules organized baseball is a sport and not a business and thus not subject to antitrust laws
  • 1940 Adolf Kiefer swims world record 100 yards backstroke (58.8 sec)
  • 1948 French Championships Men's Tennis: Frank Parker wins 1st of 2 straight French titles; beats Jaroslav Drobný 6-4, 7-5, 5-7, 8-6
  • 1948 French Championships Women's Tennis: Belgium-born but representing France, Nelly Landry beats American Shirley Fry 6-2, 0-6, 6-0 for her lone major title

French Open Men's Tennis

1954 French Championships Men's Tennis: Tony Trabert beats Art Larsen 6-4, 7-5, 6-1 for first of 2 straight French singles titles

French Open Women's Tennis

1954 French Championships Women's Tennis: Maureen Connolly retains her title; beats Ginette Bucaille of France 6-4, 6-1

  • 1954 British runner Diane Leather becomes first woman to run the mile in under 5 minutes; 4:59.6 at Alexander Sports Ground in Birmingham, England
  • 1957 NYC Mayor Robert Wagner says he plans to confer with the Giants & Dodgers about the proposed move to the west coast
  • 1965 Phillies Dick Allen hits 529' HR out of Connie Mack Stadium

French Open Men's Tennis

1965 French Championships Men's Tennis: Fred Stolle beats fellow Australian Tony Roche 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 for his first Grand Slam singles title

  • 1965 French Championships Women's Tennis: Australian Lesley Turner Bowrey wins her 2nd French singles crown; upsets doubles partner Margaret Smith 6-3, 6-4
  • 1968 European Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London: Bobby Charlton scores twice as Manchester United beats Benfica, 4-1; first English club to win the trophy
  • 1971 Indianapolis 500: Defending champion Al Unser Snr becomes first and only driver to win race on his birthday; leads for final 83 laps
  • 1972 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Southern Pines CC: Sandra Palmer wins first of 2 majors by a massive 10 strokes from Judy Rankin and Mickey Wright
  • 1976 Only HR of Joe Niekro's 22-year career, comes off brother Phil

Sports History

1977 Indianapolis 500: A. J. Foyt. becomes first driver to win Indy 500 four times; last time winning car built entirely within US; Janet Guthrie first female to qualify, lasts 27 laps

  • 1977 Australian Sue Prell first female golfer to hit consecutive holes-in one; 13th and 14th holes at Chatswood Golf Club, Sydney

Sports History

1980 Larry Bird beats out Magic Johnson for NBA rookie of year

  • 1983 Yuri Dumchev of USSR throws discus a record 71.86 m
  • 1983 Indianapolis 500: Tom Sneva wins his first Indy 500; represents record 7th Indy victory for chief mechanic George Bignotti
  • 1985 Amputee Steve Fonyo completes cross-Canada marathon at Victoria, British Columbia, after 14 months
  • 1985 29th European Cup: Juventus beats Liverpool 1-0 at Brussels
  • 1987 Robin Ventura set a college baseball record with hits in 57 games

Sports History

1988 Indianapolis 500: Rick Mears claims his third-career Indy 500 victory; 50th victory in Championship racing for owner Roger Penske and Penske Racing

  • 1988 Graeme Hick scores his 1,000th run of 1st-class cricket season

Sports History

1989 Philadelphia Phillies 12-time All Star 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt retires from MLB at 39

  • 1990 NY Mets fire manager Davey Johnson & hire Bud Harrelson

Baseball Record

1990 Rickey Henderson steals record 893rd base, breaking Ty Cobb's record

  • 1991 35th European Cup: Red Star Belgrade beats Marseille (0-0, 5-3 on penalties) at Bari
  • 1992 NY Mets score in 9th to end home shut-out streak at 3 games

Sports History

1992 White Sox Tim Raines swipes his 700th career base

Sports History

1993 Texas Ranger Jose Canseco pitches 8th inning in 15-1 loss to Red Sox, he gives up 3 runs on 2 hits & 3 walks, he damages his arm

  • 1993 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Los Angeles Kings beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 3

Sports History

1994 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser Jr.wins from pole position for his second Indy 500 victory for Marlboro Team Penske

  • 1996 NHL Western Conference Final: Colorado Avalanche beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2
  • 2001 U.S. Supreme Court rules that disabled golfer Casey Martin can use a cart to ride in tournaments
  • 2005 Indianapolis 500: Dan Wheldon becomes first British-born winner since Graham Hill in 1966; first Indy 500 victory for car owner Michael Andretti of Andretti-Green Racing
  • 2005 Senior PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Laurel Valley GC: Mike Reid wins his first of 2 Champions Tour major titles with a birdie on the first playoff hole against Jerry Pate and Dana Quigley
  • 2010 Philadelphia Phillies' Roy Halladay becomes 20th pitcher to throw a perfect game (1-0 vs Florida Marlins), in Miami
  • 2010 Super Rugby Final, Orlando Stadium, Soweto: Bulls (Pretoria) successfully defend their title with a 25-17 win over the Stormers (Cape Town) in an all-South African final
  • 2010 In an all South African Super 14 Rugby final, the Bulls (Pretoria) retain title, 25-17 over the Stormers (Cape Town) at the Orlando Stadium, Soweto; Morné Steyn kicks 6 penalties and a conversion for the Bulls
  • 2011 Indianapolis 500: 2005 champion Dan Wheldon of England wins his 2nd Indy 500; 4 months later he is killed in a race accident in Las Vegas

Sports History

2011 Senior PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Valhalla GC: Tom Watson wins his 6th and final Champions Tour major title with a birdie on the first playoff hole against David Eger

  • 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New York Rangers beat Montreal Canadians, 4 games to 2
  • 2015 NHL Eastern Conference Finals: Tampa Bay Lightning beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 3
  • 2016 IPL Cricket Final, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore: Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 8 runs; David Warner 69 (38)
  • 2016 Senior PGA Championship Men's Golf, GC at Harbor Shores: Rocco Mediate wins his lone career major title by 3 strokes from Colin Montgomerie of Scotland
  • 2016 Indianapolis 500: American driver Alexander Rossi of Andretti Herta Autosport runs out of fuel on the final lap but coasts across line for the victory in 100th running of the race

Sports History

2017 Tiger Woods is arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Jupiter, Florida

  • 2021 UEFA Champions League Final, Porto: Kai Havertz scores just before halftime to give Chelsea a 1-0 win over Manchester City in an all-English final; Blues' second CL title
  • 2022 Indianapolis 500: Marcus Ericsson driving for Chip Ganassi Racing is second wining Swedish-born driver; holds off furious charge from Pato O'Ward with 2 laps to go to win his first Indy 500
  • 2022 IPL Cricket Final, Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad: Debut team Gujarat Titans beat Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets; Shubman Gill 45no, Hardik Pandya 3/17
  • 2022 Jai Hindley becomes only the second Australian cyclist to win a Grand Tour with a 1' 18" victory over 2019 champion Richard Carapaz in the Giro d'Italia