On This Day

Events in Sport on September 29

  • 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

Sports History

1913 MLB Washington Senator Walter Johnson wins his 36th game

  • 1914 Boston Braves, who were in last place in mid-July, clinch NL pennant
  • 1915 Philadelphia Phillies clinch their 1st pennant

Baseball 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

  • 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 cycles a world hour record time (45,563 km)

Boxing Title Fight

1941 Joe Louis TKOs Lou Nova in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

  • 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

Sports History

1950 Yanks clinch 2nd consecutive pennant under Casey Stengel

  • 1954 Bennekom (Netherlands) soccer team forms

Sports History

1954 Willie Mays famous over-the-shoulder catch of Vic Wertz' 460' drive during Game One of the World Series

Sports History

1956 "I Love Mickey" by Mickey Mantle & Teresa Brewer peaks at #87

  • 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

Baseball 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)

  • 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

Baseball Record

1966 Sandy Koufax pitches 3rd 300-strikeout season

Sports History

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

Sports History

1968 Carl Yastrzemski .3005 avg wins his 2nd straight batting crown

  • 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 San Francisco Giant John Montefusco no-hits Atlanta Braves, 9-0

Sports History

1976 Tommy Lasorda replaces Walter Alston as Los Angeles Dodgers manager

  • 1977 Eva Shain is 1st woman to referee a heavyweight championship

Boxing Title Fight

1977 Muhammad Ali beats Earnie Shavers in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

  • 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)

Sports History

1986 Cubs Greg Maddux defeats Phillies Mike Maddux (1st rookie brothers)

  • 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

Baseball Record

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

  • 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

Ryder 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

Golf Tournament

1991 Pat Bradley wins MBS LPGA Golf Classic at the Los Coyotes CC; her third LPGA title of the month

  • 1992 Atlanta Braves wins 2nd straight NL West title

Sports History

1992 Magic Johnson announces return to play basketball (he doesn't)

Murder of Interest

1994 1st phase of O.J. Simpson murder trial jury selection ends (304 chosen)

  • 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

Sports History

1996 Houston Astro's retire Nolan Ryan's #34

  • 1996 Orioles Brady Anderson is 14th to hit 50 HRs
  • 1996 San Diego Padres sweep LA Dodgers in race for NL West title

Federation 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

  • 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

Olympic Gold

2020 Ben Ainslie wins the Olympic gold medal in the Laser class, beating previous Laser Olympic champion Robert Scheidt