The History of Sport 1929: Tilden’s seventh US Open, Frank Devlin’s fifth succesive badminton title, Nevers rushes for 6 TDs in a game, first Monaco Grand Prix, Borg’s 32nd swimming record, England footballers lose to an overseas nation for the first time.

Some of the notable events in sport in 1929:-

Steel shafts for golf clubs are authorised in Britain and first made by Spaldings of Putney.

Walter Hagen retains the Open golf title to win his fourth Open championship.

Britain win the Ryder Cup for the first time, 7-5 at Moortown.

Joyce Wethered wins her fourth British women’s golf championship title.

In a hockey match Ross Ladies win 40-0 against Wyeside a Ross-on-Wye with Edna Blakelock scoring 21 goals.

The Squash Rakcets Association is formed.

Fred Perry wins the world table tennis title.

In the NHL George Hainsworth keeps 22 shut-outs and concendes an average of only 0.92 goals/game.

66 runners, a record for any race under rules, take part in the Grand National steeplechase.

The first “tote” betting for horse racing in Britain is used at the Ardenrun point-to-point meeting.  The first permanent tote is introduced at Carlisle and Newmarket racecourses.

The Pony Club is founded in Britain.

The first water-ski flight is made by Dick Pope on a kite.

Frank Devlin of Ireland wins his fifth successive All-England badminton singles title.

England’s football team is beaten for the first time by an overseas nation when losing 4-3 to Spain in Madrid.

League racing is introduced into British speedway.

The hollow surfboard is introduced.

Arne Borg of Sweden sets his 32nd world swimming record since 1921.

Ernie Nevers scores 6 rushing touchdowns for Chicago Cardinals against Chicago Bears and 40 points in the match.

The first use of starting blocks in British athletics by J.E.London of Polytechnic Harriers.

Collingwood achieves the only perfect home-and-away season in VFL/AFL history, but lose the second semi-final to Richmond

The 1929 Monaco Grand Prix was the first Grand Prix to be run in the Principality won by William Grover-Williams

Helen Wills Moody wins French, Wimbledon and US Open singles.  Bill Tilden wins his seventh US Open singles title.

Johnny Salo wins a running race from New York to Los Angeles over 3665 miles, taking 79 days.

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