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This Day in Sports History: July 29

Recapping events that took place in the sports world on this day

The history of sports is both vast and rich, thanks to the existence of so many different ones and the longevity associated with them. With so much history to cull through, Athlon Sports wanted to offer the opportunity to look back and see what memorable things happened or milestones were reached on a specific date.

 

With that in mind, July 29 is a day in which the Summer Olympics returned after war and two NFL franchises first took the field.

 

1948: The Summer Olympics began in London for the first time in 12 years. The Games were cancelled in 1940 and 1944 because of World War II.

 

1973: Roger Williamson died of asphyxiation during the Dutch Grand Prix at The Netherlands' Circuit Zandvoort, when his car hit the barriers at high speed and flew 300 yards across the track, catching fire in the process. Williamson was not severely injured but was trapped in the burning car. Formula One officials did not realize he was still in the car and allowed the race to continue, preventing him from being saved. He was 25, and it was only his second Formula One race.

 

1976: Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver watched his team beat the Detroit Tigers 1-0 from a radio booth at Tiger Stadium. Weaver had been banned from the dugout, press box, and clubhouse for three days for hitting an umpire.

 

1984: Dale Earnhardt won the Talladega 500 at Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway.

 

1995: The newly formed Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars played their first game ever in the preseason Hall of Fame Game at Canton's Fawcett Stadium. Jacksonville return specialist Desmond Howard ran a punt back 66 yards for a touchdown, but Carolina won 20-14.

 

2016: Facing bases loaded in the eighth inning with the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park, Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman caught a line drive from Brandon Crawford, got to first base before Buster Posey, and threw to third baseman Anthony Rendon, who got Denard Span before he could tag up. The triple play helped the Nats beat the Giants 4-1. Take a look.

 

 

— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports' Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.

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