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This Day in Sports History: May 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, May 29 is a day an all-time MLB great suddenly retired and Mount Everest was finally conquered.

 

1953: Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to summit Mount Everest.

 

1971: Al Unser Sr. won his second consecutive Indianapolis 500, becoming the only driver in history to win it on his birthday.

 

1982: Minnesota Twins pitcher Terry Felton struck out New York Yankees shortstop Roy Smalley and then the Twins made a triple play thanks to a comedy of errors by Yankees baserunners in a 6-4 loss at the Metrodome.

 

 

1985: Steve Fonyo Jr. completed "Journey for Lives," a cross-Canada marathon in support of cancer research. The 14-month effort covered 4,924 miles and raised $14 million in Canadian dollars. Fonyo lost his left leg to cancer at the age of 12 and completed the coast-to-coast marathon on a prosthetic.

 

1989: Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt abruptly announced his retirement in San Diego. Schmidt had been having a subpar year by his standards, which prompted the decision. In the news conference, an emotional Schmidt said, "I left Dayton, Ohio, with two bad knees and a dream of becoming a baseball player; I thank God it came it true."

 

2003: Steve Kerr made four second-half 3-pointers, while Stephen Jackson scored 24 points and Tim Duncan and Malik Rose both snagged 11 rebounds in the San Antonio Spurs 90-78 win over the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Arena in Game 6 to win the Western Conference Finals 4-2.

 

— 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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