On This Day in Sport for April 23

Events in Sport

  • 1903 NY Highlanders (Yankees) win their 2nd game beating Wash Senators 7-2
  • 1919 Major leagues open a reduced 140-game season
  • 1933 Dovo soccer team forms in Veenendaal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1939 Boston Red Sox Ted Williams hits his 1st HR

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1940 NY Yankees dedicate a plaque to Jacob Rupert
  • 1946 Bkln Dodger Ed Head no-hits Boston Braves, 5-0
  • 1950 1st major league day game completed under lights (Phils 6, Braves 5)
  • 1950 4th NBA Championship: Min Lakers beat Syracuse Nationals, 4 games to 2
  • 1950 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat NY Rangers, 4 games to 3
  • 1951 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Richmond Women's Golf Open

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1954 Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 1st of his 755 homers

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1955 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Carrollton Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1958 Gil Hodges hits his 300th HR & Pee Wee Reese plays in 2,000th game

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • 1961 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • 1962 NY Mets win their 1st game ever, after going 0-9, beat Pirates 9-1
  • 1964 Houston Colt 45s Ken Johnson becomes 1st major league pitcher to lose a 9 inning no-hitter, Reds win 1-0

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1967 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 LA Laker Jerry West scores 53 points

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West
  • 1972 Betty Burfeind wins LPGA Birmingham Centennital Golf Classic
  • 1977 ADO The Hague soccer team forms
  • 1978 Amy Alcott wins LPGA American Defender Golf Classic
  • 1983 David Hookes scores his only Test Cricket century, 143* v Sri Lanka
  • 1985 Brooklyn College soccer team wins Nepal's invitational
  • 1987 NJ Devils farm team Maine Mariners (AHL) move to Utica (Devils) NY

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Betsy King wins LPGA USX Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar plays his last game as a Laker

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Nolan Ryan blows a no hitter in 9th inning

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1989 1989 NFL Draft: Troy Aikman from UCLA first pick by Dallas Cowboys

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Bjorn Borg loses 6-2, 6-3 to Jordi Arrese after 8 year lay off

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 1991 Gordon Greenidge scores 223 v Aus, his last Test Cricket knock at home
  • 1995 Laura Davis wins LPGA Chick-fil-A Charity Golf Championship
  • 2005 2005 NFL Draft: Alex Smith from University of Utah first pick from San Francisco 49ers
  • 2011 Zach Daniels defeated Rick Michaels to become the new TNT Heavyweight Champion.
  • 2012 38,000 London Marathon entrants have their home and email contacts published in a data protection breach
  • 2013 West Indian cricketer, Chris Gayle, smashes the fastest century in history (30 balls)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1881 Claude Carter, South African slow lefty cricketer (1912-22)
  • 1900 Jim Bottomley, American baseball player (d. 1959)
  • 1905 Lord Carew, Ireland, judge (dressage)
  • 1916 Bud Wilkinson, college football coach (Oklahoma)
  • 1921 Warren Spahn, left-handed pitcher (Boston/Milwaukee Braves)
  • 1924 Chuck Harmon, American baseball player
  • 1932 Jim Fixx, jogger/writer (Jim Fixx on Running)
  • 1936 John D'Arcy, cricketer (NZ Test batsman on 1958 England tour)
  • 1937 Barry Shepherd, cricketer (Australian lefty bat early 60's)
  • 1937 Don Massengale, PGA golfer (1966 Bing Crosby Celebrity), born in Jackson, Texas
  • 1943 Tony Esposito, NHL goalie (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Ontario
  • 1952 Terry Moor, tennis star, born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1956 Peter Teravainen, Plymouth MA USA, Australian golfer
  • 1957 Kathleen Lynch, Motueka NZ, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • 1959 Terri Luckhurst, LPGA golfer
  • 1960 Joseph Martin Mudd, PGA golfer (1988 Federal Express), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1963 Benoit Doucet, hockey forward (Team Germany 1998), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1964 Martin Lopez-Zubero, Spanish backstroke swimmer (world record 200m)
  • 1965 Donna Weinbrecht, skier (Olympic-gold)
  • 1966 Jacques "Jacq" Koumans, soccer player (NAC)
  • 1966 Richard Greenwood, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 Napa Valley), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1966 Wayne Drinkwalter, CFL defensive tackle (BC Lions)
  • 1967 Rheal Cormier, New Brunswick, pitcher (Montreal Expos)
  • 1969 Nadeem Shahid, cricketer
  • 1969 Yelena Shushunova, Russian gymnast
  • 1969 Martin López-Zubero, Spanish swimmer
  • 1970 Cristiano Caratti, Italy, tennis star (1987 Orange Bowl boys doubles)
  • 1970 Frank Temming, WLAF running back (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1971 Chuck Adams, Pacific Palisades California, tennis star (1989 USTA Boys)
  • 1972 Rachel Hetherington, Port Macquarie NSW, golfer (1993 NSW Champ)
  • 1973 Derek Armstrong, NHL center (NY Islanders), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1973 Patrick Poulin, Vanier, NHL left wing (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 1974 Joey Kent, wide receiver (Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1974 Sam Madison, cornerback (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1975 Bret Anderson, CFL slot back (BC Lions)
  • 1976 Tamas Buday Jr, Canadian canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1977 Andruw Jones, Curaçaoan baseball player
  • 1977 Willie Mitchell, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1977 Lee Young-Pyo, Korean footballer
  • 1981 Sean Henn, American baseball player
  • 1983 Daniela Hantuchová, Slovakian tennis player
  • 1986 Sven Kramer, Dutch speed skater
  • 1988 Victor Anichebe, Nigerian footballer
  • 1989 Nicole Vaidišová, Czech tennis player

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1982 Professional boxer George Foreman (33) divorces Sharon Goodson after 7 months of marriage

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1933 Tim Keefe, American Major League Baseball pitcher, dies at 76

Major League Baseball Pitcher Tim Keefe
Major League Baseball Pitcher
Tim Keefe
  • 1983 Buster Crabbe, 400m US swimmer (Olympics-gold-1932), dies at 73
  • 1986 Jim Laker, cricketer (193 wkts for England at 21 24), dies
  • 1995 Howard Cosell, sportscaster (Monday Night Football), dies at 77
  • 1995 John Stennis, (Sen-D-MS), dies at 93
  • 1997 Denis Compton, English cricketer (b. 1918)
  • 2005 Earl Wilson, American baseball player (b. 1934)