On This Day in Sport for February 23

Events in Sport

  • 1874 Major Walter Clopton Winfield patents a game called "sphairistike" (lawn tennis)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1906 Tommy Burns beats Marvin Hart in 20 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1934 Casey Stengel becomes manager of Brooklyn Dodgers

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1938 Joe Louis KOs Nathan Mann in 3 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1939 Lou Thesz beats Everett Marshall in St Louis, to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title for 2nd time

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1959 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 1967 Ted Workman replaces Senator Keith Davey as CFL commissioner

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 Wilt Chamberlain becomes 1st NBAer to score 25,000 points

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1971 Boston Bruins begin 13 NHL game win streak
  • 1975 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • 1980 13th Winter Olympic games close at Lake Placid, NY
  • 1980 Eric Heiden wins all 5 speed skating golds at Lake Placid Olympics
  • 1985 Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight throws a chair during a game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Goaltender Patrick Roy makes his NHL debut for the Montreal Canadiens

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • 1986 Despite losing, Red Sox Wade Boggs gets largest arbitration ($1.35M)
  • 1986 Mary Beth Zimmerman wins LPGA Standard Register/Samaritan Golf Classic
  • 1987 Dick Howser retires from managing KC Royals, due to brain tumor
  • 1988 Chicago gives Cubs right to install lights & play up to 18 night games
  • 1991 NC is 1st NCAA basketball team to win 1,500 games

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1991 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Orix Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • 1992 16th Winter Olympic games closes in Albertville, France
  • 1993 Sacramento Gold Miners admitted as CFL's 9th franchise (1st US team)
  • 1994 Indians owner Richard Jacobs announces he will pay $10 million to name baseball field (Jacobs Field) at Gateway (becomes official 3/23)
  • 1997 Jeff Sluman wins Tucson Golf Classic
  • 2014 22nd Winter Olympic Games close at Sochi, Russia

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1865 Barney Dreyfuss, baseball owner (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1891 Harold Horder, Australian Rugby League player (d. 1978)
  • 1909 Frank Ward, cricketer (Australian leggie late 30s)
  • 1913 Charles Leonard, American pentathelete (Olympic-1936)
  • 1914 Theofiel Middelkamp, Dutch cyclist (d. 2005)
  • 1916 George Abel, Canadian ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1919 Johnny Carey, Irish professional footballer, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Dante Lavelli, AAFC/NFL end wide receiver (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1925 Ian Smith, South African cricket leg-spinner (1947-58) who averaged 64.08, born in Durban, Natal (d. 2015)
  • 1929 Elston Howard, Yankee catcher (1st African American NY Yankee/1963 AL MVP)
  • 1930 Harry Boldt, German Fed Rep, equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1933 Lee Calhoun, Laurel, Mississippi, American 110m hurdler (Olympic gold 1956, 60)
  • 1937 Tom Osborne, college football coach
  • 1939 Josef Feistmantl, Austrian lugeist (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1941 Robin Bynoe, cricketer (WI opening batsman in 4 Tests 1959-67)
  • 1941 Ron Hunt, baseball player
  • 1943 Bobby Wayne Mitchell, Chatham VA, PGA golfer (1971 Cleveland Open)
  • 1943 Fred Biletnikoff, NFL wide receiver
  • 1947 Geoff Cope, cricketer (England off-spinner 1977-78)
  • 1949 Anna-Maria Muller, German DR, Luge (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1951 Ed "Too Tall" Jones, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1953 Satoru Nakajima, Japanese racing driver
  • 1959 John Arthur Wilson, Ceres CA, PGA golfer (1994 Anheuser-Busch-4th)
  • 1960 Cindy Figg-Currier, Mt Pleasant MI, golfer (1994 British Open-6th)
  • 1963 Bobby Bonilla, American outfielder (NY Mets, Balt Orioles, Marlins), born in NYC, New York
  • 1964 Byron Evans, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1965 Helena Sukova, tennis star (1985 US Open's Double), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1966 John Druce, Peterborough, NHL right wing (Philadelphia Flyers, LA Kings)
  • 1967 Gord Murphy, Willowdale, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers)
  • 1967 Steven C Stricker, Edgerton WI, PGA golfer (1994 Northern Telecom-2nd)
  • 1969 Ed McDaniel, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1969 Michael Campbell, New Zealand golfer, born in Hawera
  • 1969 Marc Wauters, Belgian cyclist
  • 1971 Carin Hjalmarsson Koch, Kungalv Sweden, golfer (1995 Pinewild-7th)
  • 1971 Torsten Kienass, Berlin GER, hockey defenseman (Team Germany)
  • 1971 Don Maxwell, Canadian cricketer
  • 1972 Greg Hill, NFL running back (KC Chiefs)
  • 1972 Jamie Watson, NBA forward (Utah Jazz)
  • 1972 Ryan Grigson, NFL guard/tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972 Steve Papin, WLAF running back (Scotland Claymores)
  • 1973 Robert Pipkins, luger (Olympics-1994), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1974 Herschelle Gibbs, cricketer (South African Test batsman 1996)
  • 1974 Kenyon Cotton, full back (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1975 Bohdan Utihrach, Czech, tennis star
  • 1975 Chris Garner, NBA guard (Toronto Raptors)
  • 1975 Pat Barnes, quarterback (KC Chiefs)
  • 1976 Dmitriy Dudarev, hockey forward (Team Kazakhstan Oly-1998)
  • 1976 Jeff O'Neill, Canadian NHL center (Hartford Whalers), born in Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • 1976 Scott Elarton, American baseball player
  • 1977 Angie Trostel, diver (Olympics-96), born in Oxford, Ohio
  • 1977 Dally Randriantefy, Antananarivo Madag, tennis star (1993 Marseille)
  • 1978 Karolina Rantamaki, ice hockey left wing (Finland, Oly-98)
  • 1980 Yvonne Tousek, gymnistic (Olympics-96), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1981 Gareth Barry, English footballer
  • 1981 Charles Tillman, American football player
  • 1983 Mirco Bergamasco, Italian rugby player
  • 1983 Mido, Egyptian footballer
  • 1986 Jerod Mayo, American Football player

Deaths in Sport

  • 1913 Jimmy Sinclair, cricketer (3 centuries in 25 Test South African career), dies
  • 1937 Claude Buckenham, cricketer (21 wkts in 4 Tests for Eng 1909-10), dies
  • 1960 Arthur Legat, Belgian racing driver (b. 1898)
  • 1961 Wilf Ferguson, cricket leg spinner (34 wickets for West Indies), dies
  • 1970 Hirsch Jacobs, American thoroughbred horse trainer and owner (b. 1904)
  • 1996 Freddie Stocks, cricket (cent on debut & wkt on 1st ball, Notts), dies
  • 2000 Stanley Matthews, English footballer (b. 1915)
  • 2004 Carl Liscombe, Canadian hockey player (b. 1915)
  • 2006 Telmo Zarraonaindía, Spanish footballer (b. 1921)
  • 2007 John Ritchie, British footballer (b. 1941)
  • 2008 Paul Frère, Belgian race car driver and motorsport journalist (b. 1917)