On This Day in Sport for March 23

Events in Sport

  • 1877 38th Grand National: Mr Fred Hobson aboard Austerlitz wins
  • 1888 50th Grand National: George Mawson aboard Playfair wins
  • 1923 82nd Grand National: Capt. Tuppy Bennett aboard Sergeant Murphy wins
  • 1926 NHL Championship: Mont Canadiens outscore Pitt Pirates, 6-4 in 2 games
  • 1934 93rd Grand National: Gerry Wilson aboard Golden Miller wins
  • 1938 Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis frees 74 St L Cardinals minor leaguers
  • 1946 8th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Oklahoma State beats NC 43-40
  • 1948 10th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Baylor 58-42
  • 1952 Rangers with less than 14 minutes to go blow a 6-2 lead, losing 7-6 to Chicago Black Hawks. Mosienko scores 3 times in 21 seconds
  • 1956 18th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: SF beats Iowa 83-71
  • 1957 19th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: NC beats Kansas 54-53 (3 OTs)
  • 1962 Nawab of Pataudi captains India cricket v WI age 21 years 77 days
  • 1962 William DeWitt buys Cincinnati Reds for $4,625,000
  • 1963 25th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Loyola beats Cin 60-58 (OT)
  • 1968 30th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats NC 78-55

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1969 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Port Charlotte Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1975 Sue Roberts wins LPGA Bing Crosby International Golf Classic

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1979 Larry Holmes TKOs Osvaldo Ocasio in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 1980 Border completes 150 in each inning of Test Cricket v Pakistan

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1980 Donna Caponi Young Pro-Am wins LPGA National Golf Tournament

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 Isle's Mike Bossy's 20th career hat trick-4 goals

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1984 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Ottawa won by Katarina Witt (GDR)
  • 1984 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Ottawa won by Scott Hamilton (USA)
  • 1986 Heavyweight Trevor Berbick KOs Pinklon Thomas
  • 1986 Penny Pulz wins LPGA Circle K Tucson Golf Open
  • 1991 Sergei Bubka pole vaults world record indoor (6.12m)
  • 1991 1st World League of American Football games, London beats Frankfurt 24-11, Sacramento beats Raleigh-Dur 9-3 & Mont beats Birmingham 20-5
  • 1992 Florida Marlins begin selling tickets
  • 1993 NY Knicks & Phoenix Suns get into a major brawl
  • 1994 Graeme Obree bicycles world record 10 km (11:28)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Last day of Test cricket for Kapil Dev

Cricketer Kapil Dev
Cricketer
Kapil Dev

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1994 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record with 802 goals scored

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1997 Betsy King wins LPGA Standard Register PING

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Phil Mickelson wins Bay Hill Golf Invitiational

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2000 Joe Sakic records his 400th career goal and becomes the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche all-time leading point scorer

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1911 Augustus John "Gus" Risman, rugby league player
  • 1911 Richard Chapman, golfer (1940 US amateur, 1951 British amateur)
  • 1912 Alfred Schwarzmann, Germany, gymnist (Olympic-2 golds-1936)
  • 1920 Tetsuharu Kawakami, Japanese baseball player and coach
  • 1923 Arnie Weinmeister, AAFC, NFL def tackle (NY Yankees, Giants)
  • 1927 John Logan, Endicott, NY, MLB shortstop (Boston and Milwaukee Braves), (d. 2013)
  • 1932 Don Marshall, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1935 Desmond Pitcher, CEO (Merseyside Development Corporation)
  • 1937 Tony Burton, actor (Rocky films) and boxer, born in Flint, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • 1940 Brian Hastings, cricketer (NZ batsman in 70's)
  • 1943 Gail Goodrich, NBA star (Lakers, Suns)
  • 1943 Lee May, former Major League Baseball player
  • 1944 Salim Altaf, cricketer (Pakistan medium-pacer in 21 Tests 1967-78)
  • 1944 George Scott, Greenville, MS, MLB player (Boston Red Sox), (d. 2013)
  • 1948 Wasim Bari, cricket wicket-keeper (Pakistan's most successful)
  • 1951 Dick Mast, Bluffton OH, Nike golfer (1990 Mississippi Gulf Coast)
  • 1953 Bo Diaz, Venezuelan baseball player (d. 1990)
  • 1954 Moses Malone, NBA center (Atlanta Hawks, Milw Bucks, Philadelphia '76ers), born in Petersburg, Virginia, (d. 2015)
  • 1954 Geno Auriemma, Italian-born American basketball coach (Connecticut Huskies), born in Montella, Italy
  • 1955 Cindy Olavarri, Pleasant Hills California, cyclist (7-Eleven team)
  • 1957 Sheila Rena Ingram, 4X400m relayer (Olympic-silver-1976), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1957 Robbie James, Welsh footballer (d. 1998)
  • 1958 Etienne De Wilde, Belgian cyclist
  • 1962 Johan Steur, soccer player (FC Volendam)
  • 1963 Ana Quirot, Cuba, 800m runner (Olympics-bronze/silver-92, 96)
  • 1963 Kim Williams, Bethesda MD, LPGA golfer (1995 GHP Heartland-26th)
  • 1965 Dante Jones, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos)
  • 1965 Daren Puppa, Kirkland Lake, NHL goalie (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 1965 Wayne Presley, NHL right wing (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1966 James Saxon, NFL fullback (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1966 Mike Remlinger, MLB pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Middletown, New York
  • 1967 David Ford, kayaker (Olympics-15-92, 96), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1968 Atul Wassan, cricketer (Indian pace bowler 1989-90)
  • 1968 Curtis Mayfield, CFL receiver (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1968 David Maeva, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • 1968 Mark Maddox, linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1968 Mike Atherton, cricketer (Lancashire batsman & England captain)
  • 1968 Fernando Hierro, Spanish footballer
  • 1970 Carl Pickens, NFL wide receiver (Cin Bengals)
  • 1970 Turhon O'Bannon, CFL receiver (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1971 Alexander Selivanov, NHL right wing (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1971 Chris Lipuma, NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1971 Demetrius DuBose, NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1971 Hiroyoshi Yamamoto, wrestler (NJPW)
  • 1972 Jonas Bjorkman, Vaxjo Sweden, tennis star (Davis Cup 1994)
  • 1972 Ryan Kuwabara, hockey forward (Team Japan 1998)
  • 1972 Joe Calzaghe, Welsh boxer
  • 1973 David Vaughn, NBA forward (Orlando Magic, SF Warriors)
  • 1973 Igor Nikitin, hockey defenseman (Team Kazakhstan Oly-1998)
  • 1973 Jason Kidd, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks)
  • 1973 Kathy Carboy, diver (Olympics-96), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1973 Naoko Sawamatsu, Nishinomiya Japan, tennis star (1994 Singapore)
  • 1973 Rob Lazeo, CFL offensive tackle (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1973 Jerzy Dudek, Polish footballer
  • 1973 Wim Eyckmans, Belgian racing driver
  • 1974 Eric Washington, NBA guard (Denver Nuggets)
  • 1974 Scott Galyon, linebacker (NY Giants)
  • 1974 Tony Alberda, Dutch soccer player (SC Heerenveen, Emmen)
  • 1975 Rita Grande, Napoli Italy, tennis star (3rd round 1996 Aust Open)
  • 1975 Alydar, American racehorse (d. 1990)
  • 1976 Nolan Baumgartner, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1976 Jeremy Newberry, American football player
  • 1976 Joel Peralta, Dominican baseball player
  • 1976 Ricardo Zonta, Brazilian racing car driver
  • 1978 Walter Samuel, Argentine footballer
  • 1979 Mark Buehrle, American baseball player
  • 1979 Misty Hyman, American swimmer
  • 1979 Donncha O'Callaghan, Irish rugby player
  • 1979 Natalya Baranovskaya, Olympic swimmer
  • 1981 Erin Crocker, American NASCAR driver
  • 1981 Tony Peña, Jr., Dominican baseball player
  • 1982 José Raúl Contreras, Chilean footballer
  • 1983 Jerome Thomas, English footballer
  • 1985 Maurice Jones-Drew, American football player
  • 1986 Andrea Dovizioso, Italian motorcycle racer

Divorces in Sport

  • 2015 TV personality Kris Jenner and athlete Bruce Jenner divorce after 13 years of marriage

Deaths in Sport

  • 1906 Victor Barton, cricketer (scored 23 in Test Eng v South Africa 1892), dies
  • 1950 Douglas Carr, England cricket leg-spinner (Test 1909), dies
  • 1961 A C Russell, cricketer (10 Tests for England 910 runs), dies
  • 1963 Davey Moore, dies seconds after KOed in feather-weight championship
  • 1979 Ted Anderson, English footballer (b. 1911)
  • 1987 Dean Paul Martin, musician/tennis pro, killed in plane crash at 29
  • 1995 Davie Cooper, soccer star, dies at 39
  • 2002 Ben Hollioake, English cricketer (b. 1977)
  • 2007 Eric Medlen, American NHRA drag racer (b. 1973)
  • 2009 Raúl Macías, A famous Mexican boxer (b. 1934)
  • 2013 Virgil Trucks, American MLB pitcher, dies at 95
  • 2016 Joe Garagiola, NFL catcher and sportscaster/host (Today Show), dies at 90