On This Day in Sport for May 23

Events in Sport

  • 1873 1st Preakness: G Barbee aboard Survivor wins in 2:43
  • 1883 9th Kentucky Derby: William Donohue aboard Leonatus wins in 2:43
  • 1883 Baseball game between one-armed & one-legged players
  • 1884 12th Preakness: S Fisher aboard Knight of Ellerslie wins in 2:39.5
  • 1901 35th Belmont: H Spencer aboard Commando wins in 2:21
  • 1922 Harry Greb gave Gene Tunney his only professional boxing defeat

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1941 Joe Louis beats Buddy Baer on DQ in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1948 Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive HRs

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1953 78th Preakness: Eric Guerin aboard Native Dancer wins in 1:57.8

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1962 Joe Pepitone 2nd Yankee to hit 2 HRs in 1 inning (Joe DiMaggio)

MLB First Baseman and Outfielder Joe Pepitone
MLB First Baseman and Outfielder
Joe Pepitone
  • 1964 Dale Greig runs female marathon world record (3:27:45)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1965 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1968 AC Milan of Italy win 8th European Cup Winner's Cup against Hamburger SV of West Germany 2-0 in Rotterdam
  • 1970 SD Padres beat SF Giants 17-16 in 15 innings

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1971 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Suzuki Golf Internationalionale

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1976 Amy Alcott wins '76 LPGA Golf Classic
  • 1978 AL approves transfer of Red Sox to Jean Yawkey for $15M
  • 1979 1st edition of "Wisden Cricket Monthly"
  • 1982 Cathy Morse wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Charity Golf Classic
  • 1984 Detroit Tigers win AL record tying 16th straight road game
  • 1990 NY Yankees hit 6 home runs to beat Minnesota Twins 12-0
  • 1990 34th European Cup: Milan beats Benfica 1-0 at Vienna
  • 1991 Phillie Tommy Greene no-hits Mont Expos, 2-0
  • 1991 San Diego Sockers win 4th consecutive Major Soccer League championship
  • 1992 NY Yankees play in their 4th straight extra inning game
  • 1992 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 0
  • 1993 Val Skinner wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
  • 1995 47th time opposing pitchers hit HRs, K Foster (Cubs)/M Freeman (Rocks)
  • 2001 9th UEFA Champions League Final: Bayern Munich beats Valencia (1-1, 5-4 on penalties) at Milan
  • 2003 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New Jersey Devils beat Ottawa Senators, 4 games to 3
  • 2007 15th UEFA Champions League Final: Milan beats Liverpool 2-1 at Athens
  • 2010 NHL Western Conference Finals: Chicago Black Hawks beat San Jose Sharks, 4 games to 0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 Patrick Roy is named head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, his former team where he won two Stanley Cups

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1862 William "Dummy" Hoy, professional baseball player who lived to 99
  • 1879 Dezső Lauber, Hungarian sportsman (d. 1966)
  • 1888 Zack Wheat, American baseball player (d. 1972)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1911 Betty Nuthall, English tennis player (1930 U.S. Open champion), born in Surbiton, England (d. 1983)

Tennis Player Betty Nuthall
Tennis Player
Betty Nuthall
  • 1918 Dennis Compton, English cricketer and footballer (5,807 runs, Arsenal), born in Middlesex, England (d. 1997)
  • 1923 Nirode Chowdhury, Indian cricket pace bowler (1949-52)
  • 1924 V N Swamy, cricketer (one Test India v NZ 1955, DNB, 0-45)
  • 1928 Nina Otkalenko, USSR, 800m runner (9 world records)
  • 1936 Robert Sangster, horse owner/trainer
  • 1937 John Mazza, horse trainer
  • 1939 Ron Stevens, horse trainer
  • 1943 John Newcombe, Australia, tennis pro (Wimbledon 1967, 70, 71)
  • 1946 Tom Dorris, horse trainer
  • 1948 Reggie Cleveland, baseball player
  • 1952 "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler, NJ, middleweight boxing champ (1982-83)
  • 1956 Mark Shaw, New Zealand rugby footballer
  • 1956 Buck Showalter, American baseball player and manager
  • 1959 Marcella Mesker, Netherlands, tennis star
  • 1961 Dave Babych, Edmonton, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks)
  • 1961 Kevin Romine, baseball player
  • 1962 Keith Brantley, Scott AFB Ill, marathoner (Olympics-96)
  • 1964 Kenny Gattison, NBA forward (Orlando Magic)
  • 1965 James Hasty, NFL cornerback (KC Chiefs)
  • 1965 Lilian Drescher, Venezuela, tennis star
  • 1965 Woorkeri Venkat Raman, cricketer (Indian slow left-arm all-rounder)
  • 1965 Manuel Sanchís Hontiyuelo, Real Madrid footballer
  • 1966 Gary Roberts, North York, NHL left wing (Calgary Flames)
  • 1966 Graeme Hick, English cricketer (65 Tests for England), born in Salisbury, Rhodesia
  • 1967 Craig John Monk, finn class sailor (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1968 Daryl Hobbs, NFL wide receiver (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1969 Pat Hurst, San Leandro CA, LPGA golfer (1995 Rolex Rookie of the Year)
  • 1969 Ramon Caraballo, baseball player
  • 1970 Ricky Gutierrez, infielder (Houston Astros), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1970 Bryan Herta, American race car driver
  • 1971 Issac Booth, NFL cornerback/safety (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1971 Joseph Rogers, CFL receiver (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1971 Marshall Boze, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in San Manual, Arizona
  • 1972 Isabelle Fijalkowski, WNBA center/forward (Cleveland Rockers)
  • 1972 Marco van Hoogdalem, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC)
  • 1972 Rene Ingoglia, running back (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1972 Shannon Brown, NFL defensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1972 Rubens Barrichello, Brazilian formula one driver
  • 1974 Duane Clemons, linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1974 Matt Hindle, Canadian bobsledder
  • 1975 Vincent Goossens, soccer player (Dordrecht '90)
  • 1976 Ricardinho, Brazilian footballer
  • 1978 Mike González, American baseball player, born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1978 Carolyn Moos, American model and professional basketball player
  • 1979 Brian Campbell, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1979 Kirk Saarloos, American baseball player
  • 1979 Rasual Butler, American basketball player
  • 1980 Sarah Louise Catherwood, 4x200m swimmer (Oly-96), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1980 Theofanis Gekas, Greek footballer
  • 1982 Cyrill Gloor, Swiss footballer
  • 1985 Ross Wallace, Scottish footballer
  • 1986 Ruben Zadkovich, Australian soccer player
  • 1988 Morgan Pressel, American golfer

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1934 First wife Marguerite Van Kessel divorces NFL player Curly Lambeau (36) after 14 years of marriage

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau

Deaths in Sport

  • 1954 H R Bromley-Davenport, cricketer (batted in 4 Tests for England), dies
  • 1965 Earl Webb, American baseball player (b. 1897)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2002 Sam Snead, American golfer (PGA-1963, 65, 67, 70, 72, 73), dies of a stroke at 89

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • 2006 Kazimierz Górski, Polish footballer (b. 1921)
  • 2010 Jose Lima, Dominican baseball player (b. 1972)