On This Day in Sport for September 23

Events in Sport

  • 1845 1st baseball team, NY Knickerbockers organize, adopt rule code
  • 1868 9th British Golf Open: Tom Morris, Jr. shoots a 154 at Prestwick Golf Club (three shots better than his father, Tom Morris, Sr.)
  • 1873 Tom Allen beats Mike McCale for Heavyweight Boxing title
  • 1892 32nd British Golf Open: Harold Hilton shoots a 305 at Muirfield
  • 1908 Giant Fred (Bonehead) Merkle fails to touch 2nd, causes 3rd out in 9th & disallows winning run (game ends tied, Cubs win replay & pennant)
  • 1914 Reds drop their 19th straight game, then beat Boston Braves
  • 1925 Washington shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh is named AL MVP

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1926 Gene Tunney beats Jack Dempsey in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • 1937 Yankees lose 9-5 but clinch pennant when Red Sox beat Detroit
  • 1939 Cookie Lavagetto goes 6 for 6-Dodgers get 27 hits & beat Phillies 22-4
  • 1948 Braves clinch NL pennant
  • 1950 Patty Berg wins LPGA Sunset Hills Golf Open
  • 1952 1st closed circuit pay-TV telecast of a sports event
  • 1952 Brooklyn Dodgers clinch NL pennant with a record of 96-57 over the New York Giants 92-62

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1952 Rocky Marciano KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • 1955 Yanks clinch pennant by beating Red Sox, 3-2
  • 1957 Milwaukee Braves clinch NL pennant by beating Cards 4-2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961 Ernie Banks ends 717 consecutive-games-played streak

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 1962 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Visalia Golf Open
  • 1970 Gary Muhrcke wins 1st NY Marathon

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1973 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Portland Ladies Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1979 Sandra Post wins LPGA ERA Real Estate Golf Classic
  • 1983 Gerrie Coetzee KOs Michael Dokes in 10 for heavyweight boxing title in Ohio
  • 1983 Phillies Steve Carlton is 16th to wins 300 game (beating Cards)
  • 1984 Amy Alcott wins LPGA San Jose Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 SF 49er Joe Montana misses his 1st start in 49 games

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Sparky Anderson is 1st manager to win 100 games in both leagues

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson
  • 1988 Jose Canseco is baseball's 1st to steal 40 bases & hit 40 HRs
  • 1988 Rosa Mota wins 2nd female olympic marathon (2:25:39)
  • 1989 Blue Jays bat out of order against Brewers in 6th inning

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1990 Nancy Lopez wins MBS LPGA Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 1992 Bill Comrie purchases BC Lions from CFL
  • 1992 1st female to play in a NHL exhibition game (Manon Rheaume, goalie) for Tampa Bay Lightning - gives up 2 goals on 9 attempts in 1 period
  • 1997 Seattle Mariners break record for most HRs in a year (258)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1895 Johnny Mokan, American baseball player (d. 1985)
  • 1917 Imry Nemeth, Hungary, hammer thrower (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • 1931 Ruud van den Hende, sports reporter
  • 1938 Clifford Ann Creed, LPGA golfer
  • 1939 Henry Blofeld, English cricket commentator
  • 1941 Simon Nolet, French-Canadian ice hockey player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1943 Marty Schottenheimer, American football coach (Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers), born in McDonald, Pennsylvania

  • 1956 Paolo Rossi, Italian footballer
  • 1957 Tony Fossas, Cuba, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1958 Larry Hogan Mize, PGA golfer (1987 Masters), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1958 Marvin Lewis, American football coach
  • 1959 Heather Drew, LPGA golfer (1987 Henredon Classic-5th), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1961 Phyllis Hines, cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1962 Jack Warren Pierce, Cherry Hill NJ, hurdler
  • 1963 Gabriele Reinsch, German DR, discus thrower (world record 1988)
  • 1964 Diane Dixon, American 4x400m runner (Olympic-silver-1988), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1964 Leon Meijs, soccer player (Willem II)
  • 1964 Clayton Blackmore, Welsh footballer
  • 1965 Ian Leggatt, Cambridge Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 Canadian Tour)
  • 1965 Mark Woodforde, Adelaide Australia, tennis star (1993 Wimbledon mixed)
  • 1966 Doug Widell, NFL guard (Detroit Lions)
  • 1966 Pete Harnisch, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Commack, New York
  • 1969 Jeff Cirillo, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1969 Tapio Laukkanen, Finnish rally driver
  • 1970 Brian Wells, Carmel California, pairs skater (& Lyons-1995 Midwest champ)
  • 1970 Georgios Koltsidas, Greek footballer
  • 1971 Eric Montross, NBA center (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1971 Marcel Boudesteyn, soccer player (Excelsior/FC Groningen)
  • 1971 Osamu Nishimura, wrestler (NJPW)
  • 1971 Willie Greene, Milledgville GA, infielder (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1973 Grant McDonald, Australian baseball outfielder (Olympics-1996)
  • 1974 Doris Glenn Easterly, diver (Olympics-96), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1975 Vitaliy Yeremeyev, hockey goalie (Team Kazkhstan 1998)
  • 1977 Matthieu Descoteaux, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1979 Ricky Davis, American basketball player
  • 1979 Bryant McKinnie, Woodbury, NJ, NFL Offensive Tackle (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1981 Robert Doornbos, Dutch race car driver
  • 1984 Matt Kemp, American baseball player
  • 1985 Brian Brohm, American football player
  • 1985 Lukáš Kašpar, Czech ice hockey player
  • 1985 Hossein Ka'abi, Iranian footballer
  • 1985 Joba Chamberlain, American baseball player
  • 1986 Martin Cranie, English footballer
  • 1989 Brandon Jennings, American basketball player

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1989 Tennis Ace Zina Garrison (25) weds businessman Willard Jackson (25) at the Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston

Tennis Player Zina Garrison
Tennis Player
Zina Garrison

Deaths in Sport

  • 1910 H J H "Tup" Scott, cricketer (Australian Test captain 1886), dies
  • 1950 Sam Barry, American basketball player and coach (b. 1892)
  • 1978 Lyman Bostock, outfielder (Angels), shot & killed at 27
  • 1992 Bernice Gera, 1st female baseball umpire (1969 NY-Penn League), dies at 61
  • 1994 Jerry Barber, American golfer (b. 1916)
  • 1996 Jack Newman, cricketer (NZ left-arm pacer 1932-33), dies at 94
  • 1997 Abe Gibron, head coach (Chicago Bears), dies at 72
  • 2000 Aurelio Rodríguez, Mexican Major League Baseball player (b. 1947)
  • 2001 Ron Hewitt, Welsh footballer (b. 1928)
  • 2004 Billy Reay, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, dies at 86
  • 2012 Corrie Sanders, South African boxer, shot dead at 46