On This Day

August 1923 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 3 Baseball games cancelled following the death of US President Warren G. Harding

29th US President Warren G. Harding
29th US President
Warren G. Harding
  • Aug 9 NY State Golf Association formed

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

Aug 18 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Germantown CC, PA: Helen Wills Moody beats Molla Bjurstedt Mallory 6-2, 6-1 for her first of 7 US singles crowns

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • Aug 18 Australasian Championships Women's Tennis, Brisbane: Margaret Molesworth retains title; beats Esna Boyd 6-1, 7-5
  • Aug 18 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Brisbane: Pat O'Hara Wood wins his 2nd Australasian title; beats fellow Australian Bert St John 6-1, 6-1, 6-3

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Aug 23 Paavo Nurmi of Finland runs world record for 1 mile of 4:10.4 in Stockholm; record stands until 1931

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • Aug 24 Paavo Nurmi of Finland runs world record 3 mile time of 14:11.2 in Stockholm; intermediate time during 5000m event

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 10 Fred Ridgway, England cricket pace bowler (1951-52 Indian tour)
  • Aug 12 John Holt, West Indian cricket batsman (17 Tests, 1066 runs at 36.75; 2 x 100s), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1997)
  • Aug 18 Jahangir Khan Irani, cricket wicket-keeper for India (1947-8 Aust tour)
  • Aug 18 Sadu Shinde, cricketer (Indian leg-spinner late 1940's/early 1950's)
  • Aug 18 Jenni Irani, Indian cricketer, born in Karachi (d. 1982)
  • Aug 21 Chris Schenkel, American sportscaster (Monday Night Fights), born in Bippus, Indiana (d. 2005)
  • Aug 23 Ken Rickards, West Indies cricketer (WI batsman two Tests 104 runs), born in Jamaica (d. 1995)

Person of interestVic Seixas

Aug 30 Vic Seixas, American tennis player (Wimbledon 1953, US Nat C'ship 1954), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas