On This Day in Sport for August 23

Events in Sport

  • 1883 Philadelphia Phillies make 27 errors against Providence (wild pitches, walks and passballs counted as errors prior to 1888)
  • 1897 17th U.S. Men's National Championship: Robert Wrenn beats Wilberforce Eaves (4-6, 8-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2)
  • 1906 Chicago White Sox win 19th straight, beating Washington Senators
  • 1907 Pitts Howie Camnitz no-hits NY Giants, 1-0 in 5 inning game

Sport awardTennis Open

1926 40th U.S. Women's National Championship: Molla Bjurstedt Mallory beats Elizabeth Ryan (4-6, 6-4, 9-7)

Tennis Player Elizabeth Ryan
Tennis Player
Elizabeth Ryan

Sport awardTennis Open

1930 44th U.S. Women's National Championship: Betty Nuthall Shoemaker beats Anna McCune Harper (6-1, 6-4)

Tennis Player Betty Nuthall
Tennis Player
Betty Nuthall
  • 1933 1st TV boxing match - Archie Sexton & Laurie Raiteri in London

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1942 Walter Johnson pitches to Babe Ruth in pregame attraction that draws 69,000 for NY-Wash game (raises $80,000 for Army-Navy relief

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1946 13th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 16, Los Angeles 0 (97,380)
  • 1950 Jack Holden wins marathon (2:32:12)
  • 1953 Braves' Phil Paine is 1st former major leaguer to play in Japan
  • 1953 Cyclist Arie Van Vliet becomes world champion sprinter
  • 1953 Phil Grate sets record for throwing a baseball (443'3")
  • 1955 Betty Jameson wins LPGA White Mountain Golf Open
  • 1959 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Spokane Golf Open
  • 1964 Marilynn Smith wins Albuquerque Professional Amateur Golf Tournament
  • 1964 St Louis Cards are 11 games back in NL, & win World Series
  • 1969 Audrey McElmory (US) wins World Cycling Championships, Brno Czechoslovakia
  • 1969 France's Une De Mai wins International Trot at Roosevelt Raceway Czechoslovakia (1st American to win cycling race title since 1912)
  • 1970 Kathy Ahern wins LPGA Southgate Ladies Golf Open

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1970 Roberto Clemente compiles his record 2nd straight 5-hit game

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1972 Chicago's Dick Allen is 4th (Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, & Alex Johnson) to homer into Comiskey Park's center field bleachers

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 1974 Zaheer Abbas scores 240 Pakistan v England at The Cricket Oval

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1981 Beth Daniel wins LPGA World Championship of Women's Golf

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • 1982 Seattle Mariner pitcher Gaylord Perry ejected for throwing a spitter
  • 1985 Paul Hornung awarded $1,160,000 by a Louisville court against NCAA who barred him as a college football analyst for betting on games

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1987 Betsy King wins Atlantic City LPGA Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 Mike Tyson & Mitch Green brawl at 4 A.M. in Harlem

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1989 LA Dodgers beat Montreal Expos, 1-0, in 22 innings (Rick Dempsey HR)
  • 1991 3rd World Championships in Athletics open at Tokyo, Japan
  • 1992 Kris Tschetter wins LPGA Northgate Computer Golf Classic
  • 1992 Dennis Eckersley, who previously set record for most consecutive saves (40), is 1st pitcher to record 40 saves in 4 different seasons

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1993 Fred McGriff & David Justice are 6th to hit back-to-back HRs twice in same game

MLB Outfielder David Justice
MLB Outfielder
David Justice
  • 2003 9th World Championships in Athletics open at Saint-Denis, France
  • 2009 12th World Championships in Athletics close at Berlin, Germany
  • 2015 English Indycar driver Justin Wilson suffers a head injury during a race crash at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1909 Syd Buller, English first-class cricketer and cricket umpire, born in Wortley, Leeds, Yorkshire (d. 1970)
  • 1910 Giuseppe Meazza, Italian footballer, born in Milan, Italy (d. 1979)
  • 1911 Birger Ruud, Norwegian 90m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1932, 36), born in Kongsberg, Norway (d. 1998)
  • 1911 Elizabeth "Betty" Robinson, US 100m sprinter (Olympic gold 1928), born in Riverdale, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • 1921 Sam Cook, cricketer (England slow left-armer in only Test)
  • 1922 George Kell, baseball player
  • 1923 Ken Rickards, West Indies cricketer (WI batsman two Tests 104 runs), born in Jamaica (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Peter Thompson, golfer
  • 1930 Jack Bannister, English cricketer (Warwickshire stalwart) and commentator (BBC), born in Wolverhampton, West Midlands (d. 2016)
  • 1934 Christian "Sonny" Jurgensen, American NFL quarterback (Wash Redskins) and sportscaster, born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 1941 Gloria Ehret, American LPGA golfer, born in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1942 Nancy Richey Gunther, tennis player (US Doubles 1965, 66), born in San Angelo, Texas

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey
  • 1945 Rayfield Wright, American football player
  • 1948 Ron Blomberg, 1st baseman (NY Yankees)/1st designated hitter
  • 1949 Geoff Capes, shot putter
  • 1951 Barbra Mizrahie, LPGA golfer
  • 1952 Mac Cone, Canadian equestrian jumper (Olympics-96), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1957 Tasos Mitropoulos, Greek footballer and politician
  • 1958 Julio Franco, Atlanta Braves, oldest regular position player in MLB history
  • 1959 George Kalovelonis, Greek tennis player
  • 1961 Julio Franco, Sp de Macrois Dom Rep, infielder (Cleveland Indians)
  • 1962 Glenn Healy, Pickering, NHL goalie (NY Rangers)
  • 1962 Kyle Clifton, NFL linebacker (NY Jets)
  • 1963 Blaine Schmidt, CFL offensive linebacker (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1963 Richard Illingworth, cricketer (England slow-left-armer 1991- )
  • 1964 Cam Emerson, Canadian golfer (1989 Canadian Long Drive), born in Hamilton, Ontario
  • 1964 Johan Bruyneel, Belgian cyclist
  • 1966 Rhonda Cator, Australia, badminton player (Olympics-96)
  • 1966 Rik Smits, NBA center (Indiana Pacers)
  • 1967 Karen Noble, LPGA golfer (1995 Dinah Shore-32nd), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1967 Markus Ketterer, Helsinki FIN, hockey goalie (Team Finland)
  • 1968 Christian Dean DiMarco, Huntington NY, PGA golfer (1994 Deposit-3rd)
  • 1968 Cortez Kennedy, American NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks), born in Osceola, Arkansas (d. 2017)
  • 1968 Scott Kowalkowski, NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions)
  • 1969 Clayton Holmes, NFL cornerback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1969 Jeremy Schaap, American sportswriter
  • 1970 Andrew Henry, CFL safety (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1970 Fabian Wilnis, Dutch soccer player (NAC, De Graafschap)
  • 1970 LaMark Carter, triple jumper, born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1971 Hugh Douglas, NFL defensive end (NY Jets)
  • 1971 Demetrio Albertini, Italian footballer
  • 1972 Anthony Calvillo, CFL quarterback (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1972 Sheldon Benoit, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • 1972 Tony Carter, NFL running back (Chicago Bears)
  • 1972 Martin Grainger, English footballer
  • 1972 Raul Casanova, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1973 James Roe, wide receiver (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1973 Jason Clemett, CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1973 Casey Blake, American baseball player
  • 1974 Benjamin Limo, Kenyan runner
  • 1975 Joe Andruzzi, NFL guard (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1976 Kate Sobrero, soccer defender (Olympics-96)
  • 1977 Nicole Bobeck, Chic, figure skater (US Champ 1995)
  • 1977 Douglas Sequeira, Costa Rican footballer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1978 Kobe Bryant, NBA guard (LA Lakers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • 1979 Edgar Sosa, Mexican boxer
  • 1980 Denny Bautista, Dominican baseball player
  • 1980 Rex Grossman, American football player
  • 1981 Stephan LobouĂ©, Ivorian footballer
  • 1981 Carlos CuĂ©llar, Spanish footballer
  • 1982 Natalie Coughlin, American swimmer
  • 1982 Scott Palguta, professional soccer player
  • 1983 Sun Ming Ming, Chinese basketball player
  • 1984 Glen Johnson, English footballer
  • 1986 Josh Morris, Australian rugby league player for St. George Illawarra Dragons
  • 1986 Brett Morris, Australian rugby league player for St. George Illawarra Dragons
  • 1988 Daniel Schwaab, German footballer

Weddings in Sport

  • 2005 Olympic gold medalist swimmer Pieter van den Hoogenband (27) weds fellow Olympic swimmer Minouche Smit at Henkenshage Castle in Sint-Oedenrode, North Brabant, The Netherlands

Divorces in Sport

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2010 Former Swedish model Elin Nordegren (30) divorces professional golfer Tiger Woods (34) after 6 years of marriage

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods

Deaths in Sport

  • 1941 Jack O'Connor, cricketer (four Tests for Aust 1908-09, 13 wkts), dies
  • 1967 Georges Berger, Belgian racing driver (b. 1918)
  • 1979 Mian Mohammad Saeed, cricketer (1st Pakistan capt 1948-49), dies
  • 1987 Didier Pironi, French racing car driver (b. 1952)
  • 1995 Johnny Carey, Irish professional footballer, dies at 76
  • 2002 Hoyt Wilhelm [James], American Major League Baseball player and knuckleball pitcher (New York Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers), dies of heart failure at 80
  • 2003 Bobby Bonds, American baseball player and manager (b. 1946)
  • 2012 Steve Van Buren, American Hall of Fame NFL halfback, dies from pneumonia at 91