On This Day

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 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Defending champion Robert Wrenn beats Wilberforce Eaves 4-6, 8-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 for his 4th US singles title
  • 1906 Chicago White Sox win 19th straight, beating Washington Senators
  • 1907 Pitts Howie Camnitz no-hits NY Giants, 1-0 in 5 inning game
  • 1920 American swimmer Warren Kealoha wins first of 2 consecutive Olympic gold medals in the 100m backstroke, beating team mate Ray Kegeris at the Antwerp Games

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

1926 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Molla Bjurstedt Mallory beats Elizabeth Ryan 4-6, 6-4, 9-7 for her 8th and final US singles title

Tennis Player Elizabeth Ryan
Tennis Player
Elizabeth Ryan

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

1930 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: England's Betty Nuthall Shoemaker beats Anna McCune Harper 6-1, 6-4 for her lone major title

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")
  • 1953 Italian Ferrari driver Alberto Ascari clinches his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by winning Swiss Grand Prix at Bremgarten
  • 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)

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
  • 1980 Charles O. Finley sells Oakland A's MLB franchise for $12.7m to Walter Haas Jr. (owner & CEO of Levi Strauss)
  • 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

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 Athletics World Championships open at Tokyo, Japan
  • 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 Athletics World Championships open at Saint-Denis, France
  • 2004 Outstanding British athlete Kelly Holmes wins 1st leg of her 800/1,500m double at the Athens Olympics taking the gold medal in 1:56.38
  • 2004 An American sweep in the 400m medals at the Athens Olympics; Jeremy Wariner gold in 44.00 ahead of Otis Harris and Derrick Brew
  • 2004 Winning pitcher Lisa Fernadez (4-0) leads the US to the softball gold medal at the Athens Olympics, beating Australia 5-1
  • 2008 The star-studded American women's basketball team led by the likes of Lisa Leslie, Sue Bird & Diana Taurasi win the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics with a convincing 92-65 win over Australia
  • 2008 Ethiopian distance runner Kenenisa Bekele wraps up the 5,000/10,000m double at the Beijing Olympics when he takes gold in the 5k in an Olympic record 12:57.82
  • 2008 Australian diver Matthew Mitcham wins the men's 10m platform gold medal with final dive at the Beijing Olympics; prevents Chinese from winning every diving event; achieves highest score for an individual dive in Olympic history (112.10)
  • 2008 Midfielder Ángel Di María scores a 58th minute winner as Argentina beats Nigeria 1-0 to take the men's football gold medal at the Beijing Olympics; 89,102 at the National Stadium
  • 2009 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Rich Harvest Farms: US wins 3rd consecutive Cup 16-12; win 8 of 12 singles to dominate final day
  • 2009 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Crosswater Club: Mike Reid wins his second Champions Tour major with birdie on first playoff hole against John Cook
  • 2015 English Indycar driver Justin Wilson suffers a head injury during a race crash at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania

Sport awardGolf Tournament

2015 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Vancouver GC: Lydia Ko of New Zealand wins in a playoff with Stacy Lewis for her third success in the event

Golfer Lydia Ko
Golfer
Lydia Ko

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, English cricketer (England slow left-armer in only Test), born in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1996)
  • 1922 George Kell, American baseball player, born in Swifton, Arkansas (d. 2009)
  • 1922 Eevi Huttunen, Finnish speed skater (8 World C'ship gold 1951-59), born in Karttula, Finland (d. 2015)
  • 1923 Ken Rickards, West Indies cricketer (WI batsman two Tests 104 runs), born in Jamaica (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Peter Thomson, Australian golfer (British Open 1954-56, 58, 65), born in Brunswick, Victoria (d. 2018)
  • 1930 Jack Bannister, English cricketer (Warwickshire stalwart) and commentator (BBC), born in Wolverhampton, West Midlands (d. 2016)
  • 1933 Manfred Donike, German cyclist and chemist drug test pioneer, born in Köttingen, Germany (d. 1995)
  • 1934 Christian "Sonny" Jurgensen, American NFL quarterback (Wash Redskins) and sportscaster, born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 1941 Gloria Ehret, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1966), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Person of interestNancy Richey

1942 Nancy Richey, American tennis player (Australian Open 1967, French Open 1968), 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, born in Griffin, Georgia
  • 1948 Ron Blomberg, American 1st baseman (NY Yankees) and 1st designated hitter, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1949 Geoff Capes, British shot putter, born in Holbeach, England
  • 1952 Mac Cone, Canadian equestrian jumper (Olympics 1996), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1957 Tasos Mitropoulos, Greek footballer and politician, born in Volos, Greece
  • 1958 Julio Franco, oldest regular position player in MLB history, born in Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic
  • 1962 Glenn Healy, Canadian NHL goalie (NY Rangers), born in Pickering, Ontario, Canada
  • 1962 Kyle Clifton, American NFL linebacker (NY Jets), born in Olney, Texas
  • 1963 Richard Illingworth, English cricketer (England slow-left-armer 1991- ), born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England
  • 1964 Johan Bruyneel, Belgian road racing cyclist, born in Izegem, Belgium
  • 1964 Ray Ferraro, Canadian ice hockey center (Hartford Whalers, New York Islanders) and broadcaster (TSN Radio, TSN, NBCSN), born in Trail, British Columbia
  • 1966 Rhonda Cator, Australian badminton player (Olympics 1996)
  • 1966 Rik Smits, NBA center (Indiana Pacers), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1967 Markus Ketterer, Finnish hockey goalie (Team Finland), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1968 Chris DiMarco, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2004 runner-up), born in Huntington, New York
  • 1968 Cortez Kennedy, American NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks), born in Osceola, Arkansas (d. 2017)
  • 1968 Scott Kowalkowski, NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • 1969 Clayton Holmes, NFL cornerback (Dallas Cowboys), born in Florence, South Carolina
  • 1969 Jeremy Schaap, American sportswriter, born in NYC, New York
  • 1970 Andrew Henry, CFL safety (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1970 Fabian Wilnis, Dutch soccer player (NAC, De Graafschap), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1971 Hugh Douglas, NFL defensive end (NY Jets), born in Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1971 Demetrio Albertini, Italian footballer, born in Besana in Brianza, Italy
  • 1972 Anthony Calvillo, CFL quarterback (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1972 Sheldon Benoit, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • 1972 Tony Carter, American NFL running back (Chicago Bears), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1972 Martin Grainger, English footballer, born in London Borough of Enfield, United Kingdom
  • 1972 Raul Casanova, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Humacao, Puerto Rico
  • 1973 James Roe, American football wide receiver (Baltimore Ravens), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1973 Jason Clemett, CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1973 Casey Blake, American baseball player, born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1974 Benjamin Limo, Kenyan runner, born in Eldoret, Kenya
  • 1975 Joe Andruzzi, NFL guard (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York
  • 1976 Kate Sobrero, American soccer defender (Olympics 1996), born in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
  • 1977 Nicole Bobeck, American figure skater (US Champ 1995), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1977 Douglas Sequeira, Costa Rican footballer, born in San José, Costa Rica

Person of interestKobe Bryant

1978 Kobe Bryant, American basketball guard (NBA champion 2000–02, 09-10; NBA MVP 2008; 18 x NBA All Star; LA Lakers; Olympic gold 2008,12), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • 1979 Edgar Sosa, Mexican boxer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1980 Denny Bautista, Dominican baseball player, born in Sánchez, Dominican Republic
  • 1980 Rex Grossman, American football player, born in Bloomington, Indiana
  • 1981 Stephan Loboué, Ivorian footballer, born in Pforzheim, Germany
  • 1981 Carlos Cuéllar, Spanish footballer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1982 Natalie Coughlin, American swimmer, born in Vallejo, California
  • 1982 Scott Palguta, American soccer player, born in Toms River, New Jersey
  • 1983 Sun Mingming, Chinese basketball player, World's tallest player at 7ft 9in, born in Bayan County, China
  • 1984 Glen Johnson, English footballer, born in Greenwich, London
  • 1986 Josh Morris, Australian rugby league player for St. George Illawarra Dragons, born in Kiama, Australia
  • 1986 Brett Morris, Australian rugby league player for St. George Illawarra Dragons, born in Kiama, Australia
  • 1988 Daniel Schwaab, German footballer, born in Waldkirch, Germany
  • 1988 Jeremy Lin, American NBA player (Toronto Raptors), born in Torrance, California

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
Golfer
Tiger Woods

Deaths in Sport

  • 1941 Jack O'Connor, cricketer (four Tests for Aust 1908-09, 13 wkts), dies
  • 1961 Beals Wright, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1905; doubles 1904-06), dies at 81
  • 1967 Georges Berger, Belgian racing driver, dies at 48
  • 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 MLB outfielder and coach, dies of lung cancer and brain tumor at 57
  • 2012 Steve Van Buren, American Hall of Fame NFL halfback, dies from pneumonia at 91