On This Day

On This Day in Sport for December 23

Events in Sport

  • 1866 First yacht race across the Atlantic won by the schooner Henrietta owned by Gordon Bennett of New York, first to reach Bishop Rock in the Scilly Isles after racing from NY
  • 1923 Yankees pitcher Carl Mays sold to Reds for $85,000
  • 1933 Montreal Canadiens center Howie Morenz scores in 3-0 win v Detroit Red Wings; his NHL record 249th career goal
  • 1951 National Football League Championship, LA Memorial Coliseum: Los Angeles Rams beat Cleveland Browns, 24-17; first coast-to-coast televised NFL title game
  • 1953 Dodgers 2nd baseman Jim Gilliam wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 1957 Test cricket debut for all-time great Australian wicketkeeper Wally Grout and future captain and coach Bobby Simpson, 1st Test v South Africa in Johannesburg
  • 1969 Ballon d'Or: Milan midfielder Gianni Rivera wins award for best European football player ahead of Cagliari forward Luigi Riva and Bayern Munich striker Gerd Müller
  • 1972 New York Islanders end 15 games winless streak
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Weddings in Sport

  • 1951 MLB centerfielder Mickey Mantle (20) weds author Merlyn Mantle (19) in Commerce, Oklahoma
  • 2005 Brazilian soccer player Kaká (23) weds Brazilian singer Caroline Celico (18) at Igreja Renascer em Cristo in Sao Paulo, Brazil; divorce in 2015

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Deaths in Sport

  • 1913 Bonnor Middleton, South African cricket fast bowler (6 Tests, 24 wickets; Western Province), dies at 48
  • 1955 Len Braund, English cricket all-rounder (23 Tests, 3 x 100, 47 wickets; Surrey CCC, Somerset CCC), dies at 80
  • 1973 Arthur Richardson, Australian cricketer (9 Tests 1924-26), dies at 85
  • 1990 Frank King, West Indian cricketer (WI fast bowler played 14 Tests 1953-56), dies at 64
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