On This Day in Sport for December 23

Events in Sport

  • 1923 Yankees pitcher Carl Mays sold to Reds for $85,000

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1933 Howie Morenz takes over NHL career goal lead at 251

NHL Star Howie Morenz
NHL Star
Howie Morenz
  • 1951 1st coast-to-coast televised football game (Dumont paid $75,000) LA Rams beat Cleveland Browns 24-17 in NFL championship game
  • 1953 Dodgers 2nd baseman Jim "Junior" Gilliam wins NL Rookie of Year
  • 1957 Test Cricket debut for Wally Grout & Bobby Simpson v South Africa
  • 1972 New York Islanders end 15 games winless streak
  • 1972 "Immaculate Reception" Steelers turns around a 7-6 defeat with a last second touchdown reception against Raiders to win 13-7
  • 1972 2nd Fiesta Bowl: #15 Arizona State beats Missouri, 49-35
  • 1978 Islanders scored 7 goals in 1 period against NY Rangers, Trottier scores 8 points vs Rangers, 5 goals-NHL record 6 pts in 1 period
  • 1979 NY Islanders greatest shutout lose (8-0) vs Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1981 Geoffrey Boycott becomes leading run-scorer in Test Cricket with 8033
  • 1984 Viv Richards scores 208 in Test Cricket at MCG
  • 1994 Baseball owners impose salary cap, fiercely opposed by players

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson is quickest to reach 500 wins (682 games)

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1997 Colorado Avalanche Jari Kurri is 8th NHLer to score 600 career goals

NHL Star Jari Kurri
NHL Star
Jari Kurri
  • 2000 Cricket Women's World Cup: New Zealand defeats Australia by 4 runs

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1891 Cy Denneny, Canadian ice hockey hall of famer (Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins), born in Farran's Point, Ontario (d. 1970)

NHL Star Cy Denneny
NHL Star
Cy Denneny
  • 1894 Arthur Gilligan, cricketer (England captain in 1920's)
  • 1901 Gene Sarazen, golfer (PGA 1922, 23, 33)
  • 1909 Barney Ross, American Welterweight Boxing Champ (1934), born in NYC, New York
  • 1909 Don Cleverley, cricketer (two Tests for NZ 1932 & 1946, took 0-130)
  • 1922 Micheline Ostermeyer, French shot-put/discus thrower (Oly-gold-1948)
  • 1923 James Stockdale, admiral (Vietnam)/Ross Perot's 1992 running mate
  • 1923 Onofre Marimón, Argentine racing driver (d. 1954)
  • 1935 Paul Hornung, Green Bay Packer (the Golden Boy)
  • 1936 Bobby Ross, NFL coach (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1941 Serge Reding, Belgian weightlifter (d. 1975)
  • 1942 Jerry Koosman, pitcher (NY Mets)
  • 1945 Richard C Wohlhuter, 800m runner (Olympic bronze 1976)
  • 1948 Jack Ham, American football player (Steelers)
  • 1949 Wally Edwards, cricketer (three Tests Australia v England 1974)
  • 1953 Tatsumi Fujinami, wrestler (WWF/NWA)
  • 1954 Brian Teacher, tennis star, born in San Diego, California
  • 1956 Michele Alboretto, formula-1 racer (Ferrari)
  • 1962 Jerry Reynolds, NBA guard/forward (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 1962 Bertrand Gachot, Belgian racing driver
  • 1963 Carol Peterka, Little Falls MN, team handball back court (Oly-92, 96)
  • 1963 Jim Harbaugh, NFL quarterback (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1963 Keiji Muto, wrestler (NWA/WWC/NJPW)
  • 1964 Andy Gabel, short track skater (Olympics-1994), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964 Petr Klima, Chaomutov Cze, NHL right wing (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 1966 Hans van Arum, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse, Willem II)
  • 1967 Lamar Lathon, NFL linebacker (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1969 Rodney Culver, NFL running back (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1969 Stephen Grant, NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1969 Greg Biffle, American racecar driver
  • 1969 Rob Pelinka, American sports agent
  • 1970 Raymont Harris, NFL running back (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971 Pete Bercich, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1971 Steve Stenstrom, quarterback (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971 Michalis Klokidis, Greek footballer
  • 1971 Wim Vansevenant, Belgian cyclist
  • 1973 Tony Graziani, quarterback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1974 Agustín Delgado, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1975 Vadim Sharifijanov, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1976 Dimitris Mavrogenidis, Greek footballer
  • 1976 Brad Lidge, American baseball player
  • 1977 Becky Ruehl, Lakeside Park Ky, diver (Olympics-4th-1996)
  • 1977 Alge Crumpler, American football player
  • 1977 Paul Shirley, American basketball player
  • 1978 Andra Davis, American football player
  • 1978 Víctor Martínez, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1979 Scott Gomez, American ice hockey player
  • 1979 Kenny Miller, Scottish football player
  • 1980 Cody Ross, American baseball player
  • 1981 Yuriorkis Gamboa, Cuban boxer
  • 1983 Michael Chopra, English footballer
  • 1983 Hanley Ramírez, Dominican baseball player

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1951 MLB centerfielder Mickey Mantle (20) weds author Merlyn Mantle (19) in Commerce, Oklahoma

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 2005 Soccer star player Kaka (23) weds Brazilian singer Caroline Celico (18) at Igreja Renascer em Cristo in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Deaths in Sport

  • 1913 James Middleton, cricketer (24 wkt of lefty pace S Af 1895-1903), dies
  • 1973 Arthur Richardson, cricketer (9 Tests 1924-26), dies
  • 1990 Frank King, West Indian cricketer (WI fast bowler played 14 Tests 1953-56), dies at 64
  • 1992 Cyril Walters, Welsh cricketer (11 Tests for England, 784 runs), dies at 87
  • 1995 Gabrielle Keiller, collector and golfer, dies at 87
  • 1997 Keith Bentley, international racing cyclist, dies at 72
  • 2005 Norman D. Vaughan, American polar explorer and dogsled driver (b. 1905)
  • 2005 Lajos Baróti, Hungarian footballer and coach (b. 1914)
  • 2006 Johnny Vincent, English footballer for Birmingham City and Middlesbrough (b. 1947)
  • 2009 Irvine Shillingford, West Indian cricketer (4 Tests for WI), dies at 65