On This Day

On This Day in Sport for December 23

Events in Sport

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

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1933 Montreal Canadiens center Howie Morenz scores in 3-0 win v Detroit Red Wings; his NHL record 249th career goal

NHL Star Howie Morenz
NHL Star
Howie Morenz
  • 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 "Junior" 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
  • 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

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1978 NY Islanders center Bryan Trottier sets NHL record scoring 6 points - 4 goals & 2 assists - in 2nd period of 9-4 win over rival NY Rangers; adds goal & assist for game total 8 points; Islanders undefeated home streak stands at 16 games

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • 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
  • 1987 Buffalo goaltender Tom Barrasso leads the Sabres to a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings to record his 100th NHL victory; makes him the youngest player to reach milestone at just 22 years, 9 months
  • 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)

NBA Coach Phil Jackson
NBA Coach
Phil Jackson

Sports record brokenNHL Record

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

NHL Star Jari Kurri
NHL Star
Jari Kurri

Sport awardFootball Awards

1997 Ballon d'Or: Barcelona/Inter's Brazilian striker Ronaldo wins his first of 2 best football player in Europe awards ahead of Real Madrid forward Predrag Mijatović and Juventus midfielder Zinedine Zidane

Football Star Ronaldo
Football Star
Ronaldo
  • 2000 Cricket Women's World Cup: New Zealand defeats Australia by 4 runs

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestCy Denneny

1891 Cy Denneny, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing (NHL leading scorer 1923-24), born in Farran's Point, Ontario (d. 1970)

NHL Star Cy Denneny
NHL Star
Cy Denneny
  • 1894 Arthur Gilligan, English cricketer (England captain in 1920's)
  • 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 (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1923 Onofre Marimón, Argentine racing driver, born in Zárate, Argentina (d. 1954)
  • 1935 Paul Hornung, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1956, Notre Dame; Pro Bowl 1959, 60, Green Bay Packers), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1936 Bobby Ross, NFL coach (San Diego Chargers), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1936 Willie Wood, American Pro Football Hall of Fame safety (Pro Bowl 1962, 64–70; Super Bowl 1967, 68; Green Bay Packers), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2020)
  • 1941 Serge Reding, Belgian weightlifter, born in Auderghem, Belgium (d. 1975)
  • 1942 Jerry Koosman, American pitcher (NY Mets), born in Appleton, Minnesota
  • 1945 Richard Wohlhuter, 800m runner (Olympic bronze 1976), born in St. Charles, Illinois
  • 1948 Jack Ham, American football player (Steelers), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • 1949 Wally Edwards, Australian cricketer (three Tests Australia v England 1974), born in Subiaco, Australia
  • 1954 Brian Teacher, American tennis player (Australian Open 1980), born in San Diego, California
  • 1956 Michele Alboretto, Italian racing driver (Ferrari), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1962 Jerry Reynolds, NBA guard/forward (Milwaukee Bucks), born in French Lick, Indiana
  • 1962 Bertrand Gachot, French racing driver, born in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
  • 1963 Carol Peterka, American team handball back court (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Little Falls, Minnesota
  • 1963 Jim Harbaugh, NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1995; Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts) and coach (Stanford 2007–10; SF 49ers 2011–14; Michigan (2015–20), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1964 Andy Gabel, American short track skater (Olympics 1994), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964 Petr Klíma, NHL right wing (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Chomutov, Czech Republic
  • 1966 Hans van Arum, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse, Willem II), born in Amersfoort, Netherlands
  • 1967 Lamar Lathon, American football linebacker (Carolina Panthers), born in Wharton, Texas
  • 1969 Rodney Culver, American football running back (San Diego Chargers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1969 Stephen Grant, American football linebacker (Indianapolis Colts), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1969 Greg Biffle, American racecar driver, born in Vancouver, Washington
  • 1969 Rob Pelinka, American sports agent
  • 1970 Raymont Harris, American football running back (Chicago Bears), born in Lorain, Ohio
  • 1971 Pete Bercich, American football linebacker (Minnesota Vikings), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1971 Steve Stenstrom, American football quarterback (Chicago Bears), born in Lake Forest, California
  • 1971 Michalis Klokidis, Greek footballer, born in Greece
  • 1971 Wim Vansevenant, Belgian cyclist, born in Diksmuide, Belgium
  • 1973 Tony Graziani, American football quarterback (Atlanta Falcons), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1974 Agustín Delgado, Ecuadorian footballer, born in Ambuquí, Ecuador
  • 1975 Vadim Sharifijanov, Russian ice hockey player, born in Ufa, Russia
  • 1976 Dimitris Mavrogenidis, Greek footballer, born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • 1976 Brad Lidge, American baseball player, born in Sacramento, California
  • 1977 Becky Ruehl, American diver (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Lakeside Park, Kentucky
  • 1977 Alge Crumpler, American football player, born in Greenville, North Carolina
  • 1977 Paul Shirley, American basketball player, born in Redwood City, California
  • 1978 Andra Davis, American football player, born in Live Oak, Florida
  • 1978 Víctor Martínez, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela
  • 1979 Scott Gomez, American ice hockey player, born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • 1979 Kenny Miller, Scottish football player, born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 1980 Cody Ross, American baseball player, born in Portales, New Mexico
  • 1981 Yuriorkis Gamboa, Cuban boxer, born in Guantánamo, Cuba
  • 1983 Michael Chopra, English footballer, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
  • 1983 Hanley Ramírez, Dominican baseball player, born in Samaná, Dominican Republic

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding 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, 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
  • 1992 Cyril Walters, Welsh cricketer (11 Tests for England, 784 runs), dies at 87
  • 1995 Gabrielle Keiller, Scottish art collector, golfer, archaeological photographer, 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
  • 2019 Alan Harrington, Welsh soccer defender (11 caps; Cardiff City 348 games), dies at 86
  • 2019 Duncan MacKay, Scottish soccer defender (14 caps; Celtic 162 games), dies at 82