On This Day

On This Day in Sport for February 23

Events in Sport

  • 1874 Major Walter Clopton Winfield patents a game called "sphairistike" (lawn tennis)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1906 Tommy Burns beats Marvin Hart in 20 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1934 Casey Stengel becomes manager of Brooklyn Dodgers

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1938 Joe Louis retains his world heavyweight boxing title by knocking out Nathan Mann in round 3 at Madison Square Garden, New York; second defence by Louis

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1939 Lou Thesz beats Everett Marshall in St Louis, to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title for 2nd time
  • 1952 Following his Nordic combined gold medal in St. Moritz (1948), Heikki Hasu takes his 2nd Olympic gold as part of Finland’s 4 x 10k cross country relay team at the Olso Winter Games
  • 1952 Lydia Wideman of Finland becomes first female Olympic cross-country skiing champion; wins inaugural 10k event in Olso; Finnish medal sweep with minors to Mirja Hietamies and Siiri Rantanen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1958 5-time F1 World Drivers champion Juan Manuel Fangio is kidnapped by Cuban rebels from Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement; released soon after Cuban GP

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • 1960 Carol Heiss wins the women's figure skating gold medal at the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics; US takes the singles double after David Jenkins wins men's event
  • 1964 6th Daytona 500: Race winner Richard Petty leads for record 184 of the 200 laps
  • 1967 Ted Workman replaces Senator Keith Davey as CFL commissioner

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 Wilt Chamberlain becomes 1st NBAer to score 25,000 points

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1969 11th Daytona 500: LeeRoy Yarbrough driving for Junior Johnson, catches Charlie Glotzbach on final lap to win; first Daytona 500 won on a last lap pass
  • 1971 Boston Bruins begin 13 NHL game winning streak
  • 1980 American speed skater Eric Heiden wins Olympic 10,000m in world record 14:28.13; sweeps all 5 speed skating events at Lake Placid; only athlete to win 5 gold medals at one Winter Games
  • 1980 Olympic giant slalom champion Hanni Wenzel of Liechtenstein wins the women's slalom, her second gold medal of the Lake Placid Winter Games

  • 1980 Soviet cross-country skier Nikolay Zimyatov wins his 3rd gold medal of the Lake Placid Winter Olympics when he takes out the 50k event; also wins 30k and relay gold
  • 1985 Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight throws a chair during a game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Goaltender Patrick Roy makes his NHL debut for the Montreal Canadiens

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • 1986 Despite losing, Red Sox Wade Boggs gets largest arbitration ($1.35M)
  • 1987 Dick Howser retires from managing KC Royals, due to brain tumor
  • 1988 Chicago gives Cubs right to install lights & play up to 18 night games
  • 1991 NC is 1st NCAA basketball team to win 1,500 games
  • 1992 XVI Winter Olympic Games close in Albertville, France
  • 1993 Sacramento Gold Miners admitted as CFL's 9th franchise (1st US team)
  • 1994 Indians owner Richard Jacobs announces he will pay $10 million to name baseball field (Jacobs Field) at Gateway (becomes official 3/23)
  • 2014 56th Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt Jr. breaks a 55-race winless streak to win his 2nd Great American Race
  • 2014 XXII Winter Olympic Games close in Sochi, Russia
  • 2014 Russia sweeps the medals in the men's 50k cross country skiing at the Sochi Winter Olympics; Alexander Legkov wins gold ahead of team mates Maxim Vylegzhanin and Ilia Chernousov

OlympicsOlympic Gold

2014 Canada wins the Olympic ice hockey double with a 3-0 victory over Sweden in the men's gold medal game in Sochi; first team to finish the tournament undefeated since 1984

NHL Star John Tavares
NHL Star
John Tavares
  • 2018 Russian figure skater Alina Zagitova wins the women's singles gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics; earlier sets a new ISU best short program score of 82.92
  • 2018 Dutch speed skater Kjeld Nuis wins his second gold medal of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the 1,000m; also 1,500m champion

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi scores the 50th hat-trick of his career as Barcelona beats Sevilla, 4-2 in the Spanish La Liga

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • 2019 Sri Lanka becomes first Asian cricket team to clinch a Test series in South Africa chasing down 197 in the 2nd Test in Port Elizabeth; Kusal Mendis 84no, Oshada Fernando 75no
  • 2019 Roy Hodgson overtakes Sir Bobby Robson as the oldest man to manage a Premier League football club when at 71 years, 198 days his Crystal Palace beats Leicester City, 4-1

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1865 Barney Dreyfuss, baseball owner (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1891 Harold Horder, Australian Rugby League player (d. 1978)
  • 1909 Frank Ward, cricketer (Australian leggie late 30s)
  • 1913 Charles Leonard, American pentathelete (Olympic-1936)
  • 1914 Theofiel Middelkamp, Dutch cyclist (d. 2005)
  • 1914 Mike Tresh, American baseball catcher (MLB All Star 1945; Chicago WS), born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania (d. 1966)
  • 1916 George Abel, Canadian ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1919 Johnny Carey, Irish professional footballer, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Dante Lavelli, AAFC/NFL end wide receiver (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1925 Ian Smith, South African cricket leg-spinner (1947-58) who averaged 64.08, born in Durban, South Africa (d. 2015)
  • 1929 Elston Howard, Yankee catcher (1st African American NY Yankee/1963 AL MVP)
  • 1930 Harry Boldt, German Fed Rep, equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1930 Bobby Dillon, American NFL defensive back (second to record 50 interceptions), born in Temple, Texas (d. 2019)
  • 1933 Lee Calhoun, Laurel, Mississippi, American 110m hurdler (Olympic gold 1956, 60)
  • 1937 Tom Osborne, college football coach
  • 1939 Josef Feistmantl, Austrian lugeist (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1941 Robin Bynoe, cricketer (WI opening batsman in 4 Tests 1959-67)
  • 1941 Ron Hunt, baseball player
  • 1943 Bobby Mitchell, American golfer (US Masters runner-up 1972), born in Chatham, Virginia (d. 2018)
  • 1943 Fred Biletnikoff, NFL wide receiver
  • 1947 Geoff Cope, cricketer (England off-spinner 1977-78)
  • 1949 Anna-Maria Muller, German DR, Luge (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1951 Ed "Too Tall" Jones, American NFL defensive end (Pro Bowl, All Pro 1981-83; Super Bowl 1977; Dallas Cowboys), born in Jackson, Tennessee
  • 1953 Satoru Nakajima, Japanese racing driver
  • 1963 Bobby Bonilla, American outfielder (NY Mets, Baltimore Orioles, Marlins), born in NYC, New York
  • 1964 Byron Evans, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1965 Helena Suková, Czech tennis player (14 Grand Slam doubles & mixed doubles titles), born in Prague, Czech Republic
  • 1966 John Druce, NHL right wing (Philadelphia Flyers, LA Kings), born in Peterborough, Canada
  • 1967 Gord Murphy, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1967 Steve Stricker, American golfer (12 PGA Tour titles; US Senior Open, The Tradition 2019), born in Edgerton, Wisconsin
  • 1969 Ed McDaniel, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings), born in Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina
  • 1969 Michael Campbell, New Zealand golfer (US Open 2005), born in Hawera, New Zealand
  • 1969 Marc Wauters, Belgian cyclist, born in Hasselt, Belgium
  • 1971 Carin Koch, Swedish golfer (2 LPGA Tour titles), born in Kungälv, Sweden
  • 1971 Torsten Kienass, German hockey defenseman (Team Germany), born in Berlin, East Germany
  • 1971 Don Maxwell, Canadian cricketer, born in Bridgetown, Barbados
  • 1972 Greg Hill, NFL running back (KC Chiefs), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1972 Jamie Watson, NBA forward (Utah Jazz), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1972 Ryan Grigson, NFL guard/tackle (Detroit Lions), born in Highland, Indiana
  • 1973 Robert Pipkins, American luge racer (Olympics 1994), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1974 Herschelle Gibbs, South African cricketer (South African Test batsman 1996), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1974 Kenyon Cotton, American football fullback (Baltimore Ravens), born in Bossier City, Louisiana
  • 1975 Bohdan Ulihrach, Czech tennis player, born in Kolín, Czech Republic
  • 1975 Chris Garner, NBA guard (Toronto Raptors), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1975 Pat Barnes, American football quarterback (KC Chiefs), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • 1976 Jeff O'Neill, Canadian NHL center (Hartford Whalers), born in Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • 1976 Scott Elarton, American baseball player, born in Lamar, Colorado
  • 1977 Angie Trostel, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Oxford, Ohio
  • 1977 Dally Randriantefy, Malagasy tennis player (1993 Marseille), born in Antananarivo, Madagascar
  • 1978 Karolina Rantamaki, Finnish ice hockey left wing (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Espoo, Finland
  • 1980 Yvonne Tousek, Canadian gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1981 Gareth Barry, English footballer (West Bromwich Albion F.C.), born in Hastings, United Kingdom
  • 1981 Charles Tillman, American football cornerback, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1983 Mirco Bergamasco, Italian rugby player, born in Padua, Italiy
  • 1983 Mido, Egyptian footballer, born in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1984 Andre Ward, American professional boxer,unified light heavyweight champion, world’s top pound-for-pound boxer, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1986 Jerod Mayo, American football linebacker, born in Hampton, Virginia
  • 1989 Evan Bates, American ice dancer (2015 US Champion), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1995 Andrew Wiggins, Canadian basketball small forward (2014 NBA Draft: #1 pick Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Toronto, Ontario

Deaths in Sport

  • 1868 Andrew Strath, Scottish golfer (British Open 1865), dies at 30
  • 1913 Jimmy Sinclair, cricketer (3 centuries in 25 Test South African career), dies
  • 1937 Claude Buckenham, cricketer (21 wkts in 4 Tests for Eng 1909-10), dies
  • 1961 Wilf Ferguson, West Indian cricket leg spinner (34 wickets for West Indies), dies at 43
  • 1970 Hirsch Jacobs, American thoroughbred horse trainer and owner (b. 1904)
  • 1996 Freddie Stocks, cricket (cent on debut & wkt on 1st ball, Notts), dies
  • 2000 Stanley Matthews CBE, English soccer forward (54 caps; Stoke City, Blackpool; 1st British player to be knighted), dies at 85
  • 2004 Carl Liscombe, Canadian hockey player (b. 1915)
  • 2006 Telmo Zarraonaindía, Spanish footballer (b. 1921)
  • 2007 John Ritchie, British footballer (b. 1941)
  • 2008 Paul Frère, Belgian race car driver and motorsport journalist (b. 1917)
  • 2017 Derek Ibbotson, English 5K runner (Olympic bronze 1956), dies at 84
  • 2020 Stefan Florenski, Polish soccer defender (11 caps; Górnik Zabrze), dies at 86
  • 2020 János Göröcs, Hungarian soccer midfielder (62 caps; Újpesti Dózsa, Tatabányai Bányász), dies at 80