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)
  • 1895 Jaap Eden skates world record 10km (17:56)
  • 1906 Tommy Burns beats Marvin Hart in 20 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1934 Casey Stengel becomes manager of Brooklyn Dodgers
  • 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
  • 1939 Lou Thesz beats Everett Marshall in St Louis, to win the National Wrestling Association World Heavyweight C'ship for a 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
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Birthdays in Sport

  • 1865 Barney Dreyfuss, baseball owner (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1891 Harold Horder, Australian Rugby League player (d. 1978)
  • 1913 Charles Leonard, American pentathlete (Olympic-1936)
  • 1914 Theofiel Middelkamp, Dutch cyclist (d. 2005)
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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
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