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 KOs Nathan Mann in 3 for heavyweight boxing title

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

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
  • 1964 6th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (154.334)
  • 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 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 win streak
  • 1980 Eric Heiden wins all 5 speed skating golds at Lake Placid Olympics
  • 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. wins (145.29 MPH)
  • 2014 XXII Winter Olympic Games close in Sochi, Russia

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)
  • 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)
  • 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 Wayne Mitchell, Chatham VA, PGA golfer (1971 Cleveland Open)
  • 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, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1953 Satoru Nakajima, Japanese racing driver
  • 1959 John Arthur Wilson, Ceres CA, PGA golfer (1994 Anheuser-Busch-4th)
  • 1960 Cindy Figg-Currier, American golfer (1994 British Open-6th), born in Mount Pleasant, Michigan
  • 1963 Bobby Bonilla, American outfielder (NY Mets, Balt 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, Canada
  • 1967 Steve Stricker, PGA golfer (1994 Northern Telecom-2nd), born in Edgerton, Wisconsin
  • 1969 Ed McDaniel, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings), born in Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina
  • 1969 Michael Campbell, New Zealand golfer, born in Hawera, New Zealand
  • 1969 Marc Wauters, Belgian cyclist, born in Hasselt, Belgium
  • 1971 Carin Hjalmarsson Koch, Swedish golfer (1995 Pinewild-7th), 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
  • 1972 Steve Papin, WLAF running back (Scotland Claymores)
  • 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

Deaths in Sport

  • 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
  • 1960 Arthur Legat, Belgian racing driver (b. 1898)
  • 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, English footballer (b. 1915)
  • 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)