On This Day

On This Day in Sport for July 23

Events in Sport

  • 1827 1st US swimming school opens (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • 1866 Cincinnati Baseball club (Red Stockings) forms
  • 1868 All England Lawn Tennis Club is founded as The All England Croquet Club; 1877 name changed to The All England Croquet & Lawn Tennis Club
  • 1902 Dutch Excelsior soccer club is established in Rotterdam (Eerste Divisie winners 1973-4, 78-79, 2005-06)
  • 1907 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: Norman Brookes beats Herbert Roper Barrett 6-2, 6-0, 6-3 to give Australasia a 3-2 win over British Isles
  • 1921 Edward Gourdin of US sets long jump record at 25' 2 3/4"
  • 1922 16th Tour de France won by Firmin Lambot of Belgium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1925 NY Yankee Lou Gehrig hits his 1st of 23 career grand slammers

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1931 France announces it can't afford to send a team to 1932 LA Olympics
  • 1933 27th Tour de France won by Georges Speicher of France

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1934 Australian cricket batting legend Don Bradman completes 304 in drawn 4th Test vs England at Leeds; 430 minutes, 43 x fours, 2 x sixes

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1938 Bradman scores 103 in 178 mins on a Headingley sticky, 3rd Test
  • 1944 Chicago Cubs Bill Nicholson hits 4 HRs in a doubleheader
  • 1949 Test Cricket debut of England's Brian Close aged 18 years 149 days
  • 1955 NY Yankees Bob Cerv and E Howard are 1st to hit consecutive pinch HRs

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1956 Joe Cronin & Hank Greenberg inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player and Manager Joe Cronin
Baseball Player and Manager
Joe Cronin

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

1960 US Open Women's Golf, Worcester CC: Betsy Rawls wins her 4th Open title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Joyce Ziske

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 1964 Kansas City As' Bert Campaneris HRs on 1st pitch, hits a 2nd HR on 2nd at bat
  • 1965 Dick Stuart homers in a major league-record 23rd different park
  • 1966 John Pennel pole vaults record (5.34 m)
  • 1967 54th Tour de France won by Roger Pingeon of France

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 40th MLB All Star Game, RFK Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C.: NL beats AL, 9-3; MVP: Willie McCovey, SF Giants, 1B

Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Willie McCovey
Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Willie McCovey
  • 1974 45th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-2 at 3 Rivers Stadium, Pitts

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 All star MVP: Steve Garvey (LA Dodgers)

Baseball Player Steve Garvey
Baseball Player
Steve Garvey
  • 1975 LA Dodgers W Crawford and Lee Lacy are 5th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • 1976 42nd NFL Chicago All Star Game: Pittsburgh 24, All Stars 0 (52,895)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1976 Baltimore Oriole Reggie Jackson homers in 6th straight game

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 1978 US Open Women's Golf, CC of Indianapolis: Hollis Stacy successfully defends title by 1 stroke from Sally Little and JoAnne Carner

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978 Phillies Steve Carlton becomes 78th pitcher to win 200

Baseball Pitcher Steve Carlton
Baseball Pitcher
Steve Carlton
  • 1978 Mayence returns to helps Yankees win their 5th straight game
  • 1978 65th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1979 George Brett gets his 1,000th hit

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • 1984 KC Royals Dan Quisenberry gets his 200th career save
  • 1987 Petra Felke (E Ger) throws javelin 78.89 m (women's record)
  • 1987 Red Sox waive Bill Buckner, the goat of last year's World Series

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1989 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Troon: American Mark Calcavecchia wins his only major title in first ever 4-hole aggregate playoff with Australians Greg Norman and Wayne Grady

Golfer Greg Norman
Greg Norman
Golfer and PGA Champion Wayne Grady
Golfer and PGA Champion
Wayne Grady

  • 1989 76th Tour de France won by Greg LeMond of USA
  • 1990 Rosie Jones (St Louis), 26, crowned 22nd Miss Black America
  • 1991 Rob Dibble back from 3-game suspension, is ejected for throwing at and hitting Cubs baserunner Doug Dascenzo Cubs win, 8-5
  • 1993 David Boon completes 17th Test Cricket century, 107 at Headingley
  • 1993 Chris Boardman cycles a world record 1 hour distance of 52.27 km
  • 1993 NY Yankee Mark Hutton is 1st Australian to be a starting pitcher, He beats Angels 5-2; Yanks, Red Sox, Blue Jays 3 way tie for 1st

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Don Mattingly becomes 6th NY Yankee to get 2,000 hits

MLB 1st Baseman Don Mattingly
MLB 1st Baseman
Don Mattingly
  • 1994 Longest baseball rain delay (3:39) as Giants beat Mets 4-2 in NYC
  • 1994 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: American Tom Wargo wins by 2 strokes from Bob Charles and Doug Dalziel

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1995 British Open Men's Golf, St. Andrews: Controversial American John Daly wins his 2nd major title by 4 strokes in a 4-hole playoff with Costantino Rocca of Italy

Golfer and Two-Time Major Champion John Daly
Golfer and Two-Time Major Champion
John Daly
  • 1995 Tour de France: Miguel Induráin of Spain wins 5th consecutive Tour, 4' 35" ahead of Alex Zülle; Laurent Jalabert points winner
  • 1997 Dallas TV Station KXAS settle with Dallas Cowboys Michael Irvin and Erik Williams for reporting false sex assault allegations against them

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

2000 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: Tiger Woods beats Thomas Bjørn and Ernie Els by 8 shots to win his first Open title; becomes youngest player at 24 to win all 4 major titles

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
Golfer Ernie Els
Ernie Els

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

2000 US Open Women's Golf, Merit Club: Australian Karrie Webb wins by 5 strokes ahead of runners-up Cristie Kerr and Meg Mallon; third of Webb's 7 major titles

LPGA Golfer Meg Mallon
LPGA Golfer
Meg Mallon
Golfer Karrie Webb
Karrie Webb

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2000 87th Tour de France: no winner (Lance Armstrong disqualified)

Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong
  • 2006 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: Tiger Woods wins his 2nd consecutive Open Championship title and 3rd overall; holds off fellow American Chris DiMarco by 2 strokes
  • 2006 93rd Tour de France won by Oscar Pereiro of Spain
  • 2009 Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox becomes the 18th pitcher to throw a perfect game in MLB history, defeating Tampa Bay Rays 5-0
  • 2017 104th Tour de France won by Chris Froome of Great Britain, his 4th win
  • 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup: England beat India by 9 runs in the final at Lords in London

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

2017 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: American Jordan Spieth wins by 3 strokes from countryman Matt Kuchar

Professional Golfer Jordan Spieth
Professional Golfer
Jordan Spieth
  • 2019 Nike's Jordan Brand signs 2019 NBA #1 draft pick Zion Williamson to richest multiyear sponsorship deal for a rookie in history; estimated 7 years for $75 million

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1851 Charles Bannerman, Australian cricket batsman (1st centurion), born in Woolwich, Kent, England (d. 1930)
  • 1898 Red Dutton, Canadian ice hockey player (Calgary Tigers) and coach, born in Russell, Manitoba (d. 1987)
  • 1917 Ray Scarborough, American MLB pitcher (All Star 1950), born in Mount Gilead, North Carolina (d. 1982)
  • 1918 Harold "Pee Wee" Reese, American MLB baseball shortstop, 10x All-Star (Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, 1940-58), born in Ekron, Kentucky (d. 1999)
  • 1923 Luis Aloma, Cuban baseball player, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 1997)
  • 1925 Pierre Baugniet, Belgian pairs ice skater (Olympic gold 1948), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1981)
  • 1928 Cy Young, American athlete and only US male to win gold in javelin throwing (1952 Olympics), born in Modesto, California (d. 2017)
  • 1930 Roger Hassenforder, French racing cyclist (8 stage wins Tour de France 1955-59), born in Sausheim, France (d. 2021)
  • 1931 Viktor Korchnoi, Russian-born chess grandmaster, born in Leningrad (d. 2016)
  • 1934 Cleve Duncan, American rocker (The Penguins-Earth Angel), born in Los Angeles (d. 2012)
  • 1936 Don Drysdale [Donald Scott], American MLB player (LA Dodgers-Cy Young 1962), born in Van Nuys, California (d. 1993)
  • 1936 Benito Sarti, Italian soccer defender (6 caps; Juventus, Sampdoria), born in Padua, Italy (d. 2020)
  • 1937 Dave Webster, American football player (led his football team to a National Championship in 1958), born in Atlanta, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 1941 Richie Evans, American auto racer (9 x NASCAR Modified Champion 1973, 78-85), born in Westernville, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1947 Torsten Palm, Swedish racing driver, born in Kristinehamn, Sweden
  • 1949 Clive Rice, South African cricket all-rounder (WSC 1978-79, ODI 1991; Nottinghamshire), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal Province (d. 2015)
  • 1950 Alan Turner, Australian cricket left-handed opener (World Cup ton 1975), born in Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1952 Paul Hibbert, Australian cricketer (one Test Aust v India 1977, scored 13 & 2), born in Brunswick, Australia (d. 2008)

Person of interestGraham Gooch

1953 Graham Gooch, English cricketer, captain of England, opening batsman and prolific run scorer, born in London

Cricketer Graham Gooch
Graham Gooch
  • 1957 Larry Stefanki, American tennis star, born in Elmhurst, Illinois
  • 1958 Ken Green, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), born in Danburry, Connecticut
  • 1961 Antoine Carr, American NBA forward and center (Utah Jazz), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1962 Terry-Jo Myers, American golfer (3 LPGA Tour titles; 1998 Ben Hogan Award), born in Ft Myers, Florida
  • 1963 Slobodan Živojinović, Serbian tennis player (US Open doubles 1986), born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • 1964 Greg Best, American equestrian athlete (Olympic silver 1988, 92), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1965 Brett Faryniarz, American NFL linebacker (Carolina Panthers), born in Carmichael, California
  • 1966 Micheal Williams, American basketball point guard (NBA record consecutive free throws during regular season [97] 1993), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1967 Nicole Muns-Jagerman, Dutch tennis star, born in Amstelveen, Netherlands
  • 1968 Amy Fruwirth, American golfer (ANA Inspiration 1997 3rd), born in Cypress, California
  • 1968 Chris Kerber, American lightweight rower (Olympics 1996), born in Collingswood, New Jersey
  • 1968 Douglas Craft, CFL defensive back (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1968 Elden Campbell, American NBA forward and center (LA Lakers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1968 Gary Payton, American basketball guard (Olympic gold 1996, 2000; NBA All-Star 1994–98, 2000–03; Seattle SuperSonics), born in Oakland, California
  • 1968 Stephanie Seymour, American model (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover-1988), born in San Diego, California
  • 1969 Andrew Cassels, Canadian NHL center (Hartford Whalers), born in Bramalea, Ontario, Canada
  • 1969 Dmitri Khristich, Ukrainian NHL left wing (LA Kings), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1969 Fernanda Ribeiro, Portuguese 10k runner (Olympic gold 1996), born in Penafiel, Portugal
  • 1972 Oscar McBride, NFL tight end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1972 Seth Dittman, NFL offensive tackle (Indianapolis Colt, London Monarchs)
  • 1972 Trisha Fallon, Australian basketball forward (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1973 Darvin Ham, NBA forward (Wash Wizards)
  • 1973 Kyle Walters, CFL defensive back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1973 Nomar Garciaparra, American MLB shortstop (6-time All Star), born in Whittier, California
  • 1974 Maurice Greene, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m 2000; World C'ship gold 100m 1997; 100m, 200m, 4x100m 1999; WR 100m 9.79s 1999), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1974 Terry Glenn, American football player (New England Patriots), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2017)
  • 1974 Rik Verbrugghe, Belgian cyclist
  • 1976 Judit Polgár, Hungarian chess player
  • 1977 Neicer Reasco, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1977 Scott Clemmensen, American ice hockey player
  • 1978 Stuart Elliott, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1979 Ricardo Sperafico, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1981 Jarkko Nieminen, Finnish tennis player
  • 1982 Schottzie Schott, dog mascot of Cincinnati Reds
  • 1982 Gerald Wallace, American basketball player
  • 1983 Aaron Peirsol, American swimmer
  • 1984 Brandon Roy, American professional basketball player
  • 1985 Luis Ángel Landín, Mexican footballer
  • 1986 Nelson Philippe, French racing driver
  • 1998 Deandre Ayton, Bahamian basketball center (2018 NBA Draft: #1 pick Phoenix Suns), born in Nassau, Bahamas

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1960 Professional golfer Jack Nicklaus (20) weds Barbara Bash

  • 2011 "Pittsburgh Steelers" quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (29) weds Ashley Harlan at Christ Church of Grove Farm in Ohio Township

Deaths in Sport

  • 1932 Tenby Davies, Welsh half-mile world champion runner, dies at 48
  • 1932 Frank Rankin, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame rover (Toronto Eatons, Toronto St. Michael's Majors) and coach (Toronto Granites-Canada Olympic gold 1924), dies at 41
  • 1942 Andrew Ducat, cricketer (England 1921), dies whilst batting at 56
  • 1968 Don Lillis, NFL president (NY Jets)
  • 1976 Wilhelmina Von Bremen, American 4X100 relay sprinter (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 64
  • 1985 Johnny Wardle, English cricketer (b. 1923)
  • 1988 Jahangir Khan, Indian cricket fast bowler (4 Tests India; Pakistan selector), dies at 78
  • 1989 Claude Harmon, American golfer (US Masters 1948), dies of heart failure at 73
  • 1993 James Jordan, father of NBA star Michael Jordan, found dead near McColl, South Carolina
  • 1996 Red Munger, American baseball (MLB All Star 1944, 47, 49; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 77
  • 1997 Chūhei Nambu, Japanese track and field athlete (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 93
  • 2013 Djalma Santos, Brazilian footballer, dies from complications from pneumonia at 84
  • 2013 Emile Griffith, American boxer, (world welterweight, middleweight & junior middleweight champion), dies of dementia complications at 75
  • 2017 Mervyn Rose, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ships 1954, French C'ships 1958)), dies at 87
  • 2020 Jean Brankart, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1955, Giro d'Italia 1958 runner-up; Belgium national track pursuit champion 1956, 58, 59), dies at 90