On This Day

On This Day in Sport for June 23

Events in Sport

  • 1893 US National Championship Women's Tennis: Aline Terry wins her lone major title; beats Augusta Schultz 6-1, 6-3
  • 1894 The International Olympic Committee is founded at the Sorbonne, Paris, at the initiative of Baron Pierre de Coubertin
  • 1900 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Myrtle McAteer beats Edith Parker 6-2, 6-2, 6-0 for her lone major singles title
  • 1906 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Helen Homans beats Maud Barger-Wallach 6-4, 6-3 for her lone major singles title
  • 1915 Yanks get record 16 walks & 3 wild pitches beat A's Bruno Hass, 15-0
  • 1917 Ernie Shore enters game after Boston Red Sox pitcher Babe Ruth is ejected for throwing punch at umpire; retires all 26 batters he faces to win 4-0 vs Washington Senators; ruled combined no-hitter
  • 1917 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Two-time defending champion Molla Bjurstedt beats Marion Vanderhoef 4-6, 6-0, 6-2
  • 1918 Boston Red Sox Dutch Leonard's 2nd no-hitter beats Tigers, 5-0

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

1922 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St George's GC: Walter Hagen becomes first American-born winner of the Open Championship, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Jim Barnes and George Duncan

Golfer Walter Hagen
Walter Hagen
Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • 1926 Commencement of the West Indies' 1st Test cricket match, at Lord's

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1927 Lou Gehrig hits 3 HRs in 11-4 victory over Red Sox

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1930 Chicago Cubs beat Philadelphia Phillies 21-8
  • 1932 Lou Gehrig plays 1,103rd successive game in a NY uniform, equaling Joe Sewell's record with one team (Cleveland)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1939 Bronko Nagurski beats Lou Thesz in Houston, to win National Wrestling Association world heavyweight title

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
Professional Wrestler Lou Thesz
Professional Wrestler
Lou Thesz

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945 77th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Pavot wins in 2:30.2

Racing Hall of Fame Jockey Eddie Arcaro
Racing Hall of Fame Jockey
Eddie Arcaro
  • 1950 Yanks & Tigers hit record 11 HRs, Tigers win 10-9

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961 Cubs Ernie Banks ends his 717 consecutive-games-played streak

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 1961 Philadelphia Phillies overcome 9 run deficit; trailing 11-2 after 7 innings, score 4 in 8th and 6 in 9th to beat Pirates, 12-11 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh
  • 1962 Larry Doby retires from Cleveland Indians to play in Japan

Sport awardUS Golf Open

1963 US Open Men's Golf, The Country Club: Julius Boros wins his second Open title in an 18-hole playoff with Arnold Palmer and Jacky Cupit

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1963 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Maple Bluff CC: Mickey Wright defends title by 9 shots from Kathy Whitworth for her 10th major championship

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1963 NY Mets Jimmy Piersall hits his 100th HR, he circles bases backwards
  • 1968 74 are killed and 150 injured in a football stampede towards a closed exit in a Buenos Aires stadium

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1969 Joe Frazier TKOs Jerry Quarry in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 1971 Phillies Rick Wise no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 4-0
  • 1972 US President Nixon signs act barring sex discrimination in college sports
  • 1972 Bernice Gera becomes first female umpire in US pro baseball, Geneva Senators and Auburn Twins in Geneva, New York
  • 1973 Phillies Ken Brett 4th consecutive game HR in which he pitched
  • 1974 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Pleasant Valley CC: 1965 champion Sandra Haynie wins by 2 shots from JoAnn Carner
  • 1975 US Open Men's Golf, Medinah CC: Lou Graham defeats John Mahaffey by 2 strokes in an 18-hole Monday playoff to win his only major championship
  • 1979 West Indies beat England by 92 runs to win Cricket World Cup
  • 1979 Cricket World Cup, Lord's, London: Man of the match Vivian Richards scores 138 no as defending champions the West Indies beat England by 92 runs; Joel Garner 5/38
  • 1980 West German wins European soccer title (2-1 against Belgium)
  • 1981 Longest game in Professional Baseball: Pawtucket Red Sox finally beat Rochester Red Wings 3-2 in 33 innings (game began 18th April)
  • 1985 Laffit Pincay Jr.becomes 2nd jockey to win $100 million
  • 1985 Senior Tournament Players Championship Men's Golf, Canterbury GC: Defending champion Arnold Palmer wins his final major by 11 shots from Miller Barber, Lee Elder, Gene Littler & Charles Owens

  • 1986 Pedro Morales swims world record 100m butterfly (52.84)
  • 1988 Charlotte Hornets & Miami Heat begin their NBA expansion draft

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 Yanks manager Billy Martin's 5th term ends, Lou Pinella named manager

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • 1991 Mazda becomes 1st Japanese car to capture Le Mans 24 hour race
  • 1994 Replay shows Oakland Athletics's Bobby Witt beat Kansas City's Greg Gagne to 1st in 6th but umpire Gary Cedarstrom calls him safe, ruining Witt's perfect game
  • 1996 WLAF World Bowl 4, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh: Scottish Claymores beats Frankfurt Galaxy, 32-27

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

2003 Barry Bonds steals second base against the LA Dodgers, becoming the first player in MLB history to have 500 career homers and 500 steals

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds

Sport awardNBA Finals

2005 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs beat defending champion Detroit Pistons, 81-74 in Game 7 for club's 3rd title; MVP: Tim Duncan, his 3rd MVP award

NBA Power Forward Tim Duncan
NBA Power Forward
Tim Duncan
  • 2007 WLAF World Bowl 15, Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt: Hamburg Sea Devils beat Frankfurt Galaxy, 37-28
  • 2008 Félix Hernández of the Seattle Mariners hits a grand slam home run against New York Mets, 1st pitcher since Steve Dunning in 1971

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2011 NBA Draft: Duke point guard Kyrie Irving first pick Cleveland Cavaliers

NBA Player Kyrie Irving
NBA Player
Kyrie Irving
  • 2013 India defeats England to win the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy in cricket
  • 2016 NBA Draft: LSU point guard Ben Simmons first pick by Philadelphia 76ers
  • 2017 NHL Draft: Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) center Nico Hischier first pick by New Jersey Devils
  • 2018 Indian chess prodigy Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa becomes the second-youngest grandmaster at 12 years, 10 months, 13 days
  • 2019 Ashleigh Barty becomes first Australian female in 42 years (since Evonne Goolagong Cawley) to attain world #1 tennis ranking when she beats Julia Görges 6-3, 7-5 at the Birmingham Classic
  • 2019 Women's PGA Championship, Hazeltine National GC: Australian Hannah Green leads wire-to-wire to win her first LPGA event by 1 stroke ahead of Park Sung-hyun

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1884 Cyclone Taylor, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame rover (Stanley Cup 1909 Ottawa, 1915 Vancouver), born in Tara, Ontario (d. 1979)
  • 1892 Able Kiviat, American runner (Olympic gold 1912)
  • 1894 George Weiss, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (NY Yankees GM 1947-60; NY Mets President 1961-66), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1972)
  • 1904 Quintin McMillan, South African cricket spin bowler (13 Tests, 36 wickets), born in Germiston, Transvaal, South Africa (d. 1948)
  • 1909 Sam Parks Jr., American golfer (US Open 1935), born in Bellevue, Pennsylvania (d. 1997)
  • 1910 Lawson Little, American golfer (US Open 1940), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1968)
  • 1916 Len Hutton, cricketer (England opener, 364 v Australia The Oval 1938)
  • 1922 Hal Laycoe, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1998)
  • 1925 Art Modell [Arthur Bertram], American businessman (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Modells Stores), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1925 Richard Barber, cricketer (scored 12 & 5 in only Test NZ v WI 1956)
  • 1932 Bob Blair, cricketer (NZ pace bowler in 19 Tests in 50s)
  • 1934 Marino H. Casem, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Alabama State, Alcorn State, Southern) and athletic administrator (Alcorn State, Southern), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2020)
  • 1935 György Kárpáti, Hungarian water polo player (Olympic gold 1952, 56, 64), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2020)
  • 1939 Charlie Spoonhour, American basketball coach (Southwest Missouri State, Saint Louis, UNLV), born in Mulberry, Kansas (d. 2012)
  • 1940 Mike Shrimpton, cricketer (occasional NZ Test batsman 1963-74)
  • 1940 Simon Hobday, South African golfer (US Senior Open 1984), born in Mafikeng, South Africa (d. 2017)
  • 1940 Wilma Rudolph, American athlete (3 Olympic gold 100/200/4x100m 1960), born in Saint Bethlehem, Tennessee (d. 1994)
  • 1949 Gordon Bray, Australian sports broadcaster
  • 1951 Michèle Mouton, French race car driver
  • 1953 Filbert Bayi, Karatu Tanzania, 3k steeplechase (Olympic silver 1980)
  • 1955 Jean Tigana, French footballer
  • 1956 Tony Hill, American football player
  • 1957 David Houghton, cricketer (Zimbabwe batsman, 266 v Sri Lanka 1994)
  • 1961 LaSalle Thompson, NBA forward/center (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1962 Kari Takko, Uusikaupunki FIN, hockey goalie (Team Finland)
  • 1963 Colin Montgomerie, Scottish golfer (Senior PGA C'ship 2014-15, US Senior Open 2014), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1964 Yun Lou, Chinese gymnast
  • 1965 John "Chip" McKibben II, Balboa Island California, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1966 Barbara Jordan, US softball outfielder (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1966 Chantal Daucourt, Swiss mountain cyclist (world-bronze-95), born in Bienne, Switzerland
  • 1966 Vladislav Neiman, Men's flyweight boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Israel
  • 1967 Derrick Walker, American NFL tight end, 1990-98 (San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders), born in Glenwood, Illinois,
  • 1968 Kent Steffes, beach volleyballer (Olympic gold 1996), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1969 Elbert Ellis, NFL wide receiver (Carolina Panthers, GB Packers)
  • 1970 A C Earl, NBA center (Toronto Raptors)
  • 1970 Kerri Ann Buchberger, Russell Manitoba, volleyballer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970 Mike Bartrum, tight end (New England Patriots)
  • 1970 Robert Brooks, American NFL wide receiver (Longest pass reception in NFL history, 99 yards; Super Bowl 1996, Green Bay Packers), born in Greenwood, South Carolina
  • 1970 Roger Knarren, soccer player (MVV)
  • 1971 Felix Potvin, Anjou, NHL goalie (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • 1971 Joe Rumolo, CFL defensive linebacker (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1972 Cory Schlesinger, American football fullback (Detroit Lions), born in Columbus, Nebraska
  • 1972 Larry Whigham, NFL safety (NE Patriots)
  • 1972 Roell Preston, NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)

Person of interestZinedine Zidane

1972 Zinédine Zidane, French soccer midfielder/Real Madrid manager (Champions League 2016-17-18, World Cup 1998), born in Marseille, France

Football Player and Manager Zinedine Zidane
Football Player and Manager
Zinedine Zidane
  • 1973 Mark Larsen, Danish gallop jockey
  • 1974 Dontonio Wingfield, NBA forward (Portland Trailblazers)
  • 1974 Mark Hendrickson, NBA forward (Sacramento Kings)
  • 1975 Alexander Serikow, Landshut GER, hockey forward (Team Germany)
  • 1975 Jane Jamieson, Australian heptathlete (Olympics 1996)
  • 1975 Kevin Dyson, American football player
  • 1976 Paola Suarez, Argentinian tennis star (1995 Futures-Buenos Aires), born in Pergamino, Argentina
  • 1976 Wade Barrett, American soccer player
  • 1976 Brandon Stokley, American football player
  • 1976 Patrick Vieira, French footballer
  • 1977 Hayden Foxe, Australian soccer defender (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • 1977 Miguel Ángel Angulo, Spanish footballer
  • 1978 Matt Light, American football player
  • 1979 LaDainian Tomlinson, American football player
  • 1980 Ramnaresh Sarwan, Guyanese cricketer
  • 1980 Francesca Schiavone, Italian tennis player (French Open 2010), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1988 Chellsie Memmel, American gymnast
  • 1988 Milk [Daniel Donigan], American figure skater and drag performer (RuPaul's Drag Race), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1992 Bridget Sloan, American gymnast, born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1996 Five-time Olympic speed skater gold medalist Bonnie Blair (32) weds four-time Olympian Dave Cruikshank (27) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Speed Skater Bonnie Blair
Speed Skater
Bonnie Blair

Deaths in Sport

  • 1891 George Parr, English cricketer (Nottinghamshire & All-England), dies at 65
  • 1969 Volmari Iso-Hollo, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 3,000m steeplechase 1936), dies at 62
  • 1969 Chuck Taylor, American Basketball Hall of Fame promoter (Converse All Star shoes), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 1976 Dehart Hubbard, American athlete (Olympic gold, long jump 1924; first African American to win individual event; WR 7.89m 1925), dies at 72
  • 1995 Anatoly Tarasov, Russian ice hockey player and coach (considered as the father of Russian ice hockey), dies at 76
  • 1996 Ray Lindwall, Australian cricket fast bowler (61 Tests, 228 wickets @ 23.03), dies from a stroke at 74
  • 2002 Pedro 'El Rockero' Alcazar, Panamanian boxer (b. 1975)
  • 2003 Doug Ring, Australian cricketer (Australian leggie of the late 40's early 50's), dies at 84
  • 2006 Luke Graham, American wrestler, dies at 66
  • 2006 Dave Webster, American football player (led his football team to a National Championship in 1958), dies at 68
  • 2006 Budhi Kunderan, Indian cricket wicketkeeper and batsman (18 Tests), dies of lung cancer at 66
  • 2007 Rod Beck, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1993, 94, 97; San Francisco Giants), dies from a drug overdose at 38
  • 2011 Dennis Marshall, Costa Rican footballer (b. 1985)
  • 2012 Alan McDonald, Northern Irish footballer, dies from an apparent heart attack at 48
  • 2013 Sharon Stouder, American swimmer, dies at 64
  • 2020 Liam Treadwell, English National Hunt jockey (Grand National 2009; 300+ race wins), dies at 34
  • 2020 Nikos Alefantos, Greek soccer midfielder and manager (Olympiacos), dies from a heart attack at 81