On This Day

On This Day in Sport for March 23

Events in Sport

  • 1877 39th Grand National: Fred Hobson aboard 15/1 shot Austerlitz wins by 4 lengths from Congress
  • 1878 English FA Cup Final, Kennington Oval, London: Wanderers beat Royal Engineers, 3–1; Wanderers' back-to-back and 5th title overall
  • 1888 50th Grand National: George Mawson aboard 40/1 outsider Playfair easily wins by 10 lengths from Frigate
  • 1923 82nd Grand National: Capt. Tuppy Bennett wins aboard 13-year-old 100/6 shot Sergeant Murphy; first US bred horse to win race

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1926 NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens outscore Pitt Pirates, 6-4 in 2 games

NHL Goalie George Hainsworth
NHL Goalie
George Hainsworth
  • 1930 US Ladies Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
  • 1930 US Mens Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner
  • 1934 93rd Grand National: Gerry Wilson wins aboard 8/1 Golden Miller in race record 9:20.04; becomes only horse to win both UK's premier steeplechases with Cheltenham Gold Cup victory 1934

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1938 Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis frees 74 St Louis Cardinals minor league players

1st MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis
1st MLB Commissioner
Kenesaw Mountain Landis
  • 1946 8th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Oklahoma State beats North Carolina, 43-40; Cowboys' back-to-back titles and center Bob Kurland MOP for 2nd straight year
  • 1948 10th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Baylor, 58-42; Wildcats' first victory in first title game
  • 1952 NY Rangers blow 6-2 lead, lose 7-6 to Chicago Black Hawks; Bill Mosienko scores fastest hat trick in NHL history, 21 seconds

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957 19th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Kansas, 54-53 (3 OT); Wilt Chamberlain of Kansas 4th player to be named tournament MOP despite not playing for the championship team

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1962 Nawab of Pataudi captains India cricket v WI age 21 years 77 days
  • 1962 William DeWitt buys Cincinnati Reds for $4,625,000
  • 1963 25th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Loyola-Chicago beats Cincinnati, 60-58 (OT); Ramblers' first title in first title game

  • 1968 30th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats North Carolina, 78-55; Bruins back-to-back titles; Lew Alcindor tournament Most Outstanding Player for the 2nd of 3 consecutive years
  • 1968 France retains the Five Nations Rugby Championship with an 14-9 win over Wales at the National Stadium, Cardiff; first Grand Slam victory for France
  • 1972 NY Yankees agree to continue playing ball in the Bronx
  • 1972 Geoge Harrison and Friends: "The Concert for Bangladesh" film directed by Saul Swimmer released in the US

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1979 Larry Holmes TKOs Osvaldo Ocasio in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Australian cricketer Allan Border becomes the first and only batsman to reach 150 in each innings of a test, in the 3rd test vs Pakistan in Lahore

Cricketer Allan Border
Allan Border

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 18 year old American tennis star Tracey Austin wins her only WTA Tour Championship; upsets Martina Navratilova in the final 6–2, 2–6, 6–2 in NYC

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1980 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass CC: Lee Trevino wins by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Ben Crenshaw

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

1981 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass CC: Raymond Floyd beats Barry Jaeckel and Curtis Strange on the first hole of a sudden death playoff in a rain affected Monday finish

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1982 Isle's Mike Bossy's 20th career hat trick-4 goals

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 World Ice Dancing Championship won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (GRB) in Ottawa, Canada

Ice Dancer Christopher Dean
Ice Dancer
Christopher Dean
Ice Dancer Jayne Torvill
Ice Dancer
Jayne Torvill
  • 1984 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Ottawa won by Katarina Witt (GDR)

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1984 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Ottawa won by Scott Hamilton (USA)

Figure Skater Scott Hamilton
Figure Skater
Scott Hamilton
  • 1986 Heavyweight Trevor Berbick KOs Pinklon Thomas
  • 1986 First of 2 WTA Tour Championships of the year; change of tennis schedule; Martina Navratilova wins 4th straight and 7th overall title 6–2, 6–0, 3–6, 6–1 against Hana Mandlíková in NYC
  • 1991 Sergei Bubka pole vaults world record indoor (6.12m)
  • 1991 1st World League of American Football games, London beats Frankfurt 24-11, Sacramento beats Raleigh-Dur 9-3 & Mont beats Birmingham 20-5
  • 1992 Florida Marlins begin selling tickets
  • 1993 NY Knicks & Phoenix Suns get into a major brawl
  • 1994 Graeme Obree bicycles world record 10 km (11:28)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Last day of Test cricket for Kapil Dev

Cricketer Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1994 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record with 802 goals scored

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Sports record brokenNHL Record

2000 Joe Sakic records his 400th career goal and becomes the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche all-time leading point scorer

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003 Cricket World Cup, Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, RSA: Ricky Ponting scores 140 no as defending champions Australia beat India by 125 runs; Sachin Tendulkar, Player of Series

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1908 Ben Barnett, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (1938 England tour), born in Auburn, Victoria, Australia (d. 1979)
  • 1911 Augustus John "Gus" Risman, rugby league player
  • 1911 Dick Chapman, American golfer (1940 US amateur, 1951 British amateur), born in Greenwich, Connecticut (d. 1978)
  • 1912 Alfred Schwarzmann, German gymnast (Olympic-2 golds-1936)
  • 1920 Tetsuharu Kawakami, Japanese baseball player and coach
  • 1923 Arnie Weinmeister, Canadian Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (Pro Bowl 1950–53; First-team All-Pro 1950–53; NY Yankees, NY Giants; BC Lions), born in Rhein, Saskatchewan (d. 2000)
  • 1925 Cees de Ruyter, European champion billiards player
  • 1927 John Logan, Endicott, NY, MLB shortstop (Boston and Milwaukee Braves), (d. 2013)

Person of interestRoger Bannister

1929 Roger Bannister CH CBE, English athlete (first sub-4-minute mile, 3:59.4 at Iffley Road Track, Oxford 1954), born in Harrow, England (d. 2018)

Middle-Distance Runner Roger Bannister
Middle-Distance Runner
Roger Bannister
  • 1931 Yevdokiya Mekshilo, Soviet skier (Olympic gold 1964), born in Gorno-Altaysk, Russia (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Yevgeni Grishin, Russian speed skater (4 Olympic gold 1956, 60), born in Tula, Russia (d. 2005)
  • 1932 Don Marshall, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1933 Hayes Jenkins, American figure skater (Olympic gold singles 1956; World C'ship gold 1953-56), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1935 Desmond Pitcher, CEO (Merseyside Development Corporation)
  • 1937 Craig Breedlove, American auto racer (5-time world land speed record holder), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1937 Tony Burton, actor (Rocky films) and boxer, born in Flint, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • 1940 Brian Hastings, cricketer (NZ batsman in 70's)
  • 1943 Gail Goodrich, NBA star (Lakers, Suns)
  • 1943 Lee May "The Big Bopper", American Major League Baseball 1st baseman, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2017)
  • 1944 Salim Altaf, cricketer (Pakistan medium-pacer in 21 Tests 1967-78)
  • 1944 George Scott, MLB first baseman, 1966-79 (Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, and 2 other teams), born in Greenville, Mississippi, (d. 2013)
  • 1945 Krasnodar Rora, Croatian soccer midfielder (5 caps Yugoslavia; Dinamo Zagreb, Standard Liège) and manager (Šibenik), born in Vis, Croatia (d. 2020)
  • 1948 Wasim Bari, Pakistani cricket wicket-keeper (Pakistan's most successful), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • 1953 Bo Diaz, Venezuelan baseball player (d. 1990)
  • 1954 Geno Auriemma, Italian-born American basketball coach (Connecticut Huskies), born in Montella, Italy
  • 1955 Moses Malone, Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA MVP 1979, 82-83), born in Petersburg, Virginia, (d. 2015)
  • 1955 Cindy Olavarri, Pleasant Hills California, cyclist (7-Eleven team)
  • 1957 Sheila Rena Ingram, 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1976), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1957 Robbie James, Welsh footballer (d. 1998)
  • 1958 Etienne De Wilde, Belgian cyclist
  • 1962 Steve Redgrave, British rower (5 Olympic gold medals 1984-2000) world's most successful male rower, born in Marlow
  • 1963 Ana Quirot, Cuba, 800m runner (Olympics-bronze/silver-92, 96)
  • 1965 Dante Jones, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos)
  • 1965 Daren Puppa, Kirkland Lake, NHL goalie (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • 1965 Wayne Presley, NHL right wing (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1966 James Saxon, NFL fullback (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1966 Mike Remlinger, MLB pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Middletown, New York
  • 1968 Atul Wassan, cricketer (Indian pace bowler 1989-90)
  • 1968 Curtis Mayfield, Canadian CFL receiver (Saskatchewan Roughriders 1996-99), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1968 David Maeva, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • 1968 Mark Maddox, linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1968 Mike Atherton, cricketer (Lancashire batsman & England captain)
  • 1968 Fernando Hierro, Spanish footballer
  • 1970 Carl Pickens, NFL wide receiver (Cin Bengals)
  • 1970 Turhon O'Bannon, CFL receiver (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1971 Alexander Selivanov, NHL right wing (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1971 Chris Lipuma, NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1971 Demetrius DuBose, NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1972 Jonas Bjorkman, Swedish tennis star (Davis Cup 1994), born in Vaxjo Sweden
  • 1972 Joe Calzaghe, Welsh boxer, longest-reigning super-middleweight world champion in boxing history, born in Hammersmith, London, England
  • 1973 Jason Kidd, Basketball Hall of Fame point guard, coach (10-time NBA All Star), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1973 Kathy Carboy, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1973 Naoko Sawamatsu, Nishinomiya Japan, tennis star (1994 Singapore)
  • 1973 Rob Lazeo, CFL offensive tackle (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1973 Jerzy Dudek, Polish footballer
  • 1973 Wim Eyckmans, Belgian racing driver
  • 1974 Eric Washington, NBA guard (Denver Nuggets)
  • 1974 Scott Galyon, linebacker (NY Giants)
  • 1975 Rita Grande, Napoli Italy, tennis star (3rd round 1996 Aust Open)
  • 1975 Alydar, American racehorse (d. 1990)
  • 1976 Nolan Baumgartner, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1976 Jeremy Newberry, American football player
  • 1976 Joel Peralta, Dominican baseball player
  • 1976 Ricardo Zonta, Brazilian racing car driver
  • 1976 Chris Hoy, Scottish cyclist, most successful Olympic cyclist ever (7 Olympic medals), born in Edinburgh
  • 1978 Walter Samuel, Argentine footballer
  • 1979 Mark Buehrle, American baseball player
  • 1979 Misty Hyman, American swimmer
  • 1979 Donncha O'Callaghan, Irish rugby player
  • 1979 Natalya Baranovskaya, Olympic swimmer
  • 1981 Erin Crocker, American NASCAR driver
  • 1981 Tony Peña, Jr., Dominican baseball player
  • 1982 José Raúl Contreras, Chilean soccer defender (8 caps; Santiago Wanderers; Universidad de Chile; Huachipato), born in Quilpué, Chile
  • 1983 Mo Farah [Mohamed Muktar Jama Farah], Somalian-born British distance runner (4 Olympic Golds), born in Mogadishu, Somalia
  • 1985 Maurice Jones-Drew, American football player
  • 1986 Andrea Dovizioso, Italian motorcycle racer

Person of interestKyrie Irving

1992 Kyrie Irving, American basketball guard (2011 NBA Draft: #1 pick Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Melbourne, Australia

NBA Player Kyrie Irving
NBA Player
Kyrie Irving
  • 1996 Alexander Albon, Thai-British Formula One racing driver (Red Bull Racing), born in London

Divorces in Sport

  • 2015 TV personality Kris Jenner and athlete Bruce Jenner divorce after 13 years of marriage

Deaths in Sport

  • 1906 Victor Barton, cricketer (scored 23 in Test Eng v South Africa 1892), dies
  • 1950 Douglas Carr, England cricket leg-spinner (Test 1909), dies
  • 1961 A C Russell, cricketer (10 Tests for England 910 runs), dies
  • 1979 Ted Anderson, English footballer (b. 1911)
  • 1981 Mike Hailwood, MBE GM, British motorcycle road racer (World C'ships: 250cc – 1961, 66, 67; 350cc – 1966, 67; 500cc –1962, 63, 64, 65; 76 Grand Prix wins), dies in a car accident at 40
  • 1995 Davie Cooper, Scottish football player, dies at 39
  • 2002 Ben Hollioake, English cricketer (b. 1977)
  • 2007 Eric Medlen, American NHRA drag racer, dies at 33
  • 2009 Raúl Macías, A famous Mexican boxer (b. 1934)
  • 2013 Virgil Trucks, American MLB pitcher (two-time All Star), dies at 95
  • 2014 Carmelo Bossi, Italian light middleweight boxer (Olympic silver 1960), dies at 74
  • 2015 Nick Peters, American Baseball Hall of Fame writer (Oakland Tribune, Sacramento Bee, Berkeley Gazette, San Francisco Chronicle), dies at 75
  • 2016 Joe Garagiola, American MLB catcher (4 teams, 1946-54), sportscaster, and TV host (Today Show), dies at 90
  • 2020 Branko Cikatić, Croatian kickboxer (first K-1 World Grand Prix Heavyweight C'ship 1993), dies from Parkinson's disease at 65
  • 2021 Benny Dees, American college basketball coach (U of New Orleans; U of Wyoming; Western Carolina Uni), dies at 86
  • 2021 Julié Pomagalski, French snowboarder (World C'ship gold snowboard cross 1999), dies in an avalanche at 40