On This Day

On This Day in Sport for May 23

Events in Sport

  • 1873 1st Preakness Stakes: G. Barbee aboard Survivor wins in 2:43 at Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1883 9th Kentucky Derby: William Donohue aboard Leonatus wins in 2:43
  • 1884 12th Preakness: S Fisher aboard Knight of Ellerslie wins in 2:39.5
  • 1901 35th Belmont: H Spencer aboard Commando wins in 2:21
  • 1922 Future World Heavyweight boxing champion Gene Tunney suffers his only professional defeat in 15-round unanimous points decision against Harry Greb at Madison Square Garden, NY
  • 1926 Hack Wilson is 1st to hit a home run off Wrigley Field scoreboard
  • 1932 Australian cyclist Hubert Opperman sets paced world records 1,384km in 24 hours, and 1,609km (1,000 miles) in 28 hours, 55 minutes, 39 seconds at Melbourne Motordrome

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1941 In his 20th World Heavyweight Boxing title defence Joe Louis knocks out Buddy Baer in round 1 at New York's Madison Square Garden

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1948 Future Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive HRs as the New York Yankees edge the Indians, 6-5 at Cleveland Stadium

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1953 78th Preakness: Eric Guerin aboard Native Dancer wins in 1:57.8

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1962 Joe Pepitone 2nd Yankee to hit 2 HRs in 1 inning (Joe DiMaggio)

MLB First Baseman and Outfielder Joe Pepitone
MLB First Baseman and Outfielder
Joe Pepitone
  • 1964 Dale Greig runs female marathon world record (3:27:45)
  • 1968 AC Milan of Italy win 8th European Cup Winner's Cup against Hamburger SV of West Germany 2-0 in Rotterdam
  • 1970 San Diego Padres beat SF Giants 17-16 in 15 innings
  • 1978 AL approves transfer of Red Sox to Jean Yawkey for $15M
  • 1979 1st edition of "Wisden Cricket Monthly"

  • 1981 Puerto Rican boxer Wilfred Benítez (22) becomes the youngest 3-division world champion in history by knocking out WBC World Super Welterweight champion Maurice Hope in 12 rounds in Las Vegas
  • 1984 Detroit Tigers win AL record tying 16th straight road game
  • 1990 NY Yankees hit 6 home runs to beat Minnesota Twins 12-0
  • 1990 34th European Cup: Milan beats Benfica 1-0 at Vienna
  • 1991 Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Tommy Greene no-hits Montreal Expos, 2-0
  • 1991 San Diego Sockers win 4th consecutive Major Soccer League championship
  • 1992 NY Yankees play in their 4th straight extra inning game
  • 1992 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 0
  • 1995 47th time opposing pitchers hit HRs, K Foster (Cubs)/M Freeman (Rocks)
  • 2001 9th UEFA Champions League Final: Bayern Munich beats Valencia (1-1, 5-4 on penalties) at Milan
  • 2001 Marco Siffredi becomes the first person to snowboard down Mount Everest via the Norton Couloir (some share record accreditation with Stefan Gatt)
  • 2003 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New Jersey Devils beat Ottawa Senators, 4 games to 3
  • 2007 UEFA Champions League Final, Athens: Filippo Inzaghi scores twice as AC Milan beats Liverpool, 2-1 for 7th title
  • 2010 NHL Western Conference Finals: Chicago Black Hawks beat San Jose Sharks, 4 games to 0

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

2013 Patrick Roy is named head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, his former team where he won two Stanley Cups

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • 2018 NFL owners approve new NFL national anthem policy whereby players required to stand if they choose to be on the field for pre-game presentations

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1862 William "Dummy" Hoy, professional baseball player who lived to 99
  • 1879 Dezső Lauber, Hungarian sportsman (d. 1966)
  • 1888 Zack Wheat, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (NL batting champion 1918; Brooklyn Superbas / Dodgers / Robins 1909–26), born in Hamilton, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • 1892 Rafael Moreno Aranzadi [Pichichi], Spanish soccer forward (5 caps; Athletic Bilbao), born in Bilbao, Spain (d. 1922)

Person of interestBetty Nuthall

1911 Betty Nuthall, English tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1930), born in Surbiton, England (d. 1983)

Tennis Player Betty Nuthall
Tennis Player
Betty Nuthall
  • 1918 Dennis Compton, England cricket batsman & footballer (5,807 Test runs, Arsenal 1950 FA Cup), born in Hendon, England (d. 1997)
  • 1923 Nirode Chowdhury, Indian cricket pace bowler (1949-52)
  • 1924 Clyde King, American baseball pitcher, coach, manager and executive (Brooklyn Dodgers; New York Yankees), born in Goldsboro, North Carolina (d. 2010)
  • 1928 Nina Otkalenko, USSR, 800m runner (9 world records)
  • 1934 Mason Rudolph, American golfer (Ryder Cup 1971; PGA C'ship 1973 3rd), born in Clarksville, Tennessee (d. 2011)
  • 1936 Robert Sangster, horse owner/trainer
  • 1944 John Newcombe, Australian tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles, 17 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1946 David Graham, Australian golfer (PGA C'ship 1979, US Open 1981), born in Windsor, NSW
  • 1948 Ernesto Marcel, Panamanian boxer (WBA featherweight title 1972-74), born in Colón, Panama (d. 2020)
  • 1950 Aleksandr Klepikov, Russian rower (Olympic gold Soviet Union coxed four 1976), born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 2021)
  • 1951 Anatoly Karpov, Russian chess player (world champion 1975-85, 93-99), born in Zlatoust, Russia
  • 1952 'Marvelous' Marvin Hagler, American boxer (undisputed World Middleweight champion 1980-87; second-longest unified C'ship reign in history), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2021)
  • 1956 Mark Shaw, New Zealand rugby union flanker (30 caps; Manawatu, Hawke's Bay), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • 1956 Buck Showalter, American baseball manager (AL Manager of the Year 1994, 2004, 14; NY Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles) and analyst (ESPN, YES network), born in DeFuniak Springs, Florida
  • 1959 Marcella Mesker, Netherlands, tennis star
  • 1961 Dave Babych, Edmonton, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks)
  • 1961 Kevin Romine, baseball player
  • 1962 Keith Brantley, Scott AFB Ill, marathoner (Olympics 1996)
  • 1964 Kenny Gattison, NBA forward (Orlando Magic)
  • 1965 James Hasty, NFL cornerback (KC Chiefs)
  • 1965 Woorkeri Venkat Raman, cricketer (Indian slow left-arm all-rounder)
  • 1965 Manuel Sanchís Hontiyuelo, Real Madrid footballer
  • 1966 Gary Roberts, Canadian ice hockey left wing (NHL All-Star 1992, 93, 2004; Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs), born in North York, Ontario
  • 1966 Graeme Hick MBE, English cricket batsman (65 Tests, 6 x 100s; 120 ODIs; Worcestershire), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1967 Craig John Monk, finn class sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1969 Pat Hurst, American golfer (ANA Inspiration 1998), born in San Leandro, California
  • 1969 Ramon Caraballo, baseball player
  • 1970 Ricky Gutierrez, infielder (Houston Astros), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1970 Bryan Herta, American race car driver
  • 1971 Issac Booth, NFL cornerback/safety (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1971 Joseph Rogers, CFL receiver (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1971 Marshall Boze, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in San Manual, Arizona
  • 1972 Isabelle Fijalkowski, WNBA center/forward (Cleveland Rockers)
  • 1972 Marco van Hoogdalem, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC)
  • 1972 Rene Ingoglia, running back (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1972 Shannon Brown, NFL defensive tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1972 Rubens Barrichello, Brazilian formula one driver
  • 1974 Duane Clemons, American NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings), born in Riverside, California
  • 1974 Matt Hindle, Canadian bobsledder, born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1975 Vincent Goossens, soccer player (Dordrecht '90)
  • 1976 Ricardinho, Brazilian footballer
  • 1978 Mike González, American baseball player, born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1978 Carolyn Moos, American model and professional basketball player
  • 1979 Brian Campbell, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1979 Kirk Saarloos, American baseball player
  • 1979 Rasual Butler, American basketball player
  • 1980 Sarah Louise Catherwood, 4x200m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1980 Theofanis Gekas, Greek footballer
  • 1982 Cyrill Gloor, Swiss footballer
  • 1985 Ross Wallace, Scottish footballer
  • 1986 Ruben Zadkovich, Australian soccer player
  • 1988 Morgan Pressel, American golfer (ANA Inspiration 2007), born in Tampa, Florida

Divorces in Sport

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1934 First wife Marguerite Van Kessel divorces NFL player Curly Lambeau (36) after 14 years of marriage

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau

Deaths in Sport

  • 1954 H R Bromley-Davenport, cricketer (batted in 4 Tests for England), dies
  • 1965 Earl Webb, American baseball outfielder (MLB Record: 67 doubles, single season 1931; Boston Red Sox), dies at 67

Person of interestSam Snead

2002 Sam Snead, American golfer ((7 PGA Tour major titles; US Masters 1949, 52, 54), dies of a stroke at 89

Golfer Sam Snead
Sam Snead
  • 2006 Kazimierz Górski, Polish footballer (b. 1921)
  • 2010 Jose Lima, Dominican baseball player (b. 1972)
  • 2017 Cortez Kennedy, American NFL defensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks)dies at 48
  • 2018 László Tábori, Hungarian middle/long distance runner (1,500m world record 1955), dies at 86
  • 2020 Eddie Sutton, Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State; first coach to take 4 schools to NCAA tournament), dies at 84