On This Day in Sport for November 23

Events in Sport

  • 1892 Pierre de Coubertin launches plan for modern Olympic Games at the Union des Sociétés Françaises de Sports Athlétiques AGM
  • 1895 4th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 48-0 in Tuscaloosa

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1904 3rd modern Olympic Games closes in St Louis, the 1st held in the U.S.
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  • 1943 Philadelphia Phillies owner William D Cox is permanently banned from baseball for having bet on his own team
  • 1946 34th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Winn Blue Bombers, 28-6

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1947 Washington Redskin Sammy Baugh passes for 6 touchdowns vs Chi Cards (45-21)

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh
  • 1960 Dodgers outfielder Frank Howard is voted NL Rookie of Year
  • 1962 Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills is named NL's MVP
  • 1965 31st Heisman Trophy Award: Mike Garrett, Southern Cal (RB)
  • 1966 Chicago outfielder Tommie Agee is voted AL Rookie of Year
  • 1968 Milwaukee Bucks make their 1st NBA trade, giving Bob Love & Bob Weiss to Chicago Bulls for Flynn Robinson
  • 1971 Danny Murtaugh, manager of MLB world champions Pittsburgh Pirates, announces his retirement
  • 1974 Alexis Argüello of Nicaragua knocks out Mexican defending champion Rubén Olivares in the 13th round at the Forum in Inglewood, California, to claim the WBA world featherweight boxing title
  • 1975 63rd CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Montreal Alouettes, 9-8
  • 1975 Bob Thomas of Chicago Bears kicks 55-yard field goal
  • 1980 68th CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 48-10

  • 1982 NY Islanders & Minn North Stars play to an 8-8 tie
  • 1984 Limited-over international cricket debut for Wasim Akram for Pakistan, v New Zealand
  • 1984 Test Cricket debuts of Australians David Boon aged 23 & Bob Holland aged 38 (v WI)
  • 1986 Second WTA Tour Championship of the year; change of tennis schedule; Martina Navratilova wins 5th straight and 8th overall title with 7–6, 6–3, 6–2 win over Steffi Graf in NYC
  • 1987 German tennis star Steffi Graf claims her first WTA Tour Championship with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, 6-4 win over Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1988 Wayne Gretzky scores his 600th NHL goal
  • 1988 Yankees sign free agent 2nd-baseman Steve Sax to 3-year contract

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1989 The "Bounty Bowl": Philadelphia Eagles defeat Dallas Cowboys 27-0 at Thanksgiving in an ill-tempered game, after which Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson accuses Eagles coach Buddy Ryan of placing bounties on players

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson
  • 1990 Test Cricket debut of Saeed Anwar (Pak v WI), scores 0 & 0

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1991 Evander Holyfield TKOs Bert Cooper in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

  • 1991 Martin Lopez-Zubero swims world record 200m backstroke (1:56.57)
  • 1991 Sacramento Kings ends NBA's longest road losing streak at 43 games
  • 1991 Brigham Young Ty Detmer finishes NCAA career with record 4,031 yards passed in a season & 15,031 for career
  • 1996 61st Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 24-23 in Birmingham
  • 1997 Annika Sorenstam wins ITT LPGA Tour Championship

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1997 Jana Novotná (Czech) beats Mary Pierce (France) in Chase Tennis Championship

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Jana Novotna
Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce
  • 1997 Czech tennis No. 1 Jana Novotná wins WTA Tour Championship at Madison Square Garden, NYC; beats Mary Pierce of France 7–6, 6–2, 6–3
  • 2001 53rd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jeff Gordon wins
  • 2002 67th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 17-7 in Tuscaloosa
  • 2003 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Moscow, Russia: Amélie Mauresmo beats American Meghann Shaughnessy 6-2, 6-1 to give France an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends, 4-1) and their second title
  • 2008 97th Davis Cup: Spain beats Argentina in Mar del Plata (3-1)
  • 2008 96th CFL Grey Cup: Calgary Stampeders defeats Montreal Alouettes, 22-14

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2013 Manny Pacquiao defeats American Brandon Rios to win the WBO welterweight title

  • 2014 A suicide bomber kills 40 people at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan
  • 2014 Magnus Carlsen defends his World Chess Championship title after defeating Vishy Anand
  • 2014 103rd Davis Cup: Switzerland beats France in Lille (3-1), winning the Davis Cup for the first time

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2014 British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton wins season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit to clinch his second World F1 Drivers title 67 points from team mate Nico Rosberg

Formula One Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula One Driver
Lewis Hamilton

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2015 Lydia Ko (18) of New Zealand wins women's LPGA Player of the Year and retains the Race to the CME Globe title worth $1 million

Golfer Lydia Ko
Golfer
Lydia Ko
  • 2017 Brazilian footballer Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison for rape in Italy

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1842 James Lillywhite Jr, cricketer (1st England Test captain)
  • 1858 Frank Hearne, cricketer (brother of George and Alec, England and South Africa)
  • 1878 Holcombe Ward, tennis champ (US Open-1904)
  • 1889 Harry Sunderland, Australian rugby league identity (d. 1964)
  • 1893 Jimmy Blanckenberg, cricket pace bowler (took 60 wickets for South Africa)
  • 1894 Ture Persson, Swedish sprinter (Olympic silver 1912)
  • 1910 Hal Schumacher, baseball player
  • 1923 Billy Haughton, American harness driver and trainer (d. 1986)
  • 1929 Maurice Flitcroft, British golfer and audacious hoaxer, born in Manchester, England (d. 2007)
  • 1930 Jack McKeon, baseball player
  • 1931 Yevgeni Grischin, USSR, 500m/1500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1956, 60)
  • 1933 Hayes Jenkins, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1956)

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1934 Lewis Alan "Lew" Hoad, Australian tennis star (Wimbledon 1953, 56), born in Sydney, New South Wales

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Lew Hoad
  • 1935 Ken Eastwood, cricketer (opened for Aust v Eng SCG 1971)
  • 1940 Luis Tiant, Cuban MLB pitcher (3-time All Star 1968, 74, 76), born in Marianao, Cuba
  • 1941 Alan Mullery, English soccer player
  • 1946 Giorgos Koudas, Greek footballer
  • 1951 Bernd Landvoigt, German DR, coxless pairs (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1951 Jorg Landvoigt, German DR, coxless pairs (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1952 Francie Larrieu Smith, American 1.5/3/10K track runner (AAU 1 mile-1979)
  • 1953 Martin Kent, cricketer (Queensland batsman played for Australia 1981)
  • 1954 Ken Schrom, baseball player
  • 1954 Glenn Brummer, American baseball player
  • 1956 Bruce Edgar, cricketer (NZ opener through the 80')
  • 1956 Shane Gould, Brisbane Queensland, swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1972)
  • 1958 Martin Snedden, cricketer (NZ medium-pacer of 80's)
  • 1959 Brook Jacoby, baseball player
  • 1960 Jayananda Warnaweera, cricketer (Sri Lankan fastish off-spin bowler)
  • 1961 Merv Hughes, cricketer (Australian pace bowler 1985-94 Extrovert)
  • 1962 Andrea Blackwell, basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1963 Dale Sveum, baseball player
  • 1964 John Williams, NFL linebacker/FB (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1964 Jose Gonzales, baseball player
  • 1964 Kapila Wijegunewardene, cricketer (Sri Lankan fast-medium bowler)
  • 1964 Frank Rutherford, Bahamian athlete
  • 1965 Rodion Gataullin, Uzbekistan, pole vaulter (Olympic silver 1988)
  • 1966 Jerry Kelly, PGA golfer (1993 Nike Cleveland Open-2nd), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1967 Brian Glynn, Iserlohn Ger, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers)
  • 1967 Diane O'Grady, North Bay Ontario, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1967 Gary Kirsten, cricketer (South African lefty opening batsman 1993-)
  • 1968 John O'Neill, US field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1970 Glenn Murray, Manning SC, outfielder (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • 1971 Ashraf Amaya, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1971 Jim Pyne, NFL guard/corner (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1971 Vin Baker, NBA forward (Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 1972 Paul Penny, golfer (Edmonton City Amat-1993, 94), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • 1973 Reggie Green, NFL guard (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1974 Jamie Sharper, linebacker (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1974 Malik Rose, NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs)
  • 1974 Saku Koivu, Turku Fin, NHL left wing (Montreal Canadiens, Olympic bronze 1998)
  • 1974 Tora Suber, WNBA guard (Charlotte Sting)
  • 1974 Tyrus McCloud, linebacker (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1975 Arno Schreuders, Dutch soccer player (RKC)
  • 1977 Myriam Boileau, Canadian diver
  • 1977 Adam Eaton, American baseball player
  • 1978 Aliane Baquerot, American rhythmic gymnast (US team-96), born in NYC, New York
  • 1980 Jonathan Papelbon, American baseball player
  • 1982 Asafa Powell, Jamaican sprinter
  • 1982 Colby Armstrong, Canadian ice-hockey player
  • 1985 Ahn Hyun-Soo, South Korean short track skater
  • 1987 Nicklas Backstrom, Swedish ice hockey player
  • 1995 Ariya Jatanugarn, Thai golfer, (British Open 2016, US Open 2018), born in Bangkok, Thailand

Deaths in Sport

  • 1911 Bernard Tancred, South African cricketer (87 runs in 1888-89 South Africa v England), dies at 46
  • 1916 Leonard Moon, cricketer (WW I 4 Tests for England 1905-06), dies
  • 1934 Giovanni Brunero, Italian cyclist (b. 1895)
  • 1943 Ernest Jones, cricketer ("Jonah" Gave WG's beard a close shave), dies
  • 1948 Hack Wilson, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (MLB single season record 191 RBI 1930), dies of internal haemorrhaging at 48
  • 1967 Freddie Martin, cricket WI batsman, (9 Tests 486 runs 1 century), dies
  • 1971 Lisle Nagel, Australian cricket opening bowler (1932), dies
  • 1980 Herby Wade, cricketer (South African capt 10 Tests 1935-36), dies
  • 1990 Bo Diaz, catcher, crushed to death by a satellite dish at 37
  • 1995 Frank Hammond, tennis umpire, dies of ALS at 66
  • 2001 Bo Belinsky, American baseball player (b. 1936)
  • 2005 Frank Gatski, American football player (b. 1919)
  • 2006 Willie Pep, American boxer (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Joe Kennedy, American baseball player (b. 1979)
  • 2007 Óscar Carmelo Sánchez, Bolivian footballer (b. 1971)
  • 2007 Pat Walsh, New Zealand rugby union footballer (b. 1936)
  • 2011 Jim Rathmann, 1960 Indianapolis 500 winner, dies at 83
  • 2014 Dorothy May Bundy-Cheney, American tennis player, dies at 98
  • 2016 Ralph Branca, American baseball player (pitched the “Shot Heard Round the World”), dies at 90
  • 2016 Peggy Kirk Bell, American top amateur golfer, dies at 95