On This Day

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

Olympic Games1st US Olympic Games

1904 III Summer (Modern) Olympic Games close in St Louis

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Poster promoting the 1904 Summer Olympic Games in St. Louis
Poster promoting the 1904 Summer Olympic Games in St. Louis
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  • 1943 Philadelphia Phillies owner William D Cox is permanently banned from baseball for having bet on his own team

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1947 Washington Redskins quarterback Sammy Baugh passes for 6 touchdowns vs. Chicago Cardinals (45-21)

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh
  • 1956 Vladimir Kuts of the Soviet Union runs Olympic record 28:45.6 to win the 10,000m at the Melbourne Olympics; later also wins 5,000m gold
  • 1960 Dodgers outfielder Frank Howard is voted NL Rookie of Year
  • 1962 LA Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills is named National League 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 CFL Grey Cup, McMahon Field, Calgary: Edmonton Eskimos defeat Montreal Alouettes, 9-8; just the 3rd Grey Cup in which no TDs scored; game-time temperature -15 degrees Celsius, with a 25-kph wind
  • 1975 Bob Thomas of Chicago Bears kicks 55-yard field goal
  • 1980 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Edmonton Eskimos 3rd straight title; outclass Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 48-10

  • 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)

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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

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf

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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

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf

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1988 Wayne Gretzky scores his 600th NHL goal

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

  • 1991 Martín López-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 University quarterback Ty Detmer finishes NCAA career with record 4,031 yards passed in a season, and 15,031 yards for career
  • 1996 61st Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 24-23 in Birmingham

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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

Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna
Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion
Jana Novotna
Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce
  • 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

Sport awardPresident's Cup

2003 Presidents Cup Golf, Fancourt Hotel and CC: US and International team tie, 17-17; after 3 tied playoff holes between Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, captains and players decide Cup to be shared

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
Golfer Ernie Els
Ernie Els
  • 2008 97th Davis Cup: Spain beats Argentina in Mar del Plata (3-1)
  • 2008 CFL Grey Cup, Olympic Stadium, Montreal: Calgary Stampeders beat Montreal Alouettes, 22-14; 66,308 2nd-highest attended Grey Cup game in history

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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

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2014 Magnus Carlsen defends his World Chess Championship title after defeating Vishy Anand

Chess Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen
Chess Grandmaster
Magnus Carlsen
  • 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 F1 World Drivers Championship, 67 points ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg

Formula 1 Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 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
Lydia Ko
  • 2017 Brazilian footballer Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison for rape in Italy

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2018 Phil Mickelson claims $9m winner-takes-all prize in dramatic matchplay golf duel with Tiger Woods, finishing under floodlights in Las Vegas; match goes to 22nd hole before Mickelson sinks 4-foot putt for rich victory

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)
  • 1865 Howard Taylor, American tennis player (US National C'ships doubles 1879; singles 1884, 86, 87, 88 runner-up), born in NYC, New York (d. 1920)
  • 1878 Holcombe Ward, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1904; President USLTA 1937-47), born in New York, NY (d. 1967)
  • 1889 Harry Sunderland, Australian rugby league identity (d. 1964)
  • 1894 Ture Persson, Swedish sprinter (Olympic silver 1912)
  • 1910 Hal Schumacher, baseball player
  • 1914 Emmett Ashford, American MLB umpire (first certified black umpire in organised baseball), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1980)
  • 1923 Billy Haughton, American harness driver and trainer (Hambletonian x 4; Little Brown Jug x 5; Messenger Stakes x 7), born in Gloversville, NY (d. 1986)
  • 1930 Jack McKeon, baseball player
  • 1930 Dick Kazmaier, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1951; Unanimous All-American 1951; Princeton), born in Maumee, Ohio (d. 2013)
  • 1931 Yevgeni Grischin, USSR, 500m/1500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1956, 60)

Person of interestLew Hoad

1934 Lew Hoad, Australian tennis player (Wimbledon 1956-57, Australian C'ships 1956, French C'ships 1956)), born in Sydney, NSW (d. 1994)

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 baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1968, 74, 76), born in Marianao, Cuba
  • 1941 Alan Mullery, English soccer player
  • 1941 Simon Nolet, French-Canadian ice hockey right winger (Philadelphia Flyers, 1967-74), born in Saint-Odilon-de-Cranbourne, Quebec, Canada
  • 1946 Giorgos Koudas, Greek footballer
  • 1948 Frank Worthington, English soccer forward (8 caps; Huddersfield Town, Leicester City, Bolton Wanderers) and manager (Tranmere Rovers), born in Halifax, England (d. 2021)
  • 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, Australian freestyle swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1972), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 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, Australian cricket fast bowler (53 Tests, 212 wickets; 33 ODIs), born in Euroa, Australia
  • 1962 Andrea Blackwell, basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1963 Dale Sveum, baseball player
  • 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, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), 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, South African cricket batsman and coach (101 Tests, 7,289 runs @ 45.27, 21 x 100s), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1968 John O'Neill, American field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1971 Ashraf Amaya, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1971 Jim Pyne, NFL guard/corner (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Milford, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Vin Baker, NBA forward (Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Lake Wales, Florida
  • 1973 Reggie Green, NFL guard (Seattle Seahawks), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1974 Jamie Sharper, linebacker (Baltimore Ravens), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1974 Malik Rose, NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1974 Saku Koivu, NHL left wing (Montreal Canadiens, Olympic bronze 1998), born in Turku, Finland
  • 1974 Tora Suber, WNBA guard (Charlotte Sting), born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania
  • 1974 Tyrus McCloud, American football linebacker (Baltimore Ravens), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1977 Myriam Boileau, Canadian diver, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1977 Adam Eaton, American baseball player, born in Springfield, Ohio
  • 1980 Jonathan Papelbon, American baseball player, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1982 Asafa Powell, Jamaican sprinter, born in Spanish Town, Jamaica
  • 1982 Colby Armstrong, Canadian ice-hockey player, born in Lloydminster, Canada
  • 1985 Ahn Hyun-Soo, South Korean short track skater, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1987 Nicklas Backstrom, Swedish ice hockey player, born in Valbo, Sweden
  • 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 Ernie Jones, Australian cricket fast bowler (19 Tests, 64 wickets; first bowler to be called for throwing in a Test), dies at 74
  • 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 pitcher (no-hitter 1962; LA Angels), dies from bladder cancer at 64
  • 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 utility back, selector (14 caps), dies at 71
  • 2011 Jim Rathmann, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1960; Race of Two Worlds at Monza 1958), dies after a seizure at 83
  • 2014 Dorothy May Bundy-Cheney, American tennis player, dies at 98
  • 2016 Ralph Branca, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1947–49; pitched “Shot Heard Round the World”), dies at 90
  • 2016 Peggy Kirk, American golfer, (Titleholders Championship 1949), dies at 95
  • 2020 Anele Ngcongca, South African soccer defender (53 caps; Genk), dies in a car accident at 33