On This Day

On This Day in Sport for October 23

Events in Sport

  • 1871 Replacement yacht Sappho (US) beats Livonia (UK) by 25:27 in race 5 to win 3rd America's Cup off Newport, RI 4-1; original defender Columbia damaged so misses races 4 & 5
  • 1886 "World Championship" Baseball Series, Sportsman's Park, St. Louis: St.L Browns edge Chicago White Stockings, 4-3 in 10 innings in Game 6 to take series, 4-2
  • 1903 8th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 18-6 in Montgomery
  • 1910 World Series Baseball, West Side Park, Chicago: Philadelphia A's beat Chicago Cubs, 7-2 in Game 5 to win their first title, 4-1
  • 1920 Chicago grand jury indicts Abe Attell, Hal Chase, & Bill Burns as go-betweens in Black Sox World Series scandal
  • 1921 Green Bay Packers play 1st APFA (forerunner to NFL) game; beat Minneapolis Marines, 7-6 at Hagemeister Park, Green Bay, WI

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1923 Legendary Yankees slugger Babe Ruth makes a postseason exhibition appearance in a rival Giants uniform as NY beats Baltimore Orioles, 9-0 in a benefit game for former Giants owner John Day

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

AgreementContract of Interest

1945 Jackie Robinson signs Montreal Royal contract

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1955 Dominican Professional Baseball League moves to winter play for first time
  • 1964 Japan beats the Soviet Union 3-0 to claim the inaugural Olympic women's volleyball gold medal in Tokyo; undefeated in 6-team round robin competition
  • 1964 Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia finish 8-1 in inaugural Olympic men's volleyball competition in Tokyo; Soviets win 10 team round robin on count back of sets won-lost
  • 1964 Dutch 10th dan judoka Anton Geesink wins Open gold medal in the first ever Olympic judo competition in Tokyo; prevents clean sweep of the gold medals by Japan
  • 1964 Czech gymnast Věra Čáslavská wins the balance beam at the Tokyo Olympics; her 3rd gold medal of the Games with individual all-round and vault victories
  • 1964 Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina wins the floor exercise gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics; her 2nd gold of the Games (team) and career 9th (1956, 60, 64), a gymnastics record
  • 1964 Japanese gymnast Yukio Endo wins the parallel bars gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics; his 3rd gold medal of the Games (individual all-round and team); 4th career gold (1960, 64)

OlympicsOlympic Gold

1964 Future undisputed world heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier dominates German Hans Huber for an easy points win and the Olympic heavyweight gold medal in Tokyo

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier

  • 1964 Hungary beats Czechoslovakia 2-1 to win the men's football gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 1966 Australian Jack Brabham is first to win F1 World Drivers Championship and International Cup for Constructors Championship in the same year; 2nd in season ending Mexican Grand Prix at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
  • 1967 NJ Americans (later NY/NJ Nets) play 1st ABA game
  • 1968 American swimmer Kaye Hall sets a world record 1:06.2 to beat Canadian Elaine Tanner by 0.5s and win the 100m backstroke gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics
  • 1973 Yankee GM & pres Lee MacPhail named AL president

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 19 year old American tennis star Chris Evert retains her WTA Tour Championship at Boca Raton, Florida; beats Nancy Richey Gunter 6-3, 6-3 in the final

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey
  • 1974 Chicago Cubs trade 6-time MLB All Star outfielder Billy Williams to Oakland A's for second baseman Manny Trillo and 2 pitchers
  • 1977 New York City Marathon: defending champion Bill Rodgers wins in 2:11:38; Miki Gorman retains women's title in 2:43:10

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1977 Despite not driving in season ending Japanese Grand Prix, Austrian Niki Lauda wins his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 17 points from Jody Scheckter of South Africa

Auto Racer Niki Lauda
Auto Racer
Niki Lauda
  • 1980 McCosker (168) & Dyson (152) make 319 opening stand cricket, NSW v WA
  • 1983 13th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:27:00
  • 1983 14th NYC Marathon won by Rod Dixon in 2:08:59
  • 1984 Cubs Rick Sutcliffe, selected as a unanimous choice as NL Cy Young
  • 1988 Boston Celtics play Spain in Madrid
  • 1993 World Series Baseball: Defending champion Toronto Blue Jays beat Philadelphia Phillies, 8-6 in Game 6 at the SkyDome, Toronto; MVP: Blue Jays infielder Paul Molitor
  • 1994 Solheim Cup Women's Golf, The Greenbrier: US regains Cup; beats Europe, 13-7; Americans Dottie Mochrie & Bradie Burton both win their 3 matches
  • 1996 New York Yankees set record recovering from 0-6 in Baseball World Series game to beat Braves, 8-6 in Game 4 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium; record 7th straight post-season road win
  • 1997 Les Alexander, owner of Houston Rockets buys NHL's Edmonton Oilers
  • 2000 "Monday Night Miracle", down 30-7 at the end of the third quarter, New York Jets pull together an improbable comeback with 4 touchdowns and a field goal in the fourth quarter, eventually defeating the Miami Dolphins 40-37 in overtime
  • 2004 16th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 24-23 in South Bend

Sports record brokenNHL Record

2008 Joe Sakic scores his final career goal (#625) against the Edmonton Oilers

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • 2010 MLB National League Championship: San Francisco Giants beat Philadelphia Phillies, 4 games to 2
  • 2011 7th Rugby World Cup Final, Eden Park, Auckland: Tournament favourites New Zealand edge France, 8-7; crowd 61,079

Sports record brokenNBA Record

2019 All Star point guard Kyrie Irving pours in 50 points, setting a new NBA record for points on debut with a new team as his Brooklyn Nets go down 127-126 at home to the Minnesota Timberwolves

NBA Player Kyrie Irving
NBA Player
Kyrie Irving

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestJohn Heisman

1869 John Heisman, American football coach who legalized the forward pass, originated the center snap and for which the Heisman Trophy is named, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1936)

American Football Coach John Heisman
American Football Coach
John Heisman
  • 1886 Lena Blackburne, American baseball infielder, manager, coach (Chicago WS; discovered rubbing clay to take the shine off baseballs), born in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania (d. 1968)
  • 1894 Rube Bressler, baseball player (d. 1966)
  • 1900 Douglas Jardine, cricketer (England's Bodyline captain)
  • 1904 Harvey Penick, American golfer, coach, author (World Golf Hall of Fame), born in Austin, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1905 Gertrude Ederle, American swimmer (1st female English Channel 1926), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • 1914 Frank "Bruiser" Kinard, American football tackle and coach (Brooklyn (NFL), 1938-44; Navy (AAFC), 1945; NY Yankees (NFL), 1946-7), born in Pelahatchie, Mississippi (d. 1980)
  • 1920 Vern Stephens, American baseball shortstop (8-time MLB All Star; AL HR leader 1945; 3×AL RBI leader), born in McAlister, New Mexico (d. 1968)
  • 1931 Jim Bunning, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, politician (perfect game vs Mets 1965, Rep. Senator-Ky), born in Southgate, Kentucky (d. 2017)
  • 1933 Tom Dewdney, cricket pace bowler (WI of 50's)
  • 1935 Chi Chi Rodriguez, Puerto Rican golfer (Senior Tournament Players C'ship 1986, PGA Senior C'ship 1987), born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
  • 1936 Barry Sinclair, cricketer (21 Tests for NZ in the 60's, 3 centuries)

Person of interestPele

1940 Pelé [Edson Arantes do Nascimento], Brazilian footballer (Player of the Century; 1,281 goals in 1,363 games), born in Três Corações, Brazil

Brazilian Football Legend Pele
Brazilian Football Legend
Pele
  • 1941 Colin Milburn, cricketer (England bat whose career was cut short)
  • 1946 Miklos Nemeth, Hungarian javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1956 Betsy Nagelsen, tennis star, born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • 1956 Darrell Pace, archer (Olympic 2 gold/silver-1976, 84, 88), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1960 Wayne Rainey, American motorcyclist (3x 500cc World Champion), born in Downey, California
  • 1961 Andoni Zubizarreta, Spanish footballer
  • 1962 Christo van Rensburg, South African tennis player, born in Uitenhage, South Africa
  • 1962 Doug Flutie, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1984, Boston College; Grey Cup MVP 1992, 96, 97; Pro Bowl 1998, Buffalo Bills), born in Manchester, Maryland
  • 1962 Mike Tomczak, NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1963 David Bedard, Canadian springboard diver (Olympics 1984, 88, 92, 96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1965 Al Leiter, Toms River NJ, pitcher (Florida Marlins, NY Mets)
  • 1966 Alex Zanardi, Italian race car driver
  • 1967 Jaime Yzaga, Peruvian tennis star, born in Lima, Peru
  • 1967 Michael Philbrick, CFL defensive tackle (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1968 Bettina Fulco Villella, Mar Del Plata Arg, tennis star (1993 Futures)
  • 1968 Kendall Gammon, NFL center (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968 Kevin Henry, NFL defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1969 Kristine Bailey, Livonia Mich, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1995)
  • 1971 Alai Kalaniuvalu, NFL guard (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1972 Daryl Price, defensive end (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1972 Patrise Alexander, linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • 1972 Tiffeny Milbrett, soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1973 Blaine McElmurry, NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1973 Mac Cozier, soccer forward (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1973 Shawn Wooden, free safety (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1973 Sjoerd Sanders, soccer player (PSV/MVV)
  • 1974 Beatrice Faumuina, New Zealand discus thrower (Olympics 96), born in Auckland
  • 1974 Dani Tyler, softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1974 Sander Westerveld, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1975 Keith Van Horn, NBA forward (NJ Nets), born in Fullerton, California
  • 1978 Steve Harmison, English cricketer
  • 1978 Jimmy Bullard, English footballer
  • 1978 Archie Thompson, Australian footballer
  • 1979 Simon Davies, Welsh footballer
  • 1979 Jorge Solís, Mexican boxer (WBA Super Featherweight title 2010), born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
  • 1980 Jade Davidson, Australia, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • 1980 Pedro Liriano, Dominican baseball player
  • 1981 Jeroen Bleekemolen, Dutch racing driver
  • 1981 Ben Francisco, American baseball player
  • 1982 Valentin Badea, Romanian footballer
  • 1983 Filipos Darlas, Greek footballer
  • 1986 Jake Robinson, English footballer
  • 1988 Nicolaj Agger, Danish football player

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestW. G. Grace

1915 W. G. Grace, English cricket all-rounder and captain (22 Tests; 54,896 runs over record 44 first class seasons; Gloucestershire), dies of a heart attack at 67

Cricketer W. G. Grace
Cricketer
W. G. Grace
  • 2001 Daniel Wildenstein, French art dealer and racehorse owner, dies at 84
  • 2004 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone and actor (NY Metropolitan Opera), dies at 87
  • 2008 Kevin Finnegan, British Middleweight Boxing Champion (b. 1948)
  • 2010 Francis Crippen, American long-distance swimmer (b. 1984)
  • 2011 Marco Simoncelli, Italian motorcycle racer (250cc World Championship 2008), dies in a track accident at 24
  • 2015 Jim [James Wilfred] Roberts, Canadian NHL defenceman (1st Blues draft pick), dies at 75
  • 2019 Bernie Parrish, American NFL cornerback (Pro Bowl 1960, 63; Cleveland Browns; best-selling book, 'They Call It A Game'), dies of prostate cancer at 83
  • 2020 Ebbe Skovdahl, Danish soccer manager (Brøndby IF, Benfica, Aberdeen), dies from cancer at 75
  • 2020 W. C. Gorden, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Jackson State University 1976-91, record 119–48–5), dies at 90