On This Day

On This Day in Sport for September 23

Events in Sport

  • 1845 1st baseball team, NY Knickerbockers organize, adopt rule code
  • 1868 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Tom Morris Jr. beats his father, Tom Morris Sr. by 3 strokes; at 17 young Morris remains youngest Open champion
  • 1873 Tom Allen beats Mike McCale for Heavyweight Boxing title
  • 1892 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Harold Hilton wins by 3 shots from amateur John Ball, Sandy Herd & Hugh Kirkaldy
  • 1908 Giant Fred (Bonehead) Merkle fails to touch 2nd, causes 3rd out in 9th & disallows winning run (game ends tied, Cubs win replay & pennant)
  • 1914 Reds drop their 19th straight game, then beat Boston Braves
  • 1925 Washington shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh is named AL MVP

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1926 "Upset of the Decade" - Gene Tunney beats defending champion Jack Dempsey by 10-round unanimous decision at Sesquicentennial Stadium, Philadelphia for world heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • 1933 Yanks commit 7 errors in 1 game but beat Boston 16-12

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1936 Giants Carl Hubbell notches his 16th en route to 24 consecutive wins

Baseball Pitcher Carl Hubbell
Baseball Pitcher
Carl Hubbell
  • 1937 Yankees lose 9-5 but clinch pennant when Red Sox beat Detroit
  • 1939 Cookie Lavagetto goes 6 for 6-Dodgers get 27 hits & beat Phillies 22-4
  • 1948 Braves clinch NL pennant

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1949 Indian owner Bill Veeck holds funeral services to bury 1948 pennant

MLB Team Owner and Promoter Bill Veeck
MLB Team Owner and Promoter
Bill Veeck
  • 1952 1st closed circuit pay-TV telecast of a sports event
  • 1952 Brooklyn Dodgers clinch NL pennant with a record of 96-57 over the New York Giants 92-62

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1952 Undefeated Rocky Marciano KOs defending champion Jersey Joe Walcott in the 13th round at Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia for the world heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • 1955 Yanks clinch pennant by beating Red Sox, 3-2
  • 1957 Milwaukee Braves clinch NL pennant by beating Cards 4-2
  • 1962 LA Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills breaks Ty Cobb's 1915 MLB steals record, recording #97 on his way to 104
  • 1979 St Louis MLB legend Lou Brock steals 938th & final base of his career
  • 1983 Gerrie Coetzee KOs Michael Dokes in 10 for heavyweight boxing title in Ohio

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 Phillies Steve Carlton is 16th to wins 300 game (beating Cards)

Baseball Pitcher Steve Carlton
Baseball Pitcher
Steve Carlton

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 SF 49er Joe Montana misses his 1st start in 49 games

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Sparky Anderson is 1st manager to win 100 games in both leagues

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1988 Jose Canseco is baseball's 1st to steal 40 bases & hit 40 HRs

MLB Player José Canseco
MLB Player
José Canseco
  • 1988 Portuguese world champion Rosa Mota runs 2:25:40 to score a famous Olympic marathon win over Australian Lisa Martin at the Seoul Games
  • 1988 Americans Christopher Jacobs, Troy Dalbey, Tom Hunter & Matt Biondi swim world record 3:16.53 to win 4 x 100m freestyle relay at the Seoul Olympics
  • 1988 East German swimmer Uwe Dassler sets world record 3:46.95 to win 400m freestyle gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; edges Australian Duncan Armstrong by 0.2s
  • 1989 Blue Jays bat out of order against Brewers in 6th inning
  • 1992 Bill Comrie purchases BC Lions from CFL
  • 1992 1st female to play in a NHL exhibition game (Manon Rheaume, goalie) for Tampa Bay Lightning - gives up 2 goals on 9 attempts in 1 period
  • 1997 Seattle Mariners break record for most HRs in a year (258)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2017 US President Donald Trump withdraws invitation to the White House for NBA champions Golden State Warriors after Stephen Curry says he doesn't want to attend

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
Basketball Superstar Stephen Curry
Basketball Superstar
Stephen Curry

Sport awardGolf Tournament

2018 Tour Championship Men's Golf, East Lake GC: Tiger Woods wins by 2 strokes from Billy Horschel; Woods' 80th PGA Tour win; first in 5 years; Justin Rose wins FedEx Cup crown, $10m bonus

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 39 year old New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees throws 17 yard pass to Michael Thomas to become NFL career pass leader, breaking Brett Favre's record of 6,300 completions; Saints beat Falcons 43-37

NFL Quarterback Drew Brees
NFL Quarterback
Drew Brees
  • 2018 Alexander Zverev beats Kevin Anderson 6-7, 7-5, 10-7 in Chicago to complete a 13-8 win for Team Europe over Team World in the 2nd Laver Cup tennis tournament

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1887 Alfieri Maserati, Italian auto racer and engineer (established Maserati Racing), born in Voghera, Italy (d. 1932)
  • 1895 Johnny Mokan, American baseball player (d. 1985)
  • 1917 Imry Nemeth, Hungarian hammer thrower (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1930 Don Edmunds, American auto racer and car builder (National Sprint Car HOF; built Evel Knievel's Snake River Canyon Sky cycle), born in Santa Ana, California (d. 2020)
  • 1931 Ruud van den Hende, sports reporter
  • 1934 John Mortimore, English soccer defender (Chelsea 249 games) and manager (Portsmouth, Benfica, Real Betis), born in Farnborough, England (d. 2021)
  • 1938 Clifford Ann Creed, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship runner-up 1965), born in Alexandria, Louisiana
  • 1939 Henry Blofeld, English cricket commentator

Person of interestMarty Schottenheimer

1943 Marty Schottenheimer, American football coach (Cleveland Browns, KC Chiefs; NFL Coach of Year 2004, San Diego Chargers), born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania (d. 2021)

  • 1945 Ray Batten, English rugby league back-rower (Great Britain 3, England 3 Tests; Leeds 434 games) and coach (Wakefield Trinity), born in York, England (d. 2020)
  • 1956 Paolo Rossi, Italian soccer striker (48 caps; FIFA World Cup 1982 [Golden Boot, Golden Ball]; L.R. Vicenza, Juventus), born in Prato, Italy (d. 2020)
  • 1957 Tony Fossas, Cuba, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1958 Larry Mize, American golfer (US Masters 1987), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1958 Marvin Lewis, American NFL coach (DC Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl 2000; Cincinnati Bengals 2003-18), born in McDonald, Pennsylvania
  • 1962 Jack Warren Pierce, Cherry Hill NJ, hurdler
  • 1962 John Harbaugh, American NFL coach (Super Bowl 2012, Baltimore Ravens 2008-20), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1963 Gabriele Reinsch, German DR, discus thrower (world record 1988)
  • 1964 Diane Dixon, American 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1988), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1964 Leon Meijs, soccer player (Willem II)
  • 1964 Clayton Blackmore, Welsh footballer
  • 1965 Mark Woodforde, Australian tennis player (12 x Grand Slam doubles titles; 5 x GS mixed doubles titles; Olympic gold 1996) and broadcaster (Fox Sports, ESPN), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1966 Doug Widell, NFL guard (Detroit Lions)
  • 1966 Pete Harnisch, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Commack, New York
  • 1969 Jeff Cirillo, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1969 Tapio Laukkanen, Finnish rally driver
  • 1970 Georgios Koltsidas, Greek footballer
  • 1971 Eric Montross, NBA center (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1971 Marcel Boudesteyn, soccer player (Excelsior/FC Groningen)
  • 1973 Grant McDonald, Australian baseball outfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 Doris Glenn Easterly, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1977 Matthieu Descoteaux, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1979 Ricky Davis, American basketball player
  • 1979 Bryant McKinnie, NFL Offensive Tackle (Minnesota Vikings), born in Woodbury, New Jersey
  • 1981 Robert Doornbos, Dutch race car driver
  • 1984 Matt Kemp, American baseball player
  • 1985 Brian Brohm, American football player
  • 1985 Lukáš Kašpar, Czech ice hockey player
  • 1985 Hossein Ka'abi, Iranian footballer
  • 1985 Joba Chamberlain, American baseball player
  • 1986 Martin Cranie, English footballer
  • 1988 Juan Martín del Potro, Argentine tennis player (US Open 2009), born in Tandil, Argentina
  • 1989 Brandon Jennings, American basketball player

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1989 Tennis Ace Zina Garrison (25) weds businessman Willard Jackson (25) at the Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston

Tennis Player Zina Garrison
Tennis Player
Zina Garrison

Deaths in Sport

  • 1910 H J H "Tup" Scott, cricketer (Australian Test captain 1886), dies
  • 1950 Sam Barry, American basketball player and coach (b. 1892)
  • 1978 Lyman Bostock, MLB outfielder, 1975-78 (Minnesota Twins, California Angels), shot and killed by the estranged husband of a friend of a friend, at 27
  • 1992 Bernice Gera, American 1st female baseball umpire (1969 NY-Penn League), dies of cancer at 61
  • 1994 Jerry Barber, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1961), dies of mitral valve prolapse and stroke at 78
  • 1996 Jack Newman CBE, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (3 Tests; Test selector 1958-63; president NZ Cricket Council 1964-67), dies at 94
  • 1997 Abe Gibron, head coach (Chicago Bears), dies at 72
  • 2000 Aurelio Rodríguez, Mexican Major League Baseball player (b. 1947)
  • 2001 Ron Hewitt, Welsh footballer (b. 1928)
  • 2004 Billy Reay, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, dies at 86
  • 2010 Bob Shaw, American baseball player (Chicago White Sox), dies at 77
  • 2012 Corrie Sanders, South African boxer, shot dead at 46

Person of interestGale Sayers

2020 Gale Sayers, American College / Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback (4 x Pro Bowl; 5 x 1st Team All Pro; Chicago Bears), dies from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease at 77 [1]

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • 2020 Ray Batten, English rugby league back-rower (Great Britain 3, England 3 Tests; Leeds 434 games) and coach (Wakefield Trinity), dies at 75
  • 2020 Bobby Wilson, English tennis player (Wimbledon doubles 1960 runner-up), dies at 84