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 Gene Tunney beats Jack Dempsey in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • 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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961 Ernie Banks ends 717 consecutive-games-played streak

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 1962 LA Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills breaks Ty Cobb's 1915 MLB steals record, recording #97 on his way to 104
  • 1970 Gary Muhrcke wins 1st NY Marathon
  • 1983 Gerrie Coetzee KOs Michael Dokes in 10 for heavyweight boxing title in Ohio
  • 1983 Phillies Steve Carlton is 16th to wins 300 game (beating Cards)

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
  • 1988 Jose Canseco is baseball's 1st to steal 40 bases & hit 40 HRs
  • 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)
  • 1931 Ruud van den Hende, sports reporter
  • 1938 Clifford Ann Creed, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship runner-up 1965), born in Alexandria, Louisiana
  • 1939 Henry Blofeld, English cricket commentator
  • 1941 Simon Nolet, French-Canadian ice hockey player

Person of interestMarty Schottenheimer

1943 Marty Schottenheimer, American football coach (Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers), born in McDonald, Pennsylvania

  • 1956 Paolo Rossi, Italian footballer
  • 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)
  • 1971 Willie Greene, Milledgville GA, infielder (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 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, outfielder (Angels), shot & killed 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, New Zealand cricketer (NZ left-arm pacer 1932-33), 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