On This Day

Events in Sport in 1923

  • Jan 1 9th Rose Bowl: Southern California beats Penn State, 14-3
  • Jan 31 Montreal Canadiens beat Hamilton Tigers, 5-4 at the Mount Royal Arena, Montreal; first penalty-free game played in NHL history
  • Feb 13 1st Black pro Basketball team, "Renaissance", organizes
  • Feb 16 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Theresa Weld Blanchard

Sports History

Feb 16 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Sherwin Badger

NHL Record

Feb 17 Ottawa left wing Cy Denneny passes Joe Malone as all-time NHL goal scoring leader; scores his 143rd career goal in Senators' 2-0 win over Montreal Canadiens

  • Feb 20 Future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Christy Mathewson becomes President and owner of Boston Braves; buys the team for $300,000 with NY attorney Judge Emil Fuchs and Bostonian James McDonough
  • Mar 6 MLB St. Louis Cardinals announce their players will wear numbers on their uniforms
  • Mar 9 NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens outscore Ottawa Senators, 3-2, in 2
  • Mar 23 82nd Grand National: Capt. Tuppy Bennett wins aboard 13-year-old 100/6 shot Sergeant Murphy; first US bred horse to win race
  • Mar 31 First dance marathon in New York City; Alma Cummings sets record of 27 hours with 6 different partners
  • Mar 31 Stanley Cup Final, Denman Arena, Vancouver, BC: Ottawa Senators (NHL) edge Edmonton Eskimos (WCHL), 1-0 for a 2-0 series sweep
  • Apr 3 2 "Black Sox" sue White Sox (unsuccessfully) for back salary

Boston Marathon

Apr 16 27th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar in 2:23:37.4 for second straight year; 3rd race victory

  • Apr 17 Longest NL opening game, Phillies & Dodgers tie 5-5 in 14
  • Apr 18 74,000 (62,281 paid) on hand for opening of Yankee Stadium
  • Apr 28 Wembley Stadium opens - Bolton Wanderers vs West Ham United (FA Cup)

Sports History

May 2 MLB Washington Senator Walter Johnson pitches his 100th shutout, beats Yanks 3-0

Sports History

May 8 England Test opening batsman Jack Hobbs scores his 100th 1st-class cricket 100 with 116 not out for Surry v Somerset at Bath

  • May 11 10 HRs hit in Phillies 20-14 victory over St Louis Cardinals at the Baker Bowl in Philadelphia
  • May 12 48th Preakness: Benny Marinelli aboard Vigil wins in 1:53.6

Sports History

May 19 49th Kentucky Derby: Earl Sande wins aboard Zev for his first Derby success

  • May 26 Inaugural 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race for cars starts through public roads around Le Mans, France; inaugural winners: André Lagache and René Léonard (France) for Chenard & Walcker
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: 1921 champion Tommy Milton becomes first multiple race winner; Howdy Wilcox drives relief for laps 103-151 as Milton's hands are bandaged due to blisters
  • Jun 1 New York Giants rout Philadelphia Phillies, 22-5 at the Baker Bowl; first time in 20th century a MLB team has scored in every inning

Radio Premiere

Jun 6 Edgar Wallace becomes the first British radio sports journalist reporting on The Derby for the British Broadcasting Company (BBC)

British Golf Open

Jun 15 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Troon GC: Englishman Arthur Havers holes a bunker shot on 72nd hole to win his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of defending champion Walter Hagen

  • Jun 28 Dodgers lost 7-0 lead, as Phillies score 8 in bottom of 9th

Boxing Title Fight

Jul 4 Jack Dempsey beats Tommy Gibbons on points over 15 hard fought rounds in Shelby, Montana to retain world heavyweight boxing title

  • Jul 6 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen of France beats Kitty McKane 6-2, 6-2 for her 5th straight Wimbledon singles title
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bill Johnston beats fellow American Frank Hunter 6-0, 6-3, 6-1 for his only Wimbledon title
  • Jul 7 Cleveland Indians set an AL record 27 runs including 13 in the 6th in 27-3 win v Boston Red Sox
  • Jul 11 Harry Frazee, sells Red Sox to Ohio businessmen for $1M

US Golf Open

Jul 15 US Open Men's Golf, Inwood CC: Amateur legend Bobby Jones captures his first career major championship, defeating Bobby Cruickshank by 2 strokes in an 18-hole Sunday playoff

  • Jul 20 Yanks hit into a triple-play but beat A's 9-2
  • Jul 21 Phillies score 12 in 6th and beat Cubs 17-4
  • Jul 22 Washington Senators future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson becomes 1st to reach 3,000 career strikeout milestone (en route to 3,508) with 5 K's in 3-1 win over Cleveland Indians
  • Jul 22 17th Tour de France won by Henri Pelissier of France

Sports History

Aug 3 Baseball games cancelled following the death of US President Warren G. Harding

  • Aug 9 NY State Golf Association formed

US Open Women's Tennis

Aug 18 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Germantown CC, PA: Helen Wills Moody beats Molla Bjurstedt Mallory 6-2, 6-1 for her first of 7 US singles crowns

  • Aug 18 Australasian Championships Women's Tennis, Brisbane: Margaret Molesworth retains title; beats Esna Boyd 6-1, 7-5
  • Aug 18 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Brisbane: Pat O'Hara Wood wins his 2nd Australasian title; beats fellow Australian Bert St John 6-1, 6-1, 6-3

World Record

Aug 23 Paavo Nurmi of Finland runs world record for 1 mile of 4:10.4 in Stockholm; record stands until 1931

  • Aug 24 Paavo Nurmi of Finland runs world record 3 mile time of 14:11.2 in Stockholm; intermediate time during 5000m event
  • Sep 2 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, NYC, NY: Bill Johnson beats John Hawkes 6-0, 6-2, 6-1 for unassailable 3-1 lead for US over Australia; ends 4-1; US 4th straight win
  • Sep 4 New York Yankees pitcher "Sad" Sam Jones no-hits Philadelphia A's, 2-0
  • Sep 5 Flyweights Gene LaRue & Kid Pancho KO each other simultaneously
  • Sep 7 Boston Red Sox Howard Ehmke no-hits Philadelphia A's, 4-0
  • Sep 11 After a single, Red Sox Howard Ehmke retires next 27 Yanks
  • Sep 11 Bernie Neis, hits the 1,000th Dodger home run
  • Sep 14 In his 4th heavyweight boxing title defence Jack Dempsey recovers after being sent through the ropes to KO Argentine challenger Luis Firpo in the 2nd round at the Polo Grounds, NYC
  • Sep 14 Red Sox 1st baseman George Burns pulls off an unassisted triple play
  • Sep 15 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Germantown CC, Philadelphia: Bill Tilden wins 4th of 6 straight US singles titles; beats Bill Johnston 6-4, 6-1, 6-4

Baseball Record

Sep 27 NY Yankee Lou Gehrig hits 1st of his 493 HRs

  • Sep 28 Yanks slaughter Red Sox 24-4
  • Sep 29 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Pelham CC: Defending champion Gene Sarazen beats Walter Hagan in 38 holes for 3rd of his 7 major titles
  • Oct 4 Young Stribling ostensibly beats Mike McTigue on points in Columbus, Georgia for world light-heavyweight boxing title; referee Harry Ertle later calls fight a draw, claims coerced by promoters to award fight to Stribling; McTigue retains title
  • Oct 6 1st NL unassisted triple play (Ernie Padgett, Braves against Phillies)
  • Oct 7 Yankees Everett Scott runs his consecutive-game streak to 1,138
  • Oct 10 NY Giants & NY Yankees become first teams to play each other in 3 consecutive Baseball World Series; Giants win Game 1, 5-4; first WS game played at Yankee Stadium

Baseball Record

Oct 11 A pair of Babe Ruth home runs in the 4th and 5th innings is the difference; NY Yankees beat NY Giants, 4-2 at the Polo Grounds to tie World Series, 1-1

  • Oct 15 Baseball World Series: NY Yankees beat NY Giants, 6-4 in Game 6 at the Polo Grounds for a 4-2 series win; Yankees first World Series victory

Sports History

Oct 19 Ban Johnson persuades AL owners to prohibit boxing in their parks

  • Oct 23 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
  • Dec 1 Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Queen's University retains title with 54-0 win over Regina Rugby Club; biggest Grey Cup victory margin ever
  • Dec 16 National Football League Championship: undefeated Canton Bulldogs (11-0-1) repeat as champions
  • Dec 22 Bill Ponsford & Edgar Mayne make 456 opening stand for Vict
  • Dec 23 Yankees pitcher Carl Mays sold to Reds for $85,000