Events in Sport in 1923

  • Jan 1 9th Rose Bowl: Southern California beats Penn State, 14-3
  • Feb 13 1st Black pro Basketball team, "Renaissance", organizes

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Feb 17 Ottawa Senator Cy Denneny becomes NHL's all time scorer (143 goals)

NHL Star Cy Denneny
NHL Star
Cy Denneny
  • Feb 20 Christy Mathewson becomes President of Boston Braves
  • Mar 9 NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens outscore Ottawa Senators, 3-2, in 2
  • Mar 22 The first radio broadcast of ice hockey is made by Foster Hewitt
  • Mar 23 82nd Grand National: Capt. Tuppy Bennett aboard Sergeant Murphy wins
  • Mar 26 Stanley Cup: Ott Senators beat Vanc Millionaires (PCHA), 3 games to 1
  • Mar 31 1st dance marathon in New York City, Alma Cummings sets record of 27 hrs
  • Mar 31 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators (NHL) sweep Edm Eskimos (WCHL) in 2 games
  • Apr 3 2 "Black Sox" sue White Sox (unsuccessfully) for back salary
  • Apr 17 Longest NL opening game, Phillies & Dodgers tie 5-5 in 14
  • Apr 19 27th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:23:37.4
  • Apr 28 Wembley Stadium opens - Bolton Wanderers vs West Ham United (FA Cup)

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

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • May 11 10 HRs hit in Phillies 20-14 victory over St Louis Cards

  • May 12 48th Preakness: Benny Marinelli aboard Vigil wins in 1:53.6
  • May 19 49th Kentucky Derby: Earl Sande wins aboard Zev for his first Derby success
  • May 26 1st Le Mans Grand Prix d'Endurance is run
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Tommy Milton wins in 5:31:19.618 (145.718 km/h)
  • Jun 1 NY Giants beat Phillies, 22-5, Giants score in every inning

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Jun 6 Edgar Wallace becomes the first British radio sports reporter reporting on The Derby for the British Broadcasting Company

  • Jun 9 55th Belmont: Earl Sande riding Zev wins in 2:19
  • Jun 15 British Open Golf, 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

Sport defeatBoxing 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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen 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

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 15 27th US Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 296 at Inwood CC in NY

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones
  • Jul 21 Phillies score 12 in 6th and beat Cubs 17-4
  • Jul 22 Walter Johnson becomes 1st to strikeout 3,000 (en route to 3,508)
  • Jul 22 17th Tour de France won by Henri Pelissier of France

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

29th US President Warren G. Harding
29th US President
Warren G. Harding
  • Aug 9 NY State Golf Association formed

Sport awardTennis Open

Aug 18 37th U.S. Women's National Championship: Helen Wills Moody beats Molla Bjurstedt Mallory (6-2, 6-1)

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • Aug 18 16th Women's Australasian Championships: Margaret Molesworth beats Esna Boyd (6-1, 7-5)
  • Aug 18 16th Men's Australasian Championships: Pat O'Hara Wood beats Bert St John (6-1, 6-1, 6-3)
  • Sep 3 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, New York: Bill Tilden & Bill Johnston win their final singles matches to give US 4-1 win over Australia; 4th straight Challenge victory
  • 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 14 Jack Dempsey KOs Luis Firpo in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Sep 14 Red Sox 1st baseman George Burns pulls off an unassisted triple play
  • Sep 15 US Men's National Tennis Championship, Germantown Cricket Club, Philadelphia: Bill Tilden wins 4th straight US title; beats Bill Johnston 6-4, 6-1, 6-4

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • Sep 28 Yanks slaughter Red Sox 24-4
  • Sep 29 6th PGA Championship: Gene Sarazen at Pelham CC Pelham NY
  • 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 saying he was coerced by promoters into awarding points decision to Stribling; McTigue retains title
  • Oct 6 1st NL unassisted triple play (Ernie Padgett, Braves against Phillies)
  • Oct 10 NY Giants & NY Yankees become 1st teams to play each other for 3 consecutive World Series, also 1st played at Yankee Stadium

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 11 Babe Ruth hits 2 HRs in a World Series game

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Oct 12 NY Giant's Casey Stengel HR beats Yanks 1-0 in World Series
  • Oct 15 NY Yankees 1st World Series win beating NY Giants, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 19 Ban Johnson persuades AL owners to prohibit boxing in their parks
  • Oct 23 Babe Ruth makes a postseason exhibition appearance in a Giants uniform
  • Oct 23 Giants defeat Balt Orioles 9-0 to benefit 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 23 Yankees pitcher Carl Mays sold to Reds for $85,000