Events in Sport on February 23

  • 1874 Major Walter Clopton Winfield patents a game called "sphairistike" (lawn tennis)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1906 Tommy Burns beats Marvin Hart in 20 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1934 Casey Stengel becomes manager of Brooklyn Dodgers

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1938 Joe Louis KOs Nathan Mann in 3 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1939 Lou Thesz beats Everett Marshall in St Louis, to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title for 2nd time

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1959 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 1967 Ted Workman replaces Senator Keith Davey as CFL commissioner

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 Wilt Chamberlain becomes 1st NBAer to score 25,000 points

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1971 Boston Bruins begin 13 NHL game win streak
  • 1975 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • 1980 13th Winter Olympic games close at Lake Placid, NY
  • 1980 Eric Heiden wins all 5 speed skating golds at Lake Placid Olympics
  • 1985 Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight throws a chair during a game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Goaltender Patrick Roy makes his NHL debut for the Montreal Canadiens

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • 1986 Despite losing, Red Sox Wade Boggs gets largest arbitration ($1.35M)
  • 1986 Mary Beth Zimmerman wins LPGA Standard Register/Samaritan Golf Classic
  • 1987 Dick Howser retires from managing KC Royals, due to brain tumor
  • 1988 Chicago gives Cubs right to install lights & play up to 18 night games
  • 1991 NC is 1st NCAA basketball team to win 1,500 games

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1991 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Orix Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • 1992 16th Winter Olympic games closes in Albertville, France
  • 1993 Sacramento Gold Miners admitted as CFL's 9th franchise (1st US team)
  • 1994 Indians owner Richard Jacobs announces he will pay $10 million to name baseball field (Jacobs Field) at Gateway (becomes official 3/23)
  • 1997 Jeff Sluman wins Tucson Golf Classic
  • 2014 22nd Winter Olympic Games close at Sochi, Russia