On This Day

Events in Sport on July 23

  • 1827 1st US swimming school opens (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • 1866 Cincinnati Baseball club (Red Stockings) forms
  • 1868 All England Lawn Tennis Club is founded as The All England Croquet Club; 1877 name changed to The All England Croquet & Lawn Tennis Club
  • 1902 Dutch Excelsior soccer club is established in Rotterdam (Eerste Divisie winners 1973-4, 78-79, 2005-06)

Sports History

1907 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: Norman Brookes beats Herbert Roper Barrett 6-2, 6-0, 6-3 to give Australasia a 3-2 win over British Isles

  • 1921 Edward Gourdin of US sets long jump record at 25' 2 3/4"
  • 1922 16th Tour de France won by Firmin Lambot of Belgium

Sports History

1925 NY Yankee Lou Gehrig hits his 1st of 23 career grand slammers

  • 1931 France announces it can't afford to send a team to 1932 LA Olympics
  • 1933 27th Tour de France won by Georges Speicher of France

Sports History

1934 Australian cricket batting legend Don Bradman completes 304 in drawn 4th Test vs England at Leeds; 430 minutes, 43 x fours, 2 x sixes

  • 1938 Australian cricketer Don Bradman scores 103 in 178 mins on a Headingley sticky, 3rd Test
  • 1944 Chicago Cubs Bill Nicholson hits 4 HRs in a doubleheader
  • 1949 Test Cricket debut of England's Brian Close aged 18 years 149 days
  • 1955 NY Yankees Bob Cerv and E Howard are 1st to hit consecutive pinch HRs

US Women's Golf Open

1960 US Open Women's Golf, Worcester CC: Betsy Rawls wins her 4th Open title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Joyce Ziske

Baseball Record

1964 Kansas City A's Bert Campaneris HRs on 1st pitch he sees from Twins' Jim Kaat, adds a 2nd HR later, also off of Kaat (in Minnesota)

  • 1965 Dick Stuart homers in a major league-record 23rd different park
  • 1966 John Pennel pole vaults record (5.34 m)
  • 1967 54th Tour de France won by Roger Pingeon of France

Sports History

1969 40th MLB All Star Game, RFK Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C.: NL beats AL, 9-3; MVP: Willie McCovey, SF Giants, 1B

  • 1974 45th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-2 at 3 Rivers Stadium, Pitts

Sports History

1974 All star MVP: Steve Garvey (LA Dodgers)

  • 1975 LA Dodgers W Crawford and Lee Lacy are 5th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • 1976 42nd NFL Chicago All Star Game: Pittsburgh 24, All Stars 0 (52,895)

Baseball Record

1976 Baltimore Oriole Reggie Jackson homers in 6th straight game

  • 1978 US Open Women's Golf, CC of Indianapolis: Hollis Stacy successfully defends title by 1 stroke from Sally Little and JoAnne Carner

Sports History

1978 MLB Philadelphia Phillies Steve Carlton becomes 78th MLB pitcher to win 200

  • 1978 Mayence returns to helps Yankees win their 5th straight game
  • 1978 65th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France

Baseball Record

1979 George Brett gets his 1,000th hit

Sports History

1984 KC Royals Dan Quisenberry gets his 200th career save

  • 1987 Petra Felke (E Ger) throws javelin 78.89 m (women's record)
  • 1987 Red Sox waive Bill Buckner, the goat of last year's World Series

British Golf Open

1989 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Troon: American Mark Calcavecchia wins his only major title in first ever 4-hole aggregate playoff with Australians Greg Norman and Wayne Grady

  • 1989 76th Tour de France won by Greg LeMond of USA
  • 1990 Rosie Jones (St Louis), 26, crowned 22nd Miss Black America
  • 1991 Rob Dibble back from 3-game suspension, is ejected for throwing at and hitting Cubs baserunner Doug Dascenzo Cubs win, 8-5

Sports History

1993 David Boon completes 17th Test Cricket century, 107 at Headingley

  • 1993 Chris Boardman cycles a world record 1 hour distance of 52.27 km
  • 1993 NY Yankee Mark Hutton is 1st Australian to be a starting pitcher, He beats Angels 5-2; Yanks, Red Sox, Blue Jays 3 way tie for 1st

Sports History

1994 Don Mattingly becomes 6th NY Yankee to get 2,000 hits

  • 1994 Longest baseball rain delay (3:39) as Giants beat Mets 4-2 in NYC
  • 1994 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: American Tom Wargo wins by 2 strokes from Bob Charles and Doug Dalziel

British Golf Open

1995 British Open Men's Golf, St. Andrews: Controversial American John Daly wins his 2nd major title by 4 strokes in a 4-hole playoff with Costantino Rocca of Italy

Sports History

1995 Tour de France: Miguel Induráin of Spain wins 5th consecutive Tour, 4' 35" ahead of Alex Zülle; Laurent Jalabert points winner

  • 1997 Dallas TV Station KXAS settle with Dallas Cowboys Michael Irvin and Erik Williams for reporting false sex assault allegations against them

British Golf Open

2000 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: Tiger Woods beats Thomas Bjørn and Ernie Els by 8 shots to win his first Open title; becomes youngest player at 24 to win all 4 major titles

US Women's Golf Open

2000 US Open Women's Golf, Merit Club: Australian Karrie Webb wins by 5 strokes ahead of runners-up Cristie Kerr and Meg Mallon; third of Webb's 7 major titles

Sports History

2000 87th Tour de France: no winner (Lance Armstrong disqualified)

  • 2006 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: Tiger Woods wins his 2nd consecutive Open Championship title and 3rd overall; holds off fellow American Chris DiMarco by 2 strokes
  • 2006 93rd Tour de France won by Oscar Pereiro of Spain
  • 2009 Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox becomes the 18th pitcher to throw a perfect game in MLB history, defeating Tampa Bay Rays 5-0

Sports History

2017 104th Tour de France won by Chris Froome of Great Britain, his 4th win

  • 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup: England beat India by 9 runs in the final at Lords in London

British Golf Open

2017 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: American Jordan Spieth wins by 3 strokes from countryman Matt Kuchar

  • 2019 Nike's Jordan Brand signs 2019 NBA #1 draft pick Zion Williamson to richest multiyear sponsorship deal for a rookie in history; estimated 7 years for $75 million
  • 2021 XXXII Summer Olympic Games officially open at the Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2021 MLB Cleveland Indians announce team will be renamed the Guardians, after the Guardians of Traffic, eight large Art Deco statues on the Hope Memorial Bridge, located near their playing field