On This Day

Events in Sport on May 23

  • 1873 1st Preakness Stakes: G. Barbee aboard Survivor wins in 2:43 at Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1883 9th Kentucky Derby: William Donohue aboard Leonatus wins in 2:43
  • 1884 12th Preakness: S Fisher aboard Knight of Ellerslie wins in 2:39.5
  • 1901 35th Belmont: H Spencer aboard Commando wins in 2:21
  • 1922 Future World Heavyweight boxing champion Gene Tunney suffers his only professional defeat in a unanimous points decision against Harry Greb at Madison Square Garden, NY

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1941 In his 20th World Heavyweight Boxing title defence Joe Louis knocks out Buddy Baer in round 1 at New York's Madison Square Garden

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1948 Future Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive HRs as the New York Yankees edge the Indians, 6-5 at Cleveland Stadium

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1953 78th Preakness: Eric Guerin aboard Native Dancer wins in 1:57.8

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1962 Joe Pepitone 2nd Yankee to hit 2 HRs in 1 inning (Joe DiMaggio)

MLB First Baseman and Outfielder Joe Pepitone
MLB First Baseman and Outfielder
Joe Pepitone
  • 1964 Dale Greig runs female marathon world record (3:27:45)
  • 1968 AC Milan of Italy win 8th European Cup Winner's Cup against Hamburger SV of West Germany 2-0 in Rotterdam
  • 1970 San Diego Padres beat SF Giants 17-16 in 15 innings
  • 1978 AL approves transfer of Red Sox to Jean Yawkey for $15M
  • 1979 1st edition of "Wisden Cricket Monthly"
  • 1981 Puerto Rican boxer Wilfred Benítez (22) becomes the youngest 3-division world champion in history by knocking out WBC World Super Welterweight champion Maurice Hope in 12 rounds in Las Vegas
  • 1984 Detroit Tigers win AL record tying 16th straight road game

  • 1990 NY Yankees hit 6 home runs to beat Minnesota Twins 12-0
  • 1990 34th European Cup: Milan beats Benfica 1-0 at Vienna
  • 1991 Phillie Tommy Greene no-hits Mont Expos, 2-0
  • 1991 San Diego Sockers win 4th consecutive Major Soccer League championship
  • 1992 NY Yankees play in their 4th straight extra inning game
  • 1992 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Pittsburgh Penguins beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 0
  • 1995 47th time opposing pitchers hit HRs, K Foster (Cubs)/M Freeman (Rocks)
  • 2001 9th UEFA Champions League Final: Bayern Munich beats Valencia (1-1, 5-4 on penalties) at Milan
  • 2001 Marco Siffredi becomes the first person to snowboard down Mount Everest via the Norton Couloir (some share record accreditation with Stefan Gatt)
  • 2003 NHL Eastern Conference Final: New Jersey Devils beat Ottawa Senators, 4 games to 3
  • 2007 UEFA Champions League Final, Athens: Filippo Inzaghi scores twice as AC Milan beats Liverpool, 2-1 for 7th title
  • 2010 NHL Western Conference Finals: Chicago Black Hawks beat San Jose Sharks, 4 games to 0

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

2013 Patrick Roy is named head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, his former team where he won two Stanley Cups

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • 2018 NFL owners approve new NFL national anthem policy whereby players required to stand if they choose to be on the field for pre-game presentations