On This Day

Events in Sport on November 23

  • 1892 Pierre de Coubertin launches plan for modern Olympic Games at the Union des Sociétés Françaises de Sports Athlétiques AGM
  • 1895 4th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 48-0 in Tuscaloosa

Olympic Games1st US Olympic Games

1904 III Summer (Modern) Olympic Games close in St Louis
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Poster promoting the 1904 Summer Olympic Games in St. Louis
Poster promoting the 1904 Summer Olympic Games in St. Louis
  • 1943 Philadelphia Phillies owner William D Cox is permanently banned from baseball for having bet on his own team

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1947 Washington Redskin Sammy Baugh passes for 6 touchdowns vs Chi Cards (45-21)

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh
  • 1956 Vladimir Kuts of the Soviet Union runs Olympic record 28:45.6 to win the 10,000m at the Melbourne Olympics; later also wins 5,000m gold
  • 1960 Dodgers outfielder Frank Howard is voted NL Rookie of Year
  • 1962 LA Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills is named National League MVP
  • 1965 31st Heisman Trophy Award: Mike Garrett, Southern Cal (RB)
  • 1966 Chicago outfielder Tommie Agee is voted AL Rookie of Year
  • 1968 Milwaukee Bucks make their 1st NBA trade, giving Bob Love & Bob Weiss to Chicago Bulls for Flynn Robinson
  • 1971 Danny Murtaugh, manager of MLB world champions Pittsburgh Pirates, announces his retirement
  • 1974 Alexis Argüello of Nicaragua knocks out Mexican defending champion Rubén Olivares in the 13th round at the Forum in Inglewood, California, to claim the WBA world featherweight boxing title
  • 1975 CFL Grey Cup, McMahon Field, Calgary: Edmonton Eskimos defeat Montreal Alouettes, 9-8; just the 3rd Grey Cup in which no TDs scored; game-time temperature -15 degrees Celsius, with a 25-kph wind
  • 1975 Bob Thomas of Chicago Bears kicks 55-yard field goal
  • 1980 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Edmonton Eskimos 3rd straight title; outclass Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 48-10

  • 1982 NY Islanders & Minn North Stars play to an 8-8 tie
  • 1984 Limited-over international cricket debut for Wasim Akram for Pakistan, v New Zealand
  • 1984 Test Cricket debuts of Australians David Boon aged 23 & Bob Holland aged 38 (v WI)

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1986 Second WTA Tour Championship of the year; change of tennis schedule; Martina Navratilova wins 5th straight and 8th overall title with 7–6, 6–3, 6–2 win over Steffi Graf in NYC

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf

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1987 German tennis star Steffi Graf claims her first WTA Tour Championship with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, 6-4 win over Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf

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1988 Wayne Gretzky scores his 600th NHL goal

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1988 Yankees sign free agent 2nd-baseman Steve Sax to 3-year contract

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1989 The "Bounty Bowl": Philadelphia Eagles defeat Dallas Cowboys 27-0 at Thanksgiving in an ill-tempered game, after which Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson accuses Eagles coach Buddy Ryan of placing bounties on players

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson
  • 1990 Test Cricket debut of Saeed Anwar (Pak v WI), scores 0 & 0

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1991 Evander Holyfield TKOs Bert Cooper in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

  • 1991 Martín López-Zubero swims world record 200m backstroke (1:56.57)
  • 1991 Sacramento Kings ends NBA's longest road losing streak at 43 games
  • 1991 Brigham Young University quarterback Ty Detmer finishes NCAA career with record 4,031 yards passed in a season, and 15,031 yards for career
  • 1996 61st Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 24-23 in Birmingham

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1997 Czech tennis No. 1 Jana Novotná wins WTA Tour Championship at Madison Square Garden, NYC; beats Mary Pierce of France 7–6, 6–2, 6–3

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Jana Novotna
Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce
  • 2001 53rd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jeff Gordon wins
  • 2002 67th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 17-7 in Tuscaloosa
  • 2003 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Moscow, Russia: Amélie Mauresmo beats American Meghann Shaughnessy 6-2, 6-1 to give France an unassailable 3-0 lead (ends, 4-1) and their second title

Sport awardPresident's Cup

2003 Presidents Cup Golf, Fancourt Hotel and CC: US and International team tie, 17-17; after 3 tied playoff holes between Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, captains and players decide Cup to be shared

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • 2008 97th Davis Cup: Spain beats Argentina in Mar del Plata (3-1)
  • 2008 CFL Grey Cup, Olympic Stadium, Montreal: Calgary Stampeders beat Montreal Alouettes, 22-14; 66,308 2nd-highest attended Grey Cup game in history

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2013 Manny Pacquiao defeats American Brandon Rios to win the WBO welterweight title

  • 2014 A suicide bomber kills 40 people at a volleyball tournament in eastern Afghanistan
  • 2014 Magnus Carlsen defends his World Chess Championship title after defeating Vishy Anand
  • 2014 103rd Davis Cup: Switzerland beats France in Lille (3-1), winning the Davis Cup for the first time

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2014 British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton wins season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit to clinch his second F1 World Drivers Championship, 67 points ahead of team mate Nico Rosberg

Formula 1 Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver
Lewis Hamilton

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2015 Lydia Ko (18) of New Zealand wins women's LPGA Player of the Year and retains the Race to the CME Globe title worth $1 million

Golfer Lydia Ko
Golfer
Lydia Ko
  • 2017 Brazilian footballer Robinho sentenced to nine years in prison for rape in Italy

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2018 Phil Mickelson claims $9m winner-takes-all prize in dramatic matchplay golf duel with Tiger Woods, finishing under floodlights in Las Vegas; match goes to 22nd hole before Mickelson sinks 4-foot putt for rich victory