Events in Sport on September 23

  • 1845 1st baseball team, NY Knickerbockers organize, adopt rule code
  • 1868 9th British Golf Open: Tom Morris, Jr. shoots a 154 at Prestwick Golf Club (three shots better than his father, Tom Morris, Sr.)
  • 1873 Tom Allen beats Mike McCale for Heavyweight Boxing title
  • 1892 32nd British Golf Open: Harold Hilton shoots a 305 at Muirfield
  • 1908 Giant Fred (Bonehead) Merkle fails to touch 2nd, causes 3rd out in 9th & disallows winning run (game ends tied, Cubs win replay & pennant)
  • 1914 Reds drop their 19th straight game, then beat Boston Braves
  • 1925 Washington shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh is named AL MVP

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1926 Gene Tunney beats Jack Dempsey in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • 1937 Yankees lose 9-5 but clinch pennant when Red Sox beat Detroit
  • 1939 Cookie Lavagetto goes 6 for 6-Dodgers get 27 hits & beat Phillies 22-4
  • 1948 Braves clinch NL pennant
  • 1950 Patty Berg wins LPGA Sunset Hills Golf Open
  • 1952 1st closed circuit pay-TV telecast of a sports event
  • 1952 Brooklyn Dodgers clinch NL pennant with a record of 96-57 over the New York Giants 92-62

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1952 Rocky Marciano KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • 1955 Yanks clinch pennant by beating Red Sox, 3-2
  • 1957 Milwaukee Braves clinch NL pennant by beating Cards 4-2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961 Ernie Banks ends 717 consecutive-games-played streak

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 1962 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Visalia Golf Open
  • 1970 Gary Muhrcke wins 1st NY Marathon

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1973 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Portland Ladies Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1979 Sandra Post wins LPGA ERA Real Estate Golf Classic
  • 1983 Gerrie Coetzee KOs Michael Dokes in 10 for heavyweight boxing title in Ohio
  • 1983 Phillies Steve Carlton is 16th to wins 300 game (beating Cards)
  • 1984 Amy Alcott wins LPGA San Jose Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 SF 49er Joe Montana misses his 1st start in 49 games

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana

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1984 Sparky Anderson is 1st manager to win 100 games in both leagues

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson
  • 1988 Jose Canseco is baseball's 1st to steal 40 bases & hit 40 HRs
  • 1988 Rosa Mota wins 2nd female olympic marathon (2:25:39)
  • 1989 Blue Jays bat out of order against Brewers in 6th inning

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1990 Nancy Lopez wins MBS LPGA Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 1992 Bill Comrie purchases BC Lions from CFL
  • 1992 1st female to play in a NHL exhibition game (Manon Rheaume, goalie) for Tampa Bay Lightning - gives up 2 goals on 9 attempts in 1 period
  • 1997 Seattle Mariners break record for most HRs in a year (258)