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On This Day in Sports - March 23

By Jake Beardslee · March 23, 2024

From the breathtaking feats that redefined the limits of human endurance to the memorable clashes that captured the hearts of millions, each day carves its own niche in the rich tapestry of sports history.

Join us as we dive into the exhilarating world of sports, celebrating the moments of triumph, the instances of heartbreak, and the unwavering spirit of competition that have defined the careers of athletes across generations.

So, lace up your sneakers, and prepare to relive the legendary performances and moments in sports that took place on this day, March 23.  Unsplash

Historic Purchase of Cincinnati Reds in 1962

William DeWitt bought the Cincinnati Reds for $4,625,000 on March 23, 1962.  Fritzmann2002/Wikimedia

Loyola-Chicago's Dramatic Title in 1963

The 25th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship saw Loyola-Chicago beat Cincinnati 60-58 in overtime for their first title on March 23, 1963.  Loyola News staff/Wikimedia

France's Grand Slam in 1968

France won the Five Nations Rugby Championship and their first Grand Slam with a 14-9 victory over Wales at the National Stadium, Cardiff, on March 23, 1968.  Agence Rol/Wikimedia

Allan Border's Cricket Milestone in 1980

On March 23, 1980, Australian cricketer Allan Border became the first batsman to score 150 in each innings of a test match against Pakistan in Lahore.  Archives New Zealand from New Zealand/Wikimedia

Lee Trevino's Narrow Win in 1980

The PGA Tournament Players Championship saw Lee Trevino win by 1 stroke over Ben Crenshaw at Sawgrass Country Club on March 23,  Chocojeu/Wikimedia

Katarina Witt's Ice Elegance in 1984

The Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Ottawa was won by Katarina Witt of East Germany on March 23, 1984.  Zip2.0/Wikimedia

Scott Hamilton's Skating Success in 1984

American Scott Hamilton clinched the Men's Figure Skating Championship in Ottawa on March 23, 1984.  Dan Lundberg/Wikimedia

Navratilova's Dominant Display in 1986

On March 23, 1986, Martina Navratilova won her fourth straight and seventh overall WTA Tour Championships title, defeating Hana Mandlíková in NYC.  Hans van Dijk for Anefo/Wikimedia

Inaugural World League of American Football Games in 1991

The first games of the World League of American Football took place on March 23, 1991, with London, Sacramento, and Montreal emerging victorious.  AleXXw/Wikimedia

Sergei Bubka's Pole Vault Record in 1991

On March 23, 1991, Sergei Bubka set a world record in indoor pole vaulting with a leap of 6.12m.  André Zehetbauer from Schwerin, Deutschland/Wikimedia

Florida Marlins Ticket Sales Begin in 1992

The Florida Marlins started selling tickets for their first season on March 23, 1992.

NBA Brawl: Knicks vs. Suns in 1993

A major brawl erupted between the New York Knicks and the Phoenix Suns during their game on March 23, 1993.  James Trosh from London, UK/Wikimedia

Graeme Obree's Bicycle World Record in 1994

On March 23, 1994, Graeme Obree set a world record in the 10 km bicycle race with a time of 11:28.  Chisa12345/Wikimedia

Wayne Gretzky's Goal-Scoring Milestone in 1994

On March 23, 1994, Wayne Gretzky set the NHL record with his 802nd goal scored.  Hakandahlstrom/Wikimedia

Ash Barty's Surprising Retirement in 2022

Australian tennis star Ash Barty announced her retirement on March 23, 2022, after 114 consecutive weeks as the world's #1 female player.  Carine06/Wikimedia

Harry Kane's Record-Breaking Goal in 2023

Harry Kane became England's all-time greatest goalscorer with his 54th goal in a 2-1 victory over Italy on March 23, 2023.  enviro warrior from england/Wikimedia