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This Day in Sports History — September 23

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Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on September 23:

1908 — Baserunner Fred Merkle of the New York Giants failed to run from first to second on the potential game-winning hit in the ninth inning, opting to run toward the clubhouse in celebration instead. He was subsequently forced out by the Chicago Cubs. The base-running mistake — forever termed Merkle’s boner — cost the Giants the pennant. (More info.)

1926 — Gene Tunney defeated Jack Dempsey in 10 rounds at Municipal Stadium in Philadelphia to win the world heavyweight championship. (More info.)

1952 — Rocky Marciano knocked out Jersey Joe Walcott in the 13th round of their fight at Municipal Stadium in Philadelphia to win the world heavyweight championship. (More info.)

1962 — Maury Wills of the Los Angeles Dodgers stole his 96th and 97th bases to break Ty Cobb’s 47-year-old record at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. (More info.)

1983 — Steve Carlton of the Philadelphia Phillies won his 300th game by beating the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-2, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. (More info.)

1988 — Jose Canseco of the Oakland A’s stole his 39th and 40th bases of the year and hit his 41st home run to become the first player in MLB history to join the 40-40 club. (More info.)

1992 — Goalie Manon Rheaume of the Tampa Bay Lightning became the first female to play in an NHL exhibition game, allowing two goals on nine shot attempts. (More info.)

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