December 1959 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Dec 1 25th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Cannon, LSU (HB)

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Dec 8 President Eisenhower watches Pakistan v Aust Test Cricket at Karachi

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Dec 11 NY Yankees trade Marv Thronberry, Don Larsen, Hank Bauer and Norm Seibern for Roger Maris, Kent Hadley and Joe Deaestri

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Dec 12 10th Formula One WDC: Jack Brabham wins by four points

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Dec 18 Sammy Baugh named 1st coach of NY Titans (AFL)

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh

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Dec 21 Tom Landry accepts coaching job with Dallas Cowboys (stays until 1988)

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry
  • Dec 22 NY Ranger goalie Marcel Paille wears a customized mask
  • Dec 27 Balt Colts beat NY Giants 31-16 in NFL championship game

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 1 Wally Lewis, Australian rugby league footballer
  • Dec 2 Greg Barton, kayak (Olympics-2 gold-88)
  • Dec 2 Patty Jordan, LPGA golfer (1988 Mitsubishi Motors Ocean), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Dec 3 Kathy Jordan, Bryn Mawr PA, tennis player (US Opens Doubles 1981)
  • Dec 4 Paul McGrath, Irish footballer
  • Dec 5 Shirley Furlong, LPGA golfer (1988 Lady Keystone Open), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Dec 7 Salim Yousuf, cricketer (Pakistani wicket-keeper in 32 Tests 1986-90)
  • Dec 8 Mark Dickson, tennis star, born in Tampa, Florida
  • Dec 10 Mark Aguirre, NBA forward (Detroit Pistons)
  • Dec 11 David Iwasaki-Smith, Warragul VIC, Australian golfer
  • Dec 11 Jean-Louis Lamarre, La Prairie Que, golfer (Quebec PGA-1982, 85)
  • Dec 12 Krishnammachari Srikkanth, cricketer (big-hitting Indian opener)
  • Dec 14 Jorge Vaca, Mexican boxer
  • Dec 15 Greg Matthews, cricketer (NSW & Aust off-spin all rounder Yeah yeah)
  • Dec 15 Rashid Khan, cricketer (4 Tests for Pakistan 1982-85)
  • Dec 17 Michelle Mackall, LPGA golfer (1995 Friendly's-32nd), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 17 Tammie Green, Somerset OH, LPGA golfer (1989 du Maurier Ltd Classic)
  • Dec 19 Edward Metgod, Dutch soccer goalie (Haarlem, Sparta)
  • Dec 19 Kathryn "Furu" Carpenter, Marshall Mich, fencer-epee (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 20 David Lutz, NFL guard/tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • Dec 21 Florence Griffith Joyner, runner (Olympic-3 gold-1988), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 22 Bernd Schuster, German footballer
  • Dec 25 Chris Spice, Australian field hockey coach (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 25 Ton Lokhoff, Dutch soccer player (NAC)
  • Dec 26 Lesley Tomlinson, Derbyshire England, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 27 Andre Tippett, NFL linebacker (New England Patriots)
  • Dec 27 Mary Holland, WPVA volleyballer, born in San Diego, California
  • Dec 28 Everson Walls, NFL cornerback (Dallas Cowboys, NY Giants)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 26 NFL coach John Madden (23) weds Virginia Fields

Football Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
Football Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 5 K S Duleepsinhji, cricketer (12 Tests for England, 995 runs), dies
  • Dec 10 Charles Jones, cricket batsman (WI in 4 Tests 1930-35, 63 runs), dies
  • Dec 11 Jim Bottomley, American baseball player (b. 1900)