December 1959 in Sport

Events in Sport

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

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

8th 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

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

11th Yanks trade Marv Thronberry, Don Larsen, Hank Bauer & Norm Seibern for Roger Maris, Kent Hadley & Joe Deaestri

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

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Birthdays in Sport

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

Weddings & Divorces in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

Deaths in Sport

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