December 1959 in Sport

Events in Sport

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

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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

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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

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18th 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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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 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)