December 1972 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Dec 2 60th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeats Saskatchewan, 13-10
  • Dec 2 37th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 17-16 in Birmingham
  • Dec 5 38th Heisman Trophy Award: Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska (FL)
  • Dec 16 Miami Dolphins become 1st undefeated NFL team (14-0-0)
  • Dec 23 Islanders end 15 games winless streak
  • Dec 23 "Immaculate Reception" Steelers turns around a 7-6 defeat with a last second touchdown reception against Raiders to win 13-7
  • Dec 23 2nd Fiesta Bowl: #15 Arizona State beats Missouri, 49-35
  • Dec 25 England beat India by six wickets in the 1st Cricket Test in Delhi
  • Dec 27 LA Kings start Islanders on 12 game losing streak
  • Dec 29 Test Cricket debut of Jeff Thomson & Max Walker v Pakistan at MCG
  • Dec 31 AFC Championship Game: Miami Dolphins beat Pittsburgh Steelers 21-7
  • Dec 31 NFC Championship Game: Washington Redskins beat Dallas Cowboys 26-3
  • Dec 31 39th Sugar Bowl: #2 Oklahoma beats #5 Penn State, 14-0

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 1 Andre Royal, linebacker (Carolina Panthers)
  • Dec 1 Charlie Jones, wide receiver (San Diego Chargers)
  • Dec 2 Alan Henderson, NBA forward (Atlanta Hawks)
  • Dec 2 Chris Burns, CFL tackle (Calgary Stampeders, Hamilton Tiger-Cats & Ottawa Renegades)
  • Dec 2 James Willis, linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Dec 2 Sunjith Somasunder, cricketer (Karnataka & India ODI opening bat 1996)
  • Dec 2 Zack Crockett, NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Dec 3 Eva Nemcova, WNBA forward/guard (Cleveland Rockers)
  • Dec 3 Peter Wright, US, 1500m freestyle (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 3 Bucky Lasek, American skateboarder
  • Dec 4 Damien Covington, NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • Dec 4 Howard Eisley, NBA guard (Utah Jazz)
  • Dec 4 Jassen Cullimore, Simcoe, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks)
  • Dec 4 Jude St John, CFL offensive linebacker (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Dec 4 Kerry Anne Guse, Brisbane Queensland, tennis star (1996 final Hobart)
  • Dec 4 Ted Johnson, NFL inside linebacker (NE Patriots)
  • Dec 5 Cliff Floyd, outfielder/1st base (Montreal Expos), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 5 Kevin Sally, Richmond Hill Ontario, archer (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 5 Randolph Ross, Shelby NC, 110m hurdler
  • Dec 5 Roderick Mullen, NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Dec 5 Stanislav Jasecko, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia 1998)
  • Dec 5 Mike Mahoney, American baseball player
  • Dec 6 Brendan Garard, Australian field hockey halfback (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 6 Gary Bandy, NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Dec 6 James Logan, NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Dec 6 Mike Gruttadauri, corner (St Louis Rams)
  • Dec 7 Bobby Schoonens, soccer player (RKC)
  • Dec 7 Clay Shiver, corner (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Dec 7 Jordi Buritlo, Spain, tennis star
  • Dec 7 Kevin Dogins, corner (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Dec 8 Marco Abreu, Angolan footballer
  • Dec 9 Fabrice Santoro, Tahiti, tennis star
  • Dec 9 Paul Greene, Australian 100m/200m/400m (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 10 Marcos di Palma, Argentine racing driver
  • Dec 11 Daniel Alfredsson, Grums Swe, NHL right wing (Ottawa Senators)
  • Dec 11 Francisco Rodriguez, pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 11 Robert Robinson, CFL defensive linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Dec 12 Greg Randolph, road cyclist (Olympics-74th-96), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Dec 12 Jamal Willis, NFL running back (SF 49ers)
  • Dec 12 John Walsh, NFL quarterback (Cin Bengals)
  • Dec 12 Oliver Quass, WLAF kicker (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Dec 12 Nicky Eaden, English footballer
  • Dec 12 Wilson Kipketer, Danish middle-distance runner
  • Dec 12 Yeoryios Theodoridis, Greek sprinter
  • Dec 13 Craig Sauer, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Dec 14 Johnny Mcwilliams, tight end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Dec 14 Marcus Jensen, American baseball player
  • Dec 15 Rodney Harrison, NFL safety (San Diego Chargers)
  • Dec 15 Stanislav Jasecko, Spisska Nova Ves, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia)
  • Dec 16 Charles Gipson, American baseball player
  • Dec 16 Ċ½eljko Kalac, Australian soccer player
  • Dec 17 Brian Williams, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Dec 17 Dewayne Washington, cornerback (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Dec 17 Don Davis, linebacker (New Orleans Saints)
  • Dec 17 Ivan Pedroso, Cuba, long jumper (Olympics-4th-92)
  • Dec 18 Eric Unverzagt, NFL/WLAF linebacker (Sea Seahawks, Scotland Claymores)
  • Dec 18 Jeff Nelson, Prince Albert, NHL center (Washington Capitals)
  • Dec 18 Marcos Ondruska, South Africa, tennis star
  • Dec 19 Warren Sapp, NFL defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Dec 19 Waverly Jackson, DL (Carolina Panthers)
  • Dec 20 Scott Slutzker, American football tight end (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Dec 20 Jan Caloun, hockey forward (Team Czech Oly-Gold-1998)
  • Dec 20 Jonathan Wyatt, 5000m (Olympics-96), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Dec 21 Latroy Hawkins, American baseball player
  • Dec 21 Dustin Hermanson, American baseball player
  • Dec 22 Andrew Moore, WLAF tackle (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Dec 22 Anthony Edwards, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 22 Kirk Maltby, Guelph, NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers)
  • Dec 22 Mike Thompson, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Dec 24 Alvaro Mesen, Costa Rican footballer
  • Dec 26 Burnell Roques, NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Dec 26 Derrick Cullors, running back (New England Patriots)
  • Dec 26 Esteban Fuertes, Argentine footballer
  • Dec 27 Charles Way, NFL fullback (NY Giants)
  • Dec 27 Dewayne Washington, NFL cornerback (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Dec 28 Adam Clawson, Salt Lake City UT, slalom single canoe (Olympic-19th-96)
  • Dec 28 Adam Vinatieri, WLAF punter/kicker (Amsterdam Admirals, NE Patriots)
  • Dec 28 Jean-Francois Jomphe, Havre St-pierre Ca, NHL right wing (Anaheim)
  • Dec 28 Jim Kitts, WLAF running back (Frankfurt Galaxy, Miami Dolphins)
  • Dec 28 Patrick Rafter, Queensland Aust, tennis star (1993 USTA/Aptos California)
  • Dec 28 Roberto Palacios, Peruvian footballer
  • Dec 29 Malcolm Seabron, NFL wide receiver (Houston Oilers)
  • Dec 29 Randy Neal, NFL linebacker (Cin Bengals)
  • Dec 30 Kerry Collins, NFL quarterback (Carolina Panthers)
  • Dec 30 Loren Meyer, NBA center (Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks)
  • Dec 30 Paul Keegan, Irish footballer
  • Dec 31 Chris Parker, running back (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Dec 31 Cole Ford, NFL kicker (Oakland Raiders)
  • Dec 31 Kelvin Kinney, defensive end (Washington Redskins)

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 11 John Mills, cricketer (7 Tests for NZ in early 1930's, 241 runs), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 31 Roberto Clemente, slugger (Pitts Pirate), dies in a plane crash at 38

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente