On This Day in Sport for December 28

Events in Sport

  • 1887 Sir John Layton Jarvis, 1st British race horse trainer knighted
  • 1905 Intercollegiate Athletic Association of US founded (becomes NCAA in 1910)
  • 1938 Paul Gibb scores 106 on Test Cricket debut v South Africa
  • 1940 Cricketer Arthur Morris scores 111 in 2nd innings of 1st game after 148
  • 1944 Former Wash 3rd baseman Buddy Lewis wins Distinguished Flying Cross
  • 1947 Chic Cards beat Philadelphia Eagles 28-21 in NFL championship game
  • 1952 Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 17-7 in NFL championship game
  • 1954 43rd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Sydney (3-2)
  • 1955 44th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (5-0)
  • 1957 CBS states it won't broadcast baseball where minor league games are on
  • 1957 46th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Melbourne (3-2)
  • 1958 Baltimore Colts win the 26th NFL championship game against the New York Giants
  • 1958 "The Greatest Game Ever Played", Baltimore Colts beat New York Giants 23-17 in the first every sudden-death overtime game in NFL history (17 future members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were involved in the game)
  • 1960 49th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Sydney (4-1)
  • 1961 50th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Melbourne (5-0)
  • 1962 51st Davis Cup: Australia beats Mexico in Brisbane (5-0)
  • 1963 14th Formula One WDC: Jim Clark wins by 21 points
  • 1966 55th Davis Cup: Australia beats India in Melbourne (4-1)
  • 1967 56th Davis Cup: Australia beats Spain in Brisbane (4-1)
  • 1968 57th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Adelaide (4-1)
  • 1974 4th Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State beats #17 BYU, 16-6
  • 1975 Gary Cosier scores 109 v West Indies at MCG on Test Cricket debut
  • 1975 Red Army beats NY Rangers 7-3 at Madison Square Garden
  • 1975 "The Hail Mary", with 32 seconds left in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game, Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach throws a desperate 50-yard winning touchdown pass to Drew Pearson to defeat the Minnesota Vikings, and the "Hail Mary" play is born

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978 30th hat trick in Islander history (Mike Bossy)

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1983 72nd Davis Cup: Australia beats Sweden in Melbourne (3-2)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 Gavaskar achieves his 30th century, beating Bradman's 29

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1986 75th Davis Cup: Australia beats Sweden in Melbourne (3-2), helped by Pat Davis ranked 412th in the world
  • 1990 Blockbuster Bowl 1: Florida State beats Penn State, 24-17
  • 1991 8 are crushed to death at a RAP basketball game at City College, NYC
  • 1991 Blockbuster Bowl 2: Alabama beats Colorado, 30-25
  • 1993 John Maclean passes Kirk Muller as all-time NJ Devils scorer (521 pts)
  • 1994 Boon completes his 20th Test Cricket century (131 v England, MCG)
  • 1996 India all out for 66 at Durban after making 100 in cricket 1st innings
  • 2008 The Detroit Lions finished the season 0-16 with a 31-21 lost to the Green Bay Packers The first time in National Football League history that a team went winless in a 16-game season.

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1894 Ed Healey, NFL tackle (Rock Island Independents, Chicago Bears)
  • 1910 John Kerr, NZ, cricketer (opening batsman in 1930s)
  • 1920 Steve Van Buren, NFL halfback (Philadelphia Eagles), (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Nyron Sultan Asgarali, cricketer (West Indian opening bat 1957)
  • 1926 Donald Carr, English cricketer and MCC official, Wiesbaden, Germany (d. 2016)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1929 Terry Sawchuk, Canadian NHL goaltender (Redwings, Bruins, Maple Leaf, Rangers), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1970)

NHL Legend Terry Sawchuk
NHL Legend
Terry Sawchuk
  • 1934 Peggy Wilson, American LPGA golfer, born in Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1941 Intikhab Alam, Pakistan cricket leg-spinner (1959-77)
  • 1946 Hubie Green, golfer (US Open-1977, PGA-1985)
  • 1946 Jorge Velasquez, sportsman
  • 1947 Aurelio Rodriguez, baseball player
  • 1948 Jorge Velasquez, jockey (Kentucky Derby-1981, Preakness-1981)
  • 1951 Ken Pope, American NFL player, born Galverton, Texas
  • 1952 Ray Knight, 3rd baseman (NY Mets, Balt Orioles)
  • 1957 Anne Sargeant, Australian netballer
  • 1958 Carlos Carson, football player
  • 1958 Terry Butcher, British soccer player
  • 1959 Everson Walls, NFL cornerback (Dallas Cowboys, NY Giants)
  • 1960 John Fitzgerald, Australian tennis player, born in Cummins

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1960 Raymond bourque, Canadian NHL defenseman (Team Canada, Boston Bruins), born in Saint-Laurent, Quebec

NHL Legend Ray Bourque
NHL Legend
Ray Bourque
  • 1960 Zane Smith, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1961 Heather Hafner, WPVA volleyballer (National-7th-90), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1961 Kent Nielsen, Danish footballer and football coach
  • 1962 Keith Lee, basketball player (Memphis State)
  • 1963 Mel Stottlemyre Jr, pitcher (Toronto Blues Jays)
  • 1964 Charles Sinek, dance skater (& Beata Handra-1997 Pac Coast Sr 3rd)
  • 1964 Maite Zúñiga, Spanish athlete
  • 1966 Joe Wolf, NFL guard (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1967 Paul Lynch, Australian canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1968 Darrick Brownlow, NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • 1968 Jozef Dano, Skalica CZE, hockey forward (Team Slovakia 1998)
  • 1968 Kurt Schulz, NFL safety (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1969 James Trapp, NFL cornerback (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1970 Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, tennis player (95, 96 Oklahoma City), born in Haarlem, Netherlands
  • 1970 James Jett, NFL wide receiver (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1971 Melvin Nieves, San Juan Puerto Rico, outfielder (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1971 Michael Watkins, NFL wide receiver (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1971 Steve Morrison, NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1971 Benny Agbayani, American baseball player
  • 1971 William Gates, American basketball player
  • 1972 Adam Clawson, Salt Lake City UT, slalom single canoe (Olympic-19th-96)
  • 1972 Adam Vinatieri, WLAF punter/kicker (Amsterdam Admirals, NE Patriots)
  • 1972 Jean-Francois Jomphe, Havre St-pierre Ca, NHL right wing (Anaheim)
  • 1972 Jim Kitts, WLAF running back (Frankfurt Galaxy, Miami Dolphins)
  • 1972 Patrick Rafter, Queensland Aust, tennis star (1993 USTA/Aptos California)
  • 1972 Roberto Palacios, Peruvian footballer
  • 1973 Bobby Taylor, NFL cornerback (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1973 Garth John Da Silva, heavyweight boxer (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1974 Rob Niedermayer, Cassiar, NHL center (Florida Panthers)
  • 1975 Kesley Perrin, CFL defensive back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1977 Shane Elford, Australian rugby league player
  • 1978 Chris Coyne, Australian footballer
  • 1979 James Blake, American tennis player
  • 1979 Bill Hall, American baseball player
  • 1980 Lomana LuaLua, Congo footballer
  • 1981 Khalid Boulahrouz, Dutch footballer
  • 1981 Mika Väyrynen, Finnish footballer
  • 1982 François Gourmet, Belgian decathlete
  • 1984 Leroy Lita, English footballer
  • 1984 Beverly Mullins, American Wrestler/Model
  • 1984 Alex Lloyd, British racing driver
  • 1986 Tom Huddlestone, English footballer

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1936 Football player Bronko Nagurski (28) weds childhood sweetheart Eileen Kane in International Falls, Minnesota

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski

Deaths in Sport

  • 1932 John Blackham, cricketer (35 Tests as Aust WK, caught 37), dies
  • 1943 Steve Evans, American baseball player (b. 1885)
  • 1949 Jack Lovelock, NZ/US surgeon/athlete (Olympic-gold-1936), dies at 39
  • 1980 Amir Elahi, cricketer, 1st Pakistani Test cricketer to die
  • 1983 Jimmy Demaret, American golfer (b. 1910)
  • 1993 Joop Vervoort, Dutch soccer referee, dies at 61
  • 1997 George Fleming, cyclist, dies at 80