On This Day in Sport for December 31

Events in Sport

  • 1906 2nd Australasian Championships: Antony Wilding beats Francis Fisher (6-0, 6-4, 6-4)
  • 1914 Colonel Jacob Ruppert & Captain Huston purchase NY Yankees for $460,000
  • 1918 Kid Gleason replaces Pants Rowland as White Sox manager
  • 1920 Roy Park makes 1st-ball duck in only Test Cricket inn, v Eng at MCG
  • 1921 14th Australasian Championships: Rhys Gemmell beats Alf Hedeman (7-5, 6-1, 6-4)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945 Bradman scores 112, his 1st post-War century, SA v Aust Services

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1950 Jockeys W Shoemaker & Joe Culmone set record of 388 wins in a year
  • 1952 41st Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Adelaide (4-1)
  • 1953 42nd Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Melbourne (3-2)
  • 1958 47th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Brisbane (3-2)
  • 1958 Willie Shoemaker 1st jockey to win national riding championship 4X
  • 1961 Green Bay Packers shutout NY Giants 37-0 in NFL championship game
  • 1962 American Basketball League announces suspension of operation
  • 1966 Test Cricket debut of Bishen Singh Bedi, India v WI Calcutta, 2-92
  • 1967 1st NBA game at Great Western Forum, LA Lakers beat Houston 147-118
  • 1967 Oakland Raiders beat Houston Oilers 40-7 in AFL championship game
  • 1967 "The Ice Bowl", Packers beat Cowboys 21-17 in NFL championship game (-13°F)
  • 1968 NY Jets win AFL championship
  • 1970 Would have been start of Aust/Eng Test Cricket at MCG, washed out
  • 1972 AFC Championship Game: Miami Dolphins beat Pittsburgh Steelers 21-7
  • 1972 NFC Championship Game: Washington Redskins beat Dallas Cowboys 26-3
  • 1972 39th Sugar Bowl: #2 Oklahoma beats #5 Penn State, 14-0
  • 1973 Johan Cruyff chosen European Football Player of theYear
  • 1973 40th Sugar Bowl: #3 Notre Dame beats #1 Alabama, 24-23
  • 1974 NY Yankees sign Jim "Catfish" Hunter for 5 yrs for a record $3.75 million
  • 1974 41st Sugar Bowl: #8 Nebraska beats #18 Florida, 13-10
  • 1975 42nd Sugar Bowl: #3 Alabama beats #7 Penn State, 13-6
  • 1977 66th Men's Australian Open: Vitas Gerulaitis beats John Lloyd (6-3, 7-6, 5-7, 3-6, 6-2)
  • 1977 66th Women's Australian Open: Evonne Goolagong Cawley beats Helen Gourlay Cawley (6-3, 6-0)
  • 1980 NY Islanders greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1984 Test Cricket debut of Mohammad Azharuddin, v England at Calcutta
  • 1989 Jockey Kent Desormeaux sets record with 598 wins in a year
  • 1991 Daniel R McCarthy elected NY Yankee managing general partner
  • 1991 J Donald Crump resigned as CFL Commissioner
  • 1995 Matthew Elliott scores separate cricket century same day for Victoria
  • 1995 62nd Sugar Bowl: #13 Virginia Tech beats #9 Texas, 28-10
  • 1996 63rd Orange Bowl: #6 Nebraska beats #10 Virginia Tech, 41-21
  • 1997 Marv Levy, retires as coach of Buffalo Bills
  • 1997 27th Fiesta Bowl: #10 Kansas State beats #14 Syracuse, 35-18
  • 2014 44th Fiesta Bowl: #20 Boise State beats #10 Arizona, 38-30
  • 2014 81st Orange Bowl: #10 Georgia Tech beats #8 Mississippi State, 49-34

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1857 King Kelly, American baseball player (d. 1894)
  • 1870 Thomas Connolly, baseball's major league umpire for 50 years
  • 1880 Fred Beebe, American baseball player (d. 1957)
  • 1882 Ben Jones, Missouri, horse trainer (Citation, Whirlaway)
  • 1884 Bobby Byrne, American baseball player (d. 1964)
  • 1893 J M Blankenberg, cricketer (60 wkts in 18 Tests for South Africa)
  • 1904 Chuck Gardiner, UK, NHL goalie (Vezina winner)
  • 1906 Erna Bogen, Hungarian foils (Olympic bronze 1932)
  • 1919 Tommy Byrne, American baseball player
  • 1924 Victoria Draves, American platform/springboard diver (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1928 Hugh McElhenny, NFL halfback (SF, Minnesota, Giants, Detroit)
  • 1928 Amarillo Slim [Thomas Preston], Amarillo Texas, hall of fame professional poker player (1971 World Series main event), (d. 2012)
  • 1929 Peter May, English cricketer (dashing batsman of 50's), born in Reading (d. 1994)
  • 1935 Peter Allan, cricketer (1 Test Australia v England 1965, 2-58 & 0-25)
  • 1938 Atje Keulen-Deelstra, Holland, speed skater (world champ), (d. 2013)
  • 1939 Afaq Hussain, cricketer (Pakistani off-spinner in 2 Tests 1961-64)
  • 1939 Willye White, US long jumper (Oly-silver-56, appeared in 5 Olympics)
  • 1941 Milkha Singh, cricketer (bro of Kripal Singh India batsman in 4 Tests)
  • 1941 Sir Alex Ferguson, Scottish football manager
  • 1950 Inge Helten, German FR, sprinter (Olympic bronze 1976)
  • 1950 Robert Bryan Gilder, Corvallis OR, PGA golfer (1980 Canadian Open)
  • 1951 Michael Allen Bantom, basketball player (Olympic silver 1972), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1957 David Allen Ogrin, Waukegan IL, PGA golfer (1994 Byron Nelson-2nd)
  • 1958 Geoff Marsh, cricketer (Aust opening batsman 1985-92)
  • 1960 Broderick Dyke, Australia, tennis star
  • 1961 Rick Aguilera, pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in San Gabriel, California
  • 1962 Tyrone Corbin, NBA forward (Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1963 Ed Simmons, NFL tackle (Washington Redskins)
  • 1963 Konishiki, American sumo wrestler
  • 1964 Denis Hickey, cricketer (fast bowler for Vic, SA & Glamorgan)
  • 1964 Klari MacAskill, kayaker (Olympics-5-92, 96), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1964 Winston Benjamin, cricketer (WI righty quick 1987-95)
  • 1965 Michelle Dobek, golfer (1995 GHP Heartland Classic-45th), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts
  • 1967 Brad Daluiso, NFL place kicker (NY Giants)
  • 1970 Bryon Russell, NBA forward (Utah Jazz)
  • 1970 Dan Howe, canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Kingston, Ontario
  • 1970 Dunstan Anderson, NFL defensive end (Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Rhein Fire)
  • 1970 Edwin Huizinga, Dutch soccer player (SC Heerenveen, Emmen)
  • 1971 Brent Barry, NBA guard (LA Clippers)
  • 1971 Erin Warren, luger (Olympics-1994), born in Winchester Massachusetts
  • 1971 Heath Shuler, NFL quarterback (Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints)
  • 1971 Ricardo López Felipe, Spanish footballer
  • 1972 Chris Parker, running back (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1972 Cole Ford, NFL kicker (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1972 Kelvin Kinney, defensive end (Washington Redskins)
  • 1973 Curtis Myden, 200m/400m swimmer (Oly-2 bronze-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1973 George Jones, running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1973 Hiroyuki Miura, hockey defenseman (Team Japan 1998)
  • 1974 Mario Aerts, Belgian cyclist
  • 1974 Tony Kanaan, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1975 Cole Ford, kicker (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1975 Toni Kuivasto, Finnish footballer
  • 1977 Wardy Alfaro, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1980 Richard "Richie" McCaw, New Zealand rugby player (All Blacks), born in Oamaru, New Zealand
  • 1981 Jason Campbell, American football player
  • 1981 Matthew Pavlich, Australian football player
  • 1982 Julio DePaula, Dominican baseball player
  • 1982 Luke Schenscher, Australian basketball player
  • 1982 Craig Gordon, Scottish footballer
  • 1987 Javaris Crittenton, American basketball player
  • 1987 Émilie Le Pennec, French gymnast

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1950 Heavyweight boxing champ Rocky Marciano (27) weds Barbara Cousins in Brockton

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano

HeartWedding of Interest

1973 MLB executive Tony La Russa (29) weds Elaine Coker

Baseball Manager Tony La Russa
Baseball Manager
Tony La Russa

HeartWedding of Interest

1992 MLB Outfielder David Justice (26) weds actress Halle Berry (26) in Atlanta, Georgia

MLB Outfielder David Justice
MLB Outfielder
David Justice
Actress Halle Berry
Actress
Halle Berry
  • 2005 Olympic gold medal skater Jamie Sale (28) weds her pair figure skater David Pelletier (31) at Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Canada
  • 2006 L.A. Galaxy soccer player Landon Donovan (24) weds actress Bianca Kajlich (29) at Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2010 NASCAR driver and team owner Kyle Busch (25) weds model Samantha Sarcinella at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago
  • 2013 "The Big Bang Theory" actress Kaley Cuoco (28) weds professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting (26) at Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Santa Susana, California
  • 2014 Olympic gold medalist soccer player Alex Morgan (25) weds Houston Dynamo midfielder Servando Carrasco (26) in Santa Barbara, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 1896 Leland Hone, cricketer (scored 7 & 6 in only England Test 1879), dies
  • 1948 Malcolm Campbell, English race driver, dies at 63
  • 1964 Bobby Byrne, baseball player (b. 1884)
  • 1967 Arthur Mailey, cricketer (10-66 & Aust v Gloucestershire 1921), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1972 Roberto Clemente, slugger (Pitts Pirate), dies in a plane crash at 38

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • 1980 Arthur Wellard, cricketer (2 Tests for England, legendary 6-hitter), dies
  • 1983 Bill Hunt, cricketer (Test for Aust, out 0, took 0-25 & 0-14), dies
  • 1985 Alexander Matheson, cricketer (2 wickets/2 Tests for NZ 1930-31), dies
  • 1990 George Allen, US football coach (LA Rams, Wash Redskins), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1994 Woody Strode, African American football player and actor (Posse, Cotton Club, Vigilante, Scream), dies of lung cancer at 80

Actor and Sportsman Woody Strode
Actor and Sportsman
Woody Strode
  • 2006 George Sisler, Jr., baseball executive (b. 1917)
  • 2007 Tommy Dickson, British footballer (b. 1929)
  • 2007 Tony Elliott, American football player (b. 1959)