On This Day

December 1916 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 2 National Baseball Commission orders that injured players get full pay for duration of their contracts; injury clause previously let clubs suspend players after 15 days' pay

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 4 Lew Jenkins, American boxer (World Lightweight Champion 1940-41), born in Milburn, Texas (d. 1981)
  • Dec 19 Mervyn Wallace, cricketer (13 Tests for NZ, latterly as capt)
  • Dec 28 Nelly Adamson Landry, French tennis player (French C'ships 1948), born in Bruges, Belgium (d. 2010)

Weddings in Sport

Honus Wagner

Dec 30 MLB player Honus Wagner (42) weds Bessie Baine Smith (26) at St John's Church in Carnegie, Pennsylvania

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 26 Frank Penn, cricketer (one Test for England v Australia 1880), dies
  • Dec 26 Willie Smith, Scottish golfer (US Open 1899), dies of pneumonia at 40