December 1918 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 10 John Heyder becomes president of baseball's National League for the 2nd time

Boxing Title Fight

Dec 16 Jack Dempsey KOs Carl Morris in 14 seconds

  • Dec 21 Red Sox trade Dutch Leonard, Ernie Shore & Duffy Lewis to Yankees for Ray Caldwell & Slim Love, Frank Gilhooey, Al Walters & $15,000
  • Dec 26 1st day of 1st-class cricket in Aust after WW I (Vic v NSW)

Sports History

Dec 28 Montreal's Georges Vezina becomes the first NHL goalie to record an assist during the Canadiens’ 6-3 win over the Toronto Arenas

  • Dec 31 Kid Gleason replaces Pants Rowland as Chicago White Sox manager; reach World Series but lose in the "Black Sox" betting scandal; Gleason not involved

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 1 Bill Strannigan, American all-round athlete and basketball coach (Uni of Wyoming), born in Dalry, North Ayrshire, Scotland (d. 1997)
  • Dec 10 Anatoly Tarasov, Russian ice hockey player and coach (considered as the father of Russian ice hockey), born in Moscow (d. 1995)
  • Dec 13 Bill Vukovich, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500, 1953-4), born in Fresno, California (d. 1955)
  • Dec 22 William Kennedy, American baseball player, born in Alexandria, Virginia (d. 1995)