December 1919 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 10 NL votes to ban the spitball's use by all new pitchers

Sports History

Dec 10 NY, Boston, & Chicago, oppose AL resolution accusing Ban Johnson of overstepping his duties

Agreement of Interest

Dec 26 Yankees and Boston Red Sox reach agreement to move future Baseball Hall of Fame pitching slugger Babe Ruth to New York

  • Dec 27 Red Sox owner Harry Frazee announces they will deal any player except Harry Hooper, Hooper is sent to the White Sox after 1920 season

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 4 Frank Kovacs, American tennis player (US pro 1951; US National C'ship 1941 runner-up), born in Oakland, California (d. 1990)
  • Dec 6 Jimmy Bivins [James], Hall of Fame heavyweight boxer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2012)
  • Dec 21 Gert Fredriksson, Swedish canoeist (6 Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56, 60), born in Nyköping, Sweden (d. 2006)
  • Dec 30 Dick Spooner, English cricket wicket-keeper (7 Tests; 12 dismissals), born in Thornaby-on-Tees, England (d. 1997)
  • Dec 31 Tommy Byrne, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1950; World Series 1949, 56; NY Yankees), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2007)