On This Day

December 1920 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 4 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: U of Toronto Blues win 4th title; beat Toronto Argonauts, 16-3

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Dec 14 Jack Dempsey KOs Bill Brennan in 12 for heavyweight boxing title in NYC

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • Dec 17 AL votes to let spitball pitchers to continue using it
  • Dec 19 1st US indoor curling rink opens (Brookline, Mass)
  • Dec 20 Bert Collins scores 104 on Test Cricket debut v England SCG
  • Dec 31 Roy Park makes 1st-ball duck in only Test Cricket inn, v Eng at MCG
  • Dec 31 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Auckland, NZ: Bill Johnson & Bill Tilden (US) beat Norman Brookes & Gerald Patterson (Australasia) 6-4, 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 for an unassailable 3-0 lead; ends 5-0

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 7 Fiorenzo Magni, Italian road cyclist (Giro d'Italia 1948, 51, 55; Tour of Flanders 1949, 50, 51), born in Vaiano, Italy (d. 2012)
  • Dec 8 McDonald Bailey, British-Trinidadian 100m runner (Olympic bronze 1952), born in Williamsville, Trinidad (d. 2013)
  • Dec 10 Ragnhild Hveger, Danish swimmer (Olympic silver 400m freestyle 1936; 44 world records 1938-56), born in Nyborg, Denmark (d. 2011)
  • Dec 21 Kel Nagle, Australian golfer (British Open 1960), born in Sydney, NSW (d. 2015)
  • Dec 27 Bruce Hobbs, American jockey (youngest to ride winner of English Grand National on Battleship 1938), born on Long Island, New York (d. 2005)
  • Dec 28 Steve Van Buren, NFL halfback (Philadelphia Eagles), (d. 2012)

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 14 George "The Gipper" Gipp, American football player (Notre Dame), dies of a streptococcal throat infection and pneumonia at 25
  • Dec 21 Claude Tozer, cricketer (dashing NSW batsman, shot to death