December 1926 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 4 CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Senators retain Championship with 10-7 win over U of Toronto Blues
  • Dec 9 USGA legalizes steel shaft golf clubs
  • Dec 11 Leo O'Connor is unbeaten on 143 as Queensland wins their first Sheffield Shield match by 5 wickets vs NSW at the Sydney Cricket Ground

Contract of Interest

Dec 16 MLB owners renew contract with Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis for a second 7-years term

  • Dec 19 National Football League Championship: Frankford Yellow Jackets (14-1-2) win first past the post title

Sports History

Dec 20 St. Louis Cardinals trade future Baseball Hall of Fame infielder Rogers Hornsby to NY Giants for Frankie Frisch & Jimmy Ring; concerns over Hornsby's gambling

  • Dec 21 Soccer team DOS Struggle forms
  • Dec 30 Chicago Tribune reports the Tigers threw a 4-game series to the White Sox in 1917 to help Chicago win the pennant (never substantiated)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 2 Hobie Billingsley, American ISHOF diving coach (Indiana University 1959-89; 6 x NCAA team championships; US Olympic team 1968, 72, 76), born in Erie, Pennsylvania (d. 2022) [1]
  • Dec 3 Walter Ormeño, Peruvian soccer goalkeeper (Peru 1949-57; Boca Juniors, Rosario Central), born in Lima, Peru (d. 2020)
  • Dec 7 Victor Kermit Kiam II, American businessman (Remington shavers) and NFL owner (Patriots), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2001)
  • Dec 12 Laurie Davidson, New Zealand yacht designer (Black Magic 1995; Team New Zealand 2000; America's Cup HOF 2007), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2021)
  • Dec 13 Carl Erskine, American baseball player (Bkln Dodgers), born in Anderson, Indiana
  • Dec 13 George Rhoden, Jamaican athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 4 x 400m relay 1952), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Dec 14 Frank King, West Indian cricketer (WI fast bowler in 14 Tests in 50's, 29 wkts), born in Delamere Land, Brighton, St Michael, Barbados (d. 1990)
  • Dec 17 Ray Jablonski, American baseball player (d. 1985)
  • Dec 18 Jock Aird, Scottish soccer defender (4 caps Scotland, 2 New Zealand; Burnley), born in Glencraig, Scotland (d. 2021)
  • Dec 19 Bobby Layne, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (3 x NFL champion; 6 x Pro Bowl; Detroit Lions), born in Santa Anna, Texas (d. 1986)
  • Dec 21 Joe Paterno, American college hall of football coach (Penn State) and Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of 1986, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • Dec 24 Ronald Draper, South African cricketer (South African batsman v Australia 1949-50), born in Oudtshoorn, South Africa
  • Dec 28 Donald Carr, English cricket all-rounder (2 Tests, 1 x 50, 2 wickets; Derbyshire CCC) and official (secretary Test and County Cricket Board 1976-86), born in Wiesbaden, Germany (d. 2016)

Deaths in Sport