On This Day

December 1927 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 4 Pittsburgh Pirates future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Paul Waner wins NL MVP

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Dec 16 Australian cricket's batting maestro Don Bradman makes his 1st-class debut for NSW v South Australia at the Adelaide Oval finishing Day 1 on 65 not out

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Dec 17 Australian cricketing prodigy Don Bradman scores 118 in his 1st-class debut for NSW against South Australia at the Adelaide Oval
  • Dec 17 Victoria score 793 against Queensland, Bill Ponsford 437
  • Dec 19 National Football League Championship: New York Giants (11-1-1) win first past the post title
  • Dec 24 Test Cricket debut of Walter Hammond, who scored 51 & took 5-36 v S Af

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 2 Ralph Beard, American basketball guard (Olympic gold 1948; NBA All Star 1951; life ban point shaving scandal 1951), born in Hardinsburg, Kentucky (d. 2007)
  • Dec 2 Jim David, American NFL defensive back (Pro Bowl 1954-59; NFL Champion 1952-53, 57; Detroit Lions), born in Florence, South Carolina (d. 2007)
  • Dec 8 Ferdie Pacheco, American boxer and physician (the "Fight Doctor"), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2017)
  • Dec 11 Stein Eriksen, Norwegian alpine skier (first Olympic giant slalom gold 1952), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2015)
  • Dec 20 Jim Simpson, American sportscaster, (NBC, ESPN), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2016)
  • Dec 23 Charlie Williams MBE, English soccer defender (Doncaster Rovers 151 games) and comedian, born in Royston, England (d. 2006)
  • Dec 25 Nellie Fox, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (15 x MLB All Star; AL MVP 1959; Chicago White Sox), born in St. Thomas Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1975)
  • Dec 26 Stu Miller, American baseball player
  • Dec 26 Bill Yeoman, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (University of Houston 1962-86; record 160–108–8), born in Elnora, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • Dec 29 Andy Stanfield, American sprinter & Olympic medalist, born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1985)

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 7 Albert Griffiths ("Young Griffo"), Australian boxer (World Featherweight champion 1890-92), dies of apoplexy at 56
  • Dec 18 Harry Barrett, British athlete (WR marathon 2:42:31 1909), dies at 47
  • Dec 21 Jack Saunders, cricketer (79 wickets-14 Tests for Aust 1902-08), dies