On This Day

December 1928 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 1 National League President John Heydler first to propose a baseball rule change calling for a 10th man, or 'designated hitter', to bat in place of the pitcher; ironically, the NL vote in favour of proposal, but the American League turn it down
  • Dec 1 CFL Grey Cup, AAA Grounds, Hamilton: Hamilton Tigers win 3rd Cup with 30-0 shutout of Regina Roughriders
  • Dec 16 National Football League Championship: Providence Steam Roller (8-1-2) win first past the post title
  • Dec 25 Christmas Day attendance at cricket MCG (Vic v NSW) Australia is 14,887

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 26 Johnny Weissmuller announces his retirement from amateur swimming

Swimmer and Actor Johnny Weissmuller
Swimmer and Actor
Johnny Weissmuller

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 3 Jack McMahon, American basketball guard and coach (player Rochester Royal, St. Louis Hawks; coach Cincinnati Royals, San Diego Rockets, Pittsburgh Condors), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1989)
  • Dec 9 André Milhoux, Belgian racing driver, born in Bressoux, Belgium (d. 1956)
  • Dec 20 Jack Christiansen, American football player and coach (Lions), born in Sublette, Kansas
  • Dec 31 Hugh McElhenny, American NFL halfback (SF, Minnesota, Giants, Detroit), born in Los Angeles, California

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 1 Arthur Gore, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1901, 08-09), dies at 60
  • Dec 21 Harry Butt, cricketer (England wicket-keeper v South Africa 1895-96), dies