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

Sports History

Dec 26 Johnny Weissmuller announces his retirement from amateur swimming


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