On This Day

December 1936 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 1 2nd Heisman Trophy Award: Larry Kelley, Yale (E)
  • Dec 5 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Sarnia Imperials defeat Ottawa Rough Riders, 26-20 for their 2nd Championship
  • Dec 9 AL OKs night baseball for St Louis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 9 Australia all out for 58 v England, Bradman out for a duck

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Dec 12 1937 NFL Draft: Sam Francis from University of Nebraska first pick by Philadelphia Eagles

Sport awardNFL Championship

Dec 13 National Football League Championship, Polo Grounds, NYC: Green Bay Packers beat Boston Redskins, 21-6; Packers 4th title; Redskins move to Washington, D.C. for 1937 season

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau
  • Dec 18 Queensland cricket all out for 49 v Vic, Fleetwood-Smith 7-17
  • Dec 21 Bradman's 2nd consecutive Test Cricket duck! Australia all out for 80

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 7 Bo Belinsky, American baseball pitcher (no-hitter 1962; LA Angels), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • Dec 8 Peter Parfitt, English cricketer (fine England batsman of the 1960's), born in Billingford, Breckland, Norfolk, England
  • Dec 8 Buster Farrer, South African cricketer (South African Test batsman 1962-64), born in King William's Town, Cape Province, South Africa
  • Dec 12 Iolanda Balaș, Romanian high jumper (Olympic gold 1960), born in Timișoara, Romania (d. 2016)
  • Dec 13 J. C. Martin, American baseball player, born in Axton, Virginia
  • Dec 14 Carl Scheer, American basketball executive (general manager Denver Nuggets, LA Clippers, Charlotte Hornets; inventor NBA Slam Dunk Contest), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • Dec 16 Maurice Setters, English soccer wing half (West Bromwich Albion, Manchester United, Stoke City) and manager (Doncaster Rovers), born in Honiton, England (d. 2020)
  • Dec 17 Roland Sheldon, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • Dec 23 Bobby Ross, NFL coach (San Diego Chargers), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Dec 23 Willie Wood, American Pro Football Hall of Fame safety (Pro Bowl 1962, 64–70; Super Bowl 1967, 68; Green Bay Packers), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2020)
  • Dec 27 Phil Sharpe, English cricketer (12 Tests), born in Shipley, West Yorkshire (d. 2014)
  • Dec 27 Lee Grosscup, American football quarterback (NY Jets, NY Titans) and sportscaster (college football analyst ABC; Cal Berkeley), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2020)
  • Dec 28 Jack Ingram, American auto racer (NASCAR Busch Series champion 1982, 85), born in Asheville, North Carolina (d. 2021)

Person of interestRay Nitschke

Dec 29 Ray Nitschke, American NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers), born in Elmwood Park, Illinois (d. 1998)

NFL Legend Ray Nitschke
NFL Legend
Ray Nitschke
  • Dec 31 Jerry Sturm, American football tackle (AFL All-Star 1964, 66; Denver Broncos, NO Saints), born in English, Indiana (d. 2020)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 28 Football player Bronko Nagurski (28) weds childhood sweetheart Eileen Kane in International Falls, Minnesota

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 10 Bobby Abel, English cricketer (744 runs in 13 Tests for Eng 1888-1902), dies at 79