December 1939 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Dec 6 5th Heisman Trophy Award: Nile Kinnick, Iowa (HB)

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Dec 7 Lou Gehrig, 36, is elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • Dec 9 27th Grey Cup: Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeats Ottawa Rough Riders, 8-7
  • Dec 9 1940 NFL Draft: George Cafego from University of Tennessee first pick by Chicago Cardinals
  • Dec 10 Green Bay Packers win NFL championship, beat NY Giants 27-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 16 Bradman scores 251* SA v NSW, 271 minutes, 38 fours 2 sixes

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Dec 30 Bradman scores 267 SA v Vic, world record 34th double cricket century

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 1 Lee Buck Trevino, PGA golfer (US Open 1968, 71), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Dec 14 Ernie [Ernest] Davis, American football player 1st African American to win Heisman Trophy (1961)
  • Dec 18 Sandro Lopopolia, Italian lightweight boxer (Olympic-Silver-1960)
  • Dec 31 Afaq Hussain, cricketer (Pakistani off-spinner in 2 Tests 1961-64)
  • Dec 31 Willye White, US long jumper (Olympic silver 1956, appeared in 5 Olympics)

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 15 Tom McKibbin, cricketer (5 Tests for Aust 1895-1898, 17 wkts), dies