December 1940 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Dec 7 28th CFL Grey Cup (Game 2): Toronto Balmy Beach defeats Ottawa, 12-5
  • Dec 8 1st NFL championship on national radio; Bears beat Redskins 73-0
  • Dec 10 1941 NFL Draft: Tom Harmon from University of Michigan first pick by Chicago Bears

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Dec 16 Joe Louis KOs Al McCoy in 6 for heavyweight boxing title in Chicago

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis

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Dec 20 Connie Mack acquires controlling interest in the Athletics for $42,000

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack

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Dec 25 Bradman out 1st ball for South Australia v Victoria before 6213

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Dec 26 1st-class cricket debut of Arthur Morris, who scores 148
  • Dec 28 Cricketer Arthur Morris scores 111 in 2nd innings of 1st game after 148
  • Dec 29 NFL Pro Bowl: Chicago Bears beats NFL All-Stars 28-14

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 1 Mike Denness, cricketer (England batsman & captain mid-70s), (d. 2013)
  • Dec 1 Ron Finn, NHL linesman, born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 2 Gerry Cheevers, NHL goalie (Bruin, longest undefeated streak-32 games)
  • Dec 2 Willie Brown, NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders)
  • Dec 5 Boris Ignatyev, Russian footballer and manager
  • Dec 8 Brant Alyea, American baseball player
  • Dec 12 Shirley Englehorn, LPGA golfer
  • Dec 15 Nick Buoniconti, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)/sportscaster (NBC)
  • Dec 18 Arnold Long, cricketer (prolific wicketkeeper for Surrey & Sussex)
  • Dec 24 Paul Tagliabue, NFL commissioner (1989- )
  • Dec 26 Ray Sadecki, American MLB player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Kansas City, KS, (d. 2014)
  • Dec 27 Jerry Lambert, jockey (rode Native Diver)
  • Dec 30 Fred Hansen, American pole vaulter (Olympic gold 1964), born in Cuero, Texas

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 6 Charlie Hime, cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1895), dies
  • Dec 13 Dusty Tapscott, cricket (bro of Doodles, 4&1 in only S Af Test), dies
  • Dec 13 George Macaulay, cricketer (took 24 wkts in 8 Tests, Eng 22-33), dies
  • Dec 16 Billy Hamilton, American baseball player (b. 1866)