On This Day

December 1940 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 1 Four sets of brothers play in one NHL game when Chicago Blackhawks beat NY Rangers, 4-1; Lynn & Muzz Patrick and Neil & Mac Colville (Rangers); Max & Doug Bentley and Bob & Bill Carse (Chicago)
  • Dec 7 CFL Grey Cup (Game 2), Lansdowne Park, Ottawa: Ottawa beats Toronto Balmy Beach, 12-5
  • Dec 8 National Football League Championship, Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Chicago Bears beat Washington Redskins, 73-0; most one-sided victory in NFL history; first NFL title game broadcast on national radio
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 3rd NFL All Star Game: Chicago Bears beats NFL All-Stars, 28-14

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 1 Mike Denness, English cricket batsman and captain (28 Tests, top score 188), born in Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Scotland (d. 2013)
  • Dec 1 Ron Finn, Canadian NHL linesman (2,373 regular season games, 2 x All-Star games, Rendez-vous '87 and 4 x Canada Cups), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 2 Gerry Cheevers, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goalie and broadcaster (longest undefeated streak-32 games 1972; Boston Bruins), born in St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Dec 2 Willie Brown, American Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback, coach and executive (Super Bowl 1976, 80, 84; Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders), born in Yazoo City, Mississippi (d. 2019)
  • Dec 5 Boris Ignatyev, Russian footballer and manager, born in Moscow
  • Dec 8 Brant Alyea, American baseball player
  • Dec 12 Shirley Englehorn, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1970), born in Caldwell, Idaho
  • Dec 14 Lex Gold, Scottish footballer, born in Lanark, Scotland
  • Dec 15 Nick Buoniconti, American NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins) and sportscaster (NBC), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • Dec 18 Arnold Long, cricketer (prolific wicketkeeper for Surrey & Sussex)
  • Dec 21 Kálmán Sóvári, Hungarian soccer defender (17 caps; Újpesti Dózsa, VM Egyetértés), born in Budapest, Hungary (2020)
  • Dec 24 Paul Tagliabue, NFL commissioner (1989- ), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 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)