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December 1947 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 1 In first cricket Test match between the 2 nations, India is dismissed for 58 by Australia in Brisbane; fast bowler Ernie Toshack takes 5 for 2 off 2.3 overs; Don Bradman scores 185 as Australia wins by an innings & 226 runs

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Dec 2 13th Heisman Trophy Award: Johnny Lujack, Notre Dame (QB)
  • Dec 4 In the first cricket Test match between the 2 nations, India is dismissed for 98 by Australia in Brisbane to lose by an innings & 226 runs; fast bowler Ernie Toshack takes 6 for 29 for match figures of 11 for 31

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Dec 5 Joe Louis beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • Dec 11 Pacific Coast League application for major league status rejected
  • Dec 14 Cleveland Browns beat NY Yankees 14-3 in AAFC championship game
  • Dec 14 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is founded in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Dec 19 1948 NFL Draft: Harry Gilmer from University of Alabama first pick by Washington Redskins
  • Dec 28 Chic Cards beat Philadelphia Eagles 28-21 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 28 National Football League Championship, Comiskey Park, Chicago: Chicago Cardinals beat Philadelphia Eagles, 28-21; Cardinals' only title victory

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 1 Bob Fulton, Australian rugby league five eighth, coach and broadcaster (35 Tests; coach Australia 39 Tests; RL Immortal), born in Warrington, England
  • Dec 1 Andy Ripley OBE, English rugby union #8 (24 caps; British Lions 1974), born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England (d. 2010)
  • Dec 2 Dhiraj Parsana, Indian cricket all-rounder (2 Tests), born in Rajkot, Gujarat, India
  • Dec 2 Andy Rouse, British auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1981; British Saloon Car C'ship 1975, 83-85; Britcar 1985), born in Dymock, Gloucestershire, England
  • Dec 5 Jim Plunkett, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1970, Stanford; Super Bowl 1980, 84 LA/Oakland Raiders), born in San Jose, California

Person of interestJohnny Bench

Dec 7 Johnny Bench, American MLB catcher (Reds), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
  • Dec 9 Steve Owens, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1969, U of Oklahoma; Pro Bowl, All Pro 1971, Detroit Lions), born in Gore, Oklahoma
  • Dec 10 Zinaida Voronina, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 4 medals including 1 gold), born in Yoshkar-Ola, Russia (d. 2001)
  • Dec 13 Les Joslin, Australian cricketer (Test as batsman for Australia 1968, made 7 & 2), born in Yarraville, Victoria
  • Dec 16 Vincent Matthews, American 400m dash (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Dec 22 Dilip Doshi, Indian cricketer (India's main slow lefty post-Bedi), born in Rajkot, India
  • Dec 23 Bill Rodgers, American marathon runner (Boston, NY), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Dec 25 Connie Petracek, Chambersburg PA, pistol shooter (Olympics 92, 96)
  • Dec 26 Carlton Fisk, Vermont, all star catcher (Red Sox, White Sox)
  • Dec 27 Willy Polleunis, Belgian athlete
  • Dec 28 Aurelio Rodriguez, baseball player