On This Day

December 1947 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Sports History

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

  • 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
  • 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 (35 Tests; Manly, Warrington, Easts; RL Immortal) and coach (39 Tests Australia; Manly, Easts), born in Warrington, England (d. 2021)
  • Dec 1 Andy Ripley, English rugby union #8 (24 caps; British Lions 1974), born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England (d. 2010)
  • Dec 1 Dennis Ward, Australian rugby league halfback (6 Tests; Canterbury- Bankstown RLFC, Manly RLFC), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2021)
  • 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

Johnny Bench

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

  • 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

Bill Rodgers

Dec 23 Bill Rodgers, American athlete (Boston Marathon 1975, 78, 79, 80; NY Marathon 1976, 77, 78, 79; Fukuoka Marathon 1977), born in Hartford, Connecticut

  • Dec 26 Carlton Fisk, Vermont, all star catcher (Red Sox, White Sox)
  • Dec 27 Willy Polleunis, Belgian athlete
  • Dec 28 Aurelio Rodriguez, baseball player