On This Day

December 1949 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Dec 1 MLB announces attendance for the season is 20.2 million, down from 20.9 in 1948; New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians each finish with over 2.2 million, but the St. Louis Browns fall to 270,000
  • Dec 3 14th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 14-13 in Birmingham
  • Dec 4 Bob Gage ties NFL record of a 97 yard touchdown run

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Dec 5 Ezzard Charles defeats Jersey Joe Walcott for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • Dec 7 15th Heisman Trophy Award: Leon Hart, Notre Dame (E)
  • Dec 9 NFL merges Cleveland Browns, SF '49ers & Balt Colts from AAFC
  • Dec 11 Chic Bear Johnny Lujack passes for 6 touchdowns vs Chic Cards (52-29)
  • Dec 11 Cleveland Browns beat SF '49ers 21-7 in final AAFC championship game
  • Dec 18 National Football League Championship, Philadelphia Eagles beat Los Angeles Rams, 14-0; played in driving rain that caused field to become a mud pit

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 5 Lanny Wadkins, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1977), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Dec 6 Peter Willey, cricketer (England batsman late 70's early 80's)
  • Dec 9 Tom Kite Jr, American golfer (US Open 1992; 19 PGA Tour titles, The Tradition 2000), born in McKinney, Texas
  • Dec 12 Ricardo Luis Carreras, American bantamweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1972), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 13 Nana Alexandria, Georgian International Woman's Chess Grandmaster (1976), born in Poti, Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union
  • Dec 14 Bill Buckner, American MLB 1st baseman (1986 World Series infamous fielding error; NL batting champ 1980), born in Vallejo, California (d. 2019)
  • Dec 17 Sotiris Kaiafas, Cypriot footballer
  • Dec 19 Claudia A Kolb, American 200m breast stroke swimmer (Olympic silver 1964)
  • Dec 20 Cecil Cooper, American baseball player, born in Brenham, Texas
  • Dec 23 Wally Edwards, Australian cricketer (three Tests Australia v England 1974), born in Subiaco, Australia
  • Dec 24 Warwick Brown, Australian racing driver, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Dec 25 Dan Pastorini, NFL quarterback (Raiders) [or May 26]
  • Dec 29 Syed Kirmani, Indian cricketer (Indian keeper after Engineer), born in Chennai, India
  • Dec 30 Bruce Davidson, equestrian 3-day (Olympic silver 1996)

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 28 Jack Lovelock, New Zealand athlete (Olympic gold 1,500m 1936), dies in rail accident at 39