On This Day

December 1950 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 2 South African world bantamweight boxing champion Vic Toweel sets a record for knockdowns in a title fight against Englishman Danny Sullivan in Johannesburg; Sullivan floored 14 times in 10 rounds before fight stopped
  • Dec 2 15th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 34-0 in Birmingham
  • Dec 3 Cleveland Browns last NFL team with no-pass game (beat Philadelphia 13-7)

Boxing Title Fight

Dec 5 Ezzard Charles KOs Nick Barone in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Dec 12 16th Heisman Trophy Award: Vic Janowicz, Ohio State (HB)
  • Dec 14 Baseball owners choose Lou Perini (Braves), Phil Wrigley (Cubs), Del Webb (Yankees), & Ellis Ryan (Indians) to select new commissioner
  • Dec 24 National Football League Championship, Cleveland Stadium: Cleveland Browns beat LA Rams, 30-28; Cleveland has 5 interceptions, Rams 1
  • Dec 26 Gillette & Mutual buy All Star & World Series rights ($6M for 6 yrs)
  • Dec 31 American thoroughbred jockeys Bill Shoemaker and Joe Culmone end the year tied, leading the nation with record 388 wins

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 3 Alberto Juantorena, Cuban athlete (Olympic gold 400m/800m [WR 1:43.50] 1976; only athlete to win that double), born in Santiago de Cuba
  • Dec 8 Tim Foli, American baseball player
  • Dec 10 Simon Owen, New Zealand golfer (British Open runner-up 1978), born in Wanganui, New Zealand
  • Dec 12 Billy Smith, Canadian Hockey HOF goaltender (Vezina Trophy 1982; Conn Smythe Trophy 1983; Stanley Cup 1980, 81, 82, 83; NY Islanders), born in Perth, Ontario
  • Dec 16 Roy Schuiten, Dutch cyclist, born in Zandvoort, Netherlands (d. 2006)
  • Dec 25 Manny Trillo, Venezuelan baseball second baseman (4 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1974, 80; 3 × Gold Glove; Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Caripito, Venezuela
  • Dec 27 Roberto Bettega, Italian soccer forward (42 caps; Juventus 326 games, 129 goals), born in Turin, Italy
  • Dec 31 Inge Helten, German sprinter (Olympic bronze 1976), born in Sinzig, Germany
  • Dec 31 Bob Gilder, American golfer (6 PGA tour titles), born in Corvallis, Oregon

Weddings in Sport

Bob Cousy

Dec 8 NBA player Bob Cousy (22) weds his college sweetheart Missie Ritterbusch

Rocky Marciano

Dec 31 World heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano (27) weds Barbara Cousins in Brockton, Massachusetts