December 1951 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Dec 1 17th Heisman Trophy Award: Dick Kazmaier, Princeton (HB)
  • Dec 2 Philadelphia sets NFL record of 25 1st-downs rushing

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Dec 2 Don Hutson's #14 jersey is retired by the Green Bay Packers, the first number retired in the history of the franchise

First Wide Receiver in NFL History Don Hutson
First Wide Receiver in NFL History
Don Hutson
  • Dec 2 16th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 25-7 in Birmingham

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Dec 11 Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement from baseball

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Dec 22 Australia cricket all out 82 v West Indies at Adelaide
  • Dec 23 1st coast-to-coast televised football game (Dumont paid $75,000) LA Rams beat Cleveland Browns 24-17 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 25 1st Christmas Day in test cricket, Aust v WI at Adelaide
  • Dec 25 West Indies defeat Australia by 6 wkts on 3rd day of 3rd Test Cricket
  • Dec 27 40th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Sydney (3-2)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 2 Adrian Devine, American baseball pitcher
  • Dec 3 Danger Alberto Juantorena, Cuba, 800m runner (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Dec 3 James Turner Brewer, Maywood Ill, basketball player (Olympic silver 1972)
  • Dec 3 Rick Mears, Indy-car racer (over 25 wins)
  • Dec 3 Riki Chosyu, [Mitsuo Yoshida], wrestler (NJPW/All-Japan)
  • Dec 5 Thomas Warren Purtzer, PGA golfer (1977 Glen Campbell), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Dec 6 Gerry Francis, English footballer and manager
  • Dec 11 Robert Cochran, Claremont Vt, skier (Olympics 1972)
  • Dec 15 Joe Jordan, Scottish soccer star
  • Dec 17 Tatyana Kazankina, USSR, middle distance runner (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Dec 22 Jan Stephenson, Australian golfer (LPGA Rookie of Year-1974), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Dec 24 John D'Acquisto, baseball player
  • Dec 28 Ken Pope, American NFL player, born Galverton, Texas
  • Dec 30 Doug Allder, English footballer
  • Dec 31 Michael Allen Bantom, basketball player (Olympic silver 1972), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 23 MLB centerfielder Mickey Mantle (20) weds author Merlyn Mantle (19) in Commerce, Oklahoma

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 5 "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, American professional baseball player (Black Sox Scandal), dies of a heart attack at 64