December 1951 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Dec 1 17th Heisman Trophy Award: Dick Kazmaier, Princeton (HB)
  • Dec 1 Legendary Australian cricket fast bowler Ray Lindwall takes his 100th Test wicket when he bowls West Indian spinner Sonny Ramadhin in the 2nd Test in Sydney; Australia wins by 7 wickets
  • Dec 2 Philadelphia Eagles set NFL record of 25 1st-downs rushing in 35-21 win over Washington Redskins at Griffith Stadium

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Dec 2 Future Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Don Hutson's has his #14 jersey retired by the Green Bay Packers; first number retired in the history of the franchise

First NFL Wide Receiver in History Don Hutson
First NFL Wide Receiver in 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 National Football League Championship, LA Memorial Coliseum: Los Angeles Rams beat Cleveland Browns, 24-17; first coast-to-coast televised NFL title 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 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, American skier (Olympics 1972), born in Claremont, New Hampshire
  • Dec 14 Jan Timman, Dutch chess player, born in Amsterdam
  • Dec 15 Joe Jordan, Scottish soccer star
  • Dec 17 Tatyana Kazankina, USSR, middle distance runner (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Dec 22 Jan Stephenson, Australian golfer (3-time LPGA major winner), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Dec 24 John D'Acquisto, American baseball player, born in San Diego, California
  • Dec 28 Ken Pope, American NFL player, born Galverton, Texas
  • Dec 30 Doug Allder, English footballer
  • Dec 31 Michael Allen Bantom, American 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