On This Day

December 1952 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 2 18th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Vessels, Oklahoma (HB)
  • Dec 14 R H Shodhan scores 110 on Test Cricket debut v Pakistan, Calcutta
  • Dec 18 Ellis W Ryan resigns as Cleveland Indians president
  • Dec 28 National Football League Championship, Cleveland Municipal Stadium: Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns, 17-7
  • Dec 31 41st Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Adelaide (4-1)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 31 Danny Nardico stops former world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta in 7 rounds in a light heavyweight non-title bout in Coral Gables, Florida; LaMotta is knocked down for the only time in his career, his corner stopping fight after the round

World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta
World Middleweight Boxing Champion
Jake LaMotta

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 12 Ajit De Silva, Sri Lankan cricket spin bowler (4 Tests), born in Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka
  • Dec 12 Cathy Rigby McCoy, American gymnast (Olympic-4th-1968), born in Long Beach, California
  • Dec 13 John Francome, English jockey, born in Swindon, Wiltshire, England
  • Dec 15 Allan Simonsen, Danish footballer (Borussia Mönchengladbach), born in Vejle, Denmark
  • Dec 16 Joel Garner, Christ Church, Barbados, West Indian cricketer (two-metre West Indian pace bowler 1977-87)
  • Dec 16 Francesco Graziani, Italian footballer
  • Dec 21 Steve Furniss, American swimmer (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Dec 21 Joaquín Andújar, Dominican baseball pitcher (Cardinals), born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic (d. 2015)
  • Dec 27 Craig Reynolds, American baseball shortstop (MLB All Star 1978-79; Seattle Mariners; Houston Astros), born in Houston, Texas
  • Dec 28 Ray Knight, 3rd baseman (NY Mets, Baltimore Orioles)
  • Dec 29 Nikolai Andrianov, Soviet/Russian gymnast (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80), born in Vladimir, Russia (d. 2011)

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 4 James E. Norris, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame team owner (Detroit Red Wings), dies at 72
  • Dec 19 Harry Makepeace, English cricketer (4 Tests for England v Australia 1920-21), dies at 71