December 1953 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Dec 1 Red Sox trade for slugger Jackie Jensen, sending pitcher Mickey McDermott and outfielder Tom Umphlett to Washington; Jensen averages 25 HRs a year for his 7 seasons in Boston; AL RBI leader x 3, and AL MVP in 1958
  • Dec 8 19th Heisman Trophy Award: John Lattner, Notre Dame (HB)
  • Dec 9 Montreal Canadiens (106) & Toronto Maple Leafs (98) get 204 penalty mins
  • Dec 14 Brooklyn Dodgers sign pitcher Sandy Koufax
  • Dec 22 Jack Dunn III, owner of Balt Orioles in Intl League, turns name over to newly relocated St Louis Browns
  • Dec 23 Dodgers 2nd baseman Jim "Junior" Gilliam wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Dec 27 National Football League Championship, Briggs Stadium, Detroit: Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns, 17-16 to retain title
  • Dec 31 42nd Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Melbourne (3-2)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 2 Jay Dean Haas, PGA golfer (1978 Andy Williams-San Diego), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Dec 3 Franz Klammer, Austrian downhill skier (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Dec 4 Rick Middleton, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Dec 6 Gary Ward, American baseball player
  • Dec 8 Roy Firestone, American sportscaster (Life's Most Embarrassing Moments), born in Miami, Florida
  • Dec 9 World B Free, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors)
  • Dec 13 Zolt├ín Magyar, Hungarian side horse gymnast (Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Dec 13 Bill Castro, Dominican baseball player, born in Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • Dec 14 Vijay Amritraj, Indian tennis player and actor (Octopussy), born in Chennai, India
  • Dec 19 Peter McEwan, cricketer (NZ batsman early 80's)
  • Dec 21 Arie Luyendyk, American-Dutch Indy-car racer (1990 Indianapolis 500), born in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
  • Dec 25 Dave Wasick, American NFL player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 26 Matthew Harding, businessman/soccer supporter
  • Dec 27 Kevin Wright, cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper 1979)
  • Dec 29 Kate Schmidt, American javelin thrower (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Long Beach, California

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 2 Ernest Hayes, cricketer (Surrey bat played 5 Tests for England), dies
  • Dec 2 Reginald "Snowy" Baker, Australian athlete and actor (The Sword of Valor), dies at 69
  • Dec 25 Patsy Donovan, Irish-born American baseball player (b. 1865)