December 1953 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Dec 1 Red Sox trade M McDermott & Tom Umphlett for Wash's Jackie Jensen
  • Dec 1 Walter Alston named Dodger manager
  • 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 Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns 17-16 in NFL championship game
  • 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
  • Dec 5 Larry Zbyszko, [Living Legend, Whistler], wrestler (WCW/AWA/NWA/WWF)
  • 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 Ray Stewart, Matsqui BC, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Dunhill Cup)
  • Dec 13 Zoltan Magyar, Hungarian side horse gymnist (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • Dec 13 Bill Castro, Dominican baseball player
  • Dec 14 Vijay Amritraj, India, tennis player/actor (Octopussy)
  • Dec 19 Peter McEwan, cricketer (NZ batsman early 80's)
  • Dec 21 Arie Luyendyk, Netherlands, Indy-car racer (1990 Indianapolis 500)
  • Dec 23 Tatsumi Fujinami, wrestler (WWF/NWA)
  • 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, US javelin thrower (Olympic bronze 1972)

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)