On This Day

December 1957 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 2 NFL Draft: Rice quarterback King Hill #1 pick by Chicago Cardinals
  • Dec 2 Pacific Coast League franchises forced to relocate when Dodgers and Giants confirm their move to California for 1958 MLB season; Hollywood Stars move from LA to Salt Lake City; LA Angels move to Spokane, and San Francisco Seals transfer to Phoenix
  • Dec 3 23rd Heisman Trophy Award: John Crow, Texas A&M (HB)

Sport awardDavis Cup

Dec 6 Gardnar Mulloy becomes oldest American to win a Davis Cup tennis match at age 44 years, 14 days; teams with Vic Seixas to give US a match-clinching, 3-0 lead over the Philippines in the Inter Zone 1st round in Adelaide, Australia

Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
  • Dec 7 Tony Kubek of the Yanks selected as AL Rookie of the Year
  • Dec 17 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid forward Alfredo Di Stéfano wins award for best football player in Europe ahead of Englishmen Billy Wright and Duncan Edwards
  • Dec 17 The largest trade in NHL history at the time in terms of quantity; Chicago Black Hawks move Nick Mickoski, Jack McIntyre, Bob Bailey & Hec Lalonde to Detroit Red Wings for Earl Reibel, Billy Dea, Bill Dineen & Lorne Ferguson
  • Dec 23 Test cricket debut for all-time great Australian wicketkeeper Wally Grout and future captain and coach Bobby Simpson, 1st Test v South Africa in Johannesburg
  • Dec 28 CBS states it won't broadcast baseball where minor league games are on
  • Dec 28 46th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Melbourne (3-2)
  • Dec 29 National Football League Championship, Briggs Stadium, Detroit: Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns, 50-14; Lions score 2 touchdowns in each quarter

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 4 Lee Smith, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (7 × MLB All-Star 1983, 87, 1991–95; saves leader 1983, 91-92, 94)), born in Jamestown, Louisiana
  • Dec 4 Raul Boesel, Brazilian auto racer (World Sportscar C'ship 1987; 24 Hours of Daytona 1988; 30 F1 GP), born in Curitiba, Brazil
  • Dec 5 Art Monk, American NFL wide receiver (Wash Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles), born in White Plains, New York
  • Dec 5 Charlene Morett, American field hockey left wing (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Darby, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 6 Luis Delís, Cuban discus thrower (Olympic bronze 1980), born in Guantánamo, Cuba
  • Dec 7 Geoff "Henry" Lawson, Australian cricket player, fast bowler (1980-89) and coach of Pakistan, born in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
  • Dec 7 Rohan Jayasekera, Sri Lankan cricketer (one Test Sri Lanka v Pakistan 1982), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Dec 15 Mario Marois, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Dec 17 Bob Ojeda, pitcher (NY Mets)
  • Dec 19 Kevin McHale, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)
  • Dec 21 Tom Henke, American baseball player, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Dec 25 Chris Kamara, English footballer and commentator
  • Dec 27 James Sanford, US runner (world record 50m indoor)
  • Dec 28 Anne Sargeant, Australian netballer

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 9 Carswell Adams, sportscaster (Your Sports Special), dies
  • Dec 10 Maurice McLoughlin, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1912-13), dies at 67
  • Dec 29 Tom Richmond, cricketer (Notts leg-spinner took 2-86 in Eng Test), dies at 67