December 1958 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Dec 2 24th Heisman Trophy Award: Pete Dawkins, Army (HB)
  • Dec 2 1959 NFL Draft: Randy Duncan from University of Iowa first pick by Green Bay Packers
  • Dec 5 Phils drop plans for NY sportcast as Yanks threat to do same in Philadelphia

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Dec 14 Pat Summerall kicks game winning field goal for the New York Giants against the Cleveland Browns at Yankee Stadium

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • Dec 16 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid's French midfielder Raymond Kopa wins award for best football player in Europe ahead of German winger Helmut Rahn and French forward Just Fontaine

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 17 Ted Lindsay becomes highest scoring left wing in NHL history, passing Aurel Joliat who retired with 270; scores twice and adds an assist In Chicago Black Hawks' 5-2 win over the Boston Bruins at Chicago Stadium

NHL Star Ted Lindsay
NHL Star
Ted Lindsay
  • Dec 28 Baltimore Colts win the 26th NFL championship game against the New York Giants
  • Dec 28 "The Greatest Game Ever Played", Baltimore Colts beat New York Giants 23-17 in the first every sudden-death overtime game in NFL history (17 future members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were involved in the game)
  • Dec 28 National Football League Championship, Yankee Stadium, NYC: Baltimore Colts beat New York Giants, 23-17; first NFL playoff game to go into sudden death overtime
  • Dec 31 47th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Brisbane (3-2)
  • Dec 31 Bill Shoemaker 1st jockey to win national riding championship 4X

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 2 Vladimir Parfenovich, USSR, 500m kayaker (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Dec 8 Wayne Dickert, slalom double canoe (Olympic 11th 1996), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Dec 11 Regina Marsikova, Czech tennis player, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Dec 15 Eddy Annys, Belgian high jumper
  • Dec 16 Bart Oates, NFL center (NY Giants, SF 49ers)
  • Dec 19 Iqbal Sikander, cricketer (Pakistan leg-spinner 1992 World Cup)
  • Dec 25 Joop Hiele, soccer player (Dordrecht '90, Go Ahead Eagles)

Person of interestRickey Henderson

Dec 25 Rickey Henderson, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (MLB stolen base record), born in Chicago, Illinois

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • Dec 26 Adrian Newey, British Formula One engineer, born in Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
  • Dec 27 Steven Glen Jones, Artesia NM, PGA golfer (1988 AT&T Pebble Beach)
  • Dec 28 Carlos Carson, football player
  • Dec 28 Terry Butcher, British soccer player
  • Dec 29 Curt Allen Byrum, American PGA golfer (1989 Hardee's Golf Classic), born in Onida, South Dakota
  • Dec 30 Rod Harrington, English darts player
  • Dec 31 Geoff Marsh, Australian cricketer (Aust opening batsman 1985-92), born in Northam, Australia

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 8 Tris Speaker, American baseball player, hit more double than Pete Rose, dies at 70