December 1961 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Dec 2 26th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 34-0 in Birmingham
  • Dec 3 Anton Geesink becomes 1st non-Japanese judo world champion

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Dec 4 Floyd Patterson KOs Tom McNeeley in 4 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • Dec 4 Smallest NY Knick, 49th St Madison Square Garden crowd-1,300 (snowstorm)
  • Dec 4 1962 NFL Draft: Ernie Davis from University of Syracuse first pick by Washington Redskins
  • Dec 6 27th Heisman Trophy Award: Ernie Davis, Syracuse (HB) (1st African American to win)
  • Dec 8 Larry Costello scores 32 consecutive pts without a miss (NBA rec)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 8 Wilt Chamberlain scores the 2nd highest total in the NBA - 78

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Dec 18 For 2nd consecutive year, AP names Wilma Rudolph female athlete of year
  • Dec 18 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 78 points vs LA
  • Dec 24 Houston Oilers beat San Diego Chargers 10-3 in AFL championship game
  • Dec 28 50th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Melbourne (5-0)
  • Dec 31 Green Bay Packers shutout NY Giants 37-0 in NFL championship game

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 1 Barb Mucha, Parma OH, LPGA golfer (1992 Oldsmobile Classic)
  • Dec 4 Frank Reich, Freeport, New York, American NFL quarterback (Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions)
  • Dec 9 Christiane Jolissaint, Swiss tennis star
  • Dec 9 Ian Andrew Wright, New Zealand rower (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Dec 11 Mike Henneman, pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Saint Charles, Missouri
  • Dec 12 Dale Sanderson, CFL guard (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Dec 13 Gary Zimmerman, NFL tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Dec 14 Jeff Robinson, American baseball player (Det, Balt), born in Ventura, California, (d. 2014)
  • Dec 18 Brian Orser, Canadian figure skater (Olympic silver 1988)
  • Dec 18 Lalchand Rajput, cricketer (Indian Test opening batsman 1985-86)

Person of interestReggie White

Dec 19 Reggie White, American NFL defensive end (Green Bay Packers - Super Bowl 31), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 2004)

NFL Legend Reggie White
NFL Legend
Reggie White
  • Dec 20 Gale Gilbert, NFL quarterback (San Diego Chargers)
  • Dec 20 Nate Newton, NFL guard (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Dec 21 Trevor Bayliss, cricketer (NSW batsman)
  • Dec 24 Jay Wright, American basketball coach
  • Dec 25 Storm Davis, baseball player
  • Dec 26 Storm Davis, pitcher (KC Royals), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Dec 27 Caroline Gowan, LPGA golfer (SC Women's Amat-1981, 83), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Dec 28 Heather Hafner, WPVA volleyballer (National-7th-90), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • Dec 28 Kent Nielsen, Danish footballer and football coach
  • Dec 30 Ben Johnson, Canadian 100m runner (Olympic gold 1988-disqualified), born in Falmouth, Jamaica
  • Dec 30 Sue Malaxos, Australian marathoner (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 31 Rick Aguilera, pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in San Gabriel, California

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 15 William "Dummy" Hoy, professional baseball player, dies at 99
  • Dec 26 Charlie Frank, cricketer (S Af Test centurion v Aust 1921-22), dies