December 1963 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Dec 1 Wendell Scott wins the Grand National Series Jacksonville 200 at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida, becoming the first black driver to win a race at NASCAR's premier level
  • Dec 2 MLB Rules Committee bans oversized catcher's mitts; rule effective only in 1965
  • Dec 2 1964 NFL Draft: Dave Parks from Texas Tech first pick by San Francisco 49ers
  • Dec 4 Boston Bruins' right wing Andy Hebenton sets a new NHL record by playing in his 581st consecutive game in 2-2 tie with Chicago Black Hawks; reaches 630 straight games
  • Dec 6 Test Cricket debut of Graeme Pollock at the Gabba
  • Dec 17 Ballon d'Or: Dynamo Moscow goalkeeper Lev Yashin wins award for best European football player; beats Milan midfielder Gianni Rivera and Tottenham striker Jimmy Greaves; first Russian national to win trophy
  • Dec 28 Scottish Lotus driver Jim Clark wins his record 7th Grand Prix of the F1 season, the South African event at Prince George Circuit; first Scotsman to win the World Drivers Championship
  • Dec 29 52nd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Adelaide (3-2)
  • Dec 29 National Football League Championship, Wrigley Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat New York Giants, 14-10; Giants 3rd consecutive championship defeat; played in temperatures under 10 °F (−12 °C)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 1 Arjuna Ranatunga, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test batsman since 1982)
  • Dec 1 Marco Greco, Brazilian racing driver
  • Dec 3 Ashley De Silva, Sri Lankan Cricket wicketkeeper (1993)
  • Dec 3 Steve Hegg, Dana Point California, road cyclist (Olympics-16th-84, 96)
  • Dec 4 Johanna Wright, WPVA volleyballer (Pismo Beach-4th), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Dec 4 Mike Snoei, Dutch soccer player (Sparta), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Dec 4 Sergey Bubka, Ukrainian pole vaulter (Olympic gold 1988, 6 world titles), born in Luhansk, Ukraine
  • Dec 5 Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards, English ski jumper, born in Cheltenham, England
  • Dec 7 Theo Snelders, former Dutch footballer
  • Dec 9 Barry Wilburn, NFL full safety (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Dec 9 Dave Hilton, Jr., Canadian boxer
  • Dec 10 Doug Henry, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Sacramento, California
  • Dec 10 Gerald Sandel, soccer player (Sparta)
  • Dec 10 Michael Lofton, fencer-sabre (Olympics 1996), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Dec 10 Robin White, tennis player (US Open doubles 1988), born in San Diego, California
  • Dec 11 Claudia Kohde-Kilsch, German tennis star, born in Saarbrücken, West Germany
  • Dec 11 John Lammers, Dutch soccer player (NAC), born in Tilburg, Netherlands
  • Dec 11 Mark Greatbatch, New Zealand cricketer (big-hitting NZ opener), born in Auckland
  • Dec 15 David Wingate, NBA guard/forward (Seattle Supersonics)
  • Dec 16 Cathy Johnston, American golfer, (du Maurier Classic 1990), born in High Point, North Carolina
  • Dec 18 Charles Oakley, NBA forward (NY Knicks)
  • Dec 18 Lori McNeil, tennis star (1995 Oakland doubles), born in San Diego, California
  • Dec 18 Karl Dorrell, American football coach
  • Dec 19 Karen Bliss-Livingston, Quakertown PA, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 20 Pam Casale, American tennis player (Marco Island finals 1985), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • Dec 22 Bryan McMillan, South African cricketer (brilliant all-rounder since 1992), born in Welkom, South Africa
  • Dec 22 Giuseppe Bergomi, Italian footballer, born in Milan, Italy
  • Dec 23 Carol Peterka, American team handball back court (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Little Falls, Minnesota
  • Dec 23 Jim Harbaugh, NFL quarterback (Indianapolis Colts), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Dec 24 Timo Jutila, Finnish hockey defenseman (Team Finland), born in Tampere, Finland
  • Dec 24 Jay Bilas, American basketball analyst, born in San Pedro, California
  • Dec 25 Joop Gall, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • Dec 27 Dana Chladek, Czech-American slalom kayaker (Olympic bronze 1992, silver 1996), born in Děčín, Czech Republic
  • Dec 27 Jim Leyritz, Lakewood OH, catcher (NY Yankees)
  • Dec 27 Mark Pike, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • Dec 29 Sean Payton, American football coach, born in San Mateo, California
  • Dec 30 Johnny van 't Schip, Dutch soccer star (Ajax, Genua)
  • Dec 30 Milan Srejber, Czech tennis star
  • Dec 30 Robert Jenkins, NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • Dec 31 Ed Simmons, American NFL tackle (Washington Redskins), born in French Camp, California
  • Dec 31 Konishiki, Japanese-Samoan sumo wrestler, born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 2 Thomas J. Hicks, British-born runner (b. 1875)
  • Dec 21 Jack Hobbs, cricketer (61 Tests for England), dies
  • Dec 26 "Gorgeous George" Wagner, wrestler, dies