December 1964 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 1 After just 3 seasons in MLB the Houston Colt .45s change name of the team to Astros; owners say move signals a step into the future for the franchise and the city of Houston
  • Dec 4 Baseball approves a free-agent draft
  • Dec 4 Commissioner's office given full powers in baseball disputes
  • Dec 4 Test Cricket debut of Ian Chappell, v Pakistan MCG, 11, 0-49, 0-31
  • Dec 12 Cleveland Browns' Frank Ryan sets club record of 5 TD passes

Football Awards

Dec 22 Ballon d'Or: Manchester United striker Denis Law wins award for best European football player; beats Inter midfielder Luis Suárez and Real Madrid winger Amancio Amaro; first Scotsman to win the award

  • Dec 26 AFL Championship, War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo: Buffalo Bills beat San Diego Chargers 20-7; defending champions can't overcome 1st quarter injury to star RB Keith Lincoln
  • Dec 27 National Football League Championship, Cleveland Stadium: Cleveland Browns shutout Baltimore Colts, 27-0; last championship win by a major-league pro sports team from Cleveland until 2016 NBA Cavaliers

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 1 Salvatore Schillaci [Totò], Italian soccer striker (16 caps; Messina, Juventus), born in Palermo, Italy
  • Dec 2 Chip Hale, American baseball infielder, coach and manager (Minnesota Twins; Arizona Diamondbacks; Washington Nationals), born in Santa Clara, California
  • Dec 4 Scott Hastings, Scottish rugby union centre and broadcaster (65 caps; 2 caps British & Irish Lions; Watsonians RFC), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Dec 5 Pablo Morales, American swimmer (Olympic gold 4x100m medley relay 1984, 92; 100m butterfly 1992), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 6 Will Johnson, CFL defensive end (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Dec 7 Peter Laviolette, American ice hockey coach (Stanley Cup Carolina Hurricanes 2006, NY Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers, Nashville Predators), born in Franklin, Massachusetts
  • Dec 7 Tadao Uematsu, Japanese racing driver, born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Dec 7 Vladimir Artemov, Russian gymnast (4 Olympic gold 1988), born in Vladimir, Russia
  • Dec 9 Josie Cichockyj, British wheelchair athlete (wheelchair racing [WR 5,000m], basketball, tennis, table tennis), born in Huddersfield, England (d. 2014)
  • Dec 9 Petr Briza, hockey goalie (Team Czech Rep), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Dec 10 Luis Polonia, Dominican MLB outfielder (NY Yanks, Orioles), born in Santiago City, Dominica Republic
  • Dec 11 Dave Gagner, Canadian NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Chatham, Ontario, Canada
  • Dec 11 Thomas Howard, American MLB baseball outfielder, 1990-2000 (San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, and 4 other teams), born in Middletown, Ohio
  • Dec 12 Haywood Jeffires, American NFL wide receiver (Houston Oilers), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Dec 15 Jerry Ball, American football defensive tackle (Pro Bowl 1989, 90, 91; First Team All Pro 1991; Detroit Lions; LA/Oakland Raiders), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • Dec 16 Billy Ripken, 2nd baseman (Bal Orioles, Texas Rangers), born in Havre de Grace, Maryland
  • Dec 16 Heike Drechsler, Gera German DR, sprinter (1988 world record)
  • Dec 17 Frank Musil, Pardubice Cze, NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators)
  • Dec 17 Joe Wolf, NBA forward/center (Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets)
  • Dec 17 Michele Tafoya, American sportscaster
  • Dec 17 Tyrone Braxton, NFL safety (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Dec 19 Arvydas Sabonis, Lithuanian European and NBA basketball center, 1981-2004 (Žalgiris Kaunas; Portland Trailblazers, and 2 other teams), born in Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
  • Dec 19 Lorie Kane, Canadian golfer (4 LPGA Tour titles), born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
  • Dec 19 Mike Fetters, American MLB pitcher, 1989-2004 (California Angels, Milwaukee Brewers, and 6 other teams), and pitching coach (Arizona Diamondback, 2012-present), born in Van Nuys, California
  • Dec 19 Randall McDaniel, American NFL football guard, 1988-2001, !2X Pro-Bowl (Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Dec 21 Joey Kocur, NHL right wing (Vancouver Canucks), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Dec 21 Keith Taylor, NFL safety (Washington Redskins), born in Pennsauken Township, New Jersey
  • Dec 21 Rob Kelly, English football manager, born in Birmingham, England
  • Dec 22 Mike Jackson, US pitcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Houston, Texas
  • Dec 23 Andy Gabel, American short track skater (Olympics 1994), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 23 Petr Klíma, NHL right wing (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Chomutov, Czech Republic
  • Dec 24 Elbert Shelley, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons), born in Trumann, Arkansas
  • Dec 24 Gary Muller, South African tennis star, born in Durban, South Africa
  • Dec 24 Marcel van der Net, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • Dec 25 Gary McAllister, Scottish soccer midfielder (57 caps; Leicester City, Leeds United, Coventry City, Liverpool) and manager ( Coventry City, Leeds United), born in Motherwell, Scotland
  • Dec 26 Jeff King, American baseball infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Marion, Indiana
  • Dec 27 Steve Wallace, American football player, NFL tackle (SF 49ers, KC Chiefs), born in Alabama, Georgia
  • Dec 28 Charles Sinek, American ice dancer (& Beata Handra-1997 Pac Coast Sr 3rd), born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Dec 28 Maite Zúñiga, Spanish athlete, born in Eibar, Spain
  • Dec 29 Craig Grebeck, American baseball infielder (Florida Marlins), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 30 Duglas T. Stewart, Scottish musician (BMX Bandits)
  • Dec 30 Kris Tschetter, American golfer (US Open runner-up 1996), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Dec 31 Denis Hickey, Australian cricketer (fast bowler for Vic, SA & Glamorgan), born in Mooroopna, Australia
  • Dec 31 Klari MacAskill, Canadian kayaker (Olympics-5-92, 96), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Dec 31 Liz Masakayan, Filipino WPVA volleyball player (Best of Beach-3rd-1994), born in Quezon City, Philippines
  • Dec 31 Winston Benjamin, Antiguan cricketer (WI right armed fast bowler 1987-95), born in All Saints, Antigua and Barbuda

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 3 George Brown, English cricket wicketkeeper/batsman (7 Tests; Hampshire), dies at 77
  • Dec 12 H I "Sailor" Young, cricketer (left-arm bowler Eng v Aust 1899), dies
  • Dec 21 Algernon Kingscote, English tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1919), dies at 76