On This Day

December 1965 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 4 2nd NY Knicks game postponed (due to death of opponent 76ers' owner)
  • Dec 4 San Francisco Giant Masanori Murakami, 4-1 this year, does not renew his contract signing instead with the Nankai Hawks of Osaka for $40,000

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 9 Frank Robinson is traded from the Cincinnati Reds to the Baltimore Orioles

MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager Frank Robinson
MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager
Frank Robinson
  • Dec 10 Test Cricket debut of Doug Walters v England at the Gabba
  • Dec 12 Doug Walters makes maiden Test ton in 1st Test, goes on to 155

Sports record brokenNFL Record

Dec 12 Chicago halfback Gale Sayers ties NFL record for most touchdowns in a game with 6 in 61–20 victory over San Francisco 49ers at Wrigley Field

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • Dec 15 William Eckert replaces Ford Frick as 4th Commissioner of Baseball
  • Dec 26 AFL Championship, Balboa Stadium San Diego: Buffalo Bills beat San Diego Chargers 23-0; repeat previous year's win over SD
  • Dec 28 Ballon d'Or: Benfica striker Eusébio wins award for best European football player; first Portuguese national to win, and still only Benfica player
  • Dec 28 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Sydney: John Newcombe & Tony Roche beat José Luis Arilla & Manuel Santana of Spain 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 to give Australia unassailable 3-0 lead; ends 4-1
  • Dec 29 CBS purchases NFL TV rights for 1966-68 at $18.8 million per year

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 1 Henry Honiball, South African rugby union fly-half (35 caps; Sharks [Natal], Bristol), born in Estcourt, South Africa
  • Dec 2 Shane Flanagan, Australian rugby league coach (Cronulla Sutherland Sharks NRL premiers 2016), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Dec 3 Katarina Witt, German figure skater (Olympic gold ladies singles 1984, 88; World C'ship gold 1984-85, 87-88), born in Staaken, Germany
  • Dec 4 Ulf Kirsten, German soccer striker and manager (49 caps GDR; 51 caps Germany; Dynamo Dresden, Bayer Leverkusen), born in Riesa, Germany
  • Dec 6 Gordon Durie, Scottish footballer, born in Paisley, Scotland
  • Dec 7 Colin Hendry, Scottish footballer and coach, born in Keith, Scotland
  • Dec 8 Greg Truitt, NFL safety/linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Dec 8 Teresa Weatherspoon, WNBA guard (NY Liberty)
  • Dec 8 Troy Sadowski, American NFL tight end (Cin Bengals), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dec 9 Joe Ausanio, American baseball player
  • Dec 11 Jay Bell, American infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Eglin AFB, Florida
  • Dec 12 Laurie Grover-Tavares, American biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Dec 13 Stacy Sunny, female infielder (Colo Silver Bullets), born in San Bernardino, California
  • Dec 14 Craig Biggio, American baseball infielder (Houston Astros), born in Smithtown, New York
  • Dec 14 Ken Hill, American MLB pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • Dec 14 Lawrence Clay-Bey, American super heavyweight boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Dec 15 Walter Reeves, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns)
  • Dec 16 Chris Jones, outfielder (NY Mets), born in Utica, New York
  • Dec 16 Moe Elewonibi, NFL/CFL tackle (Philadelphia Eagles, BC Lions)
  • Dec 16 Romallis Ellis, lightweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1988), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 17 Craig Berube, Calahoo, NHL left wing (Washington Capitals)
  • Dec 17 Jeff Grayer, NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets, Olympic bronze 1988)
  • Dec 18 Brian Walton, points race cyclist (Olympic silver 1996), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Dec 18 Willie Blair, Paintsville KY, pitcher (San Diego Padres)
  • Dec 19 Chito Martínez, Belizean baseball player
  • Dec 24 Nancy Reno, WPVA volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Glen Ellyn, Illinois
  • Dec 24 Winston Moss, NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks), born in Miami, Florida
  • Dec 25 Dmitri Mironov, NHL defenseman (Pitts Penguins, Anaheim), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Dec 25 Kathleen Luciano, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-17th-1993), born in Munich. Germany
  • Dec 26 Ben Husaby, American cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Eden Prairie, Minnesota
  • Dec 27 Gamini Wickremasinghe, cricketer (Sri Lanka wicket-keeper)
  • Dec 30 David Baker, UK cyclist, born in Sheffield, England

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 2 Maharajkumar of Vizianagram "Vizzy", Indian cricket batsman, captain, administrator, broadcaster and politician (3 Tests) dies at 59

Person of interestBranch Rickey

Dec 9 Branch Rickey, American baseball player (St. Louis Browns), manager (St. Louis Cardinals, Brooklyn Dodgers) and sports executive, dies of heart failure at 83

Baseball Player and Sports Executive Branch Rickey
Baseball Player and Sports Executive
Branch Rickey