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

Sports History

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

  • 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

NFL 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

  • 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 7 Todd Kabel, Canadian jockey (Sovereign Award for Outstanding Jockey 1992, 95, 2003-06; Queen's Plate 1995, 2000; Prince of Wales Stakes 2000, 07), born in McCreary, Manitoba (d. 2021)
  • 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 pro baseball infielder (Colorado 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 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 Willie Blair, Paintsville KY, pitcher (San Diego Padres)
  • Dec 19 Chito Martínez, Belizean baseball player
  • Dec 24 Nancy Reno, American WPVA volleyballer who won the demonstration event at the 1992 Olympics, born in Glen Ellyn, Illinois
  • Dec 24 Winston Moss, NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks), born in Miami, Florida
  • Dec 25 Dmitri Mironov, Russian ice hockey defenseman (Olympic gold 1992; NHL All Star 1997-98; Stanley Cup 1998 Detroit RWs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Dec 26 Ben Husaby, American cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Eden Prairie, Minnesota
  • Dec 26 Kathleen Nord, German swimmer (Olympic gold GDR 200m butterfly 1988; World C'ship gold 400m medley 1986), born in Magdeburg, Germany (d. 2022)
  • 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

Branch Rickey

Dec 9 Branch Rickey, American Baseball HOF catcher (St. Louis Browns), manager (St. Louis Browns, Cardinals) and executive (GM St.Louis Cardinals 4 x World Series), dies of heart failure at 83