On This Day

December 1965 in Sport

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
  • Dec 9 Frank Robinson is traded from Cincinnati to the Orioles
  • Dec 10 Test Cricket debut of Doug Walters v England at the Gabba

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 29 CBS purchases NFL TV rights for 1966-68 at $18.8 million per year
  • Dec 29 54th Davis Cup: Australia beats Spain in Sydney (4-1)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 3 Katarina Witt, German figure skater (Olympic gold 1984, 88), born in Staaken, Germany
  • Dec 3 Tammy Jacques, Auburn Maine, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 6 Gordon Durie, Scottish footballer
  • 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, NFL tight end (Cin Bengals)
  • 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 biathelete (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 Angeliki Kaneltopoutous, Greece, tennis star
  • 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 Michael Haynes, NFL wide receiver (New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons), born in Denison, Texas
  • 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 Brad McNamara, cricketer (NSW all-rounder)
  • Dec 30 David Baker, UK cyclist, born in Sheffield, England

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 2 "Vizzy" Maharajkumar of Vizianagram [Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Vijay Ananda Gajapathi Raju], Indian cricketer, cricket administrator and politician, dies at 59
  • Dec 9 Branch Rickey, American baseball executive (b. 1884)