On This Day

December 1966 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 1 Ecuadorian national baseball team defends its title with a 4-3 win over Brazil in the South American Championship; last win for next 50 years; Eloy Guerrero drives in Ramón Sotomayor with the winning run
  • Dec 3 31st Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 31-0 in Birmingham

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Dec 8 A terrible Yankee trade, Roger Maris for Card's Charlie Smith

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Dec 11 Al Nelson sets NFL record returning missed field goal, 100 yards
  • Dec 12 US Supreme Courts votes 4-3 allowing Braves to move to Atlanta
  • Dec 20 NBA awards Seattle Supersonics a franchise for 1967-68 season
  • Dec 27 Ballon d'Or: Manchester United midfielder Bobby Charlton wins award for best European football player; claims award by a single point ahead of Benfica striker Eusébio
  • Dec 28 55th Davis Cup: Australia beats India in Melbourne (4-1)
  • Dec 31 Test Cricket debut of Bishen Singh Bedi, India v WI Calcutta, 2-92

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 1 Steve Walsh, American NFL quarterback and CFL coach (Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Toronto Argonauts), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Dec 1 Larry Walker, Canadian baseball right fielder (NL MVP 1997; MLB All Star 1992, 1997–1999, 2001), born in Maple Ridge, British Columbia
  • Dec 2 Clive Eksteen, South African cricket spin bowler (7 Tests; ex-commercial manager Cricket SA), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Dec 2 Kelly Buchberger, Canadian NHL right wing and coach (World C'ship gold 1994; Stanley Cup 1987, 90; Edmonton Oilers), born in Langenburg, Saskatchewan
  • Dec 3 Flemming Povlsen, Danish soccer forward and broadcaster (62 caps; Borussia Dortmund), born in Brabrand, Denmark
  • Dec 5 Bruce Deacon, Canadian marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Dec 5 Niege Dias, Brazilian tennis star, born in Santa Cruz do Sul, Brazil
  • Dec 6 Natascha Badmann, Swiss triathlete (6-time winner of the Ironman World Championships), born in Basel, Switzerland
  • Dec 7 Shinichi Itoh, Japanese motorcycle racer, born in Kakuda, Miyagi, Japan
  • Dec 8 Joe Staysniak, American NFL guard (Indianapolis Colts), born in Elyria, Ohio
  • Dec 8 Les Ferdinand, English footballer who scored 149 goals in the Premier League for various clubs, born in Acton, London
  • Dec 9 Dana Murzyn, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Dec 10 Mel Rojas, MLB pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Haina, Dominican Republic
  • Dec 10 Norberto Martin, baseball infielder (Chicago White Sox), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Dec 12 Jim Sandlak, NHL right wing (Vancouver Canucks), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • Dec 14 Anthony Mason, American NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2015)
  • Dec 14 Bill Ranford, Canadian NHL goalie (Team Canada, Boston), born in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
  • Dec 14 Carl Herrera, Trinidadian-born Venezuelan NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs), born in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Dec 14 Fabrizio Giovanardi, Italian racecar driver, born in Sassuolo, Italy
  • Dec 15 Carl Hooper, cricketer (WI off-spin all-rounder)
  • Dec 16 Clifford Robinson, American basketball center (NBA All Star 1994; 6th Man of Year Award 1993; Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2020)
  • Dec 16 Dennis Wise, English footballer
  • Dec 17 Hans Visser, Dutch soccer player (MVV, FC Utrecht)
  • Dec 17 Valeri Liukin, Soviet gymnast
  • Dec 18 Aaron Jones, NFL defensive end (NE Patriots)
  • Dec 18 Patricia Neder, American team handball right wing (Olympics 1992 & 1996), born in Waukesha, Wisconsin
  • Dec 18 Terry Phelps, American tennis player, born in Larchmont, New York
  • Dec 19 Alberto "La Bomba" Tomba, Italian skier (Olympic gold 1988, 92)
  • Dec 19 Courtney Griffin, CFL defensive back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Dec 19 Eric Weinrich, Roanoke, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • Dec 19 Monique Oliver, Malibu Ca, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-4th-1994)
  • Dec 19 Rajesh Chauhan, cricket spin bowler (21 Tests; 47 wickets; 35 ODIs), born in Ranchi, India
  • Dec 19 Roberto Beam, soccer player (Vitesse/MVV)
  • Dec 20 Tim Hauck, NFL safety and coach (Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks), born in Butte, Montana
  • Dec 20 Matt Neal, British motor racing driver, born in Stourbridge, United Kingdom
  • Dec 22 Dmitry Bilozerchev, Soviet/Russian gymnast, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Dec 23 Hans van Arum, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse, Willem II), born in Amersfoort, Netherlands
  • Dec 25 Craig Veasey, NFL defensive tackle/defensive end (Houston Oilers)
  • Dec 25 Javier Frana, Rafaela Argentina, tennis star
  • Dec 26 Tim Legler, NBA guard (Washington Wizards/Bullets), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 26 Rickey Dixon, American College Football Hall of Fame cornerback (Jim Thorpe Award 1987; Oklahoma Sooners; Cincinnati Bengals, LA Raiders), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2020)
  • Dec 27 Bill Goldberg, American football player and professional wrestler
  • Dec 28 Joe Wolf, US NFL player (Arizona Cardinals), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 29 Stefano Eranio, Italian footballer, born in Genoa, Italy
  • Dec 29 Martin Offiah MBE, English rugby league winger (33 Tests GB, 5 England; 3rd on all-time try scoring list), born in London, England

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 5 Sylvère Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1936, 39), dies of cancer at 57
  • Dec 27 Guillermo Stábile, Argentine footballer (b. 1906)
  • Dec 27 Frankie Genaro, American boxer (World flyweight champion 1928-31; Olympic gold flyweight 1920), dies at 65