December 1968 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Dec 1 Peggy Wilson wins LPGA Hollywood Lakes Golf Open
  • Dec 3 Pitcher's mound drops from 15" to 10" & strike zone reduced from knees to shoulders to top of knees to armpits, to help hitters
  • Dec 6 Baseball dismisses Commissioner William Eckert after 3 years

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Dec 10 Joe Frazier beats Oscar Bonavena in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier

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Dec 12 Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black to be ranked #1 in tennis

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe

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Dec 14 Bobby Orr scores first career hat trick (vs Chicago Blackhawks)

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Dec 26 Bruin Ted Green sets NHL penalty record of 3 minors, 2 majors & 2 game misconducts in a game against NY Rangers in NY's Madison Square Garden
  • Dec 28 57th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Adelaide (4-1)
  • Dec 29 Baltimore Colts beat Cleveland Browns 34-0 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 29 NY Jets beat Oakland Raiders 27-23 in AFL championship game
  • Dec 31 NY Jets win AFL championship

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 1 Anders Holmertz, Swedish free style swimmer (world record 400m)
  • Dec 1 Eddie Britton, wide receiver (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Dec 2 Darryl Kile, Garden Grove CA, pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • Dec 2 Elna Reinach, Pretoria South Africa, tennis star
  • Dec 2 Jiri Dopita, Sumperk CZE, hockey forward (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998)
  • Dec 3 Isabel Cueto, West Germany, tennis star
  • Dec 4 Mike Barrowman, kayak/200m breast stroke (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Costa Mesa, California
  • Dec 5 Rhett Hall, NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Dec 7 Cammy Myler, Plattsburgh NY, luger (Olympics 1994)
  • Dec 7 Keith Goganious, NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Dec 7 Melissa Iverson, Anoka Minn, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 7 Ricky Ervins, NFL running back (SF 49ers)
  • Dec 7 Tom Myslinski, NFL guard (Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Dec 7 Mark Geyer, Australian rugby league footballer
  • Dec 8 Bill Johnson, defensive tackle (St Louis Rams)
  • Dec 8 Mike Mussina, Williamsport PA, pitcher (Baltimore Orioles)
  • Dec 9 Bill Johnson, NFL defensive linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Dec 9 Brent Price, NBA guard (Houston Rockets, Washington Bullets)
  • Dec 9 Kurt Angle, 220 lbs freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1996), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 10 Rob Davis, NFL guard (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Dec 11 Derek Bell, American baseball outfielder (Houston Astros), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Dec 11 Mark Dailey, Parma Ohio, 1.5k runner
  • Dec 12 Chris Walsh, NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Dec 12 Kurt Schulz, safety (Buffalo Bills)
  • Dec 12 Laurie Williams, cricketer (West Indian ODI all-rounder v NZ 1996)
  • Dec 12 Ray Ethridge, wide receiver (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Dec 13 Carlos Hasselbaink, Dutch soccer player (VVV/FC Utrecht/Haarlem)
  • Dec 13 Shaun Stafford, Ocala Florida, tennis star (1992 Taipei)
  • Dec 14 Cees Marbus, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • Dec 14 Jamie Crysdale, CFL corner (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Dec 16 Darryll Lewis, NFL cornerback (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • Dec 16 Wendy Doolan, Australian LPGA golfer (1991 British Amat Champ-2nd), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Dec 17 Curtis Pride, outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 17 Jeff[rey] Klepacki, Kearny NJ, rower (Olympics 1992, 96)
  • Dec 18 Aaron Craver, NFL running back (Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers)
  • Dec 19 Jennifer Devine, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Dec 21 Anthony Lynn, NFL running back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Dec 22 Lauralee "Bug" Bell, US actress (Cricket-Young & Restless), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 24 Joe Scuderi, cricketer (South Australian all-rounder)
  • Dec 24 Marleen Renders, Belgian athlete
  • Dec 25 Corey Widmer, NFL linebacker (NY Giants)
  • Dec 25 Don Silvestri, NFL/WLAF kicker (NY Jets, London Monarchs)
  • Dec 25 Jim Dowd, Brick, NHL center (Vancouver Canucks)
  • Dec 25 Scott Bullett, Martinsburg WV, outfielder (Chicago Cubs)
  • Dec 26 Darren Barber, Victoria BC, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 27 Dean Palmer, infielder (Texas Rangers), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Dec 28 Darrick Brownlow, US NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Dec 28 Jozef Dano, Slovak ice hockey player (Team Slovakia 1998), born in Nitra, Slovakia
  • Dec 28 Kurt Schulz, US NFL player (Buffalo Bills), born in Wenatchee, Washington
  • Dec 29 Darren Perry, NFL free safety (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Dec 29 James Mouton, outfielder (Houston Astros), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Dec 30 Kevin Dahl, Regina, NHL defenseman (Calgary Flames)
  • Dec 30 Sean Higgins, NBA guard/forward (Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trailblazers)

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 12 Walter Robins, cricketer (19 Tests for England 64 wkts), dies
  • Dec 15 Jess Willard, Heavyweight boxing champ (1915-19), dies at 86