December 1969 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 2 Two years after doubling its size from six to 12, the NHL announces 2 new teams would be joining the League the following year; Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks
  • Dec 12 Decathlon Bill Toomey achieves world record-score of 8417 points

Sports History

Dec 13 MLB manager Billy Martin fired by the Minnesota Twins

  • Dec 21 Vince Lombardi (Washington Redskins) coaches his last football game, a 20-10 loss to the Cowboys in Dallas, for a 7-5-2 season and 105-35-6 career
  • Dec 22 Pete Marovich sets NCAA record of hitting 30 of 31 foul shots

Ballon d'Or

Dec 23 Ballon d'Or: Milan midfielder Gianni Rivera wins award for best European football player ahead of Cagliari forward Luigi Riva and Bayern Munich striker Gerd Müller

Sports History

Dec 24 Curt Flood writes to baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn refusing to accept the Cardinals’ right to deal him and in favor of free agency [1]

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 2 O. J. McDuffie, American football wide receiver (NFL receptions leader 1998; Miami Dolphins), born in Marion, Ohio
  • Dec 2 Paul Stankowski, American golfer (World Open 1996; Hawaiian Open 1997), born in Oxnard, California
  • Dec 2 Pavel Loskutov, Estonian long distance athlete (Frankfurt Marathon 1999, 2001; JoongAng Seoul Marathon 2003-04), born in Valka, Latvia
  • Dec 3 Harold Steinbrenner, American businessman and MLB team owner (New York Yankees), born in Culver, Indiana
  • Dec 5 Lewis Gordon Pugh, English-South African swimmer, polar explorer and motivational speaker, born in Plymouth, England
  • Dec 5 Mark Dekker, Zimbabwe cricket opening batsman, born in Gatooma, Rhodesia
  • Dec 6 Elmore Spencer, American NBA center (Portland Trail Blazers), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dec 6 Greg Knox, CFL safety (Calgary Stampeders), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 6 Todd Black, American 800m runner, born in Kenton, Ohio
  • Dec 8 Antoon Kuil, Dutch soccer player (Veendam, SC Heerenveen)
  • Dec 8 Victor Green, American NFL cornerback/safety (NY Jets), born in Americus, Georgia
  • Dec 9 Bixente Lizarazu, French footballer, born in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France
  • Dec 9 Greg Klingsporn, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • Dec 9 Ramon Garcia, Venezuelan pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Guanare, Venezuela
  • Dec 10 Darren Berry, Australian cricketer (Victorian wicket-keeper since 1989-90), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Dec 10 Nadim Khan, Pakistani cricketer (brother of Moin Pakistani lefty spinner 1993), born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan
  • Dec 10 Rob Blake, Canadian NHL defenseman (Team Canada, LA Kings), born in Simcoe, Ontario
  • Dec 10 Todd Furdyk, CFL tackle (BC Lions)
  • Dec 11 Alessandro Melli, Italian footballer, born in Agrigento, Italy
  • Dec 11 Sean Grande, American sportscaster, born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 11 Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Norwegian footballer, born in Elverum, Norway
  • Dec 11 Vishwanathan Anand, Indian chess grandmaster, born in Mayiladuthurai, India
  • Dec 12 Courtney Hawkins, American NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Dec 12 Doug Terry, American NFL/WLAF safety (KC Chiefs, Scotland Claymores), born in Dumas, Arkansas
  • Dec 12 Frank Dikstaal, Dutch soccer player (MVV), born in Velsen, Netherlands
  • Dec 12 Jane Robinson, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Cobden, Victoria
  • Dec 12 Kris Wirtz, Canadian ice pairs skater (1994 Skate Canada), born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • Dec 13 Sergei Fedorov, Russian NHL forward (Detroit, Olympic silver 1998), born in Pskov, Russia
  • Dec 14 Arthur Numan, Dutch soccer player (PSV), born in Heemskerk, Netherlands
  • Dec 14 Dave Nilsson, Australian baseball catcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • Dec 14 Rogerick Green, American NFL cornerback (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Brenham, Texas
  • Dec 15 Chantal Petitclerc, Canadian wheelchair athlete (14 x Olympic gold 1996, 2000, 04, 08) and politician (Senator for Grandville, Quebec), born in Saint-Marc-des-Carrières, Quebec
  • Dec 16 Charles Mincy, American NFL safety, 1991-99 (Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and 2 other teams), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 16 Craig White, cricketer (England all-rounder 1994-95, AIS graduate)
  • Dec 17 Marc Davis, Oceanside California, 3K steeplechase runner (Goodwill-gold-94)
  • Dec 17 Marty Carter, NFL safety (Chicago Bears)
  • Dec 17 Rob Maas, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • Dec 18 Andrew Murphy, Australian long jumper/triple jumper (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 18 Joe Randa, infielder (KC Royals), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Dec 18 Justin Edinburgh, English footballer
  • Dec 18 Keith Piper, cricketer (Warwickshire & England A wicketkeeper)
  • Dec 18 Santiago Cañizares, Spanish footballer
  • Dec 19 Michael Bates, NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers)
  • Dec 19 Nayan Mongia, cricketer (Indian Test batsman-wicketkeeper 1994- )
  • Dec 19 Tom Gugliotta, NBA forward (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • Dec 20 Bobby Phills, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Hornets), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Dec 21 Chuck Smith, NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons), born in Athens, Georgia
  • Dec 21 Leon Searcy, NFL offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers, Jackson Jaguars), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 21 Mihails Zemļinskis, Latvian footballer, born in Riga, Latvia
  • Dec 22 Andrew Scott, Australian baseball infielder (Olympics 1996), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Dec 22 Marcie Aguilar, American female infielder (Colo Silver Bullets), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Dec 22 Myriam Bédard, Canadian biathlete, born in Loretteville, Quebec City
  • Dec 23 Greg Biffle, American racecar driver, born in Vancouver, Washington
  • Dec 23 Rob Pelinka, American sports agent (LA Lakers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 23 Rodney Culver, American football running back (San Diego Chargers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Dec 23 Stephen Grant, American football linebacker (Indianapolis Colts), born in Miami, Florida
  • Dec 27 Chris Humbert, Modesto California, water polo 2m offense (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 27 Jean-Christophe Boullion, French race car driver
  • Dec 27 Suzanne Paxton, fencer-foil (Olympics 1996), born in Baltimore Maryland
  • Dec 28 James Trapp, US sprinter and NFL player (Oakland Raiders), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Dec 29 Allan McNish, Scottish race car driver, born in Dumfries, United Kingdom
  • Dec 30 Anthuan Maybank, Georgetown SC, 200m/400m runner
  • Dec 30 Jeff Thomason, NFL tight end (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Dec 30 Michelle McGann, American golfer (7 LPGA Tour wins), born in West Palm Beach, Florida

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 7 Lefty O'Doul, American Baseball HOF left fielder (MLB All-Star, World Series 1933; NL batting champion 1929, 32 NY Yankees), dies at 72