On This Day

December 1970 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 3 Claude Ruel resigns as coach of the NHL Montreal Canadiens; replacement Al MacNeil leads Habs to a Stanley Cup championship 5 months later
  • Dec 5 LA Rams Willie Ellison sets NFL record of 247 yards rushing
  • Dec 5 Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy & Bill Masterson Trophy stolen from Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Dec 6 Cleveland Cavaliers 1st NBA home victory, beating Buffalo Braves 108-106
  • Dec 10 North American Soccer League awards NY & Toronto franchises
  • Dec 13 Greg Chappell scores 108 on Test debut v England at the WACA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 15 Stan Smith and Rod Laver finish with 4-1 records atop inaugural season ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis standings in Tokyo, Japan; Smith wins event after beating Laver 4–6, 6–3, 6–4 in the rounds

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • Dec 29 Ballon d'Or: Bayern Munich striker Gerd Müller wins award for best European football player ahead of West Ham United defender Bobby Moore and Cagliari forward Luigi Riva
  • Dec 31 Would have been start of Aust/Eng Test Cricket at MCG, washed out

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 1 Todd Steussie, American NFL guard / tackle (Pro Bowl 1997-98; Minnesota Vikings), born in Canoga Park, California
  • Dec 2 Maksim Tarasov, Russian pole vaulter (Olympic gold 1992; World C'ship gold 1999), born in Yaroslavl, Russia
  • Dec 2 Alex Čejka, Czech-German golfer (Volvo Masters 1995), born in Mariánské Lázně, Czech Republic
  • Dec 3 Laura Schuler, Canadian ice hockey forward and coach (World C'ship gold 1990, 92, 97; coach Dartmouth College), born in Scarborough, Ontario
  • Dec 3 Lindsey Hunter, American basketball guard (NBA C'ship 2002, 04; LA Lakers, Detroit Pistons), born in Utica, Mississippi
  • Dec 3 Paul Byrd, American baseball pitcher and broadcaster (MLB All Star 1999; Philadelphia Phillies; Fox Sports Southeast), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Dec 3 Christian Karembeu, French soccer midfielder (53 caps; Nantes, Olympiacos), born in Lifou, New Caledonia
  • Dec 4 Jeff Blake, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1995; Cincinnati Bengals), born in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Dec 5 Kevin Haller, Canadian NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Trochu, Alberta, Canada
  • Dec 5 Susan Sloane, American tennis star, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Dec 5 Thomas Smith, American NFL cornerback (Buffalo Bills), born in Gates, North Carolina
  • Dec 6 Eric Mahlum, American NFL guard (Indianapolis Colts), born in San Diego, California
  • Dec 6 Isabelle Arnould, Belgian swimmer, born in Liège, Belgium
  • Dec 7 Courtney Browne, Barbadian cricketer (West Indies Test wicket-keeper 1995), born in Lambeth, London
  • Dec 9 Marlin Cannon, American 200m/400m runner, born in Dallas, Texas
  • Dec 10 Bryant Stith, American NBA guard (Denver Nuggets), born in Emporia, Virginia
  • Dec 11 Danan Hughes, American NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs), born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • Dec 11 Doug Nussmeier, American NFL quarterback (New Orleans Saints), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Dec 11 Errict Rhett, American NFL running back (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Pembroke Pines, Florida
  • Dec 12 Ivano Newbill, American NBA center (Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Sedalia, Missouri
  • Dec 12 Orlando Brown, American NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 13 Basit Ali, Pakistani cricketer (exciting Pakistani batsman 1993-), born in Karachi, Sindh
  • Dec 13 George Van Os Jr, team handball left back (Olympics 1996), born in Houston, Texas
  • Dec 13 Tonja Yevette Buford-Bailey, American 400m hurdler (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Dec 14 Bradford Banta, American NFL tight end (Indianapolis Colts), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Dec 15 Damon Thomas, American NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills), born in Clovis, California
  • Dec 15 Lawrence Funderburke, NBA forward (Sacramento Kings)
  • Dec 15 Mitchell Butler, NBA guard (Washington Bullets, Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Dec 15 Frankie Dettori, Italian jockey, born in Milan, Italy
  • Dec 17 Earl Dotson, NFL tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Dec 17 Michael Mols, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • Dec 18 Lucious Harris, NBA guard (NJ Nets, Dallas Mavericks)
  • Dec 19 Jon Cleveland, Canadian 100m/200m swimmer (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Fresno, California
  • Dec 19 Robert Lang, Teplice CZE, NHL forward (Team Czech Rep, Los Angeles)
  • Dec 20 Grant Flower, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Dec 20 Tony Semple, NFL guard (Detroit Lions), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • Dec 20 Travis Green, Canadian NHL center (NY Islanders), born in Castlegar, Canada
  • Dec 21 Irving Spikes, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins), born in Ocean Springs, Mississippi
  • Dec 21 Monique Ambers, WNBA forward (Phoenix Mercury)
  • Dec 22 Gary Anderson, Scottish darts player (PDC World Champion 2015-16), born in Musselburgh, Scotland
  • Dec 23 Raymont Harris, American football running back (Chicago Bears), born in Lorain, Ohio
  • Dec 24 Michael Batiste, NFL/WLAF defensive tackle (Cowboys, Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 24 Romeo Wouden, Dutch soccer player (Dordrecht '90, Heerenveen), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Dec 25 Ghalid Salamat, Dutch soccer player (MVV), born in the Netherlands
  • Dec 25 Stu Barnes, Canadian NHL center (Florida Panthers), born in Spruce Grove, Canada
  • Dec 26 Radka Zrubakova, Slovakian tennis star (1994 Futures-GER), born in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Dec 26 Willie Williams, NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers, Seahawks), born in England, United Kingdom
  • Dec 27 Lorenzo Neal, NFL fullback (New Orleans Saints, NY Jets)
  • Dec 28 Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, Dutch tennis player (95, 96 Oklahoma City), born in Haarlem, Netherlands
  • Dec 28 James Jett, US Olympic sprinter and NFL wide receiver (Oakland Raiders), born in Charles Town, West Virginia
  • Dec 29 Hidetoshi Mitsusada, Japanese racing driver, born in Osaka, Japan
  • Dec 30 Grant Carter, CFL defensive end (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Dec 30 Gus Nketia, 100m sprint (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Dec 30 Kevin Salvadori, NBA center (Sacramento Kings)
  • Dec 31 Bryon Russell, American NBA forward (Utah Jazz), born in San Bernardino, California
  • Dec 31 Dan Howe, Canadian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Kingston, Ontario
  • Dec 31 Dunstan Anderson, NFL defensive end (Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Rhein Fire), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Dec 31 Michel Brunet, Canadian ice dancer (1996 Canadians-2nd), born in Gatineau, Quebec

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 1 Frank Smailes, English cricket all-rounder (1 Test; 8 County C'ships, Yorkshire), dies at 60
  • Dec 26 Lillian Board, British 400m athlete (Olympic silver 1968), dies at 22

Person of interestSonny Liston

Dec 30 Sonny Liston, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1962-64), dies of lung congestion and heart failure at 40; foul play suspected

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston