December 1971 in Sport

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 1 Cubs release Ernie Banks & sign him as a coach

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Dec 25 Longest NFL game (82m40s) as Dolphins beat Chiefs 27-24
  • Dec 27 1st Fiesta Bowl: #8 Arizona State beats Florida State, 45-38
  • Dec 30 Long Island NHL franchise purchased (NY Islanders)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 1 Oscar Sturgis, WLAF DE (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Dec 1 Rob Zatechka, NFL guard (NY Giants)
  • Dec 1 Tom Robsock, NFL/WLAF guard (Raiders, Barcelona Dragons)
  • Dec 2 Jessie Hicks, WNBA forward/center (Utah Starzz)
  • Dec 2 Rachel McQuillan, Merewether NSW Aust, tennis star (1989 Futures ITA)
  • Dec 2 Roy van de Hill, soccer player (Roda JC)
  • Dec 2 Francesco Toldo, Italian Football Player (Inter Milan)
  • Dec 3 Frank Sinclair, Jamaican footballer
  • Dec 4 Terrence Wisdom, NFL/WLAF guard/center (NY Jets, London Monarchs)
  • Dec 4 Shannon Briggs, American boxer
  • Dec 5 Bryan Schwartz, NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Dec 5 Joe Fleming, CFL defensive end (BC Lions)
  • Dec 5 Marrio Grier, fullback (New England Patriots)
  • Dec 6 Ainsley Robinson, Oshawa Ontario, 62 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Oly-96)
  • Dec 6 David Defiagbon, Sapele Nigeria, Canadian boxer (Olympics-silver-96)
  • Dec 6 Matt Maloney, NBA guard (Houston Rockets)
  • Dec 6 Richard Krajicek, Neth, tennis star (Wimbledon-1996)
  • Dec 6 Rika Hiraki, Beirut Lebanon, tennis star (1992 Japan doubles)
  • Dec 6 Thomas Bailey, NFL wide receiver (Cin Bengals)
  • Dec 6 José Contreras, Cuban baseball player
  • Dec 7 Ben Atkins, American fencer-epee (Olympics-96), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 7 Mauricio Hadad, Cali Colombia, tennis star (1995 Bermuda)
  • Dec 8 Garvin Alston, pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Mt Vernon, New York
  • Dec 8 James Stewart, NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings), born in Vero Beach, Florida
  • Dec 9 Chris Boniol, NFL kicker (Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Dec 9 Clifton Abraham, NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Dec 9 Petr Nedved, Libercec CZE, NHL center (Team Czech, Pitts Penguins)
  • Dec 9 Todd Van Poppel, Hinsdale IL, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • Dec 10 Amanda Hardy, Altona Australia, badminton player (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 10 Carla Sacramento, Lisbon, 1.5k runner
  • Dec 10 Manjula Munasinghe, cricketer (Sri Lankan ODI pace bowler)
  • Dec 11 Cedric Ihalauw, soccer player (Roda JC)
  • Dec 11 Willie McGinest, NFL outside linebacker (NE Patriots)
  • Dec 12 John Sacca, WLAF quarterback (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Dec 12 Tito Wooten, NFL safety (NY Giants)
  • Dec 12 Toni Hodgkinson, 800m (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Dec 13 Johnny Dixon, WLAF safety (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Dec 13 Mike Pelton, NFL defensive tackle (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Dec 14 Chris Therien, NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Dec 14 Lisa-Marie Vizaniari, Australian discus/shot putter (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 15 Boudewijk Pahlplatz, soccer player (FC Twente, PSV)
  • Dec 15 Chris Maumalanga, NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears, Az Cardinals)
  • Dec 15 Eric Bjornson, NFL tight end (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Dec 15 Ken Alexander, WLAF linebacker (Barcelona Dragons)
  • Dec 16 Catherine "Cathy" Symon, rower (Olympics-96), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 16 Kristen Kane, diver (Olympics-96), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Dec 17 Alyson Habetz, Crowley LA, female pitcher (Colo Silver Bullets)
  • Dec 17 Carl Reeves, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears)
  • Dec 17 Mark Byers, WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Dec 17 Nikki McCray, Collierville Tenn, basketball guard (Olympics-gold-96)
  • Dec 17 Sari Kristiina Fisk, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Oly-98)
  • Dec 17 Tony Richardson, NFL fullback (KC Chiefs)
  • Dec 17 Antoine Rigaudeau, French basketball player
  • Dec 18 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Barcelona, tennis star (Oly-silv/bronze-92)
  • Dec 18 Frank Pimiskern, CFL safety (BC Lions)
  • Dec 18 Joe Dziedzic, NHL left wing (Pitts Penguins), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Dec 18 Markus Finke, WLAF running back (Rhein Fire)
  • Dec 18 Neil Little, Medicine Hat, NHL goalie (Philadelphia Flyers)
  • Dec 19 Jen[nifer] Dore, Kearny NJ, rower (Olympics-4TH-96)
  • Dec 19 Mike Groh, WLAF quarterback (Rhein Fire)
  • Dec 20 Jerry Ellison, NFL running back (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Dec 21 Ernest Hunter, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns)
  • Dec 21 Irena Slavutskay, Israel, athlete (Oly-1996)
  • Dec 21 Jey Phillips, WLAF DB (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Dec 21 Tommie Boyd, NFL/WLAF receiver (Detroit Lions, Rhein Fire)
  • Dec 23 Pete Bercich, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Dec 23 Steve Stenstrom, quarterback (Chicago Bears)
  • Dec 23 Michalis Klokidis, Greek footballer
  • Dec 23 Wim Vansevenant, Belgian cyclist
  • Dec 24 Tamir Bloom, American fencer-epee (Olympics-96), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 25 Marlon Forbes, safety (Chicago Bears)
  • Dec 25 Terry Vaughn, CFL receiver (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Dec 26 Mark Lathwell, cricketer (England opening batsman v Australia 1993)
  • Dec 27 Bryan Smolinski, NHL forward (Team USA, Pitts Penguins), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Dec 27 James Stewart, NFL running back (Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions), born in Fairfield, Texas
  • Dec 27 Duncan Ferguson, Scottish footballer
  • Dec 28 Melvin Nieves, San Juan Puerto Rico, outfielder (Detroit Tigers)
  • Dec 28 Michael Watkins, NFL wide receiver (San Diego Chargers)
  • Dec 28 Steve Morrison, NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Dec 28 Benny Agbayani, American baseball player
  • Dec 28 William Gates, American basketball player
  • Dec 29 Jay Fiedler, American NFL quarterback (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Long Island, New York
  • Dec 29 Margot Thien, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • Dec 29 Mark Montreuil, NFL cornerback (San Diego Chargers)
  • Dec 29 Toby Mills, WLAF corner (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Dec 30 Scotty Lewis, WLAF defensive end (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Dec 30 Steve Hardin, NFL/WLAF offensive tackle (Ind Colts, Rhein Fire)
  • Dec 30 Sylvester Wright, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Dec 30 Thomas Strzalkowski, American fencer-sabre (Olympics-96), born in Kraków, Poland
  • Dec 31 Brent Barry, NBA guard (LA Clippers)
  • Dec 31 Erin Warren, luger (Olympics-1994), born in Winchester Massachusetts
  • Dec 31 Heath Shuler, NFL quarterback (Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints)
  • Dec 31 Ricardo López Felipe, Spanish footballer

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 24 Professional boxer George Foreman (22) weds Adrienne Calhoun

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 14 Dick Tiger, Nigerian-born boxer (b. 1929)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 18 Bobby Jones Jr, amateur golfer (Grand Slam 1930), dies at 69

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones