On This Day

December 1971 in Sport

Events in Sport


Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Dec 1 Chicago Cubs release longtime star and future Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, ending his 19-year MLB career; announce Banks will serve as a coach on manager Leo Durocher's staff; Banks finishes with 512 home runs and 1,636 RBI

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 12 Romanian tennis star Ilie Năstase finishes ATP Masters Grand Prix with a perfect 6-0 record to win the rich season ending event at the Coubertin Stadium, Paris

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • Dec 25 Longest NFL game (82m40s) as Dolphins beat Chiefs 27-24

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 26 Muhammad Ali finishes off German Jürgen Blin with a thundering right cross for a 7th-round knockout in a non-title heavyweight boxing contest in Zurich, Switzerland

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Dec 27 1st Fiesta Bowl: #8 Arizona State beats Florida State, 45-38
  • Dec 28 Ballon d'Or: Ajax forward Johan Cruyff wins award for best European football player ahead of Inter forward Sandro Mazzola and Manchester United winger George Best; first Dutch national and Ajax player to win award
  • Dec 30 Long Island NHL franchise purchased (NY Islanders)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 1 Rob Zatechka, NFL guard (NY Giants)
  • 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, American NFL guard and center (NY Jets, London Monarchs), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 4 Shannon Briggs, American boxer (lineal 1997-98 & WBO heavyweight champion 2006-07), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 5 Bryan Schwartz, American NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in St. Lawrence, South Dakota
  • Dec 5 Joe Fleming, CFL defensive end (BC Lions), born in Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • Dec 5 Marrio Grier, NFL fullback (New England Patriots), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Dec 6 Ainsley Robinson, Oshawa Ontario, 62 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 6 David Defiagbon, Sapele Nigeria, Canadian boxer (Olympic silver 1996)
  • Dec 6 Matt Maloney, NBA guard (Houston Rockets)
  • Dec 6 Richard Krajicek, Dutch tennis player (Wimbledon 1996), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Dec 6 Rika Hiraki, Beirut Lebanon, tennis star (1992 Japan doubles)
  • Dec 6 Thomas Bailey, NFL wide receiver (Cin Bengals), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Dec 6 José Contreras, Cuban baseball player
  • Dec 7 Ben Atkins, American fencer-epee (Olympics 1996), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 7 Mauricio Hadad, Cali Colombia, tennis star (1995 Bermuda)
  • Dec 7 Vladimir Akopian, Armenian chess player
  • 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 1996)
  • Dec 10 Carla Sacramento, Lisbon, 1.5k runner
  • Dec 10 Manjula Munasinghe, cricketer (Sri Lankan ODI pace bowler)
  • Dec 11 Cedric Ihalauw, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC), born in Geleen, Netherlands
  • Dec 11 Willie McGinest, NFL outside linebacker (NE Patriots), born in Long Beach, California
  • Dec 12 Tito Wooten, American NFL safety (NY Giants), born in Goldsboro, North Carolina
  • Dec 12 Toni Hodgkinson, 800m (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Dec 13 Mike Pelton, American NFL defensive tackle (Indianapolis Colts), born in Goshen, Alabama
  • Dec 14 Chris Therien, NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Dec 14 Lisa-Marie Vizaniari, Australian discus and shot putter (Olympics 1996), born in Lake Cargelligo, New South Wales
  • 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 16 Catherine "Cathy" Symon, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 16 Kristen Kane, diver (Olympics 1996), 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 Nikki McCray, Collierville Tenn, basketball guard (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Dec 17 Sari Kristiina Fisk, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • Dec 17 Tony Richardson, NFL fullback (KC Chiefs)
  • Dec 17 Antoine Rigaudeau, French basketball player
  • Dec 18 Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Spanish tennis player (US Open 1994, French Open 1989, 94, 98), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Dec 18 Frank Pimiskern, CFL safety (BC Lions)
  • Dec 18 Joe Dziedzic, NHL left wing (Pitts Penguins), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Dec 18 Neil Little, Medicine Hat, NHL goalie (Philadelphia Flyers)
  • Dec 19 Jennifer Dore, American rower (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Kearny, New Jersey
  • Dec 20 Jerry Ellison, American NFL running back (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • Dec 21 Earnest Hunter, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns), born in Longview, Texas
  • Dec 23 Pete Bercich, American football linebacker (Minnesota Vikings), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • Dec 23 Steve Stenstrom, American football quarterback (Chicago Bears), born in Lake Forest, California
  • Dec 23 Michalis Klokidis, Greek footballer, born in Greece
  • Dec 23 Wim Vansevenant, Belgian cyclist, born in Diksmuide, Belgium
  • Dec 24 Tamir Bloom, American fencer-epee (Olympics 1996), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 25 Marlon Forbes, American football cornerback (Chicago Bears), born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • Dec 25 Terry Vaughn, CFL receiver (Calgary Stampeders), born in Sumter, South Carolina
  • Dec 26 Mark Lathwell, English cricketer (England opening batsman v Australia 1993), born in Bletchley, United Kingdom
  • 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, Puerto Rican professional baseball outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Dec 28 Steve Morrison, US NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts), born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • Dec 28 Benny Agbayani, American baseball player, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Dec 28 William Gates, American basketball player, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 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, Canadian NFL cornerback (San Diego Chargers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Dec 30 Sylvester Wright, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Dec 30 Thomas Strzalkowski, American fencer-sabre (Olympics 1996), born in Kraków, Poland
  • Dec 31 Brent Barry, American NBA guard (LA Clippers), born in Hempstead, New York
  • Dec 31 Erin Warren, American luger (Olympics 1994), born in Winchester Massachusetts
  • Dec 31 Heath Shuler, NFL quarterback (Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints), born in Bryson City, North Carolina
  • Dec 31 Ricardo López Felipe, Spanish footballer, born in Madrid, Spain

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding 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 professional boxer, dies at 42

Person of interestBobby Jones

Dec 18 Bobby Jones Jr., American golfer, course designer (13 major titles, Grand Slam 1930), dies of syringomyelia at 69

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones