December 1972 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Dec 2 60th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeats Saskatchewan, 13-10
  • Dec 2 37th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 17-16 in Birmingham
  • Dec 5 38th Heisman Trophy Award: Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska (FL)
  • Dec 16 Miami Dolphins become 1st undefeated NFL team (14-0-0)
  • Dec 18 US launches Operation Linebacker II, its heaviest bombing of North Vietnam, as negotiations to end the Vietnam War collapse
  • Dec 23 New York Islanders end 15 games winless streak
  • Dec 23 "Immaculate Reception" Steelers turns around a 7-6 defeat with a last second touchdown reception against Raiders to win 13-7
  • Dec 23 2nd Fiesta Bowl: #15 Arizona State beats Missouri, 49-35
  • Dec 25 England beat India by six wickets in the 1st Cricket Test in Delhi
  • Dec 27 LA Kings start Islanders on 12 game losing streak
  • Dec 29 Test Cricket debut of Jeff Thomson & Max Walker v Pakistan at MCG
  • Dec 31 AFC Championship Game: Miami Dolphins beat Pittsburgh Steelers 21-7
  • Dec 31 NFC Championship Game: Washington Redskins beat Dallas Cowboys 26-3
  • Dec 31 39th Sugar Bowl: #2 Oklahoma beats #5 Penn State, 14-0

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 1 Andre Royal, linebacker (Carolina Panthers)
  • Dec 1 Charlie Jones, wide receiver (San Diego Chargers)
  • Dec 2 Alan Henderson, NBA forward (Atlanta Hawks)
  • Dec 2 Chris Burns, CFL tackle (Calgary Stampeders, Hamilton Tiger-Cats & Ottawa Renegades)
  • Dec 2 James Willis, linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Dec 2 Sunjith Somasunder, cricketer (Karnataka & India ODI opening bat 1996)
  • Dec 2 Zack Crockett, NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Dec 3 Eva Nemcova, WNBA forward/guard (Cleveland Rockers)
  • Dec 3 Peter Wright, American 1500m freestyle (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 3 Bucky Lasek, American skateboarder
  • Dec 4 Damien Covington, NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • Dec 4 Howard Eisley, NBA guard (Utah Jazz)
  • Dec 4 Jassen Cullimore, Simcoe, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks)
  • Dec 4 Jude St John, CFL offensive linebacker (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Dec 4 Kerry Anne Guse, Brisbane Queensland, tennis star (1996 final Hobart)
  • Dec 4 Ted Johnson, NFL inside linebacker (NE Patriots)
  • Dec 5 Cliff Floyd, outfielder/1st base (Montreal Expos), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 5 Kevin Sally, Canadian archer (Olympics 1996), born in Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Dec 5 Randolph Ross, Shelby NC, 110m hurdler
  • Dec 5 Roderick Mullen, NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Dec 5 Stanislav Jasecko, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia 1998)
  • Dec 5 Mike Mahoney, American baseball player
  • Dec 6 Brendan Garard, Australian field hockey halfback (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 6 Gary Bandy, NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Dec 6 James Logan, NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Dec 6 Mike Gruttadauri, corner (St Louis Rams)
  • Dec 7 Bobby Schoonens, soccer player (RKC)
  • Dec 7 Clay Shiver, American NFL center (Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers), born in Tifton, Georgia
  • Dec 7 Jordi Buritlo, Spanish tennis star
  • Dec 7 Kevin Dogins, corner (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Dec 8 Marco Abreu, Angolan footballer
  • Dec 9 Fabrice Santoro, Tahiti, tennis star
  • Dec 9 Paul Greene, Australian 100m/200m/400m (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 10 Marcos di Palma, Argentine racing driver
  • Dec 11 Daniel Alfredsson, Grums Swe, NHL right wing (Ottawa Senators)
  • Dec 11 Francisco Rodriguez, pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 11 Robert Robinson, CFL defensive linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Dec 12 Greg Randolph, road cyclist (Olympics-74th-96), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Dec 12 Jamal Willis, NFL running back (SF 49ers)
  • Dec 12 John Walsh, NFL quarterback (Cin Bengals)
  • Dec 12 Oliver Quass, WLAF kicker (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Dec 12 Nicky Eaden, English footballer
  • Dec 12 Wilson Kipketer, Danish middle-distance runner
  • Dec 12 Yeoryios Theodoridis, Greek sprinter
  • Dec 13 Craig Sauer, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Dec 14 Johnny Mcwilliams, tight end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Dec 14 Marcus Jensen, American baseball player
  • Dec 15 Rodney Harrison, American NFL safety (San Diego Chargers), born in Markham, Illinois
  • Dec 15 Stanislav Jasecko, Spisska Nova Ves, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia)
  • Dec 16 Charles Gipson, American baseball player
  • Dec 16 Ċ½eljko Kalac, Australian soccer player
  • Dec 17 Brian Williams, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Dec 17 Dewayne Washington, cornerback (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Dec 17 Don Davis, linebacker (New Orleans Saints)
  • Dec 17 Ivan Pedroso, Cuba, long jumper (Olympic 4th 1992)
  • Dec 18 Eric Unverzagt, NFL/WLAF linebacker (Sea Seahawks, Scotland Claymores)
  • Dec 18 Jeff Nelson, Prince Albert, NHL center (Washington Capitals)
  • Dec 18 Marcos Ondruska, South Africa, tennis star
  • Dec 19 Warren Sapp, American NFL Hall of Fame defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Orlando, Florida
  • Dec 19 Waverly Jackson, American NFL player (Carolina Panthers), born in South Hill, Virginia
  • Dec 20 Scott Slutzker, American football tight end (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Dec 20 Jan Caloun, hockey forward (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998)
  • Dec 20 Jonathan Wyatt, 5000m (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Dec 21 Latroy Hawkins, American baseball player
  • Dec 21 Dustin Hermanson, American baseball player
  • Dec 22 Andrew Moore, WLAF tackle (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Dec 22 Anthony Edwards, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 22 Kirk Maltby, Guelph, NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers)
  • Dec 22 Mike Thompson, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Dec 24 Alvaro Mesen, Costa Rican footballer
  • Dec 26 Burnell Roques, NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Dec 26 Derrick Cullors, running back (New England Patriots)
  • Dec 26 Esteban Fuertes, Argentine footballer
  • Dec 27 Charles Way, NFL fullback (NY Giants)
  • Dec 27 Dewayne Washington, NFL cornerback (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Dec 28 Adam Clawson, US slalom canoeist (Olympic-19th-96), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Dec 28 Adam Vinatieri, US NFL placekicker (Amsterdam Admirals, NE Patriots), born in Yankton, South Dakota
  • Dec 28 Jean-Francois Jomphe, Canadian professional ice hockey player (Anaheim), born in Havre-Saint-Pierre, Canada
  • Dec 28 Jim Kitts, US NFL running back (Frankfurt Galaxy, Miami Dolphins), born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Dec 28 Patrick Rafter, Australian professional tennis player (1993 USTA/Aptos California), born in Mount Isa, Australia
  • Dec 28 Roberto Palacios, Peruvian footballer, born in Lima, Peru
  • Dec 29 Malcolm Seabron, NFL wide receiver (Houston Oilers)
  • Dec 29 Randy Neal, NFL linebacker (Cin Bengals)
  • Dec 30 Kerry Collins, NFL quarterback (Carolina Panthers)
  • Dec 30 Loren Meyer, NBA center (Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks)
  • Dec 30 Paul Keegan, Irish footballer
  • Dec 31 Chris Parker, running back (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Dec 31 Cole Ford, NFL kicker (Oakland Raiders)
  • Dec 31 Kelvin Kinney, defensive end (Washington Redskins)

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 11 John Mills, New Zealand cricketer (7 Tests for NZ in early 1930's, 241 runs), dies at 67

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 31 Roberto Clemente, slugger (Pitts Pirate), dies in a plane crash at 38

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
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Roberto Clemente