On This Day

December 1972 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 2 In 1 of their worst trades Yanks get Rich McKinney for Stan Bahnsen
  • Dec 2 37th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 17-16 in Birmingham

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 2 Romanian tennis star Ilie Năstase successfully defends his ATP Masters Grand Prix title with a 6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 2–6, 6–3 win over American Stan Smith in Barcelona, Spain

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • Dec 3 CFL Grey Cup, Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeat Saskatchewan Roughriders, 13-10; Tiger-Cats first team in CFL's modern era to win Grey Cup at home
  • Dec 5 38th Heisman Trophy Award: Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska (FL)
  • Dec 11 New York Jets' Don Maynard becomes all time pro reception leader (632)
  • Dec 16 Miami Dolphins become 1st undefeated NFL team (14-0-0)
  • 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 26 Ballon d'Or: Bayern Munich defender Franz Beckenbauer wins award for best European football player ahead of tied fellow German duo of Gerd Müller and Günter Netzer
  • Dec 27 LA Kings start Islanders on 12 game losing streak
  • Dec 29 Test Cricket debut of Jeff Thomson and Max Walker v Pakistan at MCG
  • Dec 31 AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: Miami Dolphins beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 21-7
  • Dec 31 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley 6-4, 7-5 for her record 11th and final Australian singles crown
  • Dec 31 NFC Championship, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Washington Redskins beat Dallas Cowboys 26-3
  • Dec 31 39th Sugar Bowl: #2 Oklahoma beats #5 Penn State, 14-0

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 2 Alan Henderson, American basketball forward (NBA Most Improved Player 1998; Atlanta Hawks), born in Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Dec 3 Eva Němcová, Czech basketball forward (WNBA record 66 consecutive free throws 2000; Cleveland Rockers), born in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Dec 3 Bucky Lasek, American skateboarder (10 x Summer X Games gold), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Dec 4 Ted Johnson, American NFL inside linebacker (Super Bowl 2001, 03-04; New England Patriots), born in Alameda, California
  • Dec 5 Cliff Floyd, MLB outfielder and 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, American 110m hurdler, born in Shelby, North Carolina
  • Dec 5 Roderick Mullen, American NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Dec 5 Mike Mahoney, American baseball player, born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Dec 6 Brendan Garard, Australian field hockey halfback (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 6 Gary Bandy, American NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Dec 6 James Logan, American NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks), born in Opp, Alabama
  • Dec 6 Mike Gruttadauri, American football center (St Louis Rams), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Dec 7 Bobby Schoonens, Dutch soccer player (RKC), born in Den Bosch, Netherlands
  • Dec 7 Clay Shiver, American NFL center (Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers), born in Tifton, Georgia
  • Dec 7 Jordi Buritlo, Spanish tennis player, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Dec 7 Kevin Dogins, American NFL player (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Eagle Lake, Texas
  • Dec 7 Hermann Maier, Austrian skier (2 Olympic gold medals 1998), born in Altenmarkt im Pongau, Austria
  • Dec 8 Marco Abreu, Angolan footballer, born in Lubango, Angola
  • Dec 9 Fabrice Santoro, Tahitian tennis star, born in Tahiti, French Polynesia
  • Dec 10 Marcos di Palma, Argentine racing driver, born in Arrecifes, Argentina
  • Dec 11 Daniel Alfredsson, Swedish NHL right wing (Ottawa Senators), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Dec 11 Francisco Rodriguez, American pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 11 Robert Robinson, CFL defensive linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Dec 12 Greg Randolph, American road cyclist (Olympics-74th-96), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Dec 12 Jamal Willis, American NFL running back (SF 49ers), born in Lawton, Oklahoma
  • Dec 12 Nicky Eaden, English footballer, born in Sheffield, England
  • Dec 12 Wilson Kipketer, Kenyan-born Danish middle-distance runner, born in Kapchemoiywo, Nandi County, Kenya
  • Dec 12 Yeoryios Theodoridis, Greek sprinter, born in Athens
  • Dec 13 Craig Sauer, American NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), born in Sartell, Minnesota
  • Dec 14 Johnny Mcwilliams, American football tight end (Arizona Cardinals), born in Pomona, California
  • Dec 14 Marcus Jensen, American baseball player, born in Oakland, California
  • Dec 15 Rodney Harrison, American NFL safety (San Diego Chargers), born in Markham, Illinois
  • Dec 16 Charles Gipson, American baseball player
  • Dec 16 Željko 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 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), born in Oakland, California
  • Dec 20 Jan Caloun, Czech hockey forward (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998), born in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
  • Dec 20 Jonathan Wyatt, New Zealand 5000m runner (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Dec 21 Latroy Hawkins, American baseball player, born in Gary, Indiana
  • Dec 21 Dustin Hermanson, American baseball player, born in Springfield, Ohio
  • Dec 22 Anthony Edwards, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Ballarat, Australia
  • Dec 22 Kirk Maltby, NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in Guelph, Canada
  • Dec 22 Mike Thompson, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Portage, Wisconsin
  • Dec 24 Alvaro Mesen, Costa Rican footballer, born in Alajuela, Costa Rica
  • Dec 26 Burnell Roques, American NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons), born in Claremont, California
  • Dec 26 Derrick Cullors, American football running back (New England Patriots), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Dec 26 Esteban Fuertes, Argentine footballer, born in Coronel Dorrego Partido, Argentina
  • 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 tennis player (US Open 1997-98), 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 30 Kerry Collins, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback ( Penn State Uni; Pro Bowl 1996, 2008; Carolina Panthers, Tennessee Titans), born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 30 Loren Meyer, NBA center (Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks)
  • Dec 30 Paul Keegan, Irish footballer
  • Dec 31 Chris Parker, American football running back (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Dec 31 Kelvin Kinney, American football defensive end (Washington Redskins), born in Montgomery, West Virginia
  • Dec 31 Cole Ford, American football placekicker (Oakland Raiders), born in Tucson, Arizona

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 3 Mike Brady, American golfer (US Open 1911, 19 runner-up; 9 PGA Tour titles), dies at 85
  • Dec 11 John Mills, New Zealand cricketer (7 Tests for NZ in early 1930's, 241 runs), dies at 67
  • Dec 20 Gabby Hartnett, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (MLB All Star 1933–38; NL MVP 1935; Chicago Cubs) and manager (Chicago Cubs), dies of cirrhosis at 72

Person of interestRoberto Clemente

Dec 31 Roberto Clemente, Puerto Rican Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (15 x MLB All Star; World Series 1960, 71 [MVP]; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies in a plane crash at 38

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente