December 1973 in Sport

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 1 Jack Nicklaus becomes 1st golfer to earn $2M in a year

  • Dec 1 Jan Ferraris wins LPGA-Japan Golf Classic
  • Dec 1 38th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 35-0 in Birmingham
  • Dec 2 62nd Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Cleveland (5-0)
  • Dec 5 Chicago Cubs Ron Santo becomes 1st baseball player to invoke 10-5 rule and veto his trade (with the California Angels)
  • Dec 5 Dodgers trade Willie Davis to Expos for relief pitcher Mike Marshall
  • Dec 6 NL votes to move San Diego Padres to Washington, D.C. (doesn't happen)
  • Dec 7 Orioles sell pitcher Eddie Watt to the Phillies
  • Dec 7 Phillies sell infielder-outfielder Cesar Tovar to the Texas Rangers
  • Dec 8 39th Heisman Trophy Award: John Cappelletti, Penn State (RB)
  • Dec 9 St Louis Cardinal Jim Bakken kicks 6 field goals vs Atlanta Falcons

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Dec 10 1st time since 1885, tennis has 2 top males (Stan Smith & Jimmy Connors)

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • Dec 11 NA Soccer League awards LA, SF, Seattle & Vancouver franchises
  • Dec 12 Canada begins selling Olympic coins ($5 & $10 silver coins)
  • Dec 12 San Diego files anti-trust against NL (stopping Padres move to DC)
  • Dec 15 Golf Resort (Disney Inn) opens
  • Dec 15 Sandy Hawley becomes 1st jockey to win 500 races in 1 year
  • Dec 15 Tennessee beats Temple 11-6 in low scoring NCAA basketball game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 16 O.J. Simpson becomes 1st NFLer to rush 2,000 yard in a season

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 20 Montreal Canadien Henri Richard scores his 1,000th NHL point

Ice Hockey Great Henri Richard
Ice Hockey Great
Henri Richard
  • Dec 21 3rd Fiesta Bowl: #10 Arizona State beats Pittsburgh, 28-7
  • Dec 27 LA Dodgers announce night games will start at 7:30 instead of 8
  • Dec 30 AFC Championship Game: Miami Dolphins beat Oakland Raiders 27-10
  • Dec 30 NFC Championship Game: Minnesota Vikings beat Dallas Cowboys 27-10
  • Dec 31 Johan Cruyff chosen European Football Player of theYear
  • Dec 31 40th Sugar Bowl: #3 Notre Dame beats #1 Alabama, 24-23

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 1 Eric Thomas, Chartage Texas, 400m hurdler
  • Dec 1 Mia Farrance, Australian canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Dec 2 Kevin Feighery, NFL/WLAF punter (NY Giants, Panthers, Galaxy)

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Dec 2 Monica Seles, Yugoslavian-American tennis star (US Open 1992), born in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
  • Dec 2 Jan Ullrich, German cyclist
  • Dec 3 Andrew McNally, Australian baseball pitcher (Olympics-1996)
  • Dec 3 Brian Loyd, baseball catcher (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Lynwood, California
  • Dec 4 Corliss Williamson, NBA forward (Sacramento Kings)
  • Dec 4 Steven Menzies, Australian rugby league footballer
  • Dec 5 Corissa Yasen, WNBA forward/guard (Sacramento Monarchs)
  • Dec 6 Tim Kohn, guard/tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • Dec 7 Mark Hartsell, WLAF QB (Scotland Claymores)
  • Dec 7 Terrell Owens, wide receiver (San Francisco 49ers)
  • Dec 8 Mitch Jacoby, tight end (St Louis Rams)
  • Dec 8 Monty Montgomery, defensiveback (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Dec 10 Bernard Holsey, defensive tackle (NY Giants)
  • Dec 10 Marcus Wall, CFL receiver (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Dec 10 Rusty LaRue, NBA guard (Chicago Bulls)
  • Dec 11 Erin Moorad, pairs skater (& Richard Gillam), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 11 Luke Casserly, Australian soccer defender (Olyroos, Olympics-96)
  • Dec 11 Ralph Intranuovo, East York, NHL center (Edmonton Oilers)
  • Dec 12 Michael DiVenuto, cricketer (exciting Tasmanian batsman)
  • Dec 12 Reinard Wilson, linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Dec 12 Stanley Pritchett, running back (Miami Dolphins)
  • Dec 12 Walter Otta, Argentine footballer
  • Dec 13 Shandon Anderson, NBA forward (Utah Jazz)
  • Dec 14 Eelco Wassenaar, Neth, US field hockey midfielder (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 15 Geoff Stewart, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 15 James Stewart, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 15 Mike Cherry, quarterback (NY Giants)
  • Dec 15 Mirko Ludemann, Weiwasser GER, NHL defenseman (Team Germany, Colorado)
  • Dec 15 Tammy Melinda Pearman, American soccer forward/defender (Olympics-96), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Dec 16 Kristie Boogert, Rotterdam Neth, tennis star (1996 Paris)
  • Dec 17 Paula Radcliffe, English runner
  • Dec 18 Jason Williams, Gonzales LA, baseball infielder (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • Dec 18 Keith Washington, NFL defensive end (Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens)
  • Dec 19 Kebu Stewart, NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Dec 19 Zulfiya Zabirova, Russian cyclist
  • Dec 20 Barry Stokes, WLAF offensive linesman (Rhein Fire)
  • Dec 20 Cory Stillman, Peterborough, NHL center (Calgary Flames)
  • Dec 20 Jenny Boucek, WNBA guard (Cleveland Rockers)
  • Dec 20 Muadianvita Kazadi, linebacker (St Louis Rams)
  • Dec 21 Mike Alstott, fullback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Dec 22 Annie Pelletier, 3m diver (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Dec 22 Jamel Williams, safety (Washington Redskins)
  • Dec 23 Tony Graziani, quarterback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Dec 24 Eddie Pope, soccer defender (Olympics-gold-96), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Dec 25 Robbie Elliott, English footballer
  • Dec 26 Ryan Berube, American 800m freestyle relay (Olympics-gold-96)
  • Dec 27 Bill Clay, Yokosuka Japan, US sprint cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 28 Bobby Taylor, NFL cornerback (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Dec 28 Garth John Da Silva, heavyweight boxer (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Dec 29 Tomas Perez, Barquisimeto Venezuela, infielder (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • Dec 29 Theo Epstein, American baseball executive and President of Baseball Operations, born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 30 Don Reid, NBA guard/forward (Detroit Pistons)
  • Dec 30 Robert Walker, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • Dec 30 Ato Boldon, Trinidadian athlete
  • Dec 31 Curtis Myden, 200m/400m swimmer (Oly-2 bronze-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Dec 31 George Jones, running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Dec 31 Hiroyuki Miura, hockey defenseman (Team Japan 1998)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 1 NFL running back Gale Sayers (30) weds second wife Ardythe Bullard

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 4 NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle (47) weds activist Carrie Cooke

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 31 MLB executive Tony La Russa (29) weds Elaine Coker

Baseball Manager Tony La Russa
Baseball Manager
Tony La Russa

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 16 Syd Barnes, cricketer (13 Tests for Australia 1938-48), dies
  • Dec 23 Arthur Richardson, cricketer (9 Tests 1924-26), dies