December 1974 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Dec 1 American Jacqueline Hansen runs female world record marathon 2:43:54.5 in Culver City, California
  • Dec 1 South Africa is awarded the Davis Cup tennis title after India refuses to travel to South Africa for the final in protest of the South African government's apartheid policies
  • Dec 2 MLB Rules Committee changes long time philosophy to permit the use of cowhide, rather than just horsehide in the manufacture of baseballs
  • Dec 5 1st Wash Cap penalty shot, Tom Williams unsuccessful vs Buff Sabres
  • Dec 5 NFL's Seattle Seahawks forms
  • Dec 5 Tom Williams is unsuccessful on Wash Capitals 1st NHL penalty shot
  • Dec 5 Birmingham Americans defeat the Florida Blazers 22-21 in the WFL's World Bowl
  • Dec 14 Viv Richards scores 1st Test Cricket ton 192 v India 20 fours 6 sixes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 15 Guillermo Vilas of Argentina beats defending champion lie Năstase 7–6, 6–2, 3–6, 3–6, 6–4 to win his first and only season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis final in Melbourne, Australia

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • Dec 19 Dave Kryskow scores Washington Capitals 1st NHL shorthanded goal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 22 Phil Esposito, Boston, became 6th NHLer to score 500 goals

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • Dec 24 Cardinals' Lou Brock is named Sportsman of the Year
  • Dec 26 Washington Capitals 1st NHL sellout
  • Dec 27 40th Heisman Trophy Award: Archie Griffin, Ohio State (RB)
  • Dec 28 4th Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State beats #17 BYU, 16-6

Sport awardAFC Championship

Dec 29 AFC Championship, Oakland Coliseum: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Oakland Raiders, 24-13

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Dec 29 NFC Championship, Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington: Minnesota Vikings beat Los Angeles Rams, 14-10
  • Dec 31 NY Yankees sign Jim "Catfish" Hunter for 5 yrs for a record $3.75 million

Sport awardTennis Open

Dec 31 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley retains her title; beats Martina Navratilova of Czechoslovakia 6-3, 6-2

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Dec 31 41st Sugar Bowl: #8 Nebraska beats #18 Florida, 13-10
  • Dec 31 Ballon d'Or: Ajax forward Johan Cruyff wins back-to-back awards, and his 3rd overall, for best European football player ahead of Bayern Munich defender Franz Beckenbauer and Legia Warsaw midfielder Kazimierz Deyna

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 1 Richard Jordan, linebacker (Detroit Lions)
  • Dec 1 Costinha, Portuguese footballer
  • Dec 3 Ralph Staten, safety (Baltimore Ravens)

Person of interestAnke Huber

Dec 4 Anke Huber, German tennis player (Fed Cup 1992, Hopman Cup 1995), born in Bruchsal, Germany

Tennis Player Anke Huber
Tennis Player
Anke Huber
  • Dec 4 Tadahito Iguchi, Japanese baseball player and manager (Chiba Lotte Marines), born in Nishitōkyō, Tokyo, Japan
  • Dec 5 Charlie Batch, National Football League quarterback
  • Dec 6 Arjan Ebbinge, soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • Dec 7 Alex Radutescu, Romania, tennis star
  • Dec 7 Annette Salmeen, 200m butterfly/800m freestyle relay (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 8 Paul Staight, Victoria Australia, badminton player (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 9 Wendy Dillinger, American female soccer player and coach
  • Dec 11 Kevin Devine, American football cornerback and kick returner (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Dec 12 Nolberto Solano, Peruvian footballer, born in Callao, Peru
  • Dec 13 Chris Lewis, CFL safety (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Dec 14 Billy Koch, American baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Garden City, New York
  • Dec 15 Jeffrey van der Stone, soccer player (RKC)
  • Dec 18 Peter Boulware, linebacker (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Dec 19 Bryant Westbrook, cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • Dec 19 Jake Plummer, quarterback (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Dec 19 Ricky Ponting, cricketer (prodigious Tasmania batsman, Australia 1995)
  • Dec 20 Augie Ojeda, American baseball infielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 21 Karrie Webb, Australian golfer (7 major titles; US Open 2000-01; 14 LPGA Tour titles), born in Ayr, Queensland
  • Dec 21 Raymond Austin, American defensive back (NY Jets), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Dec 23 Agustín Delgado, Ecuadorian footballer, born in Ambuquí, Ecuador
  • Dec 24 Marcelo Salas, Chilean footballer, born in Temuco, Chile
  • Dec 25 Chris Naeole, American football coach (New Orleans Saints), born in Kailua, Hawaii
  • Dec 26 Tony Brackens, American football defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Fairfield, Texas
  • Dec 27 Jay Pandolfo, American ice hockey player
  • Dec 28 Rob Niedermayer, Canadian NHL center (Florida Panthers), born in Cassiar, British Columbia
  • Dec 29 Brad Hodge, Australian cricketer (promising Victorian middle-order batsman), born in Sandringham, Australia
  • Dec 29 James Darling, American football linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Dec 29 Tom Knight, American football cornerback (Arizona Cardinals), born in Summit, New Jersey
  • Dec 29 Richmond "Richie" Sexson, American baseball player, born in Portland, Oregon
  • Dec 31 Mario Aerts, Belgian cyclist, born in Herentals, Belgium
  • Dec 31 Tony Kanaan, Brazilian racing driver, born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 5 Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, American tennis player (US Open 1909-11), dies at 87
  • Dec 9 George Carew, cricketer (4 Tests for WI between 1935 & 1949), dies
  • Dec 13 Rufus "Rufe" Davis, American actor (Cocoanut Grove, Trail Blazers, Gangs of Sonora), dies at 66
  • Dec 16 Helen Hicks, American golfer (Western Open 1937, Titleholders Championship 1940), dies of throat cancer at 63
  • Dec 18 Harry Hooper, American baseball player, dies at 87