December 1974 in Sports History

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 Birmingham Americans defeat the Florida Blazers 22-21 in the WFL's World Bowl
  • Dec 5 NFL's Seattle Seahawks forms

Cricket History

Dec 14 Viv Richards scores 1st Test Cricket ton 192 v India 20 fours 6 sixes

Sports History

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

  • Dec 19 Dave Kryskow scores Washington Capitals 1st NHL shorthanded goal

Sports History

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

Sports History

Dec 24 MLB St Louis 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

AFC Championship

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

  • Dec 29 NFC Championship, Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington: Minnesota Vikings beat Los Angeles Rams, 14-10
  • Dec 31 41st Sugar Bowl: #8 Nebraska beats #18 Florida, 13-10

Australian Open Women's Tennis

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

Ballon d'Or

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

  • Dec 31 New York Yankees sign Cy Young Award winner Jim "Catfish" Hunter for 5 years for a record $3.75 million from the Oakland A's

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 1 Costinha, Portuguese soccer midfielder and manager (53 caps; Porto, Monaco), born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Dec 3 Charl Willoughby, South African cricket fast bowler (2 Tests; 3 ODIs; Somerset), born in Cape Town, South Africa

Anke HuberAnke Huber (48 years old)

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

  • Dec 4 Tadahito Iguchi, Japanese baseball second baseman and manager (first Japanese position player to win World Series 2005, Chicago White Sox; Chiba Lotte Marines), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Dec 5 Charlie Batch, American NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Homestead, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 6 Arjan Ebbinge, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen), born in Veendam, Netherlands
  • Dec 7 Alex Rădulescu, Romanian tennis player, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • Dec 7 Annette Salmeen, American biochemist and gold medalist (1996 Summer Olympics), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Dec 8 Paul Staight, Australian badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in Victoria, Australia
  • Dec 9 Wendy Dillinger, American female soccer player and coach, born in St. Charles County, Missouri
  • Dec 11 Kevin Devine, American football cornerback and kick returner (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Dec 12 Franklin Anangonó, Ecuadorian soccer defender (7 caps; ESPoli Quito, El Nacional Quito, Macará), born in Quito, Ecuador (d. 2022)
  • 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 18 Peter Boulware, American football linebacker (Baltimore Ravens), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Dec 19 Bryant Westbrook, cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • Dec 19 Jake Plummer, American NFL quarterback, 1997-2006 (Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos), born in Boise, Idaho
  • Dec 19 Ricky Ponting, Australian cricket batsman, captain, coach and broadcaster (168 Tests, 13,378 runs @ 51.85; 41 x 100s), born in Launceston, Tasmania
  • Dec 20 Augie Ojeda, American baseball infielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Los Angeles, California

Karrie WebbKarrie Webb (48 years old)

Dec 21 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 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 Richmond "Richie" Sexson, American baseball player, born in Portland, Oregon
  • Dec 29 Tom Knight, American football cornerback (Arizona Cardinals), born in Summit, New Jersey
  • 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 Nat C'ship 1909-11, 19), 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 HOF right fielder (World Series 1912, 15, 16, 18 Boston Red Sox), dies at 87