December 1974 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Dec 1 Jacqueline Hansen runs female world record marathon (2:43:54.5)
  • Dec 2 Cowhide, rather than just horsehide, can be used to make 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 8 Sandra Post wins LPGA Colgate Far East Golf Open
  • Dec 14 Viv Richards scores 1st Test Cricket ton 192 v India 20 fours 6 sixes
  • 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
  • Dec 29 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Oakland Raiders 24-13
  • Dec 29 NFC Championship Game: 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
  • Dec 31 41st Sugar Bowl: #8 Nebraska beats #18 Florida, 13-10

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 star (1996 finalist Australian), born in Ludwigshafen, Germany

Tennis Player Anke Huber
Tennis Player
Anke Huber
  • Dec 4 Tadahito Iguchi, Japanese baseball player
  • 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, cornerback/kick returner (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Dec 12 Nolberto Solano, Peruvian footballer
  • Dec 13 Chris Lewis, CFL safety (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Dec 14 Billy Koch, 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, baseball infielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 21 Karrie Webb, Ayr Queensland Aus, LPGA golfer (1994 Aust Strokeplay)
  • Dec 21 Raymond Austin, cornerback/safety (NY Jets)
  • Dec 21 Tommie Boyd, wide receiver (Detroit Lions)
  • Dec 23 Agustín Delgado, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Dec 24 Marcelo Salas, Chilean footballer
  • Dec 25 Chris Naeole, guard (New Orleans Saints)
  • Dec 25 Grayson Shillingford, Dominican-born Canadian NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Dec 26 Tony Brackens, defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Dec 27 Jay Pandolfo, American ice hockey player
  • Dec 28 Rob Niedermayer, Cassiar, NHL center (Florida Panthers)
  • Dec 29 Brad Hodge, cricketer (promising Victorian middle-order batsman)
  • Dec 29 James Darling, linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Dec 29 Tom Knight, cornerback (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Dec 29 Richmond "Richie" Sexson, American baseball player, born in Portland, Oregon
  • Dec 31 Mario Aerts, Belgian cyclist
  • Dec 31 Tony Kanaan, Brazilian racing driver

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 18 Harry Hooper, American baseball player, dies at 87