On This Day

December 31, 1974 in Sports History

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Events in Sport

  • 41st Sugar Bowl: #8 Nebraska beats #18 Florida, 13-10

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

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
  • 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
  • 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

  • Mario Aerts, Belgian cyclist, born in Herentals, Belgium
  • Tony Kanaan, Brazilian racing driver, born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil