December 1975 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Cricket Debut

Dec 2 Greg Chappell in his debut as Australian cricket captain completes a fine double in 8 wicket win in 1st Test v West Indies in Brisbane; scores 109no in 2nd innings to follow his 1st innings 123

  • Dec 6 41st Heisman Trophy Award: Archie Griffin, Ohio State (RB)

Sports History

Dec 7 Romanian tennis star Ilie Năstase wins his 4th season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix title with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 rout of Björn Borg of Sweden in Stockholm

Baseball Trade

Dec 11 MLB New York Yankees make great trade getting Willie Randolph, Dock Ellis & Ken Brett from Pittsburgh Pirates for George "Doc" Medich

  • Dec 13 West Indian cricket opener Roy Fredericks smashes 169 in 2nd Test win v Australia in Perth; hundred in 71 balls

Sports History

Dec 16 Bill Veeck buys 80% of MLB Chicago White Sox from John Allyn

  • Dec 17 NHL NY Islanders shut-out NY Rangers, for 1st time in 3-0 win with Billy Smith in goal
  • Dec 21 Buffalo Sabres set NHL record of 40 points beating Caps 14-2 scoring 5 goals vs Washington Caps in 4:57

Davis Cup

Dec 21 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Stockholm, Sweden: Home town hero Björn Borg beats Czech Jan Kodeš 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 to give Sweden unassailable 3-1 lead; ends 3-2

  • Dec 26 5th Fiesta Bowl: #7 Arizona State beats #6 Nebraska, 17-14
  • Dec 26 Crowd of 85,661 attend the 1st day of the Australia vs West Indies MCG cricket test
  • Dec 28 "The Hail Mary", with 32 seconds left in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game, Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach throws a legendary 50-yard winning touchdown pass to Drew Pearson to defeat the Minnesota Vikings, and the "Hail Mary" play is born
  • Dec 28 Gary Cosier scores 109 v West Indies at MCG on Test Cricket debut
  • Dec 28 In the aftermath of the Cold War, the New York Rangers become first team in NHL history to face a touring Soviet hockey squad; Soviet Army beats the Rangers, 7-3 at Madison Square Garden
  • Dec 28 Red Army beats NY Rangers 7-3 at Madison Square Garden

Ballon d'Or

Dec 30 Ballon d'Or: FC Dynamo Kyiv forward Oleg Blokhin claims award for best European football player ahead of former winners, Bayern Munich defender Franz Beckenbauer and Ajax forward Johan Cruyff

  • Dec 31 42nd Sugar Bowl: #3 Alabama beats #7 Penn State, 13-6

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 2 Mark Kotsay, American baseball outfielder and coach (1,914 MLB games; Florida Marlins, Oakland A's), born in Whittier, California
  • Dec 4 Marci Jobson (Miller), American soccer midfielder (17 caps; Turbine Potsdam FC, Atlanta Beat) and coach (Baylor University 2008-14), born in St. Charles, Illinois

Ronnie O'Sullivan (47 years old)

Dec 5 British snooker player (7 x world champion; 7 x Masters champion; 7 x UK champion), born in Wordsley, England

  • Dec 6 Natalie Titcume, Australian softball catcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Dec 7 Jamie Clapham, English footballer (Ipswich Town), born in Lincoln, England
  • Dec 8 Kevin Harvick, American auto racer (NASCAR Cup Series Champion 2014), born in Bakersfield, California
  • Dec 10 Josip Skoko, Australian footballer
  • Dec 11 Gerben de Knegt, Dutch cyclist, born in Tilburg, Netherlands
  • Dec 12 Craig Moore, Australian soccer defender and broadcaster (52 caps; Glasgow Rangers 175 games), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Dec 13 Matt LeCroy, American baseball catcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Belton, South Carolina
  • Dec 14 James Cotton, American NBA guard (Seattle Supersonics), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 14 Tamecka Dixon, American WNBA guard (LA Sparks), born in Linden, New Jersey
  • Dec 16 Valentin Bădoi, Romanian footballer
  • Dec 17 Nick Farrell, Canadian boxer (Olympics 1996), born in East York, Ontario
  • Dec 17 Tim Clark, South African golfer (US Masters 2006 runner-up; Players C'ship 2010), born in Durban, RSA
  • Dec 18 Michael Barry, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Dec 19 Olivier Tebily, Ivorian footballer
  • Dec 20 Bartosz Bosacki, Polish footballer, born in Poznań, Poland
  • Dec 22 Dmitri Khokhlov, Russian footballer, born in Krasnodar, Russia
  • Dec 22 Sergei Aschwanden, Swiss judoka, born in Bern, Switzerland
  • Dec 22 Stanislav Neckar, NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators, Olympic gold 1998), born in České Budějovice, Czech Republic
  • Dec 23 Vadim Sharifijanov, Russian ice hockey player, born in Ufa, Russia
  • Dec 24 Natalie Ward, Australian softball shortstop/2nd baseman (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Dec 25 Hideki Okajima, Japanese baseball pitcher (3 × NPB All-Star; MLB All Star 2007; first Japanese-born pitcher to play in World Series, Game 2 2007 Boston Red Sox; Yomiuri Giants), born in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • Dec 25 Marcus Trescothick, English cricket batsman (76 Tests, 14 x 100s, HS 219; 123 ODIs; Somerset CCC), born in Keynsham, England
  • Dec 26 Marcelo Rios, Chilean tennis star (1995 Amsterdam), born in Santiago, Chile
  • Dec 27 Patrick Paauwe, Dutch soccer player (PSV, Graafschap)
  • Dec 29 Jaret Wright, American baseball player, born in Anaheim, California

Tiger Woods (47 years old)

Dec 30 American golfer (15 major titles; 81 PGA Tour titles; 41 European Tour titles), born in Cypress, California

  • Dec 31 Toni Kuivasto, Finnish soccer defender (75 caps; Djurgårdens IF 165 games), born in Tampere, Finland

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 1 Ernesto Maserati, Italian auto racer and engineer (director, chief engineer Maserati of Modena), dies at 77
  • Dec 1 Nellie Fox, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (15 x MLB All Star; AL MVP 1959; Chicago White Sox), dies from lymphatic cancer at 47
  • Dec 1 Ranganandhan Francis, Indian field hockey goalkeeper (Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56), dies at 55
  • Dec 7 Beatrix Loughran, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1924, 1928, 1932), dies at 75
  • Dec 9 Jeff Heath, Canadian baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1941, 43, 45; Cleveland Indians), dies from a heart attack at 60