On This Day

December 1975 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 11 Great Yankee trade getting Willie Randolph, Dock Ellis & Ken Brett from Pirates for George "Doc" Medich

MLB Second Baseman and Manager Willie Randolph
MLB Second Baseman and Manager
Willie Randolph

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

MLB Team Owner and Promoter Bill Veeck
MLB Team Owner and Promoter
Bill Veeck
  • Dec 17 1st time NY Islanders shut-out NY Rangers, 3-0-Billy Smith's 5th

Sport awardDavis 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

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Dec 21 Buffalo Sabres set NHL record of 40 points beating Caps 14-2 scoring 5 goals vs Washington Caps in 4:57
  • Dec 26 Crowd of 85,661 attend the 1st day of the Australia vs West Indies MCG cricket test
  • Dec 26 5th Fiesta Bowl: #7 Arizona State beats #6 Nebraska, 17-14
  • Dec 28 Gary Cosier scores 109 v West Indies at MCG on Test Cricket debut
  • Dec 28 Red Army beats NY Rangers 7-3 at Madison Square Garden
  • 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 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 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 Miller [Jobson], American soccer midfielder and coach (17 caps; coach Baylor), born in St. Charles, Illinois

Person of interestRonnie O'Sullivan

Dec 5 Ronnie O'Sullivan, British snooker player (6 x world champion; 7 x Masters champion; 7 x UK champion), born in Wordsley, England

Snooker Player Ronnie O'Sullivan
Snooker Player
Ronnie O'Sullivan
  • 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 9 Stuart McRae, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 9 Jeff Heath, Canadian baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1941, 43, 45; Cleveland Indians), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 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, 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 Stanislav Neckar, NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators, Olympic gold 1998), born in České Budějovice, Czech Republic
  • Dec 22 Dmitri Khokhlov, Russian footballer, born in Krasnodar, Russia
  • Dec 22 Sergei Aschwanden, Swiss judoka, born in Bern, Switzerland
  • 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 Marcus Trescothick, English cricketer, born in Keynsham, United Kingdom
  • Dec 25 Hideki Okajima, Japanese baseball player, born in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • 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

Person of interestTiger Woods

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

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Dec 31 Toni Kuivasto, Finnish footballer, born in Tampere, Finland

Deaths in Sport

  • 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 Ernesto Maserati, Italian auto racer and engineer (director, chief engineer Maserati of Modena), dies at 77
  • Dec 7 Beatrix Loughran, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1924, 1928, 1932), dies at 75