On This Day

December 1976 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 12 QB Joe Namath last game as a NY Jet

NFL Quarterback Joe Namath
NFL Quarterback
Joe Namath
  • Dec 12 Spaniard Manuel Orantes beats Wojtek Fibak of Poland 5–7, 6–2, 0–6, 7–6, 6–1 to win his first and only season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis title in Houston, Texas
  • Dec 16 Charlie Finley's $10 million damage suit against Bowie Kuhn begins
  • Dec 19 John Lever takes 7-46 in 1st Test Cricket innings, v India Delhi
  • Dec 19 Piper Cherokee crashes into Balt Memorial Stadium upper stands, 10 minutes after Colts lose 40-14 to Steelers. No one seriously hurt
  • Dec 19 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Santiago, Chile: Paolo Bertolucci & Adriano Panatta give Italy unassailable 3-0 lead; beat Patricio Cornejo & Jaime Fillol of Chile 6-3, 2-6, 9-7, 6-3; ends, 4-1
  • Dec 25 6th Fiesta Bowl: #8 Oklahoma beats Wyoming, 41-7

Sport awardAFC Championship

Dec 26 AFC Championship, Oakland Coliseum: Oakland Raiders beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-7

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Dec 26 NFC Championship, Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington: Minnesota Vikings beat Los Angeles Rams, 24-13
  • Dec 28 Ballon d'Or: Bayern Munich defender Franz Beckenbauer wins title of Europe's best football player for a 2nd time; beats Anderlecht winger Rob Rensenbrink and Dukla Prague goalkeeper Ivo Viktor

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 1 Tomasz Adamek, Polish boxer (WBC light heavyweight title 2005-07; IBF, Ring magazine and lineal cruiserweight title 2008-09), born in Żywiec, Poland
  • Dec 3 Byron Kelleher, New Zealand rugby union halfback (57 caps; Highlanders, Chiefs, Toulouse), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Dec 3 Mark Boucher, South African cricket wicketkeeper (147 Tests, record 555 dismissals; 295 ODIs), born in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa
  • Dec 4 Kristina Groves, Canadian speed skater (Olympic silver 1,500m, team pursuit 2006, silver 1500m bronze 3000m 2010), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Dec 4 Betty Lennox, American basketball guard (WNBA champion, WNBA Finals MVP 2004, Seattle Storm), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Dec 5 Xavier Garbajosa, French rugby union footballer, born in Toulouse, France
  • Dec 7 Alan Faneca, American football player (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Dec 7 Brent Johnson, Canadian football player (BC Lions), born in Kingston, Ontario
  • Dec 7 Georges Laraque, Canadian ice hockey player (Edmonton Oilers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Dec 8 Reed Johnson, American baseball player, born in Riverside, California
  • Dec 9 Chris Booker, American baseball player, born in West Virginia
  • Dec 11 Shareef Abdur-Rahim, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Marietta, Georgia
  • Dec 12 Lloyd Owusu, English-Ghanaian football player, born in Slough, England
  • Dec 13 Radosław Sobolewski, Polish footballer, born in Białystok, Poland
  • Dec 13 Søren Friis, Danish footballer (AC Horsens)
  • Dec 13 Josh Fogg, American baseball player, born in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • Dec 14 André Couto, Portuguese racing driver, born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Dec 14 Santiago Ezquerro, Spanish footballer (Athletic Bilbao), born in Calahorra, Spain
  • Dec 15 Baichung Bhutia, Indian footballer
  • Dec 15 Aaron Miles, American baseball player
  • Dec 17 Nir Davidovich, Israeli footballer
  • Dec 17 Patrick Müller, Swiss footballer
  • Dec 17 Takeo Spikes, American football player
  • Dec 17 Andrew Simpson, Chertsey, Surrey, sailor (Olympic gold 2008), (d. 2013)
  • Dec 20 Aubrey Huff, American baseball player, born in Marion, Ohio
  • Dec 21 Mirela Manjani, Greek javelin thrower, born in Durrës, Albania
  • Dec 22 Katleen De Caluwé, Belgian athlete, born in Rumst, Belgium
  • Dec 22 Jason Lane, American baseball player, born in Santa Rosa, California
  • Dec 23 Dimitris Mavrogenidis, Greek footballer, born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Dec 23 Brad Lidge, American baseball player, born in Sacramento, California
  • Dec 25 Scott Vermillion, American soccer defender (Olympic gold 1996), born in Independence, Missouri
  • Dec 27 Fernando Pisani, Canadian/Italian ice hockey player
  • Dec 30 A.J. Pierzynski, American baseball player

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 1 George Earnshaw, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1929-30; Philadelphia Athletics), dies at 76
  • Dec 2 Danny Murtaugh, American baseball infielder and manager (World Series 1960, 71; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies from a stroke at 59
  • Dec 4 Ace Gutowsky, Russian/American football fullback (Portsmouth Spartans, Brooklyn Dodgers; NFL C'ship 1935, Detroit Lions), dies of cancer at 67
  • Dec 9 Wes Ferrell, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1933, 37; no-hitter 1931; record 37 career HRs hit by a pitcher), dies at 68
  • Dec 18 George Emmett, cricketer (England opener v Aust Old Trafford 1948), dies
  • Dec 21 Edward Bartlett, cricketer (WI Test batsman in 5 Tests 1928-31), dies
  • Dec 25 Arthur Mitchell, cricketer (batted in 6 Tests for Eng 1933-36), dies
  • Dec 29 Ivo van Damme, Belgian 800/1500 m sprinter (Olympic silver 1976), dies at 22