On This Day

December 1977 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 2 First day of World Series Cricket at VFL Park in Melbourne; barely 200 people see Australia dismissed for 256 by West Indies; Ray Bright top scores with 69; Michael Holding captures 4 wickets & Andy Roberts 3; WI go on to win 1st WSC 'Test' by 3 wickets
  • Dec 4 NFL's 5,000th game, Cincinnati beats KC 27-7
  • Dec 4 West Indies win 1st World Series Cricket 'Test' against Australia at VFL Park in Melbourne by 3 wickets; chasing 235 for victory, Viv Richards with 56 and Clive Lloyd 44 guide WI to 237/7 with 2 days to spare
  • Dec 4 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Sydney: John Alexander beats Adriano Panatta of Italy 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 8-6, 11-9 in a 3 hour, 54 minute classic to give Australia a 3-1 victory
  • Dec 8 43rd Heisman Trophy Award: Earl Campbell, Texas (RB)
  • Dec 12 Yanks purchase Andy Messersmith from Braves
  • Dec 13 14 University of Evansville basketball players die in plane crash
  • Dec 14 MLB Boston Red Sox trade Fergie Jenkins to Texas Rangers for John Poloni & cash
  • Dec 14 Test Cricket debut of Pakistan spin bowling great Abdul Qadir v England in 1st Test at Lahore
  • Dec 17 Rookie defenseman Barry Beck scores first career hat trick and adds an assist in Colorado Rockies' 5-1 win v Minnesota North Stars; sets NHL record for rookie defensemen with a goal in his 6th straight game
  • Dec 18 NBA Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 42, Nate Thumond
  • Dec 25 7th Fiesta Bowl: #8 Penn State beats #15 Arizona State, 42-30
  • Dec 27 Ballon d'Or: Borussia Mönchengladbach's Danish forward Allan Simonsen is named Europe's best football player ahead of Hamburg forward Kevin Keegan and Nancy midfielder Michel Platini
  • Dec 30 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Evonne Goolagong Cawley wins her 6th career Grand Slam title; beats fellow Australian Helen Gourlay Cawley 6-3, 6-0
  • Dec 31 Australian Open Men's Tennis: American Vitas Gerulaitis wins his first and only Grand Slam event; beats Englishman John Lloyd 6-3, 7-6, 5-7, 3-6, 6-2

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 2 Siyabonga Nomvethe, South African soccer forward (81 caps; Moroka Swallows, AmaZulu), born in Durban, South Africa
  • Dec 3 Adam Małysz, Polish ski jumper (record 4 individual World C'ship gold medals), Wisła, Poland
  • Dec 4 Shahid Nazir, Pakistani cricket fast bowler (15 Tests, 36 wickets; 17 ODIs), born in Faisalabad, Punjab
  • Dec 4 Ajit Agarkar, Indian cricket all-rounder (26 Tests, 58 wickets, top score 109; 191 ODIs), born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Dec 6 Kevin Cash, American baseball player (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Dec 6 Andrew Flintoff, English cricketer, born in Preston, Lancashire, England
  • Dec 6 Paul McVeigh, Irish footballer (Norwich City), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Dec 7 Fernando Vargas, American welterweight boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Oxnard, California
  • Dec 7 Luke Donald, English golfer (US Masters 2005, PGA C'ship 2006 3rd), born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
  • Dec 8 Sébastien Chabal, French rugby union footballer, born in Valence, France
  • Dec 8 Ryan Newman, American NASCAR driver, born in South Bend, Indiana
  • Dec 9 Shayne Graham, American football player, born in Radford, Virginia
  • Dec 11 Mark Streit, Swiss ice hockey player, born in Englisberg, Switzerland
  • Dec 12 Orlando Hudson, American baseball player, born in Darlington, South Carolina
  • Dec 13 Sascha Kindred, British Paralympic swimmer, born in Münster, Germany
  • Dec 13 Peter Stringer, Irish rugby union footballer, born in Cork, Ireland
  • Dec 15 Catherine Fox, 400m freestyle relay (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Dec 16 Sylvain Distin, French footballer
  • Dec 17 Arnaud Clement, French tennis player
  • Dec 18 José Acevedo, Dominican MLB baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds, 2001-04; Colorado Rockies, 2005), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Dec 19 Jorge Garbajosa, Spanish basketball forward and administrator (Toronto Raptors; president Spanish Basketball Federation), born in Madrid, Spain
  • Dec 22 Joanna Hughes, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Victoria, Australia
  • Dec 23 Becky Ruehl, American diver (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Lakeside Park, Kentucky
  • Dec 23 Alge Crumpler, American football player, born in Greenville, North Carolina
  • Dec 23 Paul Shirley, American basketball player, born in Redwood City, California
  • Dec 25 Jim Greco, American skateboarder, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Dec 25 Israel Vasquez, Current WBC Super bantamweight champion, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Dec 27 Kate Nelson, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Dec 28 Shane Elford, Australian rugby league player, born in Penrith, Australia
  • Dec 29 Jimmy Journell, American baseball player, born in Springfield, Ohio
  • Dec 30 Laila Ali, American boxer
  • Dec 30 Grant Balfour, Australian baseball player
  • Dec 30 Kenyon Martin, American basketball player
  • Dec 31 Wardy Alfaro, Costa Rican footballer, born in Alajuela, Costa Rica

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 7 Paul Gibb, cricketer (England batsman, 8 Tests), dies
  • Dec 10 Adolph Rupp, American basketball coach (b. 1901)