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

Sports History

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

Football Awards

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

Australian Open Women's Tennis

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

Australian Men's Tennis Open

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 catcher (World Series 2007, 09; Boston Red Sox; New York Yankees) and manager (AL Manager of the Year 2020; TB Rays), 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, American swimmer (Olympic gold 4×100m freestyle, 4×100m medley 1996; World C'ships gold 4×100m freestyle 1998), born in Roeland Park, Kansas
  • 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 (Bakerboys Distribution, Deathwish Skateboards, Hammers), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Dec 25 Israel Vázquez, Mexican boxer (WBC, IBF, Lineal 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)
  • Dec 12 Frank Boucher, Canadian Hockey HOF center (Ottawa Sens, Vancouver Maroons, NY Rangers), coach (Stanley Cup 1939–40 NY Rangers) and executive (GM NY Rangers), dies at 76