December 1977 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Dec 4 NFL's 5,000th game, Cincinnati beats KC 27-7
  • Dec 4 66th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Sydney (3-1)
  • 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 Red Sox trade Fergie Jenkins to Rangers for John Poloni & cash
  • Dec 14 Test Cricket debut of Abdul Qadir, v England at Lahore
  • Dec 18 Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 42, Nate Thumond
  • Dec 25 7th Fiesta Bowl: #8 Penn State beats #15 Arizona State, 42-30
  • Dec 31 66th Men's Australian Open: Vitas Gerulaitis beats John Lloyd (6-3, 7-6, 5-7, 3-6, 6-2)
  • Dec 31 66th Women's Australian Open: Evonne Goolagong Cawley beats Helen Gourlay Cawley (6-3, 6-0)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 2 Siyabonga Nomvethe, South African footballer plays for Aalborg BK
  • Dec 3 David Sales, cricketer (Northampton batsman, 210 on fc debut 1996)
  • Dec 3 Chad Durbin, American baseball player
  • Dec 3 Adam Małysz, Polish ski-jumper
  • Dec 3 Troy Evans, American football player
  • Dec 4 Shahid Nazir, cricketer (Pakistan Test fast bowler v Zimbabwe 1996)
  • Dec 6 Kevin Cash, American baseball player
  • Dec 6 Andrew Flintoff, English cricketer
  • Dec 6 Paul McVeigh, Irish footballer
  • Dec 7 Fernando Vargas, Oxnard Ca, welterweight boxer (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 7 Francesca Lubiani, Bologna Italy, tennis star (Futures-Amadora-POR)
  • Dec 8 Sébastien Chabal, French rugby union footballer
  • Dec 8 Ryan Newman, American NASCAR driver
  • Dec 9 Shayne Graham, American football player
  • Dec 11 Mark Streit, Swiss ice hockey player
  • Dec 12 Orlando Hudson, American baseball player
  • Dec 13 Sascha Kindred, British Paralympic swimmer
  • Dec 13 Peter Stringer, Irish rugby union footballer
  • Dec 15 Catherine Fox, 400m freestyle relay (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Dec 15 Larissa Fontaine, gymnast (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 16 Sylvain Distin, French footballer
  • Dec 16 Éric Bélanger, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Dec 17 Arnaud Clement, French tennis player
  • Dec 18 José Acevedo, Dominican baseball player
  • Dec 19 Jorge Garbajosa, Spanish basketball player
  • Dec 22 Joanna Hughes, Victoria Australia, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 23 Becky Ruehl, Lakeside Park Ky, diver (Olympic 4th 1996)
  • Dec 23 Alge Crumpler, American football player
  • Dec 23 Paul Shirley, American basketball player
  • Dec 25 Jim Greco, American skateboarder
  • Dec 25 Israel Vasquez, Current WBC Super bantamweight champion
  • Dec 27 Kate Nelson, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Dec 28 Shane Elford, Australian rugby league player
  • Dec 29 Jimmy Journell, American baseball player
  • 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

Deaths in Sport

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