December 1979 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Dec 1 44th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 25-18 in Birmingham
  • Dec 3 45th Heisman Trophy Award: Charles White, Southern California (RB)
  • Dec 4 Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 7, Bingo Smith
  • Dec 9 Murle Breer/Dave Eichelberger wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • Dec 11 Geoff Boycott scores cricket century in a limited-over international
  • Dec 16 68th Davis Cup: USA beats Italy in San Francisco (5-0)
  • Dec 16 QB Roger Staubach's last regular season game with the Dallas Cowboys
  • Dec 21 Gary Unger plays in record 914th consecutive NHL game
  • Dec 23 NY Islanders greatest shutout lose (8-0) vs Chicago Black Hawks
  • Dec 25 Opening day of 4th Test Cricket, India 8-112 v Pakistan at Kanpur
  • Dec 25 9th Fiesta Bowl: #10 Pittsburgh beats Arizona, 16-10
  • Dec 27 Red Army beats NY Rangers 5-2 at Madison Square Garden
  • Dec 29 Red Army beats NY Islanders 3-2 at Nassau Coliseum

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 1 Ryan Malone, American Hockey Player
  • Dec 2 Michael McIndoe, Scottish professional footballer (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
  • Dec 3 Rock Cartwright, American football player
  • Dec 4 Jay DeMerit, American soccer player
  • Dec 5 Matteo Ferrari, Italian footballer
  • Dec 5 Niklas Hagman, Finnish ice hockey player
  • Dec 5 Gareth McAuley, Northern Irish footballer
  • Dec 6 Tim Cahill, Australian footballer
  • Dec 7 Lampros Choutos, Greek footballer
  • Dec 8 Christian Wilhelmsson, Swedish footballer
  • Dec 8 Daniel Fitzhenry, Australian rugby league footballer
  • Dec 9 Stephen McPhail, Irish footballer
  • Dec 12 Garrett Atkins, American baseball player
  • Dec 12 Nate Clements, American football player
  • Dec 14 Michael Owen, English footballer
  • Dec 16 Trevor Immelman, South African golfer
  • Dec 17 Matt Murley, American ice hockey player
  • Dec 18 Carlos, Portuguese footballer
  • Dec 20 David DeJesus, American baseball player
  • Dec 20 Michael Rogers, Australian cyclist
  • Dec 23 Scott Gomez, American ice hockey player
  • Dec 23 Kenny Miller, Scottish football player
  • Dec 26 Fabián Carini, Uruguayan footballer
  • Dec 26 Dimitry Vassiliev, Russian ski jumper
  • Dec 27 David Dunn, English footballer
  • Dec 27 Carson Palmer, American football player
  • Dec 28 James Blake, American tennis player
  • Dec 28 Bill Hall, American baseball player
  • Dec 30 Flávio, Angolan footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 3 Dhyan Chand, Indian field hockey player (Olympic Gold 1928, 1932, 1936), dies at 74
  • Dec 14 Nirode Ranjan Chowdhury, cricketer (2 Tests for India, avg 205), dies
  • Dec 21 Bill Anderson, cricketer (Test for NZ 1946, scored five & one), dies