December 1980 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Dec 1 46th Heisman Trophy Award: George Rogers, South Carolina (RB)
  • Dec 3 Don Sutton, the winningest pitcher in Los Angeles Dodgers history, signs a 4-year contract with Houston; Astros career shortened by a patellar fracture; returns to Dodgers in 1988 after stints with 3 other MLB clubs
  • Dec 4 Islanders end 15 game undefeated streak (13-0-2) (Col Rockies)
  • Dec 7 69th Davis Cup: Czechoslovakia beats Italy in Prague (4-1)
  • Dec 14 Minnesota Vikings pass for 456 yards against Cleveland Browns, winning 28-24

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Dec 14 Nancy Lopez and Curtis Strange wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • Dec 14 New Orleans Saints end 14 game losing streak, beat NY Jets 21-20
  • Dec 15 NY Yankee Dave Winfield becomes highest-paid player, 10 years $15M

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 19 "Raging Bull", directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro as boxer Jake LaMotta and Cathy Moriarty as his wife, is released in the United States

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese
Actor Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
Actress Cathy Moriarty
Cathy Moriarty
  • Dec 20 NBC broadcasts NY Jets' 24-17 win over Dolphins without audio
  • Dec 21 Harold Carmichael ends NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions
  • Dec 22 Cardinals release outfielder Bobby Bonds
  • Dec 26 10th Fiesta Bowl: #10 Penn State beats #11 Ohio State, 31-19
  • Dec 27 Calvin Murphy (Rockets) begins longest NBA free throw streak of 78
  • Dec 30 Ballon d'Or: Bayern Munich forward Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is named best European football player; beats German international team mate Bernd Schuster of FC Barcelona and Saint-√Čtienne midfielder Michel Platini
  • Dec 31 NY Islanders greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Chicago Black Hawks

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 1 Mohammad Kaif, Indian cricketer
  • Dec 3 Jim Sorgi, American football player
  • Dec 4 Michele Di Piedi, Italian footballer, born in Palermo, Italy
  • Dec 6 Steve Lovell, British footballer
  • Dec 6 Ehren Wassermann, American baseball player
  • Dec 7 John Terry, English footballer
  • Dec 9 Ryder Hesjedal, Canadian cyclist
  • Dec 10 Ledley King, English footballer
  • Dec 14 Didier Zokora, Ivorian footballer, born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast
  • Dec 17 Ryan Hunter-Reay, American race car driver
  • Dec 20 Ashley Cole, English footballer
  • Dec 20 Fitz Hall, English footballer
  • Dec 20 Tony, French-born Portuguese footballer
  • Dec 21 Royce Ring, American Major League Baseball Player
  • Dec 23 Cody Ross, American baseball player
  • Dec 25 Loc√≥, Angolan footballer
  • Dec 25 Marcus Trufant, American football player (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Dec 26 Serena Phillips, Corvallis Ore, figure skater (1997 Pruetten champ)
  • Dec 26 Todd Dunivant, American soccer player
  • Dec 27 Claudio Castagnoli, Swiss wrestler
  • Dec 28 Lomana LuaLua, Congo footballer
  • Dec 31 Richard "Richie" McCaw, New Zealand rugby player (All Blacks), born in Oamaru, New Zealand

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 4 Stanislawa Walasiewicz [Stella Walsh], Polish-born American sprinter (Olympic gold 1932), dies shot during an armed robbery, at 69
  • Dec 14 Elston Howard, MVP catcher (NY Yankees), dies at 59
  • Dec 28 Amir Elahi, cricketer, 1st Pakistani Test cricketer to die
  • Dec 31 Arthur Wellard, cricketer (2 Tests for England, legendary 6-hitter), dies