December 1981 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Dec 2 Fernando Valenzuela (Dodgers) wins NL Rookie of the Year

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Dec 3 Beth Daniel and Tom Kite win LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • Dec 5 47th Heisman Trophy Award: Marcus Allen, Southern Cal (RB)
  • Dec 6 Rob de Castella of Australia sets Marathon record at 2:08:18

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Dec 11 Muhammad Ali's 61st & last fight, losing to Trevor Berbick

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Dec 11 Wash Capitals biggest margin of victory (9) beating Toronto 11-2
  • Dec 13 70th Davis Cup: USA beats Argentina in Cincinnati (3-1)
  • Dec 20 Doug Smail (Winnipeg Jets) sets NHL record for fastest goal after opening faceoff at 5 seconds
  • Dec 21 Cincinnati beats Bradley 75-73 in 7 OTs (NCAA record)
  • Dec 23 Geoffrey Boycott becomes leading run-scorer in Test Cricket with 8033
  • Dec 26 One of the great day's Test Cricket at the MCG Australia v West Indies
  • Dec 27 Lillee becomes the leading wicket-taker in test cricket with 310

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Dec 27 Oiler Wayne Gretzky becomes fastest NHLer to get 100 pts (38th game)

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 2 Danijel Pranjić, Croatian football player plays for SC Heerenveen
  • Dec 3 Ioannis Amanatidis, Greek footballer
  • Dec 3 David Villa, Spanish footballer
  • Dec 3 Tyjuan Hagler, American football player
  • Dec 8 Jeremy Accardo, American baseball player
  • Dec 8 Philip Rivers, American football player
  • Dec 9 Mardy Fish, American tennis player
  • Dec 10 Fábio Rochemback, Brazilian footballer
  • Dec 10 Ryan Pini, Papua New Guinea swimmer
  • Dec 11 Javier Saviola, Argentine footballer
  • Dec 12 Pedro Ríos, Spanish footballer
  • Dec 12 Ronnie Brown, American football player
  • Dec 12 Shane Costa, American baseball player
  • Dec 12 Yuvraj Singh, Indian cricketer (Man of the Tournament, ICC World Cup 2011), born in Chandigarh, India
  • Dec 12 Stephen Warnock, English footballer
  • Dec 14 Emilie Heymans, Canadian diver
  • Dec 14 Shaun Marcum, American baseball player
  • Dec 14 Liam Lawrence, English footballer
  • Dec 15 Andy González, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • Dec 15 Roman Pavlyuchenko, Russian football player
  • Dec 15 Thomas Herrion, American football player (d. 2005)
  • Dec 16 Gareth Williams, Scottish footballer
  • Dec 17 Emma Laaksonen, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • Dec 20 Roy Williams, American football player, born in Odessa, Texas
  • Dec 20 James Shields, American baseball player
  • Dec 21 Cristian Zaccardo, Italian football player
  • Dec 21 Sajid Mahmood, English cricketer
  • Dec 23 Yuriorkis Gamboa, Cuban boxer
  • Dec 25 Willy Taveras, baseball player
  • Dec 25 Meena Lee, South Korean golfer (Canadian Open 2005), born in Jeonju, South Korea
  • Dec 28 Khalid Boulahrouz, Dutch footballer
  • Dec 28 Mika Väyrynen, Finnish footballer
  • Dec 30 Ali Al Habsi, Omani footballer
  • Dec 30 Michael Rodríguez, Costa Rican footballer
  • Dec 30 Matt Ulrich, American football player
  • Dec 31 Jason Campbell, American football player
  • Dec 31 Matthew Pavlich, Australian football player