On This Day

December 20, 1981 in Sports History

Day of the Week: Sunday

Events in Sport

  • Winnipeg left wing Doug Smail sets NHL record by scoring just 4 seconds into Jets' 5-4 win over the St Louis Blues; fastest goal from opening face-off to back of net in history; later tied by Bryan Trottier and Alex Mogilny

Birthdays in Sport

  • James Shields, American baseball player, born in Santa Clarita, California
  • Roy Williams, American football player (Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys), born in Odessa, Texas
1981 in Sport