December 1983 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Dec 3 49th Heisman Trophy Award: Mike Rozier, Nebraska (RB)
  • Dec 3 48th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 23-20 in Birmingham
  • Dec 4 NJ Devils 1st shut-out, beating Minnesota Detroit Red Wings 6-0
  • Dec 5 LA Dodger pitcher Steve Howe is suspended for 1 year for cocaine use
  • Dec 10 Last NFL game at Shea Stadium; Steelers beat NY Jets 34-7

Sport awardTennis Open

Dec 10 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova wins 8th career Grand Slam singles event; beats Kathy Jordan of the US 6-2, 7-6

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

Dec 11 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Mats Wilander of Sweden wins 2nd career Grand Slam title; beats Ivan Lendl 6-1, 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
  • Dec 13 9,655 see highest-scoring NBA game: Detroit 186, Denver 184 (3 OT)
  • Dec 15 3 KC Royals suspended due to cocaine usage

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 16 Yogi Berra named Yankee manager for 2nd time

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 17 In his 352nd NHL game, Wayne Gretzky scores a goal & 5 assists in 8-1 rout of Quebec Nordiques to record his 800th point and 500th assist; averages 2.27 points, 1.42 assists, 0.85 goals per game to start career

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Dec 18 NBA San Diego Clippers ends 29 game road losing streak
  • Dec 19 The original FIFA World Cup trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy, is stolen from the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation in Rio de Janeiro.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 20 Guy Lafleur, Montreal, became 10th NHLer to score 500 goals

NHL Legend Guy Lafleur
NHL Legend
Guy Lafleur
  • Dec 20 NY Islanders score their most goals (11) vs Pitts Penguins
  • Dec 21 NCAA rules rescinded last 2-minute men's basketball free throw rule
  • Dec 22 Indiana Pacers win, 133-132 in Denver to end a 28 NBA game losing streak on the road
  • Dec 22 Islanders score 3 shorthanded goals against Caps
  • Dec 26 Test Cricket debut of Gregory Richard John Matthews, v Pakistan at the MCG
  • Dec 27 Ballon d'Or: Juventus' French midfielder Michel Platini claims first of 3 trophies for Europe's best football player ahead of Liverpool midfielder Kenny Dalgleish and Vejle BK striker Allan Simonsen
  • Dec 28 72nd Davis Cup: Australia beats Sweden in Melbourne (3-2)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 28 Gavaskar achieves his 30th century, beating Bradman's record of 29

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Dec 29 Gavaskar makes the highest Test Cricket score by an Indian, 236* v WI
  • Dec 29 Graeme Yallop completes 268 v Pakistan at cricket MCG
  • Dec 29 2nd College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 19-18 in Memphis

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 2 Bibiana Candelas, Mexican volleyball player
  • Dec 2 Chris Burke (footballer), Scottish footballer plays for Rangers F.C.

Person of interestAaron Rodgers

Dec 2 Aaron Rodgers, American NFL player (Green Bay Packers), born in Chico, California

NFL Quarterback Aaron Rodgers
NFL Quarterback
Aaron Rodgers
  • Dec 7 Fausto Carmona, Dominican baseball player
  • Dec 8 Neel Jani, Swiss racing driver
  • Dec 8 Liu Song, Chinese snooker player
  • Dec 9 Dariusz Dudka, Polish footballer
  • Dec 9 Jermaine Beckford, English footballer
  • Dec 10 Habib Mohamed, Ghanaian footballer
  • Dec 10 Zé Kalanga, Angolan footballer
  • Dec 13 Otylia Jędrzejczak, Polish swimmer (Olympic gold 2004), born in Ruda Śląska, Śląskie, Poland
  • Dec 15 Wang Hao, Chinese table tennis player
  • Dec 16 Kelenna Azubuike, English basketball player
  • Dec 18 Darren Carter, English footballer
  • Dec 19 Matt Stajan, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Dec 20 Darren Sammy, St. Lucian West Indies cricketer, born in Micoud Quarter, Saint Lucia
  • Dec 23 Michael Chopra, English footballer, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
  • Dec 23 Hanley Ramírez, Dominican baseball player, born in Samaná, Dominican Republic
  • Dec 27 Cole Hamels, American baseball player

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 18 Wrestler Hulk Hogan (30) weds Linda Claridge

Professional Wrestler Hulk Hogan
Professional Wrestler
Hulk Hogan

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 2 Atholl Mckinnon, cricketer (South African lefty spinner in 8 Tests), dies
  • Dec 17 Erik Christensen, NHL player
  • Dec 28 Jimmy Demaret, American golfer (US Masters 1940, 47, 50), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • Dec 31 Bill Hunt, cricketer (Test for Aust, out 0, took 0-25 & 0-14), dies