On This Day

December 1984 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 1 50th Heisman Trophy Award: Doug Flutie, Boston College (QB)
  • Dec 1 American boxer Greg Page KOs home town favourite Gerrie Coetzee in 8th round to win WBA heavyweight title in Sun City, South Africa
  • Dec 1 49th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 17-15 in Birmingham

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Dec 1 American tennis icon Chris Evert wins her 1,000th career professional match; beats Pascale Paradis of France 6-1, 6-7, 6-2 in the round of 16 at the Australian Open; Evert goes on to win the event

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Dec 2 Australian Test cricket spin bowler Bob Holland takes a career best 9-83 for NSW in the Sheffield Shield match against South Australia in Sydney

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Dec 2 Miami quarterback Dan Marino breaks NFL single-season touchdown pass record when he throws his 37th in the Dolphins' 45-34 loss to the Raiders; finishes season with 48 TD passes

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino

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Dec 5 A's trade Rickey Henderson to Yankees for Jay Howell & Jose Rijo

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • Dec 5 New York Yankees trade catcher Rick Cerone to Atlanta Braves for pitcher Brian Fisher

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Dec 6 Helena Suková snaps Martina Navratilova's 74-match winning streak 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the semi finals of the Australian Open in Melbourne; ends Navratilova's hopes of completing the Grand Slam

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova

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Dec 7 Allan Border's 1st Test Cricket match as captain (v WI Adelaide)

Cricketer Allan Border
Cricketer
Allan Border
  • Dec 8 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert-Lloyd beats Helena Suková 6-7, 6-1, 6-3; continues streak of winning at least 1 major per year since 1973
  • Dec 9 LA Ram Eric Dickerson rushes 215 yards for season record 2,105 yards

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

Dec 9 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Sweden's Mats Wilander wins 2nd straight Australian title; beats Kevin Curren of South Africa 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 6-2

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
  • Dec 9 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: Australian Peter Thomson wins his lone Champions Tour major title by 3 strokes from Don January
  • Dec 18 73rd Davis Cup: Sweden beats USA in Gothenburg (4-1)

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Dec 19 Wayne Gretzky, 23, is 18th & youngest NHL-er to score 1,000 points

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

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Dec 19 Scotty Bowman wins his 691st regular season game, the most wins by any coach in NHL history

NHL Coach Scotty Bowman
NHL Coach
Scotty Bowman
  • Dec 21 Brigham Young University (BYU) beats Michigan, 24-17 in the Holiday Bowl at Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego to remain undefeated and secure their first ever NCAA Division I-A football title
  • Dec 22 Test Cricket debut of Craig McDermott, v WI at the MCG
  • Dec 23 West Indies batsman Viv Richards scores 208 vs Ausatralia in test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Dec 25 NBA's Bernard King scores 60 points

Sport awardFootball Awards

Dec 25 Ballon d'Or: Juventus' French midfielder Michel Platini is named Europe's best football player for the 2nd consecutive time; beats Bordeaux midfielder Jean Tigana and Verona striker Preben Elkjær

Footballer Michel Platini
Footballer
Michel Platini
  • Dec 27 Padres' free agent pitcher Ed Whitson signs with NY Yankees
  • Dec 29 Blues took 27 shots against Islanders in 1 period
  • Dec 29 Wayne Gretzky scores his NHL career 32nd hat trick & adds 3 assists in Edmonton's 6-3 win over Detroit Red Wings for his 100th point in just 35 games; 2nd fastest in history - recorded 100 points in 34 games in 1983
  • Dec 31 Test Cricket debut of Mohammad Azharuddin, v England at Calcutta

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 4 Joe Thomas, American College Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle (University of Wisconsin; Pro Bowl 2007-16, Cleveland Browns), born in Brookfield, Wisconsin
  • Dec 5 Chris Solinsky, American distance runner, born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin
  • Dec 7 Robert Kubica, Polish Formula One racing driver (1st Finnish to compete in Formula One), born in Kraków, Poland
  • Dec 7 Luca Rigoni, Italian footballer, born in Schio, Italy
  • Dec 7 Aaron Gray, American basketball player, born in Tarzana, California
  • Dec 8 Greg Halford, English footballer, born in Chelmsford, United Kingdom
  • Dec 8 Badr Hari, Dutch kickboxer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Dec 11 Leighton Baines, English footballer, born in Kirkby, United Kingdom
  • Dec 12 Daniel Agger, Danish footballer, born in Hvidovre, Denmark
  • Dec 14 Chris Brunt, Northern Irish footballer, born in Belfast
  • Dec 14 Edward Rainsford, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Kadoma, Zimbabwe
  • Dec 15 Martin Skrtel Slovakian Footballer
  • Dec 17 Andrew Davies, English footballer
  • Dec 19 Ian Kennedy, Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Dec 21 Darren Potter, Irish football player, born in Liverpool, England
  • Dec 25 Alastair Cook, English cricketer
  • Dec 26 Alex Schwazer, Italian race walker, born in Sterzing, Italy
  • Dec 27 Gilles Simon, French tennis player (world #6 2009; Davis Cup 2017), born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France
  • Dec 28 Martin Kaymer, German golfer (PGA C'ship 2010, US Open 2014), born in Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Dec 28 Leroy Lita, Congolese football player, born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Dec 28 Beverly Mullins, American wrestler & model, born in Clearwater, Florida
  • Dec 28 Alex Lloyd, British racing driver, born in Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Dec 30 Randall Azofeifa, Costa Rican footballer

Person of interestLeBron James

Dec 30 LeBron James, American basketball forward (NBA C'ship & MVP 2012, 2013, 2016, 2020; 16 × NBA All-Star; Olympic gold 2008, 12; Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, LA Lakers), born in Akron, Ohio

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 29 MLB player Paul O'Neill (21) weds his childhood sweetheart Nevalee Davis in Columbus, Ohio

MLB Right Fielder Paul O'Neill
MLB Right Fielder
Paul O'Neill

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 29 MLB player Mark McGwire (21) weds Kathlene Hughes

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • Dec 30 Professional wrestling manager Miss Elizabeth (Hulette) & wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage (Poffo) wed

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 7 Lee Roy Yarbrough, American race car (Nascar) driver (b. 1938)
  • Dec 15 Jan Peerce [Jacob Pincus Perelmuth], American tenor (NBC Symphony, 1938-55; NY Metropolitan Opera, 1941-67; "Bluebird of Happiness"), dies at 80
  • Dec 16 Debs Garms, American baseball player, dies at 77
  • Dec 26 Tebbs Lloyd Johnson, English race walker (Olympic bronze 50k 1952; oldest Olympic medal-winning athlete; 48 years and 115 days), dies at 84