December 1985 in Sport

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 2 NFL quarterback legends Dan Marino and John Elway face each other for the first time, a 30-26 victory for the Dolphins (Marino 390 yards and 3 touchdowns)

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 2 Chicago Bears' head coach Mike Ditka and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan come to blows on the sideline in a loss to the Miami Dolphins, Chicago's only loss of the season

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka
  • Dec 7 51st Heisman Trophy Award: Bo Jackson, Auburn (RB)
  • Dec 8 Laurie Rinker/Larry Rinker wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic

Sport awardTennis Open

Dec 8 74th Men's Australian Open: Stefan Edberg beats Mats Wilander (6-3, 6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander

Sport awardTennis Open

Dec 8 74th Women's Australian Open: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert-Lloyd 6-2, 4-6, 6-2)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 9 Jerry Rice begins NFL streak of 100+ consecutive games with a reception

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice
  • Dec 11 NHL Record 62 points scored, Edmonton (36) beats Chicago (26) 12-9 & ties record of 21 goals
  • Dec 13 Australian cricketer David Boon's 1st Test century, 123 v India at Adelaide
  • Dec 13 Test debut of cricketers Merv Hughes, Geoff Marsh and Bruce Reid (v India)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 20 Denis Potvin passes Bobby Orr as NHL defenseman scorer (916 points)

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • Dec 20 Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires from television sports after 20 years with ABC
  • Dec 21 Alice Miller/Don January wins LPGA Mazda Golf Championship
  • Dec 22 74th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Germany in Munich (3-2)
  • Dec 26 Test Cricket debut of Steve Waugh, v India at the MCG

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 2 Dorell Wright, American basketball player
  • Dec 3 Mike Randolph, American soccer player
  • Dec 3 László Cseh, Hungarian swimmer
  • Dec 3 Marcus Darrell Williams, American basketball player
  • Dec 4 Andrew Brackman, American baseball player
  • Dec 4 Carlos Gómez, Dominican baseball player
  • Dec 5 Nico Verdonck, Belgian racing driver
  • Dec 5 Josh Smith, American basketball player
  • Dec 6 Rudra Pratap Singh, Indian Cricketer
  • Dec 8 Dwight Howard, American basketball player (Charlotte Hornets), born in Atlanta, Georigia
  • Dec 10 T. J. Hensick, American ice hockey player
  • Dec 14 Jakub Błaszczykowski, Polish footballer
  • Dec 14 Julio Pimentel, Dominican baseball player
  • Dec 14 Tom Smith, Welsh rugby union footballer
  • Dec 19 Gary Cahill, English footballer
  • Dec 19 Neil Kilkenny, English-born Australian footballer
  • Dec 21 James Stewart Jr., American motorcycle racer
  • Dec 24 David Ragan, American race car driver
  • Dec 27 Logan Bailly, Belgian football goalkeeper
  • Dec 27 Paul Stastny, Canadian-American ice hockey player
  • Dec 30 Lars Boom, Dutch cyclist

Weddings in Sport

  • Dec 14 "The Cosby Show" actress Phylicia Rashad (37) weds former NFL wide receiver and sportscaster Ahmad Rashad (36)

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 6 Burleigh Grimes, American baseball player, dies at 92

Person of interestRoger Maris

Dec 14 Roger Maris, HR hitter (61 in 61, NY Yankees), dies of cancer at 51

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Dec 16 Dick Pollard, cricketer (England fast-medium bowler 1946-48), dies
  • Dec 16 Merv Waite, cricketer (2 Tests for Aust 1938, 1 wkt avg 190), dies
  • Dec 31 Alexander Matheson, cricketer (2 wickets/2 Tests for NZ 1930-31), dies