December 1994 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Film Premiere

Dec 2 "Cobb" a film about baseball player Ty Cobb, starring Tommy Lee Jones premieres

  • Dec 3 3rd SEC Championship Game: #6 Florida beats #3 Alabama, 24-23
  • Dec 4 83rd Davis Cup: Sweden beats Russia in Moscow (4-1)

Sports History

Dec 8 Darryl Strawberry indicted on tax evasion charges

  • Dec 10 60th Heisman Trophy Award: Rashaan Salaam, Colorado (RB)
  • Dec 18 Darryl Strawberry pleads not guilty on tax evasion charges
  • Dec 20 Ballon d'Or: FC Barcelona's Bulgarian forward Hristo Stoichkov is named Europe's best football player ahead of Juventus striker Roberto Baggio and Milan defender Paolo Maldini
  • Dec 23 Baseball owners impose salary cap, fiercely opposed by players

Sports History

Dec 28 David Boon completes his 20th Test Cricket century (131 v England, MCG)

Sports History

Dec 29 Australian cricket's spin king Shane Warne dismisses England's Phil DeFreitas, Darren Gough and Devon Malcolm for a famous hat-trick in 2nd Test win in Melbourne


Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 6 Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greek NBA player (Milwaukee Bucks), born in Athens, Greece
  • Dec 7 Yuzuru Hanyu, Japanese figure skater (Olympic gold men's singles 2014, 18; World C'ship gold 2014, 17), born in Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
  • Dec 8 Raheem Sterling, British-Jamaican football player (Manchester City, English national team), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Dec 19 Manny Franco, Puerto Rican jockey (Belmont Stakes 2020; Tiz the Law), born in Carolina, Puerto Rico
  • Dec 28 Adam Peaty, English swimmer (Olympic gold 100m breaststroke 2016, 21; World C'ship gold x 8), born in Uttoxeter, England
  • Dec 28 Jonna Sundling, Swedish cross-country skier (Olympic gold women's individual sprint 2022; World C'ship gold individual/team sprint 2021), born in Umeå, Sweden

Weddings in Sport

  • Dec 10 Former Senate Majority Leader Mitchell (61) weds sports marketing executive Heather MacLachlan (35) at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in New York City

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 7 J.C. Tremblay, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1939)
  • Dec 9 Alex Wilson, Canadian athlete (Olympic silver 800m, 2 x bronze 400m, 4x400m relay 1932), dies at 87
  • Dec 10 Alexander Wilson, Canadian athlete (b. 1905)
  • Dec 15 Mollie Phillips, British figure skater and judge (first woman to referee a world championship), dies at 87
  • Dec 26 Allie Reynolds, American MLB pitcher, 1942-54, 5X All-Star, 1952 AL ERA leader (Cleveland Indians,New York Yankees), dies from complications of lymphoma and diabetes at 77
  • Dec 27 Peter May, English cricket batsman (66 Tests, 4,537 @ 46.77, 13 x 100, 22 x 50; HS 285no; Surrey CCC), dies from a brain tumour at 64

Woody Strode

Dec 31 Woody Strode, American football end (LA Rams, Calgary Stampeders) and actor (Posse, Cotton Club, Vigilante, Scream), dies of lung cancer at 80