December 2004 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 4 13th SEC Championship Game: #3 Auburn beats #15 Tennessee, 38-28
  • Dec 5 93rd Davis Cup: Spain beats USA in Seville (3-2)
  • Dec 11 70th Heisman Trophy Award: Matt Leinart, USC (QB)

Ballon d'Or

Dec 13 Ballon d'Or: Milan's Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko is named best football player in Europe ahead of Deco (Porto/FC Barcelona) and Barcelona midfielder Ronaldinho

Weddings in Sport

  • Dec 30 Boston Red Sox centerfielder Johnny Damon (31) weds Michelle Mangan at Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes Hotel in Orlando, Florida

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 11 Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach, dies at 87
  • Dec 11 José Luis Cuciuffo, Argentinian soccer defender (21 caps; Vélez Sársfield, Boca Juniors, Nîmes Olympique), dies from gunshot wound in stomach while hunting at 43
  • Dec 12 George Hunter, South African boxer (Olympic gold light heavyweight 1948), dies at 77
  • Dec 13 Andre Rodgers, Bahamian baseball shortstop (first Bahamian to play in MLB; NY/SF Giants; Chicago Cubs), dies at 70
  • Dec 14 Rod Kanehl, American baseball player, dies at 70
  • Dec 16 Ted Abernathy, American baseball player (b. 1933)
  • Dec 22 Doug Ault, American baseball player (b. 1950)
  • Dec 24 Johnny Oates, American MLB baseball catcher, 1970-81 (Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and 3 other teams), and manager, 1991-2001 (Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers), dies of brain cancer at 58

Reggie WhiteReggie White (1961-2004)

Dec 26 American NFL defensive end (Green Bay Packers - Super Bowl 31), dies of cardiac arrhythmia at 43

  • Dec 29 Ken Burkhart, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals) and umpire, dies at 88