On This Day

December 2013 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 7 22nd SEC Championship Game: #3 Auburn beats #5 Missouri, 59-42
  • Dec 7 9th ACC Championship Game: #1 Florida State beats #20 Duke, 45-7

Sports History

Dec 9 Mike Ditka's #89 jersey is retired by the Chicago Bears

  • Dec 9 MLB pitcher Roy Halladay announces his retirement due to persistent back injury
  • Dec 16 79th Heisman Trophy Award: Jameis Winston, Florida State (QB)
  • Dec 17 Australia wins the 3rd test to take win the 2013-14 Ashes test cricket series
  • Dec 28 Chris Weidman defeats Anderson Silva to retain the UFC Middleweight Championship

Sports History

Dec 29 7-time world F1 motor racing champion Michael Schumacher suffers a serious head injury in a ski accident in the French Alps; his condition still remains unclear

Sports History

Dec 30 NFL head coach Mike Shanahan is fired by the Washington Redskins


Weddings in Sport

Kaley Cuoco

Dec 31 "The Big Bang Theory" actress Kaley Cuoco (28) weds professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting (26) at Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Santa Susana, California

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 2 Pedro Rocha, Uruguayan soccer midfielder and manager (52 caps; Peñarol, São Paulo F.C.), dies from mesencephalic atrophy at 70
  • Dec 3 Khalid Hasan, Pakistani cricket leg-spin bowler (1 Test; 16 years, 352 days, then youngest Test player), dies at 76
  • Dec 4 McDonald Bailey, British-Trinidadian 100m runner (Olympic bronze 1952), dies at 92
  • Dec 7 Jacob Matlala, South African boxer (WBO, WBU, IBA flyweight champion; shortest world champion ever at 1.47m [4-foot-10]), dies from pneumonia at 51
  • Dec 21 Bronzell Miller, American WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals), dies at 42
  • Dec 22 Ed Herrmann, American baseball player, dies from prostate cancer at 67
  • Dec 25 Mike Hegan, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1969 NY Yankees; World Series 1972 Oakland A's), dies from heart failure at 71
  • Dec 26 Paul Blair, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 1969, 73; World Series 1966, 70, 77-78; Gold Glove Award 1967, 69–75; Baltimore Orioles), dies from a heart attack at 69