On This Day

December 2014 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 1 Utility Claudio Liverziani becomes first 3-time MVP in the Italian Baseball League; 291/.444/.472 season, with 30 HRs and 20 RBI in 38 games for Fortitudo Bologna
  • Dec 2 After featuring in a magazine article with long-time life partner, veteran MLB umpire and crew chief Dale Scott openly acknowledges his homosexuality; overwhelmingly positive reaction from baseball circles
  • Dec 3 Australian Rugby star David Pocock is arrested after protesting against a coal mine under construction in an Australian national forest
  • Dec 6 23rd SEC Championship Game: #1 Alabama beats #14 Missouri, 42-13
  • Dec 6 10th ACC Championship Game: #2 Florida State beats #12 Georgia Tech, 37-35
  • Dec 13 80th Heisman Trophy Award: Marcus Mariota, Oregon (QB)
  • Dec 17 103-year-old Gus Andreone records the 8th ace of his career on the 113-yard, 14th hole of the Lakes Course, Palm Aire, Sarasota, FL; oldest golfer to record a hole-in-one
  • Dec 31 44th Fiesta Bowl: #20 Boise State beats #10 Arizona, 38-30
  • Dec 31 81st Orange Bowl: #10 Georgia Tech beats #8 Mississippi State, 49-34

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 31 Olympic gold medalist soccer player Alex Morgan (25) weds Houston Dynamo midfielder Servando Carrasco (26) in Santa Barbara, California

Soccer Player Alex Morgan
Soccer Player
Alex Morgan

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestJean Béliveau

Dec 2 Jean Béliveau, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Hart Trophy 1956, 64; Art Ross Trophy 1956; Conn Smythe Trophy 1965; record 17 Stanley Cups), dies at 83

NHL Legend Jean Béliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Béliveau
  • Dec 2 Josie Cichockyj, British wheelchair athlete (wheelchair racing [WR 5,000m], basketball, tennis, table tennis), dies from cancer at 49
  • Dec 2 Don Laws, American figure skater and coach (Scott Hamilton, Patrick Chan, Tiffany Chin), dies from heart failure at 85
  • Dec 6 Fred Hawkins, American golfer (US Masters 1958 runner-up), dies at 91
  • Dec 16 Ernie Terrell, American boxer (WBA champ 1965-7), dies at 75
  • Dec 25 Geoff Pullar, English cricketer (England opening batsman late 50's early 60's), dies at 79
  • Dec 30 Erik Hansen, Danish canoeist (Olympic gold K-1 1000m 1960; World C'ship gold 1963), dies at 74