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 10th ACC Championship Game: #2 Florida State beats #12 Georgia Tech, 37-35
  • Dec 6 23rd SEC Championship Game: #1 Alabama beats #14 Missouri, 42-13
  • 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

Alex Morgan

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

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 2 Don Laws, American figure skater and coach (Scott Hamilton, Patrick Chan, Tiffany Chin), dies from heart failure at 85

Jean 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

  • Dec 2 Josie Cichockyj, British wheelchair athlete (wheelchair racing [WR 5,000m], basketball, tennis, table tennis), dies from cancer at 49
  • Dec 6 Fred Hawkins, American golfer (US Masters 1958 runner-up), dies at 91
  • Dec 16 Ernie Terrell, American boxer (WBA heavyweight champion 1965-7), dies from dementia at 75
  • Dec 25 Geoff Pullar, English cricket batsman (28 Tests, 4 x 100s, HS 175; Lancashire CCC, Gloucestershire CCC), dies at 79
  • Dec 30 Erik Hansen, Danish canoeist (Olympic gold K-1 1000m 1960; World C'ship gold 1963), dies at 74