On This Day

December 2015 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 1 In the largest deal ever for a MLB pitcher, Boston Red Sox land one of the biggest catches of the off-season, signing free agent David Price for 7 years and $217 million
  • Dec 1 After finishing the season with the largest payroll in MLB history at $298.3 million, the Los Angeles Dodgers are assigned the largest luxury tax bill ever, $43.7 million

Sports History

Dec 13 Irishman Conor McGregor knocks out Brazilian Jose Aldo in 13 seconds to win his 1st featherweight title in Las Vegas

  • Dec 13 81st Heisman Trophy Award: Derrick Henry, Alabama (RB)
  • Dec 17 José Mourinho is sacked as manager of British Premier football club Chelsea
  • Dec 31 82nd Orange Bowl: #1 Clemson beats #4 Oklahoma, 37-17

Weddings in Sport

  • Dec 20 Broadcaster Christine Bleakley (36) weds footballer Frank Lampard (37) at Saint Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 1 Jim Loscutoff, American basketball forward (NBA champion (1957, 59–64; Boston Celtics), dies from Parkinson's disease and pneumonia at 85
  • Dec 3 Eevi Huttunen, Finnish speed skater (8 World C'ship gold 1951-59), dies at 93
  • Dec 9 Gheorghe Gruia, Romanian handball player, dies at 75

Dolph Schayes

Dec 10 Dolph Schayes, American basketball Hall of Famer (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers, 1948-63) and coach (76ers, 1963-66; Buffalo Braves, 1970-72), dies of cancer at 87

  • Dec 11 John "Hot Rod" Williams, American NBA center/forward (Phoenix Suns), dies of cancer at 53
  • Dec 27 (Meadow) "Meadowlark" Lemon, American basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters, 1955-80, 1990, and 3 other teams), and clergyman, dies at 83
  • Dec 27 Stein Eriksen, Norwegian alpine skier (first Olympic giant slalom gold 1952), dies at 88
  • Dec 29 Frank Malzone, American MLB player (Boston Red Sox), dies at 85
  • Dec 29 Elzbieta Krzesinska, Polish long jumper (Olympic gold 1956), dies at 76
  • Dec 30 Doug Atkins, American College/Pro Football HOF defensive end (Uni of Tennessee; NFL C'ship 1954, 63; First-team All-Pro 1963; 8×Pro Bowl; Cleveland Browns, Chivago Bears, NO Saints), dies at 85
  • Dec 30 Howard Edward Davis Jr., boxer (Olympic silver 1976), dies at 59