On This Day

December 2016 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Dec 2 For 6th time in 7 years, Cincinnati Reds 1st baseman Joey Votto wins Tip O'Neill Award as best Canadian MLB player; hit .326 with NL-leading .434 OBP, 29 HRs & 97 RBIs in an outstanding all-around season for last-place club
  • Dec 10 82nd Heisman Trophy Award: Lamar Jackson, Louisville Cardinals (QB), youngest player to win at 19

Sport awardFootball Awards

Dec 12 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo claims award for the 4th time; record winning margin of 429 from Lionel Messi

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
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Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star Lionel Messi
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Lionel Messi
  • Dec 30 83rd Orange Bowl: #10 Florida State beats #6 Michigan, 33-32

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 2 Sammy Lee, American diver (Olympic Gold 10m platform 1948, 52), dies from pneumonia at 96
  • Dec 4 Margaret Whitton, American actress (Good & Evil, Major League), dies of cancer at 67
  • Dec 5 Rashaan Salaam, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1994, U of Colorado; NFL: Chicago Bears), dies at 42
  • Dec 7 Paul Elvstrøm, Danish yachtsman (4 Olympic gold, Finn class 1948, 52, 56, 60), dies at 88
  • Dec 11 Sid O'Linn, South African cricketer (soccer for South Africa 1947, cricket 1960), dies at 89
  • Dec 12 Walter Swinburn, English jockey (The Derby winner, 1981), dies after falling from a window at 55
  • Dec 14 Garrett K. Gomez, American jockey (US Champion Jockey by earnings 2006-09; Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey 2007-08), dies of drug overdose at 44
  • Dec 22 Miruts Yifter 'Yifter the Shifter', Ethiopian runner (Olympic golds 1980), dies at 72
  • Dec 29 Ferdi Kübler, Swiss cyclist (Tour de France 1950), dies at 97
  • Dec 29 Chris Cannizzaro, American baseball player, dies at 78