On This Day

On This Day in Sport for December 10

Events in Sport

  • 1810 Tom Cribb (GB) beats Tom Molineaus (US-Negro) in 1st interracial boxing championship (40 rounds)
  • 1831 "Spirit of the Times" begins publishing in New York City, the premier sports journal of the 19th century
  • 1918 John Heyder becomes president of baseball's National League for the 2nd time
  • 1919 NL votes to ban the spitball's use by all new pitchers
  • 1922 Pete Henry makes longest known NFL drop-kicked field goal, 45 yards
  • 1922 1st National Football League Championship: undefeated Canton Bulldogs (10-0-2) named inaugural champions
  • 1924 Agreement reached on permanent rotation of World Series with each league, getting games 1, 2, 6, 7 in alternating years
  • 1934 NFL adopts player waiver rule; applies after 6th game of season

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1935 As sell Jimmie Foxx to the Red Sox for $150,000

MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Jimmie Foxx
MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Jimmie Foxx
  • 1935 White Sox sell Al Simmons to the Tigers for $75,000
  • 1938 CFL Grey Cup: In repeat of last year, Toronto Argonauts defeat Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 30-7 to retain Championship

Sport awardNFL Championship

1939 National Football League Championship, Dairy Bowl, West Allis, Wisconsin: Green Bay Packers beat New York Giants, 27-0; Packers 5th title

American Football Player Mel Hein
American Football Player
Mel Hein
  • 1940 1941 NFL Draft: Tom Harmon from University of Michigan first pick by Chicago Bears
  • 1945 Aust Services lose 3rd Victory Test Cricket to India by 6 wkts
  • 1954 Philadelphia Phillies purchase Connie Mack Stadium
  • 1961 Houston Oiler Billy Cannon gains record 373 yards against Titans

  • 1965 Test Cricket debut of Doug Walters v England at the Gabba

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1968 Joe Frazier beats Oscar Bonavena in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 1970 North American Soccer League awards NY & Toronto franchises

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1973 First time since 1885, tennis has 2 top male players - Americans Stan Smith and Jimmy Connors

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • 1978 67th Davis Cup: USA beats Great Britain in Rancho Mirage (4-1)
  • 1978 Islanders ends 15 game undefeated streak (12-0-3) to Canadians

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1982 Heavyweight Michael Doakes KOs Mike Weaver in 1:03 in Las Vegas

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • 1983 Last NFL game at Shea Stadium; Steelers beat NY Jets 34-7

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

1983 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova wins 8th career Grand Slam singles event; beats Kathy Jordan of the US 6-2, 7-6

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1986 Atlanta Hawk Dominique Wilkins scores 57 points vs Chicago Bulls

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Ivan Lendl repeats previous year's result with a 6–4, 6–4, 6–4 win over Boris Becker to claim back-to-back season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
  • 1988 Washington Capitals 1st NHL scoreless tie, vs Montreal Canadiens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Howard Spira sentenced to 2½ years in prison for trying to extort money from Yankees owner George Steinbrenner

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • 1992 NHL awards franchises to Miami & Anaheim for 1994-95
  • 1992 NY Yankees sign free agent pitcher Jimmy Key
  • 1994 60th Heisman Trophy Award: Rashaan Salaam, Colorado (RB)
  • 1995 1st meeting of NBA expansion teams, Raptors beat Grizzlies 93-81
  • 1995 Ricky Ponting makes 96 on Test Cricket debut (Aust v Sri Lanka, WACA)
  • 2000 89th Davis Cup: Spain beats Australia in Barcelona (3-1)
  • 2001 67th Heisman Trophy Award: Eric Crouch, Nebraska (QB)
  • 2005 71st Heisman Trophy Award: Reggie Bush, USC (RB); Bush later forfeits trophy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2006 British Broadcasting Corporation gives Swedish tennis icon Björn Borg a Lifetime Achievement Award; presented by Boris Becker

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012 Norwegian Magnus Carlsen breaks Garry Kasparov’s 13-year Elo rating record

Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist Garry Kasparov
Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist
Garry Kasparov
Chess Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen
Chess Grandmaster
Magnus Carlsen
  • 2012 78th Heisman Trophy Award: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (QB); first freshman to win the award
  • 2016 82nd Heisman Trophy Award: Lamar Jackson, Louisville Cardinals (QB), youngest player to win at 19

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1870 Tom McKibbin, Australian cricketer (NSW & Aust off-spinner late 19th century), born in Bathurst, New South Wales (d. 1939)
  • 1879 James E. Norris, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame team owner (Detroit Red Wings), born in Montréal, Canada (d. 1952)
  • 1883 Jesse Harper, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Notre Dame 57–17–7), born in Paw Paw, Illinois (d. 1961)
  • 1886 William Booth, England Test cricket batsman (WWI 2 Tests), born in Pudsey, England (d. 1916)
  • 1907 Lucien Laurent, French footballer (scored the first ever FIFA World Cup goal), born in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France (d. 2005)
  • 1918 Anatoly Tarasov, Russian ice hockey player and coach (considered as the father of Russian ice hockey), born in Moscow (d. 1995)
  • 1920 Ragnhild Hveger, Danish swimmer (Olympic silver 400m freestyle 1936; 44 world records 1938-56), born in Nyborg, Denmark (d. 2011)
  • 1933 Grenville Alabaster, New Zealand cricketer (NZ tourist to Aust 1973-74), born in Invercargill, New Zealand
  • 1933 Larry Morris, NFL Linebacker (NFL 1960s All-Decade Team), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2012)
  • 1935 Terry Allcock, English footballer (Norwich City), born in Leeds, England
  • 1937 Don Bies, American golfer (The Tradition 1989), born in Cottonwood, Idaho
  • 1938 Bill Mathis, American football halfback (AFL All Star 1961, 63; New York Titans/Jets), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 2020)
  • 1941 Jeff Jones, Welsh cricket fast bowler (15 Tests England, 44 wickets), born in Dafen, Carmarthenshire, Wales
  • 1943 Lajos Szűcs, Hungarian soccer defender (37 caps; Ferencváros, Honvéd FC; Hungarian Footballer of the Year 1976; Olympic gold 1968), born in Apatin, Hungary (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Zinaida Voronina, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 4 medals including 1 gold), born in Yoshkar-Ola, Russia (d. 2001)
  • 1950 Simon Owen, New Zealand golfer (British Open runner-up 1978), born in Wanganui, New Zealand
  • 1959 Mark Aguirre, American NBA forward (Detroit Pistons), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1960 Paul Assenmacher, American MLB pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1961 Mark McKoy, Canadian track star (world record 50m indoor, Olympic gold 1992), born in Georgetown, British Guiana
  • 1962 John de Wolf, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord), born in Schiedam, Netherlands
  • 1963 Doug Henry, American baseball pitcher (NY Mets), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1963 Gerald Sandel, Dutch soccer player (Sparta), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1963 Michael Lofton, fencer-sabre (Olympics 1996), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1964 Luis Polonia, Dominican MLB outfielder (NY Yanks, Orioles), born in Santiago City, Dominica Republic
  • 1966 Mel Rojas, MLB pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Haina, Dominican Republic
  • 1966 Norberto Martin, baseball infielder (Chicago White Sox), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1968 Rob Davis, American NFL guard (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1969 Darren Berry, Australian cricketer (Victorian wicket-keeper since 1989-90), born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 1969 Nadim Khan, Pakistani cricketer (brother of Moin Pakistani lefty spinner 1993), born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan
  • 1969 Rob Blake, Canadian NHL defenseman (Team Canada, LA Kings), born in Simcoe, Ontario
  • 1969 Todd Furdyk, CFL tackle (BC Lions)
  • 1970 Bryant Stith, American NBA guard (Denver Nuggets), born in Emporia, Virginia
  • 1971 Amanda Hardy, Altona Australia, badminton player (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Carla Sacramento, Portuguese 1.5k runner, born in São Sebastião da Pedreira, Lisbon
  • 1971 Manjula Munasinghe, Sri Lankan-Australian cricketer (Sri Lankan ODI pace bowler), born in Colombo, Ceylon
  • 1972 Marcos di Palma, Argentine racing driver, born in Arrecifes, Argentina
  • 1973 Bernard Holsey, defensive tackle (NY Giants)
  • 1973 Marcus Wall, CFL receiver (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1973 Rusty LaRue, NBA guard (Chicago Bulls)
  • 1975 Josip Skoko, Australian footballer
  • 1978 Brandon Novak, American skateboarder
  • 1981 Fábio Rochemback, Brazilian footballer
  • 1981 Ryan Pini, Papua New Guinea swimmer
  • 1982 Matt Stutzman, American Paralympic archer and record holder for longest accurate shot in archery- despite having no arms, born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1983 Habib Mohamed, Ghanaian footballer
  • 1983 Zé Kalanga, Angolan footballer
  • 1985 T. J. Hensick, American ice hockey player
  • 1986 Matthew Bates, English footballer
  • 1987 Gonzalo Higuaín, French-born Argentine footballer
  • 1996 Joe Burrow, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2019; National C'ship 2020, MVP; LSU), born in Ames, Iowa

Weddings in Sport

  • 1994 Former Senate Majority Leader Mitchell (61) weds sports marketing executive Heather MacLachlan (35) at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in New York City
  • 2005 Victoria's Secret and Sports Illustrated model Isabeli Fontana (22) weds actor-model Henri Castelli (27) at Fort Are Joao in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2005 Rugby Star Clyde Rathbone (24) weds Carrie-Ann Leeson in South Africa

LoveWedding of Interest

2010 Tennis player Martina Hingis (30) weds equestrian show jumper Thibault Hutin at a private civil ceremony in Paris, France

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis

Deaths in Sport

  • 1904 James Cranston, cricketer (scored 16 & 15 in Test for England), dies
  • 1936 Bobby Abel, English cricketer (744 runs in 13 Tests for Eng 1888-1902), dies at 79

Person of interestWalter Johnson

1946 Walter Johnson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (3 x Triple Crown of Pitching; World Series 1924; AL MVP 1913, 24; Washington Senators), dies from a brain tumour at 59

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1957 Maurice McLoughlin, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1912-13), dies at 67
  • 1959 Charles Jones, West Indian cricket batsman (4 Tests), dies at 57
  • 1977 Adolph Rupp, American basketball coach (b. 1901)
  • 1992 Dan Maskell, English tennis commentator (b. 1908)
  • 1994 Alexander Wilson, Canadian athlete (b. 1905)
  • 2010 MacKenzie Miller, American horse trainer and breeder (b. 1921)
  • 2010 Jacques Swaters, Belgian racing driver, dies at 84

Person of interestDolph Schayes

2015 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

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes
  • 2019 Jim Smith, English soccer midfielder and manager (Birmingham City, QPR, Portsmouth, Derby County), dies at 79