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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1941 Jeff Jones, Welsh cricket fast bowler (15 Tests England, 44 wickets), born in Dafen, Carmarthenshire, Wales
  • 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-time Triple Crown: Washington Senators), dies of 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) and coach, 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