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 (weekly horse racing sheet)
  • 1896 1st intercollegiate basketball game (Wesleyan beats Yale 4-3)
  • 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
  • 1924 Agreement reached on permanent rotation of World Series with each league, getting games 1, 2, 6, 7 in alternating years

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1929 Bradman scores 225 in 2nd inn of Test Cricket trial after 124 in 1st

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 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 26th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Winn Blue Bombers, 30-7
  • 1939 Green Bay Packers win NFL championship, beat NY Giants 27-0
  • 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 1st time since 1885, tennis has 2 top males (Stan Smith & 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
  • 1986 Atlanta Hawk Dominique Wilkins scores 57 points vs Chicago Bulls
  • 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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1995 Kelly Robbins & Tammie Green wins LPGA Diner's Club Golf Matches

LPGA Golfer Kelly Robbins
LPGA Golfer
Kelly Robbins
  • 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 would later forfeit the trophy)
  • 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 T R McKibbin, cricketer (NSW & Aust off-spinner late 19th century)
  • 1886 William Booth, English cricketer (Yorks all-rounder, England before WWI)
  • 1907 Lucien Laurent, French footballer (d. 2005)
  • 1918 Anatoli Tarasov, Russian ice hockey coach (d. 1995)
  • 1920 Ragnhild Hveger, Danish 200m swimmer (Olympic silver 1936), born in Cyborg, Denmark (d. 2011)
  • 1933 Grenville Alabaster, cricketer (NZ tourist to Aust 1973-74)
  • 1933 Larry Morris, NFL Linebacker (NFL 1960s All-Decade Team), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2012)
  • 1935 Terry Allcock, English footballer
  • 1937 Don Bies, Cottonwood ID, PGA golfer (1975 Sammy Davis Jr)
  • 1941 Jeff Jones, cricketer (England left-arm pace bowler in 60's)
  • 1947 Zinaida Voronina, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 4 medals including 1 gold), born in Yoshkar-Ola, Russia (d. 2001)
  • 1949 Linda Galloway, LPGA golfer
  • 1950 Simon Owen, New Zealand golfer, born in Wanganui
  • 1959 Mark Aguirre, NBA forward (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1960 Paul Assenmacher, pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1962 John de Wolf, soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • 1963 Doug Henry, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1963 Gerald Sandel, soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1963 Michael Lofton, fencer-sabre (Olympics-96), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1963 Robin White, tennis player (US Open doubles 1988), born in San Diego, California
  • 1964 Luis Polonia, Santiago City Dom Rep, outfielder (NY Yanks, Orioles)
  • 1965 Jennifer Wyatt, golfer (1992 Crestar-Farm Fresh), born in Vancouver, Canada
  • 1966 Eric Naposki, WLAF linebacker (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1966 Norberto Martin, Santo Domingo Dom Rep, infielder (Chicago White Sox)
  • 1968 Rob Davis, NFL guard (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1969 Darren Berry, cricketer (Victorian wicket-keeper since 1989-90)
  • 1969 Nadim Khan, cricketer (brother of Moin Pakistani lefty spinner 1993)
  • 1969 Rob Blake, Simcoe Ont, NHL defenseman (Team Canada, LA Kings)
  • 1969 Todd Furdyk, CFL tackle (BC Lions)
  • 1970 Bryant Stith, NBA guard (Denver Nuggets)
  • 1971 Amanda Hardy, Altona Australia, badminton player (Olympics-96)
  • 1971 Carla Sacramento, Lisbon, 1.5k runner
  • 1971 Manjula Munasinghe, cricketer (Sri Lankan ODI pace bowler)
  • 1972 Marcos di Palma, Argentine racing driver
  • 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
  • 1980 Ledley King, English footballer
  • 1981 Fábio Rochemback, Brazilian footballer
  • 1981 Ryan Pini, Papua New Guinea swimmer
  • 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

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

HeartWedding 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 Robert Abel, cricketer (744 runs in 13 Tests for Eng 1888-1902), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1946 Walter Johnson, great pitcher (Washington Senators), dies of a brain tumour at 59

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1959 Charles Jones, cricket batsman (WI in 4 Tests 1930-35, 63 runs), dies
  • 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)
  • 2015 Dolph Schayes, American basketball Hall of Famer (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers), dies at 87