On This Day in Sport for December 12

Events in Sport

  • 1899 George F Bryant of Boston patents the wooden golf tee
  • 1908 4th Australasian Championships: Fred Alexander beats Alfred Dunlop (3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, 6-3)
  • 1930 Baseball Rules Committee greatly revises the rule book
  • 1930 Baseball changes rule, ball bounces into stands not a HR, now a double

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1933 Eddie Shore hits Toronto Maple Leaf star Ace Bailey from behind, fracturing his skull and ending his career

NHL Star Eddie Shore
NHL Star
Eddie Shore
  • 1936 1937 NFL Draft: Sam Francis from University of Nebraska first pick by Philadelphia Eagles
  • 1937 Washington Redskins win NFL championship
  • 1937 1938 NFL Draft: Corbett Davis from University of Indiana first pick by Cleveland Rams
  • 1950 16th Heisman Trophy Award: Vic Janowicz, Ohio State (HB)
  • 1959 10th Formula One WDC: Jack Brabham wins by four points
  • 1964 Cleveland Browns' Frank Ryan sets club record of 5 TD passes

Sports record brokenNFL Record

1965 Gale Sayers of Chicago Bears scores 6 TDs, ties NFL record

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • 1966 US Supreme Courts votes 4-3 allowing Braves to move to Atlanta

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black to be ranked #1 in tennis

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • 1973 Canada begins selling Olympic coins ($5 & $10 silver coins)
  • 1973 San Diego files anti-trust against NL (stopping Padres move to DC)
  • 1977 Yanks purchase Andy Messersmith from Braves
  • 1982 Joanne Carner and John Mahaffey wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • 1986 James "Bone Crusher" Smith TKO's WBA champ Tim Witherspoon in Madison Square Garden
  • 1987 Mookie Blaylock sets NBA record of 13 steals in a game
  • 1987 Okla's sets NCAA record of 33 steals vs Centenary

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 Sandra Miller of Queens sues Mike Tyson for sexual harassment

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1991 NJ Nets set NBA record of 22 blocks beating Nuggets 121-81
  • 1992 58th Heisman Trophy Award: Gino Torretta, Miami-Fla (QB)
  • 1992 NY Giants lose 19-0 to Phoenix Cardinals
  • 1995 NBA referees return to work after striking

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Marlins sign their 6th free-agent since Nov 22, Moises Alou

MLB Outfielder Moises Alou
MLB Outfielder
Moises Alou
  • 1997 Red Sox sign Pedro Martinez to record 6 year $69 million contract
  • 2011 77th Heisman Trophy Award: Robert Griffin III, Baylor (QB)

Sport awardFootball Awards

2016 Cristiano Ronaldo wins the FIFA Ballon d'Or for the 4th time

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1848 William Vanderbilt, yachtsman (donated Vanderbilt Cup)
  • 1859 Edward Bradley, horse owner (1st to own 4 Kentucky Derby winners)
  • 1876 Alvin Kraenzlein, Olympic gold medalist (d. 1928)
  • 1904 Jim Christy, righty cricket batter (Transvaal, Queensland & South Africa)
  • 1914 Denis Begbie, cricketer (South African batsman in five Tests 1948-50)
  • 1923 Ken Kavanagh, Australian racing driver
  • 1924 Olivier Gendebien, Belgian auto racer
  • 1925 D G "Dattu" Phadkar, cricketer (pace bowling all-rounder for India)
  • 1925 Ghulam Guard, cricketer (lefty pace bowler in 2 Tests for India 1959)
  • 1929 Doug Ford, cricket wicket-keeper (successful NSW of 50's)

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1932 robert pettit, American NBA star (St Louis Bombers/1959 MVP), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit
  • 1936 Iolanda Balas, Romania, high jumper (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1940 Shirley Englehorn, LPGA golfer
  • 1945 Leslie Holbert, LPGA golfer
  • 1946 Emerson Fittipaldi, Brazil, Indy-car racer (over 10 wins)
  • 1949 Ricardo Luis Carreras, American bantamweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1972), born in NYC, New York
  • 1950 Billy Smith, Ontario, NHL goaltender (NY Islanders)
  • 1952 Ajit De Silva, cricketer (Sri Lankan lefty spinner in four Tests 1982)
  • 1952 Cathy Rigby McCoy, Los Alamitos California, gymnist (Olympic-4th-1968)
  • 1955 Lenore Rittenhouse, LPGA golfer (1983 United Va Bank), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1955 Eddy Schepers, Belgian cyclist
  • 1956 Johan van der Velde, Dutch cyclist
  • 1959 Krishnammachari Srikkanth, cricketer (big-hitting Indian opener)
  • 1960 Amal Silva, cricketer (Sri Lankan wicket-keeper in 9 Tests 1983-88)
  • 1961 Dale Sanderson, CFL guard (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1962 Nadeem Ghauri, cricketer (bowled in Test for Pak v Australia 1990)
  • 1962 Ray Brown, NFL guard (Washington Redskins, SF 49ers)
  • 1962 Tracy Austin, Rolling Hills California, tennis pro (US Open 1979, 81)
  • 1964 Haywood Jeffires, NFL wide receiver (Houston Oilers)
  • 1964 Haywood Jeffries, American football player
  • 1965 Laurie Grover-Tavares, American biathelete (Olympics-1994), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1966 Cheryl Dickey, 100m hurdler, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966 Jim Sandlak, NHL right wing (Vancouver Canucks), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1967 David Szott, NFL guard (KC Chiefs)
  • 1967 John Randle, NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1967 Masood Anwar, cricketer (one Test Pakistan v West Indies 1990)
  • 1968 Chris Walsh, NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1968 Kurt Schulz, safety (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1968 Laurie Williams, cricketer (West Indian ODI all-rounder v NZ 1996)
  • 1968 Ray Ethridge, wide receiver (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1969 Courtney Hawkins, NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1969 Doug Terry, NFL/WLAF safety (KC Chiefs, Scotland Claymores)
  • 1969 Frank Dikstaal, soccer player (MVV)
  • 1969 Jane Robinson, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1969 Sebastian Savage, WLAF cornerback (Rhein Fire)
  • 1970 Ivano Newbill, NBA center (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1970 Orlando Brown, NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1971 John Sacca, WLAF quarterback (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1971 Tito Wooten, NFL safety (NY Giants)
  • 1971 Toni Hodgkinson, 800m (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1972 Greg Randolph, road cyclist (Olympics-74th-96), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1972 Jamal Willis, NFL running back (SF 49ers)
  • 1972 John Walsh, NFL quarterback (Cin Bengals)
  • 1972 Oliver Quass, WLAF kicker (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1972 Nicky Eaden, English footballer
  • 1972 Wilson Kipketer, Danish middle-distance runner
  • 1972 Yeoryios Theodoridis, Greek sprinter
  • 1973 Michael DiVenuto, cricketer (exciting Tasmanian batsman)
  • 1973 Reinard Wilson, linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1973 Stanley Pritchett, running back (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1973 Walter Otta, Argentine footballer
  • 1974 Nolberto Solano, Peruvian footballer
  • 1975 Craig Moore, Australian footballer
  • 1976 Lloyd Owusu, English/Ghanaian football player
  • 1977 Orlando Hudson, American baseball player
  • 1978 Derrick Delmore, figure skater (1996 Grand Prix champ), born in Camp Springs, Maryland
  • 1979 Garrett Atkins, American baseball player
  • 1979 Nate Clements, American football player
  • 1981 Pedro RĂ­os, Spanish footballer
  • 1981 Ronnie Brown, American football player
  • 1981 Shane Costa, American baseball player
  • 1981 Yuvraj Singh, Indian cricketer (Man of the Tournament, ICC World Cup 2011), born in Chandigarh, India
  • 1981 Stephen Warnock, English footballer
  • 1982 Dmitry Tursunov, Russian tennis player
  • 1984 Daniel Agger, Danish footballer
  • 1986 Perparim Hetemaj, Finnish footballer
  • 1990 Victor Moses, an English footballer of Nigerian descent

Weddings in Sport

  • 2001 Actress Ashley Judd (33) weds race car driver Dario Franchetti (28) at Skibo Castle in Scotland
  • 2012 Basketball player Amare Stoudemire (30) weds Alexis Welch in Manhattan

Deaths in Sport

  • 1964 H I "Sailor" Young, cricketer (left-arm bowler Eng v Aust 1899), dies
  • 1968 Walter Robins, cricketer (19 Tests for England 64 wkts), dies
  • 1991 Ken Keltner, US baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 75
  • 1992 Jasu Patel, cricketer (29 wkts for India, best 9-69 v Aust), dies
  • 2006 Paul Arizin, American basketball player (b. 1928)
  • 2010 Peter Pagel, German footballer (b. 1956)
  • 2010 Tom Walkinshaw, former racing driver and Formula 1 team owner (b. 1946)