On This Day

On This Day in Sport for December 12

Events in Sport

  • 1898 1st first-class cricket game between Australian states NSW and Tasmania
  • 1899 George F Bryant of Boston patents the wooden golf tee
  • 1908 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Sydney: American Fred Alexander beats Alfred Dunlop of Australia 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, 6-3
  • 1930 Baseball Rules Committee greatly revises the rule book, ball bouncing 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 National Football League Championship, Wrigley Field, Chicago: Washington Redskins beat Chicago Bears, 28-21
  • 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 Jack Brabham finishes 4th in season-ending US Grand Prix at Sebring to become first Australian F1 World Drivers Championship winner; takes title by 4 points from Briton Tony Brooks
  • 1961 Ballon d'Or: Juventus' Argentine forward Omar Sívori wins award for best football player in Europe ahead of Spanish midfielder Luis Suárez and English forward Johnny Haynes
  • 1964 Cleveland Browns' Frank Ryan sets club record of 5 TD passes
  • 1965 Doug Walters makes maiden Test ton in 1st Test, goes on to 155

Sports record brokenNFL Record

1965 Chicago halfback Gale Sayers ties NFL record for most touchdowns in a game with 6 in 61–20 victory over San Francisco 49ers at Wrigley Field

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

  • 1969 Decathlon Bill Toomey achieves world record-score of 8417 points

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1971 Romanian tennis star Ilie Năstase finishes ATP Masters Grand Prix with a perfect 6-0 record to win the rich season ending event at the Coubertin Stadium, Paris

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • 1973 Canada begins selling Olympic coins ($5 & $10 silver coins)
  • 1973 San Diego files anti-trust against NL (stopping Padres move to DC)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 QB Joe Namath last game as a NY Jet

NFL Quarterback Joe Namath
NFL Quarterback
Joe Namath
  • 1976 Spaniard Manuel Orantes beats Wojtek Fibak of Poland 5–7, 6–2, 0–6, 7–6, 6–1 to win his first and only season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis title in Houston, Texas
  • 1977 Yanks purchase Andy Messersmith from Braves

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

1982 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert-Lloyd wins her first Australian title; beats Martina Navratilova 6-3, 2-6, 6-3

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1986 Australian cricketer David Boon's fourth Test century, 103 v England at Adelaide
  • 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
  • 1991 Tampa Bay Buccaneer Dexter Manley retires after failing drug test
  • 1992 58th Heisman Trophy Award: Gino Torretta, U of Miami (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

Sport awardFootball Awards

2002 Ballon d'Or: Inter/Real Madrid forward Ronaldo is named best football player in Europe for a second time ahead of Real Madrid left back Roberto Carlos and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn

Football Star Ronaldo
Football Star
  • 2011 77th Heisman Trophy Award: Robert Griffin III, Baylor (QB)

Sport awardFootball Awards

2016 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
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1848 William Kissam Vanderbilt, American businessman, born in New Dorp, Staten Island, New York (d. 1920)
  • 1859 Edward R. Bradley, American businessman and horse owner (1st to own 4 Kentucky Derby winners), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1946)
  • 1876 Alvin Kraenzlein, American track and field athlete (4 Olympic gold 1900), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1928)
  • 1882 Akiba Rubinstein, Polish chess player (openings theorist), born in Stawiski, Poland (d. 1961)
  • 1887 Nigel Haig, English cricket all-rounder (5 Tests; 1,000 runs and 100 wickets 1921, 27, 29 Middlesex), born in London, England (d. 1966)
  • 1904 Jim Christy, South African cricket batsman (10 Tests; top score 103 1932; Transvaal, Queensland), born in Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa (d. 1971)
  • 1913 Ferenc Csik, Hungarian swimmer (Olympics gold medal 100m freestyle 1936), born in Kaposvár, Hungary (d. 1945)
  • 1914 Buzzie Bavasi, American MLB executive (Brooklyn & LA Dodgers), born in NYC, New York (d. 2008)
  • 1914 Denis Begbie, South African cricketer (South African batsman in five Tests 1948-50), born in Middelburg, Transvaal, South Africa (d. 2009)
  • 1923 Ken Kavanagh, Australian racing driver, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1925 Dattu Phadkar, Indian cricketer (pace bowling all-rounder for India), born in Kolhapur, India (d. 1985)
  • 1925 Ghulam Guard, Indian cricketer (lefty pace bowler in 2 Tests for India 1959), born in Surat, Gujarat (d. 1978)

Person of interestBob Pettit

1932 Bob Pettit, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (NBA MVP 1956, 59), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit
  • 1936 Iolanda Balaș, Romanian high jumper (Olympic gold 1960), born in Timișoara, Romania (d. 2016)
  • 1940 Shirley Englehorn, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1970), born in Caldwell, Idaho
  • 1946 Emerson Fittipaldi, Brazilian auto racer (World F1 Champion 1972, 74, Indy 500 1989, 93), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1949 Ricardo Luis Carreras, American bantamweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1972), born in NYC, New York
  • 1950 William "Billy" Smith, Canadian ice hockey goaltender (New York Islanders), born in Perth, Ontario
  • 1952 Ajit De Silva, Sri Lankan cricket spin bowler (4 Tests), born in Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka
  • 1952 Cathy Rigby (McCoy), American gymnast (Olympics, 1968 & 1972), stage actress (Peter Pan), and sports commentator, born in Long Beach, California
  • 1955 Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, Greek businesswoman and president of the bidding and organizing committee for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, born in Heraklion, Greece
  • 1955 Eddy Schepers, Belgian professional cyclist, born in Tienen, Belgium
  • 1956 Johan van der Velde, Dutch cyclist (won Young Rider Classification of Tour de France 1980), born in Rijbergen, Netherlands
  • 1959 Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Indian cricketer (big-hitting Indian opener), born in Madras, India
  • 1960 Amal Silva, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan wicket-keeper in 9 Tests 1983-88), born in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  • 1961 Dale Sanderson, CFL guard (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • 1962 Nadeem Ghauri, Pakistani cricketer (bowled in Test for Pak v Australia 1990), born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
  • 1962 Ray Brown, American NFL guard (Washington Redskins, SF 49ers), born in Marion, Arkansas
  • 1962 Tracy Austin, American tennis player (US Open 1979, 81), born in Palos Verdes Peninsula, California
  • 1964 Haywood Jeffires, American NFL wide receiver (Houston Oilers), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1965 Laurie Grover-Tavares, American biathlete (Olympics 1994), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1966 Jim Sandlak, NHL right wing (Vancouver Canucks), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1967 David Szott, American NFL guard (KC Chiefs), born in Passaic, New Jersey
  • 1967 John Randle, American NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings), born in Mumford, Texas
  • 1967 Masood Anwar, Pakistani cricketer (one Test Pakistan v West Indies 1990), born in Khanewal, Punjab, Pakistan
  • 1968 Chris Walsh, American NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings; sues NFL over head injuries 2011), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1968 Kurt Schulz, American football safety (Buffalo Bills), born in Wenatchee, Washington
  • 1968 Laurie Williams, West Indian cricketer (West Indian ODI all-rounder v NZ 1996), born in Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica (d. 2002)
  • 1968 Ray Ethridge, American football wide receiver (Baltimore Ravens), born in San Diego, California
  • 1969 Courtney Hawkins, American NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1969 Doug Terry, American NFL/WLAF safety (KC Chiefs, Scotland Claymores), born in Dumas, Arkansas
  • 1969 Frank Dikstaal, Dutch soccer player (MVV), born in Velsen, Netherlands
  • 1969 Jane Robinson, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Cobden, Victoria
  • 1969 Kris Wirtz, Canadian ice pairs skater (1994 Skate Canada), born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
  • 1970 Ivano Newbill, American NBA center (Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Sedalia, Missouri
  • 1970 Orlando Brown, American NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1971 Tito Wooten, American NFL safety (NY Giants), born in Goldsboro, North Carolina
  • 1971 Toni Hodgkinson, 800m (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1972 Greg Randolph, American road cyclist (Olympics-74th-96), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1972 Jamal Willis, American NFL running back (SF 49ers), born in Lawton, Oklahoma
  • 1972 Nicky Eaden, English footballer, born in Sheffield, England
  • 1972 Wilson Kipketer, Kenyan-born Danish middle-distance runner, born in Kapchemoiywo, Nandi County, Kenya
  • 1972 Yeoryios Theodoridis, Greek sprinter, born in Athens
  • 1973 Michael Di Venuto, Australian cricketer (exciting Tasmanian batsman), born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
  • 1973 Reinard Wilson, American football linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1973 Stanley Pritchett, American football running back (Miami Dolphins), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1973 Walter Otta, Argentine footballer (Blooming), born in Río Tercero, Argentina
  • 1974 Nolberto Solano, Peruvian footballer, born in Callao, Peru
  • 1975 Craig Moore, Australian soccer defender and broadcaster (52 caps; Glasgow Rangers 175 games), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1976 Lloyd Owusu, English-Ghanaian football player, born in Slough, England
  • 1977 Orlando Hudson, American baseball player, born in Darlington, South Carolina
  • 1978 Derrick Delmore, African-American figure skater (1996 Grand Prix champ), born in Camp Springs, Maryland
  • 1979 Garrett Atkins, American baseball player, born in Orange, California
  • 1979 Nate Clements, American football player, born in Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • 1981 Pedro Ríos, Spanish footballer, born in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
  • 1981 Ronnie Brown, American football player, born in Rome, Georgia
  • 1981 Shane Costa, American baseball player, born in Visalia, California
  • 1981 Jeret Peterson, American aerial skier (Olympic silver 2010), born in Boise, Idaho
  • 1981 Yuvraj Singh, Indian cricketer (Man of the Tournament, ICC World Cup 2011), born in Chandigarh, India
  • 1981 Stephen Warnock, English footballer, born in Ormskirk, England
  • 1982 Dmitry Tursunov, Russian tennis player, born in Moscow
  • 1984 Daniel Agger, Danish footballer, born in Hvidovre, Denmark
  • 1986 Përparim Hetemaj, Finnish footballer, born in Srbica, SFR Yugoslavia
  • 1990 Victor Moses, Nigerian footballer, born in Lagos, Nigeria

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

  • 1934 Thorleif Haug, Norwegian Nordic skier (b. 1894)
  • 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, American MLB baseball third baseman, 1937-50 (Cleveland Indians; Boston Red Sox), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • 1992 Jasu Patel, Indian cricketer (29 wkts for India, best 9-69 v Aust), dies at 68
  • 1999 Joe Benner, American pistol shooter and coach (Olympic gold 1952; World C'ship gold 1949, 52, 54), dies at 82
  • 2004 George Hunter, South African boxer (Olympic gold light heavyweight 1948), dies at 77
  • 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)
  • 2016 Walter Swinburn, English jockey (The Derby winner, 1981), dies after falling from a window at 55
  • 2019 Peter Snell, New Zealand athlete (Olympic gold 800m 1960, 64; 1,500m 1964), dies of heart failure at 81
  • 2019 Jorge Hernández, Cuban boxer Olympic gold light flyweight 1976; World C'ship gold 1974, 78), dies at 65
  • 2019 Vaughan Johnson, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1989-92; New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles), dies of kidney disease at 57
  • 2019 Brian Muller, New Zealand rugby union prop (14 caps; Taranaki), dies at 77
  • 2020 Motjeka Madisha, South African soccer defender (13 caps; Mamelodi Sundowns), dies in car accident at 25