On This Day

On This Day in Sport for December 13

Events in Sport

  • 1901 Test debut of English cricketer Sydney Barnes vs Australia at the SCG, took 5-65 in 1st innings
  • 1930 George Sisler's career ends when Boston Braves release him
  • 1931 National Football League Championship: Green Bay Packers (12-2-0) win 3rd straight first past the post title

Sport awardNFL Championship

1936 National Football League Championship, Polo Grounds, NYC: Green Bay Packers beat Boston Redskins, 21-6; Packers 4th title; Redskins move to Washington, D.C. for 1937 season

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau
  • 1942 National Football League Championship, Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Washington Redskins upset Chicago Bears, 14-6
  • 1952 NFL Dallas Texans (former Boston Yanks) play last game, losing to the Lions in Detroit, finish with record of 1-11

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1956 Dodgers trade Jackie Robinson to Giants for pitcher Dick Littlefield & $35,000. Robinson will retire rather than be traded.

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1960 Italy beats US in Davis cup (1st time in 24 years US not in finals)
  • 1960 Ballon d'Or: Barcelona midfielder Luis Suárez is named best football player in Europe ahead of Real Madrid's Hungarian forward Ferenc Puskás and Hamburg striker Uwe Seeler

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 MLB manager Billy Martin fired by the Minnesota Twins

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • 1970 Greg Chappell scores 108 on Test debut v England at the WACA
  • 1977 14 University of Evansville basketball players die in plane crash
  • 1981 70th Davis Cup: USA beats Argentina in Cincinnati (3-1)
  • 1982 Australian Open Men's Tennis: South African Johan Kriek wins 2nd straight Australian title; repeats previous year's win over American Steve Denton 6-3, 6-3, 6-2
  • 1983 9,655 see highest-scoring NBA game: Detroit 186, Denver 184 (3 OT)
  • 1985 Australian cricketer David Boon's 1st Test century, 123 v India at Adelaide

  • 1985 Test debut of cricketers Merv Hughes, Geoff Marsh and Bruce Reid (v India)
  • 1989 Walter Davis (Denver) ends NBA free throw streak of 53 games
  • 1991 Ricky Pierce (Seattle) ends NBA free throw streak of 75 games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Free agent Roger Clemens signs with Toronto Blue Jays

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • 1997 63rd Heisman Trophy Award: Charles Woodson, Michigan (CB)

Sport awardPresident's Cup

1998 Presidents Cup Golf, Royal Melbourne GC: International team wins for first time; Shigeki Maruyama and Steve Elkington unbeaten as Internationals beat US 20½–11½

Golfer and PGA Champion Steve Elkington
Golfer and PGA Champion
Steve Elkington
  • 1999 65th Heisman Trophy Award: Ron Dayne, Wisconsin (RB)
  • 2003 69th Heisman Trophy Award: Jason White, Oklahoma (QB)

Sport awardFootball Awards

2004 Ballon d'Or: Milan's Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko is named best football player in Europe ahead of Deco (Porto/FC Barcelona) and Barcelona midfielder Ronaldinho

Football Player Ronaldinho
Football Player
  • 2007 The Mitchell Report is publicly released listing the names of 89 Major League Baseball players that have presumably used anabolic steroids and human growth hormones. Notable players named include Roger Clemens and Miguel Tejada.
  • 2010 76th Heisman Trophy Award: Cam Newton, Auburn (QB)
  • 2014 80th Heisman Trophy Award: Marcus Mariota, Oregon (QB)
  • 2015 Irishman Conor McGregor knocks out Brazilian Jose Aldo in 13 seconds to win his 1st featherweight title in Las Vegas
  • 2015 81st Heisman Trophy Award: Derrick Henry, Alabama (RB)
  • 2018 German basketball forward Dirk Nowitzki takes the court for his record 21st NBA season with the Dallas Mavericks, surpassing Kobe Bryant's 20 seasons with the LA Lakers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 British Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton finishes 3rd in season-ending Abu Dhabi GP to claim record equalling 7th F1 World Drivers C'ship by 124 points from teammate Valtteri Bottas; Mercedes' 7th straight Constructors title

Formula 1 Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver
Lewis Hamilton

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1850 G. F. Grace, English cricketer and brother of W. G. Grace), born in Downend, Bristol (d. 1880)
  • 1911 Buzz Borries, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Navy 1932–34), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1969)

Person of interestArchie Moore

1913 Archie Moore, American light-heavyweight boxing champion (1952-60), born in Benoit, Mississippi, (d. 1998)

Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore
  • 1918 Bill Vukovich, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1953-4), born in Fresno, California (d. 1955)
  • 1921 Jackie Pung, American golfer (5 LPGA titles), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 2017)
  • 1924 Larry Doby, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (MLB All-Star 1949–55; World Series 1948; AL HR leader 1952, 54; 1st African-American in AL; Cleveland Indians), born in Camden, South Carolina (d. 2003)
  • 1926 Carl Erskine, American baseball player (Bkln Dodgers), born in Anderson, Indiana
  • 1926 George Rhoden, Jamaican athlete (2 Olympic Golds 1952), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1935 Joe Christopher, American baseball player, born in Frederiksted, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • 1935 Lindy McDaniel, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1960; NL saves leader 1959, 60, 63), born in Hollis, Oklahoma
  • 1935 Arthur Summons, Australian rugby union fly-half (10 Tests; Gordon RFC) and rugby league five-eighth (9 Tests; Western Suburbs RLFC), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2020)
  • 1936 J. C. Martin, American baseball player, born in Axton, Virginia
  • 1938 Tom Shaw, American golfer (The Tradition 1993), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • 1943 Ferguson Jenkins, Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher and coach (NL Cy Young Award 1971; MLB All-Star 1967, 71-72; Chicago Cubs; 3,000+ career strikeouts), born in Chatham, Ontario
  • 1945 Brian McGuire, Australian racing driver, born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1977)
  • 1946 Pierino Prati, Italian soccer forward (14 caps; 3 goals in European Cup Final 1969, AC Milan; Roma, Savona), born in Cinisello Balsamo, Italy (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Les Joslin, Australian cricketer (Test as batsman for Australia 1968, made 7 & 2), born in Yarraville, Victoria
  • 1948 Lillian Board, British 400m athlete (Olympic silver 1968), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 1970)
  • 1949 Nana Alexandria, Georgian International Woman's Chess Grandmaster (1976), born in Poti, Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic, Soviet Union
  • 1952 John Francome, English jockey, born in Swindon, Wiltshire, England
  • 1953 Zoltán Magyar, Hungarian side horse gymnast (Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1953 Bill Castro, Dominican baseball player, born in Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • 1953 Bob Gainey, Canadian NHL player & hockey bureaucrat, born in Peterborough, Canada
  • 1955 Glenn Roeder, English soccer defender (QPR, Newcastle United), and manager (Watford, West Ham, Newcastle, Norwich), born in Woodford, England (d. 2021)
  • 1956 Dale Berra, American baseball infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates, NY Yankees), born in Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • 1956 Phil Hubbard, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1976), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1960 Randy Stoklos, American beach volleyballer (first player to earn $1m; 5-time World champion [with Sinjin Smith]), born in Pacific Palisades, California
  • 1960 Richard Dent, American football defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1961 Gary Zimmerman, American NFL tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Fullerton, California
  • 1962 Kendra Slawinski, English netball player
  • 1965 Stacy Sunny, female pro baseball infielder (Colorado Silver Bullets), born in San Bernardino, California
  • 1967 Chris O'Loughlin, American fencer (Olympics 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Scott Zolak, American NFL quarterback (NE Patriots), born in Monongahela, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Bo Pelini, American football coach, born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1968 Carlos Hasselbaink, Dutch soccer player (VVV/FC Utrecht/Haarlem), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1968 Shaun Stafford, American tennis star (1992 Taipei), born in Ocala, Florida
  • 1969 Sergei Fedorov, Russian NHL forward (Detroit, Olympic silver 1998), born in Pskov, Russia
  • 1970 Basit Ali, Pakistani cricketer (exciting Pakistani batsman 1993-), born in Karachi, Sindh
  • 1970 George Van Os Jr, team handball left back (Olympics 1996), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1970 Tonja Yevette Buford-Bailey, American 400m hurdler (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1971 Mike Pelton, American NFL defensive tackle (Indianapolis Colts), born in Goshen, Alabama
  • 1972 Craig Sauer, American NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), born in Sartell, Minnesota
  • 1973 Shandon Anderson, American NBA forward (Utah Jazz), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1974 Chris Lewis, CFL safety (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1975 Matt LeCroy, American baseball catcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Belton, South Carolina
  • 1976 Radosław Sobolewski, Polish footballer, born in Białystok, Poland
  • 1976 Søren Friis, Danish footballer (AC Horsens)
  • 1976 Josh Fogg, American baseball player, born in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • 1977 Sascha Kindred, British Paralympic swimmer, born in Münster, Germany
  • 1977 Peter Stringer, Irish rugby union footballer, born in Cork, Ireland
  • 1982 Ricky Nolasco, American baseball player, born in Corona, California
  • 1982 Tuka Rocha, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1982 Dominik Werling, German footballer, born in Ludwigshafen, Germany
  • 1983 Otylia Jędrzejczak, Polish swimmer (Olympic gold 2004), born in Ruda Śląska, Śląskie, Poland
  • 1988 Darcy Blake, Welsh footballer, born in New Tredegar, Wales
  • 1988 Rickie Fowler, American golfer (US Masters 2018 runner-up; Ryder Cup 2010, 14, 16, 18), born in Murrieta, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 1911 Reggie Duff, Australian cricket batsman (23 Tests; 104 on debut), dies of alcoholism at 33
  • 1921 Frederick Martin, cricketer (14 wkts in 2 Tests for Eng 1890-92), dies
  • 1935 John Nicolson, cricketer (South African lefty batsman 1926-27), dies
  • 1940 Dusty Tapscott, cricket (bro of Doodles, 4&1 in only S Af Test), dies
  • 1940 George Macaulay, cricketer (took 24 wkts in 8 Tests, Eng 22-33), dies
  • 1974 Rufus "Rufe" Davis, American actor (Cocoanut Grove, Trail Blazers, Gangs of Sonora), dies at 66
  • 1982 Jack Badcock, Australian cricketer (7 Tests, 1 century but inconsistent), dies at 68

Person of interestAlice Marble

1990 Alice Marble, American tennis player (US Open 1936, 1938-40), dies of pernicious anaemia at 77

Tennis Champion Alice Marble
Tennis Champion
Alice Marble
  • 1997 Harry Glaß, German ski jumper (Olympic bronze 1956), dies at 67
  • 2004 Andre Rodgers, Bahamian baseball shortstop (first Bahamian to play in MLB; NY/SF Giants; Chicago Cubs), dies at 70
  • 2006 Lamar Hunt, American sports executive and NFL owner (KC Chiefs), dies at 74
  • 2008 John Drake, New Zealand rugby union footballer (b. 1959)
  • 2017 Tommy Nobis, American football linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), dies at 74
  • 2019 Carl Scheer, American basketball executive (general manager Denver Nuggets, LA Clippers, Charlotte Hornets; inventor NBA Slam Dunk Contest), dies from complications of dementia at 82
  • 2019 Yasuhiro Takai, Japanese baseball first baseman, designated hitter and broadcaster (NPB record 27 career pinch-hit home runs; Hankyu Braves), dies of kidney failure at 74
  • 2020 Otto Barić, Croatian soccer manager (Croatia, Austria, Wacker Innsbruck, SK Rapid, SV Salzburg), dies from COVID-19 at 87
  • 2020 Jimmy Collins, American basketball shooting guard (Chicago Bulls) and coach (University of Illinois, Chicago 1996-2010), dies from heart surgery complications at 74
  • 2020 Pierre Lacroix, Canadian NHL executive (Quebec Nordiques; Stanley Cup 1996, 2001 Colorado Avalanche), dies from COVID-19 complications at 72