On This Day in Sport for December 14

Events in Sport

  • 1894 Day One 1st Test Cricket Aus v Eng Aust 5-346 (Giffen 161, Gregory 85)
  • 1894 Test Cricket debut of Joe Darling, Ernie Jones, Archie MacLaren
  • 1901 1st table tennis tournament is held (London Royal Aquarium)
  • 1903 Reg Foster completes 287 England v Australia on Test Cricket debut
  • 1915 Jack Johnson is 1st black world heavyweight boxing champion

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1920 Jack Dempsey KOs Bill Brennan in 12 for heavyweight boxing title in NYC

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

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1928 2nd Test Cricket Australia v England starts with Bradman 12th man

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1930 NY Giants defeat Notre Dame 22-0 in a charity game
  • 1935 Test Cricket debut of "Chuck" Fleetwood-Smith v South Africa, Durban
  • 1938 Major leagues agrees on standard ball
  • 1938 Major leagues disagree on increasing rosters from 23 to 25
  • 1941 1st NFL division playoff, Bears beat Packers 33-14
  • 1947 Cleveland Browns beat NY Yankees 14-3 in AAFC championship game
  • 1947 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is founded in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • 1950 Baseball owners choose Lou Perini (Braves), Phil Wrigley (Cubs), Del Webb (Yankees), & Ellis Ryan (Indians) to select new commissioner
  • 1952 R H Shodhan scores 110 on Test Cricket debut v Pakistan, Calcutta
  • 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers sign pitcher Sandy Koufax

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1958 Pat Summerall kicks game winning field goal for the New York Giants against the Cleveland Browns at Yankee Stadium

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • 1960 Australia v West Indies 1st Test Cricket at the Gabba ends in a tie
  • 1960 Washington Senators joins American League

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1968 Bobby Orr scores first career hat trick (vs Chicago Blackhawks)

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • 1974 Viv Richards scores 1st Test Cricket ton 192 v India 20 fours 6 sixes
  • 1977 Red Sox trade Fergie Jenkins to Rangers for John Poloni & cash
  • 1977 Test Cricket debut of Abdul Qadir, v England at Lahore
  • 1980 Minnesota Vikings pass for 456 yards against Cleveland Browns, winning 28-24

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1980 Nancy Lopez and Curtis Strange wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 1980 New Orleans Saints end 14 game losing streak, beat NY Jets 21-20

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1982 Marcel Dionne, LA, becomes 9th NHLer to score 500 goals

NHL Star Marcel Dionne
NHL Star
Marcel Dionne
  • 1987 Allan Border scores 205 v NZ to become Australia's top rungetter
  • 1988 CBS' $1.1 B bid wins exclusive 1990-94 major-league baseball rights
  • 1988 NBA's Miami Heat wins 1st game ever, 89-88 (Clippers), after 17 loses
  • 1991 57th Heisman Trophy Award: Desmond Howard, Michigan (WR)

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1992 Lennox Lewis given WBC title, when Riddick Bowe refused to fight him

Boxer Riddick Bowe
Boxer
Riddick Bowe
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis
  • 1996 62nd Heisman Trophy Award: Danny Wuerffel, Florida (QB)
  • 1997 Juli Inkster & Dottie Pepper win LPGA Diners Club Matches

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1997 Phoenix Coyote Mike Gartner is 5th NHLer to score 700 goals

NHL Star Mike Gartner
NHL Star
Mike Gartner
  • 1998 64th Heisman Trophy Award: Ricky Williams, Texas (RB)
  • 2009 75th Heisman Trophy Award: Mark Ingram, Jr., Alabama (RB)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1901 Henri Cochet, tennis champ (US Open-1928)
  • 1908 Claude Davey, Welsh rugby union footballer
  • 1917 Wilf Ferguson, cricket leg-spinner (West Indian of post-WWII years)
  • 1922 Charley Trippi, NFL halfback (Chicago Cardinals)
  • 1924 Siiri Rantanen, Finland, cross country skier (Olympic gold 1956)
  • 1925 Sam Jones, American baseball player (d. 1971)
  • 1926 Frank King, cricketer (WI fast bowler in 14 Tests in 50's, 29 wkts)
  • 1935 David White, cricketer (England opening attack Brown & White v Pak 1961)
  • 1939 Ernie [Ernest] Davis, American football player 1st African American to win Heisman Trophy (1961)
  • 1941 Barry Hadlee, cricketer (bro of Dayle & Richard, NZ World Cup 1975)
  • 1946 Ruth Fuchs, German DR, javelin thrower (Oly-2 gold-72, 76)
  • 1946 Stan Smith, Pasadena, California, American tennis champ (Wimbledon 1972, US Open-1971)
  • 1949 Bill Buckner, California, 1st baseman, error cost Red Sox 1986 world series
  • 1953 Vijay Amritraj, India, tennis player/actor (Octopussy)
  • 1954 Alan Kulwicki, Greenfield Wisc, NASCAR racer (Winston Cup)
  • 1955 Jane Crafter, golfer (1987 JC Penney Mixed Teams), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1956 Hanni Wenzel, Liechtenstein, Slalom (Olympic-2 gold-1980)
  • 1959 Jorge Vaca, Mexican boxer
  • 1961 Jeff Robinson, American baseball player (Det, Balt), born in Ventura, California, (d. 2014)
  • 1962 Bharat Arun, cricketer (Indian pace bowler late-80's)
  • 1962 Chris Dahlquist, Fridley, NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators)
  • 1965 Christine Burton, Adelaide Aust, golfer (1990 T25 Victorian Open)
  • 1965 Craig Biggio, infielder (Houston Astros), born in Smithtown, New York
  • 1965 Ken Hill, Lynn, Massachusetts, American MLB pitcher (Montreal Expos)
  • 1965 Lawrence Clay-Bey, super heavyweight boxer (Olympics-96), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1966 Anthony Mason, NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets)
  • 1966 Bill Ranford, Brandon Man, NHL goalie (Team Canada, Boston)
  • 1966 Carl Herrera, NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs)
  • 1966 Fabrizio Giovanardi, Italian racecar driver
  • 1967 Ali Wood, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1995), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1967 Eldridge Recasner, NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets)
  • 1968 Cees Marbus, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • 1968 Jamie Crysdale, CFL corner (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1969 Arthur Numan, soccer player (PSV)
  • 1969 Craig Jones, Nambour Australia, Canadian Tour golfer (NZ Open-1994)
  • 1969 Dave Nilsson, Brisbane Australia, catcher (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • 1969 Rogerick Green, NFL cornerback (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1970 Bradford Banta, NFL tight end (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1971 Chris Therien, NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1971 Lisa-Marie Vizaniari, Australian discus/shot putter (Olympics-96)
  • 1972 Johnny Mcwilliams, tight end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1972 Marcus Jensen, American baseball player
  • 1973 Eelco Wassenaar, Neth, US field hockey midfielder (Olympics-96)
  • 1974 Billy Koch, baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Garden City, New York
  • 1975 James Cotton, NBA guard (Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1975 Tamecka Dixon, WNBA guard (LA Sparks)
  • 1976 André Couto, Portuguese racing driver
  • 1976 Santiago Ezquerro, Spanish footballer
  • 1978 Kim St-Pierre, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1978 Patty Schnyder, Swiss tennis player
  • 1979 Michael Owen, English footballer
  • 1980 Didier Zokora, Ivorian footballer
  • 1981 Emilie Heymans, Canadian diver
  • 1981 Shaun Marcum, American baseball player
  • 1981 Liam Lawrence, English footballer
  • 1982 Josh Fields, American baseball player
  • 1982 Steve Sidwell, English footballer
  • 1984 Chris Brunt, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1984 Edward Rainsford, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1985 Jakub Błaszczykowski, Polish footballer
  • 1985 Julio Pimentel, Dominican baseball player
  • 1985 Tom Smith, Welsh rugby union footballer
  • 1988 Nicolas Batum, French basketball player
  • 1989 Pedro Silva, Brazilian footballer

Weddings in Sport

  • 1985 "The Cosby Show" actress Phylicia Rashad (37) weds former NFL wide receiver and sportscaster Ahmad Rashad (36)

HeartWedding of Interest

2010 WWF wrestler Hulk Hogan (57) marries 2nd wife Jennifer McDaniel in Clearwater Florida

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan

Deaths in Sport

  • 1920 George Gipp, American football player (b. 1895)
  • 1967 Frank Moran, American heavyweight boxer and film actor, dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 1971 Dick Tiger, Nigerian-born boxer (b. 1929)
  • 1979 Nirode Ranjan Chowdhury, cricketer (2 Tests for India, avg 205), dies
  • 1980 Elston Howard, MVP catcher (NY Yankees), dies at 59

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1985 Roger Maris, HR hitter (61 in 61, NY Yankees), dies of cancer at 51

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • 1991 John Arlott, cricketer (the greatest of cricket commentators), dies
  • 1995 Rob Harris, sky surfer, dies while skydiving at 28
  • 2004 Rod Kanehl, American baseball player (b. 1934)
  • 2009 Alan A'Court, English footballer (b. 1934)
  • 2010 Dale Roberts, English footballer (b. 1986)
  • 2012 Klaus Köste, German gymnast, dies at 69