On This Day

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 at the London Royal Aquarium

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
  • 1930 NY Giants defeat Notre Dame 22-0 in a charity game
  • 1930 National Football League Championship: Green Bay Packers (10-3-1) repeat with best record in first past the post title
  • 1935 Test Cricket debut of "Chuck" Fleetwood-Smith v South Africa, Durban
  • 1938 Major League Baseball agrees on use of a standard ball; disagrees on increasing rosters from 23 to 25 players, although Commissioner Judge Landis eventually decides on 25
  • 1938 Will Harridge is elected to a 10-year-term as AL president
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1953 Brooklyn Dodgers sign pitcher Sandy Koufax

Baseball Pitcher Sandy Koufax
Baseball Pitcher
Sandy Koufax

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Sports record brokenNHL Record

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 MLB Boston Red Sox trade Fergie Jenkins to Texas Rangers for John Poloni & cash
  • 1977 Test Cricket debut of Pakistan spin bowling great Abdul Qadir v England in 1st Test at Lahore
  • 1980 Minnesota Vikings pass for 456 yards against Cleveland Browns, winning 28-24
  • 1980 New Orleans Saints end 14 game losing streak, beat NY Jets 21-20

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 Marcel Dionne becomes 9th NHLer to score 500 goals

NHL Star Marcel Dionne
NHL Star
Marcel Dionne

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 Allan Border scores 205 v NZ to become Australia's top rungetter

Cricketer Allan Border
Allan Border
  • 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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Boxer Riddick Bowe
Riddick Bowe
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis
  • 1996 62nd Heisman Trophy Award: Danny Wuerffel, Florida (QB)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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)
  • 2019 85th Heisman Trophy Award: Joe Burrow, Louisiana State University (QB); highest percentage of first place votes ever with 90.7%
  • 2020 US Open Women's Golf, Champions GC, Houston: Kim A-lim wins her first major title by 1 stroke from fellow South Korean Ko Jin-young and American Amy Olson

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1901 Henri Cochet, French tennis player (French Open 1926, 28, 30, 32; Wimbledon 1927, 29; US Open 1928), born in Villeurbanne, France (d. 1987)
  • 1902 Billy Burke, American golfer (US Open 1931), born in Naugatuck, Connecticut (d. 1972)
  • 1904 Jack Westland, American politician (US House of Representatives 1953-65) and golfer (US Amateur C'ship 1952), born in Everett, Washington (d. 1982)
  • 1908 Claude Davey, Welsh rugby union footballer, born in Garnant, Wales (d. 2001)
  • 1914 Attila Petschauer, Hungarian fencer (Olympic gold 1928, 32), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1943)
  • 1917 Wilf Ferguson, West Indian cricket leg-spinner (West Indian of post-WWII years), born in Longdenville, Trinidad (d. 1961)
  • 1922 Charley Trippi, American NFL halfback (Chicago Cardinals), born in Pittston, Pennsylvania
  • 1924 Siiri Rantanen, Finnish cross country skier (Olympic gold 1956), born in Tohmajärvi, North Karelia, Finland
  • 1925 Sam Jones, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1955, 59; no-hitter 1955; Chicago Cubs), born in Stewartsville, Ohio (d. 1971)
  • 1926 Frank King, West Indian cricketer (WI fast bowler in 14 Tests in 50's, 29 wkts), born in Delamere Land, Brighton, St Michael, Barbados (d. 1990)
  • 1935 Butch [David William] White, English cricketer (England opening attack Brown & White v Pak 1961), born in Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire
  • 1936 Carl Scheer, American basketball executive (general manager Denver Nuggets, LA Clippers, Charlotte Hornets; inventor NBA Slam Dunk Contest), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 1939 Ernie Davis, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (1st African-American to win Heisman Trophy 1961, Syracuse), born in New Salem, Pennsylvania (d. 1963)
  • 1940 Lex Gold, Scottish footballer, born in Lanark, Scotland
  • 1941 Barry Hadlee, New Zealand cricket batsman (brother of Sir Richard & Dayle; NZ World Cup 1975), born in Christchurch, Canterbury
  • 1946 Ruth Fuchs, German javelin thrower (Olympic 2 gold-72, 76), born in Egeln, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
  • 1946 Stan Smith, American tennis player (US Open 1971, Wimbledon 1972), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1946 Peter Lorimer, Scottish soccer midfielder (21 caps; Leeds United 526 games), born in Dundee, Scotland (d. 2021)
  • 1949 Bill Buckner, American MLB 1st baseman (1986 World Series infamous fielding error; NL batting champ 1980), born in Vallejo, California (d. 2019)
  • 1951 Jan Timman, Dutch chess player, born in Amsterdam
  • 1953 Vijay Amritraj, Indian tennis player and actor (Octopussy), born in Chennai, India
  • 1954 Alan Kulwicki, American auto racer and owner (NASCAR Winston Cup drivers' and owners' champion 1992), born in Greenfield, Wisconsin (d. 1993)
  • 1955 Jane Crafter, Australian-American golfer (1987 JC Penney Mixed Teams), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1956 Hanni Wenzel, German alpine ski racer (Olympic-2 gold-1980), born in Straubing, Bavaria, West Germany
  • 1959 Jorge Vaca, Mexican boxer (WBC welterweight champion 1987), born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
  • 1961 Jeff Robinson, American baseball player (Det, Balt), born in Ventura, California, (d. 2014)
  • 1962 Bharat Arun, Indian cricketer (Indian pace bowler late-80's), born in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • 1962 Chris Dahlquist, American NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators), born in Fridley, Minnesota
  • 1965 Craig Biggio, American baseball infielder (Houston Astros), born in Smithtown, New York
  • 1965 Ken Hill, American MLB pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • 1965 Lawrence Clay-Bey, American super heavyweight boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1966 Anthony Mason, American NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2015)
  • 1966 Bill Ranford, Canadian NHL goalie (Team Canada, Boston), born in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
  • 1966 Carl Herrera, Trinidadian-born Venezuelan NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs), born in Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1966 Fabrizio Giovanardi, Italian racecar driver, born in Sassuolo, Italy
  • 1967 Ali Wood, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1995), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1967 Eldridge Recasner, American NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1968 Cees Marbus, Dutch soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles), born in Noordwijk, Netherlands
  • 1968 Jamie Crysdale, CFL corner (Calgary Stampeders), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1969 Arthur Numan, Dutch soccer player (PSV), born in Heemskerk, Netherlands
  • 1969 Dave Nilsson, Australian baseball catcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • 1969 Rogerick Green, American NFL cornerback (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Brenham, Texas
  • 1970 Bradford Banta, American NFL tight end (Indianapolis Colts), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1971 Chris Therien, Canadian NHL defenceman (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1971 Lisa-Marie Vizaniari, Australian discus and shot putter (Olympics 1996), born in Lake Cargelligo, New South Wales
  • 1972 Johnny Mcwilliams, American football tight end (Arizona Cardinals), born in Pomona, California
  • 1972 Marcus Jensen, American baseball player, born in Oakland, California
  • 1973 Eelco Wassenaar, American field hockey midfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 Billy Koch, American baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Garden City, New York
  • 1975 James Cotton, American NBA guard (Seattle Supersonics), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1975 Tamecka Dixon, American WNBA guard (LA Sparks), born in Linden, New Jersey
  • 1976 André Couto, Portuguese racing driver, born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1976 Santiago Ezquerro, Spanish footballer (Athletic Bilbao), born in Calahorra, Spain
  • 1978 Kim St-Pierre, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Châteauguay, Canada
  • 1978 Patty Schnyder, Swiss tennis player, born in Basel, Switzerland
  • 1979 Kyle Shanahan, American NFL coach (San Francisco 49ers 2017-20), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1979 Michael Owen, English footballer (Liverpool, Arsenal), born in Chester, England
  • 1980 Didier Zokora, Ivorian footballer, born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast
  • 1981 Emilie Heymans, Canadian diver, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1981 Shaun Marcum, American baseball player, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1981 Liam Lawrence, English footballer, born in Retford, England
  • 1982 Josh Fields, American baseball player, born in Ada, Oklahoma
  • 1982 Steve Sidwell, English footballer, born in Wandsworth, England
  • 1984 Chris Brunt, Northern Irish footballer, born in Belfast
  • 1984 Edward Rainsford, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Kadoma, Zimbabwe
  • 1985 Jakub Błaszczykowski, Polish footballer, born in Truskolasy, Silesian Voivodeship, Poland
  • 1985 Julio Pimentel, Dominican baseball player, born in La Romana, Dominican Republic
  • 1985 Tom Smith, Welsh rugby union footballer, born in Bristol, Somerset
  • 1988 Nicolas Batum, French basketball player, born in Lisieux, France

Weddings in Sport

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

Deaths in Sport

  • 1920 George "The Gipper" Gipp, American football player (Notre Dame), dies of a streptococcal throat infection and pneumonia at 25
  • 1967 Frank Moran, American heavyweight boxer & film actor, dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 1971 Dick Tiger, Nigerian professional boxer, dies at 42
  • 1979 Nirode Ranjan Chowdhury, Indian cricketer (2 Tests for India, avg 205), dies at 56
  • 1980 Elston Howard, American baseball catcher (12 × MLB All-Star; 6 × World Series; AL MVP 1963; first African-American NY Yankee), dies from myocarditis at 59

Person of interestRoger Maris

1985 Roger Maris, American baseball right fielder (7-time MLB All Star, 61 HRs 1961), dies of cancer at 51

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • 1985 Charlie Bachman, American College Football Hall of Fame guard & coach (Notre Dame, Florida, Michigan State), dies at 93
  • 1991 John Arlott, British cricket commentator & writer (BBC), dies of emphysema at 77
  • 1995 Rob Harris, American sky surfer, dies skydiving at 28
  • 2000 George Sholty, American harness driver (2,934 career wins; $20 million+ purse money), dies at 68
  • 2004 Rod Kanehl, American baseball player, dies at 70
  • 2009 Alan A'Court, English footballer, dies at 75
  • 2010 Dale Roberts, English footballer, dies at 24
  • 2012 Klaus Köste, German gymnast, dies at 69
  • 2016 Garrett K. Gomez, American jockey (US Champion Jockey by earnings 2006-09; Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey 2007-08), dies of drug overdose at 44
  • 2017 Lones Wigger, American competitive rifle shooter (Olympic gold/silver-1964, 72), dies at 80
  • 2020 Gérard Houllier OBE, French soccer manager (Paris Saint-Germain, Lens, Liverpool, Olympique Lyonnais, Aston Villa, France), dies after heart operation at 73
  • 2020 Eric Freeman OAM, Australian cricket fast bowler (11 Tests, 34 wickets, 2 x 50s; South Australia), dies from a heart attack at 76
  • 2020 Günter Sawitzki, German soccer goalkeeper (10 caps West Germany; VfB Stuttgart), dies at 88