On This Day

On This Day in Sport for December 15

Events in Sport

  • 1894 Day 2 of first cricket test between Australia and England, Australia 586 runs (Gregory 201) England 3-130
  • 1909 Thomas J. Lynch becomes president of baseball's National League
  • 1925 1st hockey game at Madison Square Garden, NYC: Montreal Canadiens 3, NY Americans 1
  • 1929 National Football League Championship: Green Bay Packers (12-0-1) win first past the post title
  • 1930 Occasional leg-spin bowler Don Bradman takes his 1st of only 2 Test cricket wickets when he traps West Indian batsman Ivan Barrow lbw for 27 in the 1st Test in Adelaide
  • 1933 Baseball owners agree to ban Sunday doubleheaders until after June 15
  • 1935 National Football League Championship, University of Detroit Stadium: Detroit Lions beat New York Giants, 26-7; Lions first title
  • 1935 In major upset, Dutch grand master Max Euwe becomes World Chess Champion beating Russian Alexander Alekhine (9 wins, 13 draws, 8 losses) in Zandvoort, Netherlands
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Birthdays in Sport

  • 1860 Abner Powell, American baseball utility, team owner and executive (first to use infield tarpaulin after rain), born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania (d. 1953)
  • 1862 Jack 'The Nonpareil' Dempsey, Irish boxer (first holder of World Middleweight Championship 1886-90), born in Curran, County Kildare (d. 1895)
  • 1899 Harold Abrahams, British athlete (Olympic gold 100m, silver 4x100m 1924; depicted in film "Chariots of Fire"), born in Bedford, England (d. 1978)
  • 1903 Tamanishiki San'emon, Japanese sumo wrestler (32nd yokozuna; winner 9 top division yūshō), born in Kōchi, Japan (d. 1938)
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