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, Montreal Canadiens 3, NY Americans 1
  • 1929 National Football League Championship: Green Bay Packers (12-0-1) win first past the post title

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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

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1933 Baseball owners agree to ban Sunday doubleheaders until after June 15

Sport awardNFL Championship

1935 National Football League Championship, University of Detroit Stadium: Detroit Lions beat New York Giants, 26-7; Lions first title

American Football Player Mel Hein
American Football Player
Mel Hein
  • 1935 In a major upset, Dutch grand master Max Euwe becomes world chess champion beating Russian Alexander Alekhine (9 wins, 13 draws, 8 losses) in Zandvoort, Netherlands
  • 1946 National Football League Championship, Polo Grounds, NYC: Chicago Bears beat New York Giants, 24-14; record attendance 58,346 at final NFL title game played at Polo Grounds
  • 1946 Giants Filchock & Hapes suspended by NFL, didn't report bribe attempt
  • 1959 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid forward Alfredo Di Stéfano wins his second award for best football player in Europe ahead of teammate Raymond Kopa and Juventus' Welsh utility John Charles
  • 1965 William Eckert replaces Ford Frick as 4th Commissioner of Baseball
  • 1967 Retired baseball player Joe Garagiola joins "Today" show panel

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1970 Stan Smith and Rod Laver finish with 4-1 records atop inaugural season ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis standings in Tokyo, Japan; Smith wins event after beating Laver 4–6, 6–3, 6–4 in the rounds

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • 1973 Sandy Hawley becomes 1st jockey to win 500 races in 1 year
  • 1973 Tennessee beats Temple 11-6 in low scoring NCAA basketball game

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1974 Guillermo Vilas of Argentina beats defending champion lie Năstase 7–6, 6–2, 3–6, 3–6, 6–4 to win his first and only season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis final in Melbourne, Australia

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • 1978 Test Cricket debut of Malcolm Marshall, v India at Bangalore
  • 1980 NY Yankee Dave Winfield becomes highest-paid player, 10 years $15M

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1982 Bill Parcells becomes 12th head coach of NY Giants

NFL Coach Legend Bill Parcells
NFL Coach Legend
Bill Parcells
  • 1983 3 KC Royals suspended due to cocaine usage

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1988 Lori Davis of Long Island sues Mike Tyson for grabbing her buttocks

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

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1992 Arthur Ashe is named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • 1995 The European Communities Court of Justice hands down the "Bosman ruling", giving EU footballers the right to a free transfer at the end of their contracts, with the provision that they are transferring from one UEFA Federation to another.

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1997 SF 49ers retire Joe Montana's #16

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • 2002 68th Heisman Trophy Award: Carson Palmer, USC (QB)
  • 2008 74th Heisman Trophy Award: Sam Bradford, Oklahoma (QB)

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2011 Barry Bonds is sentenced to 30 days of house arrest, two years of probation and 250 hours of community service, for an obstruction of justice conviction stemming from a grand jury appearance in 2003

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 2019 Presidents Cup Golf, Royal Melbourne GC: US wins 6 of the 12 final day singles with 4 tied to beat the International team, 16-14; 8th straight American victory
  • 2019 Raiders play their final NFL game in Oakland conceding 17 unanswered 2nd half points to go down 20-16 to the Jacksonville Jaguars; team to play out of Las Vegas in 2020

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1860 Abner Powell, American baseball player, 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 & silver 1924), 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)
  • 1925 Sam Pollock, Canadian ice hockey general manager (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2007)
  • 1929 Keith Andrew, English cricketer (England wicket-keeper in 2 Tests 1954-63), born in Greenacres, Oldham, England (d. 2010)
  • 1930 Alimuddin, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani batsman in 25 Tests 1954-62), born in Ajmer, British India (d. 2012)
  • 1938 Bob Foster, American boxer (world light-heavyweight champion 1968-74), born in Borger, Texas (d. 2015)
  • 1940 Nick Buoniconti, American NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins) and sportscaster (NBC), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • 1943 Mihály Hesz, Hungarian 1K kayaker (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1944 Stan Bahnsen, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankee, 1968 AL Rookie-of-year), born in Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • 1946 Art Howe, American MLB baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates) and manager, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1951 Joe Jordan, Scottish football player (Manchester United), born in Cleland, North Lanarkshire, Scotland
  • 1952 Allan Simonsen, Danish footballer (Borussia Mönchengladbach), born in Vejle, Denmark
  • 1957 Mario Marois, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1958 Eddy Annys, Belgian high jumper
  • 1959 Greg Matthews, cricketer (NSW & Aust off-spin all rounder Yeah yeah)
  • 1959 Rashid Khan, cricketer (4 Tests for Pakistan 1982-85)
  • 1963 David Wingate, NBA guard/forward (Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1964 Carlton Bailey, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers)
  • 1964 Jerry Ball, NFL defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1965 Walter Reeves, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1966 Carl Hooper, cricketer (WI off-spin all-rounder)
  • 1967 Chris Gioskos, CFL tackle (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1967 Christine Larsen, synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in New Westminster, British Columbia
  • 1967 Frank Hartley, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers)
  • 1967 Keith Askins, NBA guard/forward (Miami Heat)
  • 1967 Mo Vaughn, American baseball first baseman (MLB All-Star 1995, 96, 98; AL MVP 1995; Boston Red Sox), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • 1967 David Howells, English footballer, born in Guildford, Surrey
  • 1969 Dan Williams, NFL defensive end (Denver Broncos, KC Chiefs)
  • 1969 Sean Briscombe, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1969 Wayne Simmons, linebacker (KC Chiefs)
  • 1969 Chantal Petitclerc, Canadian wheelchair athlete
  • 1970 Damon Thomas, American NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills), born in Clovis, California
  • 1970 Lawrence Funderburke, NBA forward (Sacramento Kings)
  • 1970 Mitchell Butler, NBA guard (Washington Bullets, Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • 1970 Frankie Dettori, Italian jockey, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1971 Boudewijk Pahlplatz, soccer player (FC Twente, PSV)
  • 1971 Chris Maumalanga, NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears, Az Cardinals)
  • 1971 Eric Bjornson, NFL tight end (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1972 Rodney Harrison, American NFL safety (San Diego Chargers), born in Markham, Illinois
  • 1973 Geoff Stewart, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 James Stewart, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Mike Cherry, quarterback (NY Giants)
  • 1973 Mirko Ludemann, Weiwasser GER, NHL defenseman (Team Germany, Colorado)
  • 1973 Tammy Melinda Pearman, American soccer forward/defender (Olympics 1996), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1974 Jeffrey van der Stone, soccer player (RKC)
  • 1976 Baichung Bhutia, Indian footballer
  • 1976 Aaron Miles, American baseball player
  • 1977 Catherine Fox, 400m freestyle relay (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1978 Henrietta Nagyova, Nove Zamky Slovakia, tennis star (ITF/Cali-COL)
  • 1978 Jerome McDougle, American football player
  • 1981 Andy González, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1981 Roman Pavlyuchenko, Russian football player
  • 1981 Thomas Herrion, American football player (d. 2005)
  • 1982 Borja García, Spanish racing driver
  • 1983 Wang Hao, Chinese table tennis player
  • 1984 Martin Skrtel Slovakian Footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • 1939 Tom McKibbin, Australian cricketer (5 Tests for Aust 1895-1898, 17 wkts), dies at 69
  • 1961 William "Dummy" Hoy, professional baseball player, dies at 99
  • 1968 Jess Willard, Heavyweight boxing champ (1915-19), dies at 86
  • 1984 Jan Peerce [Jacob Pincus Perelmuth], American tenor (NY Metropolitan Opera, Bluebird of Happiness), dies at 80
  • 1991 Horatio Luro, American horse trainer (Decidedly, Northern Dancer), dies at 90
  • 1994 Mollie Doreen Phillips, British figure skater and judge (Olympics 1932,36), dies at 87
  • 2003 Keith Magnuson, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1947)
  • 2005 Stan Leonard, Canadian golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), dies of heart failure at 90
  • 2005 Darrell Russell, American football player, dies in a car crash at 29
  • 2006 Clay Regazzoni, Swiss Formula One driver, dies at 67
  • 2010 Bob Feller, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (AL Triple Crown 1940; 3 x no-hit games), dies from leukemia at 92
  • 2011 Andy Carey, third baseman for 1950s New York Yankees, dies at 80
  • 2020 Jean-Pierre Lux, French rugby union centre (42 caps; US Tyrosse, US Dax) and administrator (President European Rugby Cup 1999-2014), dies at 74