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

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1930 Don Bradman takes his 1st Test Cricket wicket (Ivan Barrow, WI, lbw)

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1933 Baseball owners agree to ban Sunday doubleheaders until after June 15
  • 1935 Detroit Lions win NFL championship
  • 1946 Chicago Bears beat NY Giants 24-14 in NFL championship game
  • 1946 Giants Filchock & Hapes suspended by NFL, didn't report bribe attempt
  • 1965 William Eckert replaces Ford Frick as 4th Commissioner of Baseball
  • 1973 Golf Resort (Disney Inn) opens
  • 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
  • 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 Coaching Legend Bill Parcells
NFL Coaching 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
  • 1991 Deb Richard wins JBP Cup LPGA Match Play Golf Championship

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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.
  • 1996 Dottie Pepper & Juli Inkster win LPGA Diner's Club Golf Matches
  • 1996 Jim Colbert & Bob Murphy wins Diner's Club Senior PGA Golf Matches
  • 1996 Tom Lehman & Duffy Waldoff wins Diner's Club PGA Golf Matches

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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

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1860 Abner Powell, American baseball player (d. 1953)
  • 1899 Harold Abrahams, English sprinter (d. 1978)
  • 1914 Ernie Toshack, cricket pace bowler (Aussie left-arm post-WWII)
  • 1919 Ake Seyffarth, 10K speed skater (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1925 Sam Pollock, Canadian ice hockey general manager
  • 1929 Keith Andrew, cricketer (England wicket-keeper in 2 Tests 1954-63)
  • 1930 Alim-ud-Din, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in 25 Tests 1954-62)
  • 1938 Bob [Robert] Foster, American professional boxer "The Deputy Sheriff", born in Borger, Texas (d. 2015)
  • 1940 Nick Buoniconti, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)/sportscaster (NBC)
  • 1941 Austin Savage, Welsh hockey player
  • 1943 Mihaly Hesz, Hungarian 1K kayaker (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1944 Stan Bahnsen, pitcher (NY Yankee, 1968 AL Rookie-of-year)
  • 1946 Art Howe, American baseball player and manager
  • 1951 Joe Jordan, Scottish soccer star
  • 1952 Allan Simonsen, Danish footballer
  • 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 Asif Karim, cricketer (slow left-arm bowler for Kenya 1996 World Cup)
  • 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, New Westminster BC, synchronized swimmer (Oly-silver-96)
  • 1967 Frank Hartley, NFL tight end (Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers)
  • 1967 Keith Askins, NBA guard/forward (Miami Heat)
  • 1967 Mo Vaughn, American MLB first baseman (Boston Red Sox, MVP-1995), 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-96), 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)
  • 1971 Ken Alexander, WLAF linebacker (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1972 Rodney Harrison, American NFL safety (San Diego Chargers), born in Markham, Illinois
  • 1972 Stanislav Jasecko, Spisska Nova Ves, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia)
  • 1973 Geoff Stewart, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1973 James Stewart, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 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-96), 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 (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1977 Larissa Fontaine, gymnast (alt-Olympics-96), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 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, cricketer (5 Tests for Aust 1895-1898, 17 wkts), dies
  • 1961 William "Dummy" Hoy, professional baseball player, dies at 99
  • 1968 Jess Willard, Heavyweight boxing champ (1915-19), dies at 86
  • 1991 Horatio Luro, US horse trainer (Northern Dancer), dies at 90
  • 1994 Mollie Doreen Phillips, British figure skater (Eur-bronze-33), dies at 87
  • 2003 Keith Magnuson, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1947)
  • 2005 Stan Leonard, Canadian golfer (b. 1915)
  • 2005 Darrell Russell, American football player (b. 1976)
  • 2006 Clay Regazzoni, Swiss Formula One driver, dies at 67
  • 2010 Bob Feller, American baseball player (b. 1918)
  • 2011 Andy Carey, third baseman for 1950s New York Yankees, dies at 80