On This Day

On This Day in Sport for December 16

Events in Sport

  • 1892 Commencement of 1st Sheffield Shield cricket game, SA v NSW
  • 1899 Italian football club A.C. Milan founded as Milan Foot-Ball and Cricket Club by Englishmen Alfred Edwards and Herbert Kilpin (disputed possibly 13 Dec)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1918 Jack Dempsey KOs Carl Morris in 14 seconds

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • 1922 Mutual Association of Eastern Colored Baseball Clubs formally organizes
  • 1922 NSW all out for 786 against South Australia Cricket
  • 1923 National Football League Championship: undefeated Canton Bulldogs (11-0-1) repeat as champions

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1926 Kenesaw Mountain Landis renewed 7-years as baseball commissioner

1st MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis
1st MLB Commissioner
Kenesaw Mountain Landis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1927 Australian cricket's batting maestro Don Bradman makes his 1st-class debut for NSW v South Australia at the Adelaide Oval finishing Day 1 on 65 not out

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1928 National Football League Championship: Providence Steam Roller (8-1-2) win first past the post title
  • 1929 Chic Blackhawks 1st game at Chicago Stadium, beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1930 Golfer Bobby Jones is the first to win the James E. Sullivan Award (best US amateur athlete)

Golfer Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones
  • 1939 Bradman scores 251* SA v NSW, 271 minutes, 38 fours 2 sixes

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1940 Joe Louis KOs Al McCoy in 6 for heavyweight boxing title in Chicago

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1945 National Football League Championship, Cleveland Stadium: Cleveland Rams beat Washington Redskins, 15-14; last game before Rams move west to Los Angeles
  • 1946 1947 NFL Draft: Bob Fenimore from University of Oklahoma A&M first pick by Chicago Bears
  • 1958 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid's French midfielder Raymond Kopa wins award for best football player in Europe ahead of German winger Helmut Rahn and French forward Just Fontaine

  • 1962 NY Giant Y. A. Tittle sets NFL season touchdown pass record at 33 with 6 touchdowns vs Dallas (41-31)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia 76ers scores 68 points vs Chicago

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1972 Miami Dolphins become 1st undefeated NFL team (14-0-0)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 O.J. Simpson becomes 1st NFL running back to rush for 2,000 yards in a season

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 Bill Veeck buys 80% of White Sox from John Allyn

MLB Team Owner and Promoter Bill Veeck
MLB Team Owner and Promoter
Bill Veeck
  • 1976 Charlie Finley's $10 million damage suit against Bowie Kuhn begins
  • 1979 68th Davis Cup: USA beats Italy in San Francisco (5-0)
  • 1979 Dallas QB Roger Staubach throws 3 TDs and 336 yards in his last NFL regular season game with the Cowboys, a 35-34 win over Washington Redskins at Texas Stadium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 Yogi Berra named Yankee manager for 2nd time

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • 1989 Commencement of 1st Test Cricket play at Bellerive Oval, Hobart (v SL)
  • 1991 Florida Marlins sign their 1st player, 16 year old pitcher Clemente Nunez
  • 2012 Corinthians defeat Chelsea 1-0 to win the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup
  • 2013 79th Heisman Trophy Award: Jameis Winston, Florida State (QB)

Sports record brokenNFL Record

2019 Drew Brees breaks Peyton Manning's NFL record (539) for career touchdown passes as New Orleans Saints rout Indianapolis Colts, 34-7; Brees 29 of 30 for 307 yards & 4 TDs for record 96.7% pass completion

NFL Quarterback Drew Brees
NFL Quarterback
Drew Brees
  • 2020 US Major League Baseball announces it is elevating the Negro Leagues to Major League status

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1850 Fred Morley, cricketer (legendary Notts & England bowler 1880-83)
  • 1882 Jack Hobbs, English cricketer known as "The Master" and the leading run-scorer (61,760 runs) and century-maker in first-class cricket (199 centuries), born in Cambridge, England (d. 1963)
  • 1897 Jacobus Petrus Duminy, cricketer (three Tests for South Africa 1927-29)
  • 1907 Syd Curnow, cricketer (South African batsman in 7 Tests 1930-32)
  • 1909 Lall Singh, cricketer (scored 15 & 29 in India's 1st Test match)
  • 1910 Freddie Brown, Peru, cricketer ("Lettuces! Hearts as big as ")
  • 1922 Pierre Chany, writer/cycling journalist
  • 1929 Doug Ford, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (successful NSW of 50's), born in Maryville, New South Wales

Person of interestTom Brookshier

1931 Tom Brookshier, American football player and sportscaster, born in Roswell, New Mexico (d. 2010)

NFL Sportscaster Tom Brookshier
NFL Sportscaster
Tom Brookshier
  • 1936 Maurice Setters, English soccer wing half (West Bromwich Albion, Manchester United, Stoke City) and manager (Doncaster Rovers), born in Honiton, England (d. 2020)
  • 1938 Frank Deford, American sportswriter
  • 1945 Bobby George, English darts player (BDO World C'ship 1980, 84 runner-up), born in Manor Park, Essex, England
  • 1946 Eduard Krieger, Austrian soccer defensive midfielder (25 caps; Austria Wien, Club Brugge K.V., LASK Linz), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2019)
  • 1947 Vincent Matthews, American 400m dash (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1950 Roy Schuiten, Dutch cyclist (d. 2006)
  • 1952 Joel Garner, Christ Church, Barbados, West Indian cricketer (two-metre West Indian pace bowler 1977-87)
  • 1952 Francesco Graziani, Italian footballer
  • 1954 Joslyn Y Hoyte-Smith, Barbados, 4X400m hurdler (Olympic bronze 1980)
  • 1955 Graeme Stevenson, cricketer (England medium pacer 1980-81)
  • 1958 Bart Oates, NFL center (NY Giants, SF 49ers)
  • 1960 Pat Van Den Hauwe, Belgian footballer
  • 1962 William "The Refrigerator" Perry, NFL defensive lineman (Chicago Bears), born in Aiken, South Carolina
  • 1963 Cathy Johnston, American golfer, (du Maurier Classic 1990), born in High Point, North Carolina
  • 1964 Billy Ripken, 2nd baseman (Bal Orioles, Texas Rangers), born in Havre de Grace, Maryland
  • 1964 Evelyn Conley, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-7th-1989), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1964 Heike Drechsler, Gera German DR, sprinter (1988 world record)
  • 1965 Chris Jones, outfielder (NY Mets), born in Utica, New York
  • 1965 Moe Elewonibi, NFL/CFL tackle (Philadelphia Eagles, BC Lions)
  • 1965 Romallis Ellis, lightweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1988), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1966 Clifford Robinson, American basketball center (NBA All Star 1994; 6th Man of Year Award 1993; Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1966 Dennis Wise, English footballer
  • 1967 Donovan Bailey, Manchester Jamaica, Canada 100m runner (Olympic 2 gold-96)
  • 1968 Darryll Lewis, NFL cornerback (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1968 Wendy Doolan, Australian golfer (Evian Masters 2004), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1969 Charles Mincy, NFL safety (Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1969 Craig White, cricketer (England all-rounder 1994-95, AIS graduate)
  • 1971 Catherine "Cathy" Symon, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1971 Kristen Kane, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1972 Charles Gipson, American baseball player
  • 1972 Željko Kalac, Australian soccer player
  • 1973 Kristie Boogert, Rotterdam Neth, tennis star (1996 Paris)
  • 1975 Valentin Bădoi, Romanian footballer
  • 1977 Sylvain Distin, French footballer
  • 1978 Gunter Van Handenhoven, Belgian footballer
  • 1979 Trevor Immelman, South African golfer (US Masters 2008), born in Cape Town, Western Cape
  • 1981 Gareth Williams, Scottish footballer
  • 1982 Antrel Rolle, National Football League defensive back
  • 1983 Kelenna Azubuike, English basketball player

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1991 NBA center David Robinson (26) weds Valerie Hoggatt at a Baptist church ceremony in San Antonio, Texas

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson

LoveWedding of Interest

2000 Tennis player Todd Martin (30) weds Amy Martin in New Jersey

Tennis Player Todd Martin
Tennis Player
Todd Martin

Deaths in Sport

  • 1926 William Larned, American tennis player (US Nationals 1901-02, 07-11), dies of a self inflicted gun shot wound at 53
  • 1940 Billy Hamilton, American baseball player (b. 1866)
  • 1944 Don Meyer Basketball coach Northern State, Lipscomb, and Hamline
  • 1973 Syd Barnes, cricketer (13 Tests for Australia 1938-48), dies
  • 1974 Helen Hicks, American golfer (Western Open 1937, Titleholders Championship 1940), dies of throat cancer at 63
  • 1984 Debs Garms, American baseball player, dies at 77
  • 1985 Dick Pollard, cricketer (England fast-medium bowler 1946-48), dies
  • 1985 Merv Waite, cricketer (2 Tests for Aust 1938, 1 wkt avg 190), dies
  • 1988 Hunter "Stork" Hendry, Australian cricketer (11 Tests for Australia 1921-29), dies at 93
  • 1989 Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, Argentine racing driver (b. 1913)
  • 1992 Rinus Terlouw, Dutch soccer player/trainer (Sparta), dies
  • 2004 Ted Abernathy, American baseball player (b. 1933)
  • 2014 Ernie Terrell, American boxer (WBA champ 1965-7), dies at 75
  • 2019 Basil Butcher, West Indies cricket batsman (44 Tests; 3,104 runs @ 43.11), dies at 86
  • 2020 Kálmán Sóvári, Hungarian soccer defender (17 caps; Újpesti Dózsa, VM Egyetértés), dies at 79