On This Day in Sport for December 16

Events in Sport

  • 1892 Commencement of 1st Sheffield Shield cricket game, SA v NSW

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
  • 1926 Kenesaw Mountain Landis renewed 7-years as baseball commissioner

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1927 Cricket 1st-class debut of Don Bradman, NSW v South Australia

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1929 Chic Blackhawks 1st game at Chicago Stadium, beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-1

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1930 Golfer Bobby Jones wins James E Sullivan Award

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones
  • 1938 Bradman scores 143 South Aust v NSW, 11 fours 91 singles
  • 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 Cleveland Rams win NFL championship
  • 1946 1947 NFL Draft: Bob Fenimore from University of Oklahoma A&M first pick by Chicago Bears
  • 1962 NY Giant YA Title sets NFL season touchdown pass record at 33 with 6 touchdowns vs Dallas (41-31)

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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)

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1973 O.J. Simpson becomes 1st NFLer to rush 2,000 yard in a season

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1975 Bill Veeck buys 80% of White Sox from John Allyn
  • 1979 68th Davis Cup: USA beats Italy in San Francisco (5-0)
  • 1979 QB Roger Staubach's last regular season game with the Dallas Cowboys

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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)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1850 Fred Morley, cricketer (legendary Notts & England bowler 1880-83)
  • 1882 Jack Hobbs, cricketer (1st-class runs, the most ever)
  • 1882 John Berry Hobbs, England, 1st cricket played knighted (1953)
  • 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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

NFL Sportscaster Tom Brookshier
NFL Sportscaster
Tom Brookshier
  • 1938 Frank Deford, American sportswriter
  • 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 back (Chicago Bears)
  • 1963 Brian Clark, Brandon Man, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 Morden Pro-Am)
  • 1963 Cathy Johnston-Forbes, High Point NC, LPGA golfer (1990 du Maurier)
  • 1963 Silvio Diliberto, WLAF kicker (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 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 Brent Franklin, Barrie Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Japan Open-2nd)
  • 1965 Chris Jones, outfielder (NY Mets), born in Utica, New York
  • 1965 Moe Elewonibi, NFL/CFL tackle (Philadelphia Eagles, BC Lions)
  • 1965 Page Dunlap, Harrisonburg VA, LPGA golfer (1994 Atlanta Women's-8th)
  • 1965 Romallis Ellis, lightweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1988), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1966 Clifford Robinson, NBA center (Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers)
  • 1966 Dennis Wise, English footballer
  • 1967 Donovan Bailey, Manchester Jamaica, Canada 100m runner (Oly-2 gold-96)
  • 1968 Darryll Lewis, NFL cornerback (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1968 Wendy Doolan, Australian LPGA golfer (1991 British Amat Champ-2nd), 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)
  • 1969 Martin Ulrich, hockey defenseman (Team Austria 1998)
  • 1971 Catherine "Cathy" Symon, rower (Olympics-96), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1971 Kristen Kane, diver (Olympics-96), 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
  • 1977 Éric Bélanger, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1978 Gunter Van Handenhoven, Belgian footballer
  • 1979 Trevor Immelman, South African golfer
  • 1981 Gareth Williams, Scottish footballer
  • 1982 Antrel Rolle, National Football League defensive back
  • 1983 Kelenna Azubuike, English basketball player

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding 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

  • 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
  • 1984 Debs Garms, American baseball player (b. 1907)
  • 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 H "Stork" Hendry, cricketer (11 Tests for Australia 1921-29), dies
  • 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, dies at 75