On This Day in Sport for December 17

Events in Sport

  • 1894 Cricket day 3 1T Australia v Engand; England 325 all out, 261 behind on 1st innings
  • 1920 AL votes to let spitball pitchers to continue using it

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1927 Bradman scores 118 on 1st-class cricket debut, 188 mins 8 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1933 B H Valentine scores 133 on Test Cricket debut, Eng v India at Bombay
  • 1933 Lala Amarnath scores century on Test Cricket debut (went on to 118)
  • 1933 NFL starts official stats as Bears beat Giants 23-21 in champ game
  • 1944 Green Bay Packers win NFL championship with an 8–2 record
  • 1946 Bradman & Barnes complete 405 run 5th wicket stand, score 234 ea
  • 1967 Harold Holt, Prime Minister of Australia, vanishes in mysterious circumstances while swimming near Melbourne.
  • 1975 1st time NY Islanders shut-out NY Rangers, 3-0-Billy Smith's 5th
  • 1984 NJ Devils 1st penalty shot-Rocky Trottier scores against Edmonton
  • 1984 NJ Devils 1st shutout, Glenn Resch makes 42 saves beat Minn, 2-0
  • 1988 77th Davis Cup: Germany beats Sweden in Gothenburg (4-1)
  • 1988 Bryan Murray becomes 17th NHL coach to win 300 games (Wash Caps)
  • 1988 NY Islanders break 12 game losing streak, beat Devils 5-2
  • 1989 78th Davis Cup: Germany beats Sweden in Stuttgart (3-2)
  • 1989 Michael Bevan scores cricket century on 1st-class debut (114 SA v WA)
  • 1989 Patti Rizzo/Mike Hill win LPGA Mazda Golf Championship
  • 1991 Cleveland Cavaliers beat Miami Heat 148-80, by record 68 pts
  • 2013 Australia wins the 3rd test to take win the 2013-14 Ashes test cricket series
  • 2015 José Mourinho is sacked as manager of British Premier football club Chelsea

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1881 Aubrey Faulkner, cricketer (great South African all-rounder early 20th cent)
  • 1892 Sam Barry, American basketball coach (d. 1950)
  • 1910 Keki Khursedji Tarapore, cricketer (0-72 in his only Test for India)
  • 1914 Mushtaq Ali, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman of 30's & 40's)
  • 1926 Ray Jablonski, American baseball player (d. 1985)
  • 1933 Bruce Morrison, cricketer (one Test NZ v England 1963)
  • 1934 Ray Wilson, English footballer
  • 1935 Cal Ripken Sr, baseball manager (Balt Orioles)
  • 1936 Roland Sheldon, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1944 Ference Bene, Hungarian record 12 soccer goals (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1946 Albert Padmore, cricketer (WI off-spinner mid-70s)
  • 1949 Sotiris Kaiafas, Cypriot footballer
  • 1951 Tatyana Kazankina, USSR, middle distance runner (Olympics-gold-1976)
  • 1957 Bob Ojeda, pitcher (NY Mets)
  • 1959 Michelle Mackall, LPGA golfer (1995 Friendly's-32nd), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1959 Tammie Green, Somerset OH, LPGA golfer (1989 du Maurier Ltd Classic)
  • 1960 Moreno Argentin, Italian cyclist
  • 1962 Rocco Anthony Mediate, PGA golfer (1991 Doral-Ryder), born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1962 Paul Dobson, English footballer
  • 1964 Frank Musil, Pardubice Cze, NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators)
  • 1964 Joe Wolf, NBA forward/center (Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets)
  • 1964 Tyrone Braxton, NFL safety (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1964 Michele Tafoya, American sportscaster
  • 1965 Craig Berube, Calahoo, NHL left wing (Washington Capitals)
  • 1965 Jeff Grayer, NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets, Olympics-bronze-1988)
  • 1965 Scott Edward Gump, American PGA golfer (1991 International-2nd), born in Rockledge, Florida
  • 1966 Hans Visser, Dutch soccer player (MVV, FC Utrecht)
  • 1966 Valeri Liukin, Soviet gymnast
  • 1967 Alan Nolet, gymnist (Olympics-96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1967 Pauline Maurice, Welland Ontario, softball outfielder (Olympics-96)
  • 1967 Vincent Damphousse, NHL center (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1968 Curtis Pride, outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1968 Jeff[rey] Klepacki, Kearny NJ, rower (Olympics-1992, 96)
  • 1969 Dean Wilson, Kaneohe Hawaii, golfer (1991 Western Athletic)
  • 1969 Marc Davis, Oceanside California, 3K steeplechase runner (Goodwill-gold-94)
  • 1969 Marty Carter, NFL safety (Chicago Bears)
  • 1969 Rob Maas, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • 1969 Scott Player, WLAF punter (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1970 Earl Dotson, NFL tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1970 Michael Mols, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1971 Alyson Habetz, Crowley LA, female pitcher (Colo Silver Bullets)
  • 1971 Carl Reeves, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971 Mark Byers, WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1971 Nikki McCray, Collierville Tenn, basketball guard (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1971 Sari Kristiina Fisk, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Oly-98)
  • 1971 Tony Richardson, NFL fullback (KC Chiefs)
  • 1971 Antoine Rigaudeau, French basketball player
  • 1972 Brian Williams, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1972 Dewayne Washington, cornerback (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1972 Don Davis, linebacker (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1972 Ivan Pedroso, Cuba, long jumper (Olympics-4th-92)
  • 1973 Paula Radcliffe, English runner
  • 1975 Nick Farrell, East York Ontario, boxer (Olympics-96)
  • 1976 Nir Davidovich, Israeli footballer
  • 1976 Patrick Müller, Swiss footballer
  • 1976 Takeo Spikes, American football player
  • 1976 Andrew Simpson, Chertsey, Surrey, sailor (Olympic gold 2008), (d. 2013)
  • 1977 Arnaud Clement, French tennis player
  • 1978 Alex Cintrón, Puerto Rican baseball player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1978 Manny [Emmanuel Dapidran] Pacquiao, Filipino boxer (first ever eight-division world champion), born in Kibawe, Bukidnon, Philippines

  • 1978 Chase Utley, American baseball player
  • 1979 Matt Murley, American ice hockey player
  • 1980 Ryan Hunter-Reay, American race car driver
  • 1981 Emma Laaksonen, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Oly-98)
  • 1982 Josh Barfield, American baseball player
  • 1982 Stephane Lasme, Gabonese basketball player
  • 1984 Andrew Davies, English footballer
  • 1998 Martin Odegaard, Norwegian footballer, youngest to play for Real Madrid, born in Drammen, Norway

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1993 Tennis star Boris Becker (26) weds designer Barbara Feltus (27)

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
  • 2005 Race car driver Gary Paffett (24) weds his lady love Lisa in England
  • 2012 Minnesota Vikings football quarterback Christian Ponder (25) weds ESPN reporter Samantha Steele (27) in Hudson, Wisconsin

Deaths in Sport

  • 1925 A N "Monkey" Hornby, cricketer (England capt at Oval 1882), dies
  • 1983 Erik Christensen, NHL player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2003 Otto Graham, NFL Quarterback, dies of a heart aneurysm at 82

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham
  • 2006 Larry Sherry, American baseball player (b. 1935)
  • 2008 Dave Smith, American baseball player (b. 1955)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2008 Sammy Baugh, American football player, dies at 94

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh
  • 2009 Chris Henry, American football player (b. 1983)
  • 2010 Walt Dropo, American baseball player (b. 1923)