On This Day

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
  • 1924 The Hamilton Tigers and Ottawa Senators battle out the first scoreless game in NHL history; Jake Forbes (Hamilton) and Alex Connell (Ottawa) each record shutouts

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)

Sport awardNFL Championship

1933 National Football League Championship - 1st title game, Wrigley Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat New York Giants, 23-21; "Bronko Nagurski Rule" - forward pass is legal anywhere behind line of scrimmage

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
American Football Player Mel Hein
American Football Player
Mel Hein

Sport awardNFL Championship

1944 National Football League Championship, Polo Grounds, NYC: Green Bay Packers beat New York Giants, 14-7 for 6th and final league title under long-time coach Curly Lambeau

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau
American Football Player Mel Hein
American Football Player
Mel Hein
  • 1946 Bradman & Barnes complete 405 run 5th wicket stand, score 234 each
  • 1957 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid forward Alfredo Di Stéfano wins award for best football player in Europe ahead of Englishmen Billy Wright and Duncan Edwards
  • 1957 The largest trade in NHL history at the time in terms of quantity; Chicago Black Hawks move Nick Mickoski, Jack McIntyre, Bob Bailey & Hec Lalonde to Detroit Red Wings for Earl Reibel, Billy Dea, Bill Dineen & Lorne Ferguson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1958 Ted Lindsay becomes highest scoring left wing in NHL history, passing Aurel Joliat who retired with 270; scores twice and adds an assist In Chicago Black Hawks' 5-2 win over the Boston Bruins at Chicago Stadium

NHL Star Ted Lindsay
NHL Star
Ted Lindsay
  • 1963 Ballon d'Or: Dynamo Moscow goalkeeper Lev Yashin wins award for best European football player; beats Milan midfielder Gianni Rivera and Tottenham striker Jimmy Greaves; first Russian national to win trophy
  • 1975 1st time NY Islanders shut-out NY Rangers, 3-0-Billy Smith's 5th
  • 1977 Rookie defenseman Barry Beck scores first career hat trick and adds an assist in Colorado Rockies' 5-1 win v Minnesota North Stars; sets NHL record for rookie defensemen with a goal in his 6th straight game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 In his 352nd NHL game, Wayne Gretzky scores a goal & 5 assists in 8-1 rout of Quebec Nordiques to record his 800th point and 500th assist; averages 2.27 points, 1.42 assists, 0.85 goals per game to start career

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

  • 1986 Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky scores 4 goals, including a natural hat trick in the 1st period and also records an assist as the Oilers win 5-3 over the visiting Quebec Nordiques; his 41st NHL career hat trick
  • 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)
  • 1991 Cleveland Cavaliers beat Miami Heat 148-80, by record 68 pts
  • 1991 Pittsburgh Penguins score team record 8 goals in one period in 2nd session of 10-2 win over NHL expansion San Jose Sharks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1999 Ray Bourque becomes just the 3rd player in NHL history to score 1,100 assists, and goaltender Byron Dafoe records his 100th NHL victory in Boston Bruin's 3-1 win over the Thrashers in Atlanta

NHL Legend Ray Bourque
NHL Legend
Ray Bourque
  • 2013 Australia wins the 3rd test to take win the 2013-14 Ashes test cricket series
  • 2014 103-year-old Gus Andreone records the 8th ace of his career on the 113-yard, 14th hole of the Lakes Course, Palm Aire, Sarasota, FL; oldest golfer to record a hole-in-one
  • 2015 José Mourinho is sacked as manager of British Premier football club Chelsea
  • 2017 Brazilian footballer and former AC Milan and Real Madrid player Kaka retires
  • 2019 England's Fallon Sherrock becomes first woman to win a match at the PDC World Darts Championship, beating compatriot Ted Evetts, 3-2 at the Alexandra Palace in London

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1881 Aubrey Faulkner, cricketer (great South African all-rounder early 20th cent)
  • 1892 Sam Barry, American basketball coach (d. 1950)
  • 1895 Gerald Patterson, Australian tennis player (Wimbledon 1919, 21; Australian C'ships 1927), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1967)
  • 1910 Keki Tarapore, Indian cricketer (0-72 in his only Test for India), born in Bombay, India (d. 1986)
  • 1914 Mushtaq Ali, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman of 30's & 40's)
  • 1926 Ray Jablonski, American baseball player (d. 1985)
  • 1933 Stefan Florenski, Polish soccer defender (11 caps; Górnik Zabrze), born in Gleiwitz, Poland (d. 2020)
  • 1933 Bruce Morrison, cricketer (one Test NZ v England 1963)
  • 1934 Ray Wilson, English footballer
  • 1935 Cal Ripken Sr, American MLB manager (Baltimore Orioles), born in Aberdeen, Maryland (d. 1999)
  • 1936 Roland Sheldon, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1938 Peter Snell, New Zealand athlete (Olympic gold 800m 1960, 64; 1,500m 1964), born in Opunake, New Zealand (d. 2019)
  • 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 (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1957 Bob Ojeda, pitcher (NY Mets)
  • 1959 Tammie Green, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1989), born in Somerset Ohio
  • 1960 Moreno Argentin, Italian cyclist
  • 1962 Rocco Mediate, American golfer (Senior PGA C'ship 2016; 6 PGA Tour titles), 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, Olympic bronze 1988)
  • 1966 Hans Visser, Dutch soccer player (MVV, FC Utrecht)
  • 1966 Valeri Liukin, Soviet gymnast
  • 1967 Alan Nolet, gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1967 Pauline Maurice, Welland Ontario, softball outfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • 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 Marc Davis, Oceanside California, 3K steeplechase runner (Goodwill-gold-94)
  • 1969 Marty Carter, NFL safety (Chicago Bears)
  • 1969 Rob Maas, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • 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 Nikki McCray, Collierville Tenn, basketball guard (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1971 Sari Kristiina Fisk, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • 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 (Olympic 4th 1992)
  • 1973 Paula Radcliffe, English long-distance runner (marathon world record holder), born in Davenham, England
  • 1975 Nick Farrell, boxer (Olympics 1996), born in East York, Ontario
  • 1975 Tim Clark, South African golfer (US Masters 2006 runner-up; Players C'ship 2010), born in Durban, RSA
  • 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 interestManny Pacquiao

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, Olympics 1998)
  • 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


LoveWedding 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
  • 1996 Lawrie Miller, New Zealand cricket batsman (13 Tests), dies at 73
  • 2003 David Smith, English cricket fast-medium bowler (5 Tests), dies at 69

Person of interestOtto Graham

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, dies at 71
  • 2008 Dave Smith, American baseball player (b. 1955)
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)
  • 2010 Dick Gibson, British racing driver, dies at 92
  • 2019 Hayden Fry, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (SMU 1962-72, North Texas State University 1973-78, University of Iowa 1979-98), dies from cancer at 90
  • 2019 Karin Balzer, German athlete (Olympic gold 80m hurdles 1964; bronze 100m hurdles 1972), dies at 81