On This Day in Sport for December 18

Events in Sport

  • 1894 Cricket day 4, 1st test Australia v England, England following on 4-268, 7 in front

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1930 Bradman scores 258 NSW v South Aust, 289 mins, 37 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1932 Chicago Bears beat Portsmouth Spartans 9-0 in 1st NFL playoff game
  • 1935 Bradman scores 117 in his 1st Shield cricket match for South Australia
  • 1936 Queensland cricket all out for 49 v Vic, Fleetwood-Smith 7-17
  • 1949 Philadelphia Eagles beat LA Rams 14-0 in NFL championship game
  • 1952 Ellis W Ryan resigns as Cleveland Indians president
  • 1956 Phil Rizzuto signs as NY Yankee radio-TV announcer

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1959 Sammy Baugh named 1st coach of NY Titans (AFL)

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh
  • 1961 For 2nd consecutive year, AP names Wilma Rudolph female athlete of year

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1961 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 78 points vs LA

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1972 US launches Operation Linebacker II, its heaviest bombing of North Vietnam, as negotiations to end the Vietnam War collapse
  • 1977 Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 42, Nate Thumond
  • 1983 NBA San Diego Clippers ends 29 game road losing streak
  • 1984 73rd Davis Cup: Sweden beats USA in Gothenburg (4-1)
  • 1988 Seattle Seahawks win their 1st ever division title with 9-7 record
  • 1988 Cricket Women's World Cup: Australia defeats England by 8 wickets

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Darryl Strawberry pleads not guilty on tax evasion charges

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • 1994 Norman, Couples & Azinger wins LPGA Wendy's 3-Tour Golf Challenge
  • 1996 Start of 1st Test Cricket match between Zimbabwe & England

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1886 Ty Cobb, American baseball great (Detroit Tigers) who set 90 MLB records during his career, born in Narrows, Georgia (d. 1961)

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1907 Bill Holland, American auto racer (d. 1984)
  • 1910 Eric Tindall, cricketer (All Black rep who kept wicket in 5 Tests)
  • 1913 Ray Meyer, American basketball coach (d. 2006)
  • 1915 Dario Mangiarotti, Italian fencing, gold, 2 silver (Olympic-1948, 52)
  • 1929 Gino Cimoli, American baseball player
  • 1930 Bill Skowron [Moose], MLB First baseman (NY Yankees), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2012)
  • 1931 Noel McGregor, cricketer (batted in 25 Tests for NZ 1955-65)
  • 1939 Sandro Lopopolia, Italian lightweight boxer (Olympic-Silver-1960)
  • 1940 Arnold Long, cricketer (prolific wicketkeeper for Surrey & Sussex)
  • 1945 Carolyn Wood, American 4 X 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1946 Hubie Green, PGA golfer (US Open 1977), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1961 Brian Orser, Canadian figure skater (Olympics-Silver-88)
  • 1961 Lalchand Rajput, cricketer (Indian Test opening batsman 1985-86)
  • 1963 Charles Oakley, NBA forward (NY Knicks)
  • 1963 Lori McNeil, tennis star (1995 Oakland doubles), born in San Diego, California
  • 1963 Karl Dorrell, American football coach
  • 1964 Don Beebe, NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1965 Angeliki Kaneltopoutous, Greece, tennis star
  • 1965 Brian Walton, points race cyclist (Olympics-silver-96), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1965 Willie Blair, Paintsville KY, pitcher (San Diego Padres)
  • 1966 Aaron Jones, NFL defensive end (NE Patriots)
  • 1966 Patricia Neder, American team handball right wing (Olympics 1992 & 1996), born in Waukesha, Wisconsin
  • 1966 Terry Phelps, American tennis player, born in Larchmont, New York
  • 1967 Bob Corkum, Salisbury, NHL center (Philadelphia Flyers)
  • 1967 Charles Christopher Rymer, Cleveland TN, PGA golfer (1995 Shell-3rd)
  • 1967 Dan McGwire, NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1967 Tracy Hayworth, NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1967 Toine van Peperstraten, Dutch sports journalist
  • 1968 Aaron Craver, NFL running back (Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers)
  • 1969 Andrew Murphy, Australian long jumper/triple jumper (Olympics-96)
  • 1969 Chris Dausin, WLAF corner/guard (Scottish Claymores)
  • 1969 Joanne Mills, Australian golfer (T25 Holden 1994 Women's Aust Open), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1969 Joe Randa, infielder (KC Royals), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1969 Keith Piper, cricketer (Warwickshire & England A wicketkeeper)
  • 1969 Marco Coleman, NFL defensive end (Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers)
  • 1969 T C Wright, WLAF running back (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1969 Santiago Cañizares, Spanish footballer
  • 1969 Justin Edinburgh, English footballer
  • 1970 Lucious Harris, NBA guard (NJ Nets, Dallas Mavericks)
  • 1971 Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Barcelona, tennis star (Oly-silv/bronze-92)
  • 1971 Frank Pimiskern, CFL safety (BC Lions)
  • 1971 Joe Dziedzic, NHL left wing (Pitts Penguins), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1971 Markus Finke, WLAF running back (Rhein Fire)
  • 1971 Neil Little, Medicine Hat, NHL goalie (Philadelphia Flyers)
  • 1972 Eric Unverzagt, NFL/WLAF linebacker (Sea Seahawks, Scotland Claymores)
  • 1972 Jeff Nelson, Prince Albert, NHL center (Washington Capitals)
  • 1972 Marcos Ondruska, South Africa, tennis star
  • 1973 Jason Williams, Gonzales LA, baseball infielder (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1973 Keith Washington, NFL defensive end (Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1974 Peter Boulware, linebacker (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1975 Michael Barry, cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1977 José Acevedo, Dominican baseball player
  • 1978 Naomi Lang, Arcata California, dance skater (& Peter Tchernyshev)
  • 1978 Ali Curtis, American soccer player
  • 1979 Carlos, Portuguese footballer
  • 1983 Darren Carter, English footballer
  • 1987 Miki Andō, Japanese figure skater
  • 1987 Fernando Jara, Panamanian-American jockey

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1983 Wrestler Hulk Hogan (30) weds Linda Claridge

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan

Deaths in Sport

  • 1937 S S Schultz, cricketer (one Test England v Australia 1879), dies
  • 1942 Charlie Walker, cricketer (Aust tourist to England 1930, 1938), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1971 Bobby Jones Jr, amateur golfer (Grand Slam 1930), dies at 69

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones
  • 1974 Harry Hooper, American baseball player, dies at 87
  • 1976 George Emmett, cricketer (England opener v Aust Old Trafford 1948), dies
  • 1982 Raymond Emery, cricketer (2 Tests NZ v WI 1952, 46 runs, 2 wkts), dies
  • 1991 George Abecassis, English Formula 1 driver (b. 1913)
  • 2000 Stan Fox, American race car driver (b. 1952)
  • 2010 Phil Cavarretta, American baseball player (b. 1916)