On This Day in Sport for December 19

Events in Sport

  • 1891 Canadian Rugby Union forms
  • 1894 Cricket day 5 1T Aus v Eng Eng 437 all out, Aus need 177 are 2-113
  • 1904 Dawson City hockey team begins 9 day walk to get a boat to Seattle to catch a train to Ottawa to play in Stanley Cup on Jan 13 1905
  • 1913 Jack Johnson fights Jim Johnson to a draw in 10 rounds for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1917 1st NHL game played on artificial ice in Toronto
  • 1917 Quebec Bulldogs play their 1st professional hockey game
  • 1924 Test Cricket debut of Bill Ponsford, who scored 110 in 1st innings

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1931 Bradman scores 112 Australia v South Africa at cricket SCG

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1947 1948 NFL Draft: Harry Gilmer from University of Alabama first pick by Washington Redskins
  • 1948 Cleveland Browns beats Buffalo Bills 49-7 in AAFC championship game
  • 1948 Philadelphia Eagles shutout Chicago Cards 7-0 in NFL championship game
  • 1974 Dave Kryskow scores Washington Capitals 1st NHL shorthanded goal
  • 1976 Jo Ann Washam/Chi Chi Rodriguez wins Pepsi-Cola Mixed Team Golf Champ
  • 1976 John Lever takes 7-46 in 1st Test Cricket innings, v India Delhi
  • 1976 Piper Cherokee crashes into Balt Memorial Stadium upper stands, 10 minutes after Colts lose 40-14 to Steelers. No one seriously hurt
  • 1976 65th Davis Cup: Italy beats Chile in Santiago (4-1)

Film release premierFilm Release

1980 "Raging Bull", directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro as boxer Jake LaMotta and Cathy Moriarty as his wife, is released in the United States

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese
Actor Robert De Niro
Actor
Robert De Niro
Actress Cathy Moriarty
Actress
Cathy Moriarty
  • 1983 The original FIFA World Cup trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy, is stolen from the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation in Rio de Janeiro.

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1984 Wayne Gretzky, 23, is 18th & youngest NHL-er to score 1,000 points

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

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1984 Scotty Bowman wins his 691st regular season game, the most wins by any coach in NHL history

NHL Coach Scotty Bowman
NHL Coach
Scotty Bowman
  • 1986 Michael Sergio, who parachuted into Shea Stadium during game 6 of the World Series, sentenced to 100 hrs of community service & fined $500
  • 1988 Oklahoma's College football team gets 3 year probation

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1989 Larry Bird (Celtics) begins NBA free throw streak of 71 games

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • 1991 NY Yankee pitcher Steve Howe arrested for cocaine possession
  • 2010 "Miracle at the New Meadowlands", Philadelphia Eagles trail New York Giants by 21 points with eight minutes to play, before scoring 4 touchdowns in final 7 minutes, including dramatic walk-off punt returned for a touchdown by DeSean Jackson

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1879 Beals C Wright, tennis champ (US Open-1905)
  • 1894 Ford C Frick, baseball commissioner (1951-65)
  • 1907 Jimmy McLarnin, former Welterweight Champion (d. 2004)
  • 1916 Mervyn Wallace, cricketer (13 Tests for NZ, latterly as capt)
  • 1917 Graham Sharp, British ice skater (d. 1995)
  • 1920 Ragnild Hveger, Danish 400m swimmer (Olympic silver 1936) [NS]

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1924 Doug Harvey, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec

NHL Legend Doug Harvey
NHL Legend
Doug Harvey
  • 1926 Bobby Layne, NFL QB (Detroit Lions)
  • 1933 Kevan Gosper, Australian athlete
  • 1934 Al Kaline, baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1943 Walt "No-Neck" Williams, professional baseball player (White Sox), born in Brownwood, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1948 Ken Brown, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1949 Claudia A Kolb, American 200m breast stroke swimmer (Olympic silver 1964)
  • 1953 Peter McEwan, cricketer (NZ batsman early 80's)
  • 1955 Susil Fernando, cricketer (5 Tests for Sri Lanka 1983)
  • 1956 Tom Lawless, American baseball player
  • 1957 Kevin McHale, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)
  • 1958 Iqbal Sikander, cricketer (Pakistan leg-spinner 1992 World Cup)
  • 1959 Edward Metgod, Dutch soccer goalie (Haarlem, Sparta)
  • 1959 Kathryn "Furu" Carpenter, Marshall Mich, fencer-epee (Olympics-96)

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1961 Reggie White, American NFL defensive end (Green Bay Packers - Super Bowl 31), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 2004)

NFL Legend Reggie White
NFL Legend
Reggie White
  • 1962 Charith Senanayake, cricketer (played for Sri Lanka v NZ 1991)
  • 1963 Chris Greatrex, LPGA golfer (1995 Fielcrest Cannon Classic-71st)
  • 1963 Karen Bliss-Livingston, Quakertown PA, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • 1964 Arvydas Sabonis, NBA center (Portland Trailblazers)
  • 1964 Lorie Kane, PEI Canada, LPGA golfer (du Maurier Ltd-1994, 95)
  • 1964 Mike Fetters, Van Nuys CA, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • 1964 Randall McDaniel, NFL guard (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1965 Chito Martínez, Belizean baseball player
  • 1966 Alberto "La Bomba" Tomba, Italian skier (Olympic gold 1988, 92)
  • 1966 Courtney Griffin, CFL defensive back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1966 Eric Weinrich, Roanoke, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 1966 Monique Oliver, Malibu Ca, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-4th-1994)
  • 1966 Rajesh Chauhan, cricketer (Indian off-spinner since 1993)
  • 1966 Roberto Beam, soccer player (Vitesse/MVV)
  • 1967 Doug Johns, South Bend IN, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • 1968 Jennifer Devine, rower (Olympics-96), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1969 Michael Bates, NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers)
  • 1969 Mike Alexander, WLAF corner (Rhein Fire)
  • 1969 Nayan Mongia, cricketer (Indian Test batsman-wicketkeeper 1994- )
  • 1969 Santana Dotson, NFL defensive tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1969 Scott Pearson, Cornwall, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres)
  • 1969 Tom Gugliotta, NBA forward (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • 1970 Jon Cleveland, Canadian 100m/200m swimmer (Oly-br-92, 96), born in Fresno, California
  • 1970 Robert Lang, Teplice CZE, NHL forward (Team Czech Rep, Los Angeles)
  • 1970 Wendy Miles, Australia, golfer (1993 T77 Alpine Aust Ladies Masters)
  • 1971 Jen[nifer] Dore, Kearny NJ, rower (Olympics-4TH-96)
  • 1971 Mike Groh, WLAF quarterback (Rhein Fire)
  • 1972 Warren Sapp, American NFL Hall of Fame defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1972 Waverly Jackson, DL (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1973 Kebu Stewart, NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1973 Zulfiya Zabirova, Russian cyclist
  • 1974 Bryant Westbrook, cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • 1974 Jake Plummer, quarterback (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1974 Ricky Ponting, cricketer (prodigious Tasmania batsman, Australia 1995)
  • 1975 Kristin Folkl, volleyball outside hitter (alt-Oly-96), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1975 Olivier Tebily, Ivorian footballer
  • 1977 Jorge Garbajosa, Spanish basketball player
  • 1982 Maurice Williams, American basketball player
  • 1982 Tero Pitkamaki, Finnish javelin thrower
  • 1983 Matt Stajan, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1984 Ian Kennedy, Major League Baseball pitcher
  • 1985 Gary Cahill, English footballer
  • 1985 Neil Kilkenny, English-born Australian footballer
  • 1986 Ryan Babel, Dutch Footballer
  • 1987 Karim Benzema, French football player (Real Madrid, French national team), born in Lyon, France
  • 1988 Alexis Sánchez, Chilean footballer (Arsenal, Chilean national team), born in Tocopilla, Chile
  • 1988 Peter Winn, English footballer

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1987 Retired baseball catcher Johnny Bench (40) weds Laura Cwikowski

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench

Deaths in Sport

  • 1930 Johnny Douglas, cricketer (soccer int, boxing gold medal), drowns
  • 1952 Harry Makepeace, English cricketer (4 Tests for England v Australia 1920-21), dies at 71
  • 2002 Arthur Rowley, English footballer. (b. 1926)
  • 2008 Dock Ellis, American baseball pitcher (b. 1945)
  • 2012 Larry Morris, American NFL player, dies at 79