On This Day

On This Day in Sport for December 19

Events in Sport

  • 1891 Canadian Rugby Union forms
  • 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
  • 1920 1st US indoor curling rink opens (Brookline, Mass)
  • 1924 Test Cricket debut of Bill Ponsford, who scored 110 in 1st innings
  • 1926 National Football League Championship: Frankford Yellow Jackets (14-1-2) win first past the post title
  • 1927 National Football League Championship: New York Giants (11-1-1) win first past the post title
  • 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 National Football League Championship, Shribe Park, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Eagles shutout Chicago Cardinals, 7-0 in a snowstorm, 'the Philly Blizzard'
  • 1974 Dave Kryskow scores Washington Capitals 1st NHL shorthanded goal
  • 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 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Santiago, Chile: Paolo Bertolucci & Adriano Panatta give Italy unassailable 3-0 lead; beat Patricio Cornejo & Jaime Fillol of Chile 6-3, 2-6, 9-7, 6-3; ends, 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
Robert De Niro
Actress Cathy Moriarty
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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 Jack Morris agrees to salary arbitration with former team Tigers & accuses owners of collusion against free agency
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Sport awardFootball Awards

2000 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid's Portuguese midfielder Luís Figo is named best football player in Europe ahead of Juventus midfielder Zinedine Zidane and Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko

Football Player and Manager Zinedine Zidane
Football Player and Manager
Zinedine Zidane
  • 2009 Former Welsh and Lions captain Gareth Thomas is the first international rugby player to reveal he is gay
  • 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
  • 2018 Houston Rockets set NBA single-game record with 26 three-pointers in 136-118 victory over Washington Wizards; 8 players hit from deep as Rockets shoot 26-of-55 (47.3%); James Harden leads charge, shooting 6-of-11 on 3s

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1879 Beals Wright, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1905; doubles 1904-06), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1961)
  • 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 figure skater (World C'ship, European C'ship 1939), born in London, England (d. 1995)

Person of interestDoug Harvey

1924 Doug Harvey, Canadian ice hockey defence player ('100 Greatest NHL Players), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1989)

NHL Legend Doug Harvey
NHL Legend
Doug Harvey
  • 1926 Bobby Layne, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (3 x NFL champion; 6 x Pro Bowl; Detroit Lions), born in Santa Anna, Texas (d. 1986)
  • 1933 Kevan Gosper, Australian athlete
  • 1934 Al Kaline, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (18 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1968; 10 × Gold Glove Award; Detroit Tigers), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2020)
  • 1935 Tony Taylor, Cuban baseball second baseman (MLB All Star 1960; Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers), born in Central Álava, Cuba (d. 2020)
  • 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 1996)

Person of interestReggie White

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 Karen Bliss-Livingston, Quakertown PA, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1964 Arvydas Sabonis, NBA center (Portland Trailblazers)
  • 1964 Lorie Kane, Canadian golfer (4 LPGA Tour titles), born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
  • 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, cricket spin bowler (21 Tests; 47 wickets; 35 ODIs), born in Ranchi, India
  • 1966 Roberto Beam, soccer player (Vitesse/MVV)
  • 1967 Doug Johns, South Bend IN, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • 1968 Jennifer Devine, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1969 Michael Bates, NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers)
  • 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 (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Fresno, California
  • 1970 Robert Lang, Teplice CZE, NHL forward (Team Czech Rep, Los Angeles)
  • 1971 Jennifer Dore, American rower (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Kearny, New Jersey
  • 1972 Warren Sapp, American NFL Hall of Fame defensive tackle (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1972 Waverly Jackson, American NFL player (Carolina Panthers), born in South Hill, Virginia
  • 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, Australian cricket batsman, captain, coach and broadcaster (168 Tests, 13,378 runs @ 51.85; 41 x 100s), born in Launceston, Tasmania
  • 1975 Olivier Tebily, Ivorian footballer
  • 1977 Jorge Garbajosa, Spanish basketball forward and administrator (Toronto Raptors; president Spanish Basketball Federation), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1982 Mo Williams, American basketball point guard (NBA C'ship 2016, NBA All Star 2009 Cleveland Cavaliers) and coach (Alabama State), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1982 Tero Pitkamaki, Finnish javelin thrower
  • 1983 Matt Stajan, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1984 Ian Kennedy, Major League Baseball pitcher
  • 1985 Gary Cahill, English soccer defender (61 caps; Chelsea, Bolton), born in Dronfield, Derbyshire
  • 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
  • 1990 Sally Fitzgibbons, Australian pro surfer, born in Gerroa, Australia

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding 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, English cricket all-rounder, boxer (23 Tests; Olympic gold middleweight 1908), dies of drowning at 48
  • 1952 Harry Makepeace, English cricketer (4 Tests for England v Australia 1920-21), dies at 71
  • 1999 Hemchandra Tukaram "Bal" Dani, Indian cricketer (Test Ind v Pak, 1-19, ct 1, DNB), dies at 66
  • 2002 Arthur Rowley, English soccer forward (most goals in English league football, 434 from 619 games; Leicester City, Shrewsbury Town), dies at 76
  • 2002 Will Hoy, English auto racer (British Touring Car C'ship 1991), dies from a brain tumour at 50
  • 2008 Dock Ellis, American baseball pitcher (b. 1945)
  • 2012 Larry Morris, American NFL player, dies at 79
  • 2017 Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, American professional baseball player at 1st female pitcher to play in the Negro Leagues, dies from heart complications at 82
  • 2019 Saoul Mamby, American boxer (WBC super lightweight title 1980-82), dies at 72
  • 2019 Shahdon Winchester, Trinidadian soccer winger (27 caps; Murciélagos), dies in a traffic collision at 27
  • 2020 Maria Piątkowskacka, Polish athlete (WR 4 x 100m relay 1964), dies at 89