On This Day in Sport for December 2

Events in Sport

  • 1902 Soccer team Go Ahead forms in Deventer
  • 1907 English Professional Football Players' Association forms

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1907 Tommy Burns KOs Gunner Moir in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1916 Baseballers who are injured now get full pay for duration of contract
  • 1922 10th CFL Grey Cup: Queen's University defeats Edmonton Eskimos, 13-1
  • 1941 NY Giants name Mel Ott as player-manager, replacing Bill Terry
  • 1944 10th Heisman Trophy Award: Les Horvath, Ohio State (QB)
  • 1947 13th Heisman Trophy Award: John Lujack, Notre Dame (QB)

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1948 Stan Musial is picked NL MVP

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 1950 15th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 34-0 in Birmingham
  • 1951 Philadelphia sets NFL record of 25 1st-downs rushing

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1951 Don Hutson's #14 jersey is retired by the Green Bay Packers, the first number retired in the history of the franchise

First Wide Receiver in NFL History Don Hutson
First Wide Receiver in NFL History
Don Hutson
  • 1951 16th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 25-7 in Birmingham
  • 1952 18th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Vessels, Oklahoma (HB)
  • 1954 Frank Selvy of Milwaukee sets then NBA record of 24 of 26 free throws
  • 1957 1958 NFL Draft: King Hill from Rice first pick by Chicago Cardinals
  • 1958 24th Heisman Trophy Award: Pete Dawkins, Army (HB)
  • 1958 1959 NFL Draft: Randy Duncan from University of Iowa first pick by Green Bay Packers
  • 1961 26th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 34-0 in Birmingham
  • 1962 50th CFL Grey Cup: Winnipeg beats Hamilton, 28-27 at Toronto [OT]
  • 1963 ML Rules Committee bans oversized catcher's mitts, effective in 1965
  • 1963 1964 NFL Draft: Dave Parks from Texas Tech first pick by San Francisco 49ers
  • 1967 55th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeats Saskatchewan, 24-1
  • 1967 32nd Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 7-3 in Birmingham
  • 1972 60th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeats Saskatchewan, 13-10
  • 1972 37th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 17-16 in Birmingham
  • 1973 62nd Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Cleveland (5-0)
  • 1974 Cowhide, rather than just horsehide, can be used to make baseballs
  • 1975 G S Chappell gets ton in each inn of 1st Test Cricket as capt v WI
  • 1978 43rd Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 34-16 in Birmingham
  • 1981 Fernando Valenzuela (Dodgers) wins NL Rookie of the Year

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1985 NFL QB legends Dan Marino and John Elway face each other for the first time, a 30-26 victory for the Dolphins (Marino 390 yards and 3 touchdowns)

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway

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1985 Chicago Bears' head coach Mike Ditka and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan come to blows on the sideline in a loss to the Miami Dolphins, Chicago's only loss of the season

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka
  • 1987 "334" club forms as 334 brave Devil fans journey through 20" of snow to attend NJ Devils 7-5 victory over Calgary at Meadowlands
  • 1989 55th Heisman Trophy Award: Andre Ware, Houston (QB)
  • 1989 54th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 30-20 in Auburn
  • 1990 79th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in St Petersburg (3-2)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1990 Beth Daniel/Davis Love wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • 1991 Bobby Bonilla signs record $29 million-5 year pact with NY Mets
  • 1993 Houston Rockets tie NBA record of 15-0 start

Film release premierFilm Premier

1994 "Cobb" a film about baseball player Ty Cobb, starring Tommy Lee Jones premieres

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb

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1995 After being left in the game to allow nine goals, Patrick Roy declares "It's my last game in Montreal", and is traded four days later

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • 1995 4th SEC Championship Game: #2 Florida beats #23 Arkansas, 34-3
  • 1997 MCI Center opens in Washington, D.C., Wizards vs SuperSonics
  • 2000 9th SEC Championship Game: #7 Florida beats #18 Auburn, 28-6
  • 2000 5th Big 12 Championship Game: #1 Oklahoma beats #8 Kansas State, 27-24
  • 2006 15th SEC Championship Game: #4 Florida beats #8 Arkansas, 38-28
  • 2006 2nd ACC Championship Game: #16 Wake Forest beats #23 Georgia Tech, 9-6
  • 2006 11th Big 12 Championship Game: #8 Oklahoma beats #19 Nebraska, 21-7
  • 2007 96th Davis Cup: USA beats Russia in Oregon (4-1)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1847 Deacon White, American baseball player and a star during the first two decades of the sport's professional era, born in Caton, New York (d. 1939)
  • 1860 C T Studd, cricketer (brother of G B, five Tests for England)
  • 1899 John Cobb, British racing driver (d. 1952)
  • 1899 Ray Morehart, American baseball player (d. 1989)
  • 1901 Raimundo Orsi, Argentine-born footballer (d. 1986)
  • 1906 Eric Dalton, cricketer (2 centuries in 15 Tests for South Africa 1929-39)
  • 1919 Robin Lee, American figure skater, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1997)
  • 1929 Lowell North, yachtsman (Olympic-Gold-1968), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1933 Michael Larrabee, American athlete (d. 2003)
  • 1934 Andre Rodgers, baseball player (d. 2004)
  • 1940 Gerry Cheevers, NHL goalie (Bruin, longest undefeated streak-32 games)
  • 1940 Willie Brown, NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders)
  • 1942 Bob E Smith, PGA golfer (1993 Yanase Cup), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1945 Alan "Froggy" Thomson, cricketer (Australian quickie 1970-71)
  • 1947 Dhiraj Parsana, cricket pace bowler (Indian v WI 1978-79)
  • 1947 Tommy Jenkins, English football player
  • 1951 Adrian Devine, American baseball pitcher
  • 1953 Jay Dean Haas, PGA golfer (1978 Andy Williams-San Diego), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1958 Vladimir Parfenovich, USSR, 500m kayaker (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1959 Greg Barton, kayaker (Olympics-2 gold-88)
  • 1959 Patty Jordan, LPGA golfer (1988 Mitsubishi Motors Ocean), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1964 Brian Habib, NFL guard (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1964 Chip Hale, infielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Santa Clara, California
  • 1964 Yolanda Henry, high jumper, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966 Anita Jokiel, Polish gymnist (Olympic-1980)
  • 1966 Clive Eksteen, cricketer (South African slow left-armer 1993)
  • 1966 Kelly Buchberger, Langenburg, NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers)
  • 1966 Rob Sullivan, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 Tri-City Pro-Am), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1967 Naeem Akhtar, Rawalpindi cricket medium-pacer (10-28 vs Peshawar 1995)
  • 1968 Darryl Kile, Garden Grove CA, pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • 1968 Elna Reinach, Pretoria South Africa, tennis star
  • 1968 Jiri Dopita, Sumperk CZE, hockey forward (Team Czech Oly-Gold-1998)
  • 1969 Lewis Bush, NFL outside linebacker (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1969 O J McDuffie, NFL wide receiver (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1969 Paul Francis Stankowski, Oxnard CA, PGA golfer (1994 Las Vegas-5th)
  • 1970 Rene Pucher, Presov CZE, hockey forward (Team Slovakia)
  • 1971 Jessie Hicks, WNBA forward/center (Utah Starzz)
  • 1971 Rachel McQuillan, Merewether NSW Aust, tennis star (1989 Futures ITA)
  • 1971 Roy van de Hill, soccer player (Roda JC)
  • 1971 Francesco Toldo, Italian Football Player (Inter Milan)
  • 1972 Alan Henderson, NBA forward (Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1972 Chris Burns, CFL tackle (Calgary Stampeders, Hamilton Tiger-Cats & Ottawa Renegades)
  • 1972 James Willis, linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1972 Sunjith Somasunder, cricketer (Karnataka & India ODI opening bat 1996)
  • 1972 Zack Crockett, NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1973 Kevin Feighery, NFL/WLAF punter (NY Giants, Panthers, Galaxy)

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1973 Monica Seles, Yugoslavian-American tennis star (US Open 1992), born in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
  • 1973 Jan Ullrich, German cyclist
  • 1975 Brett Lindros, NHL right wing (NY Islanders), born in London, England
  • 1975 Mark Kotsay, baseball outfielder (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Whittier, California
  • 1976 Eddy Garabito, professional baseball player
  • 1977 Siyabonga Nomvethe, South African footballer plays for Aalborg BK
  • 1978 David Rivas, Spanish Footballer plays for Real Betis
  • 1978 Jason Collins, American NBA player (New Jersey Nets), 1st NBA to come out as gay, born in Northridge, California
  • 1978 Jarron Collins, American basketball player for Utah Jazz
  • 1978 Peter Moylan, Australian Major League Baseball Pitcher for the Atlanta Braves
  • 1979 Michael McIndoe, Scottish professional footballer (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
  • 1981 Danijel Pranjić, Croatian football player plays for SC Heerenveen
  • 1982 Hristos Karipidis, Greek footballer
  • 1982 Matt Ware, American football player
  • 1983 Bibiana Candelas, Mexican volleyball player
  • 1983 Chris Burke (footballer), Scottish footballer plays for Rangers F.C.

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1983 Aaron Rodgers, American NFL player (Green Bay Packers), born in Chico, California

NFL Quarterback Aaron Rodgers
NFL Quarterback
Aaron Rodgers
  • 1984 Péter Máté, Hungarian footballer (Reading F.C.)
  • 1985 Dorell Wright, American basketball player
  • 1986 Claudiu Keserü, Romanian football player (FC Nantes Atlantique)

Deaths in Sport

  • 1953 Ernest Hayes, cricketer (Surrey bat played 5 Tests for England), dies
  • 1953 Reginald "Snowy" Baker, Australian athlete and actor (The Sword of Valor), dies at 69
  • 1963 Thomas J. Hicks, British-born runner (b. 1875)
  • 1965 The Rajkumar of Vizianagram, cricketer (Indian Test capt 1936), dies
  • 1976 Danny Murtaugh, American baseball manager (Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 59
  • 1983 Atholl Mckinnon, cricketer (South African lefty spinner in 8 Tests), dies
  • 2009 Foge Fazio, American college football coach (b. 1938)
  • 2010 Ron Santo, American MLB player (Chicago Cubs) and broadcaster, dies at 70

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2014 Jean Marc Beliveau, Canadian NHL player NHL, dies at 83

NHL Legend Jean Beliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Beliveau
  • 2016 Sammy Lee, American doctor and platform diver, 1st Asian American to win Olympic Gold (1948, 1952), dies at 96