On This Day in Sport for December 20

Events in Sport

  • 1894 England beat Australia by 10 runs in the 1st six-day Test Cricket, Australia needed 177 to win, all out at 166 on 6th day
  • 1920 Bert Collins scores 104 on Test Cricket debut v England SCG
  • 1921 AL votes to return to best-of-7 World Series, while NL votes best-of-9 Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis casts deciding vote for best-of-7
  • 1929 Heinie Wagner replaces Bill Carrigan as Red Sox manager
  • 1930 Learie Constantine cricket 100 in 52 mins WI v Tas (10x4, 1x6, 1x5)

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1940 Connie Mack acquires controlling interest in the Athletics for $42,000

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • 1966 NBA awards Seattle Supersonics a franchise for 1967-68 season

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1973 Montreal Canadien Henri Richard scores his 1,000th NHL point

Ice Hockey Great Henri Richard
Ice Hockey Great
Henri Richard
  • 1980 NBC broadcasts NY Jets' 24-17 win over Dolphins without audio
  • 1981 Doug Small (Winnipeg Jets) ties NHL record scoring at 5 second mark

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1983 Guy Lafleur, Montreal, became 10th NHLer to score 500 goals

NHL Legend Guy Lafleur
NHL Legend
Guy Lafleur
  • 1983 NY Islanders score their most goals (11) vs Pitts Penguins

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1985 Denis Potvin passes Bobby Orr as NHL defenseman scorer (916 points)

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • 1985 Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires from television sports after 20 years with ABC
  • 1987 76th Davis Cup: Sweden beats India in Gothenburg (5-0)

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1987 Nancy Lopez and Miller Barber wins LPGA Mazda Golf Championship

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 1991 NHL grants permanent membership to Tampa Lightning & Ottawa Senators
  • 2001 90th Davis Cup: France beats Australia in Melbourne (3-2)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1881 Branch Rickey, baseball executive (Dodgers)
  • 1886 Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, American tennis player (US Open 1909-11), born in Healdsburg, California (d. 1974)
  • 1888 Fred Merkle, American baseball figure (d. 1958)
  • 1905 "Tiger" Bill O'Reilly, cricketer (mighty Australian leg-spinner)
  • 1925 Benito Lorenzi, Italian footballer (d. 2007)
  • 1927 Jim Simpson, sportscaster
  • 1928 Jack Christiansen, Kansas, NFL hall of famer defensive back (Lions)
  • 1933 Rik Van Looy, Belgian cyclist (world champion, 1961)
  • 1935 Khalid "Billy" Ibadulla, cricketer (166 on debut Pakistan v Aust 1964)
  • 1942 Robert L Hayes, 100m/4x100m runner (Oly-2 gold-1964), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1949 Cecil Cooper, American baseball player
  • 1959 David Lutz, NFL guard/tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • 1960 Piet Keur, Dutch soccer player/trainer, (SC Heerenveen, AZ)
  • 1961 Gale Gilbert, NFL quarterback (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1961 Nate Newton, NFL guard (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1962 Thomas Newberry, NFL guard (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1963 Pam Casale, tennis player (Marco Island finals 1985), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1966 Tim Hauck, NFL safety (Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1966 Matt Neal, British Race Driver
  • 1967 Duncan Kennedy, luger (Olympics-1994), born in Burlington, California
  • 1969 Bobby Phills, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Hornets)
  • 1970 Dino Felicetti, hockey forward (Team Italy 1998)
  • 1970 Grant Flower, cricketer (bro of Andy Zimbabwe Test opening batsman)
  • 1970 Jason Simmons, CFL/WLAF defensive tackle (Roughriders, Claymores)
  • 1970 Tony Semple, NFL guard (Detroit Lions)
  • 1970 Travis Green, Castlegar, NHL center (NY Islanders)
  • 1971 Jerry Ellison, NFL running back (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1972 Scott Slutzker, American football tight end (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1972 Jan Caloun, hockey forward (Team Czech Oly-Gold-1998)
  • 1972 Jonathan Wyatt, 5000m (Olympics-96), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1973 Barry Stokes, WLAF offensive linesman (Rhein Fire)
  • 1973 Cory Stillman, Peterborough, NHL center (Calgary Flames)
  • 1973 Jenny Boucek, WNBA guard (Cleveland Rockers)
  • 1973 Muadianvita Kazadi, linebacker (St Louis Rams)
  • 1974 Augie Ojeda, baseball infielder (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1975 Bartosz Bosacki, Polish footballer
  • 1976 Aubrey Huff, American baseball player
  • 1978 Geremi Njitap, Cameroon footballer
  • 1978 Andrei Markov, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1979 David DeJesus, American baseball player
  • 1979 Michael Rogers, Australian cyclist
  • 1980 Ashley Cole, English footballer
  • 1980 Fitz Hall, English footballer
  • 1980 Tony, French-born Portuguese footballer
  • 1981 Roy Williams, American football player, born in Odessa, Texas
  • 1981 James Shields, American baseball player
  • 1982 Mohammed Asif, Pakistani cricket player
  • 1982 Kasper Klausen, Danish footballer
  • 1982 David Wright, American baseball player (New York Mets), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1983 Darren Sammy, St. Lucian West Indies cricketer

Weddings in Sport

  • 2015 Broadcaster Christine Bleakley (36) weds footballer Frank Lampard (37) at Saint Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London

Deaths in Sport

  • 1917 Lucien Petit-Breton, Argentine-French cyclist (b. 1882)
  • 1945 Charles Eady, cricketer (Tasmanian player for Aust 1896-1901), dies
  • 1948 Ladha Ramji, cricketer (bro of Amar Singh, Test Ind 1933-34), dies
  • 1984 Gonzalo Márquez, Venezuelan baseball player (b. 1946)
  • 1986 Joe DeSa, American baseball player (b. 1959)
  • 1991 Albert Van Vlierberghe, Belgian cyclist (b. 1942)