On This Day

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
  • 1905 'Philadelphia' Jack O'Brien wins the World Light Heavyweight boxing title after defending champion Bob Fitzsimmons of England retires in round 13 of 20 in San Francisco
  • 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
  • 1925 National Football League Championship: Chicago Cardinals (11-2-1) win controversial first past the post title; Pottsville Maroons suspended after playing unsanctioned game
  • 1929 Heinie Wagner replaces Bill Carrigan as Red Sox manager
  • 1930 Learie Constantine cricket 100 in 52 mins WI v Tas (10x4, 1x6, 1x5)
  • 1938 Boston Bruins rookie goalie Frankie Brimsek records his 3rd straight shutout with a 3-0 win over the New York Americans, making it his incredible sixth shutout in his first 8 NHL games

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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
  • 1979 Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Behn Wilson scores with 4:08 remaining in regulation to earn a 1-1 tie with the Pittsburgh Penguins and equal NHL record for longest undefeated streak of 28 games; go on to break record and extend to 35 games
  • 1980 NBC broadcasts NY Jets' 24-17 win over Dolphins without audio
  • 1981 Winnipeg left wing Doug Smail sets NHL record by scoring just 4 seconds into Jets' 5-4 win over the St Louis Blues; fastest goal from opening face-off to back of net in history; later tied by Bryan Trottier and Alex Mogilny

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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)
  • 1991 NHL grants permanent membership to Tampa Lightning & Ottawa Senators
  • 1994 Ballon d'Or: FC Barcelona's Bulgarian forward Hristo Stoichkov is named Europe's best football player ahead of Juventus striker Roberto Baggio and Milan defender Paolo Maldini
  • 2001 90th Davis Cup: France beats Australia in Melbourne (3-2)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1867 Pudge Heffelfinger, American College Football Hall of Fame guard (3 x All American, Yale; first professional player 1892) and coach (Cal, Lehigh, Minnesota), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1954)
  • 1881 Branch Rickey, American baseball player & sports executive (Dodgers), born in Stockdale, Ohio
  • 1886 Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1909-11, 19), born in Healdsburg, California (d. 1974)
  • 1888 Fred Merkle, American baseball figure, born in Watertown, Wisconsin (d. 1958)
  • 1900 Gabby Harnett, American baseball player and manager (NL MVP 1935), born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island (d. 1972)
  • 1900 Gabby Hartnett, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (MLB All Star 1933–38; NL MVP 1935; Chicago Cubs) and manager (Chicago Cubs), born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island (d. 1972)
  • 1905 "Tiger" Bill O'Reilly, Australian cricketer (mighty Australian leg-spinner), born in White Cliffs, Australia
  • 1925 Benito Lorenzi, Italian footballer, born in Buggiano, Italy (d. 2007)
  • 1927 Jim Simpson, American sportscaster, (NBC, ESPN) born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Jack Christiansen, American football player and coach (Lions), born in Sublette, Kansas
  • 1933 Rik Van Looy, Belgian cyclist (world champion, 1961), born in Grobbendonk, Belgium
  • 1935 Khalid "Billy" Ibadulla, Pakistani cricketer (166 on debut Pakistan v Aust 1964), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • 1942 Bob Hayes, American athlete (2 x Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m relay 1964) and Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver (3-time Pro Bowl; Dallas Cowboys), born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 2002)
  • 1949 Cecil Cooper, American baseball player, born in Brenham, Texas
  • 1959 David Lutz, NFL guard/tackle (Detroit Lions), born in Polkton, North Carolina
  • 1960 Piet Keur, Dutch soccer player and trainer (SC Heerenveen, AZ), born in Zandvoort, Netherlands
  • 1961 Gale Gilbert, NFL quarterback (San Diego Chargers), born in Red Bluff, California
  • 1961 Nate Newton, NFL guard (Dallas Cowboys), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1962 Thomas Newberry, NFL guard (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Onalaska, Wisconsin
  • 1963 Pam Casale, American tennis player (Marco Island finals 1985), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1966 Tim Hauck, NFL safety and coach (Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks), born in Butte, Montana
  • 1966 Matt Neal, British motor racing driver, born in Stourbridge, United Kingdom
  • 1967 Duncan Kennedy, American luger (Olympics 1994), born in Burlington, California
  • 1969 Bobby Phills, NBA guard (Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Hornets), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1970 Grant Flower, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1970 Tony Semple, NFL guard (Detroit Lions), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1970 Travis Green, Canadian NHL center (NY Islanders), born in Castlegar, Canada
  • 1971 Jerry Ellison, American NFL running back (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1972 Scott Slutzker, American football tight end (Indianapolis Colts), born in Oakland, California
  • 1972 Jan Caloun, Czech hockey forward (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998), born in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
  • 1972 Jonathan Wyatt, New Zealand 5000m runner (Olympics 1996), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1973 Cory Stillman, Canadian NHL center (Calgary Flames), born in Peterborough, Canada
  • 1973 Jenny Boucek, WNBA guard (Cleveland Rockers), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1973 Muadianvita Kazadi, American football linebacker (St Louis Rams), born in Zaire
  • 1974 Augie Ojeda, American baseball infielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1975 Bartosz Bosacki, Polish footballer, born in Poznań, Poland
  • 1976 Aubrey Huff, American baseball player, born in Marion, Ohio
  • 1978 Geremi Njitap, Cameroon footballer, born in Bafoussam, Cameroon
  • 1978 Andrei Markov, Russian ice hockey player, born in Voskresensk, Moscow Oblast, Russia
  • 1979 David DeJesus, American baseball player, born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • 1979 Michael Rogers, Australian cyclist, born in Barham, Australia
  • 1980 Ashley Cole, English footballer, born in Stepney, London
  • 1980 Fitz Hall, English footballer, born in Leytonstone, London
  • 1980 Tony [Anthony da Silva], French-born Portuguese footballer, born in Le Creusot, France
  • 1981 Roy Williams, American football player, born in Odessa, Texas
  • 1981 James Shields, American baseball player, born in Santa Clarita, California
  • 1982 Mohammed Asif, Pakistani cricket player, born in Sheikhupura, Pakistan
  • 1982 Kasper Klausen, Danish footballer, born in Denmark
  • 1982 David Wright, American baseball player (New York Mets), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1983 Darren Sammy, St. Lucian West Indies cricketer, born in Micoud Quarter, Saint Lucia
  • 1996 Hannah Green, Australian golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 2019), born in Perth, Western Australia

Person of interestKylian Mbappé

1998 Kylian Mbappé, French soccer forward (France, PSG, Monaco), born in Paris, France

Footballer Kylian Mbappé
Footballer
Kylian Mbappé

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, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1907-8), dies in a road accident at 35
  • 1942 Dan Ahearn, Irish-American athlete (men's triple jump WR 15.52m 1911-24), dies at 54
  • 1945 Charles Eady, cricketer (Tasmanian player for Aust 1896-1901), dies
  • 1948 Ladha Ramji, cricketer (bro of Amar Singh, Test Ind 1933-34), dies
  • 1972 Gabby Hartnett, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (MLB All Star 1933–38; NL MVP 1935; Chicago Cubs) and manager (Chicago Cubs), dies of cirrhosis at 72
  • 1986 Joe DeSa, American baseball player (b. 1959)
  • 1991 Albert Van Vlierberghe, Belgian cyclist (b. 1942)
  • 2012 Eagle Keys, American Canadian Football Hall of Fame linebacker and coach (Grey Cup champion 1949, 54-56, 66; Edmonton Eskimos, Saskatchewan R'riders), dies at 89
  • 2019 Roland Matthes, German swimmer (Olympic gold 100, 200m backstroke 1968, 72; WR x 19), dies at 69
  • 2019 Junior Johnson, American auto racer and team owner (Daytona 500 1960; NASCAR Hall of Fame), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 88
  • 2019 Frank Foster, English rugby league lock (1 Test GB; Workington Town, Hull Kingston Rovers, Bradford Northern) and coach (Barrow, Whitehaven), dies at 79
  • 2019 Eduard Krieger, Austrian soccer defensive midfielder (25 caps; Austria Wien, Club Brugge K.V., LASK Linz), dies at 73
  • 2019 Yuri Pshenichnikov, Soviet soccer goalkeeper and coach (19 caps; FC Pakhtakor Tashkent, CSKA Moscow), dies at 79