On This Day

On This Day in Sport for December 21

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1891 1st game of basketball, based on rules created by James Naismith, played by 18 students in Springfield, Massachusetts

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith
  • 1918 Red Sox trade Dutch Leonard, Ernie Shore & Duffy Lewis to Yankees for Ray Caldwell & Slim Love, Frank Gilhooey, Al Walters & $15,000
  • 1925 Test batsman Hunter "Stork" Hendry scores career best unbeaten 325 for Victoria against New Zealand in drawn tour match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • 1926 Soccer team DOS Struggle forms
  • 1932 Giants sign former outfielder Billy Southworth as a coach

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1936 Bradman's 2nd consecutive Test Cricket duck! Australia all out for 80

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1937 O'Reilly completes 14-98 for cricket match, NSW v South Aust
  • 1937 Chicago Black Hawks left wing Paul Thompson becomes first player in NHL history to score a goal against his brother; scores on bro Cecil of the Boston Bruins with just 9 seconds left in regulation; Bruins win though, 2-1
  • 1941 Chicago Bears Ray McLean makes last NFL drop kick for an extra point

Sport awardNFL Championship

1941 National Football League Championship, Wrigley Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat New York Giants, 37-9; first team in NFL championship game era (since 1933) to win consecutive titles; Bears 5th title overall

American Football Player Mel Hein
American Football Player
Mel Hein
  • 1948 1949 NFL Draft: University of Pennsylvania linebacker/center Chuck Bednarik is selected first by Philadelphia Eagles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1959 Tom Landry accepts coaching job with Dallas Cowboys (stays until 1988)

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry
  • 1969 Vince Lombardi (Redskins) coaches his last football game
  • 1973 3rd Fiesta Bowl: #10 Arizona State beats Pittsburgh, 28-7
  • 1975 64th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Czechoslovakia in Stockholm (3-2)
  • 1975 Buffalo Sabres set NHL record of 40 points beating Caps 14-2 scoring 5 goals vs Washington Caps in 4:57
  • 1979 Garry Unger’s NHL record for consecutive games ends at 914, as his Atlanta Flames lose 5-1 to the St Louis Blues and he is benched by coach Al MacNeil; record eventually broken by Doug Jarvis (964)
  • 1980 Harold Carmichael ends NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions
  • 1981 Cincinnati beats Bradley 75-73 in 7 OTs (NCAA record)
  • 1983 NCAA rules rescinded last 2-minute men's basketball free throw rule
  • 1984 Brigham Young University (BYU) beats Michigan, 24-17 in the Holiday Bowl at Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego to remain undefeated and secure their first ever NCAA Division I-A football title
  • 1995 SF Giants announce plans to build a new stadium to open in 2000
  • 1997 Detroit Lions Barry Sanders is 3rd to run for 2,000 yards in a season
  • 1997 Detroit Lions linebacker Reggie Brown, knocked unconscious in game
  • 1999 Ballon d'Or: FC Barcelona's Brazilian midfielder Rivaldo is named best football player in Europe ahead of Manchester United midfielder David Beckham and Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2005 Joe Sakic is named captain of the 2006 Team Canada Olympic team

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • 2012 The NHL announces a further cancellation of games until January 14 bringing the total number of cancelled games to 625
  • 2018 Tennis Australia announces a 10-point tie break to be implemented in Australian Open when deciding set reaches 6-6; takes place of 2-game advantage final sets

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1885 Frank Patrick, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Ottawa, Canada (d. 1960)
  • 1887 Cy Williams, American MLB outfielder (4-time NL HR leader), born in Wadena, Indiana (d. 1974)

Person of interestWalter Hagen

1892 Walter Hagen, American golfer (11 major titles, US Open 1914, 19), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1969)

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • 1911 Josh Gibson, American Negro League baseball legend (hit 800+ HRs), born in Buena Vista, Georgia (d. 1947)
  • 1913 Raich Carter, English soccer star and cricketer, born in Hendon, Sunderland (d. 1994)
  • 1919 Gert Fredriksson, Swedish canoeist (6 Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56, 60), born in Nyköping, Sweden (d. 2006)
  • 1920 Kel Nagle, Australian golfer (British Open 1960), born in Sydney, NSW (d. 2015)
  • 1926 Joe Paterno, American college hall of football coach (Penn State) and Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of 1986, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1933 Jackie Hendriks, cricketer (West Indian wicket-keeper of 60's), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1934 Hanif Mohammad, Pakistani cricketer (1952-69), longest test innings - 16 hours, born in Junagadh, India (d. 2016)
  • 1935 Lorenzo Bandini, Italian racecar driver, born in Marj, Libya (d. 1967)
  • 1943 Walter Spanghero, French rugby player, born in Payra-sur-l'Hers, France
  • 1945 Doug Walters, Australian cricketer (Aussie batting genius 1965-81 Extrovert), born in Dungog, Australia
  • 1948 Dave Kingman, American baseball player (Mets, NY Yankees, Giants), born in Pendleton, Oregon
  • 1952 Steve Furniss, American swimmer (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1952 Joaquín Andújar, Dominican baseball pitcher (Cardinals), born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic (d. 2015)
  • 1953 Arie Luyendyk, American-Dutch Indy-car racer (1990 Indianapolis 500), born in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

Person of interestChris Evert

1954 Chris Evert, American tennis player (18 Gram Slam singles titles), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 1956 Kevin Burnham, American 470 sailor (Olympic 8th 1992, 96), born in Hollis, New York City
  • 1957 Tom Henke, American baseball player, born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1959 Florence Griffith Joyner, American sprinter (3 x Olympic gold 1988), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1998)
  • 1960 Andy Van Slyke, American baseball player, born in Utica, New York
  • 1960 Michael Swain, American judoka (Olympic bronze 88), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • 1960 Roger McDowell, American baseball pitcher (NY Mets, Baltimore Orioles), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1961 Trevor Bayliss, Australian cricketer (NSW batsman) and coach (England), born in Goulburn, Australia
  • 1964 Joey Kocur, NHL right wing (Vancouver Canucks), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1964 Keith Taylor, NFL safety (Washington Redskins), born in Pennsauken Township, New Jersey
  • 1964 Rob Kelly, English football manager, born in Birmingham, England
  • 1967 Ervin Johnson, NBA center (Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1967 Terry Mills, NBA forward (Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons), born in Romulus, Michigan
  • 1968 Anthony Lynn, NFL running back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in McKinney, Texas
  • 1969 Chuck Smith, NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons), born in Athens, Georgia
  • 1969 Leon Searcy, NFL offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers, Jackson Jaguars), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1969 Mihails Zemļinskis, Latvian footballer, born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1970 Irving Spikes, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins), born in Ocean Springs, Mississippi
  • 1970 Monique Ambers, WNBA forward (Phoenix Mercury)
  • 1972 Latroy Hawkins, American baseball player, born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1972 Dustin Hermanson, American baseball player, born in Springfield, Ohio
  • 1973 Mike Alstott, American football fullback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1974 Karrie Webb, Australian golfer (7 major titles; US Open 2000-01; 14 LPGA Tour titles), born in Ayr, Queensland
  • 1974 Raymond Austin, American defensive back (NY Jets), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1976 Mirela Manjani, Greek javelin thrower, born in Durrës, Albania
  • 1978 Amber Corwin, American figure skater (1997 National Sr - 5th), born in Harbor City, California
  • 1980 Royce Ring, American baseball player, born in La Mesa, California
  • 1981 Cristian Zaccardo, Italian football player, born in Formigine, Italy
  • 1981 Sajid Mahmood, English cricketer, born in Bolton, United Kingdom
  • 1982 Mike Gansey, American basketball player, born in Olmsted Falls, Ohio
  • 1982 Philip Humber, American baseball player, born in Nacogdoches, Texas
  • 1982 Iljo Keisse, Belgian cyclist, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • 1984 Darren Potter, Irish football player, born in Liverpool, England
  • 1985 Bubba Stewart, American motocross racer (FIM World Supercross Champion 2009; FIM World Supercross GP Champion 2006, 07), born in Bartow, Florida
  • 1989 Mark Ingram Jr., American football running back (Heisman Trophy 2009, U of Alabama; NFL Pro Bowl 2014, 17, 19; New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens), born in Hackensack, New Jersey

Deaths in Sport

  • 1914 A O Jones, cricketer (12 Tests for England 1899-1909), dies
  • 1920 Claude Tozer, cricketer (dashing NSW batsman, shot to death
  • 1927 Jack Saunders, cricketer (79 wickets-14 Tests for Aust 1902-08), dies
  • 1928 Harry Butt, cricketer (England wicket-keeper v South Africa 1895-96), dies
  • 1963 Jack Hobbs, cricketer (61 Tests for England), dies
  • 1964 Algernon Kingscote, English tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1919), dies at 76
  • 1976 Edward Bartlett, cricketer (WI Test batsman in 5 Tests 1928-31), dies
  • 1979 Mac Anderson, New Zealand cricketer (Test for NZ 1946, scored five & one), dies at 60
  • 1997 Bruce Woodcock, English boxer, European Heavyweight Champion, dies at 76
  • 2001 Dick Schaap, American sports journalist (b. 1934)
  • 2003 M. J. Gopalan, Indian cricketer (1 Test India v England 1933-34), dies at 94
  • 2005 Elrod Hendricks, American baseball player and coach (b. 1940)
  • 2006 Scobie Breasley, Australian jockey (b. 1914)
  • 2006 Sydney Wooderson, English athlete dubbed "The Mighty Atom" (world record 1937), dies at 92
  • 2010 Enzo Bearzot, Italian football player and manager (b. 1927)
  • 2013 Bronzell Miller, American WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals), dies at 42
  • 2017 Richard "Dick" Enberg, American sportscaster (NBC, CBS, ESPN), dies of a heart attack at 82
  • 2019 Martin Peters, English soccer midfielder (67 caps; West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 76
  • 2019 Sam Strahan, New Zealand rugby union lock (17 caps; Manawatū), dies at 74