On This Day in Sport for December 21

Events in Sport


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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
  • 1926 Soccer team DOS Struggle forms
  • 1932 Giants sign former outfielder Billy Southworth as a coach

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

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1937 O'Reilly completes 14-98 for cricket match, NSW v South Aust
  • 1941 Chicago Bears Ray McLean makes last NFL drop kick for an extra point
  • 1941 Chicago bears win the NFL championship
  • 1948 1949 NFL Draft: Chuck Bednarik from University of Pennsylvania first pick by Philadelphia Eagles

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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 Gary Unger plays in record 914th consecutive NHL game
  • 1980 Harold Carmichael ends NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions
  • 1981 Cincinnati beats Bradley 75-73 in 7 OTs (NCAA record)
  • 1983 NBA Indiana Pacers end a 28 game road losing streak
  • 1983 NCAA rules rescinded last 2-minute men's basketball free throw rule
  • 1985 Alice Miller/Don January wins LPGA Mazda Golf Championship
  • 1986 Amy Alcott/Bob Charles wins LPGA Mazda Golf Championship
  • 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

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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 brining the total number of cancelled games to 625

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1885 Frank Patrick, Canadian hockey player (d. 1960)

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

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • 1911 Josh Gibson, pro baseball player, "Negro Babe Ruth" (hit 800+ HRs)
  • 1913 Raich Carter, English soccer star and cricketer, born in Hendon, Sunderland (d. 1994)
  • 1919 Gert Fredriksson, Swedish 1K kayaker (Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56)
  • 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)
  • 1934 Hanif Mohammad, Pakistani cricketer (1952-69), longest test innings - 16 hours, born in Junagadh, India (d. 2016)
  • 1935 Lorenzo Bandini, Italian racecar driver (d. 1967)
  • 1943 Walter Spanghero, French rugby player
  • 1944 Bill Atkinson, English footballer
  • 1945 Doug Walters, cricketer (Aussie batting genius 1965-81 Extrovert)
  • 1948 Dave Kingman, American baseball player (Mets, NY Yankees, Giants), born in Pendleton, Oregon
  • 1952 Steve Furniss, US swimmer (Olympics-bronze-1972)
  • 1952 Joaquín Andújar, Professional baseball pitcher (Cardinals), born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic (d. 2015)
  • 1953 Arie Luyendyk, Netherlands, Indy-car racer (1990 Indianapolis 500)

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1954 [Christine] Chris Evert, tennis champion (18 singles Gram Slams, 3 doubles titles), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 1956 Kevin Burnham, Hollis NY, 470 sailor (Olympics-8th-1992, 96)
  • 1957 Tom Henke, American baseball player
  • 1959 Florence Griffith Joyner, runner (Olympic-3 gold-1988), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1960 Andy Van Slyke, baseball player
  • 1960 Michael Swain, Elizabeth NJ, judoka (Olympics-bronze-88)
  • 1960 Roger McDowell, pitcher (NY Mets, Balt Orioles), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1961 Trevor Bayliss, cricketer (NSW batsman)
  • 1964 Joey Kocur, NHL right wing (Vancouver Canucks), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1964 Keith Taylor, NFL safety (Washington Redskins)
  • 1964 Rob Kelly, English football manager
  • 1965 Rodney Thomas, WLAF cornerback (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1965 Sue Thomas, Texarkana TX, LPGA golfer (1991 Orix Hawaiian Ladies-14th)
  • 1967 Ervin Johnson, NBA center (Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 1967 Terry Mills, NBA forward (Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons)
  • 1968 Anthony Lynn, NFL running back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1969 Chuck Smith, NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1969 Leon Searcy, NFL offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers, Jackson Jaguars)
  • 1969 Mihails Zemļinskis, Latvian footballer
  • 1970 Irving Spikes, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1970 Monique Ambers, WNBA forward (Phoenix Mercury)
  • 1970 Ronnie Woolfork, WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1971 Ernest Hunter, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1971 Irena Slavutskay, Israel, athlete (Oly-1996)
  • 1971 Jey Phillips, WLAF DB (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1971 Tommie Boyd, NFL/WLAF receiver (Detroit Lions, Rhein Fire)
  • 1972 Latroy Hawkins, American baseball player
  • 1972 Dustin Hermanson, American baseball player
  • 1973 Mike Alstott, fullback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1974 Karrie Webb, Ayr Queensland Aus, LPGA golfer (1994 Aust Strokeplay)
  • 1974 Raymond Austin, cornerback/safety (NY Jets)
  • 1974 Tommie Boyd, wide receiver (Detroit Lions)
  • 1976 Mirela Manjani, Greek javelin thrower
  • 1978 Amber Corwin, Harbor City Ca, figure skater (1997 National Sr - 5th)
  • 1980 Royce Ring, American Major League Baseball Player
  • 1981 Cristian Zaccardo, Italian football player
  • 1981 Sajid Mahmood, English cricketer
  • 1982 Mike Gansey, American basketball player
  • 1982 Philip Humber, American baseball player
  • 1982 Iljo Keisse, Belgian cyclist
  • 1984 Darren Potter, Irish football player
  • 1985 James Stewart Jr., American motorcycle racer

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
  • 1976 Edward Bartlett, cricketer (WI Test batsman in 5 Tests 1928-31), dies
  • 1979 Bill Anderson, cricketer (Test for NZ 1946, scored five & one), dies
  • 1997 Bruce Woodcock, English boxer, European Heavyweight Champion, dies at 76
  • 2001 Dick Schaap, American sports journalist (b. 1934)
  • 2005 Elrod Hendricks, American baseball player and coach (b. 1940)
  • 2006 Scobie Breasley, Australian jockey (b. 1914)
  • 2010 Enzo Bearzot, Italian football player and manager (b. 1927)