On This Day

On This Day in Sport for December 22

Events in Sport

  • 1877 "American Bicycling Journal" begins publishing (Boston, Mass)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1888 Heavyweight boxing champ John L. Sullivan challenges Jake Kilrain

Heavyweight Boxing Champion John L. Sullivan
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
John L. Sullivan
  • 1894 United States Golf Association forms in New York
  • 1915 Organized baseball and Federal League sign a peace treaty at Cincinnati; Federal Baseball League dissolves
  • 1917 In the NHL's first official week of play, 3 players score hat tricks in the same game, for the same team; Corb Denneny, Reg Noble, & Harry Meeking each score 3 for the Toronto Arenas in an 11-4 win over the Ottawa Senators
  • 1923 Bill Ponsford & Edgar Mayne make 456 opening stand for Vict
  • 1924 Babe Dye of NHL's Toronto St Patricks scores 5 goals beat Bruins 10-2
  • 1941 1942 NFL Draft: Bill Dudley from University of Virginia first pick by Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 1943 Manufacturers get permission to use synthetic rubber for baseball core
  • 1946 Cleveland Browns beat NY Yankees 14-9 in AAFC championship game
  • 1951 Australia cricket all out 82 v West Indies at Adelaide
  • 1953 Jack Dunn III, owner of Baltimore Orioles in Intl League, turns name over to newly relocated St Louis Browns
  • 1959 NY Ranger goalie Marcel Paille wears a customized mask
  • 1962 1,000,000th NBA point scored
  • 1964 Ballon d'Or: Manchester United striker Denis Law wins award for best European football player; beats Inter midfielder Luis Suárez and Real Madrid winger Amancio Amaro; first Scotsman to win the award
  • 1969 Pete Marovich sets NCAA record of hitting 30 of 31 foul shots

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 Phil Esposito, Boston, became 6th NHLer to score 500 goals

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • 1980 MLB St. Louis Cardinals release outfielder Bobby Bonds
  • 1983 Indiana Pacers win, 133-132 in Denver to end a 28 NBA game losing streak on the road
  • 1983 NHL NY Islanders score 3 shorthanded goals against Washington Capitols
  • 1984 Test Cricket debut of Craig McDermott, v WI at the MCG
  • 1985 74th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Germany in Munich (3-2)
  • 1986 India score 7-676 v Sri Lanka at Kanpur in Cricket

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Paul Coffey becomes the second NHL defenceman to record 1000 points, doing so in a record-breaking 770 games

NHL Star Paul Coffey
NHL Star
Paul Coffey
  • 1992 Ballon d'Or: Milan's Dutch striker Marco van Basten wins his 3rd title as best football player in Europe ahead of Barcelona forward Hristo Stoichkov and Ajax forward Dennis Bergkamp
  • 1995 David Cone signs $19.5 million 3 year contract with NY Yankees
  • 1996 Steelers' Kordell Stewart runs quarterback record 80 yds for TD
  • 1996 Zimbabwe & England draw Bulawayo Test Cricket with England needing 1 run to win

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1996 St Louis Blues’ right wing Brett Hull scores his 26th NHL career hat trick to reach 500 career goals in a 7-4 win over the LA Kings; with father Bobby Hull, first father/son combo to each record 500 goals

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull
NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Nancy Kerrigan & Tonya Harding pre-record a show to air on FOX on Feb 5

Figure Skater Tonya Harding
Figure Skater
Tonya Harding
Figure Skater Nancy Kerrigan
Figure Skater
Nancy Kerrigan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Scotty Bowman's Red Wings beat the Boston Bruins, 4-2 giving him 200 wins with Detroit, and making him the first NHL coach to record 200 wins with 3 different teams; also Montreal and Buffalo

NHL Coach Scotty Bowman
NHL Coach
Scotty Bowman

Sport awardFootball Awards

1998 Ballon d'Or: Juventus' French midfielder Zinedine Zidane is named best football player in Europe ahead of Real Madrid striker Davor Šuker and Inter forward Ronaldo

Football Star Ronaldo
Football Star
Football Player and Manager Zinedine Zidane
Football Player and Manager
Zinedine Zidane

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003 The New York Knicks hire Isiah Thomas as President of Basketball Operations

NBA Point Guard and Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Isiah Thomas
  • 2003 Ballon d'Or: Juventus' Czech midfielder Pavel Nedvěd is named best football player in Europe ahead of Arsenal forward Thierry Henry and Milan defender Paolo Maldini
  • 2012 Tomasz Adamek outpoints Steve Cunningham in a split decision in the IBF heavyweight title eliminator at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • 2019 New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas sets NFL record for most catches in a season with his 144th as Saints beat Tennessee 38-28; breaks 17-year old record held by Marvin Harrison (143)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi scores his 644th goal for FC Barcelona during 3-0 win over Real Valladolid to break Pele's record for most goals for one club; Pele, 643 goals for Santos 1956-74

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi

Birthdays in Sport

Person of interestConnie Mack

1862 Connie Mack, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher, manager and owner (World Series 1910, 11, 13, 29, 30; most managerial wins, losses & games managed in MLB history; Philadelphia A's), born in East Brookfield, Massachusetts (d. 1956)

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • 1912 Henry Armstrong, American professional boxer and 1938 world boxing champion, born in Columbus, Mississippi (d. 1988)
  • 1918 William Kennedy, American baseball player, born in Alexandria, Virginia (d. 1995)
  • 1929 Wazir Mohammad, Pakistan cricket batsman (20 Tests, 2 x 100; eldest of Pakistan's 4 Mohammad brothers), born in Junagadh, India
  • 1929 Dee Rowe, American college basketball coach (UConn Huskies men's team 1969-76; 103–78 [.569]), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 2021)
  • 1930 Bill Jenkins, American engine builder and drag racer (Motorsports Hall of Fame of America), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1932 Phil Woosnam, Welsh soccer striker, manager (Wales 17 caps, USA manager 1968), born in Powys, Wales (d. 2013)
  • 1934 David Pearson, American stock car racer, born in Spartanburg, South Carolina (d. 2018)
  • 1935 Oleg Alekseyevich Protopopov, Russian pairs skater (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 1938 Matty Alou, Dominican baseball outfielder (NL batting champion 1966; MLB All-Star 1968-69), born in Haina, Dominican Republic (d. 2011)
  • 1939 Valentin Afonin, Russian soccer defender (42 caps; SKA Rostov-on-Don, CSKA Moscow), born in Vladimir, Russia (d. 2021)

Person of interestSteve Carlton

1944 Steve Carlton, American baseball pitcher (Cy Young '72, '77, '80, '82), born in Miami, Florida

Baseball Pitcher Steve Carlton
Baseball Pitcher
Steve Carlton
  • 1947 Dilip Doshi, Indian cricketer (India's main slow lefty post-Bedi), born in Rajkot, India
  • 1948 Chris Old, English cricketer (England medium-pacer of 70's), born in Middlesborough, United Kingdom

Person of interestSteve Garvey

1948 Steve Garvey, American baseball player (LA Dodgers, San Diego Padres), born in Tampa, Florida

Baseball Player Steve Garvey
Baseball Player
Steve Garvey
  • 1951 Jan Stephenson, Australian golfer (3-time LPGA major winner; US Open 1983), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1954 Derick Parry, cricketer (WI off-spinner early 80's), born in Cotton Ground, Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • 1954 Hideshi Matsuda, Japanese racing driver, born in Kōchi Prefecture, Japan
  • 1955 Lonnie Smith, American MLB baseball outfielder, 1978-94; (Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, and 3 other teams), WS wins with 3 different teams, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1959 Bernd Schuster, German footballer, born in Augsburg, Germany
  • 1960 Tyrell Biggs, US super HW boxer (Olympic gold 1984), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1963 Brian McMillan, South African cricket all-rounder (38 Tests, top score 113, 75 wickets; 78 ODIs), born in Welkom, South Africa
  • 1963 Giuseppe Bergomi, Italian footballer, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1964 Mike Jackson, US pitcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966 Dmitry Bilozerchev, Soviet/Russian gymnast, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1967 Mike Sullivan, NFL center (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Marshfield, Massachusetts
  • 1967 Roland Holder, cricketer (West Indian batsman in ODI's 1993-), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1967 Dan Petrescu, Romanian football manager and professional football player, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • 1968 Lauralee "Bug" Bell, American actress (Cricket-Young & Restless), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969 Andrew Scott, Australian baseball infielder (Olympics 1996), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1969 Marcie Aguilar, American female infielder (Colo Silver Bullets), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1969 Myriam Bédard, Canadian biathlete, born in Loretteville, Quebec City
  • 1970 Gary Anderson, Scottish darts player (PDC World Champion 2015-16), born in Musselburgh, Scotland
  • 1972 Anthony Edwards, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Ballarat, Australia
  • 1972 Kirk Maltby, NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in Guelph, Canada
  • 1972 Mike Thompson, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Portage, Wisconsin
  • 1973 Annie Pelletier, Canadian diver (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1973 Jamel Williams, American football safety (Washington Redskins), born in Gary, Indiana
  • 1975 Stanislav Neckar, NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators, Olympic gold 1998), born in České Budějovice, Czech Republic
  • 1975 Dmitri Khokhlov, Russian footballer, born in Krasnodar, Russia
  • 1975 Sergei Aschwanden, Swiss judoka, born in Bern, Switzerland
  • 1976 Katleen De Caluwé, Belgian athlete, born in Rumst, Belgium
  • 1976 Jason Lane, American baseball player, born in Santa Rosa, California
  • 1977 Joanna Hughes, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Victoria, Australia

Person of interestGabriel Medina

1993 Gabriel Medina, Brazilian professional surfer (World Champion 2014), born in São Sebastião, São Paulo

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1960 NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton (20) weds Anna Elaine Merrell at First Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia

NFL Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
NFL Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton
  • 2005 "Ospreys" Rugby star Shane Williams (28) weds Gail Lacey at Twyn Church in Garnant, West Wales

Deaths in Sport

  • 1955 Len Braund, cricketer (23 Tests for England 987 runs 47 wkts), dies
  • 1973 James Anderson, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1922, 24, 25), dies at 79
  • 1987 Henry Cotton, English golfer (British Open 1934, 1937, 1948), dies at 80
  • 2004 Doug Ault, American baseball player (b. 1950)
  • 2006 Elena Mukhina, Russian gymnast (3 x World C'ship gold 1978; 2 x World Cup gold 1977), dies of complications from quadriplegia at 46
  • 2009 Albert Scanlon, English footballer (b. 1935)
  • 2011 Bettye Danoff, American golfer (co-founder LPGA Tour), dies at 88
  • 2012 Arkady Vorobyov, Russian weightlifter (Olympic gold 1956, 60), dies at 88
  • 2013 Ed Herrmann, American baseball player, dies from prostate cancer at 67
  • 2016 Miruts Yifter 'Yifter the Shifter', Ethiopian runner (Olympic golds 1980), dies at 72
  • 2019 Fritz Künzli, Swiss soccer striker (44 caps; FC Zürich, FC Winterthur, FC Lausanne-Sport), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 73