On This Day in Sport for December 22

Events in Sport

  • 1877 "American Bicycling Journal" begins publishing (Boston, Mass)
  • 1888 Heavyweight boxing champ John L Sullivan challenges Jake Kilrain
  • 1890 Cornwallis Valley Railway begins operation between Kingsport and Kentville, Nova Scotia.
  • 1894 United States Golf Association forms (NYC)
  • 1915 Federal Baseball League disolved
  • 1915 Organized baseball & Federal League sign a peace treaty at Cincinnati
  • 1924 Babe Dye of NHL's Toronto St Patricks scores 5 goals beat Bruins 10-2

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1939 Bradman scores 138 in South Australia's 7-821 v Queensland

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 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 Balt 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
  • 1969 Pete Marovich sets NCAA record of hitting 30 of 31 foul shots

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

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • 1980 Cardinals release outfielder Bobby Bonds
  • 1982 William Mastrosimone's "Extremities" premieres in NYC
  • 1983 Islanders score 3 shorthanded goals against Caps
  • 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

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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
  • 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 Wendy's Three Tour Golf Challenge
  • 1996 Zimbabwe & England draw Bulawayo Test Cricket with England needing 1 run to win

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

NBA Point Guard and Head Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Head Coach
Isiah Thomas
  • 2012 Tomasz Adamek outpoints Steve Cunningham in a split decision in the IBF heavyweight title eliminator at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Birthdays in Sport


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1862 Connie Mack, American hall of fame baseball executive and manager (Philadelphia A's 1900-50), born in East Brookfield, Massachusetts (d. 1956)

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • 1912 Henry Armstrong, held feather/light/welterweight boxing titles (1938)
  • 1918 William Kennedy, baseball player
  • 1929 Wazir Mohammad, cricketer (eldest of Pakistan's 4 Mohammed brothers)
  • 1932 Joe Clark, WLAF off coordinator coach (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1932 Phil Woosnam, Welsh footballer (17 Caps) and manager, born in Powys, Wales (d. 2013)
  • 1934 David Pearson, American racecar driver
  • 1935 Oleg Alekseyevich Protopopov, Russian pairs skater (Oly-gold-1964, 68)
  • 1938 Matty Alou, Dominican baseball player
  • 1944 Steve Carlton, Phillies' pitcher (Cy Young '72, '77, '80, '82)
  • 1947 Dilip Doshi, cricketer (India's main slow lefty post-Bedi)
  • 1948 Chris Old, cricketer (England medium-pacer of 70's)
  • 1948 Steve Garvey, 1st baseman (LA Dodgers, San Diego Padres)
  • 1951 Jan Stephenson, Australian golfer (LPGA Rookie of Year-1974), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1954 Derick Parry, cricketer (WI off-spinner early 80's)
  • 1954 Hideshi Matsuda, Japanese racing driver
  • 1955 Lonnie Smith, American baseball player
  • 1959 Bernd Schuster, German footballer
  • 1960 Tyrell Biggs, super HW boxer (Olympic gold 1984), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1963 Bryan McMillan, cricketer (brilliant South African all-rounder since 1992)
  • 1963 Giuseppe Bergomi, Italian footballer
  • 1964 Mike Jackson, pitcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966 Dmitry Bilozerchev, Soviet gymnast
  • 1967 Mike Sullivan, NFL center (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1967 Roland Holder, cricketer (West Indian batsman in ODI's 1993-)
  • 1967 Sean Foster, WLAF wide receiver (Rhein Fire)
  • 1967 Dan Petrescu, Romanian footballer
  • 1968 Lauralee "Bug" Bell, actress (Cricket-Young & Restless), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969 Andrew Scott, Australian baseball infielder (Olympics-1996)
  • 1969 Myriam Bédard, Canadian athlete
  • 1970 Brooks Findlay, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • 1972 Andrew Moore, WLAF tackle (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1972 Anthony Edwards, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1972 Kirk Maltby, Guelph, NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers)
  • 1972 Mike Thompson, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1973 Annie Pelletier, 3m diver (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1973 Jamel Williams, safety (Washington Redskins)
  • 1975 Stanislav Neckar, Pisek CZ, NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators, Oly-G-98)
  • 1975 Dmitri Khokhlov, Russian footballer
  • 1976 Katleen De Caluwé, Belgian athlete
  • 1976 Jason Lane, American Baseball Player
  • 1977 Joanna Hughes, Victoria Australia, gymnast (Olympics-96)

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


Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
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
  • 2004 Doug Ault, American baseball player (b. 1950)
  • 2006 Elena Mukhina, Russian gymnast (b. 1960)
  • 2009 Albert Scanlon, English footballer (b. 1935)
  • 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