On This Day

On This Day in Sport for December 24

Events in Sport

  • 1889 Daniel Stover & William Hance patent bicycle with back pedal brake
  • 1921 Ottawa’s Harry Broadbent scores in 10-0 Senators blowout of the Montreal Canadiens; first in 16-game NHL record goal-scoring streak; Charlie Simmer’s 13 game streak (1979) is considered modern-day record
  • 1927 Test Cricket debut of Walter Hammond, who scored 51 & took 5-36 v S Af
  • 1950 National Football League Championship, Cleveland Stadium: Cleveland Browns beat LA Rams, 30-28; Cleveland has 5 interceptions, Rams 1
  • 1961 AFL Championship, Balboa Stadium, San Diego: Houston Oilers beat San Diego Chargers 10-3; Billy Cannon scores game's only TD
  • 1968 Ballon d'Or: Manchester United's winger George Best wins award for best European football player ahead of teammate Bobby Charlton and Red Star Belgrade winger Dragan Džajić; first Northern Irish national to win the award
  • 1969 Curt Flood writes to baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn refusing to accept the Cardinals’ right to deal him and in favor of free agency [1]
  • 1974 Cardinals' Lou Brock is named Sportsman of the Year
  • 1982 Chaminade, with a student body of only 850 students, beats #1 ranked Virginia 77-72 in a Honolulu holiday basketball classic
  • 1985 Ballon d'Or: Juventus' French midfielder Michel Platini is named Europe's best football player for the 3rd consecutive time; beats Verona striker Preben Elkjær and Barcelona midfielder Bernd Schuster

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Expos trade Tim Raines to White Sox for Ivan Calderon & Barry Jones

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
  • 1991 Ballon d'Or: Marseille forward Jean-Pierre Papin is named Europe's best football player; first from the French League to win the trophy
  • 1995 Ballon d'Or: PSG/Milan's Liberian striker George Weah is named Europe's best football player; first edition where players born outside Europe permitted to receive votes

Sport awardFootball Awards

1996 Ballon d'Or: Borussia Dortmund's German sweeper Matthias Sammer is named best football player in Europe ahead of PSV/Barcelona striker Ronaldo and Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer

Football Star Ronaldo
Football Star

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1868 Emanuel Lasker, German world chess champion (1894-21), born in Barlinek, Poland (d. 1941)
  • 1885 Arthur Dolphin, English cricketer (Yorkshire & England keeper, later Test ump), born in Wilsden, United Kingdom (d. 1942)
  • 1898 Héctor Scarone, Uruguayan footballer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 1967)
  • 1921 Bill Dudley, NFL halfback (Pittsburgh, Detroit, Washington), born in Bluefield, Virginia
  • 1923 Iron Mike DiBiase, American wrestler, born in NYC, New York (d. 1969)
  • 1924 Roy Miller, West Indian cricketer (WI all-rounder in one Test 1953, 23 & 0-28), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1924 Grigory Kriss, Russian Olympic champion fencer, born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1926 Ronald Draper, South African cricketer (South African batsman v Australia 1949-50), born in Oudtshoorn, South Africa
  • 1932 Colin Cowdrey CBE, England cricket batsman (114 Tests, 7,624 runs @ 44.06), born in Udagamandalam, India (d. 2000)
  • 1937 Félix Miéli Venerando, Brazilian football player, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 2012)
  • 1940 Paul Tagliabue, NFL commissioner (1989- ), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1944 Erhard Keller, German speed skater (Olympic gold 1968, 72 500m), born in Günzburg, Germany
  • 1949 Warwick Brown, Australian racing driver, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1951 John D'Acquisto, American baseball player, born in San Diego, California
  • 1955 Anwar Khan, Pakistani cricketer (bowled four overs for Pakistan 1979), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • 1959 Keith Deller, British darts player (BDO World Champion 1983), born in Ipswich, England
  • 1961 Jay Wright, American basketball coach, born in Churchville, Pennsylvania
  • 1963 Timo Jutila, Finnish hockey defenseman (Team Finland), born in Tampere, Finland
  • 1963 Jay Bilas, American basketball analyst, born in San Pedro, California
  • 1964 Elbert Shelley, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons), born in Trumann, Arkansas
  • 1964 Gary Muller, South African tennis star, born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1964 Marcel van der Net, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • 1965 Nancy Reno, WPVA volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Glen Ellyn, Illinois
  • 1965 Winston Moss, NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1967 Mikhail Shchennikov, Russian race walker, born in Yekaterinburg, Russia
  • 1968 Joe Scuderi, Australian cricketer (South Australian all-rounder), born in Ingham, Australia
  • 1968 Marleen Renders, Belgian athlete, born in Diest, Belgium
  • 1970 Michael Batiste, NFL/WLAF defensive tackle (Cowboys, Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Romeo Wouden, Dutch soccer player (Dordrecht '90, Heerenveen), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1971 Tamir Bloom, American fencer-epee (Olympics 1996), born in NYC, New York
  • 1972 Alvaro Mesen, Costa Rican footballer, born in Alajuela, Costa Rica
  • 1973 Eddie Pope, soccer defender (Olympic gold 1996), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1974 Marcelo Salas, Chilean footballer, born in Temuco, Chile
  • 1975 Natalie Ward, Australian softball shortstop/2nd baseman (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1978 Yıldıray Baştürk, Turkish footballer, born in Herne, Germany
  • 1985 David Ragan, American race car driver, born in Unadilla, Georgia

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1971 Professional boxer George Foreman (22) weds Adrienne Calhoun

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Deaths in Sport

  • 1897 Marshall Newell, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Harvard; All-American 1890-93) and coach (Cornell, Tufts), dies in a railroad accident at 26
  • 2003 Herman Keiser, American golfer (US Masters 1946), dies of Alzheimer's disease complications at 89
  • 2004 Johnny Oates, American MLB baseball catcher, 1970-81 (Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and 3 other teams), and manager, 1991-2001 (Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers), dies of brain cancer at 58
  • 2009 George Michael, American sportscaster (The George Michael Sports Machine) (b. 1939)
  • 2019 Walter Horak, Austrian soccer striker (13 caps; Wiener Sport Club, Sochaux), dies at 88