On This Day

On This Day in Sport for December 25

Events in Sport

  • 1862 40,000 watch Union army men play baseball at Hilton Head, South Carolina
  • 1888 1st indoor baseball game played at fairgrounds in Philadelphia
  • 1928 Christmas Day attendance at cricket MCG (Vic v NSW) Australia is 14,887
  • 1930 Mt Van Hoevenberg bobsled run at Lake Placid, NY opens, 1st US bobsled run open to public

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1940 Bradman out 1st ball for South Australia v Victoria before 6213

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1951 1st Christmas Day in test cricket, Aust v WI at Adelaide
  • 1951 West Indies defeat Australia by 6 wkts on 3rd day of 3rd Test Cricket

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1956 Detroit's future Hockey Hall of Fame right wing Gordie Howe picks up a Xmas hat-trick & 3 assists in Red Wings' 8-1 win over NY Rangers; most points he scores in a single game in entire 26-year NHL career

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • 1971 Longest NFL game (82m40s) as Dolphins beat Chiefs 27-24
  • 1972 England beat India by six wickets in the 1st Cricket Test in Delhi
  • 1973 Ballon d'Or: Ajax forward Johan Cruyff wins his second award for best European football player ahead of Juventus goalkeeper Dino Zoff and Bayern Munich striker Gerd Müller
  • 1976 6th Fiesta Bowl: #8 Oklahoma beats Wyoming, 41-7
  • 1977 7th Fiesta Bowl: #8 Penn State beats #15 Arizona State, 42-30
  • 1978 8th Fiesta Bowl: #8 Arkansas ties #15 UCLA, 10-10
  • 1979 Opening day of 4th Test Cricket, India 8-112 v Pakistan at Kanpur
  • 1979 9th Fiesta Bowl: #10 Pittsburgh beats Arizona, 16-10
  • 1979 Ballon d'Or: Hamburg's English forward Kevin Keegan wins his 2nd consecutive trophy as best football player in Europe; beats Bayern Munich forward Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Ajax sweeper Ruud Krol

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1982 Mudassar Nazar scores century, then Imran Khan rips through Indians

Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan
Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan
Imran Khan
  • 1984 NBA's Bernard King scores 60 points
  • 1984 Ballon d'Or: Juventus' French midfielder Michel Platini is named Europe's best football player for the 2nd consecutive time; beats Bordeaux midfielder Jean Tigana and Verona striker Preben Elkjær
  • 1990 Ballon d'Or: Inter's German sweeper Lothar Matthäus is named best football player in Europe ahead of Juventus striker Salvatore Schillaci and Inter defender Andreas Brehme

Sports record brokenNFL Record

1995 Dallas Cowboys' Emmitt Smith makes a NFL record of 25 touchdowns in a season against the Arizona Cardinals

American Football Player Emmitt Smith
American Football Player
Emmitt Smith

Sports record brokenNBA Record

2008 Phil Jackson becomes the sixth coach in NBA history to win 1,000 games

NBA Coach Phil Jackson
NBA Coach
Phil Jackson
  • 2020 New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara equals Ernie Nevers 1929 NFL record of 6 touchdowns in a match in the Saints' 52-33 win over the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1855 James Galvin, pitcher, shut-out every opposing team in 1884
  • 1856 James "Pud" Galvin, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (no-hitters 1880, 84; Buffalo Bisons), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1902)
  • 1864 Thomas Cahill, American soccer coach and administrator (first coach US men's national team), born in NYC, NY (d. 1951)
  • 1875 Walter Lees, English cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 26 wickets), born in Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire, England (d. 1924)
  • 1878 William Starling Burgess, American yacht designer (America Cup's Enterprise) and aviation pioneer, born in Boston Massachusetts (d. 1947)
  • 1878 Louis Chevrolet, Swiss-born race car driver (d. 1941)
  • 1881 Joseph V McCarthy, baseball manager (NY Yankees)
  • 1891 Clarrie Grimmett, Australian cricket spin bowler (37 Tests; 216 wickets @ 24.21; ICC Cricket Hall of Fame), born in Dunedin, New Zealand (d. 1980)
  • 1900 W L "Tich" Cornford, cricketer (Sussex keeper played for England 1930)
  • 1908 Jo-Jo Moore, American baseball left fielder (MLB All Star 1934–38, 40; World Series 1933; NY Giants), born in Gause, Texas (d. 2001)
  • 1912 Donald McRae, cricketer (Test for NZ, the 1946 debacle vs Australia)
  • 1925 Ossi Reichert, German FR, giant slalom (Olympic gold 1956)
  • 1927 Nellie Fox, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (15 x MLB All Star; AL MVP 1959; Chicago White Sox), born in St. Thomas Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1975)
  • 1930 Emmanuel Agassi, Iranian boxer and coach and father of Andre Agassi, born in Salmas, Iran
  • 1932 Peter Swales, British soccer executive (Chairman Manchester City FC 1973-93; vice-president English FA), born in Manchester, England (d. 1996)
  • 1934 Giancarlo Baghetti, racing driver/journalist
  • 1935 Al Jackson, American MLB player (New York Mets), born in Waco, Texas (d. 2019)
  • 1942 Françoise Dürr, French tennis player (French C'ships 1967), born in Algiers, French Algeria
  • 1943 Hedley Howarth, New Zealand cricket spin bowler (30 Tests, 86 wickets), born in Auckland, NZ (d. 2008)
  • 1943 Wilson Fittipaldi Jr, Brazilian auto racer, team owner (Fittipaldi F1 team), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1944 Jairzinho, Brazilian footballer
  • 1944 Sam Strahan, New Zealand rugby union lock (17 caps; Manawatū), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand (d. 2019)
  • 1945 Ken "The Snake" Stabler, NFL quarterback (Oak Raiders, Super Bowl XI), born in Foley, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1946 Larry Csonka, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins, NY Giants)
  • 1946 Gene Lamont, American baseball player and manager
  • 1947 Connie Petracek, Chambersburg PA, pistol shooter (Olympics 92, 96)
  • 1949 Dan Pastorini, NFL quarterback (Raiders) [or May 26]
  • 1950 Barry Pearson, American NFL player, born in Geneseo, Illinois
  • 1950 Manny Trillo, Venezuelan baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Caripito, Venezuela
  • 1953 Dave Wasick, American NFL player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1956 Mansoor Akhtar, cricketer (Pakistani batsman early 80's)
  • 1957 Chris Kamara, English footballer and commentator
  • 1958 Joop Hiele, soccer player (Dordrecht '90, Go Ahead Eagles)

Person of interestRickey Henderson

1958 Rickey Henderson, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (10× MLB All-Star; World Series 1989, 93; AL MVP 1990; MLB stolen bases record 1,406), born in Chicago, Illinois

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1959 Chris Spice, Australian field hockey coach (Olympics 1996)
  • 1959 Ton Lokhoff, Dutch soccer player (NAC)
  • 1961 Storm Davis, baseball player
  • 1962 Mary Ellen Clark, American diver (Olympics 2 bronze-92, 96), born in Abington, Pennsylvania
  • 1963 Joop Gall, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • 1964 Anil Kaul, Amritsar India, Canadian badminton player (Olympics 1996)
  • 1964 Raymond Libregts, soccer player (MVV)
  • 1964 Gary McAllister, Scottish footballer
  • 1965 Dmitri Mironov, NHL defenseman (Pitts Penguins, Anaheim), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1965 Kathleen Luciano, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-17th-1993), born in Munich. Germany
  • 1966 Craig Veasey, NFL defensive tackle/defensive end (Houston Oilers)
  • 1966 Javier Frana, Rafaela Argentina, tennis star
  • 1967 Kathleen Franey, American 1.5km runner, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1968 Corey Widmer, NFL linebacker (NY Giants), born in Alexandria, Virginia
  • 1968 Don Silvestri, NFL/WLAF kicker (NY Jets, London Monarchs), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Jim Dowd, American NHL center (Vancouver Canucks), born in Brick Township, New Jersey
  • 1968 Scott Bullett, American baseball outfielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Martinsburg, West Virginia
  • 1970 Ghalid Salamat, Dutch soccer player (MVV), born in the Netherlands
  • 1970 Stu Barnes, Canadian NHL center (Florida Panthers), born in Spruce Grove, Canada
  • 1971 Terry Vaughn, American CFL receiver (1006 career receptions, 1st in CFL history to reach 1,000; Grey Cup 1998, 2003), born in Sumter, South Carolina
  • 1973 Robbie Elliott, English footballer, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
  • 1974 Chris Naeole, American football coach (New Orleans Saints), born in Kailua, Hawaii
  • 1975 Marcus Trescothick, English cricketer, born in Keynsham, United Kingdom
  • 1975 Hideki Okajima, Japanese baseball player, born in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
  • 1976 Scott Vermillion, American soccer defender (Olympic gold 1996), born in Independence, Missouri
  • 1977 Jim Greco, American skateboarder, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1977 Israel Vasquez, Current WBC Super bantamweight champion, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • 1978 Simon Jones, English cricketer, born in Morriston, United Kingdom
  • 1980 Locó [Manuel Armindo Morais Cange], Angolan footballer, born in Luanda, Angola
  • 1980 Marcus Trufant, American football player (Seattle Seahawks), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1981 Willy Taveras, Dominican baseball player, born in Tenares, Dominican Republic
  • 1981 Meena Lee, South Korean golfer (Canadian Open 2005), born in Jeonju, South Korea
  • 1982 Shawn Andrews, American football player, born in Littleton, Massachusetts
  • 1982 Rob Edwards, English-born Welsh footballer, born in Madeley, United Kingdom
  • 1984 Alastair Cook, English cricketer
  • 1986 Doug Loft, English footballer, born in Maidstone, United Kingdom
  • 1988 Eric Gordon, American basketball player, born in Indianapolis, Indiana

Deaths in Sport

  • 1875 Young Tom Morris, Scottish golfer (British Open 1868-70, 72), dies of pulmonary haemorrhage at 24
  • 1953 Patsy Donovan, Irish-born American baseball player (b. 1865)
  • 1976 Arthur Mitchell, cricketer (batted in 6 Tests for Eng 1933-36), dies

Person of interestBilly Martin

1989 Billy Martin, American baseball 2nd baseman (MLB All Star 1956; World Series 1951, 52, 53, 56; NY Yankees) and manager (World Series 1977 NY Yankees), killed in a car accident at 61

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • 1991 Mahmood Hussain, Pakistan cricket swing bowler (27 Tests, 68 wickets), dies at 59
  • 1992 Ted Croker, RAF-pilot/sect English soccer team (sponsoring), dies
  • 1995 Jimmy Boucher, cricketer (great Irish all-rounder 1929-54), dies
  • 1998 John Pulman, English snooker player (b. 1926)
  • 2000 Neil Hawke, Australian cricket fast bowler (27 Tests, 91 wickets), dies at 61
  • 2007 Desmond Barrick, English Cricketer (b. 1927)
  • 2007 John Hayes, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (15 Tests, 30 wickets), dies at 80
  • 2010 Bud Greenspan, American documentary maker (Olympic Games), dies at 84
  • 2012 Othmar Schneider, Austrian skier (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 84
  • 2013 Mike Hegan, American baseball player, dies from heart failure at 71
  • 2014 Geoff Pullar, English cricketer (England opening batsman late 50's early 60's), dies at 79
  • 2020 Ivan Bohdan, Ukrainian Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold Soviet Union heavyweight 1960; World C'ship gold 1958, 61), dies at 92
  • 2020 Robin Jackman, English cricket seam bowler (4 Tests, 14 wickets; 15 ODIs; Surrey), dies from COVID-19 at 75
  • 2020 K. C. Jones, American Basketball Hall of Fame point guard (Olympic gold 1956; NBA C'ship 1959–66, Boston Celtics) and coach (NBA C'ship 1984, 86; Boston Celtics), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 88