On This Day in Sport for December 25

Events in Sport

  • 1862 40,000 watch Union army men play baseball at Hilton Head, SC
  • 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 1st US bobsled run open to public (Lake Placid, NY)
  • 1930 Mt Van Hoevenberg bobsled run at Lake Placid, NY opens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1940 Bradman out 1st ball for SA 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
  • 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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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


Birthdays in Sport

  • 1855 James Galvin, pitcher, shut-out every opposing team in 1884
  • 1864 Thomas Cahill, American soccer coach (d. 1951)
  • 1875 Walter Lees, cricketer (Surrey pace bowler toured for Eng 1905-06)
  • 1878 W Starling Burgess, yacht designer (America Cup's Enterprise)
  • 1878 Louis Chevrolet, Swiss-born race car driver (d. 1941)
  • 1881 Joseph V McCarthy, baseball manager (NY Yankees)
  • 1891 Clarrie Grimmett, cricketer (in Dunedin Great Australian leg-spinner)
  • 1900 W L "Tich" Cornford, cricketer (Sussex keeper played for England 1930)
  • 1908 Jo-Jo Moore, baseball player (d. 2001)
  • 1909 Mike Mazurki, Tarnopal Austria, actor/wrestler (Centerfold Girls)
  • 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, White Sox infielder (AL MVP 1959), (d. 1975)
  • 1930 Emmanuel Agassi, Iranian boxer and father of Andre Agassi
  • 1934 Giancarlo Baghetti, racing driver/journalist
  • 1935 Al Jackson, baseball player
  • 1942 Francoise Durr, French tennis player (1976 US indoor Doubles)
  • 1943 Hedley Howarth, cricketer (brother of Geoff, NZ lefty spinner 1969-77)
  • 1943 Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1944 Jairzinho, Brazilian footballer
  • 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 QB (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)

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1958 Rickey Henderson, MLB outfielder (stolen base king, A's, Yanks), born in Chicago, Illinois

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1959 Chris Spice, Australian field hockey coach (Olympics-96)
  • 1959 Ton Lokhoff, Dutch soccer player (NAC)
  • 1961 Storm Davis, baseball player
  • 1962 Mary Ellen Clark, Abington Pa, diver (Olympics-2 bronze-92, 96)
  • 1963 Joop Gall, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • 1964 Anil Kaul, Amritsar India, Canadian badminton player (Olympics-96)
  • 1964 Janet Soulsby, Corbridge Australia, golfer (Curtis Cup 1982)
  • 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, 1.5k runner, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1968 Corey Widmer, NFL linebacker (NY Giants)
  • 1968 Don Silvestri, NFL/WLAF kicker (NY Jets, London Monarchs)
  • 1968 Jim Dowd, Brick, NHL center (Vancouver Canucks)
  • 1968 Scott Bullett, Martinsburg WV, outfielder (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1970 Azhar Saeed, UAE cricketer (opening batsman 1996 World Cup)
  • 1970 Ghalid Salamat, soccer player (MVV)
  • 1970 Stu Barnes, Spruce Grove, NHL center (Florida Panthers)
  • 1971 Marlon Forbes, safety (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971 Terry Vaughn, CFL receiver (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1973 Robbie Elliott, English footballer
  • 1974 Chris Naeole, guard (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1974 Grayson Shillingford, Dominican-born Canadian NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1975 Marcus Trescothick, English cricketer
  • 1975 Hideki Okajima, Japanese baseball player
  • 1976 Scott Vermillion, Independence MO, soccer defender (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1977 Jim Greco, American skateboarder
  • 1977 Israel Vasquez, Current WBC Super bantamweight champion
  • 1978 Joel Porter, Australian footballer
  • 1978 Simon Jones, English cricketer
  • 1980 Locó, Angolan footballer
  • 1980 Marcus Trufant, American football player (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1981 Willy Taveras, baseball player
  • 1982 Shawn Andrews, American football player
  • 1982 Rob Edwards, Welsh footballer
  • 1984 Chris Cahill, Samoan footballer
  • 1984 Alastair Cook, English cricketer
  • 1986 Doug Loft, English footballer
  • 1988 Eric Gordon, American Basketball Player

Deaths in Sport

  • 1875 Young Tom Morris, Scottish golfer (b. 1851)
  • 1953 Patsy Donovan, Irish-born American baseball player (b. 1865)
  • 1976 Arthur Mitchell, cricketer (batted in 6 Tests for Eng 1933-36), dies
  • 1989 Billy Martin, American MLB player and manager (NY Yankees), killed in a car accident at 61
  • 1991 Mahmood Hussain, cricketer (27 Tests for Pakistan, 68 wickets), dies
  • 1992 Ted Croker, RAF-pilot/sect English soccer team (sponsoring), dies
  • 1995 Jimmy Boucher, cricketer (great Irish all-rounder 1929-54), dies
  • 2000 Neil Hawke, Australian cricketer and footballer (b. 1939
  • 2007 Desmond Barrick, English Cricketer (b. 1927)
  • 2013 Mike Hegan, American baseball player, dies from heart failure at 71
  • 2014 Geoff Pullar, cricketer (England opening batsman late 50's early 60's), dies at 79