On This Day in Sport for December 26

Events in Sport


Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1908 Jack Johnson TKOs Tommy Burns in 14 for heavyweight boxing title, becomes 1st black heavyweight champion

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1917 1st NHL defensemen to score a goal: Toronto Maple Leaf Harry Cameron
  • 1918 1st day of 1st-class cricket in Aust after WW I (Vic v NSW)

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1919 Yankees & Red Sox reach agreement on transfer of Babe Ruth the Yankees

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1925 NHL record 141 shots as NY Americans (73) beat Pitt Pirates (68) 3-1, NY's Jake Forbes 67 saves, Pitt's Ray Waters 70
  • 1928 Johnny Weissmuller announces his retirement from amateur swimming

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1933 Don Bradman scores 187* NSW v Victoria, in 294 mins with 13 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1934 Yomiuri Giants, Japan's 1st professional baseball team forms
  • 1938 Bradman scores 225 South Aust v Qld before Christ gets him out
  • 1938 Tom Goddard takes a cricket hat-trick for England v South Africa
  • 1940 1st-class cricket debut of Arthur Morris, who scores 148
  • 1943 Chicago Bears win NFL championship, defeating Washington Redskins 41-21 in Chicago
  • 1946 35th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Melbourne (5-0)
  • 1950 Gillette & Mutual buy All Star & World Series rights ($6M for 6 yrs)
  • 1954 Cleveland Browns win NFL Championship, beating Detroit 56-10
  • 1955 Cleveland Browns win NFL Championship, beating Los Angeles Rams 38-14
  • 1960 Philadelphia Eagles beat Green Bay Packers 17-13 in NFL championship game
  • 1964 Buffalo Bills beat San Diego Chargers 20-7 in AFL championship game
  • 1965 Buffalo Bills beat San Diego Chargers 23-0 in AFL championship game
  • 1968 Bruin Ted Green sets NHL penalty record of 3 minors, 2 majors & 2 game misconducts in a game against NY Rangers in NY's Madison Square Garden
  • 1974 Washington Capitals 1st NHL sellout
  • 1975 Crowd of 85,661 attend the 1st day of the Australia vs West Indies MCG cricket test
  • 1975 5th Fiesta Bowl: #7 Arizona State beats #6 Nebraska, 17-14
  • 1976 AFC Championship Game: Oakland Raiders beat Pittsburgh Steelers 24-7
  • 1976 NFC Championship Game: Minnesota Vikings beat Los Angeles Rams 24-13
  • 1980 10th Fiesta Bowl: #10 Penn State beats #11 Ohio State, 31-19
  • 1981 One of the great day's Test Cricket at the MCG Australia v West Indies
  • 1983 Test Cricket debut of Gregory Richard John Matthews, v Pakistan at the MCG
  • 1985 Test Cricket debut of Steve Waugh, v India at the MCG
  • 1986 Doug Jarvis, 31, sets NHL record of 916 consecutive games

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1986 Mark Messier is suspended for 10 games for instigating a fight with Jamie Macoun and breaking his cheekbone

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • 1989 ODI debut for Mark Taylor & Sanath Jayasuriya at cricket MCG
  • 1990 Reggie Williams becomes 1st GM of WLAF's NY-NJ Knights
  • 1990 Senior Professional Baseball Association folds
  • 1991 Chuck Knolls retires as NFL coach after 23 years
  • 1991 NY Islander Derek King ties NJ Devils 5-5 with ½ second left
  • 1993 Floyd, Nicklaus & Rodriguez wins Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge Golf Tournament
  • 1995 Paul Adams becomes South Africa's youngest Test Cricket player at 18 yrs 340 days

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1837 Morgan Bulkeley, American politician and baseball commissioner (d. 1922)
  • 1873 Thomas Wass, English cricketer (d. 1953)
  • 1908 Ralph Hill, American 5K runner (Olympic-1932)
  • 1911 Arsenio Lacson, Filipino politician and sportswriter (d. 1962)
  • 1913 Frank Swift, English footballer and journalist (d. 1958)
  • 1924 Frank Broyles, American athlete, long time athletic director of the University of Arkansas.
  • 1927 Stu Miller, American baseball player
  • 1935 Barbara J Jacket, US athletic coach (Olympics 1972)
  • 1935 Rohan Kanhai, cricketer (one of West Indies' finest batsmen)
  • 1940 Ray Sadecki, American MLB player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Kansas City, KS, (d. 2014)
  • 1942 Barry Wood, cricketer (England opener in early 70's)
  • 1947 Carlton Fisk, Vermont, all star catcher (Red Sox, White Sox)
  • 1948 Chris Chambliss, 1st baseman (NY Yankee)
  • 1953 Matthew Harding, businessman/soccer supporter
  • 1954 Ozzie Smith, Mobile AL, infielder (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1954 Susan H Butcher, dog sled driver (Idatarod)
  • 1954 Ullrich Diessner, German DR, 4 man cox (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1954 Walter Diessner, German DR, 4 man cox (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1959 Lesley Tomlinson, Derbyshire England, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • 1961 Storm Davis, pitcher (KC Royals), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1964 Jeff King, Marion IN, infielder (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1965 Ben Husaby, Eden Prairie Minn, cross country skier (Olympics-1994)
  • 1966 Tim Legler, NBA guard (Washington Wizards/Bullets)
  • 1967 Tony Covington, NFL safety (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1968 Darren Barber, Victoria BC, rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1970 Lisa Gathright, Moline Ill, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-17th-1993)
  • 1970 Radka Zrubakova, Bratislava Slovakia, tennis star (1994 Futures-GER)
  • 1970 Willie Williams, NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers, Seahawks)
  • 1971 Mark Lathwell, cricketer (England opening batsman v Australia 1993)
  • 1972 Burnell Roques, NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1972 Derrick Cullors, running back (New England Patriots)
  • 1972 Esteban Fuertes, Argentine footballer
  • 1973 Ryan Berube, American 800m freestyle relay (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1974 Tony Brackens, defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1975 Marcelo Rios, tennis star (1995 Amsterdam), born in Santiago, Chile
  • 1978 Kaoru Sugayama, Japanese volleyball player
  • 1979 Fabián Carini, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1979 Dimitry Vassiliev, Russian ski jumper
  • 1980 Serena Phillips, Corvallis Ore, figure skater (1997 Pruetten champ)
  • 1980 Todd Dunivant, American soccer player
  • 1990 Aaron Ramsey, Welsh footballer

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1948 MLB player Gil Hodges (24) weds Joan Lombardi

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges

HeartWedding of Interest

1959 NFL coach John Madden (23) weds Virginia Fields

Football Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
Football Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden

HeartWedding of Interest

2002 Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal (30) weds Shaunie Nelson at The Beverly Hills Hotel's Crystal Garden

Basketball Player Shaquille O'Neal
Basketball Player
Shaquille O'Neal

Deaths in Sport

  • 1916 Frank Penn, cricketer (one Test for England v Australia 1880), dies
  • 1961 Charlie Frank, cricketer (S Af Test centurion v Aust 1921-22), dies
  • 1963 "Gorgeous George" Wagner, wrestler, dies
  • 1967 Sydney Barnes, English cricketer (27 Tests for England, 189 wickets) and probably England's greatest bowler, dies at 94
  • 1970 Lillian Board, British athlete (b. 1948)

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1989 Doug Harvey, Canadian ice hockey player, dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 65

NHL Legend Doug Harvey
NHL Legend
Doug Harvey

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2004 Reggie White, American football player, dies at 43

NFL Legend Reggie White
NFL Legend
Reggie White
  • 2007 Stu Nahan, American Sportscaster (b. 1926)
  • 2013 Paul Blair, American baseball player, dies at 69