On This Day

On This Day in Sport for December 27

Events in Sport

  • 1892 N C Biddle beats Livingston 4-0 in 1st black college football game
  • 1897 Stanley Cup, Victoria Rink, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Victorias beat Ottawa Capitals, 15-2
  • 1919 Red Sox owner Harry Frazee announces they will deal any player except Harry Hooper, Hooper is sent to the White Sox after 1920 season
  • 1937 German immigration officials with no explanation bar Juan Carlos Zabala (Arg), 1932 Olympic marathon champion, from entering Germany
  • 1942 5th NFL All Star Game, Shribe Park, Philadelphia: NFL All-Stars beat Washington Redskins, 17-14
  • 1951 40th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Sydney (3-2)
  • 1953 National Football League Championship, Briggs Stadium, Detroit: Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns, 17-16 to retain title
  • 1956 45th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Adelaide (5-0)

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1956 Bill Sharman (Boston) ends NBA free throw streak of 55 games

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • 1959 National Football League Championship, Memorial Stadium, Baltimore: Baltimore Colts beat New York Giants, 31-16; Colts score 24 straight points in 4th quarter
  • 1960 1961 NFL Draft: Tommy Mason from University of Tulane first pick by Minnesota Vikings
  • 1962 28th Heisman Trophy Award: Terry Baker, Oregon State (QB)
  • 1964 National Football League Championship, Cleveland Stadium: Cleveland Browns shutout Baltimore Colts, 27-0; last championship win by a major-league pro sports team from Cleveland until 2016 NBA Cavaliers
  • 1966 Ballon d'Or: Manchester United midfielder Bobby Charlton wins award for best European football player; claims award by a single point ahead of Benfica striker Eusébio
  • 1971 1st Fiesta Bowl: #8 Arizona State beats Florida State, 45-38
  • 1972 LA Kings start Islanders on 12 game losing streak

  • 1973 LA Dodgers announce night games will start at 7:30 instead of 8
  • 1974 40th Heisman Trophy Award: Archie Griffin, Ohio State (RB)
  • 1977 Ballon d'Or: Borussia Mönchengladbach's Danish forward Allan Simonsen is named Europe's best football player ahead of Hamburg forward Kevin Keegan and Nancy midfielder Michel Platini
  • 1978 Ballon d'Or: Hamburg's English forward Kevin Keegan wins his 1st of 2 consecutive trophies as best football player in Europe; beats Barcelona striker Hans Krankl and Anderlecht winger Rob Rensenbrink
  • 1979 Red Army beats NY Rangers 5-2 at Madison Square Garden
  • 1979 Los Angeles left wing Charlie Simmer scores in a Kings' 3-0 shutout of the Quebec Nordiques to extend his modern day NHL goal-scoring streak to 13 straight games (ends next game)
  • 1980 Calvin Murphy (Rockets) begins longest NBA free throw streak of 78
  • 1981 Lillee becomes the leading wicket-taker in test cricket with 310

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1981 Oiler Wayne Gretzky becomes fastest NHLer to get 100 pts (38th game)

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

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1982 Imran Khan 8-60 to bring innings victory v India at Karachi

Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan
Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan
Imran Khan
  • 1983 Ballon d'Or: Juventus' French midfielder Michel Platini claims first of 3 trophies for Europe's best football player ahead of Liverpool midfielder Kenny Dalgleish and Vejle BK striker Allan Simonsen
  • 1984 Padres' free agent pitcher Ed Whitson signs with NY Yankees
  • 1987 Steve Largent sets all-time NFL record for career catches when he catches his 752nd pass
  • 1988 Ballon d'Or: Milan 1-2-3; Dutch striker Marco van Basten wins his 1st of 3 best football player in Europe awards ahead of Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard
  • 1989 Oregon begins taking bids on NBA games
  • 1990 Edmonton Oilers beat the Calgary Flames, 4-1 to record their 500th all-time NHL victory; set in just 915 games for a record of 500-295-120, good for a winning % of .612; best in history upon reaching milestone
  • 1991 Bengals hire Dave Shula as youngest NFL coach (32)
  • 1991 Chuck Knox retires as Seattle Seahawk coach
  • 1995 Australian cricketer David Boon completes his 21st Test Cricket century (110 v SL, MCG)

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1999 Joe Sakic records his 1,000th career point, an assist against the St. Louis Blues

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic

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2000 Pittsburgh Penguins center and part-owner Mario Lemieux scores a goal and 2 assists in his return to the NHL after more than 3 years out with injury problems and lingering cancer issues; Penguins beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-0

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • 2017 Raheem Sterling scores to give Manchester City 1-0 win over Newcastle United at St. James' Park; EPL record 18th consecutive win; streak ends with 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace 31/12

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1896 Arch Ward, sportswriter (proposed baseball's all-star game)
  • 1899 Paul Costello, American double sculls (Olympic gold 1920, 24, 28)
  • 1900 Hans Stuck, German race car driver (d. 1978)
  • 1910 Neville Crump, British racehorse trainer, born in Beckenham, Kent, England (d. 1997) [1]
  • 1915 Gyula Zsengellér, Hungarian footballer (d. 1999)
  • 1920 Bruce Hobbs, American jockey (youngest to ride winner of English Grand National on Battleship 1938), born on Long Island, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1933 Dave Marr, golfer, broadcaster, (PGA Championship 1965), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1997)
  • 1934 Larisa Latynina, Ukrainian Soviet gymnast (Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64), born in Kherson, Soviet Union
  • 1936 Phil Sharpe, English cricketer (12 Tests), born in Shipley, West Yorkshire (d. 2014)
  • 1936 Lee Grosscup, American football quarterback (NY Jets, NY Titans) and sportscaster (college football analyst ABC; Cal Berkeley), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2020)
  • 1938 Ron Greene, American college basketball coach (Uni of New Orleans, Mississippi State, Murray State, Indiana State), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 2021)
  • 1940 Jerry Lambert, jockey (rode Native Diver)
  • 1942 Byron Browne, baseball player
  • 1947 Willy Polleunis, Belgian athlete
  • 1950 Roberto Bettega, Italian soccer forward (42 caps; Juventus 326 games, 129 goals), born in Turin, Italy
  • 1952 Craig Reynolds, American baseball shortstop (MLB All Star 1978-79; Seattle Mariners; Houston Astros), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1953 Kevin Wright, cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper 1979)
  • 1955 Brad Murphey, Australian racing driver
  • 1956 Doina Melinte, Romanian running star (world record 1500 m/mile indoor)
  • 1957 James Sanford, US runner (world record 50m indoor)
  • 1958 Steve Jones, American golfer (US Open 1996, 8 PGA Tour titles), born in Artesia, New Mexico
  • 1959 Andre Tippett, NFL linebacker (New England Patriots)
  • 1959 Mary Holland, WPVA volleyballer, born in San Diego, California
  • 1962 Sherri Steinhauer, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1992, British Open 2006), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1962 Timothy Hacker, 10k runner, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1962 Mark Few, American basketball coach
  • 1962 Bill Self, American basketball coach
  • 1963 Dana Chladek, Czech-American slalom kayaker (Olympic bronze 1992, silver 1996), born in Děčín, Czech Republic
  • 1963 Jim Leyritz, Lakewood OH, catcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1963 Mark Pike, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1964 Steve Wallace, American football player, NFL tackle (SF 49ers, KC Chiefs), born in Alabama, Georgia
  • 1965 Gamini Wickremasinghe, cricketer (Sri Lanka wicket-keeper)
  • 1966 Bill Goldberg, American football player and professional wrestler
  • 1968 Dean Palmer, infielder (Texas Rangers), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1969 Chris Humbert, Modesto California, water polo 2m offense (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Suzanne Paxton, fencer-foil (Olympics 1996), born in Baltimore Maryland
  • 1969 Jean-Christophe Boullion, French race car driver
  • 1970 Lorenzo Neal, NFL fullback (New Orleans Saints, NY Jets)
  • 1971 Bryan Smolinski, NHL forward (Team USA, Pitts Penguins), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1971 James Stewart, NFL running back (Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions), born in Fairfield, Texas
  • 1971 Duncan Ferguson, Scottish footballer
  • 1972 Charles Way, NFL fullback (NY Giants)
  • 1972 Dewayne Washington, NFL cornerback (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1973 Bill Clay, Yokosuka Japan, US sprint cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 Jay Pandolfo, American ice hockey player
  • 1975 Patrick Paauwe, Dutch soccer player (PSV, Graafschap)
  • 1976 Fernando Pisani, Canadian/Italian ice hockey player
  • 1977 Kate Nelson, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1979 David Dunn, English footballer
  • 1979 Carson Palmer, American NFL quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2002, USC; Pro Bowl 2005, 06, 15; Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals), born in Fresno, California
  • 1980 Claudio Castagnoli, Swiss wrestler
  • 1983 Cole Hamels, American baseball player
  • 1984 Gilles Simon, French tennis player (world #6 2009; Davis Cup 2017), born in Boulogne-Billancourt, France
  • 1985 Logan Bailly, Belgian football goalkeeper
  • 1985 Paul Stastny, Canadian-American ice hockey player
  • 1988 Rick Porcello, American baseball player
  • 1990 Luis Trujillo, Peruvian Football Player
  • 1990 Milos Raonic, Canadian tennis player (8 ATP titles), born in Titograd, Montenegro

Weddings in Sport

  • 2006 Supermodel Niki Taylor (31) weds NASCAR driver Burney Lamar (26) at The Grande Colonial Hotel in La Jolla, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 1966 Guillermo Stábile, Argentine footballer (b. 1906)
  • 1966 Frankie Genaro, American boxer (World flyweight champion 1928-31; Olympic gold flyweight 1920), dies at 65
  • 1985 Harry Hopman, Australian tennis player, coach (Davis Cup captain 1939-67, won 16), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • 1994 Peter May, English cricketer (4537 runs-Eng 1951-61), dies at 64
  • 1995 Al Barlick, American Baseball Hall of Fame umpire (7 x World Series; 7 x MLB All Star games), dies at 80
  • 1998 Ricardo Tormo, Spanish Grand Prix motocycle racer, dies at 46
  • 2003 Ivan Calderón, Puerto Rican baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1991; Chicago White Sox, Montreal Expos), dies from multiple firearm wounds at 41
  • 2010 Keith Andrew, English cricketer (England wicket-keeper in 2 Tests 1954-63), dies at 81
  • 2015 Meadowlark Lemmon, American basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 83
  • 2015 Stein Eriksen, Norwegian alpine skier (first Olympic giant slalom gold 1952), dies at 88
  • 2019 Ilias Rosidis, Greek soccer defender (29 caps; Olympiacos FC), dies at 92
  • 2020 José Luiz Carbone, Brazilian soccer midfielder (6 caps; São Paulo, Internacional, Botafogo) and coach (Fluminense, Guarani), dies from liver cancer at 74
  • 2020 Loyd Phillips, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive lineman (University of Arkansas; Chicago Bears), dies from a stroke at 75