On This Day

On This Day in Sport for December 28

Events in Sport

  • 1887 John Layton Jarvis is the 1st British race horse trainer knighted
  • 1905 Intercollegiate Athletic Association of US founded (becomes NCAA in 1910)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1918 Montreal's Georges Vezina becomes the first NHL goalie to record an assist during the Canadiens’ 6-3 win over the Toronto Arenas

NHL Goalie Georges Vezina
NHL Goalie
Georges Vezina
  • 1934 First ever Women's cricket international begins England vs Australia in Australia
  • 1938 Paul Gibb scores 106 on Test Cricket debut v South Africa
  • 1940 Cricketer Arthur Morris scores 111 in 2nd innings of 1st game after 148
  • 1944 Former Wash 3rd baseman Buddy Lewis wins Distinguished Flying Cross

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1944 Montreal right wing Maurice 'Rocket' Richard becomes first player in NHL history to score 8 points in one game with 5 goals and 3 assists in the Canadiens' 9-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • 1947 Chic Cards beat Philadelphia Eagles 28-21 in NFL championship game
  • 1947 National Football League Championship, Comiskey Park, Chicago: Chicago Cardinals beat Philadelphia Eagles, 28-21; Cardinals' only title victory
  • 1952 National Football League Championship, Cleveland Municipal Stadium: Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns, 17-7
  • 1954 43rd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Sydney (3-2)
  • 1955 44th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (5-0)
  • 1957 CBS states it won't broadcast baseball where minor league games are on
  • 1957 46th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Melbourne (3-2)
  • 1958 Baltimore Colts win the 26th NFL championship game against the New York Giants

  • 1958 "The Greatest Game Ever Played", Baltimore Colts beat New York Giants 23-17 in the first every sudden-death overtime game in NFL history (17 future members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were involved in the game)
  • 1958 National Football League Championship, Yankee Stadium, NYC: Baltimore Colts beat New York Giants, 23-17; first NFL playoff game to go into sudden death overtime
  • 1960 49th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Sydney (4-1)
  • 1961 50th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Melbourne (5-0)
  • 1962 51st Davis Cup: Australia beats Mexico in Brisbane (5-0)
  • 1963 Scottish Lotus driver Jim Clark wins his record 7th Grand Prix of the F1 season, the South African event at Prince George Circuit; first Scotsman to win the World Drivers Championship
  • 1965 Ballon d'Or: Benfica striker Eusébio wins award for best European football player; first Portuguese national to win, and still only Benfica player
  • 1966 55th Davis Cup: Australia beats India in Melbourne (4-1)
  • 1967 56th Davis Cup: Australia beats Spain in Brisbane (4-1)
  • 1968 57th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Adelaide (4-1)
  • 1971 Ballon d'Or: Ajax forward Johan Cruyff wins award for best European football player ahead of Inter forward Sandro Mazzola and Manchester United winger George Best; first Dutch national and Ajax player to win award
  • 1974 4th Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State beats #17 BYU, 16-6
  • 1975 Gary Cosier scores 109 v West Indies at MCG on Test Cricket debut
  • 1975 Red Army beats NY Rangers 7-3 at Madison Square Garden
  • 1975 "The Hail Mary", with 32 seconds left in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game, Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach throws a legendary 50-yard winning touchdown pass to Drew Pearson to defeat the Minnesota Vikings, and the "Hail Mary" play is born
  • 1975 In the aftermath of the Cold War, the New York Rangers become first team in NHL history to face a touring Soviet hockey squad; Soviet Army beats the Rangers, 7-3 at Madison Square Garden
  • 1976 Ballon d'Or: Bayern Munich defender Franz Beckenbauer wins title of Europe's best football player for a 2nd time; beats Anderlecht winger Rob Rensenbrink and Dukla Prague goalkeeper Ivo Viktor

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978 30th hat trick in Islander history (Mike Bossy)

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1982 Ballon d'Or: Juventus striker Paolo Rossi is named best European football player; beats Bordeaux midfielder Alain Giresse and Juventus' Polish midfielder Zbigniew Boniek
  • 1983 72nd Davis Cup: Australia beats Sweden in Melbourne (3-2)
  • 1986 75th Davis Cup: Australia beats Sweden in Melbourne (3-2), helped by Pat Davis ranked 412th in the world
  • 1990 Blockbuster Bowl 1: Florida State beats Penn State, 24-17
  • 1991 8 are crushed to death at a RAP basketball game at City College, NYC
  • 1991 Blockbuster Bowl 2: Alabama beats Colorado, 30-25
  • 1993 John Maclean passes Kirk Muller as all-time NJ Devils scorer (521 pts)
  • 1993 Ballon d'Or: Juventus' Italian striker Roberto Baggio is named Europe's best football player ahead of Inter forward Dennis Bergkamp and Manchester United striker Eric Cantona
  • 1994 David Boon completes his 20th Test Cricket century (131 v England, MCG)
  • 1996 India all out for 66 at Durban after making 100 in cricket 1st innings
  • 2008 Detroit Lions crash to a 31-21 loss to Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field; first team in NFL history to go winless in a 16-game season
  • 2013 Chris Weidman defeats Anderson Silva to retain the UFC Middleweight Championship
  • 2018 UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes of Brazil moves up in weight and KOs dominant featherweight Cris "Cyborg" Justino just 51 seconds into the opening round at the Forum, Inglewood, CA; first female to win UFC titles in multiple weight classes
  • 2019 49th Fiesta Bowl (College Football Playoff semifinal), #3 Clemson beats #2 Ohio State, 29-23
  • 2019 52nd Peach Bowl (College Football Playoff semi final): #1 LSU beats #4 Oklahoma, 63-28

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1894 Ed Healey, NFL tackle (Rock Island Independents, Chicago Bears)
  • 1905 Maharajkumar of Vizianagram "Vizzy", Indian cricket batsman, captain, administrator, broadcaster and politician (3 Tests), born in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India (d. 1965)
  • 1909 Johnny Goodman, American golfer (US Open 1933), born in South Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1970)
  • 1910 John "Jack" Kerr, New Zealand cricketer (opening batsman in 1930s), born in Dannevirke, New Zealand (d. 2007)
  • 1920 Steve Van Buren, NFL halfback (Philadelphia Eagles), (d. 2012)
  • 1922 Nyron Sultan Asgarali, cricketer (West Indian opening bat 1957)
  • 1926 Donald Carr, English cricketer and MCC official, born in Wiesbaden, Germany (d. 2016)

Person of interestTerry Sawchuk

1929 Terry Sawchuk, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (4-time Vezina Trophy & Stanley Cup winner), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1970)

NHL Legend Terry Sawchuk
NHL Legend
Terry Sawchuk
  • 1932 Harry Howell, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (NY Rangers 1952-69), born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 2019)
  • 1934 Peggy Wilson, American golfer (US Open runner-up 1969), born in Lauderdale, Mississippi
  • 1941 Intikhab Alam, Pakistan cricket leg-spinner (1959-77)
  • 1946 Jorge Velásquez, Panamanian Hall of Fame jockey (Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes 1981; 6,795 career wins), born in Chepo, Panama
  • 1947 Aurelio Rodriguez, baseball player
  • 1951 Ken Pope, American NFL player, born Galverton, Texas
  • 1952 Ray Knight, 3rd baseman (NY Mets, Baltimore Orioles)
  • 1957 Anne Sargeant, Australian netballer
  • 1958 Carlos Carson, football player
  • 1958 Terry Butcher, British soccer player
  • 1959 Everson Walls, NFL cornerback (Dallas Cowboys, NY Giants)
  • 1960 John Fitzgerald, Australian tennis player, born in Cummins

Person of interestRay Bourque

1960 Ray Bourque, Canadian NHL defenseman (Team Canada, Boston Bruins), born in Saint-Laurent, Quebec

NHL Legend Ray Bourque
NHL Legend
Ray Bourque
  • 1960 Zane Smith, American baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1961 Heather Hafner, WPVA volleyballer (National-7th-90), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1961 Kent Nielsen, Danish football player & coach, born in Frederiksberg, Denmark
  • 1962 Keith Lee, American basketball player (Memphis State), born in West Memphis, Arkansas
  • 1964 Charles Sinek, American ice dancer (& Beata Handra-1997 Pac Coast Sr 3rd), born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 1964 Maite Zúñiga, Spanish athlete, born in Eibar, Spain
  • 1966 Joe Wolf, US NFL player (Arizona Cardinals), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Paul Lynch, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1968 Darrick Brownlow, US NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1969 James Trapp, US sprinter and NFL player (Oakland Raiders), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1970 Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, Dutch tennis player (95, 96 Oklahoma City), born in Haarlem, Netherlands
  • 1970 James Jett, US Olympic sprinter and NFL wide receiver (Oakland Raiders), born in Charles Town, West Virginia
  • 1971 Melvin Nieves, Puerto Rican professional baseball outfielder (Detroit Tigers), born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1971 Steve Morrison, US NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts), born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • 1971 Benny Agbayani, American baseball player, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1971 William Gates, American basketball player, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1972 Adam Clawson, US slalom canoeist (Olympic-19th-96), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1972 Adam Vinatieri, US NFL placekicker (Amsterdam Admirals, NE Patriots), born in Yankton, South Dakota
  • 1972 Jean-Francois Jomphe, Canadian professional ice hockey player (Anaheim), born in Havre-Saint-Pierre, Canada
  • 1972 Jim Kitts, US NFL running back (Frankfurt Galaxy, Miami Dolphins), born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • 1972 Patrick Rafter, Australian tennis player (US Open 1997-98), born in Mount Isa, Australia
  • 1972 Roberto Palacios, Peruvian footballer, born in Lima, Peru
  • 1973 Bobby Taylor, NFL cornerback (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1973 Garth John Da Silva, heavyweight boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1974 Rob Niedermayer, Canadian NHL center (Florida Panthers), born in Cassiar, British Columbia
  • 1977 Shane Elford, Australian rugby league player, born in Penrith, Australia
  • 1978 Chris Coyne, Australian footballer (Bayswater City SC), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1979 James Blake, American tennis player, born in Yonkers, New York City
  • 1979 Bill Hall, American baseball player, born in Nettleton, Mississippi
  • 1980 Lomana LuaLua, Congolese football player, born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • 1981 Khalid Boulahrouz, Dutch football player, born in Maassluis, Netherlands
  • 1981 Mika Väyrynen, Finnish football player, born in Eskilstuna, Sweden
  • 1982 Cedric Benson, American football player, born in Midland, Texas
  • 1982 François Gourmet, Belgian decathlete, born in Libramont-Chevigny, Belgium
  • 1984 Martin Kaymer, German golfer (PGA C'ship 2010, US Open 2014), born in Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 1984 Leroy Lita, Congolese football player, born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • 1984 Beverly Mullins, American wrestler & model, born in Clearwater, Florida
  • 1984 Alex Lloyd, British racing driver, born in Manchester, United Kingdom
  • 1986 Tom Huddlestone, English footballer, born in Nottingham, United Kingdom

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1936 Football player Bronko Nagurski (28) weds childhood sweetheart Eileen Kane in International Falls, Minnesota

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski

Deaths in Sport

  • 1932 John Blackham, cricketer (35 Tests as Aust WK, caught 37), dies
  • 1932 Malcolm Whitman, American tennis player (US Nat C'ships 1898-1900), dies of suicide at 55
  • 1942 Alfred Flatow, German gymnast (Olympic gold 1896), dies at 73
  • 1943 Steve Evans, American baseball player (b. 1885)
  • 1949 Jack Lovelock, New Zealand athlete (Olympic gold 1,500m 1936), dies in rail accident at 39
  • 1980 Amir Elahi, Pakistani cricket spin bowler (1 Test India, 5 Tests Pakistan), at 72
  • 1983 Jimmy Demaret, American golfer (US Masters 1940, 47, 50), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • 1992 Sal Maglie, American MLB pitcher (NY Giants, 8th best won-lost pct), dies at 75
  • 1993 Joop Vervoort, Dutch soccer referee, dies at 61
  • 1997 George Fleming, cyclist, dies at 80
  • 2012 Emmanuel Scheffer, Israeli soccer coach (Israel 1968–70, 78–79; only World Cup appearance 1970), dies at 88
  • 2019 Vilhjálmur Einarsson, Icelandic athlete (Olympic silver triple-jump 1956; Iceland's first ever Olympic medal), dies at 85
  • 2019 Carley Ann McCord, American sports reporter (Cox Sports TV; in-game host New Orleans Pelicans, New Orleans Saints), dies in a plane crash at 30