On This Day in Sport for December 30

Events in Sport

  • 1896 Stanley Cup: Montreal Victorias beat Winnipeg Victorias, 6-5
  • 1907 Abraham Mills' commission declares Abner Doubleday invented baseball
  • 1908 Stanley Cup: Mont Wanderers outscore Edmonton, 13-10 in 2 game set
  • 1911 English cricketer Sydney Barnes takes 5-6 in 1st 11 overs v Australia at MCG
  • 1926 Chicago Tribune reports the Tigers threw a 4-game series to the White Sox in 1917 to help Chicago win the pennant (never substantiated)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1932 Bradman out for a duck v England at cricket MCG

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1939 Bradman scores 267 SA v Vic, world record 34th double cricket century
  • 1943 Phillies trade Babe Dahlgren to Pitts for Babe Phelps & cash
  • 1947 36th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in New York (4-1)
  • 1956 NY Giants beat Chicago Bears 47-7 in NFL championship game
  • 1962 Green Bay Packers beat NY Giants 16-7 in NFL championship game
  • 1971 Long Island NHL franchise purchased (NY Islanders)
  • 1973 AFC Championship Game: Miami Dolphins beat Oakland Raiders 27-10
  • 1973 NFC Championship Game: Minnesota Vikings beat Dallas Cowboys 27-10

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1981 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record of 50 goals by 39th game of season

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1982 England defeat Australia by three runs at cricket MCG
  • 1989 Dmitri Volkov swims world record 50m freestyle (27.15 sec)
  • 1992 Last day of Test Cricket for Michael Whitney

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2008 NFL head coach Mike Shanahan is fired by the Denver Broncos

NFL Head Coach Mike Shanahan
NFL Head Coach
Mike Shanahan

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1872 William A Larned, tennis champ (US Open-1901)
  • 1883 Lester Patrick, NHL pioneer
  • 1919 Dick Spooner, England, cricket wicketkeeper (Godfrey Evans' shadow)
  • 1935 Sandy Koufax, Dodger pitcher (Cy Young '63, '65, '66, perfect-1967)
  • 1937 Gordon Banks, English footballer
  • 1940 Fred Hansen, American pole vaulter (Olympic gold 1964), born in Cuero, Texas
  • 1941 Mel Renfro, American football player
  • 1942 Guy Edwards, English racing driver
  • 1948 Surinder Amarnath, cricketer (son of Lala 124 on debut v NZ 1976)
  • 1949 Bruce Davidson, equestrian 3-day (Olympics-silver-96)
  • 1951 Doug Allder, English footballer
  • 1960 Addy Bucek, Australian 470 class sailor (Olympics-9-92, 96)
  • 1961 Ben Johnson, Falmouth, Jamaica, Canadian 100m runner (Olympic gold 1988-disqualified)
  • 1961 Sue Malaxos, Australian marathoner (Olympics-96)
  • 1963 Johnny van 't Schip, Dutch soccer star (Ajax, Genua)
  • 1963 Milan Srejber, Czech, tennis star
  • 1963 Robert Jenkins, NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1964 Kris Tschetter, LPGA golfer (1992 Northgate Computer), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1964 Duglas T. Stewart, Scottish musician (BMX Bandits)
  • 1965 Brad McNamara, cricketer (NSW all-rounder)
  • 1965 David Baker, UK cyclist, born in Sheffield, England
  • 1965 Tony Jones, WLAF receiver (Amsterdam Admirals, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1967 Colleen Miller, Winnipeg Manitoba, rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1968 Kevin Dahl, Regina, NHL defenseman (Calgary Flames)
  • 1968 Sean Higgins, NBA guard/forward (Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trailblazers)
  • 1969 Anthuan Maybank, Georgetown SC, 200m/400m runner
  • 1969 Jeff Thomason, NFL tight end (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1969 Michelle McGann, golfer (1995 Sara Lee Classic), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1970 Grant Carter, CFL defensive end (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1970 Gus Nketia, 100m sprint (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1970 Kevin Salvadori, NBA center (Sacramento Kings)
  • 1970 Robert Hall, WLAF wide receiver (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1971 Scotty Lewis, WLAF defensive end (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1971 Steve Hardin, NFL/WLAF offensive tackle (Ind Colts, Rhein Fire)
  • 1971 Sylvester Wright, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1971 Thomas Strzalkowski, American fencer-sabre (Olympics-96), born in Kraków, Poland
  • 1972 Kerry Collins, NFL quarterback (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1972 Loren Meyer, NBA center (Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks)
  • 1972 Paul Keegan, Irish footballer
  • 1973 Don Reid, NBA guard/forward (Detroit Pistons)
  • 1973 Robert Walker, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1973 Ato Boldon, Trinidadian athlete

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1975 Tiger Woods, American golfer (14 Majors and 79 PGA wins), born in Cypress, California

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • 1976 Rhoshii Wells, middleweight boxer (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1976 A.J. Pierzynski, American baseball player
  • 1977 Laila Ali, American boxer
  • 1977 Grant Balfour, Australian baseball player
  • 1977 Kenyon Martin, American basketball player
  • 1979 Flávio, Angolan footballer
  • 1981 Ali Al Habsi, Omani footballer
  • 1981 Michael Rodríguez, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1981 Matt Ulrich, American football player
  • 1982 Dawan Landry, American football player
  • 1982 Dathan Ritzenhein, American runner
  • 1984 Randall Azofeifa, Costa Rican footballer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1984 LeBron James, American NBA basketball player (Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat) born in Akron, Ohio

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
  • 1985 Lars Boom, Dutch cyclist
  • 1989 Ryan Sheckler, American professional skateboarder

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1916 MLB player Honus Wagner (42) weds Bessie Baine Smith (26) at St John's Church in Carnegie, Pennsylvania

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • 1984 Professional wrestling manager Miss Elizabeth (Hulette) & wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage (Poffo) wed

HeartWedding of Interest

1998 NBA player Clyde Drexler (36) weds attorney Gaynell Floyd

NBA Swingman Clyde Drexler
NBA Swingman
Clyde Drexler
  • 2004 Boston Red Sox centerfielder Johnny Damon (31) weds Michelle Mangan at Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes Hotel in Orlando, Florida
  • 2006 Canadian pair figure skaters David Pelletier (31) weds partner Jamie Sale (28) at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel in Alberta, Canada

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1970 Sonny Liston, World heavyweight boxing champion (1962-64), dies at 38

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
  • 2006 Michel Plasse, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1948)
  • 2015 Doug Atkins, NFL hall of famer (Browns, Bears, Saints), dies at 85
  • 2015 Howard Edward Davis Jr., boxer (Olympic silver 1976), dies at 59