On This Day

On This Day in Sport for December 30

Events in Sport

  • 1896 Stanley Cup, Granite Rink, Winnipeg, Manitoba: Ernie McLea scores a hat-trick as Montreal Victorias beat Winnipeg Victorias, 6-5; first SC Challenge game played outside of Montreal
  • 1907 Abraham Mills' commission declares Abner Doubleday invented baseball
  • 1908 Stanley Cup, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Montreal Wanderers outscore Edmonton HC, 14-9 in 2 game challenge series
  • 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)
  • 1934 New York Rangers and Boston Bruins battle out a 0-0 tie; first of a 37-game overtime undefeated streak for the Bruins, the longest in NHL history; streak spans over 4 years and includes 27 ties

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1939 Bradman scores 267 South Australia v Vic, world record 34th double cricket century

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1943 Phillies trade Babe Dahlgren to Pitts for Babe Phelps & cash
  • 1956 National Football League Championship, Yankee Stadium, NYC: New York Giants beat Chicago Bears, 47-7; Giants' 4th NFL title

Sport awardNFL Championship

1962 National Football League Championship, Yankee Stadium, NYC: Green Bay Packers beat NY Giants, 16-7; MVP: Ray Nitschke, Green Bay, LB

NFL Legend Ray Nitschke
NFL Legend
Ray Nitschke
  • 1971 Long Island NHL franchise purchased (NY Islanders)

Sport awardAFC Championship

1973 AFC Championship, Miami Orange Bowl: Miami Dolphins beat Oakland Raiders, 27-10

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 1973 NFC Championship, Texas Stadium, Irving: Minnesota Vikings beat Dallas Cowboys, 27-10
  • 1975 Ballon d'Or: FC Dynamo Kyiv forward Oleg Blokhin claims award for best European football player ahead of former winners, Bayern Munich defender Franz Beckenbauer and Ajax forward Johan Cruyff
  • 1977 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Evonne Goolagong Cawley wins her 6th career Grand Slam title; beats fellow Australian Helen Gourlay Cawley 6-3, 6-0
  • 1980 Ballon d'Or: Bayern Munich forward Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is named best European football player; beats German international teammate Bernd Schuster of FC Barcelona and Saint-Étienne midfielder Michel Platini

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1981 Wayne Gretzky scores 5 goals and an assist in Edmonton's 7-5 win over Philadelphia; gives Gretzky 50 goals in 39 games, the fastest 50 in 50 in NHL history; also sets NHL record with 15-game assist streak

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1982 England defeat Australia by three runs at cricket MCG
  • 1986 Ballon d'Or: Dynamo Kyiv's Ukrainian forward Igor Belanov is named best football player in Europe ahead of Barcelona striker Gary Lineker and Real Madrid forward Emilio Butragueño
  • 1989 Dmitri Volkov swims world record 50m freestyle (27.15 sec)
  • 1992 Last day of Test Cricket for Michael Whitney
  • 1992 Shane Warne takes 7-52 to lead Australian MCG win v West Indies
  • 1992 Washington defenseman Al Iafrate becomes first player in NHL history to have his shot officially break 100 miles per hour; records 101.4 mph during the Capitals Superskills competition

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
  • 2013 NFL head coach Mike Shanahan is fired by the Washington Redskins
  • 2016 83rd Orange Bowl: #10 Florida State beats #6 Michigan, 33-32
  • 2017 84th Orange Bowl: #6 Wisconsin beats #11 Miami (Florida), 34-24

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Patrick Mahomes becomes only the 2nd quarterback in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns during KC Chiefs' 35-3 win over Oakland Raiders; achieves both marks with 3rd quarter 89-yard TD pass to Demarcus Robinson

NFL Quarterback Patrick Mahomes
NFL Quarterback
Patrick Mahomes
  • 2019 86th Orange Bowl: #6 Florida beats #24 Virginia, 36-28
  • 2020 San Antonio assistant Becky Hammon becomes first female to coach an NBA team after Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is ejected in a 121-107 loss to the LA Lakers

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1872 William Larned, American tennis player (US Nationals 1901-02, 07-11), born in Summit, New Jersey (d. 1926)
  • 1879 Harry Barrett, British athlete (WR marathon 2:42:31 1909), born in London, England (d. 1927)
  • 1883 Lester Patrick, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (6 x Stanley Cups as player, coach and manager), born in Drummondville, Quebec (d. 1960)
  • 1919 Dick Spooner, English cricket wicket-keeper (7 Tests; 12 dismissals), born in Thornaby-on-Tees, England (d. 1997)

Person of interestSandy Koufax

1935 Sandy Koufax, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (7 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1955, 59, 63, 65; perfect game 1967; Cy Young Award 1963, 65, 66; Triple Crown 1963, 65, 66; LA Dodgers), born in Brooklyn, New York

Baseball Pitcher Sandy Koufax
Baseball Pitcher
Sandy Koufax
  • 1937 Gordon Banks, English soccer goalkeeper (World Cup 1966, 73 England caps), born in Sheffield, England (d. 2019)
  • 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 (Olympic silver 1996)
  • 1951 Doug Allder, English footballer
  • 1958 Rod Harrington, English darts player and broadcaster (World Matchplay C'ship 1998, 99; PDC World C'ship 1999 runner-up), born in Boreham, Essex, England
  • 1960 Addy Bucek, Australian 470 class sailor (Olympics-9-92, 96)
  • 1961 Ben Johnson, Canadian athlete (Olympic 100m gold 1988-disqualified), born in Falmouth, Jamaica
  • 1961 Sue Malaxos, Australian marathoner (Olympics 1996)
  • 1963 Johnny van 't Schip, Dutch soccer star (Ajax, Genua)
  • 1963 Milan Srejber, Czech tennis star
  • 1964 Kris Tschetter, American golfer (US Open runner-up 1996), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1964 Duglas T. Stewart, Scottish musician (BMX Bandits)
  • 1965 David Baker, UK cyclist, born in Sheffield, England
  • 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, American golfer (7 LPGA Tour wins), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1970 Grant Carter, CFL defensive end (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1970 Gus Nketia, 100m sprint (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1970 Kevin Salvadori, NBA center (Sacramento Kings)
  • 1971 Sylvester Wright, NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1971 Thomas Strzalkowski, American fencer-sabre (Olympics 1996), born in Kraków, Poland
  • 1972 Kerry Collins, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback ( Penn State Uni; Pro Bowl 1996, 2008; Carolina Panthers, Tennessee Titans), born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania
  • 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 1996)
  • 1973 Ato Boldon, Trinidadian athlete

Person of interestTiger Woods

1975 Tiger Woods, American golfer (15 major titles; 81 PGA Tour titles; 41 European Tour titles), born in Cypress, California

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • 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 interestLeBron James

1984 LeBron James, American basketball forward (NBA C'ship & MVP 2012, 2013, 2016, 2020; 16 × NBA All-Star; Olympic gold 2008, 12; Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, LA Lakers), born in Akron, Ohio

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
  • 1989 Ryan Sheckler, American professional skateboarder
  • 1992 Carson Wentz, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 2017; Philadelphia Eagles), born in Raleigh, North Carolina

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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 interestSonny Liston

1970 Sonny Liston, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1962-64), dies of lung congestion and heart failure at 40; foul play suspected

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
  • 2000 Lionel Hebert, American golfer (PGA Championship 1957), dies at 72
  • 2006 Michel Plasse, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1948)
  • 2014 Erik Hansen, Danish canoeist (Olympic gold K-1 1000m 1960; World C'ship gold 1963), dies at 74
  • 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
  • 2019 Johnny Ward, English rugby league hooker (4 Tests Great Britain, 3 England; Castleford 262 games), dies at 78