On This Day in Sport for December 4

Events in Sport

  • 1909 1st CFL Grey Cup: University of Toronto defeats Toronto Parkdale, 26-6

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1914 Walter Johnson accepts money from Federal League Chicago Whales Clark Griffith threatens to take Johnson to court

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1920 8th CFL Grey Cup: U of Toronto defeats Toronto Argonauts, 16-3
  • 1926 14th CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Senators defeats U of Toronto, 10-7
  • 1943 Commissioner Landis announces any baseball club may sign Negroes
  • 1945 11th Heisman Trophy Award: Doc Blanchard, Army (FB)
  • 1948 13th Iron Bowl (first since 1907): Alabama beats Auburn 55-0 in Birmingham
  • 1949 Bob Gage ties NFL record of a 97 yard touchdown run
  • 1956 22nd Heisman Trophy Award: Paul Hornung, Notre Dame (QB)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1961 Floyd Patterson KOs Tom McNeeley in 4 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1961 Smallest NY Knick, 49th St Madison Square Garden crowd-1,300 (snowstorm)
  • 1961 1962 NFL Draft: Ernie Davis from University of Syracuse first pick by Washington Redskins
  • 1964 Baseball approves a free-agent draft
  • 1964 Commissioner's office given full powers in baseball disputes
  • 1964 Test Cricket debut of Ian Chappell, v Pakistan MCG, 11, 0-49, 0-31
  • 1965 2nd NY Knicks game postponed (due to death of opponent 76ers' owner)
  • 1965 San Francisco Giant Masanori Murakami, 4-1 this year, does not renew his contract signing instead with the Nankai Hawks of Osaka for $40,000
  • 1966 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Pensacola Ladies Golf Invitational
  • 1977 Hollis Stacy and Jerry Pate wins Pepsi-Cola Mixed Team Golf Championship
  • 1977 NFL's 5,000th game, Cincinnati beats KC 27-7
  • 1977 66th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Sydney (3-1)
  • 1979 Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 7, Bingo Smith
  • 1980 Islanders end 15 game undefeated streak (13-0-2) (Col Rockies)
  • 1982 48th Heisman Trophy Award: Herschel Walker, Georgia (RB)
  • 1983 NJ Devils 1st shut-out, beating Minnesota Detroit Red Wings 6-0
  • 1988 Amy Benz/John Huston wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic

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1988 Orioles trade veteran 1B Eddie Murray to the Dodgers

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • 1993 2nd SEC Championship Game: #9 Florida beats #16 Alabama, 28-13
  • 1994 83rd Davis Cup: Sweden beats Russia in Moscow (4-1)
  • 1994 Marta Figueras-Dottie and Brad Bryant wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • 1996 Orlando Magic tie NBA record of fewest ponts scored since inception of 24 second clock losing to Cleveland Cavalier, 84-57
  • 1997 NBA suspends Latrell Sprewell for 1 year for attacking his coach
  • 1999 8th SEC Championship Game: #7 Alabama beats #5 Florida, 34-7
  • 2004 13th SEC Championship Game: #3 Auburn beats #15 Tennessee, 38-28
  • 2005 94th Davis Cup: Croatia beats Slovak Republic in Bratislava (3-2)
  • 2010 19th SEC Championship Game: #2 Auburn beats #18 South Carolina, 56-17
  • 2010 6th ACC Championship Game: #12 Virginia Tech beats #20 Florida State, 44-33
  • 2010 15th Big 12 Championship Game: #10 Oklahoma beats #13 Nebraska, 23-20
  • 2011 100th Davis Cup: Spain beats Argentina in Seville (3-1)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1858 Billy Gunn, cricketer (Notts & England batsman in 11 Tests 1886-99)
  • 1868 Jesse Burkett, American baseball player (d. 1953)
  • 1875 Joe Corbett, American baseball player (d. 1945)
  • 1899 Charles William (Charlie) Spencer Newcastle and England football player (d. 1953)
  • 1910 Amar Singh, cricketer (dashing Indian all-rounder of thirties)
  • 1912 Jack Walsh, NSW/Leicestershire cricket china bowler (didn't rep Aust)
  • 1915 Fred Freer, cricketer (Australian pace bowler played one Test in 1946)
  • 1930 Harvey Kuenn, baseball player (AL Rookie of the Year-1953)
  • 1931 Alex Delvecchio, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1935 Fred Rumsey, England, cricket lefty pace bowler (5 Tests 1964-65)
  • 1938 Richard Meade, British equestrian (3 Olympic Golds 1968, 1970), born in Chepstow, Monmouthshire (d. 2015)
  • 1941 Raul Blanco, Australian soccer asst coach (Olyroos, Olympics-96)
  • 1944 François Migault, French racing driver
  • 1945 Pam Higgins, LPGA golfer
  • 1949 Mary Bea Porter-King, LPGA golfer (1975 Golf Inns Classic), born in Everett, Washington
  • 1953 Rick Middleton, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1955 Dave Taylor, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1956 Bernard King, basketball player (NY Knicks, NJ Nets)
  • 1956 Blagoi Blagoyev, Bulgaria, 82.5 kg weightlifer (Olympics-silver-1976)
  • 1957 Lee Smith, Jamestown LA, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1957 Raul Boesel, Brazil, Indy-car racer (CART)
  • 1958 Bill Roy, Versailles Ill, skeet (Olympics-1996)
  • 1959 Paul McGrath, Irish footballer (Aston Villa, Sheffield United), born in Ealing, England
  • 1960 David Green, American baseball player
  • 1960 Glynis Nunn, Australian athlete
  • 1961 Frank Reich, Freeport, New York, American NFL quarterback (Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions)
  • 1962 Arnold Scholten, soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • 1962 John Gaasbeek, soccer player (FC Twente/NAC)
  • 1962 Stan Gelbaugh, NFL quarterback (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1963 Johanna Wright, WPVA volleyballer (Pismo Beach-4th), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1963 Mike Snoei, soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1963 Sergey Bubka, Ukraine, pole vaulter (Olympics-gold-88, 92)
  • 1964 Bill Peterson, Smithfield NC, WLAF general mgr (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1967 Klaus Wilmsmeyer, NFL punter (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1967 Martha O'Kelley, US softball infielder (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1968 Mike Barrowman, kayak/200m breast stroke (Oly-g-92, 96), born in Costa Mesa, California
  • 1969 Ferric Collons, NFL defensive end (New England Patriots)
  • 1969 Jacques Landry, Saskatoon Saskatchawan, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • 1969 Marie-Josee Morneau, Longueuil Quebec, 56 kg judoka (Olympics-96)
  • 1969 Mik Middleton, WLAF safety (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1969 Terry Glenn, wide receiver (New England Patriots)
  • 1970 Jeff Blake, NFL quarterback (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1970 Sylvester Terkay, American wrestler
  • 1971 Terrence Wisdom, NFL/WLAF guard/center (NY Jets, London Monarchs)
  • 1971 Shannon Briggs, American boxer
  • 1972 Damien Covington, NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1972 Howard Eisley, NBA guard (Utah Jazz)
  • 1972 Jassen Cullimore, Simcoe, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks)
  • 1972 Jude St John, CFL offensive linebacker (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1972 Kerry Anne Guse, Brisbane Queensland, tennis star (1996 final Hobart)
  • 1972 Ted Johnson, NFL inside linebacker (NE Patriots)
  • 1973 Corliss Williamson, NBA forward (Sacramento Kings)
  • 1973 Steven Menzies, Australian rugby league footballer

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1974 Anke Huber, German tennis star (1996 finalist Australian), born in Ludwigshafen, Germany

Tennis Player Anke Huber
Tennis Player
Anke Huber
  • 1974 Tadahito Iguchi, Japanese baseball player
  • 1976 John Lee, dance skater (& Julia Bikbova), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1977 Shahid Nazir, cricketer (Pakistan Test fast bowler v Zimbabwe 1996)
  • 1978 Michele Di Piedi, Italian footballer
  • 1979 Jay DeMerit, American soccer player
  • 1982 Ho-Pin Tung, Dutch-Chinese racing driver
  • 1985 Andrew Brackman, American baseball player
  • 1985 Carlos Gómez, Dominican baseball player
  • 1986 Martell Webster, American basketball player

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1973 NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle (47) weds activist Carrie Cooke

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • 2005 2004 Olympic volleyball team member Kerri Walsh (27) weds fellow volleyball player Casey Jennings (30) at the La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 1935 Hylton Philipson, cricketer (England keeper in 5 Tests 1892-95), dies
  • 1944 Roger Bresnahan, American baseball player (b. 1879)
  • 1980 Stanislawa Walasiewicz [Stella Walsh], Polish-born American sprinter (Olympic gold 1932), dies shot during an armed robbery, at 69
  • 2003 Iggy Katona, American race car driver, dies at 87
  • 2011 Sócrates, Brazilian footballer (b. 1954)
  • 2012 Miguel Calero, Colombia footballer, dies from cerebral thrombosis at 41
  • 2016 Margaret Whitton, American actress (Good & Evil, Major League), dies of cancer at 67