On This Day

On This Day in Sport for December 4

Events in Sport

  • 1909 1st CFL Grey Cup, Rosedale Field, Toronto: University of Toronto Blues beat Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club, 26-6; Blues undefeated
  • 1909 Oldest still-operating NHL franchise is officially established as J. Ambrose O’Brien and Jack Laviolette create the “Club de Hockey Canadien,” known today as the Montreal Canadiens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: U of Toronto Blues win 4th title; beat Toronto Argonauts, 16-3
  • 1921 American Professional Football Association Championship, Cubs Park, Chicago: Chicago Staleys beat Buffalo All-Americans, 10-7 in de facto championship game after teams tied in standings
  • 1926 CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Senators retain Championship with 10-7 win over U of Toronto Blues
  • 1943 Commissioner Landis announces any baseball club may sign Negroes
  • 1945 11th Heisman Trophy Award: Doc Blanchard, Army (FB)
  • 1947 In the first cricket Test match between the 2 nations, India is dismissed for 98 by Australia in Brisbane to lose by an innings & 226 runs; fast bowler Ernie Toshack takes 6 for 29 for match figures of 11 for 31
  • 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)
  • 1956 Australian swimmer Murray Rose sets world record 4:27.3 to claim the 400m gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics; Rose later also wins 1,500m gold
  • 1956 American diver Pat McCormick wins the 3m springboard gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics with 142.46 points; later wraps up the women's double when she takes the 10m platform gold

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
  • 1963 Boston Bruins' right wing Andy Hebenton sets a new NHL record by playing in his 581st consecutive game in 2-2 tie with Chicago Black Hawks; reaches 630 straight games
  • 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
  • 1977 NFL's 5,000th game, Cincinnati beats KC 27-7
  • 1977 66th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Sydney (3-1)
  • 1977 West Indies win 1st World Series Cricket 'Test' against Australia at VFL Park in Melbourne by 3 wickets; chasing 235 for victory, Viv Richards with 56 and Clive Lloyd 44 guide WI to 237/7 with 2 days to spare
  • 1977 Davis Cup Tennis, Sydney: John Alexander beats Adriano Panatta of Italy 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 8-6, 11-9 in a 3 hour, 54 minute classic to give Australia a 3-1 victory
  • 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 North Stars 6-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Slobodan Živojinović of Yugoslavia upsets No. 2 seed John McEnroe 2-6, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-0 in the Australian Open quarter finals; leaves McEnroe without a major singles title for the first time since 1978

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 Defending champion Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia wins 3rd straight season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis title by defeating Mats Wilander of Sweden 6–2, 6–2, 6–3 in the final at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 Orioles trade veteran 1B Eddie Murray to the Dodgers

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • 1988 Edmonton center Jimmy Carson becomes just the third player to score 6 NHL hat tricks before the age of 21 in the Oilers 10-6 win over the New York Rangers
  • 1993 2nd SEC Championship Game: #9 Florida beats #16 Alabama, 28-13
  • 1994 83rd Davis Cup: Sweden beats Russia in Moscow (4-1)
  • 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 former Golden State Warriors guard Latrell Sprewell for 1 year for attacking coach P.J. Carlesimo
  • 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)
  • 2007 Ballon d'Or: Milan's Brazilian midfielder Kaká is named best football player in the world; first year in which players from clubs outside the UEFA federation eligible for nomination
  • 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)
  • 2017 New York Giants fire head coach Ben McAdoo and manager Jerry Reese after a 2–10 start
  • 2018 Ownership group Seattle Hockey Partners led by billionaire businessman Davis Bonderman is unanimously granted an NHL license by the Board of Governors; to start play 2020-21 season at KeyArena

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1858 William Gunn, English cricket batsman (11 Tests) and soccer winger (2 caps), born in St Ann's, Nottingham (d. 1921)
  • 1865 Luther Gulick, American Basketball Hall of Fame contributor (basketball pioneer; international official), born in Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands (d. 1918)
  • 1868 Jesse Burkett, American Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder (NL batting champion 1895-96, 1901; 240 hits in 1896 MLB record for 15 years), born in Wheeling, West Virginia (d. 1953)
  • 1890 Bob Shawkey, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1923, 27); AL ERA leader 1920, New York Yankees), born in Sigel, Pennsylvania (d. 1980)
  • 1890 Jack Darragh, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (Stanley Cup 1911, 20-21, 23; Ottawa Senators), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 1924)
  • 1899 Charlie Spencer, English soccer defender and manager (2 caps; Newcastle United; mgr Grimsby Town 1937-51), born in Washington, England (d. 1953)
  • 1901 Adam Walsh, American College Football Hall of Fame center and coach (Notre Dame; Bowdoin), born in Churchville, Iowa (d. 1985)
  • 1910 Amar Singh, Indian cricket all-rounder (7 Tests, 28 wickets; India's first half-century in Test cricket), born in Rajkot, Gujarat, India (d. 1940)
  • 1915 Fred Freer, Australian cricket pace bowler (1 Test 1946), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1998)
  • 1916 Lew Jenkins, American boxer (World Lightweight Champion 1940-41), born in Milburn, Texas (d. 1981)
  • 1923 Eagle Keys, American Canadian Football Hall of Fame linebacker and coach (Grey Cup champion 1949, 54-56, 66; Edmonton Eskimos, Saskatchewan R'riders), born in Tompkinsville, Kentucky (d. 2012)
  • 1930 Lorraine Chargin, American boxing promoter (Bobby Chacon, Tony "The Tiger" Lopez, Loreto Garza), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 2010)
  • 1930 Harvey Kuenn, American baseball utility (AL batting champion 1959; 10 × All-Star 1953–1960²; Detroit Tigers), born in West Allis, Wisconsin (d. 1988)
  • 1931 Alex Delvecchio, Canadian ice hockey forward, coach, and executive (Stanley Cup 1952, 54-55, Detroit Red Wings 1,549 games, 1,281 points), born in Fort William, Ontario
  • 1933 Dick Ricketts Jr., American basketball center (# 1 overall pick 1955 NBA draft St. Louis Hawks) and baseball pitcher (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1988)
  • 1935 Fred Rumsey, English cricket pace bowler (5 Tests; founded Professional Cricketers Association 1967), born in London, England
  • 1938 Frank Myler, English rugby league stand-off (24 caps Great Britain, 1 England; Widnes, St. Helens) and coach (Widnes, Swinton, Oldham), born in Widnes, England (d. 2020)
  • 1938 Richard Meade, British equestrian (3 x Olympic gold eventing 1968, 72; World C'ship gold team 1970, 82), born in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales (d. 2015)
  • 1941 Raul Blanco, Argentine-Australian soccer coach (Australia 1996-97), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1941 Marty Riessen, American tennis player (9 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in Hinsdale, Illinois
  • 1943 Gary Sabourin, Canadian ice hockey right wing (NHL All Star 1970-71; St. Louis Blues), born in Parry Sound, Ontario
  • 1944 François Migault, French auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1976 runner-up; 16 F1 GP), born in Le Mans, France (d. 2012)
  • 1953 Rick Middleton, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Canada Cup gold 1984; NHL All-Star Game 1981-82, 84; Boston Bruins), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1953 Jean-Marie Pfaff, Belgian soccer goalkeeper (64 caps; Beveren, Bayern Munich), born in Lebbeke, Belgium
  • 1955 Dave Taylor, Canadian ice hockey right wing and executive (NHL All-Star 1981-82, 86, 94; LA Kings; St. Louis Blues), born in Levack, Ontario
  • 1956 Bernard King, American Basketball Hall of Fame small forward ( NBA All-Star 1982, 84-85, 91; NY Knicks, Washington Bullets), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1956 Blagoi Blagoyev, Bulgarian weightlifter (World C'ship gold - 90kg 1991, 92, 93; Olympic silver - 82.5kg 1976), born in Veliki Preslav, Bulgaria
  • 1956 Costantino Rocca, Italian golfer (British Open 1995 runner-up; hole in one 1995 Ryder Cup), born in Bergamo, Italy
  • 1957 Lee Smith, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (7 × MLB All-Star 1983, 87, 1991–95; saves leader 1983, 91-92, 94)), born in Jamestown, Louisiana
  • 1957 Raul Boesel, Brazilian auto racer (World Sportscar C'ship 1987; 24 Hours of Daytona 1988; 30 F1 GP), born in Curitiba, Brazil
  • 1958 Sergei Starikov, Russian ice hockey defenceman and coach (Olympics gold 1984, 88; silver 1980; New Jersey Devils), born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • 1959 Paul McGrath, Irish soccer defender (83 caps Rep of Ireland; Aston Villa, Manchester United), born in London, England
  • 1960 Glynis Nunn, Australian athlete (Olympic gold heptathlon 1984), born in Toowoomba, Australia
  • 1961 Frank Reich, American NFL quarterback (Buffalo Bills) and coach (Indianapolis Colts 2018-20), born in Freeport, New York
  • 1962 Gary Freeman, New Zealand rugby league halfback, captain and coach (45 Tests; coach 3 games; Dally M Medal 1992), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1963 Sergey Bubka, Ukrainian pole vaulter (Olympic gold 1988; World C'ship gold 1983, 87, 91, 93, 95, 97), born in Luhansk, Ukraine
  • 1963 Nigel Heslop, English rugby union and rugby league wing (10 caps RU; Orrell RUFC, Liverpool St Helens; Oldham RLFC), born in West Hartlepool, England
  • 1964 Scott Hastings, Scottish rugby union centre and broadcaster (65 caps; 2 caps British & Irish Lions; Watsonians RFC), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1965 Ulf Kirsten, German soccer striker and manager (49 caps GDR; 51 caps Germany; Dynamo Dresden, Bayer Leverkusen), born in Riesa, Germany
  • 1967 Klaus Wilmsmeyer, Canadian NFL punter (Super Bowl 1994, SF 49ers), born in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
  • 1967 Guillermo Amor, Spanish soccer midfielder and executive (37 caps, FC Barcelona), born in Benidorm, Spain
  • 1968 Mike Barrowman, American swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1992, World C'ship gold 1991), born in Costa Mesa, California
  • 1970 Jeff Blake, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1995; Cincinnati Bengals), born in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • 1971 Shannon Briggs, American boxer (lineal 1997-98 & WBO heavyweight champion 2006-07), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1972 Ted Johnson, American NFL inside linebacker (Super Bowl 2001, 03-04; New England Patriots), born in Alameda, California
  • 1973 Corliss Williamson, American basketball forward (NBA C'ship 2004, Detroit Pistons; NBA 6th Man of the Year 2002; NCAA Final 4 MOP 1994), born in Russellville, Arkansas
  • 1973 Steven Menzies, Australian rugby league lock (13 Tests; NSW 20 games; Manly Sea Eagles), born in Sydney, Australia

Person of interestAnke Huber

1974 Anke Huber, German tennis player (Fed Cup 1992, Hopman Cup 1995), born in Bruchsal, Germany

Tennis Player Anke Huber
Tennis Player
Anke Huber
  • 1974 Tadahito Iguchi, Japanese baseball second baseman and manager (first Japanese position player to win World Series 2005, Chicago White Sox; Chiba Lotte Marines), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1975 Marci Miller [Jobson], American soccer midfielder and coach (17 caps; coach Baylor), born in St. Charles, Illinois
  • 1976 Kristina Groves, Canadian speed skater (Olympic silver 1,500m, team pursuit 2006, silver 1500m bronze 3000m 2010), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1976 Betty Lennox, American basketball guard (WNBA champion, WNBA Finals MVP 2004, Seattle Storm), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1977 Shahid Nazir, Pakistani cricket fast bowler (15 Tests, 36 wickets; 17 ODIs), born in Faisalabad, Punjab
  • 1977 Ajit Agarkar, Indian cricket all-rounder (26 Tests, 58 wickets, top score 109; 191 ODIs), born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • 1979 Jay DeMerit, American soccer defender (25 caps; Watford, Vancouver Whitecaps FC), born in Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • 1982 Ho-Pin Tung, Dutch-Chinese auto racer (FIA World Endurance C'ship 2017, 18-19, 19-20 runner-up), born in Velp, Netherlands
  • 1982 Waldo Ponce, Chilean soccer defender (42 caps; Universidad de Chile), born in Los Andes, Chile
  • 1984 Joe Thomas, American College Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle (University of Wisconsin; Pro Bowl 2007-16, Cleveland Browns), born in Brookfield, Wisconsin
  • 1985 Carlos Gómez, Dominican baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 2013-14; Gold Glove Award 2013; hit for cycle 2008, 2017), born in Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • 1989 Pornanong Phatlum, Thai golfer (British Open 2018 runner-up), born in Khon Kaen, Thailand

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding 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

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2006 American tennis player Chris Evert (51) divorces American alpine skier Andy Mill (52) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, citing irreconcilable differences

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Deaths in Sport

  • 1935 Hylton Philipson, English cricket wicketkeeper (5 Tests, 11 dismissals), dies at 69
  • 1938 Tamanishiki San'emon, Japanese sumo wrestler (32nd yokozuna; winner 9 top division yūshō), dies following a delayed appendectomy at 34
  • 1944 Roger Bresnahan, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher, outfielder and manager (St. Louis Cardinals; first shin guards and batting helmet), dies at 65
  • 1952 James E. Norris, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame team owner (Detroit Red Wings), dies at 72
  • 1967 Harry Wismer, American sports broadcaster and AFL team owner (New York Titans), dies after a fall at 54
  • 1976 Ace Gutowsky, Russian/American football fullback (Portsmouth Spartans, Brooklyn Dodgers; NFL C'ship 1935, Detroit Lions), dies of cancer at 67
  • 1980 Stanislawa Walasiewicz [Stella Walsh], Polish-born American athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1932), dies when shot during an armed robbery, at 69
  • 1983 Bruce Drake, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (University of Oklahoma 1938-55, 200-181), dies at 77
  • 1999 Sylvester Clarke, West Indian cricket fast bowler (11 Tests, 42 wickets), dies from a heart attack at 44
  • 2000 Colin Cowdrey CBE, England cricket batsman (114 Tests, 7,624 runs @ 44.06), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 2003 Iggy Katona, American auto racer (ARCA Series 1955-57, 62, 66-67; record 79 wins), dies at 87
  • 2011 Sócrates [Socrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Sousa Vieira de Oliveira], Brazilian soccer midfielder and manager (60 caps, 22 goals Brazil; Corinthians), dies of septic shock at 57
  • 2012 Miguel Calero, Colombian soccer goalkeeper (50 caps; Copa América 2001; Pachuca), dies from cerebral thrombosis at 41
  • 2013 McDonald Bailey, British-Trinidadian 100m runner (Olympic bronze 1952), dies at 92
  • 2016 Margaret Whitton, American actress (Good & Evil, Major League), dies of cancer at 67
  • 2019 Bob Willis, English cricket fast bowler and captain (90 Tests, 325 wickets; 64 ODIs), dies of prostate cancer at 70
  • 2019 Ockie Oosthuizen, South African rugby union front rower (9 caps; Transvaal), dies from cancer at 64