On This Day

On This Day in Sport for December 5

Events in Sport

  • 1868 1st American bicycle college opens (NY)
  • 1914 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Toronto Argonauts win first Championship; beat U of Toronto Blues, 14-2
  • 1924 Hamilton Tiger Red Green scores 5 goals to beat Tor Maple Leafs 10-5
  • 1925 CFL Grey Cup, Landsdowne Park, Ottawa: Ottawa Senators win first title; beat Winnipeg Tammany Tigers, 24-1
  • 1931 CFL Grey Cup, Molson Stadium, Montreal: Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers shutout Regina Roughriders, 22-0 for their first title
  • 1936 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Sarnia Imperials defeat Ottawa Rough Riders, 26-20 for their 2nd Championship
  • 1942 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Toronto RCAF Hurricanes beat Winnipeg RCAF Bombers, 8-5
  • 1943 NFL Philadelphia Eagle-Pitts Steeler merger dissolves

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1947 Joe Louis beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • 1948 NY Giant Charley Conerly sets NFL record of 36 pass completions

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1949 Ezzard Charles defeats Jersey Joe Walcott for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • 1950 Ezzard Charles KOs Nick Barone in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1956 17 year old British swimmer Judy Grinham and American Carin Cone both swim world record 1:12.9 in the women's 100m backstroke at the Melbourne Olympics; Grinham is awarded gold medal
  • 1956 Soviet artistic gymnast Larisa Latynina wins the women's vault and ties for gold in the floor exercise section at the Melbourne Olympics; later takes gold total to 4 with teams and individual all-round titles
  • 1956 Danish yachtsman Paul Elvstrøm wins the Finn class gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics; his 2nd straight Finn gold and 3rd consecutive Olympic gold in sailing
  • 1958 Phils drop plans for NY sportcast as Yanks threat to do same in Philadelphia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968 Future Hockey Hall of Fame center Phil Esposito of the Boston Bruins scores 2 goals in his goaltender brother Tony's (also HOF) NHL debut for the Montreal Canadiens; 2-2 tie

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • 1970 LA Rams Willie Ellison sets NFL record of 247 yards rushing
  • 1970 Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy & Bill Masterson Trophy stolen from Hockey Hall of Fame
  • 1972 38th Heisman Trophy Award: Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska (FL)
  • 1973 Chicago Cubs Ron Santo becomes 1st baseball player to invoke 10-5 rule and veto his trade (with the California Angels)
  • 1974 NFL's Seattle Seahawks forms
  • 1974 Birmingham Americans defeat the Florida Blazers 22-21 in the WFL's World Bowl

AgreementContract of Interest

1978 Free agent Pete Rose signs 4-year, $32 million contract with Phillies becoming highest paid baseball player

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1978 Islanders took 28 shots in 1 period vs Penguins, Penguins' Ross Lonsberry failed on 7th penalty shot against Islanders
  • 1979 Ex-World Series Cricket combatants Greg Chappell (124) and Kim Hughes (130no) rescue Australia on last day of the drawn 1st Test v West Indies in Brisbane; WSC players return in this Test
  • 1981 47th Heisman Trophy Award: Marcus Allen, Southern Cal (RB)
  • 1982 Cleveland Browns' Brian Sipe sets club record with 33 pass completions
  • 1982 Ingrid Berghmans (Neth) retains judo's world championship
  • 1982 Mel Gray ends NFL streak of 121 consecutive game receptions
  • 1982 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: Don January wins his lone Champions Tour major title by 1 stroke over Julius Boros
  • 1983 LA Dodger pitcher Steve Howe is suspended for 1 year for cocaine use

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 A's trade Rickey Henderson to Yankees for Jay Howell & Jose Rijo

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1984 Yankees trade catcher Rick Cerone to Braves for pitcher Brian Fisher
  • 1987 53rd Heisman Trophy Award: Tim Brown, Notre Dame (WR)
  • 1987 David Boon's 5th Test Cricket century, 143 v NZ at Brisbane

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 Boris Becker beats defending champion Ivan Lendl 5–7, 7–6, 3–6, 6–2, 7–6 in a classic final to win his first of 3 ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
  • 1990 Blue Jays trade F McGriff & T Fernandez to SD for R Alomar & J Carter
  • 1992 1st SEC Championship Game: #2 Alabama beats #12 Florida, 28-21
  • 1993 82nd Davis Cup: Germany beats Australia in Dusseldorf (4-1)
  • 1996 Portland's Jermaine O'Neal at 18 becomes the youngest NBA player
  • 1997 1st Game at Wash Capitals' MCI Center vs Fla Panthers
  • 1998 7th SEC Championship Game: #1 Tennessee beats #23 Mississippi State, 24-14
  • 1998 3rd Big 12 Championship Game: #10 Texas A&M beats #2 Kansas State, 36-33 (2 OT)
  • 1999 88th Davis Cup: Australia beats France in Nice (3-2)
  • 2004 93rd Davis Cup: Spain beats USA in Seville (3-2)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2006 Greg Maddux signs a one-year deal with the San Diego Padres worth $10 million

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2008 Former NFL star O.J. Simpson is sentenced to 33 years in prison for kidnapping and armed robbery

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 2009 18th SEC Championship Game: #2 Alabama beats #1 Florida, 32-13
  • 2009 5th ACC Championship Game: #12 Georgia Tech beats #25 Clemson, 39-34
  • 2009 14th Big 12 Championship Game: #3 Texas beats #21 Nebraska, 13-12
  • 2010 99th Davis Cup: Serbia beats France in Belgrade (3-2)
  • 2017 Russia is banned from the next Winter Olympics in South Korea over state-sponsored doping

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1872 Harry Nelson Pillsbury, American chess player, born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 1906)
  • 1905 Gus Mancuso, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1984)
  • 1905 Bruce Drake, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (University of Oklahoma 1938-55, 200-181), born in The Gentry, Texas (d. 1983)
  • 1917 Ken Downing, English racing driver, born in Chesterton, Staffordshire (d. 2004)
  • 1924 Beverly Hanson, American golfer (3 LPGA major titles), born in Fargo, North Dakota (d. 2014)
  • 1935 Yury Vlasov, Soviet weightlifter and writer, born in Makeyevka, Ukrainian SSR
  • 1940 Boris Ignatyev, Russian footballer and manager, born in Moscow
  • 1947 Jim Plunkett, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1970, Stanford; Super Bowl 1980, 84 LA/Oakland Raiders), born in San Jose, California
  • 1949 Lanny Wadkins, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1977), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1951 Tom Purtzer, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1956 Klaus Allofs, German footballer (1. FC Köln), born in Düsseldorf, West Germany
  • 1957 Art Monk, American NFL wide receiver (Wash Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles), born in White Plains, New York
  • 1957 Charlene Morett, American field hockey left wing (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Darby, Pennsylvania
  • 1959 Shirley Furlong, American golfer (ANA Inspiration runner-up 1990), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1960 Andrzej Chylinski, American 50k walker (Olympics 26th-96), born in NYC, New York
  • 1960 John Felton, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Kyogle, Australia
  • 1963 Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards, English ski jumper, born in Cheltenham, England
  • 1964 Pablo Morales, American butterfly swimmer (Olympic 3 gold/2 silver-1984, 92), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1966 Bruce Deacon, Canadian marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1966 Niege Dias, Brazilian tennis star, born in Santa Cruz do Sul, Brazil
  • 1967 Ann Schirman, WPVA volleyballer (National-17th-1994), born in San Diego, California
  • 1968 Rhett Hall, American NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Morgan Hill, California
  • 1969 Mark Dekker, Zimbabwe cricket opening batsman, born in Gatooma, Rhodesia
  • 1969 Lewis Gordon Pugh, English-South African swimmer, polar explorer and motivational speaker, born in Plymouth, England
  • 1970 Kevin Haller, Canadian NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Trochu, Alberta, Canada
  • 1970 Susan Sloane, American tennis star, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1970 Thomas Smith, American NFL cornerback (Buffalo Bills), born in Gates, North Carolina
  • 1971 Bryan Schwartz, American NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in St. Lawrence, South Dakota
  • 1971 Joe Fleming, CFL defensive end (BC Lions), born in Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Marrio Grier, NFL fullback (New England Patriots), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1972 Cliff Floyd, MLB outfielder and 1st base (Montreal Expos), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1972 Kevin Sally, Canadian archer (Olympics 1996), born in Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • 1972 Randolph Ross, American 110m hurdler, born in Shelby, North Carolina
  • 1972 Roderick Mullen, American NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1972 Mike Mahoney, American baseball player, born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1973 Corissa Yasen, American WNBA forward and guard (Sacramento Monarchs), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1974 Charlie Batch, American NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Homestead, Pennsylvania

Person of interestRonnie O'Sullivan

1975 Ronnie O'Sullivan, British snooker player (6 x world champion; 7 x Masters champion; 7 x UK champion), born in Wordsley, England

Snooker Player Ronnie O'Sullivan
Snooker Player
Ronnie O'Sullivan
  • 1976 Xavier Garbajosa, French rugby union footballer, born in Toulouse, France
  • 1978 Marcelo Zalayeta, Uruguayan footballer (Juventus), born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1978 Olli Jokinen, Finnish ice hockey player, born in Kuopio, Finland
  • 1979 Matteo Ferrari, Italian footballer, born in Aflou, Algeria
  • 1979 Niklas Hagman, Finnish ice hockey player, born in Espoo, Finland
  • 1979 Gareth McAuley, Northern Irish footballer (Rangers), born in Larne, Northern Ireland
  • 1982 Trai Essex, American football player, born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1984 Chris Solinsky, American distance runner, born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin
  • 1985 Nico Verdonck, Belgian racing driver, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1985 Josh Smith, American basketball player (New Orleans Pelicans), born in College Park, Georgia

Deaths in Sport

  • 1951 "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, American baseball outfielder (Black Sox Scandal; World Series 1917, Chicago WS), dies from a heart attack at 64
  • 1959 K. S. Duleepsinhji, English-Indian cricketer (12 Tests for England, 995 runs), dies at 54
  • 1966 Sylvère Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1936, 39), dies of cancer at 57
  • 1974 Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1909-11, 19), dies at 87
  • 1991 Aad Mansfield, soccer player/trainer (ADO/Feyenoord/FC Utrecht), dies
  • 1995 Bill Bruton, American MLB outfielder (NL stolen bases leader 1953-55), dies of heart attack at 70
  • 2001 Peter Blake, New Zealand yachtsman and winner of numerous Whitbread and America's Cup sailing contests, killed by pirates on the Amazon River at age 53

Person of interestRoone Arledge

2002 Roone Arledge, American sports broadcasting pioneer, dies of prostate cancer at 71

Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports Roone Arledge
Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports
Roone Arledge
  • 2006 David Bronstein, Ukrainian-born chess grandmaster (b. 1924)
  • 2010 Don Meredith, American football player and broadcaster (b. 1938)
  • 2011 Peter Gethin, British racing driver (b. 1940)
  • 2011 Gennady Logofet, Russian footballer (b. 1942)
  • 2016 Rashaan Salaam, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1994, U of Colorado; NFL: Chicago Bears), dies at 42
  • 2020 Peter Alliss, English golfer (Ryder Cup 1957 GB winners) and author, course designer and television presenter, commentator (BBC, ESPN, ABC Sports), dies at 89
  • 2020 Viktor Ponedelnik, Russian soccer striker (29 caps Soviet Union; FC SKA Rostov-on-Don), dies at 83
  • 2020 Wojciech Zabłocki, Polish fencer (4 x World C'ship gold team; Olympic silver team sabre 1956, 60; bronze 1964), dies at 89