On This Day in Sport for December 5

Events in Sport

  • 1868 1st American bicycle college opens (NY)
  • 1914 6th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats U of Toronto, 14-2
  • 1924 Hamilton Tiger Red Green scores 5 goals to beat Tor Maple Leafs 10-5
  • 1925 13th CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Senators defeats Win Tammany Tigers, 24-1
  • 1931 CFL Grey Cup: Mtl AAA beats Regina, 22-0 at Montreal
  • 1936 24th CFL Grey Cup: Sarnia Imperials defeats Ottawa Rough Riders, 26-20
  • 1942 CFL Grey Cup: Tor beats Win RCAF, 8 -5 at Toronto
  • 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
  • 1955 American Federation of Labor (AFL) and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) merge, with George Meany as President
  • 1958 Phils drop plans for NY sportcast as Yanks threat to do same in Philadelphia
  • 1970 LA Rams Willie Ellison sets NFL record of 247 yards rushing
  • 1970 Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy & Bill Masterson Trophy stolen from NHL 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)
  • 1973 Dodgers trade Willie Davis to Expos for relief pitcher Mike Marshall
  • 1974 1st Wash Cap penalty shot, Tom Williams unsuccessful vs Buff Sabres
  • 1974 NFL's Seattle Seahawks forms
  • 1974 Tom Williams is unsuccessful on Wash Capitals 1st NHL penalty shot
  • 1974 Birmingham Americans defeat the Florida Blazers 22-21 in the WFL's World Bowl

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 Buffalo Bill O.J. Simpson rushes 203 yards

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 1993 Melissa Mcnamara/Mike Sopringer wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • 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
  • 2008 O.J. Simpson is sentenced to 33 years in prison for kidnapping and armed robbery
  • 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)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1905 Gus Mancuso, American baseball player (d. 1984)
  • 1917 Ken Downing, English racing driver (d. 2004)
  • 1935 Yury Vlasov, Soviet weightlifter
  • 1940 Boris Ignatyev, Russian footballer and manager
  • 1947 Jim Plunkett, American NFL quarterback (New England, Oakland), born in San Jose, California
  • 1949 Lanny [Jerry Lanston] Wadkins PGA golfer (1972 Sahara), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1951 Thomas Warren Purtzer, PGA golfer (1977 Glen Campbell), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1953 Larry Zbyszko, [Living Legend, Whistler], wrestler (WCW/AWA/NWA/WWF)
  • 1954 Kathryn Young, LPGA golfer
  • 1956 Klaus Allofs, German footballer
  • 1957 Art Monk, NFL wide receiver (Wash Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1957 Charlene Morett, field hockey left wing (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Darby, Pennsylvania
  • 1959 Shirley Furlong, LPGA golfer (1988 Lady Keystone Open), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1960 Andrzej Chylinski, American 50k walker (Olympics-26th-96), born in NYC, New York
  • 1960 Darryl James,Canadian Tour golfer (Glenco-1992, 93), born in Kamloops, British Columbia
  • 1960 John Felton, Kyogle Australia, canoeist (Olympics-96)
  • 1963 Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards, English ski jumper
  • 1964 Pablo Morales, Chic, butterfly swimmer (Oly-3 gold/2 silver-1984, 92)
  • 1966 Bruce Deacon, Canadian marathoner (Olympics-96), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1966 Linda Hunt, LPGA golfer
  • 1966 Niege Dias, Brazil, tennis star
  • 1967 Ann Schirman, WPVA volleyballer (National-17th-1994), born in San Diego, California
  • 1968 Rhett Hall, NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1969 Mark Dekker, Zimbabwe cricket opening batsman (1993- )
  • 1969 Lewis Gordon Pugh, English swimmer, polar explorer and motivational speaker
  • 1970 Kevin Haller, Trochu, NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers)
  • 1970 Susan Sloane, tennis star, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1970 Thomas Smith, American NFL cornerback (Buffalo Bills), born in Gates, North Carolina
  • 1971 Bryan Schwartz, NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1971 Joe Fleming, CFL defensive end (BC Lions)
  • 1971 Marrio Grier, fullback (New England Patriots)
  • 1972 Cliff Floyd, outfielder/1st base (Montreal Expos), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1972 Kevin Sally, Canadian archer (Olympics-96), born in Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • 1972 Randolph Ross, Shelby NC, 110m hurdler
  • 1972 Roderick Mullen, NFL defensive back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1972 Stanislav Jasecko, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia 1998)
  • 1972 Mike Mahoney, American baseball player
  • 1973 Corissa Yasen, WNBA forward/guard (Sacramento Monarchs)
  • 1974 Charlie Batch, National Football League quarterback
  • 1976 Xavier Garbajosa, French rugby union footballer
  • 1978 Marcelo Zalayeta, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1978 Olli Jokinen, Finnish ice hockey player
  • 1979 Matteo Ferrari, Italian footballer
  • 1979 Niklas Hagman, Finnish ice hockey player
  • 1979 Gareth McAuley, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1982 Eddy Curry, American basketball player
  • 1982 Trai Essex, American football player
  • 1984 Chris Solinsky, American distance runner
  • 1985 Nico Verdonck, Belgian racing driver
  • 1985 Josh Smith, American basketball player

Deaths in Sport

  • 1951 "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, American professional baseball player (Black Sox Scandal), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • 1959 K S Duleepsinhji, cricketer (12 Tests for England, 995 runs), dies
  • 1966 Sylvère Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1936 and 1939), dies at 57
  • 1974 Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, American tennis player (US Open 1909-11), dies at 87
  • 1980 Don Taylor, cricketer (3 Tests for NZ 1947-56, 159 runs), dies
  • 1991 Aad Mansfield, soccer player/trainer (ADO/Feyenoord/FC Utrecht), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • 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 NFL running back (Chicago Bears), dies at 42