On This Day

On This Day in Sport for December 6

Events in Sport

  • 1913 White Sox beat Giants 9-4 in exhibition game in Tokyo
  • 1925 Record 73,000 pay to watch Chicago Bears beat NY Giants 19-7
  • 1930 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Toronto Balmy Beach win their 2nd and final title; defeat Regina Roughriders, 11-6
  • 1939 5th Heisman Trophy Award: Nile Kinnick, Iowa (HB)
  • 1955 New York psychologist Joyce Brothers wins "$64,000 Question" with topic of boxing
  • 1956 Australian swimmer David Theile sets world record 1:02.2 to win the 100m backstroke gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics
  • 1956 Australian women's 4 × 100m freestyle relay team of Dawn Fraser, Faith Leech, Sandra Morgan & Lorraine Crapp swim world record 4:17.1 and beat powerful US team to win the gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics
  • 1956 Against the background of the Soviet invasion of Hungary the nations square off at the Melbourne Olympics in a famous water polo match; game called off with Hungary leading 4-0 and near riot halted by police; Hungary goes on to win gold medal
  • 1956 Randhir Singh Gentle scores the winner as India beats Pakistan, 1-0 in the Melbourne Olympics field hockey final to win it's 6th consecutive gold medal in the sport
  • 1956 German WWII prisoner of war Helmut Bantz and Soviet gymnast Valentin Muratov tie for the vault gold medal with 18.85 points at the Melbourne Olympics
  • 1956 Soviet gymnast Viktor Chukarin follows his parallel bars gold medal with the individual all-round title and teams gold at the Melbourne Olympics

Sport awardDavis Cup

1957 Gardnar Mulloy becomes oldest American to win a Davis Cup tennis match at age 44 years, 14 days; teams with Vic Seixas to give US a match-clinching, 3-0 lead over the Philippines in the Inter Zone 1st round in Adelaide, Australia

Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
  • 1960 AL grants American businessman Gene Autry a franchise, LA Angels
  • 1961 27th Heisman Trophy Award: Ernie Davis, Syracuse (HB) (1st African American to win)
  • 1963 Test Cricket debut of Graeme Pollock at the Gabba
  • 1968 Baseball dismisses Commissioner William Eckert after 3 years

  • 1970 Cleveland Cavaliers 1st NBA home victory, beating Buffalo Braves 108-106
  • 1973 NL votes to move San Diego Padres to Washington, D.C. (doesn't happen)
  • 1975 41st Heisman Trophy Award: Archie Griffin, Ohio State (RB)
  • 1981 Rob de Castella of Australia sets Marathon record at 2:08:18

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, Turnberry Isle CC: Miller Barber wins his first of 5 Champions Tour major titles by 2 strokes from Arnold Palmer

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Helena Suková snaps Martina Navratilova's 74-match winning streak 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the semi finals of the Australian Open in Melbourne; ends Navratilova's hopes of completing the Grand Slam

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1986 52nd Heisman Trophy Award: Vinny Testaverde, Miami Fla (QB)
  • 1988 Milwaukee Bucks win their 1,000th NBA game (2nd fastest)
  • 1988 Agnes Neil Williams purchases Baltimore Orioles for $70 million Eli Jacobs becomes CEO of Baltimore Orioles
  • 1990 NHL grants conditional membership to Tampa Bay Lightning
  • 1992 81st Davis Cup: USA beats Switzerland in Fort Worth (3-1)

Sports record brokenNFL Record

1992 San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice catches NFL record 101st touchdown in a 27-3 win over Miami Dolphins at Candlestick Park

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice

AgreementAgreement of Interest

1992 San Francisco Giants sign record $43million USD pact with Pirates MLB outfielder Barry Bonds

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 1992 Davis Cup Tennis, Ft. Worth, Texas: Jim Courier defeats Jakob Hlasek of Switzerland 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to give the US a 3-1 victory
  • 1997 6th SEC Championship Game: #3 Tennessee beats #11 Auburn, 30-29
  • 1998 87th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Italy in Milan (4-1)
  • 2003 12th SEC Championship Game: #3 LSU beats #5 Georgia, 34-13
  • 2003 8th Big 12 Championship Game: #13 Kansas State beats #1 Oklahoma, 35-7
  • 2008 17th SEC Championship Game: #2 Florida beats #1 Alabama, 31-20
  • 2008 4th ACC Championship Game: Virginia Tech beats #18 Boston College, 30-12
  • 2008 13th Big 12 Championship Game: #4 Oklahoma beats #19 Missouri, 62-21
  • 2009 98th Davis Cup: Spain beats Czech Republic in Barcelona (5-0)
  • 2014 23rd SEC Championship Game: #1 Alabama beats #14 Missouri, 42-13
  • 2014 10th ACC Championship Game: #2 Florida State beats #12 Georgia Tech, 37-35
  • 2018 Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry explodes for franchise-record 238 yards & 4 touchdowns in 30-9 win v Jacksonville Jaguars in Nashville; 99-yard TD run ties Dallas Cowboys HOF RB Tony Dorsett's longest run in NFL history

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1893 Lou Little [Luigi Piccolo], American college football hall of fame coach (elected 1960), born in Leominster, Massachusetts (d. 1979)
  • 1896 George Trafton, American NFL center (Chicago Bears), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1971)
  • 1903 Tony Lazzeri, American baseball player, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1946)
  • 1905 James J. Braddock, American boxer (World Heavyweight champion 1935-37), born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)
  • 1907 Giovanni Ferrari, Italian soccer midfielder and manager (44 caps; Juventus, Internazionale; mgr Italy), born in Alessandria, Italy (d. 1982)
  • 1909 Alan McGilvray, Australian cricketer (20 games for NSW mid 1930's) and commentator (ABC), born in Paddington, Sydney, Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1913 John Mikaelsson, Swedish race walker (Olympic gold 10k 1948, 52), born in Kristinehamn, Sweden (d. 1987)
  • 1913 Eleanor Holm, American 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1932), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1914 Cyril Washbrook, English cricketer (stalwart Lancs & England opener), born in Barrow, Clitheroe, Lancashire, England (d. 1999)
  • 1919 Jimmy Bivins [James], Hall of Fame heavyweight boxer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2012)

Person of interestOtto Graham

1921 Otto Graham, American NFL Quarterback (Cleveland Browns), born in Waukegan, Illinois (d. 2003)

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham
  • 1925 Andy Robustelli, American NFL defensive end (LA Rams, NY Giants), born in Stamford, Connecticut (d. 2011)
  • 1930 Wojciech Zabłocki, Polish fencer (4 x World C'ship gold team; Olympic silver team sabre 1956, 60; bronze 1964), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2020)
  • 1933 Jim Pothecary, South African cricket medium pace bowler (3 Tests, 9 wickets; Western Province), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2016)
  • 1934 Nick Bockwinkel, American professional wrestler (WCW/AWA), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2015)
  • 1937 Alberto Spencer, Ecuadorian soccer forward (11 caps; 5 caps Uruguay; most goals in Copa Libertadores, 54 goals 1960-72), born in Ancón, Santa Elena, Ecuador (d. 2006)
  • 1945 Larry Bowa, American 2nd baseman (Phillies), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1946 Frank Hayes, English cricket batsman (9 Tests, HS 106no England v WI on debut 1973), born in Preston, Lancashire
  • 1948 Keke Rosberg, Finnish auto racer (World F1 Champion 1982), born in Solna, Sweden
  • 1948 Eigil Nielsen, Danish soccer midfielder (10 caps; Basel), born in Tårs, Denmark (d. 2019)
  • 1949 Peter Willey, English cricketer (England batsman late 70's early 80's), born in Sedgefield, County Durham, England
  • 1951 Gerry Francis, English footballer and manager, born in Chiswick, London
  • 1953 Gary Ward, American baseball player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1955 Malcolm Jarvis, Zimbabwean cricket lefty paceman (Zimbabwe's 1st Test side), born in Fort Victoria, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland
  • 1957 Luis Delís, Cuban discus thrower (Olympic bronze 1980), born in Guantánamo, Cuba
  • 1960 Jasmina Perazić, Serbian-American basketball guard and forward (NY Liberty), born in Novi Sad, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
  • 1964 Will Johnson, CFL defensive end (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1965 Gordon Durie, Scottish footballer, born in Paisley, Scotland
  • 1966 Natascha Badmann, Swiss triathlete (6-time winner of the Ironman World Championships), born in Basel, Switzerland
  • 1967 Kevin Appier, American MLB baseball pitcher, 1989-94 (Kansas City Royals, and three others), born in Lancaster, California
  • 1969 Elmore Spencer, American NBA center (Portland Trail Blazers), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1969 Greg Knox, CFL safety (Calgary Stampeders), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1969 Todd Black, American 800m runner, born in Kenton, Ohio
  • 1970 Eric Mahlum, American NFL guard (Indianapolis Colts), born in San Diego, California
  • 1970 Isabelle Arnould, Belgian swimmer, born in Liège, Belgium
  • 1971 Ainsley Robinson, Oshawa Ontario, 62 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Richard Krajicek, Dutch tennis player (Wimbledon 1996), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1971 Rika Hiraki, Japanese tennis star (1992 Japan doubles), born in Beirut, Lebanon
  • 1971 Thomas Bailey, American NFL wide receiver (Cin Bengals), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971 José Contreras, Cuban baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 2006; World Series 2005; Olympic gold 1996; Chicago WS), born in Las Martinas, Pinar del Río, Cuba
  • 1972 Brendan Garard, Australian field hockey halfback (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Gary Bandy, American NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1972 James Logan, American NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks), born in Opp, Alabama
  • 1972 Mike Gruttadauri, American football center (St Louis Rams), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1973 Tim Kohn, American NFL guard and tackle (Oakland Raiders), born in Wadsworth, Illinois
  • 1974 Arjan Ebbinge, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen), born in Veendam, Netherlands
  • 1975 Natalie Titcume, Australian softball catcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1977 Kevin Cash, American baseball player (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1977 Andrew Flintoff, English cricketer, born in Preston, Lancashire, England
  • 1977 Paul McVeigh, Irish footballer (Norwich City), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1978 Chris Başak, American baseball player, born in North Platte, Nebraska
  • 1978 Darrell Jackson, American NFL wide receiver, born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1979 Tim Cahill, Australian soccer forward (108 caps, 50 goals; Everton), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1980 Steve Lovell, British footballer (Dundee), born in Amersham, England
  • 1980 Ehren Wassermann, American baseball player, born in Sylacauga, Alabama
  • 1982 Alberto Contador, Spanish cyclist and Tour de France winner (2007, 09), born in Pinto, Madrid, Spain
  • 1982 Sean Ervine, Zimbabwean cricketer (played for Zimbabwe in the 2003 Cricket World Cup), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1982 Robbie Gould, American football player (San Francisco 49ers), born in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania
  • 1985 R. P. Singh, Indian cricketer, born in Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • 1986 Matt Niskanen, American NHL player (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Virginia, Minnesota
  • 1991 CoCo Vandeweghe, American tennis player (US Open doubles 2018; US Federation Cup 2017), born in Rancho Santa Fe, California
  • 1992 Johnny Manziel, American football quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2012, Texas A&M; NFL: Cleveland Browns), born in Tyler, Texas
  • 1994 Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greek NBA player (Milwaukee Bucks), born in Athens, Greece

Deaths in Sport

  • 1940 Charlie Hime, cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1895), dies

Person of interestHonus Wagner

1955 Honus Wagner, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (8-time NL batting champion), dies at 81

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • 1985 Burleigh Grimes, American baseball player, dies at 92
  • 1990 Bob Hamilton, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1944), dies at 74

Person of interestPete Rozelle

1996 Pete Rozelle, American football executive (NFL Commissioner 1960-89), dies of brain cancer at 70

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • 1997 Willy den Ouden, Dutch swimmer (WR 100m freestyle, 1:04.06 1933-56; Olympic gold 4×100m freestyle 1936), dies at 79
  • 2001 Charles McClendon, Hall of Fame college football coach (b. 1923)
  • 2005 Charly Gaul, Luxembourg cyclist (b. 1932)
  • 2014 Fred Hawkins, American golfer (US Masters 1958 runner-up), dies at 91
  • 2017 Cy Young, American athlete and only US male to win gold in javelin throwing (1952 Olympics), dies of complications from dementia at 89
  • 2019 Jo Ann Washam, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1975 3rd; 3 LPGA Tour titles), dies at 69
  • 2020 Neil Armstrong, Canadian ice hockey linesman (1,744 NHL games; Hockey Hall of Fame), dies at 87
  • 2020 Dennis Ralston, American tennis player (4 x Grand Slam doubles champion; Wimbledon singles 1966 runner-up), dies from cancer at 78
  • 2020 Jack Scarbath, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Uni of Maryland; Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers), dies at 90