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 18th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Balmy Beach 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
  • 1960 AL grants 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
  • 1986 52nd Heisman Trophy Award: Vinny Testaverde, Miami Fla (QB)
  • 1987 Jane Crafter and Steve Jones wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • 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 Balt Orioles
  • 1990 NHL grants conditional membership to Tampa Bay Lightning
  • 1992 81st Davis Cup: USA beats Switzerland in Fort Worth (3-1)
  • 1992 Dottie Mochrie/Dan Forsmann wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic

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1992 San Francisco 49ers Jerry Rice catches NFL record 101st touchdown

NFL Wide Receiver Jerry Rice
NFL Wide Receiver
Jerry Rice

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1992 San Francisco Giants renege on $43 million pact with Barry Bonds

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 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

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1893 Lou Little, college football hall of fame coach (elected 1960)
  • 1896 George Trafton, NFL center (Chicago Bears)
  • 1903 Tony Lazzeri, American baseball player (d. 1946)
  • 1905 James J. Braddock, American boxer (d. 1974)
  • 1909 Alan McGilvray, cricketer (20 games for NSW mid 1930's) and commentator (ABC)
  • 1913 Eleanor Holm, American 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1932), born in NYC, New York
  • 1914 Cyril Washbrook, cricketer (stalwart Lancs & England opener)
  • 1919 Jimmy Bivins [James], Hall of Fame heavyweight boxer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2012)

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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, NFL defensive end (LA Rams, NY Giants)
  • 1933 Jim Pothecary, cricketer (South African pace bowler on 1960 England tour)
  • 1934 Nick Bockwinkel, wrestler (WCW/AWA)
  • 1937 Alberto Spencer, Ecuadorian footballer (d. 2006)
  • 1945 Larry Bowa, 2nd baseman (Phillies)
  • 1946 Frank Hayes, cricketer (106* England v WI on debut 1973)
  • 1949 Peter Willey, cricketer (England batsman late 70's early 80's)
  • 1951 Gerry Francis, English footballer and manager
  • 1952 Ric Charlesworth, cricketer (WA opener, Aust hockey capt)/MP (Labour)
  • 1953 Gary Ward, American baseball player
  • 1955 Malcolm Jarvis, cricket lefty paceman (Zimbabwe's 1st Test side)
  • 1957 Luis Mariano Delis Fournier, Cuba, discus thrower (Oly-bronze-1980)
  • 1960 Jasmina Perazic Gipe, WNBA guard/forward (NY Liberty)
  • 1964 Will Johnson, CFL defensive end (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1965 Gordon Durie, Scottish footballer
  • 1966 Natascha Badmann, Swiss triathlete
  • 1967 Kevin Appier, Lancaster CA, pitcher (KC Royals)
  • 1969 Elmore Spencer, NBA center (Portland Trail Blazers)
  • 1969 Greg Knox, CFL safety (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1969 Todd Black, Kenton Ohio, 800m runner
  • 1969 Wayne Smith - Motorcycle racer
  • 1970 Eric Mahlum, NFL guard (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1970 Isabelle Arnould, Belgian swimmer
  • 1971 Ainsley Robinson, Oshawa Ontario, 62 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Oly-96)
  • 1971 David Defiagbon, Sapele Nigeria, Canadian boxer (Olympics-silver-96)
  • 1971 Matt Maloney, NBA guard (Houston Rockets)
  • 1971 Richard Krajicek, Neth, tennis star (Wimbledon-1996)
  • 1971 Rika Hiraki, Beirut Lebanon, tennis star (1992 Japan doubles)
  • 1971 Thomas Bailey, NFL wide receiver (Cin Bengals)
  • 1971 José Contreras, Cuban baseball player
  • 1972 Brendan Garard, Australian field hockey halfback (Olympics-96)
  • 1972 Gary Bandy, NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1972 James Logan, NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1972 Mike Gruttadauri, corner (St Louis Rams)
  • 1973 Tim Kohn, guard/tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1974 Arjan Ebbinge, soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • 1975 Natalie Titcume, Australian softball catcher (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • 1977 Kevin Cash, American baseball player
  • 1977 Andrew Flintoff, English cricketer
  • 1977 Paul McVeigh, Irish footballer
  • 1978 Chris Başak, American baseball player, born in North Platte, Nebraska
  • 1978 Darrell Jackson, American football player
  • 1979 Tim Cahill, Australian footballer
  • 1980 Steve Lovell, British footballer
  • 1980 Ehren Wassermann, American baseball player
  • 1982 Alberto Contador, Spanish cyclist and 2007 Tour de France winner
  • 1982 Sean Ervine, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • 1982 Robbie Gould, American football player
  • 1985 Rudra Pratap Singh, Indian Cricketer

Deaths in Sport

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1955 Honus Wagner, American Hall of Fame baseball player (Pirates), dies at 81

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • 1985 Burleigh Grimes, American baseball player, dies at 92

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1996 [Alvin] Pete Rozelle, NFL commissioner, dies of brain cancer at 70

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • 2001 Sir Peter Blake, New Zealand yachtsman & winner of numerous Whitbread and America's Cup sailing contests, killed by pirates on the Amazon River at age 53
  • 2001 Charles McClendon, Hall of Fame college football coach (b. 1923)
  • 2005 Charly Gaul, Luxembourg cyclist (b. 1932)