On This Day in Sport for December 7

Events in Sport

  • 1907 Eugene Corri becomes 1st referee in a boxing ring

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1929 Leo Diegel wins PGA golf tournament

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel
  • 1930 13th PGA Championship: Tommy Armour at Fresh Meadows CC Flushing

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1931 Bradman scores 219 NSW v South Africa, 234 mins, 15 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1935 23rd CFL Grey Cup: Winnipeg Blue bombers defeats Hamilton Tiger Cats, 18-12
  • 1935 CFL Grey Cup: Winnipeg Blue Bombers beat Ham Tigers, 18-12 at Hamilton

AgreementContract of Interest

1937 Red Sox acquire the contract of 19-year-old Ted Williams

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1937 Russian chess player Alekhine recaptures world title from Max Euwe

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1939 Lou Gehrig, 36, is elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1940 28th CFL Grey Cup (Game 2): Toronto Balmy Beach defeats Ottawa, 12-5
  • 1949 15th Heisman Trophy Award: Leon Hart, Notre Dame (E)
  • 1973 Orioles sell pitcher Eddie Watt to the Phillies
  • 1973 Phillies sell infielder-outfielder Cesar Tovar to the Texas Rangers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978 Islander's Mike Bossy's 1st career hat trick

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1980 69th Davis Cup: Czechoslovakia beats Italy in Prague (4-1)
  • 1984 Allan Border's 1st Test Cricket match as captain (v WI Adelaide)
  • 1985 51st Heisman Trophy Award: Bo Jackson, Auburn (RB)
  • 1986 Juli Inkster/Tom Purtzer wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • 1988 NY Islanders fire Simpson, Arbour new coach

AgreementContract of Interest

1988 Rangers sign free-agent pitcher Nolan Ryan to a one-year contract

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1995 NBA settles strike of referees, refs to return on Dec 12
  • 1996 5th SEC Championship Game: #4 Florida beats #11 Alabama, 45-30
  • 1996 1st Big 12 Championship Game: Texas beats #3 Nebraska, 37-27
  • 1997 Amy Fruhwirth & Clarence Rose win LPGA J C Penney Classic
  • 2002 11th SEC Championship Game: #4 Georgia beats #22 Arkansas, 30-3
  • 2013 22nd SEC Championship Game: #3 Auburn beats #5 Missouri, 59-42
  • 2013 9th ACC Championship Game: #1 Florida State beats #20 Duke, 45-7

Sport awardFootball Awards

2017 Cristiano Ronaldo wins his 5th FIFA Ballon d’Or to equal Lionel Messi's record

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 2017 Former US gymnastics physician Larry Nasser is sentenced to 60 years on child pornography charges

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1882 Warren Bardsley, cricketer (great NSW & Aussie opening bat 1909-26)
  • 1902 J G Navle, cricketer (India's 1st Test wicket-keeper)
  • 1908 John H Doeg, tennis champ (US Open-1930)
  • 1914 Winston Place, cricketer (England opener in West Indies 1948)
  • 1920 Fiorenzo Magni, Italian cyclist, (d. 2012)
  • 1924 John Love, Zimbabwean Formula One driver (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Hernando da Silva Ramos, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1926 Victor Kermit Kiam II, CEO (Remington shavers)/NFL owner (Patriots)
  • 1930 Hal Smith, American baseball player, (d. 2014)
  • 1932 Geoff Lawson, Australian cricket player
  • 1942 Alex [Alexander] Johnson, American professional baseball player, born in Helena, Arkansas (d. 2015)

Person of interestJohnny Bench

1947 Johnny Bench, MLB catcher (Reds), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench

Person of interestLarry Bird

1956 Larry Bird, American NBA star (Boston Celtics, 12-time NBA All Star), born in West Baden, Indiana

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • 1957 Geoff "Henry" Lawson, cricketer (Australian fast bowler 1980-89)
  • 1957 Rohan Jayasekera, cricketer (one Test Sri Lanka v Pakistan 1982)
  • 1959 Salim Yousuf, cricketer (Pakistani wicket-keeper in 32 Tests 1986-90)
  • 1963 Kristi Albers, LPGA golfer (1993 Sprint Classic), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1963 Theo Snelders, former Dutch footballer
  • 1964 Peter Laviolette, Norwood Mass, US hockey defenseman (Olympics 1994)
  • 1964 Tadao Uematsu, Japanese racing driver
  • 1965 Peter Draisaitl, Karvina CZE, hockey forward (Team Germany 1998)
  • 1965 Colin Hendry, Scottish footballer
  • 1966 Shinichi Itoh, Japanese motorcycle racer
  • 1967 Tino Martinez, 1st baseman (Seattle Mariner, NY Yankees), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1968 Cammy Myler, Plattsburgh NY, luger (Olympics 1994)
  • 1968 Keith Goganious, NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1968 Melissa Iverson, Anoka Minn, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1968 Ricky Ervins, NFL running back (SF 49ers)
  • 1968 Tom Myslinski, NFL guard (Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968 Mark Geyer, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1969 Sabine Hack, West Germany, tennis star
  • 1970 Courtney Browne, cricketer (West Indies Test wicket-keeper 1995)
  • 1970 Ed Robinson, WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1970 Rob Olson, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 Newlands Open), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • 1971 Ben Atkins, American fencer-epee (Olympics 1996), born in NYC, New York
  • 1971 Mauricio Hadad, Cali Colombia, tennis star (1995 Bermuda)
  • 1971 Vladimir Akopian, Armenian chess player
  • 1972 Bobby Schoonens, soccer player (RKC)
  • 1972 Clay Shiver, American NFL center (Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers), born in Tifton, Georgia
  • 1972 Jordi Buritlo, Spanish tennis star
  • 1972 Kevin Dogins, corner (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1973 Mark Hartsell, WLAF QB (Scotland Claymores)
  • 1973 Terrell Owens, wide receiver (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1974 Alex Radutescu, Romania, tennis star
  • 1974 Annette Salmeen, 200m butterfly/800m freestyle relay (Olympics 1996)
  • 1975 Jamie Clapham, English footballer
  • 1976 Alan Faneca, American football player
  • 1976 Brent Johnson, Canadian football player
  • 1976 Georges Laraque, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1977 Fernando Vargas, Oxnard Ca, welterweight boxer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1977 Francesca Lubiani, Bologna Italy, tennis star (Futures-Amadora-POR)
  • 1979 Lampros Choutos, Greek footballer
  • 1980 John Terry, English footballer
  • 1983 Fausto Carmona, Dominican baseball player
  • 1984 Robert Kubica, the first Polish Formula One racing driver
  • 1984 Luca Rigoni, Italian footballer
  • 1984 Aaron Gray, American basketball player
  • 1988 Nathan Adrian, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m freestyle 2012), born in Bremerton, Washington

Deaths in Sport

  • 1938 Harry Moses, cricketer (6 Tests for Australia 1887-95), dies
  • 1969 Lefty O'Doul, American baseball player (b. 1897)
  • 1975 Beatrix Loughran, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1924, 1928, 1932), dies at 75
  • 1977 Paul Gibb, cricketer (England batsman, 8 Tests), dies
  • 1984 Lee Roy Yarbrough, American race car (Nascar) driver (b. 1938)
  • 1994 J.C. Tremblay, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1939)
  • 1997 Billy Bremner, Scottish footballer dies at 54 from a suspected heart attack
  • 2005 Bud Carson, American football player and coach (b. 1931)
  • 2017 Peter Walwyn, British thoroughbred trainer (champion trainer 1974-75), dies at 84