On This Day in Sport for December 7

  • December

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 CFL Grey Cup, AAA Grounds, Hamilton: Winnipeg Pegs (later Blue Bombers) defeat Hamilton Tigers, 18-12

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 CFL Grey Cup (Game 2), Lansdowne Park, Ottawa: Ottawa beats Toronto Balmy Beach, 12-5
  • 1949 15th Heisman Trophy Award: Leon Hart, Notre Dame (E)
  • 1956 Australian swimmer Murray Rose claims his 3rd gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics when he wins the 1,500m in 17:58.9; also wins 400m & 4 x 200m relay
  • 1956 American diver Pat McCormick wraps up the women's double when she wins the 10m platform gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics with 84.85 points; also won the 3m springboard gold
  • 1956 Soviet artistic gymnast Larisa Latynina takes her gold medal tally to 4 at the Melbourne Olympics; wins teams and individual all-round titles having earlier won vault and floor exercise sections
  • 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

1975 Romanian tennis star Ilie Năstase wins his 4th season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix title with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 rout of Björn Borg of Sweden in Stockholm

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg

Sports record brokenNHL Record

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)

Sport awardTennis Open

1985 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert-Lloyd 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 for her 3rd and final Australian singles crown

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 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
  • 1996 Australian rugby union team ends 12-game European tour unbeaten after 39-19 victory over the Barbarians at Twickenham; Wallabies fullback Matt Burke scores 2 tries and lands 4 conversions, 2 penalties
  • 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 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo wins his 5th award to equal Lionel Messi's record; 2nd consecutive win for Ronaldo

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, Australian cricketer (great NSW & Aussie opening bat 1909-26), Warren, New South Wales (d. 1954)
  • 1902 Janardan Navle, Indian cricketer (India's 1st Test wicket-keeper), born in Fulgaon, Maharashtra, India (d. 1979)
  • 1908 John Doeg, American tennis champ (US Open-1930), born in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico (d. 1978)
  • 1914 Winston Place, English cricketer (England opener in West Indies 1948), born in Rawtenstall, Lancashire, England (d. 2002)
  • 1920 Fiorenzo Magni, Italian professional road racing cyclist, born in Vaiano, Italy (d. 2012)
  • 1924 John Love, Zimbabwean Formula One driver, born in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (d. 2005)
  • 1925 Hernando da Silva Ramos, French-Brazilian racing driver, born in Paris
  • 1926 Victor Kermit Kiam II, American businessman (Remington shavers) and NFL owner (Patriots), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2001)
  • 1930 Hal Smith, American baseball player, born in West Frankfort, Illinois
  • 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 Basketball Hall of Fame forward, coach, executive (Boston Celtics 3-time NBA champion, 12-time NBA All Star), born in West Baden, Indiana

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • 1957 Geoff "Henry" Lawson, Australian cricket player, fast bowler (1980-89) and coach of Pakistan, born in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1957 Rohan Jayasekera, cricketer (one Test Sri Lanka v Pakistan 1982)
  • 1959 Salim Yousuf, cricketer (Pakistani wicket-keeper in 32 Tests 1986-90)
  • 1963 Theo Snelders, former Dutch footballer
  • 1964 Peter Laviolette, Norwood Mass, US hockey defenseman (Olympics 1994)
  • 1964 Tadao Uematsu, Japanese racing driver
  • 1964 Vladimir Artemov, Russian gymnast (4 Olympic gold 1988), born in Vladimir, Russia
  • 1965 Colin Hendry, Scottish footballer and coach, born in Keith, Scotland
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1977 Luke Donald, English golfer (US Masters 2005, PGA C'ship 2006 3rd), born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
  • 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
  • 1986 Billy Horschel, American golfer (FedEx Cup 2014, 5 PGA Tour titles), born in Grant, Florida
  • 1988 Nathan Adrian, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m freestyle 2012), born in Bremerton, Washington

Deaths in Sport

  • 1927 Albert Griffiths ("Young Griffo"), Australian boxer (World Featherweight champion), dies of apoplexy at 56
  • 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)
  • 2016 Paul Elvstrøm, Danish sailer (4 Olympic gold, Finn class 1948, 52, 56, 60), dies at 88
  • 2017 Peter Walwyn, British thoroughbred trainer (champion trainer 1974-75), dies at 84