On This Day

On This Day in Sport for December 8

Events in Sport

  • 1940 National Football League Championship, Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Chicago Bears beat Washington Redskins, 73-0; most one-sided victory in NFL history; first NFL title game broadcast on national radio
  • 1942 8th Heisman Trophy Award: Frank Sinkwich, Georgia (HB)
  • 1948 14th Heisman Trophy Award: Doak Walker, SMU (HB)
  • 1953 19th Heisman Trophy Award: Johnny Lattner, Notre Dame (HB)
  • 1955 21st Heisman Trophy Award: Howard Cassady, Ohio State (HB)

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1955 Brooklyn catcher Roy Campanella wins his 3rd MVP Award

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • 1956 XVI Summer Olympic Games close in Melbourne, Australia; start of an Olympic tradition - amidst international tensions, athletes mingle together, parade into and around MCG arena for final appearance to close the Games

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1959 President Eisenhower watches Pakistan v Aust Test Cricket at Karachi

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1960 MLB expansion team Los Angeles Angels sign a 4 year lease to use Dodger Stadium
  • 1961 Larry Costello scores 32 consecutive pts without a miss (NBA rec)

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1961 Wilt Chamberlain scores the 2nd highest total in the NBA - 78

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

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1966 A terrible Yankee trade, Roger Maris for Card's Charlie Smith

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • 1967 NHL California Seals change name to Oakland Seals
  • 1973 39th Heisman Trophy Award: John Cappelletti, Penn State (RB)

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1973 Romanian tennis star Ilie Năstase wins his 3rd consecutive season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix title with a 6–3, 7–5, 4–6, 6–3 win over Dutchman Tom Okker in Boston, Massachusetts

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • 1977 43rd Heisman Trophy Award: Earl Campbell, Texas (RB)
  • 1978 Commencement of the 1st day/night World Series Cricket supertest at VFL Park, Melbourne

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

1984 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert-Lloyd beats Helena Suková 6-7, 6-1, 6-3; continues streak of winning at least 1 major per year since 1973

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

1985 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Stefan Edberg wins 1st career Grand Slam singles title; beats defending champion & fellow Swede Mats Wilander 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander

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1987 Flyers' Ron Hextall becomes 1st goalie to actually score a goal

NHL Goalie Ron Hextall
NHL Goalie
Ron Hextall
  • 1988 Knick's set NBA record of 11 3-pointers & sink Bucks, 113-109

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1994 Darryl Strawberry indicted on tax evasion charges

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • 2001 10th SEC Championship Game: #21 LSU beats #2 Tennessee, 31-20
  • 2007 73rd Heisman Trophy Award: Tim Tebow, Florida (QB)
  • 2011 The NBA and players union reach financial agreement to end a 161-day lockout, shortening the season by 16 games
  • 2018 84th Heisman Trophy Award: Kyler Murray, Oklahoma (QB)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1904 Wilmer Allison, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1935), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1977)
  • 1914 Ernie Toshack, Australian cricket fast bowler (12 Tests, 47 wickets), born in Cobar, NSW (d. 2003)
  • 1917 Ian Johnson CBE, Australian cricket spin bowler and captain (45 Tests; 109 wickets), born in North Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1998)
  • 1920 McDonald Bailey, British-Trinidadian 100m runner (Olympic bronze 1952), born in Williamsville, Trinidad (d. 2013)
  • 1922 George Fullerton, South African cricketer (South African keeper-batsman 1947-51), born in Kensington, South Africa (d. 2002)
  • 1923 Joe Burke, American baseball executive (president KC Royals 1981-92), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1992)
  • 1927 Ferdie Pacheco, American boxer and physician (the "Fight Doctor"), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2017)
  • 1935 Tatiana Zatulovskaya, Israeli chess player (Women's Soviet Chess Championship 1960, 62, 63), born in Baku, Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic, USSR (d. 2017)
  • 1936 Peter Parfitt, English cricketer (fine England batsman of the 1960's), born in Billingford, Breckland, Norfolk, England
  • 1936 Buster Farrer, South African cricketer (South African Test batsman 1962-64), born in King William's Town, Cape Province, South Africa
  • 1940 Brant Alyea, American baseball player
  • 1941 Geoff Hurst, cricketer (Essex 1962, better known as soccer immortal)
  • 1941 Ed Brinkman, American baseball player
  • 1942 Hemant Kanitkar, cricketer (batted in two Tests India v WI 1974)
  • 1950 Tim Foli, American baseball player
  • 1953 Roy Firestone, American sportscaster (Life's Most Embarrassing Moments), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1955 Ian Greig, cricketer (brother of Tony Two Tests for England 1982)
  • 1958 Wayne Dickert, slalom double canoe (Olympic 11th 1996), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1958 George Rogers, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1980, U of South Carolina; #1 pick 1981 NFL Draft; Super Bowl 1987; NO Saints, Washington Redskins), born in Duluth, Georgia
  • 1962 Berry van Aerle, Dutch soccer star (PSV)

Person of interestSteve Elkington

1962 Steve Elkington, Australian golfer (PGA Championship 1995; 10 PGA Tour titles), born in Inverell, New South Wales

Golfer and PGA Champion Steve Elkington
Golfer and PGA Champion
Steve Elkington
  • 1964 James Martinez, Santa Fe NM, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1965 Greg Truitt, NFL safety/linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1965 Teresa Weatherspoon, WNBA guard (NY Liberty)
  • 1965 Troy Sadowski, American NFL tight end (Cin Bengals), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1966 Joe Staysniak, American NFL guard (Indianapolis Colts), born in Elyria, Ohio
  • 1966 Les Ferdinand, English footballer who scored 149 goals in the Premier League for various clubs, born in Acton, London
  • 1967 Jeff George, American NFL quarterback (Atlanta Falcons, Oakland Raiders), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1967 Ron George, American linebacker (Minnesota Vikings), born in Heidelberg, Germany
  • 1967 Tony Mayberry, American NFL center (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Würzburg, Germany
  • 1967 Darren Sheridan, English footballer and manager, born in Stretford, United Kingdom
  • 1968 Bill Johnson, American football defensive tackle (St Louis Rams), born in Minnesota
  • 1968 Mike Mussina, American baseball pitcher (5-time MLB All Star), Williamsport, Pennsylvania
  • 1969 Antoon Kuil, Dutch soccer player (Veendam, SC Heerenveen)
  • 1969 Victor Green, American NFL cornerback/safety (NY Jets), born in Americus, Georgia
  • 1971 James Stewart, American NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings), born in Vero Beach, Florida
  • 1972 Marco Abreu, Angolan footballer, born in Lubango, Angola
  • 1973 Mitch Jacoby, American football tight end (St Louis Rams), born in Port Washington, Wisconsin
  • 1973 Monty Montgomery, American football defensiveback (Indianapolis Colts), born in Gladewater, Texas
  • 1974 Paul Staight, Australian badminton player (Olympics 1996), born in Victoria, Australia
  • 1975 Kevin Harvick, American auto racer (NASCAR Cup Series Champion 2014), born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1976 Reed Johnson, American baseball player, born in Riverside, California
  • 1977 Sébastien Chabal, French rugby union footballer, born in Valence, France
  • 1977 Ryan Newman, American NASCAR driver, born in South Bend, Indiana
  • 1978 Kate Robinson, American figure skater and ice dancer, born in Peoria, Illinois
  • 1978 Anwar Siraj, Ethiopian footballer
  • 1978 John Oster, Welsh footballer, born in Boston, England
  • 1978 Vernon Wells III, American baseball center fielder (Toronto Blue Jays; 3-time MLB All-Star & Gold Glove), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1979 Christian Wilhelmsson, Swedish footballer, born in Malmö Municipality, Sweden
  • 1979 Daniel Fitzhenry, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Macksville, Australia
  • 1980 Brandt Snedeker, American golfer (US Masters 2008, British Open 2012 3rd), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1981 Jeremy Accardo, American baseball player, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1981 Philip Rivers, American NFL quarterback (San Diego, LA Chargers), born in Decatur, Alabama
  • 1982 Dee Dee Trotter, American athlete, born in California, United States
  • 1982 Hamit Altintop, German-born Turkish football player (identical twin brother of Halil Altintop), born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • 1982 Halil Altintop, German-born Turkish football player (identical twin brother of Hamit Altintop), born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • 1983 Neel Jani, Swiss racing driver, born in Rorschach, Switzerland
  • 1983 Liu Song, Chinese snooker player, born in Beijing, China
  • 1984 Greg Halford, English footballer, born in Chelmsford, United Kingdom
  • 1984 Badr Hari, Dutch kickboxer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1985 Dwight Howard, American basketball player (Charlotte Hornets), born in Atlanta, Georigia
  • 1986 Amir Khan, English boxer, born in Bolton, United Kingdom
  • 1989 Drew Doughty, Canadian hockey player, born in London, Canada
  • 1994 Raheem Sterling, British-Jamaican football player (Manchester City, English national team), born in Kingston, Jamaica

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1950 NBA player Bob Cousy (22) weds his college sweetheart Missie Ritterbusch

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy

Deaths in Sport

  • 1951 Bobby Lowe, American baseball second baseman (first player to hit 4 HRs in one MLB game, 1894), dies at 86

Person of interestTris Speaker

1958 Tris Speaker, American baseball player, hit more doubled than Pete Rose, dies at 70

Baseball Player Tris Speaker
Baseball Player
Tris Speaker
  • 1982 Bertus de Harder, Dutch soccer star (Bordeaux), dies
  • 1987 José Casanova, Peruvian soccer midfielder (10 caps; Alianza Lima), dies in Alianza Lima air disaster at 23
  • 1987 Marcos Calderón, Peruvian soccer coach (Peru 1975-79; Copa América 1975), dies in Alianza Lima air disaster at 59
  • 1987 José González, Peruvian soccer goalkeeper (20 caps; Alianza Lima), dies in Alianza Lima air disaster at 33
  • 2006 José Uribe, Dominican baseball player (b. 1959)
  • 2010 Murray Armstrong, Canadian ice hockey centre and NCAA coach (Detroit Red Wings; coach University of Denver 1956-77, 5 NCAA C'ships), dies at 94
  • 2019 Rogério Pipi, Portuguese soccer forward (15 caps; Benfica), dies at 97
  • 2020 Alejandro Sabella, Argentine soccer midfielder (8 caps; River Plate, Sheffield United, Estudiantes) and manager (Argentina 2011-14), dies from heart disease at 66