On This Day

On This Day in Sport for December 9

Events in Sport

  • 1892 English football club Newcastle United founded
  • 1913 Heavyweight Jack Johnson-Jim Johnson fight to no decision in Paris
  • 1913 John K Tener becomes president of baseball's National League
  • 1922 1st Australasian Championships Women's Tennis, Sydney: Margaret Molesworth wins inaugural title; beats fellow Australian Esna Boyd 6-3, 10-8
  • 1922 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Sydney: James Anderson wins 1st of 3 Australasian titles; beats fellow Australian Gerald Patterson 6-0, 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
  • 1926 USGA legalizes steel shaft golf clubs
  • 1931 Baseball cuts squad from 25 to 23 players & NL continues to prohibit uniform numbers
  • 1933 CFL Grey Cup, Athletic Park, Sarnia: Toronto Argonauts edge Sarnia Imperials, 4-3 for their 3rd Championship

Sport awardNFL Championship

1934 National Football League Championship, Polo Grounds, NYC: New York Giants defeat Chicago Bears, 30-13

American Football Player Mel Hein
American Football Player
Mel Hein
  • 1935 1st Heisman Trophy Award: Jay Berwanger, Chicago (HB)
  • 1936 AL OKs night baseball for St Louis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1936 Australia all out for 58 v England, Bradman out for a duck

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1938 1939 NFL Draft: Ki Aldrich from TCU first pick by Chicago Cardinals
  • 1939 CFL Grey Cup, Landsdowne Park, Ottawa: Winnipeg Blue Bombers claim 2nd title; defeat Ottawa Rough Riders, 8-7
  • 1939 1940 NFL Draft: George Cafego from University of Tennessee first pick by Chicago Cardinals
  • 1941 7th Heisman Trophy Award: Bruce Smith, Minnesota (HB)

  • 1949 NFL merges Cleveland Browns, SF '49ers & Balt Colts from AAFC
  • 1953 Montreal Canadiens (106) & Toronto Maple Leafs (98) combine for 204 penalty minutes

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1965 Frank Robinson is traded from the Cincinnati Reds to the Baltimore Orioles

MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager Frank Robinson
MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager
Frank Robinson
  • 1973 NFL St. Louis Cardinal Jim Bakken kicks 6 field goals vs Atlanta Falcons
  • 1978 1st game of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL), Chicago Hustle vs Milwaukee Does
  • 1982 World Boxing Council first to reduce the length of championship fights from 15 to 12 rounds, and allows referees to order standing 8-count for fighters in trouble
  • 1984 LA Ram Eric Dickerson rushes 215 yards for season record 2,105 yards

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

1984 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Sweden's Mats Wilander wins 2nd straight Australian title; beats Kevin Curren of South Africa 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 6-2

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
  • 1984 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: Australian Peter Thomson wins his lone Champions Tour major title by 3 strokes from Don January

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1985 SF 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice begins NFL streak of 274 consecutive games with a reception in a 27-20 loss to LA Rams at Candlestick Park

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice

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1987 Larry Bird ends streak of 59 consecutive free throws

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • 1988 NY Yankees sign 12-year television contract with MSG for $500M
  • 1990 NFL NY Giant Otis Anderson becomes 8th to rush for 10,000th yard
  • 1992 Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott apologizes for racist remarks
  • 1992 Sri Lanka's third-ever Test Cricket victory (v NZ by 9 wkts)
  • 1992 NHL NJ Devils organization announces that it will change its colors to black, red, & white for the 1992-93 season
  • 1995 61st Heisman Trophy Award: Eddie George, Ohio State (RB)
  • 2000 Tottenham defender Ledley King scores fastest goal in English Premier League history when he nets after 9.82 seconds in 3-3 draw at Bradford City
  • 2006 72nd Heisman Trophy Award: Troy Smith, Ohio State (QB)

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2012 Juan Manuel Márquez knocks out Manny Pacquiao in round six for the WBO light welterweight title

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2013 Mike Ditka's #89 jersey is retired by the Chicago Bears

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka
  • 2017 83rd Heisman Trophy Award: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (QB)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady breaks Peyton Manning's record for most touchdown passes in NFL history; moves to 582 with 3 TD passes during 34-33 defeat by Miami Dolphins; record includes TDs thrown in regular season & post-season

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • 2018 Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rogers breaks Tom Brady's NFL record with his 359th straight pass without an interception during Packers 34-20 win over Atlanta Falcons; finishes game with streak intact at 368
  • 2019 World Anti-Doping Agency bans Russia from all major sporting events including 2020 Tokyo Olympics and 2022 football World Cup in Qatar for manipulating laboratory data

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1853 Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn, American pitcher (60-12 in 1884), born in Rochester, New York (d. 1897)
  • 1864 Willoughby Hamilton, Irish tennis player (Wimbledon 1890), born in Monasterevin, Kildare (d. 1943)
  • 1871 Joe Kelley, American baseball player (Baltimore Orioles), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1943)
  • 1889 Hannes Kolehmainen, Finnish long-distance runner (Olympic gold 1912), born in Kuopio, Finland (d. 1966)
  • 1912 Jim Turnesa, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1952; Ryder Cup 1953), born in NYC, NY (d. 1971)
  • 1915 Colin McCool, Australian cricketer (Australian leg-spin all rounder late 40s), born in Paddington, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1986)
  • 1928 André Milhoux, Belgian racing driver, born in Bressoux, Belgium (d. 1956)
  • 1933 Milt Campbell, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1956), born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • 1933 Orville Moody, American golfer (US Open 1969), born in Chickasha Oklahoma (d. 2008)
  • 1938 Deacon Jones, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (8 × Pro Bowl; 5 × First-team All-Pro; LA Rams, SD Chargers), born in Eatonville, Florida (d. 2013)
  • 1942 Dick Butkus, American NFL hall of fame linebacker (Bears) and sportscaster, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1942 Billy Bremner, Scottish footballer (Leeds United), born in Stirling, Scotland (d. 1997)
  • 1947 Steve Owens, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1969, U of Oklahoma; Pro Bowl, All Pro 1971, Detroit Lions), born in Gore, Oklahoma
  • 1949 Tom Kite, American golfer (US Open 1992; 19 PGA Tour titles, The Tradition 2000), born in McKinney, Texas
  • 1953 World B. Free [Lloyd Bernard Free], American NBA guard (Philadelphia 76ers; Cleveland Cavaliers; Golden State Warriors), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1960 Juan Samuel, Dominican-American baseball infielder (NY Yankees, Blue Jays), manager and coach, born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • 1961 Ian Andrew Wright, New Zealand rower (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1963 Barry Wilburn, American NFL full safety (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1963 Dave Hilton, Jr., Canadian boxer, born in Port Credit, Ontario
  • 1964 Petr Briza, hockey goalie (Team Czech Rep), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1964 Josie Cichockyj, British wheelchair athlete (wheelchair racing [WR 5,000m], basketball, tennis, table tennis), born in Huddersfield, England (d. 2014)
  • 1965 Joe Ausanio, American baseball player
  • 1966 Dana Murzyn, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1967 Caryn Kadavy, American figure skater, born in Erie, Pennsylvania,
  • 1967 Ray Agnew, NFL nose tackle, 1990-2000 (New England Patriots; New York Giants; St. Louis Rams), and executive (Los Angeles Rams; Detroit Lions), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1967 Jason Dozzell, English footballer
  • 1968 Bill Johnson, NFL defensive linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1968 Brent Price, NBA guard (Houston Rockets, Washington Bullets)
  • 1968 Kurt Angle, American 220 lbs freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1996), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1969 Greg Klingsporn, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1969 Ramon Garcia, Venezuelan pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Guanare, Venezuela
  • 1969 Bixente Lizarazu, French footballer, born in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France
  • 1970 Marlin Cannon, American 200m/400m runner, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971 Chris Boniol, NFL kicker (Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Alexandria, Louisiana
  • 1971 Clifton Abraham, American NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971 Petr Nedved, Czech NHL center (Team Czech, Pitts Penguins), born in Liberec, Czechia
  • 1971 Todd Van Poppel, American baseball pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Hinsdale, Illinois
  • 1972 Fabrice Santoro, Tahitian tennis star, born in Tahiti, French Polynesia
  • 1973 Tony Batista, Dominican baseball infielder (Oakland A's), born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
  • 1974 Wendy Dillinger, American female soccer player and coach, born in St. Charles County, Missouri
  • 1975 Stuart McRae, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1975 Jeff Heath, Canadian baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1941, 43, 45; Cleveland Indians), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 1976 Chris Booker, American baseball player, born in West Virginia
  • 1977 Shayne Graham, American football player, born in Radford, Virginia
  • 1979 Stephen McPhail, Irish footballer, born in City of Westminster, London
  • 1980 Ryder Hesjedal, Canadian cyclist, born in Victoria, Canada
  • 1981 Mardy Fish, American tennis player, born in Edina, Minnesota
  • 1982 Tamilla Abassova, Russian cyclist, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1982 Nathalie De Vos, Belgian athlete, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • 1983 Dariusz Dudka, Polish footballer, born in Kostrzyn, Poland
  • 1983 Jermaine Beckford, English footballer, born in London, England

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1956 NBA player Bill Russell (22) weds college sweetheart Rose Swisher

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell

Deaths in Sport

  • 1929 Willis Cuttell, cricketer (two Tests England v South Africa 1899), dies
  • 1930 Jim Slight, cricketer (represented Australia at Oval 1880), dies
  • 1933 Morice Bird, cricketer (scored 280 runs in 10 Tests for England), dies
  • 1948 Sir Timothy O'Brien, cricketer (Bart 5 Tests England 1884-96), dies
  • 1957 Carswell Adams, sportscaster (Your Sports Special), dies

Person of interestBranch Rickey

1965 Branch Rickey, American baseball player (St. Louis Browns), manager (St. Louis Cardinals, Brooklyn Dodgers) and sports executive, dies of heart failure at 83

Baseball Player and Sports Executive Branch Rickey
Baseball Player and Sports Executive
Branch Rickey
  • 1974 George Carew, cricketer (4 Tests for WI between 1935 & 1949), dies
  • 1976 Wes Ferrell, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1933, 37; no-hitter 1931; record 37 career HRs hit by a pitcher), dies at 68
  • 1992 Carl Barger, baseball pres (Pittsburgh Pirates, Fla Marlins), dies at 62
  • 1993 Danny Blanchflower, North Ireland soccer/union coach, dies at 67
  • 1994 Alex Wilson, Canadian athlete (Olympic silver 800m, 2 x bronze 400m, 4x400m relay 1932), dies at 87

Person of interestArchie Moore

1998 Archie Moore, American light-heavyweight boxing champion (1952-60), dies at 84

Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore
  • 2003 Norm Sloan, American basketball coach (b. 1926)
  • 2008 Ibrahim Dossey, Ghanaian football player (b. 1972)
  • 2012 Alexander Moulton, English engineer and bicycle designer (folding bicycle), dies at 92
  • 2015 Gheorghe Gruia, Romanian handball player, dies at 75
  • 2020 Ray Perkins, American football coach (New York Giants, University of Alabama, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arkansas State University), dies from heart disease at 79
  • 2020 Paolo Rossi, Italian soccer striker (48 caps; FIFA World Cup 1982 [Golden Boot, Golden Ball]; L.R. Vicenza, Juventus), dies at 64
  • 2020 Gordon Forbes, South African tennis player and author (French Open mixed doubles [Darlene Hard] 1955), dies from COVID-19 at 86
  • 2020 Ray Hunter, Northern Irish cricket all-rounder (28 international matches) and rugby union centre (10 Tests; British & Irish Lions 1962; Portadown RFC), dies at 82
  • 2020 Alex Olmedo, American/Peruvian tennis player (Australian C'ships, Wimbledon 1959), dies from brain cancer at 84