On This Day

Events in Sport in December 1957

  • Dec 2 NFL Draft: Rice quarterback King Hill #1 pick by Chicago Cardinals
  • Dec 2 Pacific Coast League franchises forced to relocate when Dodgers and Giants confirm their move to California for 1958 MLB season; Hollywood Stars move from LA to Salt Lake City; LA Angels move to Spokane, and San Francisco Seals transfer to Phoenix
  • Dec 3 23rd Heisman Trophy Award: John Crow, Texas A&M (HB)

Sport awardDavis Cup

Dec 6 Gardnar Mulloy becomes oldest American to win a Davis Cup tennis match at age 44 years, 14 days; teams with Vic Seixas to give US a match-clinching, 3-0 lead over the Philippines in the Inter Zone 1st round in Adelaide, Australia

Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
  • Dec 7 Tony Kubek of the Yanks selected as AL Rookie of the Year
  • Dec 17 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid forward Alfredo Di Stéfano wins award for best football player in Europe ahead of Englishmen Billy Wright and Duncan Edwards
  • Dec 17 The largest trade in NHL history at the time in terms of quantity; Chicago Black Hawks move Nick Mickoski, Jack McIntyre, Bob Bailey & Hec Lalonde to Detroit Red Wings for Earl Reibel, Billy Dea, Bill Dineen & Lorne Ferguson
  • Dec 23 Test cricket debut for all-time great Australian wicketkeeper Wally Grout and future captain and coach Bobby Simpson, 1st Test v South Africa in Johannesburg
  • Dec 28 CBS states it won't broadcast baseball where minor league games are on
  • Dec 28 46th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Melbourne (3-2)
  • Dec 29 National Football League Championship, Briggs Stadium, Detroit: Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns, 50-14; Lions score 2 touchdowns in each quarter