Events in Sport in December 1961

  • Dec 2 26th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 34-0 in Birmingham
  • Dec 3 Anton Geesink becomes 1st non-Japanese judo world champion

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Dec 4 Floyd Patterson KOs Tom McNeeley in 4 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • Dec 4 Smallest NY Knick, 49th St Madison Square Garden crowd-1,300 (snowstorm)
  • Dec 4 1962 NFL Draft: Ernie Davis from University of Syracuse first pick by Washington Redskins
  • Dec 6 27th Heisman Trophy Award: Ernie Davis, Syracuse (HB) (1st African American to win)
  • Dec 8 Larry Costello scores 32 consecutive pts without a miss (NBA rec)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 8 Wilt Chamberlain scores the 2nd highest total in the NBA - 78

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Dec 18 For 2nd consecutive year, AP names Wilma Rudolph female athlete of year
  • Dec 18 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 78 points vs LA
  • Dec 24 Houston Oilers beat San Diego Chargers 10-3 in AFL championship game
  • Dec 28 50th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Melbourne (5-0)
  • Dec 31 Green Bay Packers shutout NY Giants 37-0 in NFL championship game