Events in Sport in December 1973

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Dec 1 Jack Nicklaus becomes 1st golfer to earn $2M in a year

  • Dec 1 Jan Ferraris wins LPGA-Japan Golf Classic
  • Dec 1 38th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 35-0 in Birmingham
  • Dec 2 62nd Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Cleveland (5-0)
  • Dec 5 Chicago Cubs Ron Santo becomes 1st baseball player to invoke 10-5 rule and veto his trade (with the California Angels)
  • Dec 5 Dodgers trade Willie Davis to Expos for relief pitcher Mike Marshall
  • Dec 6 NL votes to move San Diego Padres to Washington, D.C. (doesn't happen)
  • Dec 7 Orioles sell pitcher Eddie Watt to the Phillies
  • Dec 7 Phillies sell infielder-outfielder Cesar Tovar to the Texas Rangers
  • Dec 8 39th Heisman Trophy Award: John Cappelletti, Penn State (RB)
  • Dec 9 St Louis Cardinal Jim Bakken kicks 6 field goals vs Atlanta Falcons

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Dec 10 1st time since 1885, tennis has 2 top males (Stan Smith & Jimmy Connors)

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • Dec 11 NA Soccer League awards LA, SF, Seattle & Vancouver franchises
  • Dec 12 Canada begins selling Olympic coins ($5 & $10 silver coins)
  • Dec 12 San Diego files anti-trust against NL (stopping Padres move to DC)
  • Dec 15 Golf Resort (Disney Inn) opens
  • Dec 15 Sandy Hawley becomes 1st jockey to win 500 races in 1 year
  • Dec 15 Tennessee beats Temple 11-6 in low scoring NCAA basketball game

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Dec 16 O.J. Simpson becomes 1st NFLer to rush 2,000 yard in a season

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson

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Dec 20 Montreal Canadien Henri Richard scores his 1,000th NHL point

Ice Hockey Great Henri Richard
Ice Hockey Great
Henri Richard
  • Dec 21 3rd Fiesta Bowl: #10 Arizona State beats Pittsburgh, 28-7
  • Dec 27 LA Dodgers announce night games will start at 7:30 instead of 8
  • Dec 30 AFC Championship Game: Miami Dolphins beat Oakland Raiders 27-10
  • Dec 30 NFC Championship Game: Minnesota Vikings beat Dallas Cowboys 27-10
  • Dec 31 Johan Cruyff chosen European Football Player of theYear
  • Dec 31 40th Sugar Bowl: #3 Notre Dame beats #1 Alabama, 24-23