On This Day

Events in Sport in 1973 (Part 2)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 10 First time since 1885, tennis has 2 top male players - Americans Stan Smith and Jimmy Connors

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • Dec 11 NA Soccer League awards LA, San Francisco, 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 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 NFL running back to rush for 2,000 yards in a season

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • Dec 18 Yanks sign Dick Williams as manager, overturned later by AL Pres

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Dec 20 AL president Joe Cronin refuses to allow Dick Williams to manage Yankees

Baseball Player and Manager Joe Cronin
Baseball Player and Manager
Joe Cronin

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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 25 Ballon d'Or: Ajax forward Johan Cruyff wins his second award for best European football player ahead of Juventus goalkeeper Dino Zoff and Bayern Munich striker Gerd Müller
  • Dec 27 LA Dodgers announce night games will start at 7:30 instead of 8

Sport awardAFC Championship

Dec 30 AFC Championship, Miami Orange Bowl: Miami Dolphins beat Oakland Raiders, 27-10

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Dec 30 NFC Championship, Texas Stadium, Irving: Minnesota Vikings beat Dallas Cowboys, 27-10
  • Dec 31 Johan Cruyff chosen European Football Player of theYear

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

Dec 31 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley beats Chris Evert 7-6, 4-6, 6-0 for her first of 4 home singles titles

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Dec 31 40th Sugar Bowl: #3 Notre Dame beats #1 Alabama, 24-23