On This Day

Events in Sport in December 1980

  • Dec 1 46th Heisman Trophy Award: George Rogers, South Carolina (RB)
  • Dec 3 Don Sutton, the winningest pitcher in Los Angeles Dodgers history, signs a 4-year contract with Houston; Astros career shortened by a patellar fracture; returns to Dodgers in 1988 after stints with 3 other MLB clubs
  • Dec 4 Islanders end 15 game undefeated streak (13-0-2) (Col Rockies)
  • Dec 7 69th Davis Cup: Czechoslovakia beats Italy in Prague (4-1)

Sports History

Dec 7 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, Turnberry Isle CC: Arnold Palmer wins with a birdie on the 1st playoff hole against Paul Harney

  • Dec 14 Minnesota Vikings pass for 456 yards against Cleveland Browns, winning 28-24
  • Dec 14 New Orleans Saints end 14 game losing streak, beat NY Jets 21-20

Sports History

Dec 15 NY Yankee Dave Winfield becomes highest-paid player, 10 years $15M

Film Release

Dec 19 "Raging Bull", directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro as boxer Jake LaMotta and Cathy Moriarty as his wife, is released in the United States

  • Dec 20 NBC broadcasts NY Jets' 24-17 win over Dolphins without audio
  • Dec 21 Harold Carmichael ends NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions
  • Dec 22 MLB St. Louis Cardinals release outfielder Bobby Bonds
  • Dec 26 10th Fiesta Bowl: #10 Penn State beats #11 Ohio State, 31-19
  • Dec 27 Calvin Murphy (Rockets) begins longest NBA free throw streak of 78

Football Awards

Dec 30 Ballon d'Or: Bayern Munich forward Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is named best European football player; beats German international teammate Bernd Schuster of FC Barcelona and Saint-Étienne midfielder Michel Platini

  • Dec 31 NY Islanders greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Chicago Black Hawks