Events in Sport in December 1984

  • Dec 1 50th Heisman Trophy Award: Doug Flutie, Boston College (QB)
  • Dec 1 American boxer Greg Page KOs home town favourite Gerrie Coetzee in 8th round to win WBA heavyweight title in Sun City, South Africa
  • Dec 1 49th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 17-15 in Birmingham

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Dec 1 American tennis icon Chris Evert wins her 1,000th career professional match; beats Pascale Paradis of France 6-1, 6-7, 6-2 in the round of 16 at the Australian Open; Evert goes on to win the event

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Dec 2 Australian Test cricket spin bowler Bob Holland takes a career best 9-83 for NSW in the Sheffield Shield match against South Australia in Sydney

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Dec 2 Miami quarterback Dan Marino breaks NFL single-season touchdown pass record when he throws his 37th in the Dolphins' 45-34 loss to the Raiders; finishes season with 48 TD passes

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino

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Dec 5 A's trade Rickey Henderson to Yankees for Jay Howell & Jose Rijo

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • Dec 5 Yankees trade catcher Rick Cerone to Braves for pitcher Brian Fisher

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Dec 6 Helena Suková snaps Martina Navratilova's 74-match winning streak 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the semi finals of the Australian Open in Melbourne; ends Navratilova's hopes of completing the Grand Slam

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Dec 7 Allan Border's 1st Test Cricket match as captain (v WI Adelaide)
  • Dec 8 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert-Lloyd beats Helena Suková 6-7, 6-1, 6-3; continues streak of winning at least 1 major per year since 1973
  • Dec 9 LA Ram Eric Dickerson rushes 215 yards for season record 2,105 yards

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

Dec 9 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Sweden's Mats Wilander wins 2nd straight Australian title; beats Kevin Curren of South Africa 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 6-2

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
  • Dec 18 73rd Davis Cup: Sweden beats USA in Gothenburg (4-1)

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Dec 19 Wayne Gretzky, 23, is 18th & youngest NHL-er to score 1,000 points

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

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Dec 19 Scotty Bowman wins his 691st regular season game, the most wins by any coach in NHL history

NHL Coach Scotty Bowman
NHL Coach
Scotty Bowman
  • Dec 22 Test Cricket debut of Craig McDermott, v WI at the MCG
  • Dec 23 Viv Richards scores 208 in Test Cricket at MCG
  • Dec 25 Ballon d'Or: Juventus' French midfielder Michel Platini is named Europe's best football player for the 2nd consecutive time; beats Bordeaux midfielder Jean Tigana and Verona striker Preben Elkjær
  • Dec 27 Padres' free agent pitcher Ed Whitson signs with NY Yankees
  • Dec 29 Blues took 27 shots against Islanders in 1 period
  • Dec 29 Wayne Gretzky scores his NHL career 32nd hat trick & adds 3 assists in Edmonton's 6-3 win over Detroit Red Wings for his 100th point in just 35 games; 2nd fastest in history - recorded 100 points in 34 games in 1983
  • Dec 31 Test Cricket debut of Mohammad Azharuddin, v England at Calcutta