Events in Sport on December 12

  • 1898 1st first-class cricket game between Australian states NSW and Tasmania
  • 1899 George F Bryant of Boston patents the wooden golf tee
  • 1908 4th Australasian Championships: Fred Alexander beats Alfred Dunlop (3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, 6-3)
  • 1930 Baseball Rules Committee greatly revises the rule book, ball bouncing into stands not a HR, now a double

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1933 Eddie Shore hits Toronto Maple Leaf star Ace Bailey from behind, fracturing his skull and ending his career

NHL Star Eddie Shore
NHL Star
Eddie Shore
  • 1936 1937 NFL Draft: Sam Francis from University of Nebraska first pick by Philadelphia Eagles
  • 1937 Washington Redskins win NFL championship
  • 1937 1938 NFL Draft: Corbett Davis from University of Indiana first pick by Cleveland Rams
  • 1950 16th Heisman Trophy Award: Vic Janowicz, Ohio State (HB)
  • 1959 Jack Brabham becomes first Australian to win World Championship of Drivers; finishes 4th in season-ending US Grand Prix at Sebring to win title by 4 points from British driver Tony Brooks
  • 1964 Cleveland Browns' Frank Ryan sets club record of 5 TD passes

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1965 Chicago halfback Gale Sayers ties NFL record for most touchdowns in a game with 6 in 61–20 victory over San Francisco 49ers at Wrigley Field

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • 1966 US Supreme Courts votes 4-3 allowing Braves to move to Atlanta

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1968 Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black to be ranked #1 in tennis

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • 1969 Decathlon Bill Toomey achieves world record-score of 8417 points
  • 1973 Canada begins selling Olympic coins ($5 & $10 silver coins)

  • 1973 San Diego files anti-trust against NL (stopping Padres move to DC)
  • 1977 Yanks purchase Andy Messersmith from Braves
  • 1982 Joanne Carner and John Mahaffey wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • 1986 Australian cricketer David Boon's fourth Test century, 103 v England at Adelaide
  • 1986 James "Bone Crusher" Smith TKO's WBA champ Tim Witherspoon in Madison Square Garden
  • 1987 Mookie Blaylock sets NBA record of 13 steals in a game
  • 1987 Okla's sets NCAA record of 33 steals vs Centenary

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1988 Sandra Miller of Queens sues Mike Tyson for sexual harassment

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1991 NJ Nets set NBA record of 22 blocks beating Nuggets 121-81
  • 1992 58th Heisman Trophy Award: Gino Torretta, Miami-Fla (QB)
  • 1992 NY Giants lose 19-0 to Phoenix Cardinals
  • 1995 NBA referees return to work after striking

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Marlins sign their 6th free-agent since Nov 22, Moises Alou

MLB Outfielder Moises Alou
MLB Outfielder
Moises Alou
  • 1997 Red Sox sign Pedro Martinez to record 6 year $69 million contract
  • 2011 77th Heisman Trophy Award: Robert Griffin III, Baylor (QB)

Sport awardFootball Awards

2016 Cristiano Ronaldo wins the FIFA Ballon d'Or for the 4th time

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo