On This Day

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 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Sydney: American Fred Alexander beats Alfred Dunlop of Australia 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 National Football League Championship, Wrigley Field, Chicago: Washington Redskins beat Chicago Bears, 28-21
  • 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 finishes 4th in season-ending US Grand Prix at Sebring to become first Australian F1 World Drivers Championship winner; takes title by 4 points from Briton Tony Brooks
  • 1961 Ballon d'Or: Juventus' Argentine forward Omar Sívori wins award for best football player in Europe ahead of Spanish midfielder Luis Suárez and English forward Johnny Haynes
  • 1964 Cleveland Browns' Frank Ryan sets club record of 5 TD passes
  • 1965 Doug Walters makes maiden Test ton in 1st Test, goes on to 155

Sports record brokenNFL Record

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

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1971 Romanian tennis star Ilie Năstase finishes ATP Masters Grand Prix with a perfect 6-0 record to win the rich season ending event at the Coubertin Stadium, Paris

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • 1973 Canada begins selling Olympic coins ($5 & $10 silver coins)
  • 1973 San Diego files anti-trust against NL (stopping Padres move to DC)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 QB Joe Namath last game as a NY Jet

NFL Quarterback Joe Namath
NFL Quarterback
Joe Namath
  • 1976 Spaniard Manuel Orantes beats Wojtek Fibak of Poland 5–7, 6–2, 0–6, 7–6, 6–1 to win his first and only season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis title in Houston, Texas
  • 1977 Yanks purchase Andy Messersmith from Braves

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

1982 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert-Lloyd wins her first Australian title; beats Martina Navratilova 6-3, 2-6, 6-3

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 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
  • 1991 Tampa Bay Buccaneer Dexter Manley retires after failing drug test
  • 1992 58th Heisman Trophy Award: Gino Torretta, U of Miami (QB)
  • 1992 NY Giants lose 19-0 to Phoenix Cardinals
  • 1995 NBA referees return to work after striking

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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

Sport awardFootball Awards

2002 Ballon d'Or: Inter/Real Madrid forward Ronaldo is named best football player in Europe for a second time ahead of Real Madrid left back Roberto Carlos and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn

Football Star Ronaldo
Football Star
  • 2011 77th Heisman Trophy Award: Robert Griffin III, Baylor (QB)

Sport awardFootball Awards

2016 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo claims award for the 4th time; record winning margin of 429 from Lionel Messi

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi