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

Sports History

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

  • 1936 1937 NFL Draft: Sam Francis from University of Nebraska first pick by Philadelphia Eagles
  • 1937 1938 NFL Draft: Corbett Davis from University of Indiana first pick by Cleveland Rams
  • 1937 National Football League Championship, Wrigley Field, Chicago: Washington Redskins beat Chicago Bears, 28-21
  • 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

Ballon d'Or

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

NFL 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

  • 1965 Doug Walters makes maiden Test ton in 1st Test, goes on to 155
  • 1966 US Supreme Courts votes 4-3 allowing Braves to move to Atlanta

Sports History

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

  • 1969 Decathlon Bill Toomey achieves world record-score of 8417 points

Sports History

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

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

Sports History

1976 QB Joe Namath last game as a NY Jet

  • 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

Australian 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

Sports History

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

Sports History

1988 Sandra Miller of Queens sues Mike Tyson for sexual harassment

  • 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
  • 1997 Red Sox sign Pedro Martinez to record 6 year $69 million contract

Ballon d'Or

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

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

Ballon d'Or

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

Sports History

2021 Dutchman Max Verstappen wins Formula 1 Drivers' C'ship for Red Bull with a controversial last lap win over Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton in the season-ending Abu Dhabi GP