On This Day

Events in Sport on December 13

  • 1901 Test debut of English cricketer Sydney Barnes vs Australia at the SCG, took 5-65 in 1st innings
  • 1930 George Sisler's career ends when Boston Braves release him
  • 1931 National Football League Championship: Green Bay Packers (12-2-0) win 3rd straight first past the post title
  • 1936 Final Boston Redskin NFL game, lose to Packers 21-6, move to Washington, D.C.

Sport awardNFL Championship

1936 National Football League Championship, Polo Grounds, NYC: Green Bay Packers beat Boston Redskins, 21-6; Packers 4th title

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau
  • 1942 National Football League Championship, Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Washington Redskins upset Chicago Bears, 14-6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1956 Dodgers trade Jackie Robinson to Giants for pitcher Dick Littlefield & $35,000. Robinson will retire rather than be traded.

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1960 Italy beats US in Davis cup (1st time in 24 years US not in finals)
  • 1960 Ballon d'Or: Barcelona midfielder Luis Suárez is named best football player in Europe ahead of Real Madrid's Hungarian forward Ferenc Puskás and Hamburg striker Uwe Seeler
  • 1969 MLB manager Billy Martin fired by the Minnesota Twins
  • 1977 14 University of Evansville basketball players die in plane crash
  • 1981 70th Davis Cup: USA beats Argentina in Cincinnati (3-1)
  • 1982 Australian Open Men's Tennis: South African Johan Kriek wins 2nd straight Australian title; repeats previous year's win over American Steve Denton 6-3, 6-3, 6-2
  • 1983 9,655 see highest-scoring NBA game: Detroit 186, Denver 184 (3 OT)
  • 1985 Australian cricketer David Boon's 1st Test century, 123 v India at Adelaide
  • 1985 Test debut of cricketers Merv Hughes, Geoff Marsh and Bruce Reid (v India)

  • 1989 Walter Davis (Denver) ends NBA free throw streak of 53 games
  • 1991 Ricky Pierce (Seattle) ends NBA free throw streak of 75 games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Free agent Roger Clemens signs with Toronto Blue Jays

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • 1997 63rd Heisman Trophy Award: Charles Woodson, Michigan (CB)

Sport awardPresident's Cup

1998 Presidents Cup Golf, Royal Melbourne GC: International team wins for first time; Shigeki Maruyama and Steve Elkington unbeaten as Internationals beat US 20½–11½

Golfer and PGA Champion Steve Elkington
Golfer and PGA Champion
Steve Elkington
  • 1999 65th Heisman Trophy Award: Ron Dayne, Wisconsin (RB)
  • 2003 69th Heisman Trophy Award: Jason White, Oklahoma (QB)
  • 2004 Ballon d'Or: Milan's Ukrainian striker Andriy Shevchenko is named best football player in Europe ahead of Deco (Porto/FC Barcelona) and Barcelona midfielder Ronaldinho
  • 2007 The Mitchell Report is publicly released listing the names of 89 Major League Baseball players that have presumably used anabolic steroids and human growth hormones. Notable players named include Roger Clemens and Miguel Tejada.
  • 2010 76th Heisman Trophy Award: Cam Newton, Auburn (QB)
  • 2014 80th Heisman Trophy Award: Marcus Mariota, Oregon (QB)
  • 2015 Irishman Conor McGregor knocks out Brazilian Jose Aldo in 13 seconds to win his 1st featherweight title in Las Vegas
  • 2015 81st Heisman Trophy Award: Derrick Henry, Alabama (RB)
  • 2018 German basketball forward Dirk Nowitzki takes the court for his record 21st NBA season with the Dallas Mavericks, surpassing Kobe Bryant's 20 seasons with the LA Lakers