On This Day

Events in Sport on December 14

  • 1894 Day One 1st Test Cricket Aus v Eng Aust 5-346 (Giffen 161, Gregory 85)
  • 1894 Test Cricket debut of Joe Darling, Ernie Jones, Archie MacLaren
  • 1901 1st table tennis tournament is held (London Royal Aquarium)
  • 1915 Jack Johnson is 1st black world heavyweight boxing champion

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1920 Jack Dempsey KOs Bill Brennan in 12 for heavyweight boxing title in NYC

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

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1928 2nd Test Cricket Australia v England starts with Bradman as 12th man

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1930 NY Giants defeat Notre Dame 22-0 in a charity game
  • 1930 National Football League Championship: Green Bay Packers (10-3-1) repeat with best record in first past the post title
  • 1935 Test Cricket debut of "Chuck" Fleetwood-Smith v South Africa, Durban
  • 1938 Major League Baseball agrees on use of a standard ball; disagrees on increasing rosters from 23 to 25 players, although Commissioner Judge Landis eventually decides on 25
  • 1938 Will Harridge is elected to a 10-year-term as AL president
  • 1941 1st NFL division playoff, Bears beat Packers 33-14
  • 1947 Cleveland Browns beat NY Yankees 14-3 in AAFC championship game
  • 1947 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is founded in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • 1950 Baseball owners choose Lou Perini (Braves), Phil Wrigley (Cubs), Del Webb (Yankees), & Ellis Ryan (Indians) to select new commissioner
  • 1952 R H Shodhan scores 110 on Test Cricket debut v Pakistan, Calcutta

  • 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers sign pitcher Sandy Koufax

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1958 Pat Summerall kicks game winning field goal for the New York Giants against the Cleveland Browns at Yankee Stadium

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • 1960 Australia v West Indies 1st Test Cricket at the Gabba ends in a tie
  • 1960 Washington Senators joins American League

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1968 Bobby Orr scores first career hat trick (vs Chicago Blackhawks)

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • 1974 Viv Richards scores 1st Test Cricket ton 192 v India 20 fours 6 sixes
  • 1977 Red Sox trade Fergie Jenkins to Rangers for John Poloni & cash
  • 1977 Test Cricket debut of Pakistan spin bowling great Abdul Qadir v England in 1st Test at Lahore
  • 1980 Minnesota Vikings pass for 456 yards against Cleveland Browns, winning 28-24
  • 1980 New Orleans Saints end 14 game losing streak, beat NY Jets 21-20

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1982 Marcel Dionne, LA, becomes 9th NHLer to score 500 goals

NHL Star Marcel Dionne
NHL Star
Marcel Dionne
  • 1987 Allan Border scores 205 v NZ to become Australia's top rungetter
  • 1988 CBS' $1.1 B bid wins exclusive 1990-94 major-league baseball rights
  • 1988 NBA's Miami Heat wins 1st game ever, 89-88 (Clippers), after 17 loses
  • 1991 57th Heisman Trophy Award: Desmond Howard, Michigan (WR)

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1992 Lennox Lewis given WBC title, when Riddick Bowe refused to fight him

Boxer Riddick Bowe
Riddick Bowe
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Lennox Lewis
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Lennox Lewis
  • 1996 62nd Heisman Trophy Award: Danny Wuerffel, Florida (QB)

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1997 Phoenix Coyote Mike Gartner is 5th NHLer to score 700 goals

NHL Star Mike Gartner
NHL Star
Mike Gartner
  • 1998 64th Heisman Trophy Award: Ricky Williams, Texas (RB)
  • 2009 75th Heisman Trophy Award: Mark Ingram, Jr., Alabama (RB)
  • 2019 85th Heisman Trophy Award: Joe Burrow, Louisiana State University (QB)