On This Day

Events in Sport on December 15

  • 1894 Day 2 of first cricket test between Australia and England, Australia 586 runs (Gregory 201) England 3-130
  • 1909 Thomas J Lynch becomes president of baseball's National League
  • 1925 1st hockey game at Madison Square Garden, Montreal Canadiens 3, NY Americans 1
  • 1929 National Football League Championship: Green Bay Packers (12-0-1) win first past the post title

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1930 Don Bradman takes his 1st Test cricket wicket (Ivan Barrow, WI, lbw)

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1933 Baseball owners agree to ban Sunday doubleheaders until after June 15

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1935 National Football League Championship, University of Detroit Stadium: Detroit Lions beat New York Giants, 26-7; Lions first title

American Football Player Mel Hein
American Football Player
Mel Hein
  • 1935 In a major upset, Dutch grand master Max Euwe becomes world chess champion beating Russian Alexander Alekhine (9 wins, 13 draws, 8 losses) in Zandvoort, Netherlands
  • 1946 National Football League Championship, Polo Grounds, NYC: Chicago Bears beat New York Giants, 24-14; record attendance 58,346 at final NFL title game played at Polo Grounds
  • 1946 Giants Filchock & Hapes suspended by NFL, didn't report bribe attempt
  • 1959 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid forward Alfredo Di Stéfano wins his second award for best football player in Europe ahead of team mate Raymond Kopa and Juventus' Welsh utility John Charles
  • 1965 William Eckert replaces Ford Frick as 4th Commissioner of Baseball

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1970 Stan Smith and Rod Laver finish with 4-1 records atop inaugural season ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis standings in Tokyo, Japan; Smith wins event after beating Laver 4–6, 6–3, 6–4 in the rounds

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • 1973 Sandy Hawley becomes 1st jockey to win 500 races in 1 year
  • 1973 Tennessee beats Temple 11-6 in low scoring NCAA basketball game

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1974 Guillermo Vilas of Argentina beats defending champion lie Năstase 7–6, 6–2, 3–6, 3–6, 6–4 to win his first and only season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis final in Melbourne, Australia

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • 1978 Test Cricket debut of Malcolm Marshall, v India at Bangalore
  • 1980 NY Yankee Dave Winfield becomes highest-paid player, 10 years $15M

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1982 Bill Parcells becomes 12th head coach of NY Giants

NFL Coach Legend Bill Parcells
NFL Coach Legend
Bill Parcells
  • 1983 3 KC Royals suspended due to cocaine usage

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1988 Lori Davis of Long Island sues Mike Tyson for grabbing her buttocks

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

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1992 Arthur Ashe is named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • 1995 The European Communities Court of Justice hands down the "Bosman ruling", giving EU footballers the right to a free transfer at the end of their contracts, with the provision that they are transferring from one UEFA Federation to another.

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1997 SF 49ers retire Joe Montana's #16

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • 2002 68th Heisman Trophy Award: Carson Palmer, USC (QB)
  • 2008 74th Heisman Trophy Award: Sam Bradford, Oklahoma (QB)

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2011 Barry Bonds is sentenced to 30 days of house arrest, two years of probation and 250 hours of community service, for an obstruction of justice conviction stemming from a grand jury appearance in 2003

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 2019 Presidents Cup Golf, Royal Melbourne GC: US wins 6 of the 12 final day singles with 4 tied to beat the International team, 16-14; 8th straight American victory
  • 2019 Raiders play their final NFL game in Oakland conceding 17 unanswered 2nd half points to go down 20-16 to the Jacksonville Jaguars; team to play out of Las Vegas in 2020