On This Day

Events in Sport on December 16

  • 1892 Commencement of 1st Sheffield Shield cricket game, SA v NSW
  • 1899 Italian football club A.C. Milan founded as Milan Foot-Ball and Cricket Club by Englishmen Alfred Edwards and Herbert Kilpin (disputed possibly 13 Dec)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1918 Jack Dempsey KOs Carl Morris in 14 seconds

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • 1922 Mutual Association of Eastern Colored Baseball Clubs formally organizes
  • 1922 NSW all out for 786 against South Australia Cricket
  • 1923 National Football League Championship: undefeated Canton Bulldogs (11-0-1) repeat as champions
  • 1926 Kenesaw Mountain Landis renewed 7-years as baseball commissioner

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1927 Don Bradman makes his cricket 1st-class debut for NSW v South Australia

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1928 National Football League Championship: Providence Steam Roller (8-1-2) win first past the post title
  • 1929 Chic Blackhawks 1st game at Chicago Stadium, beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-1

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1930 Golfer Bobby Jones is the first to win the James E. Sullivan Award (best US amateur athlete)

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones
  • 1939 Bradman scores 251* SA v NSW, 271 minutes, 38 fours 2 sixes

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1940 Joe Louis KOs Al McCoy in 6 for heavyweight boxing title in Chicago

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1945 National Football League Championship, Cleveland Stadium: Cleveland Rams beat Washington Redskins, 15-14; last game before Rams move west to Los Angeles
  • 1946 1947 NFL Draft: Bob Fenimore from University of Oklahoma A&M first pick by Chicago Bears
  • 1958 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid's French midfielder Raymond Kopa wins award for best football player in Europe ahead of German winger Helmut Rahn and French forward Just Fontaine
  • 1962 NY Giant Y. A. Tittle sets NFL season touchdown pass record at 33 with 6 touchdowns vs Dallas (41-31)

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1967 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia 76ers scores 68 points vs Chicago

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1972 Miami Dolphins become 1st undefeated NFL team (14-0-0)

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1973 O.J. Simpson becomes 1st NFL running back to rush for 2,000 yards in a season

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1975 Bill Veeck buys 80% of White Sox from John Allyn
  • 1979 68th Davis Cup: USA beats Italy in San Francisco (5-0)
  • 1979 Dallas QB Roger Staubach throws 3 TDs and 336 yards in his last NFL regular season game with the Cowboys, a 35-34 win over Washington Redskins at Texas Stadium

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1983 Yogi Berra named Yankee manager for 2nd time

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • 1989 Commencement of 1st Test Cricket play at Bellerive Oval, Hobart (v SL)
  • 1991 Florida Marlins sign their 1st player, 16 year old pitcher Clemente Nunez
  • 2012 Corinthians defeat Chelsea 1-0 to win the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup
  • 2013 79th Heisman Trophy Award: Jameis Winston, Florida State (QB)

Sports record brokenNFL Record

2019 Drew Brees breaks Peyton Manning's NFL record (539) for career touchdown passes as New Orleans Saints rout Indianapolis Colts, 34-7; Brees 29 of 30 for 307 yards & 4 TDs for record 96.7% pass completion

NFL Quarterback Drew Brees
NFL Quarterback
Drew Brees