On This Day

Events in Sport on December 20

  • 1894 England beat Australia by 10 runs in the 1st six-day Test Cricket, Australia needed 177 to win, all out at 166 on 6th day
  • 1905 'Philadelphia' Jack O'Brien wins the World Light Heavyweight boxing title after defending champion Bob Fitzsimmons of England retires in round 13 of 20 in San Francisco
  • 1920 Bert Collins scores 104 on Test Cricket debut v England SCG

Sports History

1921 AL votes to return to best-of-7 World Series, while NL votes best-of-9; Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis casts deciding vote for best-of-7

  • 1925 National Football League Championship: Chicago Cardinals (11-2-1) win controversial first past the post title; Pottsville Maroons suspended after playing unsanctioned game

Sports History

1926 St. Louis Cardinals trade future Baseball Hall of Fame infielder Rogers Hornsby to NY Giants for Frankie Frisch & Jimmy Ring; concerns over Hornsby's gambling

  • 1929 Heinie Wagner replaces Bill Carrigan as Red Sox manager
  • 1930 Cricketer Learie Constantine scores 100 runs in 52 mins West Indies v Tasmania (10x4, 1x6, 1x5)
  • 1932 50 year old Australian cricket Test spinner Bert Ironmonger captures 7-13 as Queensland dismissed for 74; Victoria wins by an innings & 139 runs in Melbourne
  • 1937 Australian cricket spin bowler Bill O'Reilly takes career best 9-41 for NSW in a Sheffield Shield match against South Australia at Adelaide Oval
  • 1938 Boston Bruins rookie goalie Frankie Brimsek records his 3rd straight shutout with a 3-0 win over the New York Americans, making it his incredible sixth shutout in his first 8 NHL games

Sports History

1940 Connie Mack acquires controlling interest in the Athletics for $42,000

  • 1959 Indian cricket spin bowler Jasubhai Patel takes 9-69 in Australia's 1st innings 219 in 2nd Test at Kanpur
  • 1966 NBA awards Seattle Supersonics a franchise for 1967-68 season

Sports History

1973 AL president Joe Cronin refuses to allow Dick Williams to manage Yankees

Sports History

1973 Montreal Canadien Henri Richard scores his 1,000th NHL point

  • 1979 Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Behn Wilson scores with 4:08 remaining in regulation to earn a 1-1 tie with the Pittsburgh Penguins and equal NHL record for longest undefeated streak of 28 games; go on to break record and extend to 35 games
  • 1981 Winnipeg left wing Doug Smail sets NHL record by scoring just 4 seconds into Jets' 5-4 win over the St Louis Blues; fastest goal from opening face-off to back of net in history; later tied by Bryan Trottier and Alex Mogilny

Sports History

1983 Guy Lafleur, Montreal Canadiens, becomes 10th NHLer to score 500 goals

  • 1983 NY Islanders score their most goals (11) vs Pitts Penguins

Sports History

1985 Denis Potvin passes Bobby Orr as NHL defenseman scorer (916 points)

  • 1985 Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires from television sports after 20 years with ABC
  • 1987 76th Davis Cup: Sweden beats India in Gothenburg (5-0)
  • 1991 NHL grants permanent membership to Tampa Lightning & Ottawa Senators
  • 1994 Ballon d'Or: FC Barcelona's Bulgarian forward Hristo Stoichkov is named Europe's best football player ahead of Juventus striker Roberto Baggio and Milan defender Paolo Maldini
  • 2001 90th Davis Cup: France beats Australia in Melbourne (3-2)