On This Day

Events in Sport on December 21

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1891 1st game of basketball, based on rules created by James Naismith, played by 18 students in Springfield, Massachusetts

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith
  • 1918 Red Sox trade Dutch Leonard, Ernie Shore & Duffy Lewis to Yankees for Ray Caldwell & Slim Love, Frank Gilhooey, Al Walters & $15,000
  • 1925 Test batsman Hunter "Stork" Hendry scores career best unbeaten 325 for Victoria against New Zealand in drawn tour match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • 1926 Soccer team DOS Struggle forms
  • 1932 Giants sign former outfielder Billy Southworth as a coach

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1936 Bradman's 2nd consecutive Test Cricket duck! Australia all out for 80

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1937 O'Reilly completes 14-98 for cricket match, NSW v South Aust
  • 1937 Chicago Black Hawks left wing Paul Thompson becomes first player in NHL history to score a goal against his brother; scores on bro Cecil of the Boston Bruins with just 9 seconds left in regulation; Bruins win though, 2-1
  • 1941 Chicago Bears Ray McLean makes last NFL drop kick for an extra point

Sport awardNFL Championship

1941 National Football League Championship, Wrigley Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat New York Giants, 37-9; first team in NFL championship game era (since 1933) to win consecutive titles; Bears 5th title overall

American Football Player Mel Hein
American Football Player
Mel Hein
  • 1948 1949 NFL Draft: University of Pennsylvania linebacker/center Chuck Bednarik is selected first by Philadelphia Eagles

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1959 Tom Landry accepts coaching job with Dallas Cowboys (stays until 1988)

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry
  • 1969 Vince Lombardi (Redskins) coaches his last football game
  • 1973 3rd Fiesta Bowl: #10 Arizona State beats Pittsburgh, 28-7
  • 1975 64th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Czechoslovakia in Stockholm (3-2)
  • 1975 Buffalo Sabres set NHL record of 40 points beating Caps 14-2 scoring 5 goals vs Washington Caps in 4:57
  • 1979 Garry Unger’s NHL record for consecutive games ends at 914, as his Atlanta Flames lose 5-1 to the St Louis Blues and he is benched by coach Al MacNeil; record eventually broken by Doug Jarvis (964)
  • 1980 Harold Carmichael ends NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions
  • 1981 Cincinnati beats Bradley 75-73 in 7 OTs (NCAA record)
  • 1983 NCAA rules rescinded last 2-minute men's basketball free throw rule
  • 1984 Brigham Young University (BYU) beats Michigan, 24-17 in the Holiday Bowl at Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego to remain undefeated and secure their first ever NCAA Division I-A football title
  • 1995 SF Giants announce plans to build a new stadium to open in 2000
  • 1997 Detroit Lions Barry Sanders is 3rd to run for 2,000 yards in a season
  • 1997 Detroit Lions linebacker Reggie Brown, knocked unconscious in game
  • 1999 Ballon d'Or: FC Barcelona's Brazilian midfielder Rivaldo is named best football player in Europe ahead of Manchester United midfielder David Beckham and Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko

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2005 Joe Sakic is named captain of the 2006 Team Canada Olympic team

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic
  • 2012 The NHL announces a further cancellation of games until January 14 bringing the total number of cancelled games to 625
  • 2018 Tennis Australia announces a 10-point tie break to be implemented in Australian Open when deciding set reaches 6-6; takes place of 2-game advantage final sets