On This Day

Events in Sport on December 22

  • 1877 "American Bicycling Journal" begins publishing (Boston, Mass)

Boxing Title Fight

1888 Heavyweight boxing champ John L. Sullivan challenges Jake Kilrain

  • 1894 United States Golf Association forms in New York
  • 1915 Organized baseball and Federal League sign a peace treaty at Cincinnati; Federal Baseball League dissolves
  • 1917 In the NHL's first official week of play, 3 players score hat tricks in the same game, for the same team; Corb Denneny, Reg Noble, & Harry Meeking each score 3 for the Toronto Arenas in an 11-4 win over the Ottawa Senators
  • 1923 Bill Ponsford & Edgar Mayne make 456 opening stand for Vict
  • 1924 Babe Dye of NHL's Toronto St Patricks scores 5 goals beat Bruins 10-2
  • 1941 1942 NFL Draft: Bill Dudley from University of Virginia first pick by Pittsburgh Steelers
  • 1943 Manufacturers get permission to use synthetic rubber for baseball core
  • 1946 Cleveland Browns beat NY Yankees 14-9 in AAFC championship game
  • 1951 Australia cricket all out 82 v West Indies at Adelaide
  • 1953 Jack Dunn III, owner of Baltimore Orioles in Intl League, turns name over to newly relocated St Louis Browns
  • 1959 NY Ranger goalie Marcel Paille wears a customized mask
  • 1962 1,000,000th NBA point scored

Football Awards

1964 Ballon d'Or: Manchester United striker Denis Law wins award for best European football player; beats Inter midfielder Luis Suárez and Real Madrid winger Amancio Amaro; first Scotsman to win the award

  • 1969 Pete Marovich sets NCAA record of hitting 30 of 31 foul shots

Sports History

1974 Phil Esposito, Boston, became 6th NHLer to score 500 goals

  • 1980 MLB St. Louis Cardinals release outfielder Bobby Bonds
  • 1983 Indiana Pacers win, 133-132 in Denver to end a 28 NBA game losing streak on the road
  • 1983 NHL NY Islanders score 3 shorthanded goals against Washington Capitols
  • 1984 Test Cricket debut of Craig McDermott, v WI at the MCG
  • 1985 74th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Germany in Munich (3-2)
  • 1986 India score 7-676 v Sri Lanka at Kanpur in Cricket

Sports History

1990 Paul Coffey becomes the second NHL defenceman to record 1000 points, doing so in a record-breaking 770 games

  • 1992 Ballon d'Or: Milan's Dutch striker Marco van Basten wins his 3rd title as best football player in Europe ahead of Barcelona forward Hristo Stoichkov and Ajax forward Dennis Bergkamp
  • 1995 David Cone signs $19.5 million 3 year contract with NY Yankees
  • 1996 Steelers' Kordell Stewart runs quarterback record 80 yds for TD
  • 1996 Zimbabwe & England draw Bulawayo Test Cricket with England needing 1 run to win

NHL Record

1996 St Louis Blues’ right wing Brett Hull scores his 26th NHL career hat trick to reach 500 career goals in a 7-4 win over the LA Kings; with father Bobby Hull, first father/son combo to each record 500 goals

Sports History

1997 Nancy Kerrigan & Tonya Harding pre-record a show to air on FOX on Feb 5

Sports History

1997 Scotty Bowman's Red Wings beat the Boston Bruins, 4-2 giving him 200 wins with Detroit, and making him the first NHL coach to record 200 wins with 3 different teams; also Montreal and Buffalo

Football Awards

1998 Ballon d'Or: Juventus' French midfielder Zinedine Zidane is named best football player in Europe ahead of Real Madrid striker Davor Šuker and Inter forward Ronaldo

Sports History

2003 The New York Knicks hire Isiah Thomas as President of Basketball Operations

  • 2003 Ballon d'Or: Juventus' Czech midfielder Pavel Nedvěd is named best football player in Europe ahead of Arsenal forward Thierry Henry and Milan defender Paolo Maldini
  • 2012 Tomasz Adamek outpoints Steve Cunningham in a split decision in the IBF heavyweight title eliminator at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • 2019 New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas sets NFL record for most catches in a season with his 144th as Saints beat Tennessee 38-28; breaks 17-year old record held by Marvin Harrison (143)

Sports History

2020 Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi scores his 644th goal for FC Barcelona during 3-0 win over Real Valladolid to break Pele's record for most goals for one club; Pele, 643 goals for Santos 1956-74