Events in Sport on December 26

  • 1860 First ever inter-club football match between Hallam F.C. and Sheffield F.C. at Sandygate Road ground in Sheffield, England

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1908 Jack Johnson TKOs Tommy Burns in 14 for heavyweight boxing title, becomes 1st black heavyweight champion

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1917 1st NHL defensemen to score a goal: Toronto Maple Leaf Harry Cameron
  • 1918 1st day of 1st-class cricket in Aust after WW I (Vic v NSW)

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1919 Yankees & Red Sox reach agreement on transfer of Babe Ruth the Yankees

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1925 NHL record 141 shots as NY Americans (73) beat Pitt Pirates (68) 3-1, NY's Jake Forbes 67 saves, Pitt's Ray Waters 70
  • 1928 Johnny Weissmuller announces his retirement from amateur swimming
  • 1934 Yomiuri Giants, Japan's 1st professional baseball team forms
  • 1938 Tom Goddard takes a cricket hat-trick for England v South Africa
  • 1940 1st-class cricket debut of Arthur Morris, who scores 148
  • 1943 Chicago Bears win NFL championship, defeating Washington Redskins 41-21 in Chicago
  • 1946 35th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Melbourne (5-0)
  • 1950 Gillette & Mutual buy All Star & World Series rights ($6M for 6 yrs)
  • 1954 Cleveland Browns win NFL Championship, beating Detroit 56-10
  • 1955 Cleveland Browns win NFL Championship, beating Los Angeles Rams 38-14
  • 1960 Philadelphia Eagles beat Green Bay Packers 17-13 in NFL championship game
  • 1964 Buffalo Bills beat San Diego Chargers 20-7 in AFL championship game
  • 1965 Buffalo Bills beat San Diego Chargers 23-0 in AFL championship game
  • 1968 Bruin Ted Green sets NHL penalty record of 3 minors, 2 majors & 2 game misconducts in a game against NY Rangers in NY's Madison Square Garden
  • 1974 Washington Capitals 1st NHL sellout
  • 1975 Crowd of 85,661 attend the 1st day of the Australia vs West Indies MCG cricket test
  • 1975 5th Fiesta Bowl: #7 Arizona State beats #6 Nebraska, 17-14

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1976 AFC Championship Game: Oakland Raiders beat Pittsburgh Steelers 24-7

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 1976 NFC Championship Game: Minnesota Vikings beat Los Angeles Rams 24-13
  • 1980 10th Fiesta Bowl: #10 Penn State beats #11 Ohio State, 31-19
  • 1981 One of the great day's Test Cricket at the MCG Australia v West Indies
  • 1983 Test Cricket debut of Gregory Richard John Matthews, v Pakistan at the MCG
  • 1985 Test Cricket debut of Steve Waugh, v India at the MCG
  • 1986 Doug Jarvis, 31, sets NHL record of 916 consecutive games

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1986 Mark Messier is suspended for 10 games for instigating a fight with Jamie Macoun and breaking his cheekbone

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier

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1989 ODI cricket debut for Australia's Mark Taylor and Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya at the MCG

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1990 Garry Kasparov beats Antatoly Karpov to retain chess championship

Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist Garry Kasparov
Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist
Garry Kasparov
  • 1990 Reggie Williams becomes 1st GM of WLAF's NY-NJ Knights
  • 1990 Senior Professional Baseball Association folds
  • 1991 Chuck Knolls retires as NFL coach after 23 years
  • 1991 NY Islander Derek King ties NJ Devils 5-5 with ½ second left
  • 1993 Floyd, Nicklaus & Rodriguez wins Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge Golf Tournament
  • 1995 Paul Adams becomes South Africa's youngest Test Cricket player at 18 yrs 340 days