Events in Sport on December 30

  • 1896 Stanley Cup, Granite Rink, Winnipeg, Manitoba: Ernie McLea scores a hat-trick as Montreal Victorias beat Winnipeg Victorias, 6-5; first SC Challenge game played outside of Montreal
  • 1907 Abraham Mills' Mills Committee declares baseball was invented in 1839 by future American Civil War general Abner Doubleday in Cooperstown, New York; widely disproven, now known as 'the Doubleday myth'
  • 1908 Stanley Cup, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Montreal Wanderers outscore Edmonton HC, 14-9 in 2 game challenge series
  • 1911 English cricketer Sydney Barnes takes 5-6 in 1st 11 overs v Australia at MCG
  • 1926 Chicago Tribune reports the Tigers threw a 4-game series to the White Sox in 1917 to help Chicago win the pennant (never substantiated)
  • 1934 New York Rangers and Boston Bruins battle out a 0-0 tie; first of a 37-game overtime undefeated streak for the Bruins, the longest in NHL history; streak spans over 4 years and includes 27 ties

World Record

1939 Bradman scores 267 South Australia v Vic, world record 34th double cricket century

  • 1943 Phillies trade Babe Dahlgren to Pitts for Babe Phelps & cash
  • 1956 National Football League Championship, Yankee Stadium, NYC: New York Giants beat Chicago Bears, 47-7; Giants' 4th NFL title

NFL Championship

1962 National Football League Championship, Yankee Stadium, NYC: Green Bay Packers beat NY Giants, 16-7; MVP: Ray Nitschke, Green Bay, LB

  • 1971 Long Island NHL franchise purchased (NY Islanders)

AFC Championship

1973 AFC Championship, Miami Orange Bowl: Miami Dolphins beat Oakland Raiders, 27-10

  • 1973 NFC Championship, Texas Stadium, Irving: Minnesota Vikings beat Dallas Cowboys, 27-10

Ballon d'Or

1975 Ballon d'Or: FC Dynamo Kyiv forward Oleg Blokhin claims award for best European football player ahead of former winners, Bayern Munich defender Franz Beckenbauer and Ajax forward Johan Cruyff

Australian Open Women's Tennis

1977 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Evonne Goolagong Cawley wins her 6th career Grand Slam title; beats fellow Australian Helen Gourlay Cawley 6-3, 6-0

Ballon d'Or

1980 Ballon d'Or: Bayern Munich forward Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is named best European football player; beats German international teammate Bernd Schuster of FC Barcelona and Saint-Étienne midfielder Michel Platini

NHL Record

1981 Wayne Gretzky scores 5 goals and an assist in Edmonton's 7-5 win over Philadelphia; gives Gretzky 50 goals in 39 games, the fastest 50 in 50 in NHL history; also sets NHL record with 15-game assist streak

  • 1982 England defeat Australia by three runs at cricket MCG
  • 1986 Ballon d'Or: Dynamo Kyiv's Ukrainian forward Igor Belanov is named best football player in Europe ahead of Barcelona striker Gary Lineker and Real Madrid forward Emilio Butragueño
  • 1989 Dmitri Volkov swims world record 50m freestyle (27.15 sec)

Sports History

1992 Australian cricket spin bowling great Shane Warne takes 7/52 to lead Australia to 139 run win v West Indies in 2nd Test in Melbourne

  • 1992 Last day of Test Cricket for Michael Whitney
  • 1992 Washington defenseman Al Iafrate becomes first player in NHL history to have his shot officially break 100 miles per hour; records 101.4 mph during the Capitals Superskills competition

Sports History

2008 NFL head coach Mike Shanahan is fired by the Denver Broncos

  • 2013 NFL head coach Mike Shanahan is fired by the Washington Redskins
  • 2016 83rd Orange Bowl: #10 Florida State beats #6 Michigan, 33-32
  • 2017 84th Orange Bowl: #6 Wisconsin beats #11 Miami (Florida), 34-24

Sports History

2018 Patrick Mahomes becomes only the 2nd quarterback in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns during KC Chiefs' 35-3 win over Oakland Raiders; achieves both marks with 3rd quarter 89-yard TD pass to Demarcus Robinson

  • 2019 86th Orange Bowl: #6 Florida beats #24 Virginia, 36-28
  • 2020 San Antonio assistant Becky Hammon becomes first female to coach an NBA team after Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is ejected in a 121-107 loss to the LA Lakers