Events in Sport on December 31

  • 1906 2nd Australasian Championships: Antony Wilding beats Francis Fisher (6-0, 6-4, 6-4)
  • 1914 Colonel Jacob Ruppert & Captain Huston purchase NY Yankees for $460,000
  • 1918 Kid Gleason replaces Pants Rowland as White Sox manager
  • 1920 Roy Park makes 1st-ball duck in only Test Cricket inn, v Eng at MCG
  • 1921 14th Australasian Championships: Rhys Gemmell beats Alf Hedeman (7-5, 6-1, 6-4)

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1945 Bradman scores 112, his 1st post-War century, SA v Aust Services

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1950 Jockeys W Shoemaker & Joe Culmone set record of 388 wins in a year
  • 1952 41st Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Adelaide (4-1)
  • 1953 42nd Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Melbourne (3-2)
  • 1958 47th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Brisbane (3-2)
  • 1958 Willie Shoemaker 1st jockey to win national riding championship 4X
  • 1961 Green Bay Packers shutout NY Giants 37-0 in NFL championship game
  • 1962 American Basketball League announces suspension of operation
  • 1966 Test Cricket debut of Bishen Singh Bedi, India v WI Calcutta, 2-92
  • 1967 1st NBA game at Great Western Forum, LA Lakers beat Houston 147-118

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1967 Oakland Raiders beat Houston Oilers 40-7 in AFL championship game

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 1967 "The Ice Bowl", Packers beat Cowboys 21-17 in NFL championship game (-13°F)
  • 1968 NY Jets win AFL championship
  • 1970 Would have been start of Aust/Eng Test Cricket at MCG, washed out
  • 1972 AFC Championship Game: Miami Dolphins beat Pittsburgh Steelers 21-7
  • 1972 NFC Championship Game: Washington Redskins beat Dallas Cowboys 26-3
  • 1972 39th Sugar Bowl: #2 Oklahoma beats #5 Penn State, 14-0
  • 1973 Johan Cruyff chosen European Football Player of theYear
  • 1973 40th Sugar Bowl: #3 Notre Dame beats #1 Alabama, 24-23
  • 1974 NY Yankees sign Jim "Catfish" Hunter for 5 yrs for a record $3.75 million
  • 1974 41st Sugar Bowl: #8 Nebraska beats #18 Florida, 13-10
  • 1975 42nd Sugar Bowl: #3 Alabama beats #7 Penn State, 13-6
  • 1977 66th Men's Australian Open: Vitas Gerulaitis beats John Lloyd (6-3, 7-6, 5-7, 3-6, 6-2)
  • 1977 66th Women's Australian Open: Evonne Goolagong Cawley beats Helen Gourlay Cawley (6-3, 6-0)
  • 1980 NY Islanders greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Chicago Black Hawks
  • 1984 Test Cricket debut of Mohammad Azharuddin, v England at Calcutta
  • 1989 Jockey Kent Desormeaux sets record with 598 wins in a year
  • 1991 Daniel R McCarthy elected NY Yankee managing general partner
  • 1991 J Donald Crump resigned as CFL Commissioner
  • 1995 Matthew Elliott scores separate cricket century same day for Victoria
  • 1995 62nd Sugar Bowl: #13 Virginia Tech beats #9 Texas, 28-10
  • 1996 63rd Orange Bowl: #6 Nebraska beats #10 Virginia Tech, 41-21
  • 1997 Marv Levy, retires as coach of Buffalo Bills
  • 1997 27th Fiesta Bowl: #10 Kansas State beats #14 Syracuse, 35-18
  • 2006 The final contest at the old Lansdowne Road Stadium in Dublin is a rugby match with Leinster beating Ulster 20-12 in a Celtic League game
  • 2014 44th Fiesta Bowl: #20 Boise State beats #10 Arizona, 38-30
  • 2014 81st Orange Bowl: #10 Georgia Tech beats #8 Mississippi State, 49-34
  • 2017 Cleveland Browns become only the 2nd team in history to finish a NFL season without a win