On This Day

Events in Sport on December 4

  • 1909 1st CFL Grey Cup, Rosedale Field, Toronto: University of Toronto Blues beat Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club, 26-6; Blues undefeated
  • 1909 Oldest still-operating NHL franchise is officially established as J. Ambrose O’Brien and Jack Laviolette create the “Club de Hockey Canadien,” known today as the Montreal Canadiens

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1914 Walter Johnson accepts money from Federal League Chicago Whales Clark Griffith threatens to take Johnson to court

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1920 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: U of Toronto Blues win 4th title; beat Toronto Argonauts, 16-3
  • 1921 American Professional Football Association Championship, Cubs Park, Chicago: Chicago Staleys beat Buffalo All-Americans, 10-7 in de facto championship game after teams tied in standings
  • 1926 CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Senators retain Championship with 10-7 win over U of Toronto Blues
  • 1943 Commissioner Landis announces any baseball club may sign Negroes
  • 1945 11th Heisman Trophy Award: Doc Blanchard, Army (FB)
  • 1947 In the first cricket Test match between the 2 nations, India is dismissed for 98 by Australia in Brisbane to lose by an innings & 226 runs; fast bowler Ernie Toshack takes 6 for 29 for match figures of 11 for 31
  • 1948 13th Iron Bowl (first since 1907): Alabama beats Auburn 55-0 in Birmingham
  • 1949 Bob Gage ties NFL record of a 97 yard touchdown run
  • 1956 22nd Heisman Trophy Award: Paul Hornung, Notre Dame (QB)
  • 1956 Australian swimmer Murray Rose sets world record 4:27.3 to claim the 400m gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics; Rose later also wins 1,500m gold
  • 1956 American diver Pat McCormick wins the 3m springboard gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics with 142.46 points; later wraps up the women's double when she takes the 10m platform gold

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1961 Floyd Patterson KOs Tom McNeeley in 4 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1961 Smallest NY Knick, 49th St Madison Square Garden crowd-1,300 (snowstorm)

  • 1961 1962 NFL Draft: Ernie Davis from University of Syracuse first pick by Washington Redskins
  • 1963 Boston Bruins' right wing Andy Hebenton sets a new NHL record by playing in his 581st consecutive game in 2-2 tie with Chicago Black Hawks; reaches 630 straight games
  • 1964 Baseball approves a free-agent draft
  • 1964 Commissioner's office given full powers in baseball disputes
  • 1964 Test Cricket debut of Ian Chappell, v Pakistan MCG, 11, 0-49, 0-31
  • 1965 2nd NY Knicks game postponed (due to death of opponent 76ers' owner)
  • 1965 San Francisco Giant Masanori Murakami, 4-1 this year, does not renew his contract signing instead with the Nankai Hawks of Osaka for $40,000
  • 1977 NFL's 5,000th game, Cincinnati beats KC 27-7
  • 1977 66th Davis Cup: Australia beats Italy in Sydney (3-1)
  • 1977 West Indies win 1st World Series Cricket 'Test' against Australia at VFL Park in Melbourne by 3 wickets; chasing 235 for victory, Viv Richards with 56 and Clive Lloyd 44 guide WI to 237/7 with 2 days to spare
  • 1977 Davis Cup Tennis, Sydney: John Alexander beats Adriano Panatta of Italy 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 8-6, 11-9 in a 3 hour, 54 minute classic to give Australia a 3-1 victory
  • 1979 Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 7, Bingo Smith
  • 1980 Islanders end 15 game undefeated streak (13-0-2) (Col Rockies)
  • 1982 48th Heisman Trophy Award: Herschel Walker, Georgia (RB)
  • 1983 NJ Devils 1st shut-out, beating Minnesota North Stars 6-0

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1985 Slobodan Živojinović of Yugoslavia upsets No. 2 seed John McEnroe 2-6, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-0 in the Australian Open quarter finals; leaves McEnroe without a major singles title for the first time since 1978

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe

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1987 Defending champion Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia wins 3rd straight season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis title by defeating Mats Wilander of Sweden 6–2, 6–2, 6–3 in the final at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander

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1988 Orioles trade veteran 1B Eddie Murray to the Dodgers

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • 1988 Edmonton center Jimmy Carson becomes just the third player to score 6 NHL hat tricks before the age of 21 in the Oilers 10-6 win over the New York Rangers
  • 1993 2nd SEC Championship Game: #9 Florida beats #16 Alabama, 28-13
  • 1994 83rd Davis Cup: Sweden beats Russia in Moscow (4-1)
  • 1996 Orlando Magic tie NBA record of fewest ponts scored since inception of 24 second clock losing to Cleveland Cavalier, 84-57
  • 1997 NBA suspends former Golden State Warriors guard Latrell Sprewell for 1 year for attacking coach P.J. Carlesimo
  • 1999 8th SEC Championship Game: #7 Alabama beats #5 Florida, 34-7
  • 2004 13th SEC Championship Game: #3 Auburn beats #15 Tennessee, 38-28
  • 2005 94th Davis Cup: Croatia beats Slovak Republic in Bratislava (3-2)
  • 2007 Ballon d'Or: Milan's Brazilian midfielder Kaká is named best football player in the world; first year in which players from clubs outside the UEFA federation eligible for nomination
  • 2010 19th SEC Championship Game: #2 Auburn beats #18 South Carolina, 56-17
  • 2010 6th ACC Championship Game: #12 Virginia Tech beats #20 Florida State, 44-33
  • 2010 15th Big 12 Championship Game: #10 Oklahoma beats #13 Nebraska, 23-20
  • 2011 100th Davis Cup: Spain beats Argentina in Seville (3-1)
  • 2017 New York Giants fire head coach Ben McAdoo and manager Jerry Reese after a 2–10 start
  • 2018 Ownership group Seattle Hockey Partners led by billionaire businessman Davis Bonderman is unanimously granted an NHL license by the Board of Governors; to start play 2020-21 season at KeyArena