On This Day

Events in Sport on December 6

  • 1913 White Sox beat Giants 9-4 in exhibition game in Tokyo
  • 1925 Record 73,000 pay to watch Chicago Bears beat NY Giants 19-7
  • 1930 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Toronto Balmy Beach win their 2nd and final title; defeat Regina Roughriders, 11-6
  • 1939 5th Heisman Trophy Award: Nile Kinnick, Iowa (HB)
  • 1955 New York psychologist Joyce Brothers wins "$64,000 Question" with topic of boxing
  • 1956 Australian swimmer David Theile sets world record 1:02.2 to win the 100m backstroke gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics
  • 1956 Australian women's 4 × 100m freestyle relay team of Dawn Fraser, Faith Leech, Sandra Morgan & Lorraine Crapp swim world record 4:17.1 and beat powerful US team to win the gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics
  • 1956 Against the background of the Soviet invasion of Hungary the nations square off at the Melbourne Olympics in a famous water polo match; game called off with Hungary leading 4-0 and near riot halted by police; Hungary goes on to win gold medal
  • 1956 Randhir Singh Gentle scores the winner as India beats Pakistan, 1-0 in the Melbourne Olympics field hockey final to win it's 6th consecutive gold medal in the sport
  • 1956 German WWII prisoner of war Helmut Bantz and Soviet gymnast Valentin Muratov tie for the vault gold medal with 18.85 points at the Melbourne Olympics
  • 1956 Soviet gymnast Viktor Chukarin follows his parallel bars gold medal with the individual all-round title and teams gold at the Melbourne Olympics

Sport awardDavis Cup

1957 Gardnar Mulloy becomes oldest American to win a Davis Cup tennis match at age 44 years, 14 days; teams with Vic Seixas to give US a match-clinching, 3-0 lead over the Philippines in the Inter Zone 1st round in Adelaide, Australia

Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
  • 1960 AL grants American businessman Gene Autry a franchise, LA Angels
  • 1961 27th Heisman Trophy Award: Ernie Davis, Syracuse (HB) (1st African American to win)
  • 1963 Test Cricket debut of Graeme Pollock at the Gabba
  • 1968 Baseball dismisses Commissioner William Eckert after 3 years

  • 1970 Cleveland Cavaliers 1st NBA home victory, beating Buffalo Braves 108-106
  • 1973 NL votes to move San Diego Padres to Washington, D.C. (doesn't happen)
  • 1975 41st Heisman Trophy Award: Archie Griffin, Ohio State (RB)
  • 1981 Rob de Castella of Australia sets Marathon record at 2:08:18

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1981 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, Turnberry Isle CC: Miller Barber wins his first of 5 Champions Tour major titles by 2 strokes from Arnold Palmer

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1984 Helena Suková snaps Martina Navratilova's 74-match winning streak 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the semi finals of the Australian Open in Melbourne; ends Navratilova's hopes of completing the Grand Slam

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1986 52nd Heisman Trophy Award: Vinny Testaverde, Miami Fla (QB)
  • 1988 Milwaukee Bucks win their 1,000th NBA game (2nd fastest)
  • 1988 Agnes Neil Williams purchases Baltimore Orioles for $70 million Eli Jacobs becomes CEO of Baltimore Orioles
  • 1990 NHL grants conditional membership to Tampa Bay Lightning
  • 1992 81st Davis Cup: USA beats Switzerland in Fort Worth (3-1)

Sports record brokenNFL Record

1992 San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice catches NFL record 101st touchdown in a 27-3 win over Miami Dolphins at Candlestick Park

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice

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1992 San Francisco Giants sign record $43million USD pact with Pirates MLB outfielder Barry Bonds

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 1992 Davis Cup Tennis, Ft. Worth, Texas: Jim Courier defeats Jakob Hlasek of Switzerland 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to give the US a 3-1 victory
  • 1997 6th SEC Championship Game: #3 Tennessee beats #11 Auburn, 30-29
  • 1998 87th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Italy in Milan (4-1)
  • 2003 12th SEC Championship Game: #3 LSU beats #5 Georgia, 34-13
  • 2003 8th Big 12 Championship Game: #13 Kansas State beats #1 Oklahoma, 35-7
  • 2008 17th SEC Championship Game: #2 Florida beats #1 Alabama, 31-20
  • 2008 4th ACC Championship Game: Virginia Tech beats #18 Boston College, 30-12
  • 2008 13th Big 12 Championship Game: #4 Oklahoma beats #19 Missouri, 62-21
  • 2009 98th Davis Cup: Spain beats Czech Republic in Barcelona (5-0)
  • 2014 23rd SEC Championship Game: #1 Alabama beats #14 Missouri, 42-13
  • 2014 10th ACC Championship Game: #2 Florida State beats #12 Georgia Tech, 37-35
  • 2018 Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry explodes for franchise-record 238 yards & 4 touchdowns in 30-9 win v Jacksonville Jaguars in Nashville; 99-yard TD run ties Dallas Cowboys HOF RB Tony Dorsett's longest run in NFL history