Events in Sport on December 7

  • 1907 Eugene Corri becomes 1st referee in a boxing ring

Golf Tournament

1929 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Hillcrest CC: Defending champion Leo Diegel defeats Johnny Farrell, 6 & 4 in the final

PGA Championship

1930 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Fresh Meadows CC: American based Scotsman Tommy Armour defeats Gene Sarazen 1 up in the final for the 2nd of his 3 major titles

Sports History

1931 After scoring 226 in 1st Test in Brisbane, Don Bradman belts 219 for NSW against the visiting South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground

  • 1935 CFL Grey Cup, AAA Grounds, Hamilton: Winnipeg Pegs (later Blue Bombers) defeat Hamilton Tigers, 18-12

Contract of Interest

1937 Red Sox acquire the contract of 19-year-old Ted Williams

  • 1937 Russian chess player Alexander Alekhine recaptures his final world title from Dutch grand master Max Euwe by a large margin (+10−4=11)

Hall of Fame

1939 Lou Gehrig, 36, is elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

  • 1940 CFL Grey Cup (Game 2), Lansdowne Park, Ottawa: Ottawa beats Toronto Balmy Beach, 12-5
  • 1949 15th Heisman Trophy Award: Leon Hart (end), Notre Dame
  • 1956 American diver Pat McCormick wraps up the women's double when she wins the 10m platform gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics with 84.85 points; also won the 3m springboard gold
  • 1956 Australian swimmer Murray Rose claims his 3rd gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics when he wins the 1,500m in 17:58.9; also wins 400m & 4 x 200m relay

Olympic Gold

1956 Soviet artistic gymnast Larisa Latynina takes her gold medal tally to 4 at the Melbourne Olympics; wins teams and individual all-round titles having earlier won vault and floor exercise sections

  • 1957 Tony Kubek of the Yanks selected as AL Rookie of the Year
  • 1973 Orioles sell pitcher Eddie Watt to the Phillies

Sports History

1975 Romanian tennis star Ilie Năstase wins his 4th season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix title with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 rout of Björn Borg of Sweden in Stockholm

NHL Record

1978 Islander's Mike Bossy's 1st career hat trick

  • 1980 69th Davis Cup: Czechoslovakia beats Italy in Prague (4-1)

Sports History

1980 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, Turnberry Isle CC: Arnold Palmer wins with a birdie on the 1st playoff hole against Paul Harney

Sports History

1984 Allan Border's 1st Test Cricket match as captain (v WI Adelaide)

Australian Open Women's Tennis

1985 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert-Lloyd 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 for her 3rd and final Australian singles crown

Contract of Interest

1988 MLB Texas Rangers sign free-agent pitcher Nolan Ryan to a one-year contract

Sports History

1988 NHL NY Islanders fire head coach Terry Simpson, and replace him with former coach Al Arbour

  • 1995 NBA settles strike of referees, refs to return on Dec 12
  • 1996 1st Big 12 Championship Game: Texas beats #3 Nebraska, 37-27
  • 1996 5th SEC Championship Game: #4 Florida beats #11 Alabama, 45-30
  • 1996 Australian rugby union team ends 12-game European tour unbeaten after 39-19 victory over the Barbarians at Twickenham; Wallabies fullback Matt Burke scores 2 tries and lands 4 conversions, 2 penalties
  • 2002 11th SEC Championship Game: #4 Georgia beats #22 Arkansas, 30-3
  • 2013 22nd SEC Championship Game: #3 Auburn beats #5 Missouri, 59-42
  • 2013 9th ACC Championship Game: #1 Florida State beats #20 Duke, 45-7

Ballon d'Or

2017 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo wins his 5th award to equal Lionel Messi's record; 2nd consecutive win for Ronaldo

  • 2017 Former US gymnastics physician Larry Nasser is sentenced to 60 years on child pornography charges
  • 2020 Breaking, the competitive form of breakdancing, confirmed as an Olympic sport for the Paris 2024 games