Events in Sport on December 8

  • 1940 National Football League Championship, Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Chicago Bears beat Washington Redskins, 73-0; most one-sided victory in NFL history; first NFL title game broadcast on national radio
  • 1942 8th Heisman Trophy Award: Frank Sinkwich, Georgia (HB)
  • 1948 14th Heisman Trophy Award: Doak Walker, SMU (HB)
  • 1953 19th Heisman Trophy Award: Johnny Lattner, Notre Dame (HB)
  • 1955 21st Heisman Trophy Award: Howard Cassady, Ohio State (HB)

Sports History

1955 Brooklyn catcher Roy Campanella wins his 3rd MVP Award

  • 1956 XVI Summer Olympic Games close in Melbourne, Australia; start of an Olympic tradition - amidst international tensions, athletes mingle together, parade into and around MCG arena for final appearance to close the Games

Sports History

1959 President Eisenhower watches Pakistan v Aust Test Cricket at Karachi

  • 1960 MLB expansion team Los Angeles Angels sign a 4 year lease to use Dodger Stadium
  • 1961 Larry Costello scores 32 consecutive pts without a miss (NBA rec)

NBA Record

1961 Philadelphia Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain scores 78 points in 151-147 3OT defeat to LA Lakers at Philadelphia Civic Center; 2nd highest game total in the NBA history

Sports History

1966 A terrible New York Yankee trade, Roger Maris for St' Louis Card's Charlie Smith

  • 1967 NHL California Seals change name to Oakland Seals
  • 1973 39th Heisman Trophy Award: John Cappelletti, Penn State (RB)

Sports History

1973 Romanian tennis star Ilie Năstase wins his 3rd consecutive season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix title with a 6–3, 7–5, 4–6, 6–3 win over Dutchman Tom Okker in Boston, Massachusetts

  • 1977 43rd Heisman Trophy Award: Earl Campbell, Texas (RB)
  • 1978 Commencement of the 1st day/night World Series Cricket supertest at VFL Park, Melbourne

Australian Open Women's Tennis

1984 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert-Lloyd beats Helena Suková 6-7, 6-1, 6-3; continues streak of winning at least 1 major per year since 1973

Australian Men's Tennis Open

1985 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Stefan Edberg wins 1st career Grand Slam singles title; beats defending champion & fellow Swede Mats Wilander 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

Sports History

1987 Flyers' Ron Hextall becomes 1st goalie to actually score a goal

  • 1988 Knick's set NBA record of 11 3-pointers & sink Bucks, 113-109

Sports History

1994 Darryl Strawberry indicted on tax evasion charges

  • 2001 10th SEC Championship Game: #21 LSU beats #2 Tennessee, 31-20
  • 2007 73rd Heisman Trophy Award: Tim Tebow, Florida (QB)
  • 2011 The NBA and players union reach financial agreement to end a 161-day lockout, shortening the season by 16 games
  • 2018 84th Heisman Trophy Award: Kyler Murray, Oklahoma (QB)