On This Day

Events in Sport on December 9

  • 1892 English football club Newcastle United founded

Sports History

1913 Heavyweight Jack Johnson-Jim Johnson fight to no decision in Paris

  • 1913 John K Tener becomes president of baseball's National League
  • 1922 1st Australasian Championships Women's Tennis, Sydney: Margaret Molesworth wins inaugural title; beats fellow Australian Esna Boyd 6-3, 10-8
  • 1922 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Sydney: James Anderson wins 1st of 3 Australasian titles; beats fellow Australian Gerald Patterson 6-0, 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

Contract of Interest

1925 AL extends Ban Johnson's contract to 1935 & raise to $40,000

  • 1926 USGA legalizes steel shaft golf clubs
  • 1931 Baseball cuts squad from 25 to 23 players & NL continues to prohibit uniform numbers
  • 1933 CFL Grey Cup, Athletic Park, Sarnia: Toronto Argonauts edge Sarnia Imperials, 4-3 for their 3rd Championship

NFL Championship

1934 National Football League Championship, Polo Grounds, NYC: New York Giants defeat Chicago Bears, 30-13

  • 1935 1st Heisman Trophy Award: Jay Berwanger, Chicago (HB)
  • 1936 AL OKs night baseball for St Louis

Sports History

1936 Australia all out for 58 v England, Bradman out for a duck

  • 1938 1939 NFL Draft: Ki Aldrich from TCU first pick by Chicago Cardinals
  • 1939 CFL Grey Cup, Landsdowne Park, Ottawa: Winnipeg Blue Bombers claim 2nd title; defeat Ottawa Rough Riders, 8-7
  • 1939 1940 NFL Draft: George Cafego from University of Tennessee first pick by Chicago Cardinals
  • 1941 7th Heisman Trophy Award: Bruce Smith, Minnesota (HB)
  • 1949 NFL merges with AAFC; Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers & Baltimore Colts join league intact, other teams in New York and Los Angeles are merged with existing units
  • 1953 Montreal Canadiens (106) & Toronto Maple Leafs (98) combine for 204 penalty minutes

Sports History

1965 Frank Robinson is traded from the Cincinnati Reds to the Baltimore Orioles

  • 1973 NFL St. Louis Cardinal Jim Bakken kicks 6 field goals vs Atlanta Falcons
  • 1978 1st game of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL), Chicago Hustle vs Milwaukee Does
  • 1982 World Boxing Council first to reduce the length of championship fights from 15 to 12 rounds, and allows referees to order standing 8-count for fighters in trouble
  • 1984 LA Ram Eric Dickerson rushes 215 yards for season record 2,105 yards

Australian Men's Tennis Open

1984 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Sweden's Mats Wilander wins 2nd straight Australian title; beats Kevin Curren of South Africa 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 6-2

  • 1984 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: Australian Peter Thomson wins his lone Champions Tour major title by 3 strokes from Don January

Sports History

1985 SF 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice begins NFL streak of 274 consecutive games with a reception in a 27-20 loss to LA Rams at Candlestick Park

Sports History

1987 Larry Bird ends streak of 59 consecutive free throws

  • 1988 NY Yankees sign 12-year television contract with MSG for $500M
  • 1990 NFL NY Giant Otis Anderson becomes 8th to rush for 10,000th yard
  • 1992 Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott apologizes for racist remarks
  • 1992 Sri Lanka's third-ever Test Cricket victory (v NZ by 9 wkts)
  • 1992 NHL NJ Devils organization announces that it will change its colors to black, red, & white for the 1992-93 season
  • 1995 61st Heisman Trophy Award: Eddie George, Ohio State (RB)
  • 2000 Tottenham defender Ledley King scores fastest goal in English Premier League history when he nets after 9.82 seconds in 3-3 draw at Bradford City
  • 2006 72nd Heisman Trophy Award: Troy Smith, Ohio State (QB)

Sports History

2012 Juan Manuel Márquez knocks out Manny Pacquiao in round six for the WBO light welterweight title

Sports History

2013 Mike Ditka's #89 jersey is retired by the Chicago Bears

  • 2013 MLB pitcher Roy Halladay announces his retirement due to persistent back injury
  • 2017 83rd Heisman Trophy Award: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (QB)

Sports History

2018 New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady breaks Peyton Manning's record for most touchdown passes in NFL history; moves to 582 with 3 TD passes during 34-33 defeat by Miami Dolphins; record includes TDs thrown in regular season & post-season

  • 2018 Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rogers breaks Tom Brady's NFL record with his 359th straight pass without an interception during Packers 34-20 win over Atlanta Falcons; finishes game with streak intact at 368
  • 2019 World Anti-Doping Agency bans Russia from all major sporting events including 2020 Tokyo Olympics and 2022 football World Cup in Qatar for manipulating laboratory data
  • 2021 Chicago Black Hawks Marc-Andre Fleury becomes 3rd NHL goaltender to reach 500 career wins in 2-0 shut-out over the Canadiens at Montreal