This Day in Sports History: 12/5

  • 1908 –Numerals are used on the jerseys of college football players for the first time, with the University of Pittsburgh being the first team to add them.

  • 1943 – The NFL dissolves the merger between the Steelers and the Eagles. The teams had to combine for the ’43 season due to the amount of players each team was missing due to military service. They were unofficially known as “The Steagles”.

  • 1970 – Rams running back Willie Ellison sets a record with 247 rushing yards in one game.

  • 1970 – The Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy & Bill Masterson Trophy are all stolen from the Hockey Hall of Fame.

  • 1973 – Ron Santo becomes the first player in MLB history to use his “5/10 rights” to veto a trade. Put into the Collective Bargaining Agreement after the 1972 player strike, “5/10 rights” allow a player who has played in the league for 10 years with the most recent five being for the same team to reject any trade. Santo nixed a deal that would have sent him from the Cubs to the Angels.

  • 1978 – Pete Rose signs a four year, $3.2 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, making him the highest paid player in baseball.

  • 1981 – USC running back Marcus Allen wins the Heisman Trophy.

  • 1987 – Notre Dame wide receiver Tim Brown wins the Heisman Trophy.

  • 1990 – The Blue Jays trade Fred McGriff and Tony Fernandez to the Padres for Roberto Alomar & Joe Carter, two key pieces to Toronto’s World Series winning teams in 1992 & ’93.

  • 1992 – Alabama beats Florida 28-21 in the first SEC championship game.

  • 1995 – Dan Marino sets a record with his 52nd 300 yard passing game.

  • 1996 – At 18 years old, Portland’s Jermaine O’Neal becomes the youngest player in NBA history (at the time).

  • 2000 – Jazz forward Karl Malone passes Wilt Chamberlain for second on the NBA all-time leading scorer list.

  • 2008 – OJ Simpson is sentenced to 33 years in prison for kidnapping and armed robbery.

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