This Day in Sports History: 12/7

  • 1907 – Eugene Corri is the first boxing referee to ref a bout from inside the ring.

  • 1937 – The Red Sox acquire the contract of 19 year old prospect Ted Williams from San Diego of the Pacific Coast League.

  • 1939 – Lou Gehrig is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He’s the first player to have the rule waived that required a player to be retired for one year before they could be enshrined.

  • 1949 – Notre Dame tight end Leon Hart wins the Heisman Trophy.

  • 1956 – Basketball legend Larry Bird is born.

  • 1963 – CBS uses instant replay on a broadcast for the first time – it’s used during an Army-Navy football game.

  • 1963 – In men’s college basketball, Kansas defeats Cincinnati, snapping the Bearcats’ 90 game home winning streak.

  • 1978 – Hockey great Mike Bossy records the first of his 39 career hat tricks.

  • 1985 – Auburn running back Bo Jackson wins the Heisman trophy in the second closest voting for the award ever. Jackson narrowly edged out Iowa QB Chuck Long.

  • 1986 – Pat Riley is the fastest coach in NBA history to 300 wins, picking up the milestone victory in his 416th game.

  • 1988 – The Texas Rangers sign free agent pitcher Nolan Ryan to a one year contract.

  • 1996 – Texas upsets #3 Nebraska 37-27 in the first Big 12 championship game.

  • 2005 – The Texas Rangers trade Alfonso Soriano to the Washington Nationals. Soriano would become the fourth player in MLB history to have a 40/40 season the following year.

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