This Day in Sports History: 12/14

  • 1901 – The first table tennis tournament is held. It took place at the London Royal Aquarium.

  • 1915 – American boxer Jack Johnson is the first African American to win the heavyweight title.

  • 1947 – The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is founded in Daytona Beach, Florida.

  • 1953 – The Dodgers sign future Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax.

  • 1960 – The Los Angeles Angels select Yankees pitcher Eli Grba with the #1 pick in the first ever expansion team draft.

  • 1968 – Hockey legend Bobby Orr records his first career hat trick.

  • 1982 – Marcel Dionne of the Los Angeles Kings becomes the ninth player in NHL history to score 500 career goals.

  • 1984 – Legendary announcer Howard Cosell retires from Monday Night Football.

  • 1987 – Jerry Rice catches three touchdowns in a 49ers victory over the Bears, tying an NFL record for consecutive games with a TD catch (11) and number of TD receptions in a season (18).

  • 1988 – Following 17 consecutive losses to open their inaugural season, the Miami Heat pick up the first win in franchise history, a 89-88 victory over the Clippers.

  • 1992 – Lennox Lewis is awarded the WBC title when champion Riddick Bowe refuses to fight him.

  • 1997 – Mike Gartner of the Phoenix Coyotes becomes the fifth player in NHL history to score 700 career goals, joining Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Phil Esposito & Marcel Dionne.

  • 2009 – Alabama running back Mark Ingram wins the 75th Heisman Trophy. He’s the first player from the University of Alabama to receive the award.

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