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THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: 12/18

1932 – NFL Championship, Chicago Stadium: Chicago Bears beat Portsmouth Spartans, 9-0.

1949 – NFL Championship: Philadelphia Eagles beat LA Rams 14-0. Played in driving rain that caused field to become a mud pit.

1956 – Phil Rizzuto signs as NY Yankee radio-TV announcer.

1959 – Sammy Baugh named 1st coach of NY Titans.

1961 – For 2nd consecutive year, Associated Press names Wilma Rudolph female athlete of year.

1961 – Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 78 points vs LA.

1973 – Yanks sign Dick Williams as manager, overturned later by AL Pres.

1977 – Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 42, Nate Thurmond.

1983 – NBA San Diego Clippers ends 29 game road losing streak.

1988 – Seattle Seahawks win their 1st ever division title with 9-7 record.

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