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THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: 12/15

1909 – Thomas J Lynch becomes president of baseball’s National League.

1925 – 1st hockey game at Madison Square Garden, Montreal Canadiens 3, NY Americans 1.

1933 – Baseball owners agree to ban Sunday doubleheaders until after June 15.

1935 – National Football League Championship, University of Detroit Stadium: Detroit Lions beat New York Giants, 26-7; Lions first title.

1946 – National Football League Championship, Polo Grounds, NYC: Chicago Bears beat New York Giants, 24-14; record attendance 58,346 at final NFL title game played at Polo Grounds.

1965 – William Eckert replaces Ford Frick as 4th Commissioner of Baseball.

1973 – Sandy Hawley becomes 1st jockey to win 500 races in 1 year.

1980 – NY Yankee Dave Winfield becomes highest-paid player, 10 years $15M.

1982 – Bill Parcells becomes 12th head coach of NY Giants.

1995 – Alvin Robertson of the Toronto Raptors became the third player in NBA history to record 2,000 career steals..

1997 – San Francisco 49ers retire Joe Montana’s number (16).

2002 – Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison caught nine passes to break Herman Moore‘s single season reception record of 123.

2019 – Presidents Cup Golf, Royal Melbourne GC: US wins 6 of the 12 final day singles with 4 tied to beat the International team, 16-14; 8th straight American victory.

2019 – Raiders play their final NFL game in Oakland conceding 17 unanswered 2nd half points to go down 20-16 to the Jacksonville Jaguars; team to play out of Las Vegas in 2020.

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