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THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: 12/16

1918 – Jack Dempsey KOs Carl Morris in 14 seconds.

1923 – National Football League Championship: undefeated Canton Bulldogs (11-0-1) repeat as champions.

1926 – Kenesaw Mountain Landis renewed 7-years as baseball commissioner.

1928 – National Football League Championship: Providence Steam Roller (8-1-2) win first past the post title.

1929 – Chicago Blackhawks play 1st match at Chicago Stadium, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 3 to 1.

1930 – Golfer Bobby Jones is the first to win the James E. Sullivan Award (best US amateur athlete).

1940 – Joe Louis KOs Al McCoy in 6 for heavyweight boxing title in Chicago.

1945 – National Football League Championship, Cleveland Stadium: Cleveland Rams beat Washington Redskins, 15-14; last game before Rams move west to Los Angeles.

1962 – NY Giant Y. A. Tittle sets NFL season touchdown pass record at 33 with 6 touchdowns vs Dallas (41-31).

1967 – Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia 76ers scores 68 points vs Chicago.

1972 – Miami Dolphins become 1st undefeated NFL team (14-0-0).

1973 – O.J. Simpson becomes 1st NFL running back to rush for 2,000 yards in a season.

1975 – Bill Veeck buys 80% of White Sox from John Allyn.

1983 – Yogi Berra named Yankee manager for 2nd time.

1991 – Florida Marlins sign their 1st player, 16 year old pitcher Clemente Nunez.

2019 – Drew Brees breaks Peyton Manning’s NFL record (539) for career touchdown passes as New Orleans Saints defeat Indianapolis Colts, 34-7; Brees 29 of 30 for 307 yards & 4 TDs for record 96.7% pass completion.

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