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THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: 12/11

1866 – 1st yacht race across Atlantic Ocean.

1934 – NL votes to permit night baseball (up to 7 games per home team).

1938 – National Football League Championship, Polo Grounds, NYC: New York Giants beat Green Bay Packers, 23-17; record title game attendance 48,120.

1941 – NY Giants acquire future Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Johnny Mize from Cardinals for 3 players & $50,000.

1951 – Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement from baseball.

1954 – Phillies purchase Connie Mack Stadium

1959 – NY Yankees trade Marv Thronberry, Don Larsen, Hank Bauer and Norm Seibern for Roger Maris, Kent Hadley and Joe Deaestri.

1973 – NA Soccer League awards LA, San Francisco, Seattle & Vancouver franchises.

1981 – Muhammad Ali’s 61st & last fight, losing to Trevor Berbick.

1985 – NHL Record 62 points scored, Edmonton (36) beats Chicago (26) 12-9 & ties record of 21 goals.

1989 – Mark Davis signs record $3.25 million per year KC Royals contract.

1993 – 59th Heisman Trophy Award: Charlie Ward, Florida State, Quarterback.

2000 – 66th Heisman Trophy Award: Chris Weinke, Florida State, Quarterback.

2004 – 70th Heisman Trophy Award: Matt Leinart, USC, Quarterback.

2009 – Tiger Woods announces an indefinite leave from professional golf to focus on his marriage.

2021 – 87th Heisman Trophy Award: Bryce Young, Alabama, Quarterback. 

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