Back in Time: December 3
Wilt Chamberlain scores 52 points in his first collegiate basketball game.
In a six-player deal, the Mets trade fan favorite Tug McGraw to the Phillies along with outfielders Don Hahn and Dave Schneck in exchange for outfielder Del Unser, pitcher Mac Scarce and catcher John Sterns.
Seattle's Fred Brown (pictured here in 2004) records 10 steals in a 121-112 victory over Philadelphia to tie an NBA record held by Jerry West and Larry Steele. The record would be broken 23 days later by San Antonio's Larry Kenon, who picked up 11 steals at Kansas City.
Tommy Hearns (pictured here in 2007) wins the WBC Light Middleweight title with a 15-round decision over Wilfred Benitez.
Oklahoma State's Barry Sanders wins the Heisman Trophy, beating out Rodney Peete (USC), Troy Aikman (UCLA) and Steve Walsh (Miami).
NL batting champ Willie McGee signs as a free agent with the San Francisco Giants.
Dick Williams, who managed in Boston, Oakland, California, Montreal, San Diego and Seattle, is elected into the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee. Along with Bill McKechnie, another Hall of Famer, the fiery skipper is the only other manager to appear in the World Series with three teams (1967 Red Sox,1972-73 A's, and 1984 Padres).
Born on this Day
Rick Mears (1951) Katarina Witt (1965, pictured) Kwamie Lassiter (1969) Lindsey Hunter (1970) Paul Byrd (1970) Eva Nemcova (1972) Rock Cartwright (1979) Alicia Sacramone (1987)