Back in Time: December 15
Dave Winfield signs a 10-year, $16 million contract with the Yankees, making him the highest-paid player in the history of sports.
Paul "Bear" Bryant
Paul "Bear" Bryant announces his retirement as head football coach at Alabama. In 25 years in Tuscaloosa, Bryant recorded a 232-46-9 record with six national championships.
Toronto's Alvin Robertson picks up three steals in the Raptors' 122-103 loss at Boston, becoming the third NBA player to move past 2,000 career steals.
The San Francisco 49ers retire Joe Montana's No. 16 during halftime of a game against the Denver Broncos.
Indianapolis WR Marvin Harrison catches nine passes for 172 yards and two TDs to break Herman Moore's single-season reception record (123). Harrison finishes the year with 143 catches.
The Mets announce officially the club has come to terms with Pedro Martinez (16-9, 3.90 ERA) on a four-year, $53 million contract. The former Red Sox ace, who had a 117-37 record in seven seasons with Boston, criticized his former team for not being more aggressive in retaining his services.
Born on this Day
Nick Buoniconti (1940) Jim Leyland (1944) Art Howe (1946) Jerry Ball (1964) Keith Askins (1967) Mo Vaughn (1967, pictured) Wayne Simmons (1969) Lawrence Funderburke (1970) Eric Bjornson (1971) Rodney Harrison (1972)