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This Day in Sports History — December 8

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Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on December 8:

1940 — The Chicago Bears beat the Washington Redskins, 73-0, in the NFL Championship Game. It was the largest margin of defeat ever recorded in the history of the National Football League. (More info.)

1948 — Doak Walker of Southern Methodist University won the Heisman Trophy. (More info.)

1961 — Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors scored 78 points, and Elgin Baylor of the Los Angeles Lakers tallied 63 as the Lakers beat the Warriors, 151-147, in triple-overtime. (More info.)

1966 — The New York Yankees traded Roger Maris, who set the single-season home run mark in 1961, to the St. Louis Cardinals for third-baseman Charlie Smith. (More info.)

1987 — Ron Hextall of the Philadelphia Flyers became the first NHL goalie ever to score a goal. (More info.)

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