Here are just some of the notable sports moments that happened on December 5:

1942 — Willie Mosconi won his second consecutive world pocket billiard championship by winning eight of nine matches in Detroit. (More info.)

1947 — Joe Louis won a disputed 15-round decision over Jersey Joe Walcott at Madison Square Garden to retain his world heavyweight championship. (More info.)

1978 — Free agent Pete Rose signed a four-year, $3.2 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies that made him baseball's highest-paid player. (More info.)

1981 — Running back Marcus Allen of Southern California won the Heisman Trophy. (More info.)

1992 — Alabama beat Florida, 28-21, in the first Southeastern Conference Championship game. (More info.)

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