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This Day in Sports History

1898: Test cricket’s first maximum. There had been sixes before in Tests, but all with the aid of overthrows, and Australia’s Joe Darling managed the real thing when he smacked the ball out of Adelaide Oval to reach his century in the first Test against England. In those days you had to hit it out of the ground to get six – clearing the boundary was only worth five.

1932: Racing Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Arcaro wins his 1st race.

1962: Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors scored 62 points in a 145-136 loss to the Boston Celtics.

1993: Utah Jazz center Mark Eaton blocks 2 shots in a 96-89 win over Seattle SuperSonics; becomes only 2nd player in NBA history (along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) to record 3,000 career blocks.

1995: Vinny Pazienza beats Panamanian boxing legend Roberto Durán in a 12-round unanimous decision in a super middleweight bout in Atlantic City; 2nd time in 6 months Pazienza wears down 43-year-old Duran in a high profile pay-pay-view bout.

1998: Charles Barkley pleads not guilty to an assault charge.

2002: Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers scored 56 points in a 120-81 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

2019: James Harden of the Houston Rockets scored 57 points in a 112-94 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.

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