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This Day in Sports History

1892: Basketball rules first published in Triangle Magazine, written by James Naismith.

1930: The legendary George Headley was out for 21 in his first Test innings, but he made it a fine debut, scoring 176 in the second innings in Bridgetown to ensure West Indies avoided defeat for the first time – it was their fourth Test. Two games later, he hit centuries in both innings in West Indies’ first Test win, in Georgetown. Headley averaged nearly 100 per Test in his 22 matches and finished with a batting average of 60.83 – a career mark bettered by only Don Bradman and Graeme Pollock.

1960: Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors pulled down 42 rebounds in a 124-112 loss to the Boston Celtics.

1965: One of the biggest trades in NBA history; San Francisco Warriors send Wilt Chamberlain to the Philadelphia 76ers for Connie Dierking, Lee Shaffer, Paul Neumann and cash.

1972: World heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier stops Terry Daniels in 4 rounds in New Orleans to retain his WBC and WBA titles.

1987: Champion Boston Celtics NBA forward Larry Bird is named Man of the Year by ‘The Sporting News’ and Athlete of the Year by ‘Associated Press’; first time one athlete gains both distinctions.

1988: A dream debut for 19-year-old Indian legspinner Narendra Hirwani. He bowled his side to a series-levelling victory over West Indies in Madras with eight wickets in each innings, and his match figures of 16 for 136 surpassed the previous best on debut – Australian Bob Massie’s 16 at Lord’s in 1972 – by one run. Hirwani took full advantage of West Indies’ horribly one-dimensional attempts to smear him out of the attack: five were out stumped by Kiran More in the second innings, and six in the match, both Test records.

2002: Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers scored 58 points in a 112-106 win over the Houston Rockets.

2019: The Warriors set the record for most points in the 1st quarter with 51, in a 142-111 win over the Nuggets.

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