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This Day in Sports History

1930: Brilliant West Indian cricket batsman George Headley completes twin tons (114 & 112) in third Test win against England at Georgetown, British Guiana.

1962: Mike O’Hara completes record 97th marathon.

1962: Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs NY Knicks for the second year in a row.

1964: Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay] wins his first world heavyweight boxing title when Sonny Liston fails to come out for round 7 at the Convention Center, Miami Beach.

1993: All out for 43. This wasn’t a good day for Pakistan, who cobbled together what was the lowest one-day total at the time. The pitch in Cape Town was a shocker: over-grassed and uneven, and only Zahid Fazal (21) and extras (10) made it to double figures. Courtney Walsh (4 for 16) was the main destroyer. There were a record six ducks, and it took West Indies only 12.3 overs to reach 45 for 3.

2001: Don Bradman was 92 years old when pneumonia claimed him on this day. Everyone knows about his Test average of 99.94, but some of The Don’s other feats beggar belief: a Sheffield Shield average of 110, a Test average against South Africa of 201, six first-class triple-centuries (and a 299 not out in a Test), 618 Test fours (but only six sixes), a Test double-century every 6.66 innings. Where were you when he died? It was cricket’s JFK moment and sparked an extraordinary amount of media coverage.



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