This Day in Sports History

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1959: At the age of 15 years 124 days, Mushtaq Mohammad was given the ultimate homework assignment: to find out how to bowl to Garry Sobers. Mushtaq made his debut for Pakistan against West Indies in Lahore on this day, and was the youngest Test player until Hasan Raza in 1996-97, although Raza’s official age has since been called into doubt. Not entirely surprisingly for a boy of his age, Mushtaq’s was a modest debut: 14, 4, and 0 for 34, while Sobers smacked 72 and Rohan Kanhai 217 in West Indies’ innings victory.

1974: Rick Barry of the Golden State Warriors scored 64 points in a 143-120 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

1974: George Foreman TKOs Ken Norton in 2 for heavyweight boxing title in Caracas, Venezuela.

1979: 41st NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Michigan State beats Indiana State, 75-64; marks start of rivalry between future Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Larry Bird; highest-rated game in history of televised college basketball.

1992: Mike Tyson sentenced to 10 years in rape of Desiree Washington.

2001: George McCloud of the Denver Nuggets dished out 22 assists in a 109-104 win over the Chicago Bulls.

2001: PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Tiger Woods wins the first of his 2 PC’s, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Vijay Singh of Fiji.

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