This Day in Sports History

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1959: Bill Sharman hits an NBA record 56 consecutive foul shot

1972: The fourth-highest opening partnership in Test history, and the only time West Indies have ever looked at a total of 387 for 0. New Zealand’s Glenn Turner and Terry Jarvis were the history-makers, in the fourth Test, in Guyana. Jarvis made 182, his only Test hundred, and Turner a mighty 259. West Indies’ attack was pretty modest – Clive Lloyd came on first-change for the first time in his Test career, and bowled 36 overs – but it was still a remarkable effort, particularly from Turner, whose innings was the highest by a New Zealander until Martin Crowe made 299 in 1990-91. Turner also made 259 in his next innings, against Guyana two weeks later, and in all, made four double-centuries on the tour.

1974: San Diego Padres owner Ray Kroc, addresses fans “Ladies & gentlemen, I suffer with you I’ve never seen such stupid baseball playing in my life”

1978: David Thompson of the Denver Nuggets scored 73 points in a 139-137 loss to the Detroit Pistons.

1978: George Gervin of the San Antonio Spurs scored 63 points in a 153-132 loss to the New Orleans Jazz.

1982: LA Lakers block 21 Denver shots setting NBA regulation game record.

1984: A raucous crowd in Antigua watched two of their favourite sons, Viv Richards and Richie Richardson, smash Australia all-round the St John’s ground. The two added 308 for the third wicket, after which Australia – who had to win the match to square the series – were dead and buried.

1989: Mike Tyson strikes a parking attendant when asked to move his car.

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