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This Day In Sports History

1903 — The New York Highlanders, later renamed Yankees, win their first game as a major league team, 7-2 over the Washington Senators

1950 — The Minneapolis Lakers become the first team to win back-to-back NBA championships by defeating the Syracuse Nationals 110-95 in Game 6 of the finals. George Mikan leads the Lakers with 40 points in a game marred by three fights, four Minneapolis players fouling out, and Nats coach Al Cervi being ejected for complaining too vociferously about a call.

1989 —  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar plays his last game as a Laker

2000 — Shaquille O’Neal scored 46 points, snagged 17 rebounds, and blocked five shots as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Sacramento Kings 117-107 to take a 1-0 lead in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

2013 — West Indian cricketer, Chris Gayle, smashes the fastest century in history (30 balls)

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