This Day in Sports History

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1892: Entire Hong Kong national cricket team dies in shipwreck off Taiwan.

1899: African-American inventor Issac R Johnson patents the bicycle frame.

1980: Kevin McHale made his debut for the Boston Celtics against Cleveland. Boston won 130-103.

1987: Hyderabad in India witnessed one of the greatest one-day innings of all time. Zimbabwe’s captain Dave Houghton hammered a brilliant 142 off 137 balls, with 13 fours and six sixes, as his side fell an agonising four runs short of their target of 243 in a World Cup match against New Zealand. Houghton lost 10 pounds in the oppressive heat and by the end, with cramps taking full toll, he could hardly walk. It was the first one-day hundred by a Zimbabwean, and remained their joint-highest score in an ODI, until Craig Wishart hit 172 not out against Namibia in the World Cup in 2003.

2003: Matthew Hayden bludgeoned his way to 380 in Perth in the first Test against Zimbabwe, to break Brian Lara’s record for the highest individual score in Test cricket. Resuming on 183, he never tired of crushing the ball to the boundary off the tired bowlers. With a bright array of cuts, straight drives and pulls he clobbered 38 fours and 11 sixes in ten hours at the crease. Adam Gilchrist, with an 84-ball century, played a good support role but was firmly in the shade. Lara called to congratulate Hayden, and against England six months later, claimed the record back.

2004: Having already clinched his record 7th F1 World Drivers Championship, German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher wins a record 13th race of the season with victory at the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

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