1951 The Indianapolis Olympians beat the Rochester Royals 75-73 in six overtimes, the longest game in NBA history.1920 Joe Malone of Quebec scores two goals to become the NHL's career leader with 59 and leads the Bulldogs to a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Arenas.1944 Toronto's Babe Pratt becomes the first NHL defenseman to get six assists in a game as the Maple Leafs pound the Boston Bruins 12-3 at the Maple Leaf Gardens.1930 The Boston Bruins win their NHL-record 14th consecutive game, a 4-3 road victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The record streak lasts until the 1981-82 when the New York Islanders win 15 straight.1920 Newsy Lalonde scores six goals to help the Montreal Canadiens beat the Toronto St. Pats 14-7 at Montreal's Mount Royal Arena. The 21 goals sets an NHL record that doesn't get matched for 65 years.1941 Toronto plays in its second consecutive penalty-free game. The Maple Leafs beat the 9-0 New York Americans at Maple Leaf Gardens. Two nights earlier, the Maple Leafs defeat the New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime without a penalty being called.1921 Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis takes over as Commissioner of baseball.
1976 Ted Turner, a millionaire communications executive and internationally known yachtsman, buys the Atlanta Braves for a reported $10-to-12 million.1925 Harry Broadbent of the Montreal Maroons scores five goals in a 6-2 triumph over Hamilton.1947 Howie Meeker sets an NHL single-game record for goals by a rookie when he scores five times in Toronto's 10-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at Maple Leaf Gardens.1942 Joe Louis knocks out Buddy Baer with four seconds left in the first round at Madison Square Garden in New York to retain the world heavyweight title.1931 The Philadelphia Quakers defeat the Montreal Maroons 4-3 in overtime to end their 15-game losing streak.1959 Norm Van Brocklin leads the Eastern Conference to a 28-21 win over the Western Conference before an NFL Pro Bowl-record crowd of 72,250 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.1958 Dolph Schayes of the Syracuse Nationals sets an NBA record for career points in a 135-109 victory over the Detroit Pistons. Schayes scores 23 points to bring his career mark to 11,770, breaking the record of 11,764 held by George Mikan.
1980 The Los Angeles Rams, behind three field goals by Frank Corral, beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9-0 to win the NFC Championship. This is the first conference championship game in NFL history without a touchdown being scored.1928 Howie Morenz scores three goals to lead Montreal to a 9-1 road victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs. His first goal is his 100th in the NHL. The Canadiens become the first NHL team to allow two goals or fewer in 20 consecutive games.1955 Georgia Tech ends Kentucky's 129-game home basketball winning streak with a 59-58 win at Memorial Coliseum.1947 Providence's Don Martin becomes the first NBA player to score 40 points in a game as he leads the Steamrollers to a 91-68 rout of the Cleveland Rebels.1960 Don Simmons of the Boston Bruins becomes the second NHL goalie to wear a mask on a regular basis. Simmons, wearing a mask, makes 37 saves in a 4-0 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Garden.1970 The AFL wins its second straight Super Bowl as the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 behind Len Dawson's superb quarterbacking and Jan Stenerud's three field goals.1958 The NCAA rules committee makes the first change in football scoring rules since 1912 by adding the two-point conversion.
1980 The Pittsburgh Steelers advance to their fourth Super Bowl appearance since 1974 by eliminating the Houston Oilers for the second consecutive year with a 27-13 triumph in the AFC title game.1951 One day after playing in the longest game in NBA history, a 75-73 win over the Rochester Royals in six overtimes, the Indianapolis Olympians are defeated by the Tri-Cities Blackhawks, 83-79, with each of the Olympians' five starters playing all 48 minutes.1972 The NCAA announces freshmen will be eligible to play on varsity football and basketball teams starting in the fall.1953 Rio Grande College freshman Bevo Francis scores 116 points in a 150-85 win over Ashland (Ky.) Junior College. Two months later, the NCAA removes Francis' 116-point performance from the record book because Ashland is a two-year school.1980 Goaltender Jim Stewart, playing in his first and only game with the Boston Bruins, gives up three goals in the first four minutes of the game and a total of five in the first period. He's replaced and never plays in the NHL again.1973 The American League adopts the designated hitter rule.1960 Syracuse's Dolph Schayes becomes the first player in NBA history to score 15,000 career points.
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