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Today In Sports History

Posted: November 4, 2013 - 1:04am
Wilt Chamberlain is shown in 1960 scoring two of his 58 game points, the most ever by an NBA rookie, as Philadelphia beat Detroit 127-117 in Bethlehem, Penn.
Wilt Chamberlain is shown in 1960 scoring two of his 58 game points, the most ever by an NBA rookie, as Philadelphia beat Detroit 127-117 in Bethlehem, Penn.

NOVEMBER 4

1960 — Wilt Chamberlain of Philadelphia scores 44 points and sets an NBA record by missing all 10 of his free throws as the Warriors beat the Detroit Pistons 136-121.

1962 — Sonny Randle of the St. Louis Cardinals catches 16 passes for 256 yards and a touchdown in a 31-28 loss to the New York Giants.

1976 — Baseball holds its first free agent draft with 24 players from 13 major league clubs participating. Reggie Jackson eventually signs the most lucrative contract of the group, $2.9 million over five years with the New York Yankees.

1984 — Miami’s Dan Marino passes for 422 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Miami Dolphins to a 31-17 victory over the New York Jets.

1984 — Seattle’s Dave Brown returns two interceptions for touchdowns in a 31-17 triumph over the Kansas City Chiefs.

1994 — The San Antonio Spurs’ season opener is delayed for 50 minutes when a fireworks display triggers the Alamodome sprinkler system, drenching fans, players and coaches.

2000 — R.J. Bowers rushes for 128 yards to become the first player in NCAA history to gain 7,000 yards in his career as Grove City beats Carnegie Mellon 14-10. Bowers, with 7,127 yards, also increases his all-division record for career touchdowns to 90.

2000 — In the highest scoring Division I-AA game in NCAA history, Ricky Ray passes for 344 yards and three touchdowns and scores three more to lead Sacramento State over Cal State Northridge 64-61.

2001 — Luis Gonzalez’s RBI single caps a two-run rally off Mariano Rivera in the bottom of the ninth, and the Arizona Diamondbacks win their first championship by beating the New York Yankees 3-2 in Game 7.

2006 — Invasor beats heavily favored Bernardini by one length in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs.

2006 — Rod Brind’Amour of Carolina scores his 1,000th career point, assisting on a goal in the Hurricanes’ 3-2 win over Ottawa.

2007 — Adrian Peterson runs for an NFL-record 296 yards and three touchdowns in Minnesota’s 35-17 win over San Diego. It’s the second time he tops 200 yards rushing this season, the only rookie to accomplish the feat. San Diego’s Antonio Cromartie returns a missed field goal an NFL-record 109 yards for a touchdown in the game.

2007 — Paula Radcliffe outlasts Gete Wami to win her second New York City Marathon. Radcliffe, the world-record holder, finished in 2:23:09. Martin Lel of Kenya wins his second men’s title, edging Abderrahim Goumri of Morocco in 2:09:04.

2009 — The New York Yankees win the World Series, beating the defending champion Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 in Game 6 behind Hideki Matsui’s record-tying six RBIs.

2012 — Guan Tianlang wins the Asia-Pacific Championship, making the 14-year-old Chinese star the youngest player to qualify for the Masters. Guan closes with a 1-under 71 needing a par on the 18th hole to beat Taiwan’s Pan Cheng-tsung. Guan, an eighth-grader, easily surpasses the mark set by Italy’s Matteo Manassero, who was about to turn 17 when he played in 2010. It’s the second straight year a 14-year-old from China will play in a major. Andy Zhang qualified for the U.S. Open last summer.

2012 — Andrew Luck breaks the NFL’s single-game rookie record by throwing for 433 yards in leading Indianapolis to a 23-20 win over Miami. Luck is 30 of 48 with two TDs and breaks Cam Newton’s previous mark of 422 yards set last season.

2012 — Tampa Bay rookie Doug Martin rushes for a franchise-record 251 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-32 win at Oakland.

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