Today in Sports History: December 30

By Jonah Sharf On December 30, 1990, Scott Skiles of the Orlando Magic set the NBA record for most assists in a game with 30 against the Denver Nuggets. The Magic beat the Nuggets 155-116, with Skiles leading the way with 22 points to go to 30 assists and two steals. Partially inflated by the…

Today in Sports History: December 29

By Jonah Sharf On December 29, 1999, the late Wilt Chamberlain had his jersey number 13 retired by the Golden State Warriors, making him the first player to have a jersey retired by three different teams. At that point, Chamberlain’s jersey was retired by the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers for his contributions…

Today in Sports History: December 28

By Jonah Sharf On December 28, 2008, the Detroit Lions, long considered one of the worst franchises in NFL history—with the 24th-best winning percentage of all NFL teams, lost to the Green Bay Packers, making them the first team to end a 16-game season with a winless record. The 0-16 season marks the ‘08 Lions…

Today in Sports History: December 27

By Jonah Sharf On December 27, 1991, Tim Hardaway set an NBA record for the most field goals attempted without a make, going 0-17. Hardaway finished the game with two points (on two free throws), three rebounds, 13 assists, two steals, and one block. Despite the off performance from the field, Hardaway’s assists helped the…

Today in Sports History: December 26

By Jonah Sharf On December 26, 1997, David Robinson scored 24 points to surpass the 15,000-point mark for his career. Robinson would end up as one of just 44 NBA players to surpass 20,000 points for his career. He spent his entire career with the Spurs, winning two championships, one NBA MVP award, and averaged…

Today in Sports History: December 25

On December 25, 2008, Shaquille O’Neal became only the second player in NBA history to miss 5,000 free throws in his career, joining fellow legendary center Wilt Chamberlain. Shaq and Chamberlain are often mentioned in the conversation of worst free throw shooters of all time, despite also being two of the greatest players of all…

Today in Sports History: December 24

By Jonah Sharf On December 24, 1974, the St. Louis Cardinals’ Lou Brock was named the Sporting News Player of the Year. During the 1974 MLB season, Brock was second place in MVP voting, batting .306. He also broke the modern MLB record for most steals that season, with 118—he would later set the record…

Today in Sports History: December 23

By Jonah Sharf On December 23, 1997, legendary coach Phil Jackson won his 500th game and became the fastest NBA coach to reach this milestone, in 682 games. Jackson is considered one of the best coaches of all time, holding a record for most NBA championships by a head coach with 11—6 with the Chicago…

Today in Sports History: December 22

By Jonah Sharf On December 22, 2003, the New York Knicks hired Detroit Pistons legend Isiah Thomas as their president of basketball operations. Despite his success as a player, Thomas was ultimately not a very successful president of basketball operations, and at one point during his tenure he was named head coach of the Knicks….

Today in Sports History: December 21

By Jonah Sharf On December 21, 2009, the New Jersey Devils’ goalkeeper Martin Brodeur broke Terry Sawchuck’s 40-year record with his 104th career shutout. He would finish his career with 125 shutouts, 23 more than second place Sawchuck. Brodeur set many records during his outstanding career, including most regular season wins, most regular season shutouts,…