Today in Sports History: April 26

Mark Eaton blocked a record-setting 10 shots during a 1985 playoff game. The Utah Jazz lost 96-94 to the Houston Rockets. Five years later Hakeem Olajuwon would match Eaton’s playoff record. Eaton was selected in the 1982 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz and proved to be a key player. He finished his rookie season with 275 blocks and replaced Danny Schayes as the team’s starting center. Eaton spent his entire 875-game career with the Jazz and retired with 5,216 points, 6,939 rebounds, and 3,064 blocks. At the time of his retirement, Eaton ranked second all-time in league history in total blocked shots, behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. In the 1995-96 season, the Utah Jazz retired Eaton’s no. 53 jersey.

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