On November 27, 1963 Wilt Chamberlain hit 18 field goals in a row to set what was at that time an NBA record. Wilt led the Warriors to defeat the New York Knicks in this game with a score of 118-89. We all know he didn't stop there. Chamberlain went on to set the NBA single-game records for most points (100) and most rebounds (55). He was the only NBA player to score 4,000 points in a season.
On November 9, 1972, John Bucyk, left winger for the Boston Bruins, scored his 1,000th point. Bucyk retired as the leading career point scorer among left wings, a record surpassed by Luc Robitaille. Although he had a reputation for some harsh hip checks, Bucyk was a notably clean player who won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship in 1971 and 1974. Bucyk was induced into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1981.
On October 18, 1977, the New York Yankees defeated the LA Dodgers in Game Six with a score of 8-4. In Game Six, Reggie Jackson, nicknamed Mr. October, joined Babe Ruth as the only Major Leaguers to hit three home runs in one game. Jackson set three series records including most homers (five), most runs (10) and most total bases (25).
Check out the video below for postgame footage and interviews from the 1977 World Series!
Today marks the anniversary of the Pittsburgh Pirates retiring Willie Stargell’s #8 jersey. On September 6th, 1982, Three Rivers Stadium hosted its highest attended game of the season when the Bucs squared off against the New York Mets. Despite it being a Monday night game and both teams being on the bottom end of their division, over 38,000 fans crammed into Three Rivers Stadium to watch the retiring of one of their team’s most decorated players. The packed house also help the Pirates beat the Mets 6-1 .
Stargell, aka “Pops”, still holds the Pirates record for most home runs, runs batted in and extra base hits for a career. The left-handed Stargell hit 475 home runs with the Pirates, but that number could have been significantly higher if he didn’t play his first 9 seasons at Forbes Field, which housed a left-center wall that measured 457 feet from home plate. In addition to leading the club in HRs, RBIs and extra base hits, Stargell is in the organization’s top ten of basically every other offensive category, including total games played and at-bats. He won two World Series rings with the Pirates, one in ’71 and another in ’79. Ironically, despite playing his entire twenty one season career (‘62 – ’82) with the Pirates, upon retiring, Stargell took a job with the Atlanta Braves as the team’s Manager.
In 1988, Eight years after the Pirates retired his number, Willie “Pops” Stargell was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a first ballot Hall of Famer.
Today at Mitchell & Ness we honor Rickey Henderson, who on this day thirty years ago broke the single-season steals record.
Facing the Brewers in Milwaukee, Henderson took a walk against pitcher Doc Medich in the top of the 6th inning. Henderson was on 118 stolen bases, tied with Lou Brock's single season record. Henderson took off that evening in Milwaukee, stealing second base and taking the single-season steals record. In what would become an iconic celebration repeated in his career, Henderson stood up, taking the base out and holding it above his head.
Henderson finished that 1982 season with 130 stolen bases, still the all-time record. No player has gotten close to Henderson's record, with Vince Coleman's 110 stolen bases in 1985 the closest effort. Henderson kept breaking records throughout his career, and is the All-Time leader in career stolen bases, runs scored, and was a first ballot Hall of Famer. Henderson is one of the all time characters in baseball, and before there was "Manny being Manny" there was "Rickey being Rickey."
Mitchell & Ness has had the privilege of signing Rickey Henderson, and will be soon bringing Henderson authentic jerseys to all of you. Have a specific Rickey jersey you want to see us make? Sound off below: