New York Knicks in History

Events in Sport

  • 1845-09-23 1st baseball team, NY Knickerbockers organize, adopt rule code
  • 1851-06-03 1st baseball uniforms worn, NY Knickerbockers wear straw hat, white shirt & blue long trousers
  • 1946-11-01 NY Knicks 1st basketball game beat Toronto Huskies 68-66
  • 1946-11-11 NY Knicks' 1st game at Madison Sq Garden loses 78-68 to Chic Stags
  • 1951-04-21 5th NBA Championship: Rochester Royals beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3
  • 1952-04-25 6th NBA Championship: Minneapolis Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3
  • 1953-04-10 7th NBA Championship: Minneapolis Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 1
  • 1960-11-11 Largest NY Knick 49th St Madison Square Garden crowd-18,499

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1960-11-15 Elgin Baylor of NBA LA Lakers scores 71 points vs NY Knicks

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor

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1961-03-09 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs NY Knicks

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1961-12-04 Smallest NY Knick, 49th St Madison Square Garden crowd-1,300 (snowstorm)
  • 1962-02-25 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs NY Knicks for the second year in a row
  • 1962-11-16 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA SF Warriors scores 73 points vs NY Knicks
  • 1965-11-09 1st NY Knick game postponed (black-out) vs St Louis
  • 1965-12-04 2nd NY Knicks game postponed (due to death of opponent 76ers' owner)
  • 1970-05-03 24th NBA Championship: NY Knicks beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • 1970-11-21 NY Knicks 1st game against Cleve Cavalier, Knicks win 102-94 at Madison Square Garden
  • 1972-02-20 1st time Cleveland Cavaliers beat NY Knicks (111-109)
  • 1972-05-07 26th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 1
  • 1972-10-15 Omni in Atlanta opens - Hawks beat NY Knicks 109-101
  • 1973-05-10 27th NBA Championship: NY Knicks beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 1

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1976-10-21 NY Knicks retire 1st number, # 19, Willis Reed

NBA Center and Power Forward Willis Reed
NBA Center and Power Forward
Willis Reed

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1979-10-15 NY Knicks retire 2nd number, # 10, Walt Frazier

Basketball Player Walt Frazier
Basketball Player
Walt Frazier
  • 1981-10-20 1st NBA game at Meadowlands Arena, NJ Nets lose to NY Knicks 103-99
  • 1981-11-17 NBA NY Knick Bill Cartwright, ties record of 19 of 19 free throws
  • 1989-01-07 Cleve Cavs block 21 NY Knick shots tying NBA regulation game record
  • 1990-01-15 NY Knicks Trent Tucker scores with 1/10 sec, beats Bulls, 109-106
  • 1990-04-28 Boston Celtics score most points in a playoff, beat NY Knicks 157-128

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1990-12-01 NY Knicks Patrick Ewing scores 50 points beating Charlotte 113-96

Hall of Fame NBA Centre Patrick Ewing
Hall of Fame NBA Centre
Patrick Ewing
  • 1991-11-22 NY Knicks pay Patrick Ewing a record $18.8 million for 2 yr extension
  • 1992-04-12 2nd lowest NBA scoring game - Detroit Piston 72, NY Knicks 61
  • 1993-03-23 NY Knicks & Phoenix Suns get into a major brawl
  • 1994-04-05 Miami Heat beat NY Knicks ending 15 game NBA winning streak
  • 1994-06-22 48th NBA Championship: Houston Rockets beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3
  • 1995-03-19 NBA NY Knicks beat NY Nets in 100th meeting (Knicks 53 Nets 47)
  • 1995-04-21 Boston Celtics final game at Boston Gardens, NY Knicks win 98-92
  • 1999-06-25 53rd NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat New York Knicks, 4 games to 1

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2003-12-22 The New York Knicks hire Isiah Thomas as President of Basketball Operations

NBA Point Guard and Head Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Head Coach
Isiah Thomas

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2014-03-18 Phil Jackson signs a five-year contract to be president of the New York Knicks


Birthdays in Sport

  • 1916-08-06 Michael Burke, sports executive (NY Yankees, NY Knicks)
  • 1920-08-10 William "Red" Holzman, NBA coach (NY Knickerbockers, 754 wins)
  • 1920-09-14 Bud Palmer, NBAer (NY Knicks)/sportscaster, born in Hollywood, California
  • 1927-09-25 Carl Braun, basketball player (NY Knicks)
  • 1933-08-17 Kenny Sears, American NBA player (NY Knicks), born in Watsonville, California (d. 2017)
  • 1934-10-07 Willie Naulls, NBA star (NY Knicks)

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1940-03-30 Jerry Lucas, NBA center (Oly-gold-60, NY Knicks), born in Middletown, Ohio

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas
  • 1940-09-14 Larry Brown, NBA player/NBA coach (NY Knicks)

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1940-10-16 Dave DeBusschere, NBA forward (NY Knick)/last ABA commissioner, born in Detroit, Michigan

NBA Forward and MLB Player Dave DeBusschere
NBA Forward and MLB Player
Dave DeBusschere
  • 1941-05-05 Howie Komives, NBA star (NY Knicks, Buffalo Braves)

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1942-06-25 Willis Reed, American NBA hall of fame MVP center/coach (NY Knicks), born in Hico, Louisiana

NBA Center and Power Forward Willis Reed
NBA Center and Power Forward
Willis Reed
  • 1943-02-22 Dick Van Arsdale, NBA all-star (NY Knicks, Phoenix Suns)

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1943-07-28 Bill Bradley, American basketball player (NY Knicks) and Democratic US Senator (1979-97), born in Crystal City, Missouri

Basketball Player/US Senator Bill Bradley
Basketball Player/US Senator
Bill Bradley
  • 1944-11-21 Earl "the Pearl" Monroe, NBA Guard (NY Knicks, Balt Bullets), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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1945-03-29 Walt "Clyde" Frazier, NBA guard (NY Knicks), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Basketball Player Walt Frazier
Basketball Player
Walt Frazier
  • 1948-07-29 Neal Walk, American basketball player (Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Jazz, NY Knicks), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2015)
  • 1955-10-19 Lonnie Shelton, NBA forward (NY Knick, Seattle Supersonics)
  • 1955-12-11 Stu Jackson, NBA coach (NY Knicks (1989-90), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 1956-09-08 Maurice Cheeks, NBA guard (NY Knicks, Philadelphia '76ers)
  • 1956-12-04 Bernard King, basketball player (NY Knicks, NJ Nets)
  • 1957-07-30 Bill Cartwright, basketball player (NY Knicks, Chicago Bulls)
  • 1958-02-16 Herb Williams, NBA center (Toronto Raptors, NY Knicks)
  • 1960-03-08 Buck Williams, NBA forward (Portland Trail Blazers, NY Knicks)
  • 1961-10-13 Derek Harper, NBA guard (NY Knicks, Orlando Magic)

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1962-08-05 Patrick Ewing, NBA center (NY Knicks/Olympic gold 92), born in Kingston, Jamaica

Hall of Fame NBA Centre Patrick Ewing
Hall of Fame NBA Centre
Patrick Ewing
  • 1963-11-09 Anthony Bowie, NBA guard (NY Knicks, Orlando Magic)
  • 1963-12-18 Charles Oakley, NBA forward (NY Knicks)
  • 1964-07-09 Ronnie Grandison, NBA forward (NY Knicks)
  • 1964-09-29 Brad Lohaus, NBA forward/center (NY Knicks)
  • 1965-02-22 Chris Dudley, NBA center (NY Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers)
  • 1965-04-21 Gary Grant, NBA guard (NY Knicks)
  • 1965-08-10 John Starks, NBA guard (NY Knicks)
  • 1966-12-14 Anthony Mason, NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets)
  • 1967-01-08 Willie Anderson, American NBA guard (NY Knicks, Olympic bronze 1988)
  • 1967-11-20 Chris Childs, NBA guard (NJ Nets, NY Knicks)
  • 1968-03-31 J R Reid, NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets)
  • 1969-03-14 Larry Johnson, NBA forward (Charlotte Hornets, NY Knicks)
  • 1969-04-04 Anthony Tucker, NBA forward (NY Knicks)
  • 1969-08-31 Victor Alexander, NBA forward/center (NY Knicks)
  • 1970-01-25 Chris Mills, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, NY Knicks)
  • 1970-05-17 Hubert Davis, NBA guard (Dallas Mavericks, NY Knicks)
  • 1970-07-19 Brooks Thompson, NBA guard (NY Knicks, Orlando Magic)
  • 1970-10-12 Charlie Ward, NBA guard (NY Knicks)/Heisman Trophy winner (1993)
  • 1971-04-04 Allan Houston, NBA guard (NY Knicks, Detroit Pistons)
  • 1984-05-29 Carmelo Anthony, American basketball player (New York Knicks), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1988-10-04 Derrick Rose, American basketball player (NY Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Chicago, Illinois

Deaths in Sport

  • 1990-08-31 Nat (Sweetwater) Clifton, NY Knick, dies at 65 of a heart attack
  • 2015-02-28 Anthony Mason, NBA forward (NY Knicks, Charlotte Hornets), dies at 48 of a heart attack
  • 2015-10-04 Neal Walk, American basketball player (Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Jazz, NY Knicks), dies at 67
  • 2017-04-23 Kenny Sears, American NBA player (NY Knicks), dies at 83