Basketball in History

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 142

  • 1876-02-03 Albert Spalding with $800 starts sporting goods co, manufacturing 1st official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball, & football

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1891-12-21 1st game of basketball, based on rules created by James Naismith, played by 18 students in Springfield, Massachusetts

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith
  • 1892-01-15 Basketball rules first published in Triangle Magazine, written by James Naismith
  • 1892-03-11 1st public basketball game (Springfield, Massachusetts)
  • 1893-02-07 Vanderbilt University claims it participated in the first organised intercollegiate basketball game at the Nashville YMCA Gymnasium; Vanderbilt beats YMCA, 9-3
  • 1894-01-27 1st college basketball game, University of Chicago beats Chicago YMCA 19-11
  • 1923-02-13 1st Black pro Basketball team, "Renaissance", organizes
  • 1924-02-25 Marie Boyd scores 156 points in Maryland HS basketball game (163-3)
  • 1930-02-15 Weona beats Toluca in Illinois Basketball Tournament in 10 overtimes
  • 1930-03-07 Georgetown High of Chicago defeats Homer 1-0 in basketball
  • 1933-10-19 Berlin Olympic Committee vote to introduce basketball in 1936
  • 1934-12-29 1st collegiate basketball doubleheader at Madison Square Garden
  • 1935-04-06 H Levitt sinks 499 basketball free throws, misses & sinks 371 more
  • 1936-08-07 Twenty-two nations line-up as the first basketball competition in the Olympics Games starts in Berlin; Estonia beats France 34-29 in the first game
  • 1936-08-14 United States beats Canada 19-8 in poor conditions outdoors to win the gold medal in the inaugural men's basketball competition at the Olympics Games in Berlin
  • 1938-11-24 National Semi-Pro Basketball Congress authorizes yellow basketball

  • 1939-03-28 Renaissance Big 5 win 1st pro basketball championship
  • 1940-02-28 1st televised basketball game (U of Pitts beats Fordham U, 50-37)
  • 1941-03-24 LIU beats Ohio U 56-42 for NIT basketball championship
  • 1944-02-18 15-year-old Joe Nuxhall signs a contract to play baseball with the Cincinnati Reds just one day after playing in a high school basketball game; debuts later that year
  • 1945-01-02 Kentucky begins 130 home basketball game win streak, ends in 1955

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1945-03-26 De Paul wins NIT basketball championship, George Mikan scores 34

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan
  • 1946-06-06 The Basketball Association of America is formed in New York City.
  • 1946-11-01 First Basketball Association of America game; New York Knicks beat Toronto Huskies 68-66 at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto
  • 1947-04-22 1st Basketball Association of America Finals: Philadelphia Warriors beat Chicago Stags, 83-80 to take inaugural series, 4 games to 2
  • 1948-04-21 Basketball Association of America Finals: Baltimore Bullets beat Philadelphia Warriors, 88-73 to take series, 4 games to 2
  • 1948-08-13 The United States successfully defends its Olympic basketball title with a 65-21 win over France at the London Games
  • 1949-04-13 Basketball Association of America Finals: Minneapolis Lakers beat Washington Capitols, 77-56 to take series, 4 games to 2; BAA and National Basketball League merge later that year to create the NBA
  • 1949-08-03 Basketball Association of America (BAA) & National Basketball League (NBL) merge to form National Basketball Association (NBA), Maurice Podoloff elected head of new league
  • 1951-03-03 Bill Mikvy (Temple) scores NCAA basketball record 73 pts
  • 1953-01-09 Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 116 pts in basketball game
  • 1953-02-21 Longest collegiate basketball game (6 OTs) Niagara beats Siena 88-81
  • 1954-02-02 Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 113 pts in basketball game
  • 1954-10-30 1st use of 24-sec shot clock in pro basketball (Rochester vs Boston)
  • 1955-01-08 Furman sets NCAA basketball single-game scoring record with 154 pt
  • 1955-01-08 Georgia Tech ends Kentucky's 130-game home basketball win streak

OlympicsOlympic Gold

1956-12-01 Led by future Basketball Hall of Famers Bill Russell and K.C. Jones, the US wins it's 4th consecutive Olympic gold medal with an 89-55 victory over the Soviet Union at the Melbourne Games

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell

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1956-12-03 Basketball icon Wilt Chamberlain makes his much anticipated varsity debut; scores 52 points and grabs 31 rebounds, breaking both all-time Kansas records in an 87–69 win against Northwestern

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

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1958-01-09 In basketball Oscar Robertson (Cin) scores 56, Seton Hall team 54

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • 1958-03-15 Royals basketball star Maurice Stokes collapses during a playoff game with encephalitis; He goes into a coma & is permanently disabled
  • 1959-01-28 Soviet Union wins 62-37 for 1st international basketball loss by US

  • 1960-01-26 High-school basketball sensation Danny Heater scores 135 points

OlympicsOlympic Gold

1960-09-10 Future Hall of Famer Jerry Lucas scores 23 points as the US wins its 5th straight men's basketball Olympic gold medal with a 90-63 drubbing of Brazil at the Rome Games

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas
  • 1961-02-25 Niagara ends St Bonaventura's 99-game home basketball win streak
  • 1961-10-27 American Basketball League starts play
  • 1961-11-06 US government issues a stamp honoring 100th birthday of James Naismith (invented game of basketball - actually Canadian)
  • 1962-12-31 American Basketball League announces suspension of operation
  • 1964-01-29 Most lopsided high-school basketball score 211-29 (Louisiana)
  • 1964-02-29 NC high school basketball teams play to 56-54 score in 13 overtime
  • 1967-02-02 Formation of American Basketball Association is announced
  • 1967-10-13 First American Basketball Association (ABA) game is played with Oakland Oaks beating Anaheim Amigos, 132-129; red, white & blue ball and 3-point field goal introduced
  • 1968-01-20 Houston Cougars defeat the UCLA Bruins 71-69 to win basketball's Game of the Century and end UCLA's 47 game winning streak
  • 1968-02-17 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield, Massachusetts opens
  • 1968-04-18 1st ABA basketball championship began
  • 1968-10-25 US men's basketball team beats Yugoslavia 65-50 to win the gold medal at the Mexico City Olympics; 7th straight basketball title for the Americans

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1970-02-02 Pete Maravich becomes 1st to score 3,000 college basketball points

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • 1970-03-04 Jacksonville is 1st college basketball team to avg 100+ pts per game

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1970-10-13 2 future Basketball Hall of Famers debut; guard Calvin Murphy for San Diego Rockets in 111-96 loss in Chicago; forward Dave Cowens for Boston Celtics in 114-107 loss in New York

NBA Center and Head Coach Dave Cowens
NBA Center and Head Coach
Dave Cowens
  • 1971-01-30 UCLA starts 88 basketball game win streak
  • 1972-02-05 Bob Douglas is 1st African American elected to Basketball Hall of Fame
  • 1972-03-19 1st AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Immaculata beats West Chester State 52-48 in Normal
  • 1972-03-25 UCLA wins its 6th consecutive national basketball title
  • 1972-03-28 Wilt Chamberlain plays his last pro basketball game
  • 1972-09-09 Soviet Union beats the United States 51-50 in the most controversial game in international basketball history; with US leading 50-49 the final 3 seconds is replayed 3 times until the Soviets finally win
  • 1972-09-10 US Men's olympic basketball team's 1st loss, 51-50 to USSR (disputed)
  • 1973-01-27 UCLA's basketball team wins 61st consecutive game (NCAA record)
  • 1973-02-15 Friendsville Academy (Tenn) ends 138-game basketball losing streak
  • 1973-03-25 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Immaculata beats Queens College, 59-52, Immaculata 1st undefeated team in New York
  • 1973-07-01 1st US-China basketball game, US collegiates beats Shanghai 96-61
  • 1973-09-07 Mike Storen becomes American Basketball Association's 4th commissioner
  • 1973-12-15 Tennessee beats Temple 11-6 in low scoring NCAA basketball game
  • 1974-01-19 Notre Dame beats UCLA, 71-70 in South Bend, Indiana to end Bruins' NCAA-record 88-game basketball win streak
  • 1974-01-20 Essex Comm College beats Englewood Cliffs 210-67 in basketball
  • 1974-02-05 Mats Wermelin, Sweden, scores all points in 272-0 basketball win
  • 1974-03-24 36th NCAA Mens Basketball Championship: North Carolina State beats Marquette, 76-64; Wolfpack first title; first tournament officially designated as a Division I championship
  • 1974-09-03 Future Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame guard Oscar Robertson retires; leaves NBA with 26,710 points, 9,887 assists & 7,804 rebounds in 1,040 games

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1974-10-03 Future Basketball Hall of Fame guard Jerry West (“Mr. Clutch”) retires after 14 NBA seasons with the LA Lakers; West has 25,192 career points; averages 29.1 ppg in 153 playoff games

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West
  • 1975-10-08 San Antonio Spurs, then members of the ABA, defeat the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, 109-107 in the first basketball game ever played in the Louisiana Superdome
  • 1976-03-28 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Delta States beat Immaculata, 69-64 at Pennsylvania State University
  • 1978-02-05 Fred Newman makes 88 consecutive basketball free throws blindfolded
  • 1978-02-14 In girls' HS basketball, Chicago Latin beats Harvard St George
  • 1978-06-20 1st 6 teams of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL) granted-Iowa, NJ, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minnesota & Dayton
  • 1978-12-09 1st game of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL), Chicago Hustle vs Milwaukee Does
  • 1979-02-21 2 Iowa girls HS basketball teams play 4 scoreless quarters game was won 4-2 in 4th overtime period

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1979-10-12 Future Basketball Hall of Fame forward Magic Johnson makes his debut for Los Angeles Lakers at the San Diego Clippers; Lakers win, 103-102

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • 1980-01-21 Les Henson, Virginia Tech, makes 89' 3" basketball field goal
  • 1982-01-29 Old Dominion ends Louisiana Tech's women's basketball rec 54-game win streak
  • 1982-02-24 Basketball team Boston Celtics begin 18 NBA game win streak
  • 1982-12-24 Chaminade, with a student body of only 850 students, beats #1 ranked Virginia 77-72 in a Honolulu holiday basketball classic
  • 1983-12-21 NCAA rules rescinded last 2-minute men's basketball free throw rule
  • 1984-01-08 NCAA announces that basketball tournament will have 64 teams
  • 1984-01-22 Annette Kennedy of SUNY sets women's basketball record with 70 pts

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1984-04-02 46th NCAA Mens Basketball Championship: Georgetown beats Houston, 84-75; Hoyas center Patrick Ewing tournament MOP; John Thompson first African-American head coach to lead his team to any NCAA Division I title

Hall of Fame NBA Centre Patrick Ewing
Hall of Fame NBA Centre
Patrick Ewing
  • 1984-08-07 The US collects its first Olympic gold medal in women's basketball history with a 85-55 win over South Korea in the final at the LA Games
  • 1984-08-10 The US beats Spain 96-65 to win the men's basketball gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics; future 'dream team' members Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin feature
  • 1985-01-02 Nevada-Las Vegas beats Utah 142-140, highest college basketball score
  • 1985-02-08 Bruce Morris, Marshall Univ, makes a 92' 5½" basketball shot
  • 1985-02-23 Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight throws a chair during a game
  • 1985-04-04 Tulane University cancels its basketball season amidst scandal

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1986-01-04 NCAA basketball's David Robinson blocks a record 14 shots

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 166


Person of interestJames Naismith

1861-11-06 James Naismith, Canadian-American physical educator and inventor (basketball, football helmet), born in Almonte, Ontario (d. 1939)

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith
  • 1875-07-15 Frank "Pop" Morgenweck, basketball hall of famer (elected 1962)
  • 1891-10-02 H. V. Porter, American basketball pioneer who created fan-shaped backboard, born in Manito, Illinois (d. 1975)
  • 1892-12-17 Sam Barry, American basketball coach (d. 1950)
  • 1894-07-04 Henry Carlson, basketball coach (originated figure 8 play)
  • 1896-10-20 Nat Holman, basketball coach (CCNY)
  • 1898-05-01 David Tobey, Basketball Hall of Fame referee, born in New York, New York (d. 1988)
  • 1899-02-03 Forrest "Red" DeBernardi, basketball hall of famer (elected 1961)
  • 1901-05-01 Slats Gill, Basketball Hall of Fame coach (36 seasons Oregon State), born in Salem, Oregon (d. 1966)
  • 1901-09-02 Adolph Rupp, American college basketball coach (d. 1977)
  • 1904-08-06 Henry Payne Iba, American basketball coach (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Easton, Missouri
  • 1906-02-10 John "Cat" Thompson, basketball hall of famer (elected 1962)
  • 1910-10-14 John Wooden, American basketball coach (UCLA-10 national championships), born in Hall, Indiana (d. 2010)
  • 1913-12-18 Ray Meyer, American basketball coach (d. 2006)
  • 1916-11-08 Frank McGuire, basketball coach (won 550 games in 30 college seasons)

Person of interestRed Auerbach

1917-09-20 Red Auerbach, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach, general manager (Boston Celtics, 9-time NBA champion), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • 1920-07-04 Norm Drucker, American basketball referee, born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1920-08-10 William "Red" Holzman, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (New York Knicks 14 seasons), born in Brooklyn, NY (d. 1998)
  • 1922-10-28 Butch van Breda Kolff, American basketball coach (d. 2007)
  • 1922-11-21 Abe Lemons, American basketball coach
  • 1923-03-31 Don Barksdale, American basketball forward (Olympic gold 1948, NBA All Star 1953), born in Oakland, CA (d. 1993)
  • 1923-05-01 Frank Brian, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1951, 1952), born in Zachary, Louisiana (d. 2017)
  • 1923-07-19 Alex Hannum, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (1st ABA, NBA winning coach), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2002)

Person of interestGeorge Mikan

1924-06-18 George Mikan, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (4-time NBA All Star 1951-54), born in Joliet, Illinois (d. 2005)

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan
  • 1924-07-10 Johnny Bach, American basketball player and coach, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1924-10-09 Arnie Risen, Basketball Hall of Fame center (4-time NBA All Star), born in Williamstown, Kentucky (d. 2012)
  • 1925-02-21 Jack Ramsay, American Hall of Fame basketball coach (Portland Trail Blazers, 1977 NBA Champions), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • 1925-06-25 Ted Stepien, American businessman and basketball team owner, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • 1928-03-22 Ed Macauley, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (7-time NBA All Star), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2011)

Person of interestDolph Schayes

1928-05-19 Dolph Schayes, American basketball Hall of Famer (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers) and coach, born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes

Person of interestBob Cousy

1928-08-09 Bob Cousy, Basketball Hall of Fame guard (Boston Celtics, 6-time NBA champion), born in Manhattan, NYC

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • 1928-11-30 Joe B. Hall, American basketball coach
  • 1930-07-20 Chuck Daley, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (2-time NBA champion Detroit Pistons), born in Kane, PA (d. 2009)
  • 1930-08-08 Jerry Tarkanian, basketball coach (California State, UNLV, 625-122)
  • 1931-09-07 Al McGuire, American basketball coach (Marquette), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • 1932-04-25 Meadowlark Lemon, American basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 2015)

Person of interestBob Pettit

1932-12-12 Bob Pettit, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (NBA MVP 1956, 59), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit
  • 1933-09-25 Hubie Brown, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach, broadcaster (2-time NBA Coach of the Year), born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania

Person of interestBill Russell

1934-02-12 Bill Russell, American basketball star (Boston Celtics, Olympic-gold 1956), born in West Monroe, Louisiana

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell

Person of interestElgin Baylor

1934-09-16 Elgin Baylor, American Basketball Hall of Fame small forward (11-time NBA All Star), born in Washington, D.C.

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor
  • 1934-09-22 Lute Olson, American basketball coach
  • 1935-09-27 Jerome Shipp, American basketball (Olympic gold 1964)

Person of interestWilt Chamberlain

1936-08-21 Wilt Chamberlain, American College & Basketball Hall of Fame center (13-time All Star), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1937-03-26 Wayne Embry, American Basketball Hall of Fame center, executive (5-time NBA All Star), born in Springfield, Ohio
  • 1937-05-30 Harry Statham, American basketball coach
  • 1937-07-13 Cal Ramsey, American basketball broadcaster, small forward (NY Knicks), born in Selma, Alabama (d. 2019)
  • 1937-10-26 Dave Gavitt, American basketball coach, formed Basketball's Big East Conference (1979), born in Westerly, Rhode Island (d. 2011)

Person of interestJerry West

1938-05-28 Jerry West, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard, executive (LA Lakers, 14-time NBA All Star), born in Chelyan, West Virginia

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West
  • 1940-02-25 Billy Packer, Wellsville NY, basketball sportscaster (CBS)
  • 1940-10-25 Bobby Knight, college basketball coach (Indiana, Olympic gold 1984)

Person of interestNate Thurmond

1941-07-25 Nate Thurmond, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (7-time NBA All Star), born in Akron, Ohio (d.2016)

NBA Forward Nate Thurmond
NBA Forward
Nate Thurmond
  • 1941-10-31 Lucas Brown Jackson, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1964), born in San Marcos, Texas
  • 1942-04-15 Walt Hazzard, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1964), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 2011)

Person of interestBill Bradley

1943-07-28 Bill Bradley, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (2-time NBA champion NY Knicks), Democratic US Senator (1979-97), born in Crystal City, Missouri

Basketball Player and US Senator Bill Bradley
Basketball Player and US Senator
Bill Bradley
  • 1943-11-24 Dave Bing, American Basketball Hall of Fame point guard (7-time NBA All Star), born in Washington, D.C.

Person of interestRick Barry

1944-03-28 Rick Barry, Basketball forward (NY Nets, Golden State Warriors), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey

NBA Small Forward Rick Barry
NBA Small Forward
Rick Barry
  • 1944-04-21 Adrian Hurley, Australian basketball coach
  • 1945-02-26 Giannis Ioannidis, Greek basketball coach & politician, born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1946-07-13 Bob Kauffman, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1946-11-16 Jo Jo White, American basketballer (Olympic gold - 1968), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • 1947-02-13 Mike Krzyzewski, US basketball coach, born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestKareem Abdul-Jabbar

1947-04-16 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, [Lew Alcindor] Basketball Hall of Fame center (6-time NBA champion), born in NYC, New York

  • 1947-08-11 Sergey Kovalneko, USSR, basketball (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • 1949-01-28 Gregg Popovich, NBA Basketball Coach
  • 1949-05-30 P.J. Carlesimo, American basketball coach

Person of interestJulius Erving

1950-02-22 Julius Erving "Dr. J," American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (11-time NBA All Star), born in East Meadow, New York

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving
  • 1950-03-04 Rafael Canizares Poey, Alacs Mtnzs Cuba, basketballer (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • 1952-01-26 Thomas Edward Henderson, SC, basketballer (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1952-02-24 Tom Burleson, USA, basketball (Olympic silver 1972) tallest Olympian-7'4"
  • 1952-03-09 Uljana Semjonova, Soviet-Latvian basketball player (Olympic gold 1976), born in Zarasai, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
  • 1952-04-20 Božidar Maljković, Serbian basketball coach and president of the Olympic Committee of Serbia, born in Otočac, Croatia
  • 1952-06-14 Pat Summitt, American basketball coach (University of Tennessee), born in Clarksville, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • 1952-09-18 Rick Pitino, American basketball coach
  • 1953-02-05 John Beilein, American basketball coach, born in Burt, New York
  • 1953-03-31 Rene Portland, American college basketball coach (Penn State 1980-2007), born in Broomall, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1953-05-26 Dan Roundfield, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2012)
  • 1954-03-23 Geno Auriemma, Italian-born American basketball coach (Connecticut Huskies), born in Montella, Italy
  • 1954-08-20 William Quinn Buckner, Phoenix Ill, basketballer (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1955-03-23 Moses Malone, Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA MVP 1979, 82-83), born in Petersburg, Virginia, (d. 2015)
  • 1956-10-19 Bruce Weber, American Basketball Coach, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Person of interestLarry Bird

1956-12-07 Larry Bird, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward, coach, executive (Boston Celtics 3-time NBA champion, 12-time NBA All Star), born in West Baden, Indiana

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • 1956-12-13 Phil Hubbard, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1976), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1957-05-28 Ben Howland, American college basketball coach, born in Lebanon, Oregon
  • 1957-09-01 Duško Ivanović, Montenegrin basketball coach
  • 1957-09-20 Vladmir Tkachenko, USSR, basketball (Olympic bronze 1980)
  • 1958-07-31 Mark Cuban, American businessman and basketball team owner (NBA's Dallas Mavericks), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1959-02-17 Daniel Ray "Danny" Ainge, basketball & football star
  • 1959-05-01 Eddie Johnson, American basketball guard/forward (NBA Sixth Man of the Year 1989), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestMagic Johnson

1959-08-14 Earvin "Magic" Johnson, American Basketball Hall of Fame point guard, executive (5-time NBA champion, 3-time NBA Finals MVP, Olympic gold 1992), born in Lansing, Michigan

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • 1959-09-30 Ettore Messina, Italian basketball coach
  • 1959-10-06 Robyn Maher, Australian basketball guard (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1959-11-07 Billy Gillispie, American basketball coach
  • 1960-04-04 Bev Smith, Canadian basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Salmon Arm, Canada
  • 1961-12-24 Jay Wright, American basketball coach, born in Churchville, Pennsylvania
  • 1962-05-27 Ray Borner, Australian basketball center (Olympics 1984, 88, 92, 96)
  • 1962-10-17 John Dorge, Australian basketball center (Olympics 1996)
  • 1962-11-23 Andrea Blackwell, basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1962-12-27 Mark Few, American basketball coach
  • 1962-12-27 Bill Self, American basketball coach
  • 1963-01-20 Scott Fisher, Australian basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in San Jose, California

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1894-06-20 Basketball inventor James Naismith (32) weds Maude Evelyn Sherman (23) in Springfield, Massachusetts

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith

LoveWedding of Interest

1989-09-02 NBA basketball star Michael Jordan (26) weds Juanita Vanoy (30) at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestJames Naismith

1939-11-28 James Naismith, Canadian-American physical educator and inventor (basketball, football helmet), dies at 78

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith
  • 1944-12-16 Don Meyer Basketball coach Northern State, Lipscomb, and Hamline
  • 1966-04-05 Slats Gill, Basketball Hall of Fame coach (36 seasons Oregon State), dies of stroke at 64
  • 1967-01-18 Reese "Goose" Tatum, basketballer (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 45
  • 1975-10-27 H. V. Porter, American basketball pioneer who created fan-shaped backboard, dies at 84
  • 1977-12-10 Adolph Rupp, American basketball coach (b. 1901)
  • 1984-06-16 Lew Andreas, American basketball coach (b. 1895)
  • 1988-07-25 David Tobey, Basketball Hall of Fame referee, dies at 90
  • 1990-10-07 John "Cat" Thompson, basketball hall of famer, dies at 84
  • 1993-01-15 Henry Iba, basketball coach, dies at 88
  • 1993-03-08 Don Barksdale, American basketball forward (Olympic gold 1948, NBA All Star 1953), dies of throat cancer at 69
  • 1993-04-28 Jim Valvano, basketball coach (NC State), dies of cancer at 47
  • 1995-07-19 James Smiddy, high school basketball coach (1,216 wins), dies at 71
  • 1998-11-13 William "Red" Holzman, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (New York Knicks 14 seasons), dies leukemia at 78
  • 1999-10-08 John McLendon, American basketball coach (b. 1915)
  • 2000-02-21 Antonio Díaz-Miguel, Spanish basketball coach (b. 1933)
  • 2002-01-18 Alex Hannum, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (1st ABA, NBA winning coach), dies at 78
  • 2009-05-09 Chuck Daley, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (2-time NBA champion Detroit Pistons), dies of pancreatic cancer at 78
  • 2011-11-08 Ed Macauley, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (7-time NBA All Star), dies of Alzheimer’s disease at 83
  • 2012-05-19 Bob Boozer, College/Basketball Hall of Fame forward (Olympic gold 1960), dies of a brain aneurysm at 75
  • 2012-08-04 Arnie Risen, Basketball Hall of Fame center (4-time NBA All Star), dies at 87
  • 2012-08-06 Dan Roundfield, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), dies of drowning at 59
  • 2015-02-06 Norm Drucker, American basketball referee, dies at 94
  • 2015-07-25 Bob Kauffman, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), dies of heart failure at 69
  • 2015-09-13 Moses Malone, Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA MVP 1979, 82-83), dies of heart disease at 60

Person of interestDolph Schayes

2015-12-10 Dolph Schayes, American basketball Hall of Famer (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers) and coach, dies of cancer at 87

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes
  • 2015-12-27 Meadowlark Lemmon, American basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 83
  • 2016-06-28 Pat Summitt, American basketball coach (University of Tennessee), dies at 61

Person of interestNate Thurmond

2016-07-16 Nate Thurmond, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (7-time NBA All Star), dies of leukemia at 74

NBA Forward Nate Thurmond
NBA Forward
Nate Thurmond
  • 2017-05-14 Frank Brian, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1951, 1952), dies at 94
  • 2018-01-16 Jo Jo White, American basketballer (Olympic gold - 1968), dies of complications of dementia at 71
  • 2018-05-03 Bob Prewitt, American college basketball coach (SMU Mustangs), dies at 93
  • 2018-05-04 Larry Hunter, American college basketball coach (Wittenberg Tigers, Ohio Bobcats, Western Carolina Catamounts), dies at 68
  • 2018-07-22 Rene Portland, American college basketball coach (Penn State 1980-2007), dies of cancer at 65
  • 2019-03-25 Cal Ramsey, American basketball broadcaster, small forward (NY Knicks), dies of cardiac arrest at 81