On This Day

Syracuse Nationals in History

Events in Sport

  • 1949-11-24 Syracuse Nationals beat Anderson Packers, 125-123 in 5 OTs
  • 1950-04-23 NBA Championship: Minneapolis Lakers beat Syracuse Nationals, 110-95 to take series, 4 games to 2
  • 1954-04-12 8th NBA Championship: Min Lakers beat Syracuse Nationals, 4 games to 3

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1958-01-12 Syracuse National Dolph Schayes sets NBA record at 11,770 points

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes
  • 1958-03-09 Detroit Pistons forward George Yardley III scores 26 points in 111-90 defeat to Syracuse Nationals; 1st NBA player to score 2,000 points in a season
  • 1960-01-12 Syracuse National Dolph Schayes is 1st NBA'er to score 15,000 points

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1960-03-14 Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA playoff record of 53 points in Warriors' 132-112 win over Syracuse Nationals at Philadelphia Civic Center

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1960-11-11 Record New York Knicks' crowd for the third Madison Square Garden venue on 49th Street, NYC; 18,499 see Knicks beat Syracuse Nationals, 112-108
  • 1963-03-10 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA SF Warriors scores 70 points vs. Syracuse Nationals

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1900-11-22 Bennie Borgmann, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward and coach (Kingston Colonials, Original Celtics; coach Syracuse Nationals), born in Haledon, New Jersey (d. 1978)

Person of interestDolph Schayes

1928-05-19 Dolph Schayes, American basketball Hall of Famer (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers, 1948-63) and coach (76ers, 1963-66; Buffalo Braves, 1970-72)) and coach, born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes
  • 1934-11-03 Bob Hopkins, American basketball forward and coach (Syracuse Nationals; Seattle SuperSonics), born in Jonesboro, Louisiana (d. 2015)

Deaths in Sport

  • 1978-11-11 Bennie Borgmann, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward and coach (Kingston Colonials, Original Celtics; coach Syracuse Nationals), dies at 77
  • 2015-05-15 Bob Hopkins, American basketball forward and coach (Syracuse Nationals; Seattle SuperSonics), dies of heart and kidney failure at 80

Person of interestDolph Schayes

2015-12-10 Dolph Schayes, American basketball Hall of Famer (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers, 1948-63) and coach (76ers, 1963-66; Buffalo Braves, 1970-72), dies of cancer at 87

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