Back in Time: February 24
Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston
Muhammad Ali defeats Sonny Liston for the heavyweight boxing title.
USC pitcher Tom Seaver is signed by the Braves. The deal is later voided and the USC standout is selected by the Mets in a special draft.
Philadelphia's Wilt Chamberlain shoots a perfect 18-for-18 from the field against the Baltimore Bullets, an NBA record for field goals in a game without a miss.
In a 6-3 win over Buffalo, Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky scores his NHL-record 78th goal of season. He would finish the season with 92, a mark that still stands.
At 45, former Red Sox fan favorite Tony Conigliaro dies of pneumonia and kidney failure. His 32 home runs in 1965 at the age of 20 made the Revere, Mass., native the youngest player ever to lead the American League in home runs.
Houston's Hakeem Olajuwon becomes the eighth player in NBA history to play 1,000 or more games with the same team. John Stockton is the all-time leader, having played in more than 1,300 games for the Utah Jazz.
Born on this Day
Honus Wagner (1874)<br>Eddie Murray (1956) <br>Phil McConkey (1957) <br>Wilson Alvarez (1970) <br>Jeff Garcia (1970) <br>Brian Savage (1971) <br>Alexei Kovalev (1973) <br>Oscar de la Hoya (1973) <br>Mike Lowell (1974) <br>Simeon Rice (1974) <br>Bronson Arroyo (1977) <br>Floyd Mayweather (1977)<br>Lleyton Hewitt (1981)<br>Kosta Koufos (1989)