Back in Time: December 1
In an unanimous vote, Reds outfielder Frank Robinson is selected as the National League Rookie of the Year.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (pictured here at a Halloween party earlier this year) passes Oscar Robertson to become the NBA's second all-time leading scorer behind Wilt Chamberlain.
Patrick Ewing scores 50 points to lead the Knicks past the Hornets, 113-96.
Isiah Thomas becomes Detroit's all-time leading scorer after scoring a game-high 22 points in the Pistons' 94-87 win over Houston. Thomas passed previous leader Bob Lanier on Detroit's all-time scoring chart.
Golden State guard Latrell Sprewell attacks his coach, P.J. Carlesimo, during a practice and is suspended for the rest of the season.
Turk Wendell, who wears No. 99, agrees to a three-year deal worth $9,999,999.99 with the Mets. The New York reliever had asked that his pact include an option year in which he would play for free, but that plan was unworkable because baseball's collective bargaining agreement sets a $200,000 minimum salary.
The Red Sox petition a judge to keep the ball used to record the last out of 2004 World Series making the team World Champs for the first time in 86 years. Former first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, who caught the ball after being thrown by Keith Foulke, loaned it to Boston but continues to claim ownership of the sensational sphere.
Born on this Day
Lee Trevino (1939, pictured) Ron Finn (1940) Larry Walker (1966) Kirk Rueter (1970) Todd Steussie (1970) DeSean Jackson (1987)