In a game against Los Angeles, Detroit's Bailey Howell sets a Pistons' home record with 19 free throws as he finished with 43 points. He also grabbed a Pistons' home game record 21 rebounds in one half.
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Kansas City outfielder Lou Piniella is voted the AL Rookie of Year.
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Buffalo running back O.J. Simpson (pictured here with coach Jim Ringo) rushes for an NFL record 273 yards at Detroit. Despite his efforts, the Bills fall to the Lions 27-14.
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Sugar Ray Leonard
In a rematch of their epic "Brawl in Montreal" earlier in the year, Sugar Ray Leonard defeats Roberto Duran and regains the WBC welterweight championship. Duran famously refuses to come out for the eighth round, giving Leonard a decision by TKO.
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Brewer hurler Rollie Fingers becomes the first relief pitcher ever to win the American League MVP Award, narrowly beating former A's teammate Rickey Henderson.
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Twenty-eight-year-old Theo Epstein (pictured here with David Ortiz) becomes the youngest general manager in major league history when the Red Sox hire the Brookline native to be the team's 11th GM.