The Tigers trade pitcher Mickey Lolich (pictured) and outfielder Billy Baldwin to the Mets in exchange for outfielder Rusty Staub and pitcher Bill Laxton.
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Wayne Gretzky sets a NHL record by reaching the 50-goal mark for a single season faster than any other player (39 games). He would go on to score 92 goals and record 212 points for the season.
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New England defeats Miami 3-0 in the infamous "Snowplow Game." Mark Henderson uses his plow to clear a kicking surface on the Sullivan Stadium turf for John Smith's 33-yard game-winning field-goal.
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In the Lakers' 131-107 victory over Golden State, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores 15 points to become the first player in NBA history to surpass 32,000 career points.
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The Red Sox sign Pedro Martinez to a record six-year, $69 million contract.
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In a deal that upsets many other owners, pitcher Kevin Brown (18-7, 2.38) becomes baseball's first $100 million dollar man as the right-hander signs a seven-year deal with the Dodgers for an average yearly salary of $15 million.
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Former Dallas Cowboy Nate Newton and two others are arrested on charges of carrying at least 175 pounds of marijuana. It was his second arrest in six weeks.
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Born on this Day
Bob Pettit (1932) <br>Emerson Fittipaldi (1946) <br>Tracy Austin (1962, pictured) <br>Mike Golic (1962) <br>Haywood Jeffires (1964) <br>David Szott (1967) <br>John Randle (1967) <br>Courtney Hawkins (1969) <br>Orlando Brown (1970) <br>Stanley Pritchett (1973) <br>Orlando Hudson (1977) <br>Colin White (1977) <br> Ronnie Brown (1981) <br>
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