The Knicks win their first NBA title by defeating Los Angeles, 113-99, in Game 7 of the Finals. New York is led by the inspirational play of injured center Willis Reed, who limped onto the court and scored the game's first two baskets, and guard Walt Frazier, who led the Knicks with 36 points and 19 assists.
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After Cubs skipper Whitey Lockman is ejected in the 11th inning of a Jack Murphy Stadium contest, Ernie Banks takes his place for the last few innings of the Cubs 3-2, 12-inning victory over the Padres. He technically becomes the first black manager of a major league team.
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Twins' rookie Kirby Puckett hits four singles in his first major league game, helping Minnesota beat the Angels, 5-0.
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In New York City, Mike Tyson is involved in a fender-bender and gives his damaged $183,000 Bentley convertible to two policemen, who wind up suspended after their superiors found out.
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In a 8-3 victory over Quebec, New York's Mark Messier becomes the third player to reach 100 playoff goals.
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Born on this Day
Doug Atkins (1930) Sonny Liston (1932) Mike D'Antoni (1951) Bill Cowher (1957) Lovie Smith (1958) Ronnie Lott (1959, pictured) Bobby Labonte (1964) Chris Sanders (1972) Ray Whitney (1972) Korey Stringer (1974) John Maine (1981) Adrian Gonzalez (1982) Felix Jones (1987)
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