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1874 Ma­jor Wal­ter Clop­ton Win­field patents a game called “sphairis­tike” (lawn tennis). 1906 Tommy Burns beats Marvin Hart in 20 for heavy­weight box­ing ti­tle 1934 Casey Sten­gel be­comes man­ager of Brook­lyn Dodgers. 1938 Joe Louis KOs Nathan Mann in 3 for heavy­weight box­ing ti­tle. 1939 Lou Th­esz beats Everett Mar­shall in St Louis, to win Na­tional Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion world heavy­weight ti­tle for 2nd time. 1967 Ted Workman re­places Se­na­tor Keith Davey as CFL com­mis­sioner. 1968 Wilt Cham­ber­lain be­comes first NBA player to score 25,000 points. 1980 13th Win­ter Olympic Games close at Lake Placid, N.Y. 1980 Eric Hei­den wins all 5 speed skat­ing golds at Lake Placid Olympics. 1985 In­di­ana bas­ket­ball coach Bobby Knight throws a chair dur­ing a game. 1985 Goal­tender Pa­trick Roy makes his NHL de­but for the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens. 1987 A brain tu­mour forces Dick Howser to re­tire as man­ager of the Kansas City Roy­als. 1988 Chicago gives Cubs right to in­stall lights and play up to 18 night games. 1991 North Carolina is first NCAA bas­ket­ball team to win 1,500 games. 1992 16th Win­ter Olympic Games close in Albertville, France. 1993 Sacra­mento Gold Min­ers ad­mit­ted as CFL’s ninth fran­chise and the first U.S. team. 1994 Cleve­land In­di­ans owner Richard Ja­cobs an­nounces he will pay $10 mil­lion to name base­ball field (Ja­cobs Field) at Gate­way. 2014 22nd Win­ter Olympic Games close at Sochi, Rus­sia.

U.S. speed­skater Eric Hei­den won the last of five in­di­vid­ual gold medals while set­ting four Olympic and one world record at the Lake Placid Olympic Games, 37 years ago to­day.

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