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THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: February 2

1876 – Baseball’s National League forms with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, and St. Louis.

1954 – Basketball player Bevo Francis of Rio Grande College scores 113 points in a 134-91 win over Hillsdale.

1959 – The Green Bay Packers hire Vince Lombardi as the team’s new head coach and general manager.

1970 – LSU’s Pete Maravich becomes the first player in college basketball history to score 3,000 career points.

1977 – Toronto’s Ian Turnull sets an NHL record for defensemen by scoring five goals in a game.

1994 – Atlanta Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens picks up career victory #900.

1997 – Scotty Bowman becomes the first coach in NHL history to win 1,000 career games.

2012 – Edmonton’s Sam Gagner scores four goals and dishes out four assists giving him the NHL’s first eight point game in 23 years.

2014 – The Seattle Seahawks rout the Denver Broncos 42-8 to win Super Bowl XLVIII. Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith is named MVP.

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