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THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: February 24

1917 – The Boston Red Sox sell Smokey Joe Wood, at 26 years old, to Cleveland for $15,000.

1932 – Malcolm Campbell sets world land speed record speed of 253.96 mph driving his famous Blue Bird car at Daytona Beach, Florida topping his World Record of 246.09 mph set the previous year.

1952 – Canada wins 6th Olympic ice hockey title courtesy of a final round 3-3 tie with the US at the Oslo Winter Games; Canadian center Billy Gibson top scores with 19 points.

1963 – In the 5th Daytona 500, Tiny Lund driving for Wood Bros Racing, wins on 4 pit stops as first 10 laps run under caution flag because of rain.

1967 – Wilt Chamberlain of Philadelphia shoots 18-for-18 from the field against the Baltimore Bullets, an NBA record for field goals in a game without a miss.

1978 – Kevin Porter of the New Jersey Nets sets an NBA record with 29 assists in a 126-112 victory over the Houston Rockets. That record would stand until 1990.

1980 – The US ice hockey team clinches gold medal with 4-2 win over Finland at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics; comes after 4-3 “Miracle on Ice” victory against  favorite Soviet Union.

1987 – Los Angeles Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the first player t0 score 36,000 points in the NBA. No other player would reach that milestone until 2003.

2002 – Canada beats the United States 5-2 for the gold medal in men’s hockey at the Winter Olympics. It’s the seventh time Canada has won the gold in its national sport, but the first since 1952.

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