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Posted on: Monday, February 8, 2010

On this date: 1936 Jay Berwanger is the first player ever selected in the NFL draft


Associated Press

Feb. 8

1936 Jay Berwanger, University of Chicago halfback and Heisman Trophy winner, is the first player ever selected in the NFL draft. The Philadelphia Eagles make the pick and eventually trade his rights to the Chicago Bears.

1950 Man o' War is selected the greatest horse of the half century by The Associated Press. Man o' War, as a 2- and 3-year-old, is a winner in 20 of 21 races and holds five track records.

1962 Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors scores 59 points in a 136-120 victory over the New York Knicks to surpass his single-season scoring record of 3,033 by six points.

1964 Billy Kidd and James Huega win the first men's Olympic Alpine skiing medals for the United States with a silver and bronze in the slalom.

1975 The New Orleans Jazz get their first road win in franchise history, ending a 28-game road losing streak. The Jazz beat the Hawks in Atlanta 106-102 to improve their record to 7-44.

1987 Nancy Lopez assures herself a spot in the LPGA Hall of Fame by winning the $200,000 Sarasota Classic. The victory is Lopez's 35th, which automatically qualifies her.

1993 Julius Erving and Bill Walton are selected to the Basketball Hall of Fame along with former NBA stars Walt Bellamy, Dan Issel, Dick McGuire and Calvin Murphy, Soviet Olympic standout Ulyana Semyonova, and UCLA and Olympic star Ann Meyers.

1996 Charles Barkley becomes the 22nd NBA player to reach 20,000 points, scoring 30 in the Phoenix Suns' 107-102 victory over New Jersey.

1997 Scotty Bowman becomes the first NHL coach to win 1,000 games as Detroit beats Pittsburgh 6-5 on Brendan Shanahan's overtime goal. Bowman, the coach of six Stanley Cup champion teams, is 1,000-452-255 in regular-season games and 162-101 in the playoffs.

2003 Mario Lemieux becomes the 10th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 career assists. He has four in Pittsburgh' 5-2 victory in Boston.

2007 Colorado's Karlis Skrastins breaks Tim Horton's NHL record for durability by a defenseman when he plays in his 487th consecutive regular-season game.

2009 Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald catches five passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns and 44-year-old John Carney kicks two fourth-quarter field goals as the NFC rallies to a 30-21 victory over the AFC in the Pro Bowl.