Apr-14: Elgin Baylor Scores 61, Expos First Home Game and NC State Stuns Houston the NCAA Finals

On this day, Elgin Baylor set the NBA record for points in a Finals game (which still stands), baseball debuted in Canada and North Carolina State won the NCAA title on a last-second dunk.

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1962

Elgin Baylor Sets NBA Finals Record With 61 Points

Six players have scored 50 or more points in an NBA Finals Game – Michael Jordan (55 in 1993), Rick Bary (55 in 1967), Jerry West (53 in 1969), LeBron James (51 in 2018) and Bob Pettit (50) in 1958.  Only one player has scored over 60 – Elgin Baylor.

In Game 5 of the 1962 NBA Finals, Elgin Baylor dominated the Celtics at Boston Garden with 61 points and 22 rebounds, leading the Lakers to a 126-111 victory and a 3-2 series lead.

Baylor and Los Angeles were one-game away from their first title, but the Lakers would have to wait a decade to claim the title.  The Lakers finally won in 1971-72, the season in which Baylor retired after 9 games bringing a close to a 14-year career with the Lakers.

Note:  Michael Jordan holds the record for most points in a playoff game – 63 points during the Bulls 1986 first-round series against the Celtics.

1969

Baseball’s First Game in Canada

For the first time, Major League Baseball played a regular season game outside the United States, with the expansion Montreal Expos playing their first home game against the St. Louis Cardinals before 29,184 at Jarry Park.  The Expos jumped to a 6-0 lead thanks to a home run and triple by Mack Jones (pictured above), but the Cardinals surged back with a 7-run fourth inning.  A Gary Waslweski single in the 7th, however, brought Coco Laboy home for the winning run in the 7th.  The Expos would finish in last place in the National League East Division at 52-100 (48 games behind the New York Mets).

A second Canadian team was added in 1977 with the addition of the Toronto Blue Jays.  The Expos moved to Washington following the 2004 season.  Since 1996, MLB has played a handful of regular season games in Monterrey (Mexico), Tokyo and Sydney.  This year, the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees will play two games at London Stadium.

1983

Jimmy V’s Wolfpack Miracle

In one of the most exciting finishes in NCAA tournament history, the Cinderella North Carolina State Wolfpack faced the #1-ranked Houston Cougars that featured Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler and were known as Phi Slama Jama.  With time running out and the game tied at 52, Wolfpack guard Dereck Whittenburg threw up a thirty-foot air-ball (see photo above)  — but Lorenzo Charles grabbed the shot and dunked it for the win stunning everyone including his coach Jim Valvano.

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