On this Day: May 10

Wilt Chamberlain and Walter Hagen feature in our look back at the big sporting moments in history on May 10.

1973 – Chamberlain ends career

NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain played his last game on this day in 1973 for the Los Angeles Lakers against the New York Knicks when they lost the 1973 NBA Finals 4-1, but the match is remembered for Chamberlain making a dunk with one second left, which was the last play of his NBA career.

During his career from 1959-1973, he played for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Lakers. He holds numerous NBA records in scoring, rebounding and durability categories and is the only player to score 100 points in a single game.

Another remarkable record he holds is that he averaged at least 30 points and 20 rebounds per game over his whole NBA career.

1929 – Hagen wins fourth Open Championship

Just in case

American golfer Walter Hagen won his fourth British Open on this day in 1929 by six strokes at 12-over-par ahead of second-placed countryman Johnny Farrell to earn the first prize of £75.00.

The victory was his 11th and final major and putting him third behind third behind American’s Jack Nicklaus on 18 and Tiger Woods with 14 in majors wins. Hagen totalled 75 tournament wins in his professional career

Sporting birthdays
1850: Thomas Johnstone Lipton, yachtsman/tea magnate (Lipton Tea)
1867: Jim Kelly, cricket wicket-keeper
1868: Ed Barrow, American baseball manager
1897: Dalton Parry Conyngham, cricketer
1903: Kay Petre, early racing driver