Today in sports history…
In 1980, Larry Bird won the rookie of the year award. He beat rival Magic Johnson. Bird was drafted prior to his senior year at Indiana State (which is no longer allowed) and was offered a contract worth $3.25M over 5 years. At the time, this made Bird the highest paid rookie in any team sport. Immediately upon entering the NBA, Bird helped turn around the Celtics bad luck and they added 32 wins to the total from the season prior. He averaged 21.3 points, 10.4 boards, 4.5 assists, and 1.7 steals that season and was named to the all-star team.
Notable Birthdays: 1984-Carmelo Anthony, 1975-Melanie “Scary Spice” Brown, 1939-Al Unser
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