On this Day in Sports History February 2
On this day in 2014, the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII. Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith won the MVP, highlighted by a 69-yard pick six. It was the Seahawks first ever Super Bowl win.
On this day in 1968, Philadelphia 76ers center Wilt Chamberlain set a team record with 21 assists in a 131-121 win over the Detroit Pistons. The record would eventually be tied by Maurice Cheeks on October 30, 1982.
On this day in 1996, the Chicago Bulls and Los Angles Lakers set a record for the highest rated NBA game ever on cable television. The game aired on TNT and earned a 7.1 rating and a share of 13.1, being viewed in an average of 4.75 million homes. It was the first time that the Bulls and Lakers had met since Game 5 of the 1991 NBA Finals, which the Bulls won. The Bulls led by Michael Jordan also won the game 99-84, beating the Magic Johnson led Lakers in Los Angeles. This rating mark would be broken on May 21, 1996 when the Bulls squared off against the Orlando Magic in the playoffs.
On this day in 1876, the National League officially was formed with team in Cincinnati, Boston, New York, Chicago, Hartford, Louisville, St. Louis, and Philadelphia.