A brewery signs up the league's first star, George Mikan.
In the NBA's national TV debut on Dec. 12, the Celtics beat the Baltimore Bullets 106--75. Twelve more games air this season.
The game's dominant force, Wilt Chamberlain, pitches his own line of Spalding basketballs.
The Indiana Pacemates, who got their start in 1967 as the Marathon Scoreboard Girls, in the ABA, make history as the NBA's first cheerleaders.
The extraordinary Dr. J takes dunking to another level (but it wasn't the shoes).