In perhaps the most storied schoolyard dunk ever, 6'2" playground legend Earl (Goat) Manigault throws one down over two college stars, 6'5" Vaughn Harper and 6'9" Val Reed, in a gym on 113th Street in Harlem. The shot is said to have begun at the foul line and included two full corkscrew revolutions in flight. "I have personally never seen its equal," Harlemite Bobby Hunter will say. "And I was in Detroit at the time."
Coach John Wooden and the UCLA Bruins complete a 30-0 season and begin UCLA's run of 10 NCAA titles in 12 years.
Texas Western, with an all-black starting five, defeats all-white Kentucky, coached by the white supremacist Adolph Rupp, 72-65, in the NCAA championship game.
The dunk is banned in both college and high school play, ostensibly to curtail injuries to players and damage to equipment, but probably also to limit the incipient dominance of Alcindor, now a 7'1" junior center at UCLA.
Billing itself as the Lively League, the American Basketball Association is founded by a group of businessmen, most of them from California. One ABA coach will describe the league's red, while and blue ball as looking as if it "belongs on the nose of a seal."
Parker Brothers introduces the foam Nerf ball. The Nerf hoop will follow two years later, making minibasketball a diversion for millions in dormitories, family rooms and executive suites.
The U.S.S.R.'s Ivan Edeshko throws a full-court pass to Aleksandr Belov for a controversial last-second layup to defeat the U.S. 51-50 in the gold medal game at the Olympics in Munich. The loss, the Americans' first in Olympic competition, deprives them of the gold medal for the first time since basketball was introduced in the 1936 Games in Berlin.
At halftime of the ABA's last All-Star Game, in Denver, David Thompson and Julius Erving hook up in the finals of an epic slam-dunk contest. Dr. J wins with a straight-on windmill slam begun from just inside the free throw line. To the delight of fans and players, the dunk is restored to the amateur game.
Ted St. Martin, 42, a dairy farmer from Jacksonville, makes 2,036 consecutive free throws during an appearance at a shopping mall in Jacksonville, breaking his own two-year-old record of 1,704.
Philadelphia 76er Darryl Dawkins shatters two backboards in 22 days with slam dunks, thus inspiring the adoption of the snap-back collapsible rim. Dawkins christens the first of the dunks, which brings a hail of glass down on Bill Robinzine of the Kansas City Kings, the Chocolate-Thunder Fly in', .Robinzine-Cryin', Teeth-Shakin', Glass-Breakin', Rump-Roastin', Bun-Toastin', Wham, Bam, Glass-Breaker-I-Am Jam.