On this day in 1974: NBA's first quadruple double

Sport360 staff 11:16 18/10/2016
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Historic: Nate Thurmond.

As far as in-game records go, it doesn’t get rarer in the world of sports than a quadruple double in basketball.

To achieve one, a player has to reach double digits across four statistical categories, from points, assists, rebounds, blocks or steals. No one had ever done it until Nate Thurmond broke through on this day in 1974, with the Chicago Bulls star recording 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocks in a 120-105 overtime win over the Atlanta Hawks.

The performance also happened to come in the league’s first game of the season, with ‘Nate the Great’ kicking the action off with a bang. Only three other players have had a quadruple double since.

More memorable events on this day:

1871: Twelve teams agreed to inaugurate the FA Cup competition.

1963: Rhe IOC announces that Mexico city will host the 1968 Olympics.

1977: The New York Yankees win their 21st World Series by defeating the LA Dodgers in six games.

1989: Randall Cunningham of the Philadelphia Eagles sets the NFL record for quarterback career rushing yards with 3,683.

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