Throwback Thursday Sports Edition: Lakers Set NBA Winning Streak Record, Nancy Kerrigan Withdraws From Championships, Tom Seaver Elected To Hall of Fame

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Jan 07, 2016 01:47 PM EST
Baseball Hall of Famers Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Famers Tom Seaver (L) and Sandy Koufax chat prior to the 2014 induction ceremonies held at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, New York on July 27 2014."

It's Throwback Thursday at Sports World Report and here is a look at some of the notable events in the sports world from January 7.

1992 - Tom Seaver elected to Baseball Hall of Fame with Rollie Fingers:

With Ken Griffey Jr. getting elected to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday with 99.3 percent of the vote, it's a great time to look back on Seaver getting elected. Until Griffey was voted in with that number, it was Seaver who previously held the highest percentage of votes with 98.84 percent back in 1992. Seaver had a standout career in the majors and many wondered if anyone would be able to surpass his total getting into the Hall. Clearly Griffey was able to make it and he was voted in after being left off just three ballots.

1972 - Lakers set a record after winning their 33rd straight game:

With Kobe Bryant nearing the end of his career and the Lakers struggling, most fans would love to throwback to 1972 when Los Angeles was riding high. The team set a record at the time with 33 straight wins and that record still stands today. The Golden State Warriors made a run at the record this season, but they were not able to get it done and lost to the Bucks to snap their streak. The Lakers ended up going 69-13 that season and had the best record in the league before winning the NBA title.

1994 - Tonya Harding wins the U.S. Figure Skating championship, Nancy Kerrigan withdraws:

Back in 1994 figure skating was major news in the United States and on January 6 it became worldwide news after Nancy Kerrigan was attacked. Kerrigan was attacked after a practice session at the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit, with her thigh and knee getting injured after being struck with a baton. Later it was found out that Harding's ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly hired someone to hurt Kerrigan. The following day (the throwback day of January 7) Kerrigan withdrew from the competition after dealing with a serious bruise and on that same day Harding won the event. The two later went on to compete in the Olympics with Harding finishing in eighth place and Kerrigan winning the silver medal.

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