This Day In Sports History (February 8th) – Spud Webb

Spud WebbToday marks the premiere edition of what will be a new daily post on Total Pro Sports.  “On This Day In Sports History” will provide our readers with some interesting information regarding some of the events that have occurred on said day in sports.  Let us begin as we step into our time machines and take a blast into the past.

It was on this day in 1986 that 5-foot-7 inch Spud Webb won the NBA’s slam dunk competition. Webb beat the reigning champion, his teammate and fellow high flyer Dominique Wilkins to become the event’s shortest winner.

In the 2006 competition, Spud was surprisingly pulled out of the crowd by another “NBA dwarf,” 5-foot-9 inch Nate Robinson. He assisted him by standing under the basket while “KryptoNATE’ flew over him for a perfect 50 score and his first victory. Nate also won the event in 2009.

The 2010 edition is slated for next weekend with Robinson looking for his record third crown as he takes on Charlotte’s Gerald Wallace and the Lakers’ Shannon Brown. Rookie guard Demar Derozan from the Toronto Raptors and super sophomore Eric Gordon representing L.A.’s other team, the Clippers, will compete in the first ever “dunk off” for the fourth and final spot.

Here is a clip of Spud flying high.

Notable Birthdays

Dino Ciccarelli: NHL – Born February 8th 1960 (age 50) in Sarnia, Ontario

Alonzo Mourning: NBA – Born February 8th 1970 (age 40) in Chesapeake, Virginia

Kimbo Slice: UFC – Born February 8th 1974 (age 36) in Nassau, Bahamas

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