This Day In Sports History (October 18th) — Nate Thurmond
It was on this day in 1974 that Chicago Bulls center Nate Thurmond recorded the first quadruple-double in NBA history. Thurmond accomplished the feat in his first ever game with the Chicago Bulls.
A quadruple-double is not only one of the rarest achievements in basketball, but it is also one of the rarest achievements in all of sports. Since the NBA started recording blocks and steals in 1973, there have only been four officially recorded quadruple-doubles. Alvin Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon and most recently David Robinson are the other three players to record one. The game in which Thurmond got his went into overtime, but that does not take away from his monster performance in which he had 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocked shots.
In recent years there have been very few performances in which a player has come close to getting a quadruple-double. The most recent player to come within one was Clyde Drexler in 1996, when he recorded 25 points, 10 rebounds, 10 steals and 9 assists in a game.
Here is a quick bio of Nate Thurmond.
Mike Ditka, NFL – Born October 18 1939 (age 73) in Carnegie, Pennsylvania
Doug Lidster, NHL – Born October 18 1960 (age 52) in Kamloops, British Columbia
Alex Cora, MLB – Born October 18 1975 (age 37) in Caguas, Puerto Rico