1953 – Robert Parish is born in Louisiana. Parish is a Hall of Famer who played 1,611 games in the NBA over 21 seasons. Parish has played in more games than any other player in the NBA and ABA combined, with the 2nd ranked player being Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on 1,560 games. Parish is a 4x NBA Champion (1981, 1984, 1986, 1997), a 9x NBA All-Star and was also inducted into the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.
1997 – The first WNBA Finals are held in Houston in a single game series – the following season the WNBA changed to a best of 3 series. The Houston Comets defeated the New York Liberty 65-51 on their way to becoming the first WNBA Champions. Cynthia Cooper, who was the regular season MVP, won the Finals MVP after scoring 25 points.