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    Hi ya

    I've made a couple of attempts in the past to do something along this line but I never really found I proper way to present the info. I guess the third times the charm. I plan on updating this thread daily for the entire year, each day presenting a small piece of Pacer history.

    I used several sources for the information that will be in this thread.

    Basketball Reference.com has a ton of information.
    http://www.basketball-reference.com/

    Professional Basketball Transactions Archive This site is nothing short of amazing.
    http://www.prosportstransactions.com/basketball/

    Remeber the ABA.com How could you talk Pacer history without this site?
    http://www.remembertheaba.com/

    I also have a copy of the Pacers Media Guide that was used very frequently.

    Wikipedia helped with info on what players might be up to today.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

    NBA Hoops on Line was used, but not to the extent as the others.
    http://www.nbahoopsonline.com/

    Along the way I hope you find this entertaining and informative.

    Your thoughts and stories of all things Pacers are more than welcome.

    Well, lets give this a shot & see how it plays out.

    Today is January 1st, on this date in Pacer history......

    The Pacers have played just 2 games on New Years Day. An ABA loss in San Diego in 1975 & an NBA win at Utah in 1985.

    There were 2 Pacers born on January 1st.

    Travis Grant in 1950.
    Grant was 6-7, 215 from Kentucky State & played just one year in Indiana, the final ABA season of 75-76. Grant averaged 9.6 points, 2.9 boards & 16.6 minutes in 34 games.

    Leroy Combs in 1961.
    Combs was 6-8, 210 from Oklahoma State & also played just a single season as a Pacer, 83-84. Averaging 4.5 points, 1.1 boards & 9.3 minutes in 48 games

    I found 2 Pacer tranaction for January 1st.

    In 1972 we signed free agent Bob Arnzen
    In 1987 we signed free agent Michael Brooks

    That's it for day 1, see ya tomorrow!
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    You are making a tremendous effort by doing this JS - thank you so much!

    Am looking forward to following your postings on these historical events, and am sure
    they will help bring back alot of great memories.

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    Good idea to have it this way.

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    Thank You for this. I am huge fan of history and the Pacers.

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    Today is January 2nd, on this date in Pacer history......

    The Pacers are 12-10 in games played on this date.

    Happy Birthday

    Ed Manning 1944
    Manning was 6-8, 215 from Jackson State & played just one year as a Pacer. Manning averaged 5.3 points, 3 rebounds & 11.1 minutes in just 11 games during the final ABA season of 75-76. Manning has an even more famous son, Danny.

    The Pacers have one regular season team record for this date.

    On January 2nd, 1991 the Pacers scored a franchise record 45 1st quarter points in a game against the San Antonio Spurs.

    Since its kind of a slow day in Pacer history I think I'll share some odd info. I'll do this from time to time when theres not much to report.

    Today, its Pacers by the Numbers.

    There are 7 players in Pacer history that have worn jersey #1.

    Roger Brown was the first. He chose it when he came back to the Pacers in 1975 because Charlie Edge was using his old #35.

    Bo Lamar wore #1 during the following season, 75-76.

    Freddie Lewis switched from #14 when he returned for the 76-77 season.

    Ron Behegan was next during the 77-78 season.

    Steven Jackson picked it for his 3 year stint from 04-07.

    Ike Diogu took Jacksons number when they were involved in the same trade finishing out the 07 season.

    Jarrett Jack picked up the #1 uni this season following his trade from Portland.

    That's it for today, see ya tomorrow!
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    Freddie Lewis also wore #1 for one season here in 1977.

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    Thanks for the catch Count, I made the correction.

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    Nice job, Jose!

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    Jose, this thread is a great idea! Kudos for taking the initiative to add more personalized content to the forum.
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    Today is January 3rd, on this date in Pacer history......

    The Pacers are 11-11 in games played on January 3rd.

    No birthdays, transaction or team records to report for today so we'll go with a couple different pieces of trivia.

    In Pacers by the numbers......

    Butch Joyner played just 2 games during the 68-69 season & is the only Pacer to not have a uniform number listed.

    In the My Old School department......

    Indiana University has given us more Pacers than anyother college, 10.

    Tom Abernethy
    Damon Bailey
    Quinn Buckner
    Butch Carter
    Butch Joyner
    George McGinnis
    Wayne Radford
    Jim Rayl
    Jim Thomas
    Randy Wittman

    That's it for today, see ya tomorrow!

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    And if you count coaches, I believe Slick Leonard was a Hoosier (player), too.

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    And if you count coaches, I believe Slick Leonard was a Hoosier (player), too.
    He was and won an NCAA championship with the Hoosiers too.... hitting a big FT to finish the game.

    He's told the story (that I will paraphrase here) that someone said he had ice water in his veins on the FT line of the championship game and he replied "Well, it sure felt warm running down my leg!"

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    James?

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    I really enjoy this thread. Thanks, Jose.

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    Thank You for this. I am huge fan of history and the Pacers.
    I also like both history and the Pacers. This is very interesting.

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    thanks jose. great idea! great thread!

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    Today is January 4th, on this date in Pacer history......

    The Pacers are 14-10 in games played on January 4th.

    Happy Birthday

    Mel Bennett 1955
    Bennett was 6-7, 200 from Pittsburgh & played 98 games over the 76-77 & 77-78 seasons. Averaging 4.0 points, 3.4 rebounds in 12.2 per game. Bennett is currently coaching high school basketball in New Jersey.

    On this date in 1982 the Pacers waived Raymond Townsend. Townsend was the 81-82 version of Courtney Sims, being signed & waived twice, this time was the last time for Ray.

    In 1995 the Pacers scored just 9 4th quarter points aginast Washington, a club record low for the 4th quarter that they tied on March 29th of 1998 against San Antonio & again December 18th of 2004 verus Chicago.

    In 2005, Jermaine O'Neal set a franchise record with 25 free throw attempts in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

    That's it for today, see ya tomorrow!
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    Today is January 5th, on this date in Pacer history......

    The Pacers are an impressive 16-7

    Happy Birthday

    Rick Mount 1947
    Mount was 6-4, 185 from Purdue and was with the Pacers during the 70-71 & 71-72 seasons. In 144 games Mount averaged 10.8 points, 1.6 rebounds & 2.3 assist in 20.5 minutes a game. Today Mount runs basketball shooting instructional school in Lebonon.

    Alex English 1954
    English was 6-7, 190 from South Carolina & was with the Pacers during the 78-79 & 79-80 seasons. English averaged 15.6 points on 50.8% shooting, 7.7 rebounds & 3 assist in 31.2 minutes per game for the 135 contest he appeared in. English was an 8 times NBA All-Star, won the scoring title with a 28.4 average in the 82-83 season & was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997. Today he's an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors.

    On this date in 1984 Clark Kellogg was re-signed.

    On this date in 1989 Dick Versace was hired to replace George Irvine as head coach. To this day many ponder if that was a step forward or back.

    On this date in 2006 Samaki Walker was waived.

    The Pacers set a couple of franchise, regular season records on this date in 1987 against the Dallas Mavericks. The most assist in an game, 45 & the highest FG%, .653. We were 64-98 in the game.

    We also set a Pacers, NBA record in that same game with the most FG made, 64. The Club record was set in the ABA with 73, but thats a record for another day.

    That's it for today, see ya tomorrow!

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    I went to Taylor Basketball camp as a kid in Upland Indiana. Rick Mount was a shooting instructor @ the camp and a big time jerk. He had a son name Richie that died in a fire years later. I read in Sport Illustrated that he mellowed out and was helping out with the Lebanon girls team.

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    I forgot about Samaki. This thread should be good for bringing back stuff I'd kinda forgotten. Good old Dick and the "have fun" campaign.
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    This will be my only post in this thread, but I will be checking on it religiously.

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    Mount 2.3 assist in 20.5 minutes a game.

    I was surprised to see he averaged that many assists.

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    I was surprised to see he averaged that many assists.
    I think when he realized he couldn't shoot in the pros (.421 career & .309 3pt FG) he decided to pass instead.

    While I'm here I'd like to thank everyone for their kind words.

    I'd also like to encourage those who have a memory or two stirred by mention of a player, transaction or record to please share we all of us.

    I'm hoping this thread doesn't turn into a "happy birthday & did you know" thread. That would be just as boring for me as it would be everyone else.

    Your stories, comments & insight are needed here just as much as any thread on our forum.

    Thanks again

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    Today is January 6th, on this date in Pacer history......

    The Pacers are 10-13 in games played on this date.

    Absolutly nothing happened, see ya tomorrow.

    Seriously, no birthdays, transactions or records of any kind. There's 4 more days like this in January so if nothing else we can get caught up on a little Pacer trivia.

    Lets go ahead & do another Pacers by the Numbers

    There have been 6 players in Pacer history that have worn jersey #2

    Ralph Jackson played just 1 game late in 1984 & was outta here.

    Vincent Askew was with the team briefly in late 96 & ealry 97.

    Tyus Edney played here during the 2000-2001 season.

    Jamison Brewer made it 3 seasons with uni #2. From 01-02 thru 03-04.

    Marcus Haislip was here for about 3 weeks in December of 04.

    Rawle Marshall was the last to wear #2 during the 06-07 season.

    I think we have time for another round of My Old School.

    We already fround out that more Pacer players came from Indiana University than anyother college. Next on the list is UCLA with 7.

    Tyus Edney
    Stuart Gray
    Ralph Jackson
    Reggie Miller
    Pooh Richardson
    Mike Sanders
    Raymond Townsend

    That's it for today, see ya tomorrow!

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    Today is January 7th, on this date in Pacer history......

    The Pacers are 7-6 in games played on this date & the last time we played on a January 7th was 1997, a 95-90 home win against the Cavs.

    Happy Birthday

    Marquis Daniels 1981
    Daniels is listed as 6-6, 200 from Auburn. In his 3rd season in Indiana, Daniels is averaging 9.3 points & 3.0 rebounds in 22.5 minutes per game for the 150 games hes played to date as a Pacer.

    I found this on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marquis_Daniels

    Daniels is noted for having several tattoos inscribed on different parts of his body. The tattoos range from an extremely detailed map of Florida that covers his entire back, a disturbing caricature of a man blowing his head with a shotgun on his lower right arm, and Chinese characters on his other arm which were apparently intended to represent his initials, but when translated into English, it actually reads "big women standing on the roof".

    On this date in 1983 the Pacers received cash & other considerations from the Portland Trailblazers for signing Pacer free agent Don Buse.

    In todays Odd Pacer Fact

    According to the Pacers Media Guide there have been just 3 players under 6 foot tall that have played for Indiana.

    Tyus Edney & Billy Keller were listed as 5'10", Travis Best at 5'11"

    That's it for today, see ya tomorrow!

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