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November, 1, 2013
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Whoopi GoldbergJames Devaney/WireImage/Getty ImagesIn real life, Whoopi Goldberg often takes a seat in the Knicks' stands, not on their bench.

On this day in 1946, the New York Knicks played the first game in franchise history, against the Toronto Huskies at Maple Leaf Gardens. The game also marked the debut of the Basketball Association of America (BAA), which became the NBA when it merged with the National Basketball League (NBL) in 1949. The Knicks beat the Huskies 68-66 in front of a crowd of 7,090. While the Knicks have two championships, eight conference titles and a slew of other accomplishments in their franchise history, we would like to take this moment to remember their turn in cinematic lore. Of course we’re talking about the 1996 classic “Eddie,” in which Whoopi Goldberg stars as a limo driver (with a heart of gold!) who, through an in-game contest, becomes the team’s head coach and leads the squad to unprecedented victory. It is shockingly not based on a true story, but most Knicks fans probably wish it was.

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