Rifleman is first to shatter an NBA backboard

Updated: October 14, 2005, 4:44 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Nov. 5, 1946

Before Chuck Connors made his mark as "The Rifleman" on television, he already played a starring role on the basketball court. Tonight, before the first home game of the Boston Celtics, Connors makes history: He is the first player to shatter a backboard in the NBA (though it was called the Basketball Association of American until 1949).

Connors, a 6-foot-6 inch center from Seton Hall, doesn't break the glass with a resounding dunk. No, it happens when ...

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