Sport: The 1,000th Day

Along with other members of the U.C.L.A. basketball team, All-America Center Bill Walton (6 ft. 11 in.) had never lost a basketball game in college. With 88 consecutive victories behind them, stretching over more than 1,000 days, the Bruins could hardly be blamed for bringing a sense of foreboding to the toughest contest of their 13-0 season, the game against No. 2-rated Notre Dame. There were 11,343 exuberant Irish fans to be dealt with in South Bend, and a young, physically powerful Notre Dame team with nine victories and no defeats so far this winter. More important, there was a throat-constricting...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!