This Day in Black History: Feb. 6, 1988

19 May 1998: Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls dunks the ball during a Eastern Conference Finals game against the Indiana Pacers at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Pacers 104- 98.

This Day in Black History: Feb. 6, 1988

Michael Jordan won the Nestle Crunch Slam Dunk with a perfect score on Feb. 6, 1988.

Published February 6, 2014

There are a number of superlatives in the life of Michael Jordan, from his role as the preeminent basketball player of his time to his role as an entrepreneur and majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. But one of his leading accomplishments came on Feb. 6, 1988, when he won the Nestle Crunch Slam Dunk competition with a perfect score of 50 on his final dunk. It was a crowning performance and it took place in front of a hometown crowd at the Chicago Stadium during the NBA All-Star Saturday.

Of course, Jordan’s name became synonymous with high skill and dexterity and he is widely considered to be the greatest basketball player of all time. He was the most important figure in the game, helping to make the NBA popular throughout the world in the 1980s and 1990s.

Jordan's accomplishments are numerous. He is a five-time recipient of the Most Valuable Player Award and was a 10-time All-NBA First Team selection. He also had nine All-Defensive First Team honors, 14 NBA All-Star Game appearances, three All-Star Game MVP Awards, 10 scoring titles and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.

In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th Century by ESPN, and was second to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press's list of athletes of the century. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.

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Written by Jonathan P. Hicks


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