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Posted on: Thursday, April 8, 2010

On this date: 1974 Hank Aaron breaks Babe Ruth's career home run record


Associated Press

April 8

1935 Gene Sarazen gets a double eagle on the 15th hole to erase Craig Wood's three-stroke lead, and goes on to win the Masters.

1943 The Detroit Red Wings beat the Boston Bruins 2-0 to win the Stanley Cup with a four-game sweep.

1956 Jack Burke Jr. comes back from eight strokes behind to beat Ken Venturi by one shot and win the Masters.

1971 The first legal off-track betting (OTB) system in the United States opens in New York City.

1974 In the home opener in Atlanta, Hank Aaron breaks Babe Ruth's career record by hitting his 715th home run, connecting off Al Downing of Los Angeles in the fourth inning.

1975 Frank Robinson, the first black manager in the majors, makes his debut as player-manager for the Cleveland Indians. Robinson hits a home run in his first at-bat as a designated hitter to help beat the New York Yankees 5-3.

1989 Alex English scores 26 points to become the first player in NBA history to score 2,000 points in eight straight seasons, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Utah Jazz 110-106.

1990 Nick Faldo becomes the second player to win consecutive Masters, beating Ray Floyd on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff. Faldo joins Jack Nicklaus as the only repeat winner.

1993 Miami's Brian Shaw sets an NBA record with 10 3-pointers in a 117-92 victory over Milwaukee. Shaw makes 10 of 15 3-pointers to break the record of nine shared by Dale Ellis and Michael Adams.

2001 Tiger Woods claims the greatest feat in modern golf by winning the Masters, giving him a clean sweep of the four professional majors in a span of 294 days. Woods, with his winning score of 16-under 272, wins the majors with a combined score of 65-under.

2006 Wisconsin wins its sixth NCAA men's ice hockey title and first since 1990 with a 2-1 victory over Boston College.

2007 Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby finishes with 120 points to become the youngest player to win the Art Ross Trophy for leading the league in scoring. The 19-year-old Crosby betters the mark set by Wayne Gretzky, who was 20 years and 3 months when he recorded 164 points for his first Art Ross in 1980-81. Crosby had 36 goals and 84 assists.

2007 Zach Johnson hits three clutch birdies on the back nine of Augusta National, to close with a 69 for a two-shot victory over Tiger Woods at the Masters.

2008 Candace Parker, playing with an injured left shoulder, scores 17 points and grabs nine rebounds to help Tennessee capture its eighth women's NCAA championship with a 64-48 victory over Stanford.

2009 The Cleveland Cavaliers become the first team in NBA history to have two 15-game winning streaks at home in the same season by beating Washington 98-86.