Professional Sports 1974
Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves breaks Babe Ruth's home run record, by hitting his 715th career home run off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Al Downing at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Hall of Fame bio of Henry Aaron
Ballad of Ten Cent Beer Night
"There was no question that beer played a part in the riot." Commented Rocket Scientist and American League president Lee McPhail.
The Cleveland Indians looking to fill the stands had the idea of a Ten Cent Beer Night in a game against the Texas Rangers at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. The Indians ended up losing the game to a forfeit as drunken sports fans spread violence from the beer soaked stands to the field. The players from both teams led by non other than Rangers manager Billy Martin grabbed bats and fought fans wielding boards, rocks and knives. A fun night was had by all. and violence spreads from the stands onto the field. 10 Cent Beer Night at Wiki
Frank Robinson asked to be traded by the California Angles to the Cleveland Indians and becomes the first Black Major League Baseball manager. He manages for 3 years moving on to manage San Francisco Giants (1981–1984), the Baltimore Orioles (1988–1991) and Montreal Expos / Washington Nationals (2002–2006). Frank Robinson at Baseball Library
The top two defenses in the league, the Purple People Eatersversus the Steel Curtain. Super Bowl IX History
Athletes of the Year 1973
ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year: 1974 Muhammad Ali, boxing
Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year: Chris Evert, Tennis
Rumble in the Jungle round 8
The Rumble in the Jungle takes place in Kinshasa, Zaire. After being ousted from boxing for 7 years for refusing the draft, Muhammad Ali knocks out George Foreman in the 8th round to once again become the Heavyweight champion of the world. The Rope-a-Dope Wiki
NBA Finals: Boston Celtics win 4 games to 3 over the Milwaukee Bucks. It was an exciting series with the match up of the big boys Dave Cowens of Boston versus Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Milwaukee won two overtime victories to make it 3 games each, in the final game Boston triple teamed Abdul-Jabbar giving Cowen space to score 28 points to win the NBA championship. The 74 Season at NBA.COM.
Art Ross Memorial Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season: Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins
Hart Memorial Trophy for the NHL's Most Valuable Player: Phil Esposito - Boston Bruins
Stanley Cup - Philadelphia Flyers win 4 games to 2 over the Boston Bruins
World Hockey Championship: Men's champion: Soviet Union defeated Czechoslovakia
Masters Tournament - Gary Player
LPGA Championship - Sandra Haynie
Kentucky Derby - Cannonade
College Sports 1974
College Football 1974
1974 Heisman: Archie Griffin, Ohio State RB
1974 ROSE BOWL #5 USC Trojans 18 #3 Ohio State Buckeyes 17
Oklahoma Sooners - college football championship.
College Basketball 1974
In college basketball, Notre Dame defeats UCLA 71-70, ending the Bruins' record 88-game winning streak.
NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship: North Carolina State wins 76-64 over Marquette
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