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THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: March 9

1936 – Babe Ruth turns down an offer from the Cincinnati Reds to make a un-retire and play for the team.

1948 – NHL president Clarence Campbell bans Billy Taylor of the Rangers and Don Gallagher of the Bruins due to connections to illegal gambling.

1958 – George Yardley of the Detroit Pistons becomes the first player in NBA history to score 2,000 points in a season.

1979 – MLB commissioner Bowie Kuhn orders teams to give equal access to female reporters.

1995 – Major League Baseball awards and expansion franchise to the city of Tampa, Florida.

2011 – Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love records his 52nd consecutive double-double, the longest streak since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976.

2013 – Liberty becomes just the second school to qualify for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament while also having 20 losses on the season. Liberty earned their spot in the bracket by winning the Big South Conference title.

1941 – Hugh Mulcahy of the Phillies becomes the first baseball player drafted into World War II.

1954 – The Milwaukee Hawks beat the Baltimore Bullets in both games in the only doubleheader in NBA history involving the same two teams.

1966 – Casey Stengel is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1971 – Joe Frazier wins the world heavyweight title with a unanimous decision over Muhammad Ali.

2010 – The UCONN women’s basketball team sets an NCAA women’s hoops record by winning their 71st straight game.

2013 – The Big East Conference announces that DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, and Villanova are departing the conference.

2014 – Creighton’s Doug McDermott becomes the eighth player in NCAA men’s basketball history to score 3,000 career points.

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